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Alfresco Claims Two National Awards Helpston based landscaping firm Alfresco Landscaping were recognised at the Bradstone National Award ceremony in Leicester back in January. Glinton Drive before

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Beating off competition from over 300 plus Accredited installers throughout the UK, Alfresco scooped the Award for the Best Large Driveway in the country for their Glinton Project as well as the best Small Patio in the country using Bradstone products for a courtyard style project in Collyweston. Alastair Peat, Director of Alfresco Landscaping said “We are extremely proud to be recognised at a national level for the work that we complete. It is testament to the team and their commitment to everything that they do. The quality of the submissions this year was a big step up from last year but we still managed to be recognised as one of the best in the country under the Bradstone banner.” The Front garden and driveway project in Glinton was completed back in the summer and managed 4

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to transform the front of the house into a striking page from a catalogue. The judges were impressed with the complexity of utilising the curves with a product that was primarily designed for contemporary geometric spaces. Merging the sinuous lines with the glacial boulders, planting and other aggregates made this transformation stand out from the five on the short list. The Best Small patio in the country using Bradstone products went to a contemporary courtyard style garden in Collyweston. Utilising new style Porcelain paving to achieve the crisp clean low maintenance finish, balanced with carefully selected mature planting showed a level of attention to detail that ultimately impressed the judges. The client said “I could never have believed this could have been achieved in the small space available – Breathtaking”

Alfresco also gained a Highly Commended award for the back garden at the Glinton Project as well as being on the shortlist of 3 for the overall Installer of the Year. Alfresco have been part of the Bradstone Assured Installers scheme for 5 years. Claiming 8 of their national awards in that period. As a market leader, Bradstone fully vet the companies they invite onto the scheme ensuring the levels of quality, customer service and value meet their stringent criteria. Alastair continued “We have gone through quite a transformation in the last 12 months with new office premises, design and office staff joining, as well as new guys on the site teams. I feel we are the strongest we have ever been in the 14 years since we started. Thank you to all our customers and local residents who continue to support us and choose local firms to help them.


Has Health and Safety really gone mad? Last year a local authority tried to ban bumper cars at a fair from running into each other, stating that customers would have to follow an organised route around the area due to concerns of neck injury, a pub banned pint glasses with handles stating they increased the likelihood of violence and aggression and there was a move to ban pins on poppies as they could cause injury. There is even an example of using H&S to prevent a business from purchasing of alcoholic drinks at a works Christmas party, these examples don’t help anyone; no wonder Health and Safety is usually met with a groan!

Being a Health and Safety consultant, I get concerned when the phrase Health and Safety is used as a reason not to do something, as it provides an ‘acceptable’ excuse for people avoid their responsibilities. The Health and Safety Executive are very clear that H&S is about saving lives, not stopping lives. Using safe methods of work are reflected in the words of Mark Twain who said “it’s better to be safe 100 times rather than get killed once” As someone who’s business model is built on supporting smaller businesses to manage H&S inhouse rather than purchasing expensive, generic, external H&S support, I am always amazed when business owners say that health and safety doesn’t apply to them! This is usually because they are a smaller business or forgetting they have a responsibility to their customers’ safety. Many people don’t realise that for most businesses, all that’s required is a basic series of practical tasks that protect people from harm, at the same time protecting the future success and growth of their business. It

doesn’t matter how small they are, it still applies. Managing health and safety doesn’t have to be complicated, costly or time-consuming. In fact, it’s easier than you think. If reasonable steps have been taken to prevent accidents or harm to employees, they shouldn’t have to pay compensation or be concerned about legal action against them should an accident or work-related illness occur. In general, Health and Safety laws apply to all businesses. As an employer, or a self-employed person, they are responsible for health and safety in their business. Health and safety laws are there to protect owners, their employees and the public from workplace dangers, not prevent work-related activities taking place. The approach taken should be proportionate to the size of the business and the nature/risk of the business activities. If you can answer the three questions related to compliance in the box to the right with a yes, then you can relax in the knowledge you probably have things covered.

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Join Peterborough Male Voice Choir, Peterborough Voices and Peterborough Youth Choir at The Cresset on Friday 22 March for a whistle-stop tour of West End greats. Magic of the Musicals usical theatre is more to Hollywood in increasing volume THE CRESSET popular than ever before: - Rock of Ages, Les Miserables, Friday 22 March, 7.30pm there are more musicals Jersey Boys, Annie, Into the


than plays running in the West End and all top 10 London shows are musicals. Year on year new musicals keep coming, with sell-out shows like Hamilton opening to rave reviews and earning the art form a well-deserved spot in the pop culture conversation. With this seemingly endless appetite for new shows, musical theatre has become a larger part of the entertainment mainstream than ever before. Established stage musicals continue to leap

Woods and Mamma Mia to name just a few - while films including Frozen are set to boomerang from screen to stage. This crossover between cinema and musical theatre appeals to unprecedented audiences, with films like La La Land and The Greatest Showman reinventing song and dance for a new generation. Musicals don’t always have to represent love and romance – there are lots of other, sometimes surprising, themes to be explored.

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The John Clare Cottage A Life in Colour , the exhibition of artist Pete Hayward is proving to be very popular with many visitors coming in to see them. It is a credit to his teaching career that many of the people coming in knew Pete at Walton School and wanted to come and see the works We are still working on other events and exhibitions when the details have been confirmed the information will be found on the Cottage website at The exhibition runs to the end of March, when the art works on display will change and the pictures by artist Angela Greenway will be on show. Pennyless did the Cottage proud with a terrific evening, with their traditional folk music, Irish music and a mix of blues. A very enthusiastic audience enjoyed a great concert. The cafĂŠ continues to be very popular and you are welcome to call in for light refreshments on the days that we are open, Monday, Friday and Saturday.

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Funding Opportunity for Community Groups Cllr Peter Hiller, Glinton and Castor Ward

The rationale of the Government’s recently launched Integrated Communities Strategy (ICS) is designed, you might suppose by the nature of its title, to reach out to communities nationwide and encourage better neighbourhood integration and provide support for community groups. Peterborough was invited to be one of only five local integration areas across the UK, because of our City’s diverse communities make-up and the Peterborough City Council’s (PCC) openness and willingness to pursue innovative neighbourhoods initiatives. An important and welcome element of the ICS was the awarding to the PCC of a £1.6m grant in November last year, from which the council is now looking

to fund projects that can make a difference to where or how we live. As councillors for our Glinton and Castor ward John and I would like to make sure all our villages’ community groups and associations are aware of this potential funding and don’t potentially miss out. Applications are now invited by PCC from the voluntary and community groups and social enterprise sectors - particularly joint

bids and ideas with longevity and innovation. Bids for all amounts are welcome - whether you need just a few hundred pounds or a much larger sum to develop something bigger. Groups can apply for up to £20,000, and there is no lower limit and it’s also a rolling programme, so there is no deadline for applications and the fund will run for as long as there is money available.

The straightforward application process, Q&As and further information are on-line via the link: but I’d be happy to print and send the relevant form to anyone who hasn’t printing or internet facilities. Good Luck!


Dance to the beat

A group of Etton villagers will soon be donning a pair of silly socks to support the charity Beat. 'Sock It to eating disorders' is the charity's annual campaign to bring awareness and to raise funds to help those suffering from eating disorders and their families. Between February 25 and March 3 they will be joining hundreds of others in the country who will be wearing their boldest brightest socks to help make a difference to their lives. Dig out your favourite foot warmers this Eating Disorders Awareness Week and have fun raising funds to help others.

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Fly Tipping - the challenge Our rural area’s ongoing battle with fly-tippers was assisted at the beginning of February when the council’s cross-party Task and Finish Group, set up to investigate the problem, presented their interim report and recommendations to our full Cabinet meeting in the Town Hall. Cllr Peter Hiller, Glinton and Castor Ward Chaired by our good friend and similarly-concerned colleague Cllr Judy Fox this group has been tasked to examine the reasons fly tipping happens, to review existing legislation and policies, look at nationwide initiatives and LA best practices to reduce the problem and gather evidence to support any recommendations to Cabinet and Council members. Both John and I welcome the initial recommendations presented by the group and fully support their ongoing work, especially pertaining to our lovely rural villages and surrounding countryside which are often blighted by this dreadful practice. I made the point at our Cabinet meeting that our rural areas needed to be given special focus by the group during their continued investigative work and that I expect some evaluated clearly defined actions being recommended to help us tackle the piles of filth we sometimes happen upon during countryside

walks in the fields, woods and lanes around our villages. Fly-tipping of waste is a national issue as well as a persistent local problem in Peterborough. It currently cost our authority annually in excess of £200k for collection alone from PCC owned land, and it manifests in many different forms. As you might expect the urban areas tend to be more concentrated in incidences, frequently as a result of small businesses flouting the law and vacant rented properties being cleared by rogue landlords, dumping detritus in front gardens and the immediate neighbourhood area. The Group highlighted the hot spot areas within their report to evidence a clear geographic pattern of occurrences and, despite the police not currently investigating fly-tipping, reported how the council’s PES team have been successful in reducing the number of reported cases down over the last three years by about 30%

and how the clear-up times have improved significantly. The stark reality of course is we will never completely stop fly-tipping. The parasites who deliberately despoil our beautiful rural landscape with dumped garbage don’t share our values or social responsibilities and will never think about the environmental harm they perpetrate. That said, we have to continue to educate and communicate about the problem and to expand the detection and enforcement capabilities of the council’s officers by investing resources into the PES team, strategic covert surveillance apparatus and more effective evidence gathering to help further successful prosecutions. John and I look forward to getting the further results of the group’s very detailed work and to being able to adopt their well considered recommendations within our rural Glinton and Castor ward.


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With the last of the sugar beet harvested and safely in the factory, the land all ploughed ready for sowing with spring barley our thoughts turn to spring sowing, fertilizer and chemical application as well other jobs, including hedge cutting (this needs to be completed by the end of February) in readiness for nesting birds and is a condition implemented by DEFRA in recent years.


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We have been loading grain off the farm all through January and February – commodity prices are only going one way – “downwards” – particularly the livestock sector, with a slight exception to lamb which is commanding a better selling price than at the same time last year, pigs have also seen a small rise. Farm businesses in particular have been asking for clarity for post operating Brexit futures, the whole industry is in a state of limbo and the industry’s confidence at this time is at an all time low, as is the case with other businesses. On the arable side prices are higher than last year, but input costs have caught up with farm incomes increases falling by 15% in 2018, we need stability put back into agriculture enabling farmers to plan ahead for at least the next five years. Autumn sown crops appear to have so far come through the winter reasonably well, although it is a little early to predict this – we could still have some severe weather well into April – I think an early spring would be ideal for all sectors of the farming industry – giving a boost to some early sowing of spring crops and getting field work started – this will undoubtably get crops established if we get a dry summer this year. An early spring is also much welcomed by livestock farmers, enabling them to turn their sheep and cattle out into the grass fields, which reduces the workload with feeding and bedding costs. I think we are all looking forward to Spring which brings with it warmer, longer daylight hours and the countryside and gardens come into life after their winter dormancy period. With the colder weather, frosts etc, I’ve noticed the small birds have returned to our garden, along with our ‘resident’ cock pheasant who taps on the French doors for his breakfast if I haven’t put it out for him and the other birds – it was a pleasant surprise to


have him back again this year. He first came last year, so they don’t forget, do they? There is something quite magical about their wonderful plumage when seeing them close up. The countryside has a lot to offer, whether you were born in that environment or if you have made your home here from the city in recent years. Our villages have seen large developments with no real infrastructure to accommodate the expansion which has happened over the last twenty-five years in this county. We have regular commuter traffic from Lincolnshire where there have also been large developments. The countryside is a living, working environment, we must never loose sight of this in our villages, once this is lost our villages will have lost their whole concept of life in our green environment. I personally think there has to be a compromise where we can all do our best for the well being of what is so important to keep our villages a place we cherish and enjoy, whether it be to work in, live in, or to visit, our forebears have done a pretty good job over the centuries, we owe it to them to continue. Farming has also seen massive strides in the technology and size of equipment that needs to be used to produce food at the lowest cost, not forgetting the environment at the same time, agriculture in Great Britain has been subjected to the most stringent rules in the world, this does not always apply to the imported produce from abroad which we have to compete with here. As villagers we should try and remember why we want to live in the country – I imagine it’s the peace, the open spaces, green fields with animals feeding and so on. If we want to keep this environment safe, we should at the same time remember it is a living, working environment that needs valuing and protecting for future generation to enjoy.

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1940s – 1960s

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by Jeff Noble

I read with interest about the digs at Bull Lane, Peakirk. Those digs made me reflect on my memories of growing up at Ivy House Farm, in Bull Lane where my father farmed between 1940s – 1960s. At the time we had to plant and grow almost all our own food. Back then, Peakirk was a hugely underpopulated village. There were probably more pubs than residential homes. From the old village hall to the Railway station there were no homes at all. The pub having a huge influence on all the Bull Lane residents was The Black Bull (which was renamed after modernisation in the 1960s to be The Ruddy Duck) In the 1940s and early 1950s the Black Bull was run by The Lelane family and later in '50s and early '60s by the Rutter family (who had moved from the Railway pub further up the village). At the old Black Bull two small square rooms constituted the whole pub. The bar area held an old fashioned skittle table and a dart board but very few seats. The snug area did have seats but drinkers were discouraged from using this area. I remember closing time as being at 9.30pm or thereabouts depending on when

the landlords wanted to go to bed. There was also one outside toilet. Drinks were served on a tray – there were no bar pumps – so it was either bottled beer or draught beer. (This was similar to the later Acorn Antiques type Sketch on TV) The draught beer was held in upturned barrels in the passageway leading to the private quarters. After modernisation the pub had a new bar area built at the rear and the old bar and snug area was incorporated into the new lounge area. The first landlord of the revamped pub was Malcolm Moir who preferred to play the guitar and sing rather than pull any pints. At that time there were only three families living in the Bull Lane area. The families were the Bates family and the Stimpson family on one side of the lane with Miss Lily Strange in the small cottage attached to the Bates family home and on the other

side of the lane was the Nobles family home (my family). Our house was named Ivy House but there was actually no ivy on any part of the house. Ivy was only on the outside privvie. The house was built in the mid 1800s. I remember childhood as being an extremely noisy time with my brothers and sister all vying to have their voices heard. So family discussions were always loud and frequent. During this time Peakirk had a number of general stores and also a fish and chip shop. It also had its own bowling green and old village hall. Steam Train trips were popular for going to the seaside especially in the summer time. I remember coming back from a day trip when the train actually overshot the platform and we all had to jump off the train on to the grass verge. This would not be allowed today. Happy Days.

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Helpston Neighbourhood Development Plan Joe Dobson The deadline for your your questionnaires to be returned has passed and now they are being collated and analysed. With 120 returns this means an amazing 20% of householders have made a contribution to the formulation of Helpston's Neighbourhood Plan. The results of the analysis and your accompanying comments

will influence policies as the Plan evolves providing a blue print for the future development of Helpston. This information will be available for you to examine at the Church Gala, later this year, where members of the Steering Group with be on hand to answer your questions.

If you would like to join the group and feel you could make a dedicated contribution to the Plan over its period of construction, please come along to the Gala and speak to a member of the Group.

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N Helpston Gala The birthday of local nature poet, John Clare falls on the Saturday of the annual Festival this year so members of the John Clare Society Festival organising committee are excited to be busy preparing the event.

ew for 2019 is the idea of holding the Festival over three days: Friday, Saturday AND Sunday. There will be the everpopular Midsummer Cushions Ceremony at St Botolph’s Church on the Friday afternoon, when the children from John Clare School will sing and winners of the Annual Poetry Competition will receive their prizes and read out their entries. Prior to this they will place their “Midsummer Cushions” (turves decorated with wild flowers) around the Helpston poet’s grave. This is now a firm village tradition and much appreciated by parents, grandparents and all who attend. In the evening an informal folk night at the Bluebell is always well supported. The following day the AGM is in the church when

there will be an address by the President, artist Carry Akroyd. Keynote speaker is Dr Mina Gorji (Senior Lecturer in JC Studies, Cambridge University), who will address the theme of “Birds & Words”. There will be bookstalls, Morris dancing, specially organised walks, craft demonstrations, open gardens and events at John Clare Cottage. A concert on Saturday evening will be in the church and feature “Pennyless”, the folk duo. Even more activities are in the pipeline so watch out for more information in the Tribune! When the event was described by a committee member as “a National” event, Sue was quick to point out that it is, in fact, an international event when poetry enthusiasts visit Helpston from all over the world!

Pictured above are: Keely Mills (representing Vivacity), Simon Bysshe, (chairman), Ann Marshall (publicity Officer), Anna Kinnaird from Annakinn Art Gallery, Helpston, and Sue Holgate (secretary of the JC Society). (Lesley, the Bluebell’s landlady is also on the committee but was busy with lunches when the photo was taken.)


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A Local Event of National Importance in Helpston ‘Come we to the summer, to the summer we will come’, wrote the celebrated local poet John Clare and now is the time to look forward to one of the highlights of summer – the John Clare Society (JCS) Festival. The JCS Festival Committee is working hard to finalise the programme, which this year is being held over three days – Friday 12th, Saturday 13th (Clare’s birthday) and Sunday 14th July, with the theme of ‘Birds and Words’. There will be the ever-popular Midsummer Cushions Ceremony at St Botolph’s Church on the Friday afternoon, when the children will sing and winners of the Annual Poetry Competition will receive their prizes and read out their entries. Prior to this they will place their ‘Midsummer Cushions’ (turves decorated with wild flowers) around the poet’s grave. This is now a firm village tradition and much appreciated by all who attend. In the evening, there will be a poetry slam and folk night at the Bluebell. On Saturday 13th, the JCS Society AGM is followed by an address by the Society’s President, celebrated artist Carry Akroyd. The keynote speaker is Dr Mina Gorji (Deputy Director of the Centre for John Clare

Studies at the University of Cambridge), who will speak on the way birds soar through Clare’s poetry and how he movingly captures them in his work, with a depth of knowledge that was only achievable by painstaking observation of their behaviours through the seasons. On Saturday, there is a wide range of free activities during the day, including stands and displays, activities for children, music and dance, and open gardens. A special concert in the evening will be given by ‘Pennyless’, the very popular folk group. On Sunday, there will an illustrated presentation about John Clare’s life and works in the morning, followed by guided walks in the afternoon around the

countryside that Clare loved led jointly by JCS and the Langdyke Countryside Trust. We hope this year that many local people will come to find more out more about John Clare, his remarkable life and work, and join poetry lovers from across the country (and often internationally) who regularly attend. Further details will be in the Tribune and tickets will be available in the Spring, but if you have any queries please contact Simon Bysshe – 01733253164. Members of the Festival Committee pictured are: Keely Mills (Poet, Creative Producer & Project Manager), Simon Bysshe (Chair), Anna Kinnaird (from Annakinn Art Gallery in Helpston) and Sue Holgate (Secretary of the JCS).

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Report from Helpston Women's Institute

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Wednesday morning walks – all welcome! Meet outside the village shop at 9:00am Thursday morning walks - meet outside the village shop at 9:00am Knit & Natter at Botolph's Barn, Helpston. Bring your knitting, crochet or sewing to our friendly group. We meet fortnightly on Wednesdays from 2pm – 4pm (13th & 27th March; 10th & 24th April). Line Dancing Every Tuesday from 10:00 -11:00 in the Village Hall come to the hall if you're interested Pop-up Café Tuesday12th March in Helpston Village Hall from 1:30 – 3:00pm. Please come and join us for a free cup or tea or coffee and a chat – we would love to meet you! Monthly meetings at 7:30pm in Helpston Village Hall:

Thursday 7 March – Chris Bylett, 'a man who's paid to talk to himself' will be entertaining us and you are very welcome to join us. Contact Janel Pike, President, on 01733 253834 or Connie Varley, Secretary on 01733 260558 or just come to the hall. Thursday 4 April – Members will provide a social evening for our 85th birthday meeting!

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We started the new year with an interesting and useful talk from Tania Bingham from the Carers' Trust. She clarified the many roles involved and explained that there are over 78,000 family carers in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, with at least 2 young carers in every class. The average age of a family carer is 12yrs and there has been a recent increase in the number of 5-8yr old carers. Caring has a huge impact on the carer's health, education and social life and the Carers' Trust provides a wide range of support, including practical advice, respite and social groups. This is not just for young carers: 3 in 5 of us will care for someone in our lifetime! Support for all carers is available from Carers Trust Cambridgeshire on 0345 241 0954 or visit for more information. The meeting continued with an enjoyable social time, when we decorated our new mugs and discussed ways to make our meetings more informal. Our February meeting welcomed visitors who joined us to hear Nigel Jennings explain the Chinese art of Tai Chi. Nigel teaches Yang family Tai Chi in the village on Wednesday mornings and he talked about its evolution from a martial art to a way of developing physical and mental health through the interaction of body, mind and spirit. Nigel demonstrated the form and slow control of push hands, with Vicky's help, and then some more dynamic movements with sword and sabre. We practised deep breathing through the nose to help us absorb oxygen more efficiently and, although none of us could match Nigel's amazing breath control, he described its benefits for stress-relief, sleep and well-being. Other simple tips he gave us for improving health involved balance and centreing, and were things we could all do. We then had a chance to catch up with friends and meet new people, learning some surprising things about our members from our 'confessions' activity! Why not join us in Helpston Village Hall at 7:30pm on the first Thursday of each month? We would love to see you! Contact Janel Pike, our president, on 01733 253834, or Connie Varley, our secretary, on 01733 260558, who will be happy to answer any questions you have, or follow the links on to village organisations, to see this year's programme.


HelCats need you! We’re always on the lookout for HelCats so if you fancy helping out with any of our activities (even if it is just one) please get in touch at (helpstoncommunityactivityteam or visit us on Facebook@HelpstonCommunity. Do you need HelCats? If you are a community organisation within Helpston and you need a little bit of extra help either before, during or after an event or activity you can ask the HelCats for help. Simply email your request to (helpstoncommunityactivityteam@ and the HelCats will see who can help.

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HelCats give back to the community Helpston against crime

Following on from locals expressing concerns about vulnerability and potential for crime in the village, a group of Helpstoners, led by community stalwart, Prem Gyani, met in February to identify whether a neighbourhood watch or similar scheme in Helpston would be welcomed. It was agreed that we would canvas views from villagers on whether a formal Neighbourhood Watch scheme would be a viable option, or a more informal bespoke approach, with improved communication and where concerns could be addressed and help provided for all villagers. Please can you let the group know which of these two options are preferred and let us have your contact details so we can keep in touch (any method phone, address or email) by contacting, telephoning Prem on 07770833999 or completing a slip at the shop or Bluebell pub.

The HelCats, a group of Helpston villagers, have given back over £1,500 to village residents £958.90 of the money raised has been donated to village organisations and £640 has been spent on events for village residents. Eight village organisations benefited from donations:  Helpston Scout and Guides Committee - £150  Friend of Chernobyl’s Children - £100  John Claire Festival – £100  Friends of John Claire School - £100  Helpston WI - £100  Helpston History Group – £50  Helpston Community Speedwatch - £258.90  Helpston Church - £100.00 The remaining funds were used to fund the Helpston Christmas Tree Event, Santa’s visit to Helpston Play House,

Santa’s Sleigh, a Christmas lunch for some of Helpston’s older community and the Young Person of the Year and Young at Heart awards, which will be announced soon. The money was raised at a race night in the village last year, as well as a few other little fundraisers throughout the year. The HelCats, said: “We’d like to thank the people of Helpston who supported us by attending our events and who give so generously. Without your support the HelCats couldn’t do what we do. Once again we have been overwhelmed by the sense of community and the kind words and feedback from people who have attended our events and we can’t wait to start organising this year’s activities.”

Facebook Don’t forget to follow the HelCats Facebook page and join the village chat in the Facebook group by searching @HelpstonCommunity.

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Enjoy the wonderful snowdrops and daffodils around Etton church.

Etton news

The Church Electoral roll will be updated before the Annual Parish Church Meeting on 28 March. If you would like to be added to the register please contact me. There will be a couple of additional church services in the next few months apart from our normal first and third Sunday. An 8am Communion service on 31st March-Mothering Sunday, a 7pm Communion service on 18 April in Holy week and on 21 April, Easter Sunday the Communion service will be at 9am. 22

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The interim Tenders for the church roof repairs have now been received. Depending on whether we fully replace the Nave roof with Terne coated steel or just repair the copper, the costs will be between £95,000 and £115,000. We should get up to £15,000 from our insurance cover and have raised over £2,000 from fundraising so far. Therefore, the sum we need to raise, as a minimum, is £78,000. We were successful in being granted £1000 from the All Churches Trust as a contribution to the cost of our new roof alarm. We plan to apply for funds from the Earl Fitzwilliam Trust and the Landfill Communities Fund, in the first instance. Other grant applications will be made, alongside local fundraising. Ideas so far include: a 100 club; a barn dance; Open gardens; Marathon sponsorship; a children’s relay run around Rutland Water; and afternoon tea to showcase Graham Smitheringales’ renovated DUCW now known as Ike, prior to the D.Day Anniversary in June. More details will be distributed in the village about fundraising plans and events. On 26 January around 100 people banged pots and pans and sang traditional songs at a fun wassail afternoon at the Langdyke Trust’s Etton High Meadow reserve. The tradition of the event is that revellers make a lot of noise to awaken slumbering

Anne Curwen 07730 301404 fruit trees to encourage this year’s crops. There were various activities for children including making bird feeders and building a giant bughouse while the adults enjoyed a barbeque and mulled wine and cider in the barn. The event was free, with donations to the Trust, which is a charity. There are more then 70 fruit trees in a community orchard on the site. The Parish Council have been informed that the potential heritage lighting cannot be fitted for less that the quoted £15k. It was decided at the last meeting that our fundraising efforts should be targeted at raising money for the church roof, so the heritage lighting will not be installed. We are pursuing having the streetlamp on The Row updated and included in the village lighting. Thanks to Councillor Winter’s husband for replacing the bulb in the bus shelter. Streetlights that are not working should be reported via the PCC website quoting the number on the lamp. The 70 car tyres that have been dumped on the Maxey/ Etton Road have been reported to PCC. I hope that we do not get more Fly Tipping when the Waste Recycling centre moves to Fengate next month.


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GLINTON PARISH REPORT Cllr John Holdich OBE Spare a thought for the residents of Herne Road living in the middle of the grade separation works, which in simple terms, takes the old Spalding line under the main East Coast line, allowing more trains daily on the east coast line. The two knocked-down bollards in the traffic calming have been replaced, and a request has been made to the City Council to replace the missing build-out within the scheme at the north end. Also, a litter bin is to be sourced for the bus stop south of the bypass, opposite McDonald’s. With the help of McDonald’s staff, Cllr Bysshe  ran another litter pick in Glinton, which despite the weather,  was successful, and showed the spirit of the village. Thanks Clare. There are many hedges from properties overhanging the pathways.  If they are yours, please cut them back.  They are a hazard to those with sight problems, and cut down drivers’ vision when coming

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out of drives and side roads; also in some cases, pedestrians and pushchairs etc., having to walk in the road. Several complaints have been received about parking and speeding down Helpston Road, and in one case, driving down the path.  The college has agreed to talk to its students, as they already do on a regular basis, and our speed watch team have agreed to give the road their attention. Well, the Public Inquiry into the Larkfleet application to build houses south of the village, has taken place.   Thank you to those who attended the inquiry to support the village; although the result could have a big effect on Glinton, it was more about testing the City Council’s five year supply of housing in the local development plan. Yet another of our village characters, Sybil Hopkins, has passed away; she will be missed. For those of us who have lived in the village for a number of years, you will know that

she was the lady who was always in the phone box on Welmore Road corner! Over many years she did a lot of work around the village, supporting village groups. Cllr Hiller is still battling to get some repairs carried out to the cycle/ footpath north of the village. It is not as simple as it may seem, as you have a dyke on one side of the footpath and our mains services on the other. It is not forgotten, lawyers are still working on a solution to remove the travellers from Mile Drove. The creation of a footpath down Rectory Lane has now been completed, so the parking restrictions can now be enforced. The contractors have asked that we ask parents and young people who use the old lincoln road, to take care around this area where there is a lot of heavy plant coming and going, particularly young folk with headphones.


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Glinton Women's Institute Toby Wood of the Peterborough Civic Society came to talk to us about the Peterborough Blue Plaques in our November meeting. His talk was both entertaining and informative.  We learnt that the plaques commemorate important buildings and people in Peterborough’s history. Members were taken on a virtual whistle stop tour around Peterborough’s city centre where the blue plaques highlight many of its historic buildings, some still standing like the Town Hall, the Lido and Westgate Arcade, others now demolished or repurposed. Notable Peterborough citizens are also honoured by Blue Plaques.  Interestingly Arthur James Robertson who founded the Robertson’s All-Sports shop was a 1908 Olympics gold medal winner. Lots of nostalgic conversation followed!


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Activities for Christmas were much enjoyed! For our December meeting we had a ‘Bring and Share supper’ with members bringing along a wide variety of food for us to enjoy and to get us in the Christmas spirit.  Before we ate we were entertained by ‘Bondy’ from Market Deeping who sang and played his guitar. He sang songs from the sixties to modern day from a variety of artists, Elvis to Bruce Springsteen. By the end we were all joining in and having a whale of a time. A very talented young man, well worth hearing. Our secretary, Jenny Dunk, kindly hosted a wine and buffet evening at her home which was very enjoyable and really made us feel Christmassy!  A raffle was held with proceeds to this year’s charity. The Birthday Party in January was held at the Village Hall with

catering by Bretton Caterers. This proved to be a very successful evening with good food, good company and a ‘tricky quiz’ put together by Gill Godden!

Glinton WI Diary Growing Up Bill Shaw (Boundary). 12 March.

Film Stars of Yesteryear Roger Negus. 9 April. Monthly meetings are held at Glinton Village Hall on the first Tuesday of the month starting at 7.30pm. Visitors are always made very welcome and this is a good way to see if your would like to become a member. The charge of £4 also includes your supper. Any queries, please ring our Secretary Jenny Dunk on 01733 254252.

The Glinton Horticultural Society

17 March Hostas A presentation by Colin Ward from Swines Meadow Farm Nursery - Starts in the Glinton Village 12 April Design inspiration - Ideas for you A presentation by Debbie Cooke - Starts in the Glinton Village Hall from 7.30pm 4 May Plat Sale Starts in the Glinton Village Hall from 1000am or 01733 253591 Our obectives include encouraging the growing and cultivation of flowers, fruit and vegetables and promoting domestic skills, arts and crafts and photography These objectives can only be sustained not by those already having the knowledge and skills but by those who seek to learn them. This year the Society wants to also reach out to those people who would never think of entering a Horticultural show.

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in Northborough

by Roger Favell

Otters were recently spotted at Nine Bridges, Maxey Cut near Northborough. They had thought to have been absent from our local waters for some time but a small family of cubs have been seen. One of Britain's most intelligent & exciting animals to watch in the wild. I have been aware there were Otters on our local waterways for some years. I have seen their spraint (pooh) under bridges & on other prominent features beside rivers, but no sightings. I had seen Otters on Scottish Islands like Skye & Mull but none locally. Then in the Winter of 2016/2017 I had a couple of brief sightings at Deeping Lakes Nature Reserve in the middle of the day. Otters tend to be very secretive & are mainly active at night. The male (dog) requires about 17 miles of river bank for his territory & will not tolerate another male in that

territory. Although more than 1 female (bitch) will be tolerated & the male will father cubs with both bitches. Otters have a very varied diet & eat many small fish such as bullheads, stone loach, sticklebacks, snails, mussels, signal crayfish, frogs, rabbits, moorhens, mallard ducks (particularly the young), & even blackbirds. They obviously eat larger fish on occasions like Pike & Eels are another favourite. If you see more than one otter, then it will be a mother & cub. Cubs stay with the mother until they are entirely proficient at hunting, for at least 14 to 16

months. It is a harsh life in the wild & most Otters do not get past their 4th birthday. Old ones tend to get run over or are injured by domestic dogs. It is good to see Otters back on our local rivers & gravel pits, but we should not be complacent. They disappeared in the 1960s & 1970s because of chemical pollution & there are still pollutants out there in our waterways. Only 4% of our rivers in England are completely healthy, containing invertebrates, lots of fish species & the birds & mammals at the top of the food chain. A lot of the chemicals we use in everyday life cannot be screened out at the sewage works!

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NORTHBOROUGH NORTHBOROUGH PARISH COUNCIL Information about the Parish Council, including meeting agendas and minutes can be found on the Parish website:- and on the parish notice boards. All general and burial enquiries to the Clerk: Catherine Franks Village Hall, Cromwell Close, Northborough PE6 9DP T: 07748 637555 E: Chair John Dadge

T: 01733 254145 / 07802 702908 E: Responsible for: Planning

Vice-Chair Malcolm Spinks T: 01778 343585 / 07870 343562 E: Responsible for: Finance, Human Resources, Website Councillor Rob Chiva T: 01733 252823 E: Responsible for: Planning Councillor Terry Palmer T: 01778 380413 / 07796 946298 E: Responsible for: Police Councillor Brian Spriggs T: 01778 342502 Responsible for: Burial Grounds, Green Space, Human Resources Councillor Emma Watts T: 01778 347652 / 07546 539949 E: Responsible for: Speedwatch Councillor Annette Remmert T: 01733 254299 / 07885 511467 E: Responsible for: Policies, Data Protection, Risk Assessment, Finance

Parking around Northborough School and on grass verges and footpaths We have again been contacted by several residents regarding the parking outside the school. If your children attend our school, please can you abide by the yellow lines and be considerate of residents who may also need to leave their homes for an appointment. Parking on the yellow lines causes a lack of visibility and is hazardous to those travelling along Church Street at school collection time particularly. It was noted recently that vehicles parking on grass verges and footpaths are increasing and this is posing a risk for pedestrian access and ease of use. Blind spots are often generated as vehicles block clear visibility of the path and road ahead and everyone is politely reminded not to park on public walkways and road verges. 28

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Speed Watch Report During the summer many Northborough Parish Councillors along with volunteers from our village community attended a Speed Watch training session at Helpston Village Hall. Since then we have run several sessions at various locations around the village of Northborough. The equipment proved a bit of a challenge at first and many times in the early days, we were not even sure if it was in fact working! We had swarms of flies and unusually for this country intense heat to contend with but in the end, it turned out well. We even had offers of tea from residents which went down well. Most drivers spotted us in our oversized high visibility attire, you couldn’t miss us and vehicles slowed down accordingly.

On a more serious note our villages are not designed to be driven through at high speed and just slowing down by a few miles an hour can be the difference between life and death. Recently there has been mud from the beet harvest on the corner and it just goes to show that hazards can appear unexpectedly. Vehicles exceeding the designated speed limit are referred to the police with a view to driver education. In cases where this education is ignored, and offences are recorded subsequently will be dealt with more seriously with police enforcement and prosecution. Just a reminder that safety applies to both the vehicle driver and those enjoying our community streets let’s make our villages a safer place for everyone.


Councillor Vacancy If you are interested in representing your community on the parish council, please contact the Clerk or any Councillor for more information.

Meetings Held at the Village Hall, second Wednesday of every month except August. 2019 dates: 9 January, 13 February, 13 March, 10 April, 8 May (annual meeting of the council), 12 June, 10 July, 11 September, 9 October, 13 November, 11 December. Council surgery is held from 10am to 12pm every Tuesday morning at the Village Hall

Village Sign We are pleased that the village sign, which was very worn, will be fully refurbished and reinstated in the early spring. Thank you to Malcolm Spinks for assisting with the painting of the sign. It is planned by the Parish Council to place planters around each Northborough village welcome sign and entrance and the planters will follow a uniform seasonal plant and flower theme. We are seeking volunteers to assist with watering and light maintenance of the planters and please contact the Parish Council Clerk if you are able to help.

Exciting News for Northborough Residents

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After a request for adult fitness Landscaping and garden maintenance equipment, made by a local resident and discussed at  Fencing the Parish Councils Annual Meeting held last May 2018.  Gates Northborough Parish Council  Hedge cutting the Council prepared plans  Topiary and proposals and with  Patios representatives from the Village Hall committee applied to The  Pruning Big Lottery Fund for a grant  Turfing of £10,000 towards buyer and  Lawn care installing the equipment.  Planting We have just learned that this  Small tree work funding has now been awarded and we are looking at installing Design options the following equipment, available Double Pull Down Challenger, Double Health Walker, Double Fully Insured Power Push, Double Slalom Skier, Double Arm and Pedal Call Keith 01775 841165 • 07497 486189 Bicycle and Double Squat Push. e: All the equipment is made FACEBOOK @muddyfeetlandscaping by Sovereign Play Com and is for use by adults of all ages and fitness levels. Equipment has been selected that can be used by two people at once so using it will be a social occasion as well as helping fitness. The equipment will be sited at the end of the village hall just after the over flow car park. We specialise in We will have more details on when the equipment will be buying used cars installed and will post notices in from £1500 to £6000 the village notice board. Watch that space and please accept our apologies in advance for any small inconvenience caused during the time it is being installed. In the meantime, if you have any ideas for other things which you feel might benefit our village put a date in your T MORE diary for the next Annual Village FIND OU Meeting / Coffee morning which will be on Saturday 18th May 2019 10.00am until 12.00am where you are invited to come along and share your ideas.





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Spring Litter Pick. Our first litter pick of 2019 will take place on Sunday, 7th April, meeting at 10.00 a.m. on Riverside at its junction with Fairfax Way. As usual, pickers, bags, hoops and high vis. waistcoats will be provided, along with collection of filled bags. It is always great fun and very rewarding. It is pure coincidence that this will fall within the Clean for the Queen published dates but we shall proceed in our own way. Sand Martin House. On 7 February, a group of Deeping Gate Parish Councillors took up Councillor Hiller’s offer of a visit to Sand Martin House and met him in the extensive grounds. I don’t think any one of us was prepared for what lay before us. Who would have thought that the old East Station engine sheds would ever become things of great beauty? They, together with the ultra-modern architecture of the extensions and linked buildings were simply breath taking. Councillor Hiller had also arranged for us to have a conducted tour of the buildings. It was, indeed, a very worthwhile and truly enjoyable visit. RTCs continue on Peakirk Road. One occurred early morning on

Please contact Deeping Gate Parish Council via the 14th December when a Yaris deposited itself, boot down, in a water filled ditch with its bonnet pointing to the skies, this on the bend opposite the entrance to Riverside. A second, in January, was on Peakirk Road, Northborough, at its junction with the road leading to the village. The hole in the hedge is larger and the road sign in the ditch. We have a log of eleven RTCs on Peakirk Road since 2012, sadly including one fatality in August, 2017. The above does not include the numerous crashes into our little stone bridge adjacent to Black Gates river bank access. We met Peter Tebb in June, 2018 when our concerns with speeding were aired. This also included speeding on Deeping St. James Road. Peter took away our information and thoughts and he, in turn, giving useful feedback. Community Resilience - Deepings Community Emergency and Flood Plan. Members of Deeping Gate Parish Council recently met with their opposite numbers from Market Deeping Town Council and Deeping St. James Parish Council, to review and update the plan which we have been part of for some years. The



purpose of the Plan is to ensure that our communities are prepared and able to make an effective response in the first instance, and to assist the Emergency Services with information and local knowledge. PCSO. We were shocked to hear that our PCSO covers a total of twenty-six villages in his patch. Little wonder his car is rarely seen in this, the Northern-most part of his area. Deeping St. James Road foot/ cycle path. We continue to receive multiple complaints re this much used path but had been advised there were no funds available for the current year. We will apply for funding during the coming financial year. Very large, unsafe trees in Sutton’s Lane have finally been removed much to our relief and that of local residents. Some trimming of other trees has taken place to “uncover” street lights but we await further action on Deeping St. James Road adjacent to the traffic calming. Riverside resurfacing. After complaints from residents, these, together with photographs were forwarded to Highways and the remedial work was carried out.



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Barnack News Now we have entered a New Year, with the delight of all the seasons to come. So far we have been singularly fortunate with our local weather, but as I write it is blowing a bit of a Hooley with some much needed rain but as yet none of the snow that has plagued other parts of the Kingdom. 1919 was a momentous year, the war to end all wars was over, but it looks as if 2019, a century later will be another year to remember. That is as near to using the “B” word as I intend to get. It is heartening to note that despite the Armageddon (according to some) that looms over us Barnack’s institutions started the year strongly and in fine fettle. The WI’s first meeting was well attended where Mike Mills gave a talk on his visit to the Holy Land. The Barnack Flower club will hold their AGM on Feb 20th at 2pm in the Village Hall, all who are interested are welcome. Barnack Youth Club, which is open to the young (7-11) of Southorpe, Bainton, Ufford, Pilsgate, and Wothorp. There are plenty of activities with a modest entry fee of £1.50, with perhaps a bit extra for the tuck shop. Men’s Breakfast, held on the forth Saturday of every month starts at 8.30am in the Village Hall, all men are welcome

to simply turn up but it is useful if you could let Mike Mills (740285) or David Lacock (740285) know in advance so that they can ensure a steady flow of toast and all the other good things that go to make up a full English Breakfast. Barnack does seem to be a gastronomic place in Tribune land because in addition to the Mens breakfast there is a coffee morning held in Barnack Church on every third Saturday from 10.30am to 12pm then every Wednesday the Coffee Stop is open in the Village Hall from 10.30am to noon. They are open to all from the surrounding villages (and beyond) and all are welcome. Both are run by the Church, but primarily they are social occasions where people can meet, exchange news and find out what is going on in the Villages, whilst at the same time being regaled by scones, homemade cakes, jam and real coffee, a take away service is available at the Coffee Stop.

A couple of dates for the diary are the “Fodder and Race” night in the Village Hall on 8 March, starting at 7 pm. Tickets are £10 each, with Fodder being provided, there is also a paying bar to celebrate or bemoan your fate at the races. Book your tickets from or call Sally on 07795 565658. Then on 27 April, starting at 2pm the Barnack fun run and schools challenge races will be held. The following roads will be closed on that day School Road, Millstone Lane, main Street and Jack Haws Lane, there will also be restrictions on some other roads. If you are able to and would like to help with this evenet please contact Sereena Davy or 740630. Talking of road closures, much to the chagrin of many people in the Villages and far beyond, Uffington Road remains closed for some time for the convenience of the Developer.

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Our House by Louise Candlish


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For all of us our homes are the one place we feel safe. It is one of our human rights that no one can enter our home without due cause. For those of us who own our homes then they are also a financial investment and an investment for our children once we are gone. So, what if you came home one day to find a removal van outside your home. And someone else was moving in. This is what happens to Fi Lawson, one sunny winter day in January. There are no signs of her two young sons and her husband, Bram, just a family of strangers insisting that they £1.6 million house in a leafy suburb of London is now theirs.

And so Fi’s life quickly unravels. This dual narrative novel tells the events leading up to that day from the point of view of both Fi and Bram, switching between their two accounts. At times this can lead to confusion as you forget that you know information from Bram that Fi doesn’t, but it is not a big issue. Has Bram cheated Fi out of her home and disappeared from the face of the earth? If he has why? This fast-paced thriller will have you guessing until the end, with twists and revelations throughout and asks if we ever really know what the closest people in our lives are going through?


‘Allo to all you residents of your lovely Tribuneland villages and I ‘ope you are all well and eating good food, as we are here at Chez Pierre.

from the kitchen of La tarte aux asperges et comté I did say in my last issue piece that, at the request of a well-to-do lady friend, I would be telling about a vegetable recipe now and, as I am true to my word with ladies always, I have made again a simple yet wonderful offering to the delight of friends and guests here. A simple tart but one which always pleases me and has won over taste buds of the family of one very satisfied guest, who said to me after a lunchtime serving: “..Pierre, une petite tarte qui allie asperges et comté et qui a conquis les papilles de toute la famille…” Praise indeed, non? The Chez Pierre asparagus tart is what is considered rustic French food and can be a side or main dish for a meal, or indeed cut into smaller sections as hors d'oeuvre,

or dressed with a small side salad as a starter. The basic recipe is from the northern areas of France and varied recipes have been popular on bistro and patisserie menus, changing little over the years; eaten hot and cold with a beer or a lightly chilled white wine. Asparagus is always available these days and you busy housewives can make easily with the puff pastry here and buy a ready-made roll from the supermarket. For it is now really very good and so much easier to have handy in the freezer than to make by hand. It’s important to blanch the asparagus for about a minute in boiling salted water, drain and refresh in cold water to retain the proper green colour before cooking the tart.

You’ll need: A puff pastry sheet, 1 ½ cups ricotta cheese, 1 beaten egg, ¼ cup parsley chopped, 2 tbsp fresh thyme chopped, 2 tbsp fresh rosemary chopped, salt, pepper, 150g fine asparagus trimmed.

Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan180°C/gas 6.  Roll out a 375g pack puff pastry to line a suitable size tart tin and brush with beaten egg.  Combine ricotta, remaining beaten egg, parsley, thyme and rosemary. Season generously with salt and pepper, then spread onto the puff pastry within the centre and not going over the edges.  Lay the asparagus neatly and evenly on top and brush pastry with an egg wash.  Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes until set and golden. You can cover the filling with paper if you think it’s browning too quickly. Once cooked I normally leave ours to cool to room temperature before cutting with a very sharp (to slice through the asparagus cleanly) and serving on a CP white platter with a dressed green salad and a bowl of green olives. A lightly chilled CP house white sauvignon blanc normally is very acceptable as accompaniment, non? I do hope my lady friend enjoys this recipe with her vegetarian friends, but for non-veggies you may decide to add some smoked ham to the ricotta before baking or some flaked grilled salmon after? Bon chance – Pierre x

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A Vision for Nature 20 years on!

One of the many privileges of living in Tribland is just how easy it is to wander out into the wonderful countryside that surrounds our villages. And for such a small area, that countryside is surprisingly varied. Tribland residents can enjoy a walk through the woods at Castor Hanglands or along the River Nene near Castor and Ailsworth or by the Maxey Cut in the northern part of our area. They can visit local nature reserves such as Barnack Hills and Holes or walk through the quiet tree-lined lanes between Marholm and Etton. There are major wetlands at Bainton and Maxey; limestone meadows at Southorpe and Swaddywell; woodlands across the patch and even some hills (or perhaps slopes) between the Welland and Nene valleys!


But these landscapes – or rather the wildlife that finds its home here – have been under threat for quite some time now. The list of species in steep decline across our area is long and – for nature lovers, and I would hope all village residents – both sad and worrying. Iconic rural birds such as the cuckoo and the turtle dove have disappeared from many areas (I certainly never hear the cuckoo from my garden in Helpston anymore). Nationally they have both declined by a staggering 65% and 93% respectively. Hedgehogs too are increasingly rarely seen – either dead or alive – no surprise when you realise that their population has been cut in half

This year the Trust celebrates its 20th anniversary so it is perhaps worth reflecting on what has been achieved and how the work of local people has made such a difference to local places, local people and, of course, to local wildlife. in recent years. The list goes on – brown hares, down by 80%; swifts (surely the sound of our summers) down by 50%; 75% of butterfly species are in decline. The Langdyke Countryside Trust was founded in 1999 to face up to this catalogue of natural loss and to stop simply worrying about what this meant for our countryside and get on and do something about it. Spurred on by the planning battle over the future of Swaddywell Pit, Helpston, four local residents set up the Trust with the specific intention of reversing decades of habitat and species loss and to celebrate and conserve our natural world and in time, through changes to land management, and greater public awareness, seek to reverse those declines. This year the Trust celebrates its 20th anniversary so it is perhaps worth reflecting on what has been 36

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achieved in that time and how the work of local people has made such a difference to many local places and indeed to many local people and of course to local wildlife.

Langdyke at 20

As we enter our 21st year, the Trust is flourishing. It currently manages seven nature reserves in the area, ranging from the 80-acre Etton Maxey Pits to the 2-acre meadow at Marholm Field Bank, by the A47. It has 120 household membership, runs a flock of 100+ sheep and offers it members a variety of weekly events, including work-parties, country walks, training sessions and indoor talks.

How did this all come about? For the first six years after its foundation, the Trust owned no land and had no members! It helped out with local hedge planting and conservation work in churchyards. It put up nest boxes in Rice Wood and organised nature walks for its small band of supporters. That period all changed in 2005 when the Trust opened its first reserve at Swaddywell Pit, Helpston. Swaddywell is a very special place – the subject of two of John Clare’s poems it was listed in Sir Charles Rothschild’s famous

1912 list of key places for nature across the country, along with the Thames Estuary and St Kilda. In 1915 it became one of the first nature reserves in the UK. Since then it had reverted to quarrying and ended up in the 1980s as a landfill site and then a VW racetrack. But when plans for the racetrack were thwarted by local opposition, the Trust stepped in and after many years of negotiation, bought the land off its previous owners and set up its first reserve – at that time a rather barren and waste strewn location, unloved for far too long. Today Swaddywell is once again a special place a place of calm and tranquillity, full of flowers and butterflies in the summer and wetland and farmland birds throughout the year. Every week a determined and passionate team of volunteers gather on the reserve and, together with a resident flock of Hebridean and Soay sheep, manage the site for nature and for people.

Swaddywell Pit

After that the Trust’s reserves and work plans accelerated rapidly. In 2009 we bought Torpel Manor Field at the end of West Street, Helpston (although actually in


We bought Torpel Manor Field at the end of West Street, Helpston and started work on an ambitious project to unlock the secrets of this historic site Bainton parish) and started work on an ambitious project to unlock the secrets of this historic site, the location of a Norman manor house and medieval hamlet. A Heritage Lottery grant allowed us to create a visitor cabin and static and on-line exhibition and to take forward a detailed project with the University of York, which culminated in the publication of a book about the site. Many local people were involved, leaning how to conduct geophysical surveys and take part in field walks and digs pits to discover the historic treasures beneath the ground. And we celebrated with summer festivals, full of music, poetry, nature and drama in 2011 and 2012 and annual heritage workshops. Bainton Heath was our third reserve, established in 2009, this time in partnership with National Grid. Bainton Heath is another former quarry, covered in rubble from the London bomb sites and ash from power stations to create a unique habitat. Also, in 2009 Langdyke also entered into a management agreement with Tarmac to look after the restored gravel pits between Etton and Maxey, north of the Cut. Etton High Meadow followed in 2011 and in 2018 we established our third ‘Eastern’ reserve, Vergette Wood Meadow just north of the South Drain, outside Etton. These three eastern reserves are looked after by another team of volunteers who meet fortnightly, taking on tasks as diverse as running small allotments, launching tern rafts or organising community events. In 2017 the Trust set up a new geographic group, centred

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in Castor and Ailsworth, to take forward projects in that area and in 2018 another group, Ermine Street, covering Barnack and Ufford was established. Most recently, at the end of 2018 we entered in another management agreement, with Kier and Highways England, to manage a small meadow just off the A47, home to butterflies, moths and flowers.

What has been achieved? As a result, nature is thriving on all our reserves. At Etton-Maxey Pits wetland birds, such as common terns, lapwing and redshank have returned to breed, water voles have

Pyramid orchids spread across the site in their thousands made their homes here too and in 2018 Pyramidal orchids spread across the site in their thousands. Swaddywell is no longer a waste ground, it is home to eight species of orchid, including two found nowhere else locally and one that is nationally rare and over 1200

Soay sheep at Swaddywell Pit

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Grizzled skipper butterfly species of invertebrate, including the scarce and beautiful grizzled skipper. At Etton High Meadow a new orchard is growing up slowly and dragonflies have colonised the new pond. At

Local people have had the chance to watch, learn about and get involved with our natural and heritage world.

Volunteers assembling sheep shelters at Swaddywell Pit

And what of the future? The reality remains however that while nature is doing well on the reserves, it is struggling across the wider countryside. How would we

Bainton Heath, nightingales sing from the scrub, rare butterflies and moths thrive in the grassland while summer migrants, such as cuckoo and hobby hunt overhead.

Wassailing at Etton High Meadow- January 2019 And local people have had the chance to watch, learn about and get involved with our natural and heritage world. As well as the core of regular committee members and volunteers without whom the Trust could not possibly manage its reserves, we have a much wider group who join us for walks such as last May’s nightingale walk around Castor Hanglands which attracted over 40 local people or for special events such as January’s inaugural wassailing event at Etton High Meadow with over 100 visitors – young and old.

What if our children really do grow up never seeing a hedgehog? feel if a walk along the Maxey Cut isn’t enlivened by hares playing in the nearby fields or there are no swifts screaming over the villages in the summer? What if our children really do grow up never seeing a hedgehog? Or hearing a cuckoo? Is that the countryside we want? It isn’t what Langdyke is all about. We are currently working with a range of partners and landowners to take forward a very positive vision for the future of our area

As residents, we want to live in an area where nature is at the heart of our lives. Where swifts and swallows are a central feature of our summer evenings, where otters continue to enthral people as they play in the Maxey Cut, where bees and other insects thrive, not decline, and where there are far more, not less, ponds, meadows, wild flowers, hedgerows and trees. And where local people can walk or cycle out in safety and tranquillity across this thriving countryside, enjoying the sights and sounds and even the silence of the natural world; enjoying dark skies and cherishing the heritage – both natural and man-made- around them. If that seems like a vision you and your family support, then please do come along to one of the forthcoming 20th anniversary events as advertised on the back page of the Tribune and learn more about what we do and please join our cause!

Later this year, we hope to launch an ambitious plan for the natural world across Tribland – keep an eye out for those plans and in the meantime, follow us on Facebook FACEBOOK /groups/langdyketrust/ and check out our website 38

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John Clare Primary

We are having a maths focus at John Clare Primary this term. The Friends of John Clare School have been fund raising to help provide new maths resources for all children across school. We had a record number of parents attend a maths workshop to find out how they can support their children’s learning. We appreciate the support from parents and the Friends of John Clare School. Buttercross

Buttercross class have been exploring our wildlife area, the children have been looking at the effects of Winter on the trees, plants and animals. Whilst in the wildlife area they have enjoyed building dens. The Buttecross Snack Café has been a huge success. The children have thoroughly enjoyed making toast, helping themselves to drinks and fruit and most importantly sitting down and having a chat with their friends. To support the development of mathematical understanding the children have been exploring number rods, making patterns and links. The children, this term, are being given the opportunity to share their interests and experiences with the class. We are finding out so much about them.


This half term Woodgate Class has been reading Roald Dahl's 'The Magic Finger'. It has led to some interesting discussions around the issue of hunting and our Members of Parliament could probably learn a lot from the courteous way in which the children conducted their debate! The children have also produced some beautiful charcoal art work inspired by the text. In history, we have been learning about the life of Grace Darling and her heroic rescue of the crew from the stricken Forfarshire vessel in 1838. Our Mathematical

focus has included using the 'bar model' to support our learning, particularly in the context of money. In PE the children have enjoyed working on their gymnastics skills. It has been another busy half-term!


In Broadwheel class, this term, we have been reading the Iron Man by Ted Hughes. We have had the opportunity to complete some wonderful pieces of artwork and the story has been brought to life through drama sessions. The children have been considering renewable energy sources and are looking forward to their trip to find out more about wind farms. In maths, we have been having fun with fractions! We have used lots of lovely new resources, which have helped us with our learning. We have even completed artwork using our knowledge of fractions and creating wonderful patterns.


Torpel have had a very busy Spring term. We have been studying the book, ‘Pig Heart Boy’ by Malorie Blackman and this has sparked some interesting debates. Linked to the book, we have been exploring health and animals in science. We were kindly allowed to borrow a germ screener, which enabled to see how clean our hands were before and after washing. We have become exceptionally intrigued by micro-

organisms this term and made our own out of modelling clay, which we then sealed in petri dishes to avoid contamination! In mathematics, we have been exploring geometry and our year 5 children have learnt how to use a protractor. We can now measure, draw and calculate missing angles around a point/on a straight line brilliantly. We are looking forward to our final term this academic year and our forthcoming residential trip.

Bigger and better things for John Clare Primary

In September 2011 when I arrived at John Clare Primary the question I was asked most frequently by parents and the community was ‘ you’re not going to make the school bigger are you?’. Three years ago this changed and I’m now asked ‘why isn’t the school bigger?’ and ‘when is the school getting bigger?’ The Governors and I have had many, many discussions around this issue and have raised our concerns with the Local Authority. The Soke Education Trust are working, in partnership with the Local Authority and school, to create more places across all year groups from September 2019. Funding has been secured to make our additional classroom a better and brighter place to learn.

If you are interested in finding out more about Peterborough’s number one achieving primary school and how we pride ourselves on our holistic, child and family centred, creative approach, please come and see us. If you would like to look around the school please contact Mrs Capano, 01722 252332, I look forward to seeing you soon. Rachel Simmons - Headteacher 40

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Helpston Playhouse The start to 2019 has been an active and exciting one Encore Dance Academy have been visiting the Playhouse every Tuesday to teach the pre-schoolers, and these sessions have proved extremely popular giving the children the opportunity to try a variety of dance styles. The introduction of the Forest School is going from strength to strength. Run by Preschool Practitioner Amanda Webb it is a fabulous addition to the provision offered by the Playhouse.  Amanda explains a little more about the Forest School in her own words: "My name is Amanda Webb and I have just completed my Level 3 Forest School Leadership qualification. Here at Helpston Playhouse the children now experience outdoor sessions with a difference.  We look at nature and wildlife, using inspirational craft and games to learn and play. The children take risks with tools, explore on bug hunts and experiment with weather, to name just a few activities. Whilst building their team work skills Forest School also increases, their physical abilities and knowledge. Being part of nature allows them to appreciate, respect and learn about the environment in a hands-on way These opportunities take place within our

amazing garden or when we visit our wooded nature area at the bottom of the school field. It's wonderful for them to build upon their self-esteem, independence and confidence in an open ended and free-thinking environment."  The Out of School Club continues to thrive, and sessions have been busy with the children making bird feeders, pom poms and learning how to French knit.  They have also been making the most of dry days to do woodwork in the garden. The Breakfast Club now offers extended morning opening times.  The Early Bird session allows children to be dropped off at 7.30am.  Finally, a huge thank you to all those who supported our recent 80s v. 90s quiz and disco night.  This event was a sell out with many ticket holders dressing up in the best 80s or 90s attire, raising fantastic funds for the Playhouse.  These funds will be put directly back into the Playhouse allowing us to provide new equipment and experiences for the children.  We absolutely appreciate your support with these events.  Out next one will be our ever-popular Easter Fayre.  Keep an eye on Facebook or our website for details soon.

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work of some yoghurts! The rest of the food would have lasted for some time taking pressure off the family. We are keeping regular contact with Ira, who now that she has someone on her side and giving her family some support, is feeling emotionally stronger and has hope for her children’s future. We have already offered a place for Dima on our charity visits and are keen to offer Sasha the same opportunity. We need a host family for Sasha and a sponsor and we are hoping that you can help! The dates are Wednesday 24th July to Wednesday 7th August. There is a playscheme most days, so if you work this isn’t a problem at all. All our host families are very friendly, and we all help each other out. We have a lot of fun and the kids have a wonderful time, if you can help Sasha to be a part of this,

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As many readers will be aware Arthur Mellows Village College in conjunction with Fulbridge Primary Academy (both schools rated Outstanding by OFSTED) have founded a new Multi Academy Trust to serve education in Peterborough. 4 Cs Multi Academy Trust currently has 4 schools in membership, has been appointed to build a new primary school at Manor Drive, Paston and expects a second Secondary school to join in September this year. The ambition is to build a trust of up to 10 local schools. The Trust comprises 5 members who appoint 9 trustees who determine the policies of the trust ,set targets, monitor performance and manage finance and property. Trustees act in a non-executive position

and day to day management is the responsibility of the Chief Executive Officer and his team. Trustees commit to attend 4 meetings in the Autumn term and two meetings in each of the other two terms. In addition trustees are given the opportunity to get to know schools in the trust and their Local Governing Committees. Trustee meetings are held at Arthur Mellows Village College in Glinton usually from 8.30.a.m. to 10.a.m. All of the current trustees are long serving former or serving governors of member schools.

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Mustard Seed Project

Rita and Geoff Fowler

As Rita explained in her last report, their first group of children, many of whom were the first to join them, took their KCPE (Kenyan Certificate of Education) in November. They have a complete cross section of ability at the school as they are chosen by poverty not ability and the cohort includes children with special needs, however the mean score was B-. Absolutely brilliant! Even better news was the fact that two of their poorest but most able girls, Patience and Everline, got a donor to enable them to go to one of the best secondary school. Neither of these girls would have gone to any sort of secondary school which made it even better news. Both mothers, single parents, were completely overwhelmed by the news. Patience' father was killed in a road traffic accident when she was seven years leaving her mother with no money and four children. Patience' mum gave her heartfelt appreciation and said 'I thought my daughter's primary education would just be the final but now there is an unexpected green light which will change my daughter's life.' So heartwarming to see what the quality education they are providing is achieving. Rita said, ‘As you know we really hope to be able to build six classrooms on the upper storey of our building this year so that all the children can be in the same building enabling us to save £4,000 a year. We have raised

the money for the first classroom and have two further fundraising events later in the year which should together raise enough for three classrooms. If determination alone is enough then we shall also raise the other £30,000. Everything counts towards our goal of course and I was so touched yesterday when my eight year old granddaughter arrived with £5.71. She has been to Kenya twice to see our school and was so moved by what she saw that she decided to fundraise herself by selling chocolates she received at Christmas for 50p each. Her mum paid 71p for hers!’ The other thing arising from their last visit before Christmas was their discovery that so many of their students would actually starve during the nine week long school holidays. They managed to get some emergency funding from two donors and also donated

their Christmas present which fed twenty families during those holidays but of course that is just putting a very important plaster on a wound. It will not heal it. However, for three of those families life is now improving. The School needed to employ another cook and another cleaner which helped two families and a donor very kindly gave a donation to a third to enable him to set up a business again which had failed when they had an enormous medical bill. That man is also getting practical support from the school secretary who is doing a part-time business degree, paid for by Mustard Seed Project. Hopefully this will help to alleviate the problem a little for next time. A big thank you to all of you for your support which is very much appreciated. You are making a big difference to all the families involved with the school.

If you would like to know more about how you could help the school of Mustard Seed Project please look at the website or write or call Rita 07920463889

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New home for Sunflower Seeds Planning and design

After a lot of various changes to our original plans and site the final Planning application for the New Building was granted in January 2019. We can officially say we are on our way to building our new home for Sunflower Seeds!

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The New building will provide us with bigger indoor space, better quality of facilities, increased capacity for pre-school and breakfast/afternoon club, designated outdoor play area and much improved storage and staff areas. To confirm our new home will be based where the current pavilion area is and the current space occupied by Sunflower Seeds will be returned to school which is where the new pavilion area will be erected.

Working with Northborough Primary School Sunflower Seed Charity and Northborough Primary School are working very closely together to ensure that the needs of both organisations are met and that we are providing the best possible facility for our children. We are meeting regularly to discuss how we are going to manage health and safety arrangements on the site during the construction and how we are going to work together when the new building is finished. We are also consulting with the School Council about the new design for the pavilion/outdoor classroom area. We would like to thank Northborough Primary School for their continuous support with the project.

Initial schedule We are still working on the final schedule of works but are hoping to start over the summer 2019 with the view to move the service across to the new facility in the first months of 2020.

New Home. School facing west elevation.

Project funding Sunflower Seeds has been lucky to secure £100,000 capital development grant for childcare facilities from the Peterborough City Council. We have also received £10,000 from the Awards for All grant Scheme. Sunflower Seeds committee has been aware for some years now that the current cabin is reaching the end of its useful life, therefore we have been making provisions and managing our finance very carefully which has resulted in our own retained funds of around £150,000 being available for the new project. However, we still do not have quite enough to meet the full building costs. We are continuing to look for ideas and expertise on how to raise additional funds through fundraising, grant applications and private sponsors. If you feel you could support us in one of these areas, please get in touch!

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Barnack tower-mill

Poetry in motion:


around Tribland by Dr Avril Lumley Prior

‘Driving out through the windmills And some of them were still; Sometimes it’s hard to catch the wind And bend it to your will’. (David Crosby and Graham Nash, 2004) continued overleaf >>

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Castor watermill and windmill

‘Dark satanic mills?’ (William Blake, 1804) Near the village where I grew up stood a derelict post-mill. It was said to be haunted by the ghost of a lovelorn miller who had hung himself from a sail (or maybe it was his daughter, depending upon which version you believed). Doubtlessly, the story was concocted to keep curious children away from what clearly was a dangerous structure.

Dark satanic mill’


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It certainly looked menacing, especially in the moonlight. I was convinced that this was one of William Blake’s “dark, satanic mills” that we sang about at Sunday School and that the Jerusalem “builded here” must have been obliterated by the Luftwaffe aiming for the docks and shipyards. Then, suddenly the mill disappeared, levelled to the ground like many of our iconic buildings in the 1950s and 60s. Nowadays, it would be lovingly restored by enthusiasts and painted dazzling-white, like at Saxtead Green (Suffolk). Back then, discarded buildings were left to decay or were swept away along with the bomb-sites. With hindsight, a tumbledown windmill near a sandy beach was not exactly what Blake had in mind when he composed his Jerusalem, in 1804. He was troubled by the diabolical working conditions for adults and children as young as five in the steam-powered cottonand woollen-mills of Lancashire and Yorkshire, engendered by the Industrial Revolution. In contrast, windmills and watermills are symbols England’s medieval agricultural heritage. Yet, they too

have inspired some of our most-enduring poems and popular songs. Remember Noël Harrison’s mesmerising ‘Windmills of your mind?'

‘An Old Mill by the Stream’ (Billie Clarke and Harry Armstrong, 1917) Moreover, the idyllic ‘Old mill by the stream’, that prompted Nellie Dean and her swain ‘to sit and dream’ and the music-hall hit to be written, may have had ancient origins. Mills once were an integral part of every settlement since grain was too heavy to transport far over rutted roads, at best by ox-cart and at worst by Shanks’ pony. People have been grinding cereals since at least Neolithic times. Archaeological evidence indicates that hand-mills, called querns, were used to extract flour for bread-making. However, it was not until the first century AD that the Romans introduced labour-saving watermills to England. At least three were operating near Hadrian’s Wall,


Luttrell Psalter Watermill

Rotary quern

providing flour for the legions stationed there. Closer to home, a millstone of similar date was unearthed near Sacrewell Farm, off the A47. The earliest known AngloSaxon watermill was on the River Anker at the Mercian stronghold of Tamworth (Staffordshire). It reputedly contained millstones that King Offa (757-96) had exchanged with Charlemagne the Great (768-814) for fine English woollen cloaks. In 1086, Domesday Book listed 5,624 watermills, with six identified in Tribland. After the Norman Conquest, milling rights belonged exclusively to the lord-of-the-manor, who usually leased his mill to one of his foremost tenants. The lord was responsible for the general upkeep of the building and retained his right to have crops from his demesne ground on demand. The miller supplied his own millstones, and made minor repairs but was allowed to levy a grinding toll (‘multure’) of an ounce for every pound of his ‘service-users’ grist. Under the feudal system, peasants were forced to take their grain to the manorial mill, so understandably, they hung onto their hand-mills, using them in secret like clandestine radios

tuned to BBC News Bulletins in Nazi-occupied Europe. Penalties for possession were harsh and larger, more-efficient models were difficult to conceal. In 1274, Abbot Roger of St Albans, livid at his loss of revenue, demanded that his townsfolk surrender their querns. The response was so abysmal that he ordered housesearches, during which 80 illicit hand-mills were seized. Instead of smashing them (as was the norm), the abbot recouped his losses by redeploying them as paving-slabs in his monastery. Of Tribland’s six watermills alluded to in Domesday Book, Pilsgate (near the old Uffington Road station site) was controlled directly by Abbot Turold of Peterborough but was defunct before 1545. Castor, on a willow-lined backwater of the Nene, also was held by Turold and remained a church possession until the twentieth century. The others at Southorpe, Sutton, and probably Maxey and Lolham, were leased to four of his knights, Geoffrey de Southorpe,

Castor watermill Ansketyl de Sutton, Geoffrey de la Mare and Roger de Torpel, in return for military dues. From a topographical perspective, it is feasible that all six corn-mills occupied the sites of their later counterparts.


Frustratingly, it is not until Oliver Cromwell’s Parliamentary Survey of 1649 that we receive our next information about Castor watermill. We are told that it was ‘totally ruined, having been lately consumed by fire’, implying that it was made from timber. The mill was reconstructed by 1681, when Susanna, ‘wife of Thomas Coulton, miller’, was buried at Castor. A repositioned date-stone states that there was another rebuild in 1729 and, finally, in the early nineteenthcentury with two sets of millstones, enabling it to bear the plural title of ‘Castor Mills’. (The term ‘mill’ referred to the grindstone not the building.) Unlike its medieval forebears, when the mill-wheel was attached to the gable, it was housed within the structure. Castor’s last miller, Alfred Loweth from Yaxley (1846-1928), took charge in 1888. He also worked the nearby windmill, which he relinquished in 1894 to moonlight as a ‘gasman’ and small-holder. He retired completely in 1924, aged 76, but stayed at the Mill House until his death. Alfred’s adopted daughter, Mona, and her husband, William Brown, a clothing-manufacturer and ‘gentleman’ farmer, bought The Old Mill from the Ecclesiastical Commissioners and stripped out the machinery. Southorpe Mill stands near Wittering Ford Road, on another of the Nene’s backwaters. By 1290, it had been procured by Elias de Bekingham, who gave it to Peterborough Abbey on condition that two monks said daily prayers for the soul of Queen Eleanor (wife of Edward I) and fed 200 paupers on the anniversary of her death. The last mill on the site was funded by the Marquis of Exeter (Lord Burghley), c.1800, and was run by James Morriss from c.1841, together with the now-levelled windmill at Mill Farm, 500m to the east. When James died in >>

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>> 1857, his widow, Sarah, and their son, James junior, worked both mills. After Sarah’s death in 1882, James, concentrated solely upon farming. He allowed the leat or mill-stream, which drove the external, undershot mill-wheel, to silt up and converted the building into a byre. Even without its Collyweston roof, Southorpe Mill’s snowdrop-strewn surroundings and babbling mill-stream is a serene spot ‘to sit and dream’. Nellie Dean would have loved it! Not so, the site of Sutton Mill, near the A47/A1 fly-over. Reconstructed in 1454/8, Bridge Mill is well-documented in the account book of John Morton, one of Peterborough Abbey’s officials. He portrays a substantial stone structure with a slate roof, two waterwheels and miller’s dwelling. After the Abbey was dissolved, in 1539, Bridge Mill’s ownership was transferred to the Dean and Chapter of Peterborough Cathedral. It had vanished by 1649 and now only a few dressed stones linger to mark its location. The earliest recorded mill at Maxey, was constructed in 1203 to replace one that had burnt down. A datestone on 50

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the present building declares that it was built in 1779 by ‘JM’, the initials of John Molecey, who also owned Molecey Mill on the West Deeping to Stamford Road. By 1871, it had been purchased by Alfred Loweth’s brother, ‘master miller’ Isaac Loweth (1843-1919), who trained his son, Ernest (1878-1947), to follow in his footsteps and eventually add ‘corn and flour dealer and farmer’ to his credentials. The mill prospered, enabling Isaac to erect a substantial 1890s house next door. Maxey Mill was renovated with a new pair of millstones driven by a breast-shot waterwheel, in 1964, by Eric Hopkinson and his son, Paul, and again upgraded by Donald Stables in 1985 to grind pig-meal. Donald’s son, Stuart, the proprietor of Grassmere Farm (producer of scrumptious sausages) now runs the business. While working as pot boy and general dogsbody at the Bluebell Inn, Helpston poet John Clare (1793-1864), reluctantly made regular, four-mile round trips to Maxey to fetch flour, describing the ‘clacking of the mill’ in his ‘Song: The Autumn’s Come Again’. As the nights drew in, John terrified himself with ghostly

imaginings on the return journey. (The alternative route along the old Roman road, King Street, and past the secluded Lolham Mill, also is deliciously atmospheric in winter twilight.) Lolham Mill was first mentioned by name in Cromwell’s 1649 Survey. It later was acquired by Richard Rickett (1702-82), who bequeathed it to his son, Joseph (1745-1805). It passed to Joseph’s son, William (1768-1840), who built the splendid Regency-style Mill House for his wife, Mary Ann, and their thirteen offspring. After William died in September 1840, his widow and son, John, both described themselves as ‘millers’ in the 1841 Census Returns. By October, they had vacated the mill but the family seem to have maintained an interest, either leasing it or employing a manager. The 1851 Census and Trades Directories reveal that William Palmer, a ‘master miller’, was ensconced at Lolham, followed by John Charlton, c.1861, and Samuel Chatterton, c.1871. Between 1874 and 1881, Lolham Mill burnt down and Samuel decamped to Greatford, after which Mill House was rented to a farmer.


Lolham mill-wheel

In 1895, William and Mary Ann’s youngest son, William Richard Rickett (1833-1907), briefly visited Lolham. By then, a successful Middlesex ship-owner, coal- and flourmerchant, he financed memorials in Ufford Church to four generations of his family and an imposing monument in the graveyard. His childhood home still presides over the mill-pond but all that is left of Lolham Mills is the metalwork from two undershot waterwheels and a sluice.

Sacrewell Watermill: Milling machinery

windmills, of which there were three basic types, namely post-, smock- and tower-mills. Space prevents me from describing all Tribland examples in detail. Therefore, we must gloss over the extinct specimens (including the enigmatic sails on the gableend of the erstwhile Mill House in Helpston’s West Street) to concentrate upon the survivors. Post-mills were levered around a central post using a tailpole, so that the sails were facing the

‘The whirring sail goes round’ (Alfred Lord Tennyson) Watermills needed a good head of water to operate; where lacking, the windmill reigned supreme. Invented in China for irrigation and employed in the Middle East to grind cereals c.200BC, wooden, post-mills were introduced to England, c.1180, by knights returning from the Holy Wars. The 1824 Ordnance Survey Map describes a landscape littered with the


Barnack post-mill wind, back-breaking work for the miller or his apprentice. Since post-mills were prone to blowing away, they often had their stand or trestle enclosed by a brick or stone roundhouse. On the plus side, they could be dismantled and re-assembled elsewhere. One was operating on Pilsgate Road, Barnack, before 1806. Peter Brown, its last ’master miller and

baker’, manned it from c.1869 until his death in December 1910, aged 75. His business was sold to a fellow-baker, William Wallace, who found it more cost-effective to buy in flour, and the redundant mill was demolished in 1916. By the end of the fifteenthcentury, a Dutch innovation, the eight-sided smock or ‘frock’ mill arrived on the scene. The sails were attached to boatshaped cap, which, after 1745, could be fitted with a fantail. Wigan blacksmith Edmund Lee’s ingenious device activated a series of gears that automatically rotated the cap so that the sails caught the wind. No smock-mills survive in Tribland, so a photograph of Eye Green’s must suffice. The final stage of development was the late eighteenth-century, brick- or stone-built tower-mill. Although theoretically, windmills could operate with just two sails, the more it had the greater the grinding power. Extant Lincolnshire mills at Alford and Boston boast five sails; Sibsey (and once-upon-a-time Werrington) has six and Heckington eight, which really do whirr round just like in Tennyson’s poem, ‘The White Owl’. >>

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Eye Green smock-mill, 1933 (D. Muggeridge) >> Sadly, only two Tribland windmills remain, both towers. A third once stood on Helpston Road, Glinton, but ground to a halt in 1909 and was gone by 1934. It was of similar stature to Castor’s stumpy, brick windmill, now in a sorry state. In 1919, Alfred Loweth, tenant of the neighbouring watermill, removed its machinery by cutting a hole in the ogee or onion-shaped cap and hacking out the floor-beams. Understandably, he fell foul of Earl Fitzwilliam, the windmill’s owner, who took court action to extract compensation. Alfred would have been ruined had not his wealthy, adoptive son-in-law bailed him out. The windmill was no longer fit-for-purpose and so dangerous to passers-by that the cap and sails were detached in the 1930s. The five-storied, bottleshaped, stone tower-mill, to the east of Barnack, fared much better despite its shaky start. It was erected in 1839/40 by John Martin, miller and baker, and managed by his son, John junior, who was declared bankrupt a year later. In 1846, two of the sails were torn off during a storm and John was evicted in 1847. The mill, house and bakery were sold to William Pentlow, a miller, baker and farmer, then to the Sanderson family (c.1864-c.1904). Barnack’s last working mill was mothballed by miller and farmer, Henry Stokes, 52

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Heckington: 8 sails & fantail

in 1914, with its equipment intact. The building underwent weatherproofing and general repairs in 1961 and is maintained by Burghley Estates.

‘The Miller’s Tale’ (Geoffrey Chaucer) Although the miller supplied the community with flour for their daily bread, he tended to be mistrusted by his clientele whether he exploited them or not. Chaucer paints an exquisite caricature of the belligerent, blaspheming drunken Robin the Miller, who ‘took three times his due’ and told his bawdy tale to the fourteenth-century

Canterbury pilgrims. The climate had not changed by 1762, when Isaac Bickerstaff penned his parody of the jovial, self-sufficient ‘Miller of Dee’, who lived only for his mill (‘God Bless her!’), ‘cared for nobody’ and knew that local feelings were mutual. Undoubtedly, a miller’s daily grind was not easy. It was strenuous and relentless; many millers succumbed to injury, arthritis and lung disease through inhaling flour dust. It was precarious too, for mills only functioned when there was enough wind or water. Crop failure had a knock-on effect. Likewise, the Repeal of the Corn Laws, in 1840, resulted in the


price of British flour being undercut by foreign imports. Mills notoriously attracted vermin which devoured the profits. (Ronnie Hilton’s ‘Windmill in Old Amsterdam’ became mouse ghetto, whereas Hans, featured in Walter de la Mare’s ‘Five Eyes’, kept three super-proficient cats to ‘watch the bins for the thieving rats’!) Flour was highly-combustible and mills caught fire if their grindstones touched and sparked, as witnessed at Castor, Lolham and Maxey. Over time, leats and ponds eroded mills’ foundations and were far from calm oases when waterwheels were churning. A tablet in Ufford church tells of ten-year-old, William Rickett of Lolham Mill (William and Mary Ann’s eldest child), ‘who fell in the back river (backwater) near Maxey Mill January 24 1824 and was drowned’. The advent of steam-power in the late eighteenth-century meant that milling could proceed whatever the weather and flour could be produced cheaply on an industrial scale between metal rollers in vast ‘satanic mills’ rather than laboriously ground between millstones. By the mid-nineteenth-century, the railways swiftly transported the finished product to thrifty householders in far-flung locations. Throughout the ages, the miller’s lot was not necessarily a happy one. Obviously, there are exceptions to every rule. Foresighted master millers like the Ricketts of Lolham, Morrises of Barnack and Loweths of Maxey had the wherewithal to diversify as corn, flour and coal merchants and farmers. Ultimately, it was the shortage of skilled labour caused by World War I that sounded the death knell for small-time flour production.

‘In England’s green and pleasant land’ Whilst thousands of corn-mills have vanished without a trace, others including numerous ‘dark, satanic mills’ have been transformed into comfortable, light and airy accommodation. Blake’s ‘Jerusalem’


Castor tower-mill

rebuilt, perhaps? Meanwhile, we continue to harness waterand wind-power to generate clean, green energy and, arguably, the turbines that turn endless cartwheels across our skyline possess a certain grace. But how can they compare

with the forlorn dignity of a crumbling tower-mill, the ‘whirring sails’ at Heckington or the poetry in motion of Sacrewell’s waterwheels? Or, indeed, the sense of nostalgia at Southorpe Mill on a sparkling, good-to-bealive January day? 

All the sites mentioned are on private land. Sacrewell Mill (driven by a hydro-electric generator), Moulton (the tallest tower-mill in England) and Heckington’s awesome eight-sailer are open to the public and wellworth visiting. The lyrics of the poems and songs are published online.

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tribune 2 March Bushcraft Skills - Charcoal Stick Making Join a member of NPT and learn how to make charcoal sticks from wood, using a tin box and fire. 10.30am - 12pm and 1.30 - 3pm. £5.50. 7+ More details: 11 March 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. 10-11.30am. £3.50. 2yrs+ More details: Tues 12 March Pop Up Cafe 1.30 - 3pm Helpston Village Hall Join us for a free cup of tea or coffee and a chat. We would love to meet you. If you would like further details, please call 01733 252773 or 01733 254156 16 March Moments with trees, end of Project celebration join to see the huge amount of work undertaken through this 2 year project. 11am - 3pm. Free. All ages. More details: Sun 17 March St Patrick's Day Lunch 12 noon - 2pm Glinton Village Hall. Please bring your own drink and glasses. £5 each (£16 for family of four) In aid of St Benedict's Church For tickets: Helena Richards 01778 341686, Sue Lowe-Lauri 252881, or Helen Banks 253422 16 March - 5 April Burghley House and Gardens re-open Burghley House and Gardens open again for the 2019 season. Explore the staterooms of this great Elizabethan house, explore the stunning gardens, visit the Courtyard Shop, Orangery Restaurant and more.The Private South Gardens offer magnificent seasonal displays of Narcissi and spring bulbs. 54

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Fri 22 March Magic of the Musicals Join Peterborough Male Voice Choir, Peterborough Voices and Peterborough Youth Choir at The Cresset on Friday 22 March for a whistle-stop tour of West End greats, showcasing songs from some of the world’s best loved musicals including Oliver!, South Pacific, Le Miserables, Barnum and Phantom of the Opera. Saturday 23 March Barnack Men's Breakfast The next Barnack Men's Breakfast will be held at 8.30am in the Village Hall. We are delighted that, this time, one of "our own" will be the speaker.  Mike Baumber will educate, illuminate and entertain us on subject of "The Policeman's Lot".  Please do come along and join us.  25 March 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. 10 - 11.30am. £3.50. 2yrs+ More details: 26 March 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 +. 10am - 12noon £25 per person. More details: Sat 30 March Verdi’s Requiem 7.30pm. Queen Katharine Academy, Mountsteven Avenue, Walton PE4 6HS Three local groups will be joining together for a performance of Verdi’s much loved Requiem on Saturday 30th March 2019, 7.30pm, at Queen Katharine Academy, Mountsteven Avenue, Walton PE4 6HS The City of Peterborough Symphony Orchestra, under their conductor Steve Bingham, are joining with Peterborough Opera and the Peterborough Take Note Community choir in what promises to be a memorable evening.


30 March Table Top Sale Barnack Village Hall from 10-1pm. Is it that time of year again when you are thinking of de-cluttering? Instead of just thinking about it here is your opportunity to do something about moving on all those unwanted items. There is to be a Table Top Sale (like a car boot sale, except it is a table top!) If you are interested in booking a table please contact Liz Young (01780 740347). Large tables £10.00, small tables £5.00. (For those with a table booked the hall will be open from 9.30am). Come along to catch those bargains and enjoy refreshments at the COFFEE STOP CAFÉ which will be open all morning. Proceeds from the ‘sale’ of the tables will support the St John the Baptist Barnack Church Heating Project. Sat 30 March Stamford Brass Band 7.30pm St Mary’s Church, Tallington Road, Bainton PE9 3AF. All 25 of them are coming to St Mary’s Church. A bar will be available. Tickets £10, purchase in advance from Su Fletcher or 01780 740034. Tickets can be purchased for £12 on the night. 31 March Family and Friends Volunteering Moments with Trees Make a difference by helping the Rangers out in the Park and supporting the Moments with Trees project 10am - 12noon & 1 - 3pm. Free. 5 yrs + 6 April Adult RYA Start Sailing Level 1 This 2 day course covers how to sail in all directions, including an awareness of launching and recovery. winds under supervision. 10am - 4pm. £155. 16 yrs + More details: 6 April Easter Holiday Trail Collect a trail sheet and hunt for clues around Ferry Meadows. Collect a prize at the end. 10am - 4.30pm. £1. Any age. More details: 6 April Junior Sailing Club Join our qualified sailing instructor. For 8 to 16 yrs. Learn basic sailing techniques and manouvres, capsize procedures and learn parts of the boat. We will play games and generally have fun in the water. 3 - 4.30pm. £20.

8 April 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. 10 - 11.30am. £3.50 2yrs+ More details: 8 April Youth RYA Sailing - stage 1 This two day course covers basic sailing skills, rope work and collision avoidance. After the course participants will be able to tack and control boat speed and understand basic principles.10am - 4pm £155. 8 to 16 yrs 9 April Froglife Dragon Fun Day Hop over to the Discovery Den between 10:30am and 3:30pm for Easter holiday fun with the Froglife Dragon Finders! 10:30am - 3.30pm. Free. All ages More details: 9 April Froglife Wildlife workshop Book onto this fun 1 hour workshop to learn about amphibians, reptiles and how to make your green space more attractive to wildlife! 2 - 3pm. Free All ages. More details: 10 April Willow Brook Farm Monthly Vehicle Meets Every 2nd Wednesday evening of the month at Willow Brook. See facebook event for more information. 10 April Bringing Nature Closer Walk 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. 09:30 - 11:00am. £2 10yrs+ 10 April Wild Wednesday Children and adults are welcome to come and join in some seasonal and wild crafts.10am - 2pm. £1 per craft made. Any age. continued overleaf >>

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8 - 18 April Spring Craft Workshops

Burghley House. Join us for our drop-in Spring Craft workshops and enjoy crafting some arty creations! Perfect for Easter half-term! The workshops take place in the Sculpture Garden Classroom from 12pm to 4pm, from Monday 8 – Friday 12 April (Mon to Fri) and from Mon 15 – Thurs 18 April. 10 April Youth RYA Sailing - stage 2 This 2 day course covers launching and recovery, steering, parts of the boat and basic sailing. After the course participants will be able to steer and understand basic principles. 10am - 4pm. £155 8 to 16 yrs More details: 11 April We're Going On A Bear Hunt Join us for crafts, storytime and a walk around the Park to find Barney the Bear. 10.30am - 12noon and 1.30 - 3pm. £5.50. 3yrs+ 13 April Bushcraft Skills: Elder Crafts Learn how to use tools to turn Elder sticks into a variety of crafts. 10:30am - 12 noon and 1:30 - 3pm £5.50 7yrs+ 13 April Junior Sailing Club Come and join our qualified sailing instructor at our Junior Sailing Club for 8 to 16 yr olds.Learn basic sailing techniques and manouvres, capsize procedures and learn parts of the boat. We will play games and generally have fun in the water. 3 4.30pm. £20. 8 to 16 yrs 15 April M.A.D Multi Activity Days Want something to do during the school holidays? Why not come and join in with one of our Multi Activity Days. 9am - 5pm. £37 or £170 for a week 8-16yrs 15 April Pond Dipping Come along to our drop in session and spend some time pond dipping and identifying the fascinating creatures you find.12noon - 3pm. Free - donations welcome. 5yrs+ 56

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15 April RYA youth Windsurfing Course, stage 1&2 This 2 day (consecutive days) intensive course teaches participants the basics of windsurfing, including the key techniques and skills you need for success in this watersport 10am - 4pm. £155.00 8-16yrs More details: 16 April M.A.D Multi Activity Days Want something to do during the school holidays? Why not come and join in with one of our Multi Activity Days. 9am - 5pm. £37. 8-16yrs More details: 17 April M.A.D Multi Activity Days Want something to do during the school holidays? Why not come and join in with one of our Multi Activity Days. 9am - 5pm. £37. 8-16yrs More details: 17 April Wild Wednesday Children and adults are welcome to come and join in some seasonal and wild crafts.10am - 2pm £1 per craft made. Any age. More details: 18 April M.A.D Multi Activity Days Want something to do during the school holidays? Why not come and join in with one of our Multi Activity Days. 9am - 5pm. £37. 8-16yrs More details: 19 April Easter Egg Hunt Oh no, the Easter Bunny has misplaced all of his Easter eggs, can you and your family help him find them in time to for Easter! 10:30am - 12noon and 1:30 - 3pm. £5. 5+ More details: 19 April M.A.D Multi Activity Days Want something to do during the school holidays? Why not come and join in with one of our Multi Activity Days. 9am - 5pm. £37. 8-16yrs


Wednesday 24 April 2pm Illustrated Talks by Peterborough Local History Society supporting Peterborough Cathedral

Fri 19 April to Sun 21 April M.A.D. Easter Art Exhibition Maxey Art Group and Deepings Art Club are holding a joint exhibition of high quality, new work by many talented local artists. The paintings will be available to view and buy in Maxey Village Hall, Maxey, Cambridgeshire PE6 9EJ (just off the A15, south of Market Deeping), over the Easter weekend. The viewing times are Friday 19 April 10am – 5pm, Saturday 20 April 10am – 5pm and Sunday 21 April 10am – 2pm. There will also be a selection of artisan greetings cards. Entry is free and refreshments will be available to purchase. Disabled parking, access and facilities. 20 April Junior Sailing Club Come and join our qualified sailing instructor at our Junior Sailing Club for 8 to 16 yr olds.Learn basic sailing techniques and manouvres, capsize procedures and learn parts of the boat. We will play games and generally have fun in the water. 3 4.30pm. £20. 8 - 16 yrs

The Knights’ Chamber, Peterborough Cathedral. Tickets £7 (inc. refreshments), available from Visitor Information Centre, 41 Bridge Street, Peterborough PE1 1HA T: 01733 452 336 27 April Adult RYA Sailing - Basic Skills 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. 10am - 4pm. £155. 16+ yrs More details: 27 April Junior Sailing Club Come and join our qualified sailing instructor at our Junior Sailing Club for 8 to 16 yr olds.Learn basic sailing techniques and manouvres, capsize procedures and learn parts of the boat. We will play games and generally have fun in the water. 3 - 4.30pm. £20. 8 - 16 yrs

21 April Easter Egg Hunt Oh no, the Easter Bunny has misplaced all of his Easter eggs, can you and your family help him find them in time to for Easter! 10:30am and 1:30pm 12noon and 3pm. £5. 5+

Saturday 27 April Dance to the Beat! Charity Dinner Dance at the Golden Pheasant, Etton in the marquee: 7pm for 7.30pm Tickets £40 with £10 going to the Beat Eating Disorders Charity. Tickets 01733 252387 e:

22 April 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. 10 -11.30am £3.50. 2yrs+

Sat 8 May Helpston Gala 12 noon-4pm. On the Village Green (B1443.) Come and relax in this country village. BBQ , Pimms, teas, traditional games. Stalls: plants, books, toys, bric-abrac; plus bouncy castle, vintage tractors, Fun Dog Show, exhibitions, John Clare. continued overleaf >>

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tribune Arts Society Peterborough Lectures March – May

14 March Sacred Art of China This lecture will take you on a tour of the religious art and architecture of China. You will see examples of work of the great faiths that dominated the history of that great civilisation. They will include the ancient, indigenous Confucian and Taoist traditions, the imagerich Mahayana version of Buddhism and the distinctive Chinese responses to Christianity and Islam. At the heart of this rich culture, lay a series of concerns of truly ancient origin: the maintenance of harmonious relations between men and Heaven; respect for one’s family, including the spirits of one’s ancestors; the role of the Emperor, as the fulcrum of life in the ‘central Kingdom’, a role as much spiritual, as secular. 11 April Plants in Art and Culture This lecture will look at the concept of ‘plant blindness’, a phrase that has been coined, in recent years, to identify our tendency to overlook plants. Plants are the dominant aspect of the natural world around us but few residents and visitors to London notice the plane trees on their way to work or social engagements. However, we often talk of our own cultural identities in terms framed by plant language e.g. the ‘English’ oak is a symbol of national endurance and steadfastness. It will explain how the plants we place around us denote our emotional state of being – white lilies for mourning or laurel for celebrations of victory. We are plants. 9 May Leonardo’s Women This lecture, is designed to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death. It will study his revolutionary rendering of the female figure and how he harnessed the interplay of light and shadow to produce images that combine the spiritual with the sensual, the mythical with the mysterious. His images of women, whether Madonnas, mistresses or wealthy members of society, are among the most renowned works of art of the Italian Renaissance. Time: 10.45am – 11.45am (coffee from 10.15am) Cost: Try it for free Location: The Fleet, Old Fletton, Peterborough, PE2 8DL E: T: 01733 767539

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Benefice Prayer Breakfast In Botolph’s Barn every 1st Saturday of the month. The next ones are on: - Saturday 2 March and Saturday 6 April.

St Botolph's - Helpston Church Coffee Mornings Held monthly in the Church from 10am - 12 noon. The next ones are on: - Saturday 23 March and Saturday 27 April. Everyone is invited. St John the Baptist Church Coffee Morning Saturday 16 March 10.30am – 12 noon. St John the Baptist Church would like to invite you to join us on each third Saturday of the month, 10.30am – 12 noon. You can enjoy tea/coffee and biscuits. We also have home-made cakes, scones, lemon curd etc. on sale to tempt you! We enjoy time for a chat with friends and for making new ones. Do come along and join us! 31 March Special Mothering Sunday Service All Age Praise Service 10.30am St.Andrew's NORTHBOROUGH. Children very Welcome. 19 April Good Friday at St. Andrew's, Northborough Come and join us at 2.30pm on 19 April for our Workshop with Craft activities, Easter garden, All age Worship and of course Hot cross buns and biscuits. All Welcome! Easter Sunday at Northborough Communion by Extension with Freda Skillman 10.30am at St Andrew's Church. Everyone is Welcome on this most special Day. Easter Egg Hunt after the Service.

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Thought Pause for I wonder what most people are thinking about as we approach Easter? Maybe it is the first holiday of the year or a bit of time off to get the garden into order or even that visit to family living far off. Certainly it will give time to breathe, away from the world news that seems full of stories of argument, bitterness and revenge. Those may be in the thoughts of many of us but Easter is so much more than a Spring holiday and wouldn’t happen at all but for a man who was unjustly put to death and then defied everyone by coming to life after being safely laid in a stone tomb with a large rock pulled across the entrance guarded by Roman soldiers. It is a lifetime’s work thinking about this piece of history. For me I am constantly fascinated by the ordinary people in this story. What were their emotions from the moment that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey , through his trial and then crucifixion and that moment in the garden when he spoke to Mary Magdalene? Then this year I read someone asking the

question ‘What did Jesus NOT do?’ He did not retaliate ... And that seemed to me to be an important message for the blame culture in which we live. The dialogue on the Friday morning that we call Good Friday was vitriolic. Onlookers called out: ‘ Come down from the cross if you are the Son of God.’ Religious leaders muttered ‘He saved others but he can’t save himself.’ And from the soldiers: ‘ If you are the King of the Jews save yourself.’ Bitter words. Wasn’t it enough that he was being crucified? Were the nails insufficient? Was the crown of thorns too soft? Had the flogging been too short? Of all scenes around the cross this is the one that always leaves me speechless. What sort of people would mock a dying man? How perverted to sneer at one laced with pain. These words were meant to wound…

and there is nothing more painful than words meant to hurt. But notice what Jesus did not do. He did not retaliate. He did not say, ‘I’ll get you.’ ‘Come on up here and say that to my face.’ ‘Just wait until after the resurrection buddy.’ He did not take on the task of revenge. He demanded no apology. He to the astounding contrary, spoke in their defence leaving the judgement to God saying: ‘Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.’ And, of course they did not. They were a stir crazy mob and yet Jesus showed only compassion. And this, for me this year, is the wonder of the Easter story. So let’s go on planning a Happy Easter holiday and pray that our news is full of good stories showing forgiveness and compassion.

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9.30am Parish Communion with Children’s Church 6pm Informal Service


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9am Mothering Sunday Service

St John the Baptist Barnack

9.30am Parish Communion with Children’s Church


9.30am Parish Communion with Children’s Church

St Mary’s Bainton

4.30pm Taize Service


9am Parish Communion

4.30pm BCP Evensong

St Botolph’s Helpston

10.45am All Age Praise

7.30pm Benefice Ash Wednesday Service

10.45am Parish Communion with Children’s Church

10.45am All Age Communion


10.45am Mothering Sunday Service

All Saints Wittering

10.30am All Age Praise


10.30am Morning Praise

10.30am Morning Praise

10am Benefice Communion Service

10.30am Mothering Sunday Service

St Stephen Etton

10am Parish Praise Mark Hotchkin



8am Holy Communion Rev'd MarkAaron


8am Benefice Holy Communion Rev'd MarkAaron

St Peter Maxey

9am Morning Prayer Derek Harris


9am All age Holy Communion Rev'd MarkAaron

10am Family Service Village Hall M Hotchkin & F Skillman

9am Holy Communion BCP Rev'd MarkAaron

10am Family Service Mark Hotchkin

St Benedict Glinton

10.30am Holy Communion Rev'd MarkAaron

7pm Ashing Holy Communion Rev'd MarkAaron

10.30am Parish Praise Derek Harris

10.30am Holy Communion Rev'd MarkAaron

United Parish Worship with St. Pega's in Peakirk

10.30am Family Service Rev'd MarkAaron

St Andrew Northborough

9am Holy Communion Rev'd MarkAaron

12 noon Ashing Holy Communion Rev'd MarkAaron

10.30am All Age Praise Freda Skillman

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

10.30am Family Communion Praise Rev'd MarkAaron and Freda Skillman

10.30am All Age Praise Freda Skillman

St Pega Peakirk

6pm Evensong Rev'd MarkAaron


10.30am Holy Communion Rev'd MarkAaron

11am Morning Prayer Derek Harris

11am United Parish Worship with St. Benedict's Derek Harris

10.30am Family Service Derek Harris


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Sun 7

Sun 14

Mon 15

Tue 16

Wed 17

St John the Baptist Barnack

9.30am Parish Communion

9.30am Palm Sunday All Age Communion 4pm Palm Sunday Messy Church




St Mary’s Bainton

6pm Taize Service

9am Palm Sunday All Age Communion

6.45pm – 7.10pm Prayers

6.45pm – 7.10pm Prayers

6.45pm – 7.10pm Prayers

St Botolph’s Helpston

10.45am All Age Praise

10.45am Palm Sunday All Age Communion




All Saints Wittering

10.30am Morning Praise

10.30am Procession of Palms All Age Communion




St Stephen Etton

10am Parish Praise Mark Hotchkin





St Peter Maxey

9am Morning Prayer Derek Harris

9am All Age Holy Communion Rev'd MarkAaron



7pm Meditation Derek Harris

St Benedict Glinton

10.30am Holy Communion Rev'd Mark-Aaron

10.30am Parish Praise Mark Hotchkin




St Andrew Northborough

9am Holy Communion Rev'd Mark-Aaron

10.30am All Age Praise Freda Skillman

7pm Reflection Freda Skillman



St Pega Peakirk

6pm Evensong Rev'd Mark-Aaron

10.30am Holy Communion Rev'd MarkAaron


7pm Compline Mark Hotchkin


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

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APRIL Thu 18

Fri 19

Sun 21

Sun 28

Sun 5 May

10.30am All Age Praise

9.30am Parish Communion with Children’s Church

St John the Baptist Barnack

8pm Holy Communion

10am – 11.45am Good Friday Craft Morning

5.35am Sunrise Service on the Hills and Holes 9.30am Easter Sunday All Age Communion

St Mary’s Bainton


12 noon – 1pm Good Friday Meditations

9am Easter Sunday All Age Communion

9am Parish Communion

6pm Taize Service

St Botolph’s Helpston

7.30pm Holy Communion at Botolph’s Barn

2pm All Ages Stations of the Cross Walk

10.45am Easter Sunday All Age Communion 6pm Informal Service

10.45am Parish Communion with Children’s Church

10.45am All Age Praise

All Saints Wittering


9.30 - 11.30am Children’s Workshop 12 noon Good Friday Service

10.30am Easter Sunday Celebration Communion

10.30am Morning Praise

10.30am Parish Communion

St Stephen Etton

7pm Holy Communion Rev'd Mark-Aaron


9am Holy Communion Rev'd Mark-Aaron


10am Parish Praise Mark Hotchkin

St Peter Maxey


10am Family Worship with Crafts Freda Skillman

6am - Easter Dawn Holy Communion Rev'd Mark-Aaron 10am Family Service Mark Hotchkin

9am Holy Communion BCP Rev'd MarkAaron

9am Morning Prayer Derek Harris

St Benedict Glinton


10am Family Service with Activities Derek Harris

10.30am Holy Communion Rev'd Mark-Aaron

9.30am Parish Worship Derek Harris

10.30am Holy Communion Rev'd Mark-Aaron


2.30pm Workshop Freda Skillman

10.30am Holy Communion by Extension Freda Skillman

10.30am Family Communion Praise Rev'd MarkAaron and Freda Skillman

9am Holy Communion Rev'd Mark-Aaron


12noon Guided Meditation Rev'd Mark-Aaron

10.30am Holy Communion by Extension Derek Harris

11am Parish Worship Derek Harris

6pm Evensong Rev'd Mark-Aaron

St Andrew Northborough

St Pega Peakirk


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Bacon Rolls & Jam Jars!

Music for St Pega Celebrations to mark the 1300th anniversary of St Pega’s death were included in Reverend Mark-Aaron’s Evensong Service on Sunday 6 January.

(British Library, The Crowland Gradual) Dr Avril Lumley Prior read excerpts from the saint’s life and her translation of a mid thirteenth-century anthem, composed in Pega’s honour at Crowland Abbey in about 1240. Then, Dr Sam Graper sang the Latin words, probably for the first time ever in Peakirk Church. Her crystal-clear, ethereal voice transported our imaginations back to a medieval candlelit church with a congregation of tonsured monks and fenland layworshippers that, perhaps, was just as enthralled by the music as we were. The event was followed by hot drinks and cakes served by the ladies of the parish. History – and memories – were made that night.

Announcements FUNERAL Richard Paul Pargeter (25/01/2019) Barnack Church

Chats in old churches: Peakirk By Dr Avril Lumley Prior

St Pega’s is delighted to announce the first of what we hope will be many ‘Chats in old Churches’ across The Nine Bridges Benefice and, eventually, beyond.

This event will be held on Tuesday 19 March from 10am until noon. Please, join us to learn about our enigmatic patron saint and nationally-significant, medieval wall-paintings; trace the building’s Anglo-Saxon ancestor, natter to fellow-visitors over a cuppa or simply enjoy your surroundings. Everyone is welcome regardless of beliefs – and age. Although this event is completely free, donations towards our urgentlyneeded new roof would be greatly appreciated.

On Sunday 27 January members of St Benedict’s and St Pega’s churches joined together in Glinton Village Hall for Parish Worship. Everyone was encouraged to bring a jam jar! The theme of the service was “Seeing the light”. After the service while enjoying fellowship and bacon rolls, everyone decorated their jam jars. The decorated jars, complete with nightlights, were taken back to their respective churches the following Sunday to celebrate The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, also known as Candlemas in which Christ is recognised as the Light of The World. Parish Worship is held on the fourth Sunday each month in both churches. Alternate months see the congregations of both churches coming together for a united service which may take place in church, the village hall or in the open air on the green. At this more informal service there is usually an activity for all ages and refreshments to enjoy together. Why not come along?

St Pega’s Cafe Brunch The serving team stand ready to welcome their first customers at The Café at St Pega’s Brunch on 3 Feb. This popular event was well supported and over 100 people came along to the Village Hall to enjoy a Continental breakfast, a bacon bap or, of course, a Full English. Over £500 was raised for the work of the church and towards the all-important Roof Appeal. The Café will be open for business later in the year so if you missed it this time, look out for the next date!

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Tough action against scammers

by Eileen Le Voi

A new crackdown on scammers has been launched across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough with the aim of making the county scam-free. behalf of Safe Local Trades & Services, The Cambridgeshire and to this far-reaching Charter. It is vital Peterborough Against Scams that we all work together towards one Partnership (CAPASP) includes Cambridgeshire Constabulary, Police common and very important goal of raising awareness about scams and Crime Commissioner Jason and ending the financial and mental Ablewhite, Cambridgeshire County suffering caused to individuals on a Council and Peterborough City daily basis.” Council. At the recent launch event, Police Statistics show that and Crime Commissioner Jason  53% of people aged 65+ have Ablewhite said: “Scams are becoming been targeted a part of our everyday lives but they by scams and criminals shouldn’t be as they are fraud and (Action Fraud) fraud is crime. Being a victim of this  Scams cost the UK between crime can have a devastating impact. £5-10 billion each year These crimes often target those (Annual Fraud Indicator) people in our communities that are  Anyone can be a scam vulnerable for a variety of reasons, victim, regardless of including poverty, isolation, frailty, or age, gender, education or disability and this new partnership economic background aims to look at how we can work  Scam victims might not always together to make it harder for these admit (or be aware) that criminals to continue to operate in they are a victim of a scam. our area.” Only 5% of victims report Eileen Le Voi, director of Safe the crime (Age UK 2015) Local Trades – which has been  Scams are the product of championing the consumer for over organised, predatory criminals a decade – said: “As a member of who gain trust to exploit and the partnership, I am committed, on steal money

For support and advice on scams (e.g. rogue traders, romance scams, scam mail, telephone calls, text messages, emails), call Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06 For a non-emergency response (if you have been a victim of a fraud/scam), call Cambridgeshire Police on 101 If you have been affected by crime, get emotional and practical help from Cambridgeshire Victim and Witness Hub on 0800 781 6818 To report a fraud, or suspected fraud, and share information to help stop others from becoming victims, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 For information on how to become a ‘Friend against Scams’, please go to

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Reduction of large Hawthorn to approx. half height (approx. 2.5m from centre), Pollard of 2x multistem Willows back to previous pollard unions (at approx. 6m), Removal of fallen stem from right side of Willow at Stonelea Tallington Road: Permitted Insertion of two rooflights and two windows. Refurbishment of roof, including raising of a secondary ridge line. Internal alterations including removal of stairs, reorganisation of first floor layout, creation of access between dwelling and outbuildings, damp proofing works, replacement of windows and other renovation works at School House Tallington Road: Awaiting decision


T1 Silver Birch - Reduce the lowest branch east to one or two growth points from the main stem. Reduce or remove other low level branches over the Rowan, T2 Rowan - Remove epicormic growth, T3 Silver Birch - Thin lower crown by 20% and clear telephone lines at Hillside Wittering Road: Permitted


Ground floor side and front extensions and installation of two windows to first floor side elevation at 35A Peterborough Road: Permitted Proposed single storey front and side extensions, and alterations at 25A Peterborough Road: Permitted Addition of three dormer windows to front elevation and one roof light to rear elevation - main house roof at 8 High Street: Permitted Single storey rear extension and a new first floor attic room over existing garage at 4 The Limes: Awaiting decision First floor extension over attached garage to dwelling at 10 St Kyneburgha Close: Awaiting decision Variation of condition C3 (to enable annex to be let for short term stays) of planning permission 15/01627/HHFUL at 2 Stocks Hill: Awaiting decision Garden Building 2.8H x 6W x 3.6D to be used as a gym and recreational area in rear garden (part retrospective) at 5 Thorolds Way: Awaiting decision Single storey side extension, single storey rear extension, loft conversion with front and rear dormers and a detached garage at Hill House Mill Lane:Awaiting decision



Proposed two storey side extension, single storey rear extension and loft conversion at 12 Suttons Lane: Refused Demolition of existing bungalow and erection of two detached houses at 2 Riverside: Awaiting decision Two storey rear and single storey rear extensions, and enlargement of existing porch at 3 Deeping St James Road: Awaiting decision Internal damp proofing at 27 Riverside Deeping Gate: Awaiting decision 68

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New first floor dormer window to existing rear extension at 24 Main Road: Permitted Yew Tree- Reduce height by 3ft and tidy up all branches at 20 Main Road Etton: Awaiting decision


Removal of condition C1 (hours of opening) of planning permission 16/01616/WCPP at Glinton Service Station Lincoln Road: Permitted Erection of Bungalow including roof lights to serve roof storage space, and the erection of garden shed (part retrospective) at 37 Lincoln Road: Permitted Demolition of existing single storey dwelling and erection of 3 single storey dwellings at 24 Peakirk Road: Awaiting decision Erection of a one and a half storey dwelling with garage and car port at Plot 2 Land At 16 Rectory Lane: Awaiting decision Proposed single storey side and rear extensions, and first floor extension including 2no Dormers to the front and 1 no Dormer to the rear at 26 Peakirk Road: Awaiting decision Further rebuilding of Barn 7 following roof collapse at Barn 7 Scotts Farm Welmore: Awaiting decision Single storey rear extension at 13 High Street: Awaiting decision Single storey rear extension, Overall length: 5.1m, Maximum height: 3.6m (eaves: 2.6m) at 35 Helpston Road: Awaiting decision Demolition of existing single storey outbuilding and erection of two storey side/rear extension at 47 Welmore Road Glinton: Awaiting decision Demolition of existing single storey outbuilding and erection of two storey side/rear extension at 47 Welmore Road: Awaiting decision




Single storey rear extension at 4 Willow Mews: Permitted Change of use of land to Equestrian use including the demolition and erection of stable blocks and the creation of equine school, livery yard and access road (part retrospective) at 4 Eastwell Court: Permitted 50 kW Ground Mounted PV Array at Helpston Remediation Plant Heath Road: Permitted Single storey rear extension at 7 Cuckoo Close: Awaiting decision Removal of condition C2 (ancillary to the residential use of the dwelling known as 3 Clare Court) of planning permission 11/01633/FUL at West Barn 3 Clare Court: Awaiting decision Refurbishment of former Public House to use as a detached 5 bed dwelling, barn (function room) to a detached 3 bed dwelling and the erection of 3 detached dwellings with associated garaging, manoeuvring and amenity space at 3 Church Lane: Awaiting decision


Removal of condition C5 (agricultural restriction) of outline planning permission 04/00213/OUT resubmission at 37 West End Road: Refused Erection of Timber shed at 65A High Street: Permitted

Proposed first floor side extension above existing footprint, convert external porch to internal porch and, uPVC bay window to front at 38 Deeping St James Road: Permitted Loft conversion with dormer and single storey rear and side extensions at 51 Church Street: Permitted Proposed childrens nursery building to consist of 3 classrooms, ancillary accommodation including office staffroom, wc's, kitchen and outdoor space, and proposed fence at Northborough Primary School Church Street: Permitted Proposed extension of first floor side dormer at 29 Pingle Lane: Permitted Stone wall approx 12ft length (1.8m high) to replace unstable hedgerow at 37 Church Street: Permitted Proposed extension of first floor side dormer at 29 Pingle Lane: Awaiting decision Garage conversion with extension to the front, new pitched roof and external staircase at 23 Deeping St James Road: Awaiting decision Internal alterations at Northborough Manor Lincoln Road: Awaiting decision 1 x Willow Tree and 1 x Poplar Tree- reduce by approx 3-4m (to previous points) in front garden and 3 x Conifersreduce by approx 2-3m in the rear garden at 20 Church Street Northborough: Awaiting decision


Two storey side extension, and single storey rear extension at 10 Firdale Close: Awaiting decision


Proposed single storey front extension, single storey extension to the eastern elevation of the main house, enlargement of garage and new gate at The Barton Pudding Bag Lane Pilsgate: Awaiting decision


Two storey and single storey front extensions with first floor balcony at 2 Meadow View Newport Way: Permitted Two storey side and rear extensions, single storey side extension and open porch to front elevation - revised (part retrospective) at 3 Hillside Close: Permitted Erection of two storey annex at 5 Hillside Close, Heighten an existing stone wall on the front boundary of property by 1.5m in local limestone which would match the existing wall at Old Rectory Main Street: Awaiting decision

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 Bainton Church

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

 Barnack Church

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

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

 Benefice Administrators/ Lay Readers

Rachel Wright ........................................................ 07425 144998 Dick Talbot ............................................................. 01778 342581 Licensed Readers, Derek Harris............................ 01733 574311 Freda Skillman ....................................................... 01778 380903 Mark Hotchkin........................................................ 01778 347847 Mike Mills................................................................ 01780 740285

 Botolph’s Barn

 Choirs

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

 Cubs, Brownies, Scouts & Rainbows

Helpston Cub Scouts, Sarah Owen ..................... 01733 897065 Helpston Explorer Scouts, Nick Drewett.............. ....................................................01778 348107 / 07900 585072 Helpston Scouts, Tom Boughton......................... 07966 614556 Helpston Cub Scouts, Paula Metharam............... 07896 163598 Helpston Rainbow Guides, Julia Mason.............. 07780 688542 Helpston Brownie Guides, Morag Sweeney....... 07801 357701 Helpston Guides, Nicola Kerr............................... 07739 098113 Helpston Beaver Scouts, Alison Cook.................. 07437 909735 Glinton Brownies.................................................... 01778 346668 1st Glinton Rainbow Leader,Sally Nash............... 01733 254174 Northborough Guides, Jane Knott, ................... 01778 345101 Barnack Little Lambs Group, Julie Stanton.......... 01780 749123

 Deeping Gate Parish Council

Jane Hill, (Chair) .................................................... 01778 343066 Phil Thompson, Vice Chairman............................ 01778 346619 Geoff Purllant......................................................... 01778 344288 Janet Lill.................................................................. 01778 342647 Nicola Kerr.............................................................. 07739 098113 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 252359 Churchwarden, Veronica Smith, ......................... 01733 252019 PCC Secretary, Shirley Hodgkinson, ................... 01733 252351 PCC Treasurer, Simon Richards, .......................... 01778 341686 Bell Ringers, Mike Goodall.................................... 01733 253469

 Citizens Advice

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

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

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

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

 British Legion

 Bus & Train Services

Delaine Bus Services ............................................ 01778 422866 Stagecoach ............................................................ 01733 207860 Train Services ......................................................... 0845 7484950 70

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 Glinton Parish Council

 Helpston Church (St Botolph’s)

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


 Helpston Helcats

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

 Helpston Lawn Tennis Club

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

 Helpston Parish Council

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

 Horticultural Societies

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

 Langdyke Countryside Trust

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

 Maxey Church (St Peter’s)

Rector, Rev Mark-Aaron B. Tisdale ...................... 01733 252 359 Mandy Loveder Bell Tower Captain .................... 01778 343100 Michael Loveder Churchwarden .......................... 01778 343100 Tina Lapinskis, Maxey Sunday School ................. 01778 347280

 Maxey Parish Council

Lynne Yarham, Chair ............................................. 01778 343077 Dick Talbot, Clerk .................................................. 01778 342581

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

 Northborough Church (St Andrew’s)

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

 Northborough Parish Council

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

 Peakirk Church (St Pegas)

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

 Peakirk Parish Council

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

 Peterborough City Council

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

 Police and Emergencies

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


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

 Rotary Club

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

 Schools and Education

Mike Sandeman, AMVC Head ............................ 01733 252235 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

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

 Village Halls

Barnack Village Hall, Michelle Goodwin, ............ 01780 749337 Glinton, Bowls, Roy Pettitt.................................... 01733 252049 Glinton Village Hall Bookings, 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

 Village Tribune

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

 Ward Councillors

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

 Women’s Institute (WI)

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

 Youth Clubs

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

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Countryside Trust 1999-2019

Celebrating 20 years of nature and heritage conservation in Trib-land. Seven nature reserves, 100 sheep, 250+ local members, monthly walks and talks and weekly work-parties! To celebrate our 20th anniversary we are holding three special events – put the dates in your diary.

Friday 28 June

Evening Festival at Torpel Manor Field 6-9pm. Music, poetry, nature and art workshops. Bring your own picnic and enjoy a summer’s evening on a special site – free to members, small charge to non-members.

Saturday 29 June

Family fun at Etton Maxey Pits Nature Reserve 2 - 5pm. Pond-dipping, bug hunting, art workshops, nature trails and more. Free to members and all children.

Friday 13 September Annual meeting and Langdyke Conference

4-9pm. The future for nature, locally, regionally and nationally – with guest speakers, Harriet Mead, artist and President of the Society of Wildlife Artists, Brian Eversham, The Wildlife Trusts and nationally acclaimed authors Jeremy Mynott (Birdscapes, Birds in the Ancient World) and Mark Cocker (Birds Britannica, Crow Country; Our place, can we save Britain’s wildlife before it is too late?) – venue TBD.


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Village Tribune March/April 2019  

Village Tribune March/April 2019