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Rosemary’s FARMINGDiary

Maxey Village Hall Refurbishment Towards a Greener Peakirk Helpston Birthing Hub John Clare Cottage Heritage

Earl Waltheof Miscreant, Martyr or Fool? THE JOHN CLARE SOCIETY FESTIVAL WEEKEND

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Battle Against the Scammers It seems that not a week goes by lately without warning of a new scam – with cyber criminals becoming more and more sophisticated. An email from a supposed legal or Government source can be so convincing that it can fool even the shrewdest among us, as can a request to transfer money or pay a bill. However, the fight against scams is hotting up. As well as the many reliable channels which can inform and advise about scams (including the UK Action Fraud), there is also a user-friendly Friends Against Scams website - a National Trading Standards Scams Team initiative which aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering communities to 'Take a Stand Against Scams.'

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Water Works

Why we should all drink more water

Ask most people how much fluid they are supposed to drink in a day, and they will reply "Eight glasses of water" By Tracey Anderson This number has seeped into the public consciousness over the past couple of decades so it might surprise you to know that it has very little basis in science! However, it is important to stay properly hydrated. Fewer people know that if you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated, and this has a real impact on how your body and brain function. Dehydration leads to a decrease in our physical performance. Losing just 2% of your body's water contact can cause fatigue, problems with temperature control, and make exercise feel more difficult, physically and mentally, and it's not uncommon for people to lose 6-10% of their body's total water content through sweat during a workout, and as muscle is 80% water this increases muscle stress. Our brains are also strongly influenced by hydration. Studies have shown that even mild dehydration impacts brain function. In separate studies of men and women it was found that about 1.5% fluid loss impaired mood and concentration, decreased working memory, and increased feeling of anxiety, fatigue and the frequency of headaches. 1.5% fluid loss can easily occur during normal daily activities, never mind during exercise or hot weather. Worryingly the effects of dehydration are shown to be worse in children and the elderly. 6

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There has been some scientific interest in the effect of increasing hydration on migraine sufferers. So far, some studies have shown that while keeping hydrated doesn't stop migraines completely, sufferers in the studies reported that the frequency and intensity of the migraines decreased when they were properly hydrated. Constipation is a common health problem and can be serious in children and the elderly. Low water consumption does appear to be a risk factor in these cases. Some studies have shown that carbonated water seems to help the situation more than still water though scientists haven't yet explained why. Alcohol acts as a diuretic, so it makes you lose more water than you take in. The dehydration effects of alcohol are responsible for the thirst, fatigue, and headache which inevitably accompany a hangover. It's a good idea to alternated alcoholic drinks with water and to drink a large glass of water before going to sleep, after a night out on the town. Finally, water both increases satiety and boost metabolism so is great if you're trying to lose weight. Studies show that dieters who drank half a litre of water before each meal lost 44% more weight over a period of 12 weeks. Try it. Make a real attempt to stay properly hydrated for a week and monitor the results. You may be surprised.

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THE JOHN CLARE SOCIE Ann Marshall, John Clare Society Publicity Officer, E: T: 07815 640033 or 01400 282409

The three days of the annual John Clare Society, held this year on July 12, 13 and 14, were, as always, a popular attraction with visitors, and this year with an increased presence of residents from Helpston and the surrounding areas For some time the Society has been hoping to encourage more non-members to take part, and the local children who come to read their poems and receive their prizes at the poetry competition on the Friday afternoon are very much a part of that welcome group who may become the members or supporters of the future. They arrived with their teachers and families, bringing the stunning Midsummer Cushions to John Clare’s graveside, and were all a great credit to the John Clare Primary School. It was no surprise, given the extent of the display, to hear from Mrs. Simmons that this year there were a record number of Cushions carried to the churchyard – over 130! After the ceremony, outside and then inside the church, 16 children were presented with books and medals in honour of their achievements, 8

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and Margaret Chirico, a former teacher herself, explained on behalf of the Society how it had been as difficult as ever to choose the winners in the 4 different age categories, and that they should all be very proud of their efforts. There was a break in the afternoon for people to go back to their homes or accommodation and then a large group of enthusiasts gathered in The Bluebell, Helpston, for “A Pint of Poetry” where favourite poems were read, followed by a wonderful evening of folk music organised by musicians and followers from the Peterborough area. Meanwhile Clare fans, some of whom had travelled hundreds of miles from places such as Devon, Somerset, Kent, London and Lancashire, enjoyed the hospitality of The Bluebell, reminiscing about past Festivals

and the one to come, and enjoying catching up with old friends and acquaintances on their yearly pilgrimage to Clare’s birthplace. It would be very nice to say that Saturday 13th July, John Clare’s birthday, dawned with blue and sunny skies, but unfortunately it was an unusually (for the Festival) dull day, although with some brighter spells later, and thankfully it remained quite warm, and there was no rain. Given the vagaries of this year’s sometimes cool, rather wet and unsettled summer we were more than happy about that! The months of organisation had come to fruition and the new Welcome Tent on the green by the Memorial proved to be a great success as a gateway to the different activities and as a source of information. Stalls usually there were relocated to the


Sunday Royce Wood

Lavender in the churchyard

ETY FESTIVAL WEEKEND Scout Hut, which was a popular venue along with Botolph’s Barn, St. Botolph’s Church, Annakinn, The Bluebell, the Open Gardens and the streets linking all of them, which were thronged with people chatting and generally enjoying the friendly atmosphere and the many activities, exhibitions, dancing, recorders, talks and more. Special thanks must go to the wonderful ladies from the local area who provided the delicious lunches and teas which were as popular as ever, and the Village Hall acted as yet another venue for happy exchanges and a very warm welcome. The Society’s AGM took place during the morning, in the Church, and was followed in the afternoon by an inspirational talk by Richard Astle of the Langdyke Trust which was much enjoyed by the many people who filled the church pews. The evening saw a concert by the Bourne-based group “Pennyless”, attended by around 80 people, after which the main day was over and the visitors left, some of them for another year and others to return and take

part on the Sunday activities. This year there was more than ever to enjoy on Sunday, including the very popular talk entitled “A Beginner’s Guide to John Clare” on Sunday morning in the Scout Hut. The church service was held outdoors on the green, and a walk was organised in conjunction with The Langdyke Trust and which ended with a cream tea at John Clare Cottage. Sunday’s events coincided with the Cricket World Cup final, the Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final and the Formula One British Grand Prix (stiff competition) so we were honoured that so many people took the time to come and take part in the Festival events! The John Clare Society’s Festival Planning Committee spend many months organising the Festival, and would like everyone to know how much the co-operation and encouragement of the local community is appreciated. This is our only contact with the village during the year and so it is really important that we make it a happy weekend, promoting

Walker sculptor in Vicarage Farm Garden mutual goodwill, for everyone, and feedback is always welcome as a way of making our event the best it can possibly be. Please contact me at any time during the year if you have any suggestions and comments, and thank you for making us all feel so much at home during the 2019 Festival.

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The Cottage and CafĂŠ were very busy during the John Clare Festival weekend finishing with cream teas for the walkers with Carrie Akroyd and the Langdyke Trust Great spirit and support was shown by the audience and the actors in the Pantaloons outdoor theatre group. Their performance of Sense and Sensibility was very well received even though it rained throughout the play. Their usual skill of mixing the acting with comedy and getting members of the audience involved was greatly appreciated. This is their only

visit to the Cottage this year, in 2020 there are plans for two visits, Sherlock Holmes and Twelfth Night are to be their productions. The dates will be advertised when the 2020 schedule has been confirmed. The weather was a little kinder for our annual Craft Day, which was very well supported. This gives people the opportunity to

meet with local crafts people, their work and to purchase some fantastic art work. Plans are in hand for the 2020 Craft Day. We have a number of groups booked in to view the Cottage during the next few months and the Acoustic CafĂŠ music evenings will continue please see the website for the dates and come along.

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I’ve had a long-standing enthusiasm for effective, efficient and aesthetic design within the living spaces of proposed new development in and around our city, so I looked forward to the July release of the government’s interim report from the ‘Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission’ (BBBBC)

Building a better future, with beauty Cllr Peter Hiller – Glinton and Castor ward, City Council Cabinet member for Strategic Planning

The purpose of the BBBBC is to tackle the challenge of poorquality design and build of homes and places across the country and help ensure as we build for the future we do so with popular consent. The Commission gathered evidence from both the public and private sector to develop practical policy solutions to ensure the design and style of new developments help to grow a sense of community and place, not undermine it. Their interim report makes for interesting reading. It’s wellresearched and intelligently written to be understood by pretty-much everyone, not just housing industry and local authority ‘insiders’. Of particular interest to me, and I daresay many in our Tribland’s rural communities, is their exploration in developing practical ideas for the identification and potential release of ‘appropriate’ land and the need for appropriate new 12

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infrastructure to support any development. Additionally, to draw in evidence on the best ways to ‘achieve community consent’ as land is brought forward for development. In cautiously welcoming these laudable reported aims from the Commission, I reminded them early into the consultation of the recent events in our Glinton and Castor ward wherein the government’s Homes England agency attempted to blight our beautiful countryside by inflicting a 2,500 houses scheme on their own land north of the villages of Ailsworth, Castor and Marholm. Their ham-fisted attempt to ‘achieve community consent’ was firmly rebuffed and defeated by a combination of local residents, the Protect Rural Peterborough group and both John Holdich and me as elected ward councillors. As longstanding rural ward councillors both John and I are committed, on behalf of our rural communities,

to the premise that we will resist inappropriate and unsuitable development whenever we are able. Our track record in this pursuit is indeed successful and well recorded, as those who follow these things will know, and with the recent adoption of our city’s Local Plan, we’ve sufficient sites allocated to satisfy the numbers required to accommodate our planned growth. So I look forward to the final report from the Commission and hope it recognises, as we in Peterborough do, that to ‘grow beautifully’ and meet our housing needs sustainably and with popular consent, developers and planning officers need to focus more on planning to make places which future residents can be proud of, less on just building houses - and have early engagement, collaboration and dialogue with our existing communities, ward councillors and parish councils.


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To the lady who contacted me tonight after you got a distressed call from my mum. I’m sorry I didn’t get your name, but I hope you see this. Thank you so much for being concerned and taking the time and effort that you did, many people would have ignored the call or simply put the phone down. Thankfully mum is ok, she was just a little confused and panicked, but it’s thanks to your kind heart and good deed that I was made aware and could go to my mum and make sure she was ok. It’s very much appreciated. Thank you once again.

This year's annual meeting on 13 September focuses on the Future of Nature and features nationally acclaimed authors, Mark Cocker and Jeremy Mynott, plus Brian Eversham from the Wildlife Trusts and an amazing opportunity to be part of an art workshop with Harriet Mead, President of the Society of Wildlife Artists. It's tickets only please, but free to Langdyke members - get your tickets now at Eventbrite! We're sure they're going to go fast!

 Virginia Moran

If anyone sees any new fly tipping (chairs and maybe a mattress) at nine bridges can you let me know. I was in a stream of traffic but spotted a white open back van parked on the A15 at the usual spot they throw it over. I couldn't pull over but my dash cam should have got the reg if its needed.

 Lainey Sd Plumbing at Glinton Park.

 Emma Watts Feeling really frustrated by the actions of a few others today. I took a walk along the 9 Bridges bank with my two dogs. As I came to the Richard Tindell Bridge, on the Northborough side, there on the seat was a full bright yellow poo bag! On the seat uck! I picked it up and also noted two cans and other litter on the ground. (Which I couldn't pick up as I was already carrying my 4 poo bags along with the yellow one and cans are not easy to carry ). On reaching the bottom of the steps I picked up a full black poo bag and added it to the collection. Then just along Paradise Lane I came across a second black poo bag which again I took to the bin. We live in a really lovely area and should take some real pride in our surroundings. Otherwise, we will be knee deep in detritus! If you are walking dogs please just pick it up and bin it. No one wants to step in it and it is your dog - so your responsibility! Also if your kids are going around having fun in the holidays please have a chat about litter and placing it in a bin! I was a young child in the 70's and Keep Britain Tidy still sticks with me!

Langdyke Stories and 20th Anniversary A Future for Nature?

Why? Why do people have to ruin things for others? Zip wire cover has been clearly cut so it hangs off and there’s no protection for little ones.  Alison Samet 76th Open Show 2019 Saturday 21 September 2019 - online entries From this year a newly designed online entry form is being used. To make your entry simply click the link in The Schedule page of the website and enter your details, then click the number of entries you are entering beside each class. Make sure you go to the very last page and enter any notes regarding the staging of your entry if required. When done click the SUBMIT button. You’ll get an automatic email confirming your entry. Entries open from Sunday 1 September. continued overleaf >>

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 Jo Stott July 29 at 9:36 PM Items pictured left all around Maxey lake. The life preserve has been taken illegally and should be there to save people's lives. The pile of rubbish underneath blue rope, found with the life preserve on private side of locked gate. So obviously people have been trespassing. 3rd image outside locked gates but still on private land. We are pretty sure teenagers responsible. We have seen them swimming. We don't tell them to go but we advise not to swim and tell them it is not allowed, and to please take rubbish away. We were all kids once . I find it very sad that whoever did this, thinks it is ok.

 Cecilia Hammond The fridge is in! Thank you so much to Carrie and all her friends who have clubbed together to help buy a desperately needed fridge for Nastya V, one of our June Chernobyl Children. Now they can store frozen food for the winter!The fridge is in! Thank you so much to Carrie Stringer and all her friends who have clubbed together to help buy a desperately needed fridge for Nastya V. Now they can store frozen food for the winter! Write Away Part 2 is on page 56

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Fish and Potato Bake or 'Bouillinade' is a traditional peasant recipe from Languedoc-Roussillon, a region in France that borders Spain to the south, caressing the Mediterranean along its eastern coastline

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Bouillinade (Fish and Potato Bake) Specifically, from the beautiful wine-producing village of Fitou which is a very famous origin of many excellent Languedoc reds, south of the busy port and fishing place of Narbonne. As the sea is so close you might imagine many simple fish recipes are prevalent around this area and our markets are a great source of affordable fresh produce daily, to a big variety. That said, to try for this dish we create here at Chez Pierre you might wish to buy a bag of mixed fish to begin, from the frozen counter of Mr Lidl or Mrs Tesco..? Either will create a good plate to serve and is already prepped. It needs to be thawed-out though, non? This recipe is one of my favourite fish dishes, It’s easy to prepare and popular with friends to serve all through the year and pretty cheap too! We

add the cheese at the end, not traditional to the dish actually but our English guests seem to prefer it. With this I will normally serve shredded and seasoned Kale sautéed in butter and a tablespoon of cream cheese. This compliments the fish aroma and taste, having also a great-looking place on the plate. Wine is uncomplicated and normally the CP House Sauvignon Blanc, lightlychilled. Perfect. To Mrs H in Glinton: thank you for your askchezpierre@ email about how you so enjoyed the CP Tom Yum pork recipe. I’m glad your dinner party was successful and your guests loved the food. No, we don’t have a take-away or frozen food service at CP I’m afraid, all our dishes are served freshly cooked direct to our tables.

 Melt the butter in a saucepan then remove from the heat  Add all the parsley, salt, pepper, garlic, saffron and cayenne pepper, mixing well  Dust the fish lightly with flour then, in a white oven-proof (lightly oiled) serving dish, build layers of potato and fish starting and finishing with potatoes  Only just cover with cold water and then oven bake to bring to the boil  Add olive oil when it’s bubbling, cover the dish and turn down the heat to simmer in the oven for about 25/30 mins  For our English guests we add a little grated cheese on top when cooked and place under the grill till it browns You’ll need: For four: 1 tablespoon of butter; 1 large handful of fresh parsley; 650g of potatoes, sliced; 1kg of mixed fish; 4 fat cloves of garlic, chopped finely; cayenne pepper; saffron; salt and pepper; 2 tablespoons of olive oil; and some flour. Bon chance – Pierre x

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Open Week 2019 This event will help residents understand the operation of the Signal Box and the crossings in the Helpston area. The visits will run in the evenings Monday 16th September to Friday 20th September in slots of approximately thirty minutes, commencing at 18.00 with the last at approximately 21.00

Network Rail would like to invite the villagers of the Village Tribune area to visit Helpston signal box during the third week of September

each evening with groups of six people at a time. Slots will also be available on Saturday 21st starting at 10:00 with last at 16.00 Please book before Sunday 15th September. Places are limited. On the Saturday we are hoping to have in attendance British Transport Police and a Network Rail Level Crossing camera van

to incorporate a sense of level crossing awareness and the safety issues involved. Please be aware that mobile phones will need to be switched off and no photographs will be permitted in the signal box. This event maybe be postponed or cancelled at short notice due to operational reasons.

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July Meeting

A packed hall welcomed Alan Gray MBE who gave an excellent talk about his 30 years experience as a Wimbledon Umpire

He gave us a lot of insights into the game, and even about that famous Athena tennis poster – the girl's boyfriend took the photo and she didn't see a penny from the 200 million copies sold! We learned a lot about the key players, the work behind the scenes and the history of the game and found out what the umpires keep in their little black bags (including a list of 'naughty' words in the players' own language). Alan is an entertaining speaker who shared his passion for the game and gave us some helpful advice about underarm serves and queuing for tickets – apparently the Red Cross benefits by £250,000 each year from the resale of tickets from people who leave the courts early. Our speaker then joined the 45 members and 6 visitors enjoying strawberries and cream with Pimms to round off a very successful summer meeting.

Helpston WI Pop-up Café

We held another of our bi-monthly pop-up cafés on 14 July

Summer flowers and a wide range of delicious cakes made the village hall look very welcoming and we were delighted to talk to so many visitors. Thanks to all the kind members who baked and joined us. The next event will be on 10 Sept from 1.30–3pm.

Helpston Tennis Club In response to interest from the July meeting, Helpston tennis club hosted a trail session for WI members on 12 July. The group enjoyed the chance to make use of the grass courts and have made plans to make the most of the remaining season.

August Outing

Members had an enjoyable trip to Ely on 1 August, travelling by train and spending the day exploring the city We were lucky with the weather, especially for the boat trip, and found lovely places for coffee and lunch as well as bargain plants in the market. Many thanks to Janel for arranging it! If you would like to make new friends 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.

If you would like to make new friends why not join us in Helpston Village Hall at 7:30pm on the first Thursday of each month? 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.

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DEEPING GATE Litter Pick Our second pick of the year will take place on Sunday 17 November, 2019. We shall meet at 10am on Riverside at the foot of our old stone bridge. We would welcome any help from residents in our continuing attempts to clear our lovely village of rubbish. Pickers, bags, hoops, and high-vis waistcoats will be provided. Filled bags will be collected from throughout the village. It is amazingly good fun and very worthwhile. The sad fact is that, almost immediately, our roads and verges will again be blighted. Deeping Youth Group Youth Leader, Cass Wales, and her team of helpers would welcome young Deeping Gate residents aged 11-18 to their very successful and fun packed informal meetings. These are held at Market Deeping Scout Club, Lancaster Way, on Thursdays from 7–9pm, and on Fridays at the Cross School, 1 Eastgate, Deeping St. James, from 5.30–8pm. No pre-booking is required and the first session is free of charge. Thereafter, a charge of £1 per evening is payable. I would suggest that anyone interested should look online at the fantastic variety of activities and outings arranged by this very hard working committee of enthusiastic volunteers. Cass asks that you “like” their Facebook page for forthcoming activities.


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Etton News

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On Thursday 8 August Reverend Mark-Aaron welcomed Nesta Margaret King and her husband Maxwell James Dolby back to Etton Church to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary

They were married on 8 August 1959, at St Stephen’s, in a double wedding with sister Irene King and Keith Linford. The family were regulars in Etton as their father Ted was the Woodcroft crossing keeper for many years. We send our best wishes to the extended family on this happy occasion. The annual church/village clean up takes place on Sunday 1 September. Meet at Etton church at 10.30am. The work party will be until 12.30pm followed by lunch at the Coach House. Any help would

be gratefully received as we have a village wedding on Friday 18 October. On Saturday 14 September from 10am to 6pm the church will be open to welcome visitors taking part in the national Ride and Stride event. This is the main fundraising event for Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust when participants get sponsored to visit beautiful churches. There will be refreshments available in the church. If you are able to help by baking or manning the church for an hour, let me know.

On Saturday 12 October, Cory Fuller has kindly offered to host a Harvest lunch at the Rectory. Further details will be posted but donations will be for the church roof fund. I’m delighted to confirm that we now have permission to proceed with the work to repair/replace our church roofs. We only have enough money to order the replacement of the North aisle roof and hope to have a date for this work to commence in the autumn.

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Greg Prior Peakirk Parish Council Tree Officer

Walking through Peakirk recently, wearing a high visibility jacket, clipboard and pen in hand, I soon attracted attention ...

Towards a Greener Peakirk? “Excuse me. May I ask what you are doing?” Inquired a lady with the white terrier. “I’m looking for appropriate locations for the Parish Council to plant some trees this autumn.” “Oh yes!” She agreed. “ We definitely need more trees in Peakirk. Look what’s happening to the Amazon Rain Forest and deforestation in Northern Russia and the terrible consequences for the environment! How many trees do you intend to plant in the village?” “Three rowans along St Pega’s Road.” I replied. “Only three! Why so few?” The lady retorted perplexedly. Well, hereby, hangs the problem. Planting is the easy

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part. It is the maintenance afterwards that is the most crucial, including the allimportant watering during prolonged hot spells. Most of my working career was spent in horticulture, landscaping and arboriculture. During that time, I saw so many wellintentioned tree-planting schemes fail through the sheer lack of aftercare and attention. Remember the catch-phrase “Plant a tree in ’73; plant some more in ’74”? Unfortunately, a huge percentage of those trees succumbed to the drought of 1975. Furthermore, over the last decades Britain has experienced both climate change and an

unprecedented wave of tree diseases. We all know about Dutch-elm disease (DED), which arrived on our shores in 1967 with a shipment of logs from Canada. Close on its heels came acute-oak decline in the 1980s. This was followed, in 2000, by weeping canker that affects horse-chestnuts and now we have chalara [ash die-back). This is currently devastating vast swathes of ash woodland and roadside trees in the southern counties and is already making its presence felt across Tribland. Therefore, the need to plant more suitable and sustainable trees has never been so imperative but we also need to do it rationally.

Chalara infected ash tree in Peakirk


Ginton WI Julie Fitzjohn, Jenny Garrett

July Meeting We were all fascinated and amazed after listening to Christine Adams recount the tale of ‘Miss Savage moves Her House’. Miss Savage, Christine’s aunt in law, lived a very full life from training as a draughtsman with De Haviland helping to design the Mosquito, training as a nurse with St John’s Ambulance and living on a houseboat on the Thames. She went on to buy a medieval house in Ware, circa 1450, but was horrified when the Council approached her with a compulsory purchase order. On no account was she going to let this happen! Obviously a very stubborn and determined lady, she set about taking down the house, labelling every beam and roof tile and preparing very detailed plans. After buying a piece of land in Wells next the Sea, she moved the whole lot and began reassembling her house- not accepting any help! It took her 23 years, all the time living in a caravan with no electricity or running water! After her death Christine was able

to complete work on the house using funds raised from the sale of the many artefacts Miss Savage collected throughout her life. Another determined lady! Miss Savage became quite a well known character and much of her exploits were visually recorded over the years by local newspapers and television. This has enabled Christine to put together quite a comprehensive account of all that went on. The house is open to the public and would be well worth a visit. She has published a book telling this story and unsurprisingly has sold the film rights. Certainly something we shall all be looking out for.

Glinton Raises Money for Breast Cancer Care Glinton Village Hall was the venue for a very successful social and fundraising event for the charity Breast Cancer. 60 people were treated to a delicious afternoon tea with a variety of cakes provided

MUDDY FEET LANDSCAPING Construction, landscaping and garden maintenance

by W.I. members. The event raised £400 and was enjoyed by all. Thanks to the committee for all their hard work setting up the event.

August Outing The outing this year was held at lunch time and members and visitors gathered at Waterside Nursery for a very enjoyable lunch. Good food, good company - that’s what it’s all about!

Diary Dates (Visitors always welcome) 10 September 7.30pm at Glinton Village Hall. Ian Maber will speak to us on the subject of ‘Lost in Translation’

8 October 7.30pm at Glinton Village Hall. Stuart Orme visits us again. Always a very interesting speaker, Stuart will be talking on the subject of ‘What they didn’t teach you at school’. Any queries ring our Secretary, Jenny Dunk on 01733 254 252.

If you’re free on the second Tuesday of the month and fancy a night out in good company please come and join us. We meet at Glinton Village Hall 7.30pm. Visitors entry is £4 including supper. Any queries call our Secretary Jenny Dunk on 01733 254252


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Glinton Friendship Club By Pamela Kounougakis

Missed last edition, man fell off ladder, broke several body bits, ended in hospital, bit distracted! Here we are again, raring to let you know what's going on at GFC. We've had some lovely visitors recently, Jeremy selling us his super clothes, Brian telling us about his magnificent success story at Railworld centre and wildlife gardens, another Brian testing and stretching our brain power with puzzles and quizzes and a fantastic telling, with photos, of one mans hair-raising challenges to raise money for his charity. Elaine took us on a hugely interesting stroll round the village, telling us the history of Glinton and its development, and we have a talk on D-Day very soon, so covering everyone's tastes.

We had a Bring and Buy recently which raised ÂŁ50 for our funds which goes towards outings, celebratory meals and speakers. On Saturday 9 November we are holding a Winter Afternoon Tea in the Village Hall, starting at 3 o'clock, to brighten up a dark seasonal day. A variation on the hugely popular summer cream teas it will be ticket sale only which cost ÂŁ5 per person. Please buy early as there are limited places available. See any member or contact Barbara (see phone below). Or come along to the club on Mondays between 10 and 2 o'clock. Our annual two week break will be the last two weeks in August and we start back on 2 September with another

sparkling programme filled with games, quizzes, speakers, book sales, auctions, raffles, bingo and friendly chat. We still have places for new members and can always use new volunteers to help out occasionally with serving and cooking and washing up... Yay!

We were very sad and shocked to lose Lillian in a tragic accident and our thoughts are with her family and friends. For more information contact Barbara on 01733 253078.

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GLINTON Cllr John F W Holdich OBE In a previous issue, I asked you success. Did you know there are village envelope, this has little to respond to the Glinton Village 660 solar panels on properties in chance of success, but this does Plan, which is out to consultation, our village? give us an opportunity to promote as it is our village and we need The Parish Council is concerned it as an exception site to build you to be part of its future. It is about the amount of litter caused what you have told us the village all about the shape of our village by wild life emptying the bins, needs in the future. in the future. For example, it is so we have agreed with the City Following a request by the promoting 30 houses over the next Council to provide two bigger Parish Council to the police for 15 years. Is that too many? Or do bins with lids free of charge, and accurate speed information around we need a few more, to be able to the parish will provide a third at the village, they have agreed to provide homes for the young and its own expense. There has been start with High Street where it older members of our community complaints about the amount of meets Peakirk Road, and before at affordable prices. litter at the concrete bridge down you all shout ‘why not in my road’, We were also consulted on the North Fen Road. If you see anyone it is because the rules state where provision of a new parish hall. So parked there, please take their you can take such measures. far, reaction has been mixed. The vehicle number and let me know. Following complaints from question is do we need a modern As mentioned in a previous residents and at the request of the hall where people can park and paragraph, already developers are Parish Council, the City Council are can meet and celebrate together, eying Glinton for development, to consult residents of Beech Road and help promote a cohesive having read the village plan. Whilst and nearby roads with regard to village? No site has yet been their proposal has suggested an the adverse parking on the Green, identified. Even if it was to go area of land which is not inside the under its verge parking policy. on the playing field, it would only For general enquiries take up between 8% and 12% of please contact the Clerk. the field. Cllr JFW Holdich OBE - Chairman 253078 Cllr PD Skinner 252591 In a national publication, Cllr RW Johnson - Vice Chairman 252743 Cllr E Spendelow 252524 Peterborough has come out top Cllr DJ Batty 252749 Cllr. Jeff Bell 252395 on providing renewable energy; Cllr CB Bysshe (Mrs) 253164 Cllr. C J Wilde on top of the City Council putting Cllr DJ Lane 252593 Mr J Haste - Clerk 252833 solar panels on most of its Cllr Gerry Kirt 252839 E: buildings, and other initiatives like Cllr RW Randall 253276 the Waste to Energy plant, you in More information including can be found at Glinton played a large part in this



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Glinton Village Hall Events

Macmillan Coffee Morning - Fri 27 Sep

We are holding a Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 27 September 10am to 12noon at Glinton Village Hall. Everyone one is welcome to come along and help a good cause. All we ask is for a donation for cake and drink.  There will also be a Raffle and tickets on sale on the day.  If anyone  would like to donate a cake of raffle prize, does not matter how big or small,  we would be very grateful.  Contact Sue on 07923475966 or email Bingo at Glinton Village Hall - Fri 27 Sep and Fri 29 Nov Eyes down at 7pm. Get 6 games of Bingo, raffle ticket, tea/coffee and biscuit for £5.  You are welcome to bring your own drink and nibbles.  Come along and have a chilled out evening. If you would like to book Glinton Village Hall for your event contact Sue Lane on 07923475966 or email  You can look on our website to see what dates are available for this year.

New Village Hall? Those readers living in Glinton will have recently received a questionnaire from the Parish Council to establish whether residents would like a new Village Hall. This is just the first step in a long process and will hopefully establish the need and enthusiasm for the project If given a positive response the Working Group will look at possible locations, funding opportunities and an outline design. This would then be presented to residents, alongside a further questionnaire to determine the continued support for the project and invite further comment.   There has already been considerable debate within the village regarding the potential Hall. It is appropriate to clarify a number of aspects:  • This exercise is at the exploratory stage and that is why resident feedback is being sought.

• The recreation field is one potential option. The area is 5.5 acres, of which approximately 10% would • The Peterborough Local plan was be needed for the Hall and recently adopted which requires no parking. Example sites were more than 34 new dwellings to be used to determine this figure. built in Glinton between 2016 and Chemist, Doctors Surgery and  2036. See PCC Website. Nisa Store. Remember by • No decision has been made as adding your name and contact to where to build the new Village details you may win a meal for Hall. Key criteria include a central two plus a bottle of house wine location and a cost effective solution. at the Bluebell. • Retention of existing open,   green space is important to the The deadline for all returns is Working Group. 14 September 14 2019. • No talks have been held with any organisations outside the Parish Council and the local community.

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So far, with the exception of one dizzy day of broken temperatures, this summer unlike that of last year, has been more like a proper British summer, warmish and wet and with the flooding of some parts of the Kingdom

Barnack News One or two good things though, fruit locally seems to be plentiful and plump, blackberries are already ripe enough to gather and the grass has remained green. There have been downsides of course, the necessity of mowing the grass the galloping growth of weeds and the uncertainty of having good weather for outside events. The latter overcome by the application of a combination of British phlegm and the battle cry of: “if wet, in the marquee!” Sadly the people of Barnack and Pilsgate have been without deliveries of Tribune for some time, this should be remedied this autumn by the ladies of the WI together with other villagers, who have rallied to the cause and have volunteered to recommence the delivery of Tribune to each house. Now in August, many of the Village activities are taking a well earned rest but are girding themselves for an autumn restart, for example the Youth Club. It will restart on September the 6th. and will meet twice monthly until

July 2020. All young people aged between 7 and 11 who live in Barnack, Pilsgate, Bainton, Ashton Ufford Wothorpe and Southorpe are welcome, and can take part in the many activities on offer. The cost is £1.50 per session, plus a little bit extra for the tuck shop. The ever popular Coffee Stop continues to run, meeting in Barnack’s Village Hall between 10.30am and 12pm on every Wednesday each week, where friends and neighbours meet to gossip, catch up with the local news and enjoy home made cakes and coffee. It’s a great place to meet old friends and neighbours and of course to make new friends and meet new neighbours. It takes a great team to run this facility and new members are always welcome to join us and help out and it doesn’t matter if it is on a full time or an occasional basis, every little help is welcome whether its help with laying out tables or from time to time supplying a cake etc. People are already moving into the new houses along the

Uffington Road, so a hearty welcome to Tribune land and of course to Barnack. For some time traffic speeding along the Uffington Road has been a cause for concern. The community speed watch has now been re-organised and is up and running. Areas around Barnack and Pilsgate will be monitered to record speeding traffic and anyone who would like to help the group with the odd hour of their time should contact should contact the Parish Clerk, Susie Carney Tel. 07595 377236 or e-mail: clerk@ Finally it should be recorded that the Party in the Paddock raised £4500 shared between the Church, School and Community Association, thanks to so many people who toiled to make the party a great success, and especially to the Rickards who started all off. Our thanks also to the Rev Dave Maylor and his wife Kim, who raised £2385 on a gallant sponsored tandem ride.

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Vice-Chair Malcolm Spinks Councillor Rob Chiva

Councillor Terry Palmer

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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:


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Local residents at the Village Hall's cheese and wine evening

Members of Maxey Community Association outside the newly refurbished Village Hall

Maxey Village Hall Refurbishment

Mark Asplin Maxey Community Association – Chairperson

Local Community Group, Maxey Community Association, are celebrating a £120K much needed refurbishment of the historic and beautiful Village Hall in Maxey The local community were recently invited to a cheese and wine evening to see the impressive transformation that the trustees have worked tirelessly to achieve over the last three years through securing bids and funding. Of the £120K spent, £116K was secured from funding and support from organisations including the LEADER E U Rural Refunding Programme, Opportunity Peterborough, FCC Communities Foundation, Small Lottery and Foyles and Action for Communities in Rural England. Improvements include a kitchen extension which now allows direct independent access from both halls and has been refurbished to a high specification including two ovens, fridges, freezer and a dishwasher, making it possible to cater for almost any function. The committee were aware of the need to cut the halls carbon footprint and so new LED lighting and high energy efficient radiators have been installed throughout the building. A completely new fire alarm system and new fire doors make the building a much safer place for hirers and users.

Externally the car park has been transformed from an uneven and potentially unsafe area to a newly tarmaced one which gives safe, level access to the hall users and provides lined parking. A kind donation of a cycle rack has provided somewhere to secure cycles for the halls more energetic users. Once the works were completed the building was completely redecorated both internally and externally, and the committee are in the process of replacing the old sound system with a fit-forpurpose modern one. Mark Asplin, Chair of Maxey Community Association (MCA) says, “We’re delighted with the results of the work and cannot express strongly enough our gratitude to all of our funding providers who have made this possible. It’s thanks to them that we have been able to press on with our Village Hall upgrade which will increase the range of opportunities available to local people in our community. This is important because the Village Hall needs to remain a safe, hygienic and appealing place to hire as we are reliant on the revenue from the hire of the hall to sustain

it. The Village Hall is a significant meeting place for all local people and is an inclusive venue accessible to every age group within our community. Investment into the building is important to me and the Committee as this is a place where the Maxey community spirit is thriving.” Lynne Yarham, Chair of Maxey Parish Council says, “The hall has been totally transformed. It is now a wonderful venue in which to hold a wide range of functions providing a focus for all who live in, and around, our beautiful village. It is not just about the building itself though. The care and effort of all involved in the work is reflected in the warm and welcoming atmosphere which everyone can experience when they enter its door.” MCA have already seen the number of regular hirers increase and have a large number of groups using the hall on a regular basis. All ages are catered for including a baby and toddler group, Zumba,Yoga, Puppy Training and Whist Drive to name a few! Individual hires have also increased for parties, wakes and a forthcoming wedding.

If anyone would like more information on any of the centre’s groups, fundraising events or details of how to hire, please visit or search for the group ‘Maxey Village Hall’ on Facebook. Alternatively, details are on the notice board outside the Village Hall.

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Rosemary’s FARMING Diary

The second cut of silage was made in the middle of July, in between last minute preparations being made for harvest We started combining the first field of winter barley on the 16 July – just two weeks later than last year. We had a reasonable sample and yield off one of our lighter soils - the results from our grain merchant indicates its one of the better quality samples they have looked at this season. We expect this to be sold and off the farm within a few days enabling us to utilise the grain store for more grain. Combining continued in the winter barley until rain stopped harvesting on 19 and 20 July. 28

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Another two days in the winter barley should see that completed, then into the oil seed rape crop – which we then started on 24 July. Harvesting came to a halt because the seed was coming into the store too dry, the intense heat affects the quality. We then resumed until rain stopped us on the 26 July. Quite unbelievable incessant rain all weekend and the forecast isn’t very promising for the coming week, however, in between the showers, wheels are put in motion, enabling us to harvest

a few more acres. On the first day of August we still have 150 acres of oil seed rape to harvest, along with spring barley, winter wheat, oats and beans so need the weather on our side as the daylight hours reduce, the autumn dews appear, harvesting days become shorter. August really does need to dry up and settle down. We have managed to harvest a few acres in between the rain as soon as it is dry enough to combine. Managed to harvest about 120 acres of oil seed rape over the weekend of


3 and 4 August until the thunder storm on 4 August. Still raining on Monday 5 so don’t expect to be combining today. Since we started harvesting the combinable crops this year in the middle of July, I’ve noticed an

driving days when ploughing the fields, the seagulls would be following the plough up and down the field – you seldom saw tahem at any other time inland. Thursday 7 August looks to be a combining day, wheels began

in a catchy season can become a nightmare situation, holding up following cultivations. It’s all a mad, mad rush trying to get 30 hours into a 24-hour day. It’s a busy time for farmers, but memories are made at harvest time, when getting the years crop in meant so much – not only to the Since we started harvesting the combinable crops this year in the farming fraternity, but the villagers middle of July, I’ve noticed an increase in the amount of wildlife as well, as a large majority of their which becomes more evident as we clear the arable fields. livelihood depended on a good harvest, safely gathered in. increase in the amount of wildlife Harvest festival followed, when to turn again, so combining until which becomes more evident as we 1.30am – until it started to rain, the church would be full, singing clear the arable fields. weather forecast predicts wet and one of the favourite harvest hymns The rabbit population has vey windy weather for the next two ‘All is Safely Gathered in’ increased significantly from 12 I well remember a local farmer, days. months ago. Rabbits are popping How the countryside is always ringing to see when harvest up everywhere, along with a few changing, fields that only last week festival was. “I never miss a harvest hares, foxes and many of the small were golden are now brown after festival service” he said. He wasn’t bird species; also the Canadian a regular church goer – but for him being mini-tilled. We have baled geese are back on the stubble some straw, but are chopping the that service was so important. and there were approximately two hundred on the grass near the I well remember a local farmer, always ringing to see house the other morning, just as when harvest festival was. “I never miss a harvest daylight was breaking. The seagulls festival service” he said. He wasn’t a regular church seem to be in very large numbers, settling on the winter barley stubble goer – but for him that service was so important. and grass – speaking to someone else about the number of seagulls wheat straw, incorporating it into The gardens are starting to coming in land, they confirmed my the soil, as this season is turning show signs of autumn, with lots thoughts of the large numbers. It into a stop-start harvest, having of shrubs and annuals losing their also reminded me of my tractor straw left on the field to deal with summer bloom – autumn beckons.

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tribune Diary Thursdays Morning Walks

Helpston Village Shop. 9am. All welcome.

Thursday 5 September What Goes Into Your Green Bin? Helpston Village Hall. 7.30pm. We'll be having clear guidance from Glen Vincent of Viridor Recycling and you are welcome to join us.

Sunday 8 September Harvest Praise and Thanksgiving St. Andrew's, Northborough. 10.30am. Gifts of nonperishable items for Peterborough Food Bank can be brought to the Service. All ages welcome!


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Tuesday 10 September Pop-up Café Helpston Village Hall. 1.30 - 3pm. Please come and join us for a free cup or tea or coffee and a chat – we would love to meet you. Dogs are welcome at this enjoyable social event and we have delicious cakes for a donation!

Wednesday 11 September Knit & Natter Botolph's Barn, Helpston. 2 - 4pm. Every fortnight. Join us to knit, sew, craft or just chat at our. We pay £2 each to cover rent and refreshments and would be delighted if you joined us.

Saturday 14 September Heritage Open Day St. Andrew's, Northborough. 11am - 4pm. Visitors of all ages welcome. Light Refreshments available.

Saturday 21 September 76th Horticultural & Crafts Open Show Arthur Mellows Village College, Glinton. 2-5pm Everyone welcome. More info:

Thursday 3 October 'Buttons: The History of These Small but Essential Items

Friday 11 October The Evergreen Care Trust Charity Dinner & Dance William Cecil Hotel. 7pm, carriages at mid-night. £35 per head. Our sponsored Charity Dinner & Dance will raise funds to ensure the continuance of the amazing work we do in our local communities. We have roughly about 150 volunteers and we offer 7 voluntary, free of charge services which enable elderly people within our communities to remain in touch and to be cared for. The evening will commence with complimentary bubbles on arrival, a 3 course meal, disco entertainment by the Fletcher Brothers and of course the mandatory raffle. I hope you will want to come along, have a wonderful evening and be able to support the Evergreen Care Trust to boot. Tables are made up of 10 places so why not make up a table with family & friends alike. The dress code is smart, casual. Tickets are available by calling the Evergreen Care Trust on 01780 765900 or by emailing

Saturday 12 October Helpston Beer Festival & Apple Pressing Day

Helpston Village Hall. 2pm. Come along to our very own Beer Festival with a fabulous selection of local ales & ciders plus wines, gin and soft drinks. A BBQ will be available throughout the afternoon Helpston Village Hall. 7.30pm. Pamela Tasker will plus there will be the opportunity for you to either press explain the history of these everyday objects, in an your own apples or buy some locally sourced ones to illustrated talk with lots of buttons to look at. It should press and then take home the delicious juice. If cider is be a fascinating evening and we would be very glad if your thing there will be an opportunity for you to buy you could come. the kit to turn your juice into cider! Any plastic bottles you can bring would be helpful - but if making cider they must have had a carbonated drink in them. If you have an event you would All proceeds to John Clare Primary School and like in the next edition of the Helpston Village Hall. Tribune Diary send the details For any further info please contact Ian Robertson on to 07970 286420

Friday 18 October The Japanese Garden its History and Development Glinton Village Hall. 7.30pm. A talk presented by Patsy Rayner. More info:

Sunday 20 October Heritage Open Day St. Andrew's, Northborough. 6pm. An evening of your favourite hymns! Everyone Welcome.

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Are you pregnant, or have you just had a baby? The Birthing Hub is a space for you to meet other parents-to-be and have access to unbiased information, resources and guidance/support from an experienced midwife. We welcome your partner to come too, as building support networks can be challenging if you are not the main parent. We always have plenty of tea and cake, and toys for older siblings!

Helpston Birthing Hub Lisa-Marie and Deb are both experienced midwives, passionate about supporting new families through pregnancy, birth and into the early postnatal period. Between them they have a wealth of knowledge and lots of resources from books and DVDs to slings and reusable nappies. The Stamford & Peterborough area has some fantastic things on offer for pregnancy and birth including yoga, massage, acupuncture, hypnobirthing, antenatal classes. At The Birthing Hub you will find out about all of these, with guest

The Birthing Hub St Botolph’s Barn, Helpston 1st and 3rd Monday of every month 9.30-11am Suggested donation £3.50 per family

appearances from practitioners. All the information about local pregnancy and birth resources on The Birthing Hub website, and we have an online community for sharing information and allowing friendships to grow. The Birthing Hub is a nonprofit community organisation bringing together families to socialise and support each other through their journey into parenthood. We have linked with the Positive Birth Movement, a global network whose philosophy is to connect pregnant women together to share stories, facebook/instagram: @thebirthinghub email: telephone: 07890651559 32

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expertise and positivity about childbirth. For this reason The Birthing Hub does not charge for you to attend, but has a suggested donation of £3.50 per family to cover the cost of room hire - any additional funds are reinvested into resources. We know that coming to a daytime session can be tricky for working mums and partners. Please contact us to find out how we can support you with getting time off work to attend. We are currently seeking a venue in Stamford to host an evening session once a month.


Mustard Seed Project

Rita and Geoff Fowler

I had hoped to be able to report that six classrooms on the upper storey were on their way to being built. I haven’t given up hope that this will happen before the end of the year but I am less confident. Due in part to the weakening pound meaning everything costs so much more in Kenya But good things are happening. Northborough Primary School has again donated shoes for us to take out in September. Lovely shoes all lovingly cleaned and polished by Geoff. Northborough also did lots of fundraising for us and have managed to raise a magnificent £506.49 for Mustard Seed Project. Some of that can be gift aided which adds another 25%. A big thank you to Northborough School. Then in July a volunteer went out to spend a couple of weeks in the school. She is an Irish primary school teacher whose holidays began earlier than our own. She was very focused and helped the teachers with lots of things which made a huge difference. Our

teachers are doing a great job but they have had a huge change thrust upon them. Interestingly they are now officially teaching in a far more Western way which is a lot easier for our teachers than for most other schools as ours were already teaching this way. The problem, as always, is the reporting of information. They have to print out assessment sheets for every subject for every child and when the examination is over they have to scan every page back to the government!! Currently this requirement only affects one year group but it’s still a huge amount of time and expense. I hope the results are made available nationally, although Kenyans are inclined to

cheat so other schools may appear to achieve as well as our children will do without cheating. Then just before the end of term another British teacher, who was on holiday in Mombasa, spent a couple of days in our school. She said such lovely things about the school and our children and plans to do fundraising at her own school when she gets back in September. She went on a school trip with the children to an amusement park. It may sound like a jolly rather than an educational visit but for our children, who may never have this opportunity it was a wonderful thing to do. Thank you so much for your support.

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Private Tuition

Could this benefit your child? What sort of tutor should I choose? School is probably the best place to start. They know your child already and might be able to offer ‘in school’ help.

How do I know whether my child might benefit from private tuition? Is your child struggling with course work? Are they stressed about certain lessons? Do they avoid certain subjects during homework sessions? Does your child find course material too simple? Do they complain of boredom and does the teacher accuse them of being disruptive or a daydreamer? Do you feel that your child is neglected by the system because they are neither special needs, nor especially gifted? If you answered yes to any of the above questions then your child might benefit from private tuition.

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Even if that isn’t an option good teachers will be happy to discuss what your child needs from a tutor. Some children require just a little extra attention and support with homework. Others benefit from learning study skills. Others might need to re-learn things they missed through absence or that they simply didn’t understand the first time around.

Once or twice a week for two or three months is a good starting point. After this time you should have a good idea how much tutoring is helping your child.

What questions should I ask?  Check professional references and qualifications  Ask to see a copy of their CRB (criminal Records Bureau) check  Ask about any career gaps on their CV

What do I look for?

 If the tutor is employed at a school you can ask for a reference from the head teacher

It sounds obvious but you really need someone who can teach! Being specialised in a subject area is great but teaching skills are everything. A tutor should be able to relate to a child and explain things at his level.

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The last half term of the year is always busy and exciting, this year was no exception

The children celebrated Wimbledon the setting a couple of times and In the Preschool the Happy Chick by having tennis competitions and the children enjoyed story time eggs arrived and began hatching with her. In early July they also had playing on the new swing ball set.  within a few days of being in the They also enjoyed a cream tea in the setting.  The children were so excited a play session in Buttercross (the Reception classroom) to familiarise garden. Towards the end of term to see the chicks emerging from the there were lots of lovely flowers in the themselves ready for September. eggs.  Lots of ‘chick’ related activities Playhouse garden and the children A couple of weeks before the and crafts took place and once the picked these and made their own end of term everyone enjoyed a chicks were ready the children were trip to Bugtopia. It was a wonderful floral arrangements to take home. able to handle them. Both the Preschool and the Out day and the children loved seeing Keeping fit and the benefits of of School Club ended the term with exercise were key themes of the term all the different creatures and a party to celebrate the year and say having a picnic lunch. and the children took full advantage goodbye to those children who are In the Out of School Club of the warm weather to do lots of leaving the setting to start school in there has been a new fairy garden energetic outdoor activities.  When reception or move on to secondary installed complete with hand the country was in full Ladies World school. We would like to wish all Cup fever the children held their own painted pebbles and the children have been harvesting some of the the children who are leaving the Helpston World Cup to celebrate. fruit and vegetables planted earlier setting the very best of luck for their To ease the transition to school future adventures. for the Rising Fives Mrs Bacon visited in the year. From September we are looking for local residents to visit us in the setting to spend some time with the children.  Come & share a story, a song, help with baking or woodwork. It could be a one-off visit or several, it’s totally up to you. The children would love to see you and we will happily provide lots of tea and biscuits.  Contact Helpston Playhouse for more details on 01733 253243 or

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Opening up the Past Greg Prior

We received a host of curious – and generous - visitors, from both Peakirk and beyond


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Despite the gloomy weather forecast, PAST members Bob Randall, David Hankins, David Dearman, Gregg Duggan, Avril Lumley Prior and I decided to forge ahead with our latest test pit over the defunct Roman watercourse, Car Dyke, which bisects Peakirk village green. We were encouraged throughout our exertions by the lovely Connie Muse who sustained the workforce with tea and pertinent questions The excavation was planned to coincide with a church visit by West Deeping Heritage Group as part of The St Pega’s Package. On the morning of 7 August (our first official ‘hands-on’ archaeology Open Day), David Hankins and I erected a gazebo to protect both guests and finds from the elements. We received a host of curious – and generous - visitors, from both Peakirk and

beyond and £79 was donated for St Pega’s Roof Fund. Avril, Jane Harris of Glinton, and members of the Parochial Church Council (namely Trish Roberts, Ann Pettit, Christine Dearman, Pauline Cooke, Sheila Lever and Connie), also played their part by providing ‘Talks’ about the church and its medieval wall paintings, delicious refreshments and, finally, a tour

of our historic village. A further £104.88 was collected (£183.88 in total). The event was so successful that we hope to hold more Open Days in 2020, after the new roof is installed. This time, we will be raising money for the conservation of our nationallysignificant wall paintings. Please, see The Trib and its Public Facebook page for details.

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A coin dating back to 1279 and found on land at Etton is just one of the objects in the newly created Langdyke Museum of Objects

Langdyke Museum of Objects The museum idea is just one of the projects launched this year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Langdyke Countryside Trust. The Long-Cross penny is most likely a coin of Edward I from 1279 minted in London. It was found by a Trust volunteer while digging on land at High Meadow,

1275 coin

Etton and has been given as one of the prize objects in the new collection. The idea of the museum came from Langdyke trustee David Cowcill and some of the items in it will be included in a booklet being published later this year called Langdyke Stories. One side of the coin has the wording EDWR -NGL DNS HYB which translates as Edward Rex

King of England, Lord of Ireland (Hybernia). The reverse shows the name of the mint - Civitas London. The idea of the museum of objects is that members of the Trust donate pictures of items that have left them with treasured memories of Langdyke country - generally revolving around activities on one of the group’s sites. These will appear - alongside artwork from another major anniversary project - Langdyke Stories. As part of that project children and adults have taken part in workshops run by artist Kathryn Parsons designed to link the countryside with art. The book will be launched at the Langdyke annual meeting and Langdyke Stories celebration event on Friday 13 September at Castor Church, starting at 5.30pm. As well as the book launch and an exhibition of the artwork the

Trust has gathered a serious array of respected wildlife speakers. They include Harriet Mead, President of the Society of Wildlife Artists, authors Mark Cocker and Jeremy Mynott and Chief Executive of the local Wildlife Trusts, Brian Eversham. They will be discussing the future of nature. The event will also see the launch of Langdyke’s vision for the local countryside. Langdyke currently manages seven nature reserves in the area, ranging from the 80-acre Etton Maxey Pits to the two-acre Marholm Field Bank by the A47. Others include Swaddywell Pit. The Trust has a 120 household membership, runs a flock of more than 100 sheep and offers its members a variety of weekly events including work parties, country walks, training sessions and indoor talks. It is a registered charity and all monies are used to maintain and improve the reserves.

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HERITAGE OPEN DAYS 13 – 15 September

More than 30 buildings in Peterborough and the surrounding villages have signed up to take part in this year’s Heritage Open Days weekend, which will be celebrated in Peterborough from Friday 13 September to Sunday 15 September, with a couple of events the following weekend New venues include the 18th century D’Arcy Jewellers’ Shop in the city centre, the ArcHaus architects’ offices located in a carefully restored 1930s art deco building near Wansford, the magnificent ground floor reception rooms of Thorpe Hall, and a range of fine churches – Longthorpe Church, rebuilt on its present site in the 1260’s by the Thorpe family; Castor Church opening its wonderful tower; Marholm’s medieval church with impressive memorials to the Fitzwilliam family; the listed church in rural Upton; Water Newton’s medieval church set beside the River Nene; and, also on the river, the ancient church at Stibbington. Many venues will be offering guided tours, talks and displays whilst others are opening their doors for visitors to wander freely as they choose. These events provide the opportunity to

explore the history of Peterborough and, in some cases, to visit buildings not normally open to the public. The programme is the result of close co-operation between Peterborough Civic Society, Peterborough Cathedral, Peterborough City Council and Vivacity who have encouraged participants to open their doors free of charge. David Jost, Organiser for the Peterborough area, said: “We have a number of buildings that are exciting newcomers to the heritage celebrations which we feel are sure to be popular. We are enormously grateful to all the owners who so generously give their time to open up their premises’”. Andy Tannock, Chairman of the Peterborough Sea Cadets, explained that the Old Customs House has been featured in previous years. “I am proud that we have a

responsibility for such an interesting and historic building which I’m sure people will be fascinated to discover when they visit.” Martin Russell, Head of Support Services, for the Thorpe Hall Hospice, said “The Sue Ryder organization is pleased to be able to open Thorpe Hall for the Heritage Open Days in September. We look forward to welcoming visitors to the Hall and the Gardens. Refreshments will be available in our café” Heritage Open Days celebrate England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or charge an entrance fee, and specially organised events to showcase a property’s history. Heritage Open Days has been running as a national celebration since 1994 – celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2019.

Pick up a copy of the flier from the Visitor Information Centre, the Cathedral or your local library. Alternatively, check the Civic Society, Vivacity, Cathedral or Council websites for information. All events in Peterborough, unless otherwise stated All Saints Church, Park Road Bharat Hindu Samaj, Unit 6, New England Complex, Guided tours of this Victorian church Rock Road designed by well-known church architect Temple Moore in 1886. Learn about Hindu religion and culture and visit the shrines of Alwalton Church (St Andrew’s), various deities. Church Street, Alwalton Explore this medieval church. Earliest parts date from 1170. Tower built in 13th century. Extensive restoration in the 1840s. ArcHaus, Peterborough Road, Wansford Learn about the history of this 1930s art deco building and its more recent development. Back of the Shop, 7 Westgate See behind the scenes of this city centre jeweller’s shop and learn about the history of the building. 40

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Castor Church (St Kyneburga’s), Church Walk, Castor Very fine Norman church; grounds and tower open with tours and guides on hand.

City Centre Blue Plaques Trail Guided tour of a selection of Blue Plaques located in Peterborough City Centre describing present buildings, past structures, environs and individuals at each site.

Crowland Abbey, East Street, Crowland Explore the Abbey’s medieval ruins and enjoy celebrations of the “Siege of Crowland”. Dr Fenwick Skrimshire’s House Guided tour of Regency/Georgian town house with written details of house and previous prominent occupants on display. Faizan E Madina Mosque, 175 Gladstone Street Peterborough’s largest mosque. Tour of all facilities with a chance to observe prayers and listen to the Adhan (call to prayers). Fletton Church (St Margaret’s), Fletton Avenue See the Saxon Stones and learn about the history from displays and guides.



Gurdwara Baba Budha Sahib Ji, 23 Royce Road

Peakirk Church (St Pega’s), Chestnut Close, Peakirk

Thomas Deacon Academy, Queen’s Gardens.

Guided tour of this purpose-built temple, learn about the Sikh faith and see how worship takes place.

14th century wall paintings are the most striking feature of the church but its fabric dates from the early 11th to the 15th century. Guided tours are available.

Guided tours of this 2007 building designed by the world renowned architect, Norman Foster.

Key Theatre, Embankment Road

Visitors will have a personal tour of the theatre, including access to the behind Peterborough Archives Service, Central Library, Broadway the scenes facilities. Look behind the scenes and see and London Brick History, St John the learn about some of the archives’ Baptist Church, Cathedral Square prized documents in an informal Discover the story of the London Brick presentation in the search room. Company with an exhibition in the Peterborough Cathedral historic St John’s Church. Explore hidden spaces including Longthorpe Church (St Botolph’s), the Almoner’s Hall, Old Library and Longthorpe King’s Lodging with opportunities for Learn about the church’s history guided tours of Table Hall and other moved from the West Town area and highlights. rebuilt on its present site in the 1260s Peterborough Energy Recovery by the Thorpe family who also built Facility, Viridor Ltd, Fourth Drove, Longthorpe Tower. Fengate Marholm Church (St Mary the Explore the state-of-the-art facility Virgin), Castor Road, Marholm which turns residual waste into Visit this fine medieval church with energy. Your chance to lift the lid impressive memorials to the and see the science behind what Fitzwilliam family. happens when you take out your bin. Mayor’s Parlour & Council Chamber, Peterborough Museum and Town Hall, Bridge Street Garden, Priestgate, Guided tour of these historic rooms and an opportunity to meet the Mayor. Norman Cross Art Gallery and Napoleonic Prison Depot Site, London Road, Norman Cross Opening on 21 and 22 September. Learn about the history of this Napoleonic site.

Refurbished 18th century building alongside the river Nene originally used as a toll house for goods transported by river. Currently the base for Peterborough Sea Cadets.

22 September. A walk of around 2.5miles along public footbaths looking at evidence of human and natural history. Thorney – A “Visit to Thorney” Talk and Tour, Thorney Abbey, Abbey Place, Thorney 22 September. A talk on the history of this fenland village, then a walk to look at the church, Victorian model village and independent community museum. Thorney Dreams – a craftivist event, Thorney Heritage Museum, Station Road, Thorney 21 September. A chance to meet at the museum, think about dreams for the future and contribute to an art work. Thorpe Hall, Thorpe Road, Longthorpe

Learn about the history and people associated with the building that now houses the Museum.

Explore the magnificent ground floor reception rooms of this grand manor house built in 1654 for Oliver St John, Oliver Cromwell’s Chief Justice.

Prebendal Manor, Church Street, Nassington

Upton Church (St John the Baptist), end of Church Walk, Upton

Guided tours of the manor house, tithe barn and 16th century dovecote.

Visit this interesting Norman church, located in fields to the east of the village.

Stibbington Church (St John’s), Northborough Church (St Andrew’s) Church Lane, Stibbington Church Street, Northborough View the interior of the church A medieval church dating back to the building as well as exploring the 12th century with a double bell cote. church yard. It has connections to the Cromwell St John the Baptist Church, and Claypole families and the poet Cathedral Square John Clare. Old Customs House, Embankment Rd

Thorney – A walk in the fen on the edge of the “island” of Thorney

Exhibition detailing the history of the church and its surrounds from the late 19th century to the present day.

Water Newton Church (St Remegius), Old North Road, Water Newton Visit this medieval church in its idyllic setting beside the river Nene. Westwood House (The Peterborough School), Thorpe Road Tours of this fine town house built in the 1860s that now accommodates the independent Peterborough School.

For complete details of events across the country as a whole go to the national Heritage Open Days website:

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Barnack Hills and Holes, today

Earl Waltheof Miscreant, Martyr or Fool?

Once again, St Pega’s sister-church, Crowland Abbey has lured me across the River Welland to share with you a ‘morality tale’ of a high-flyer who achieved everything, then threw it all away by Dr Avril Lumley Prior Earl Waltheof (c.1040-76) might have led a charmed life had he chosen his comrades more carefully. His Anglo-Norman biographer, Orderic Vitalis, describes him as handsome, muscular, charismatic, generous and brave. Furthermore, Waltheof was one of a few Englishman to retain his status after the Norman Conquest, enjoying 42

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the patronage of William the Conqueror, who bestowed upon him estates, honours and a trophy wife. Unfortunately, he also was disloyal, vengeful, foolhardy and exceedingly naïve, which ultimately led to his undoing. Waltheof had an impressive lineage and, like all AngloScandinavian warrior-elite, could trace his ancestors back as far as

Woden - or rather, since he was a devout Christian - to God. He was the son of the Anglo-Danish Earl Siward the Strong of Northumbria and his second wife, Ælfflæd, the daughter of Earl Ealdred and grand-daughter of Earl Uhtred the Bold of Northumbria. As the pious second son, the Waltheof received a religious education, suggesting that he originally was


Waltheof: Sheffield Cathedral Waltheof’s Coat-of-arms: Great Hall Winchester

destined for a career in the Church. After the deaths of his brother, Osbern (Osbjorn), in battle against King Macbeth of Scotland, in 1054, and his father from dysentery the following year, Waltheof inherited some of the family estates but was considered too young to accede to the earldom. Instead, Edward the Confessor (1042-66) conferred the title upon the treacherous

Tostig, his brother-in-law and son of Earl Godwine of Wessex. Tostig was expelled by the Northumbrians for misrule in 1065 and died fighting for Harald Hardrada of Norway against his own brother, Harold II (Godwineson) of England, at Stamford Bridge in 1066. Waltheof, by then Earl of Huntingdon and Northampton, had thrown in his lot with King Harald and fought against Hardrada at Fulford and Stamford Bridge. However, there is no evidence that he was involved in the subsequent Battle of Hastings. In fact, immediately afterwards he pledged his allegiance to William, who allowed him to keep his lands and titles, probably because Waltheof had his own grievances against the Godwine dynasty. In 1067, Waltheof accompanied William to Normandy ‘in honourable captivity’ with other high-ranking Englishmen (to prevent them from leading a revolt back home). Upon his return, he witnessed several royal charters, indicating that he had gained his king’s trust. Yet, Waltheof had set his sights upon his father’s old Earldom of Northumbria, now held by Robert de Comines, a Norman. Doubtlessly, with the intention of ousting his rival, Waltheof rashly supported King Swein II of Denmark’s 1069 invasion of England, adding his ships to the Danish fleet which lay at anchor in the River Humber. During the ensuing sack of the Norman stronghold at York, Waltheof displayed such valour and military prowess that his deeds were commemorated in a Nordic poem, composed by a member of his household, Thorkell Skallason. William the Conqueror bribed the Danes to go away


and, as a riposte, laid waste Northumbria and suppressed the remaining pockets of resistance during the winter of 1069/70 in what became known as ‘The Harrying of the North’. Waltheof’s only option was to make peace with the king, again swearing his loyalty. Astonishingly, William forgave him, admiring his courage, leadership and soldiering skills. Since Robert de Comines had been killed during an uprising in Durham and his successor, Waltheof’s cousin, Gospatric, twice had proven to be untrustworthy, in 1071, the king granted Waltheof his ancestral Earldom of Northumbria with hope that he could bring the rebellious Northerners into line. More importantly, he gave him the hand of his niece, Judith de Lens, ostensibly to cement their friendship but, in reality, to curb Waltheof’s dissident tendencies. Although it was a marriage made at Court rather than in Heaven, for the next four years, Countess Judith managed to keep Waltheof out of mischief. The union produced a son, Uhtred, who died young and two daughters, Maud (Matilda), whose second husband was David I of Scotland, and Adelisa (Alice), who was strategically matched with Raoul III de Conches, brother-in-law of the King of Jerusalem. Despite his Huntingdonshire and Northamptonshire connections, Waltheof avoided any involvement in Hereward’s and his Danish allies’ attack on Peterborough or in the capture of the Ely, in 1070, but occupied himself by building a castle at Durham, from which to control his territory. Domesday Book (1086) reports that he once held lands across Durham, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire, continued overleaf >>

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>> continued from previous page Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland, most of which passed to Judith upon his death. Waltheof became a magnanimous benefactor to several monasteries, including Ely and Thorney. Moreover, Orderic (writing in retrospect at the behest of the abbot of Crowland, c.1125), claimed that he gave the Barnack stone quarries (now The Hills and Holes Site of Special Scientific Interest) to Crowland Abbey. These, he must have acquired from William early in his reign and were held on his behalf by Bondi, one of Waltheof’s thegns.

possibly, under the influence of alcohol and bonhomie, he became party to a Norman plot to overthrow King William hatched by the bridegroom, Earl Ralph de Wader of Norwich, and his new brother-in-law, Earl Roger Fitzwilliam of Hereford. Although Waltheof refused pointblank to join the conspiracy, he swore not to betray his drinking companions. Next day, Waltheof regretted his promise and confessed to Archbishop Lanfranc of Canterbury, who advised him to warn the king. William dismissed the incident

Waltheof enticed to Treason In contrast, Waltheof showed a darker side to his character when he kept the estates of Ryhall and Belmesthorpe, near Stamford, that his father’s first wife, Godgifu, had promised to Peterborough Abbey for her lifetime. Besides, he revived an old family blood-feud, ruthlessly despatching two youths whose father and grandfather were responsible for the cold-blooded murder of Waltheof’s maternal greatgrandfather, Uhtred (in 1016), and grandfather, Ealdred (in 1038). It was an invitation to a ‘brideale’ or wedding feast at Exning (Suffolk) in 1075 that eventually brought about Waltheof’s downfall. During the merry-making and,

prison. He spent the next six months doing penance for his sins by fasting and reciting the psalms that he had learnt in his boyhood. Waltheof may have expected to languish in jail contemplating his transgressions for a while before receiving the king’s pardon were it not for the resentment of some of the Norman lords, including Ivo de Taillebois, High Sheriff of Lincolnshire. They cunningly waited until William was campaigning in Normandy and then, at the crack of dawn on 31 May 1076 (lest the citizens

Waltheof before William

until the Danish fleet reappeared in the Humber estuary. Then, Waltheof was arrested and the rebellion eventually was crushed. Earl Roger was exiled to Brittany, where he held estates, whilst his confederate, Earl Ralph, was jailed for life. Waltheof was brought before the king’s court at Christmas and charged with high treason based mainly upon the evidence of Countess Judith, who claimed to have eavesdropped upon the intrigue. Although Waltheof vehemently protested his innocence and begged to be allowed to become a monk, he was thrown into Winchester

of Winchester should riot in attempt to rescue this popular Englishman), led him to St Giles’ Hill. Here, he was beheaded by an impatient executioner whilst saying the Lord’s Prayer, appropriately at the point, ‘Lead us not into temptation’. Thereafter, the severed head allegedly continued in a stentorian voice, “But deliver us from evil”. Orderic maintains that all Winchester and, indeed, the entire realm mourned the demise of a virtuous and noble man. Nevertheless, Waltheof was buried ignominiously in a ditch only to be exhumed two weeks continued on page 46 >>


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>> continued from page 44 later after his repentant widow and Abbot Ulfketyl of Crowland petitioned her Uncle William, to allow them to give him a Christian burial. When Ulfketyl recovered his remains, he was amazed to find no signs of decomposition, a second manifestation of Waltheof’s sainthood. (Just like St Guthlac, Crowland’s hermit ‘founder’, when he was exhumed by his sister, Pega of Peakirk, after a year in the grave.) Waltheof was interred with great solemnity in Crowland Abbey’s chapter house. Sixteen years later, Ulfketyl’s successor, Ingulph (c.1085-1110) elevated the relics to his new church, rebuilt after the ‘Great Fire’ of 1091. The coffin lid was removed and lo and behold! Waltheof still was undecayed! What is more,

The atmospheric monochrome illustrations are gleaned from Ralph Bruce’s feature on ‘Earl Waltheof’ in Look and Learn Series 580 (24 February 1973), accessible online.

Execution of Waltheof’ (Ralph Bruce, 1973) to Crowland, he ridiculed a procession of pilgrims and dubbed Waltheof a downright traitor, deserving of his fate. The hapless Ouen was both reprimanded by Abbot Geoffrey (1110-24) and

seized with excruciating stomachache, dying shortly afterwards in the church of St Alban, poignantly, the first English martyr (who likewise was beheaded). In contrast, the worthy Geoffrey was rewarded with a dream of St Guthlac and St Neot (also interred at Crowland) and of the apostle St Bartholomew, in which the trio ceremoniously reunited Waltheof’s head with his body, declaring that he was no longer a headless earl but a “King for Evermore”. Thus, Waltheof, the

William crossed the cold channel and reddened the bright swords; and now he has betrayed Earl Waltheof, the noblest of lords. It is true that killing in England will be a long time ending; And the bravest Earl Waltheof will no more his people be defending. (‘Waltheof’ by Thorkell Skallason, c.1076). his head had reattached itself to his body, leaving just a thin red scar as a visible symbol of his martyrdom. Soon, to the great delight of the monks of Crowland, all the usual miracles purportedly began to occur at his shrine. The blind recovered their sight, the deaf could hear, the dumb could speak and the lame could walk and so on and so forth. News of the phenomena spread far and wide, drawing so many pilgrims to St Waltheof’s shrine that, according to a gleeful, fourteenth-century Crowland chronicler, ‘He increased the revenues of the monastery in no slight degree’. Waltheof’s sinister side made its presence felt beyond the grave too. Orderic recounts that while a Norman monk of St Albans named Ouen was on secondment 46

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Waltheof and Abbot Geoffrey: West Front, Crowland Abbey

only Englishman that William had condemned to death, had exacted his revenge and now could claim superiority over his Norman ‘persecutor’. When Abbot Geoffrey died, he was replaced by another Waltheof (1124-38), a monk of Crowland and son of Earl Gospatric of Northumbria (Earl Waltheof’s second cousin). Orderic informs us that the miracles at the saint’s tomb increased day-by-day, perhaps registering Waltheof’s approval that his namesake and kinsman was pursuing the career that he had aspired to during his boyhood. Moreover, his grandson from his daughter, Maud’s, first marriage to Simon de St Liz, became known as St Waltheof of Melrose (1100-60), keeping up the family tradition. 




Castor Conversations by Dr Avril Lumley Prior

The second of our Chats in old Churches took place at Castor, in the Church of St Kyneburgha, whose pedigree is on a par with that of St Pega of Peakirk, where this series of events were launched back in March

St Kyneburgha’s church, Castor Kyneburgha (died c.680) and Pega (719) were the well-travelled descendants of King Creoda, who is credited with founding the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, c.575. Both royal ladies eventually established their own religious communities and gave their names to settlements through their association with them. Castor

was recorded as Kyneburge cæstre [‘Kyneburgha’s stronghold’] in 948, and Peakirk simply means ‘Pega’s church’. And here the similarities end. Whilst Pega retreated to the fen margins to live an abstemious life, Kyneburgha married a Northumbrian prince called Alhfrith as part of a peace

treaty and probably attended the Synod of Whitby with him, in 664. Shortly afterwards, Alhfrith vanished from all records and Kyneburgha re-emerged as the abbess of a monastery for nuns and monks near the ruins of an abandoned Roman praetorium, at Castor. However, she did not retire from public life completely. continued on page 49 >>

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Mythical beast and peasant with pig She reputedly acted as an advisor to her brother, King Wulfhere of Mercia, upon the completion of Medeshamstede [Peterborough] Abbey after the murder of their older sibling, Peada, allegedly by his wife – and possibly at Castor! Our tour of the church appliqued panel of late twentiethcentury village life. There are information boards, an exhibition of archaeological finds and a splendid guide book on sale. At St Kyneburgha’s, there is much to attract and delight even the most discerning of church visitors.

Up in the belfry David Ridgeway delivered an excellent presentation on the development of the site as a praetorium, Kyneburgha’s convent and today's glorious parish church.

Early-C11 tympanum Unlike St Pega’s secluded, ‘bijou’ church, St Kyneburgha’s stands proudly on an escarpment and has the lofty proportions and some of the features of a small cathedral. A host of brightlycoloured, fifteenth-century angels gaze from the oak rafters, each holding a different musical instrument; medieval wallpaintings tell of the martyrdom of St Catherine and there is a myriad of Anglo-Saxon and Romanesque stone carvings depicting mythical beasts, wild-boar hunts and an allegory of St Kyneburgha’s adventures. Modern times also are represented with metalwork, paintings, sculptures and embroideries by local craftsmen and women, including ceramic Stations of the Cross and an

Interior of spire

St Kyneburgha’s from the south-east Castor’s ‘Chats in an old Church’ was a tremendous success with people attending from as far afield as Holbeach Fen, Stamford, Crowland and Peakirk. Reverend

Mouth-watering refreshments followed and we burned up some of the calories on a fascinating tour of the building (including Roman and Anglo-Saxon remains) and its belfry by the knowledgeable William Baxter. Well done, Castor! It was a most memorable morning and will be a hard act to follow. But heigh-ho! There are other churches across Tribland with plenty of potential too ... 

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Some happy faces in Peakirk Church as a cheque for £10,000 is presented to church wardens Sheila Lever and Pauline Cook by Paulina Broda of Buckles Solicitors towards the cost of replacing our stolen roof. The funding comes from the Patricia Ann Seaman Will Trust to which we are so grateful and will significantly help pay for the new roof when work starts at the end of September.

Replacing St. Pega’s Stolen Roof


by Peakirk Parochial Church Council

It was in November 2018 when congregation members looked up and noticed they could see daylight where there should have been none. So began the enormous task of raising a significant amount of money to replace the roof To help the Peakirk Parochial Church Council with the many difficulties involved, a Project Team was formed with a mixture of Parochial Church Council members and village volunteers. Nine months later we wish to say a big ‘THANK YOU’ to everyone who has been so generous with both time and donations to enable the construction of the new roof to commence in sections from the end of September 2019.

A Public Notice is currently being displayed for 28 days both inside the church and in the porch. This is to enable anyone who may have any objections to us replacing the stolen roof to state their case. Copies of the schedule of work can also be viewed on the large chest at the rear of the church. While the roofing work is taking place, we have obtained permission from the Bishop

of Peterborough for Church Services to take place in the Peakirk Village Hall and dates and times will be advertised in the near future. Out of adversity has come forth outstanding acts of support and generosity to enable our 1,000+ year old church to face a secure (and watertight) future. God Bless everyone involved.

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Sat 7 September Benefice Prayer Breakfast Benefice Prayer Breakfast in Botolph’s Barn every 1st Saturday of the month. Tue 10 September Alpha Course Botolph's Barn Helpston - Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. Everyone has questions. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to explore the Christian faith, ask questions, share their point of view, wherever they are in the world. Alpha is run all round the globe - in cafe's, universities, homes, churches - and everyone is welcome. In common with every Alpha Course we start with food, followed with a short talk / video, and open discussion. Join us. Telephone Rev Dave 01780 740234 or Clive Pearce 01733 253494 for more information or to sign up.


church Diary

Sat 28 September Coffee Morning St Botolph's - 10am–12pm Helpston Church invites everyone to the regular monthly Coffee Mornings. Sat 28 September St. Botolph's Church Harvest Supper Helpston Village Hall - 17.30pm £12 per person Proceeds to Christian Aid and St. Botolph's Join us for good food and entertainment Call Clive Pearce on 01733 253494. Sat 26 October Coffee Morning St Botolph's - 10am–12pm Helpston Church invites everyone to the regular monthly Coffee Mornings.

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church Services SEP

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

Sun 1

Sun 8

Sun 15

Sun 22

Sun 29

St John the Baptist Barnack

9.30am Family Communion

9.30am Parish Communion with Children’s Church 4pm Messy Church

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

10.30am Harvest Service


St Mary’s Bainton

6pm Taize Service

9am Parish Communion

6pm BCP Evensong

9am Parish Communion


St Botolph’s Helpston

10.45am All Age Praise

10.45am Parish Communion with Children’s Church

10.45am All Age Communion

10.45am Harvest Service


All Saints Wittering

10.30am Parish Communion

10.30am Harvest Service

10.30am Parish Communion

10.30am Morning Praise


St Andrew's Ufford





10am Benefice Communion + Baptism

St Stephen Etton

10am Parish Praise Mark Hotchkin


8am Holy Communion Rev'd Mark-Aaron



St Peter Maxey

9am Morning Prayer Derek Harris

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

4pm HARVEST Family Service M Hotchkin & F Skillman

9am Holy Communion BCP Rev'd MarkAaron


St Benedict Glinton

10.30am Holy Communion Rev'd Mark-Aaron

10.30am Parish Praise Mark Hotchkin

10.30am HARVEST Holy Communion Rev'd Mark-Aaron

9.30am Parish Worship Derek Harris


St Andrew Northborough

9am Holy Communion Rev'd Mark-Aaron

10.30am HARVEST All Age Praise Freda Skillman

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

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

10.30am Benefice Holy Communion Rev'd Mark-Aaron

St Pega Peakirk

6pm Evensong Rev'd Mark-Aaron

10.30am Holy Communion Rev'd Mark-Aaron

11am Morning Prayer Derek Harris

11am HARVEST Parish Worship Derek Harris



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Sun 6

Sun 13

Sun 20

Sun 27

Sun 3 Nov

St John the Baptist Barnack

9.30am Parish Communion with Children’s Church

9.30am Parish Communion with Children’s Church 4pm Messy Church

9.30am Parish Communion with Children’s Church

10.30am All Age Praise

9.30am Family Communion

St Mary’s Bainton

4pm Harvest Service followed by 5pm Afternoon Tea in Bainton Reading Rooms 6pm Taize Service

9am Parish Communion

6pm BCP Evensong

9am Parish Communion

6pm Taize Service

St Botolph’s Helpston

10.45am All Age Praise

10.45am Parish Communion with Children’s Church

10.45am All Age Communion 6pm Informal Service

10.45am Parish Communion with Children’s Church

10.45am All Age Praise

All Saints Wittering

10.30am Parish Communion

10.30am Morning Praise

10.30am Parish Communion

10.30am Morning Praise

10.30am Parish Communion

St Stephen Etton

10am HARVEST Family Praise Mark Hotchkin


8.00am Holy Communion Rev'd Mark-Aaron


10.00am Parish Praise Mark Hotchkin

St Peter Maxey

9am Morning Prayer Derek Harris

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

10am Family Service Village Hall M Hotchkin / F Skillman

9am Holy Communion BCP Rev'd MarkAaron

9am Morning Prayer Derek Harris

10.30am Parish Praise Mark Hotchkin

10.30am Holy Communion Rev'd Mark-Aaron

9.30am Parish Worship Derek Harris

10.30am Holy Communion Rev'd MarkAaron 6pm All Souls Evensong Rev'd MarkAaron

St Andrew Northborough

9am Holy Communion Rev'd Mark-Aaron

10.30am All Age Praise Freda Skillman

9am Holy Communion Rev'd Mark-Aaron 6pm Northborough's Big Sing

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

9am Holy Communion Rev'd MarkAaron

St Pega Peakirk

6pm Evensong, in Village Hall Rev'd Mark-Aaron

10.30am Holy Communion in Village Hall Rev'd Mark-Aaron

11am Morning Prayer in Village Hall Derek Harris

11am Parish Worship in Village Hall Derek Harris

NO SERVICE (All Souls at Glinton)

St Benedict Glinton

10.30am Holy Communion Rev'd Mark-Aaron

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 Newborough


Dramatic Society

Neil Burton Newborough Dramatic Society have had a few changes, not least the name. We are now Peakirk and Newborough Dramatic Society. This reflects our increasing support for as well as support from the village of Peakirk as well as continuing our commitment to Newborough Never too early to talk about Christmas?….oh no it’s not. Because next Tuesday 30 July we will start rehearsals for this years Pantomime ‘Sleeping Beauty’ by James Barrie. It’s a very funny script and we are looking forward to presenting it to everyone at the end of November / beginning of December this year.

 Glinton

 Once

in a Lifetime Lily

Maureen Jackson I have been in touch with some experts from the USA The Botanical information Consultant in Los Angles, County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Flattened elongated shoots and flower heads that look like many stems compressed together are called Fasciation. It may revert back next year when it comes up from a bulb again. It is over 6 years old and it’s the first time it has grown like this, the smell is beautiful. We have put it in the shed out of the rain and wind, Also I was told to try and get the seeds off it ,if lucky may get some more next year.

Village Neighbourhood Plan

The Glinton Neighbourhood Plan (GNP) has been released for final consultation. Glinton residents now have the opportunity to comment The plan has been developed to establish a vision for the village and to help deliver the local community’s aspirations though to 2036. It contains policies covering - Housing Growth, Location of New Development, Design, Infrastructure Development, Local Green Space, The Natural Environment, Car Parking, Important Views, Drainage and Flood Risk, Traffic, Footpaths and

cycleways, Growing the Local Economy, Clare Lodge, Recreation Ground and New Village Hall. The GNP Working Group has consulted and listened to the community and local organisations on a wide range of issues that will influence the well-being, sustainability and long-term preservation of our rural community. Every effort has been made to ensure that the

views and policies reflect those of Glinton residents, particularly the responses received from 35.8% of dwellings to the October 2016 Glinton Village Neighbourhood Plan – Village Questionnaire which has formed the main evidence on which the plan is based. The deadline for all returns is 14 September 2019

Copies of the plan are located on ballot boxes located in The Chemist, doctors and Post Office. Alternatively, a copy is available online at: Written comments can be submitted in the ballot boxes, online at: or to5 Rectory Lane. 56

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 Old


Fashioned Joy

Sue Young Joy is an old-fashioned word we don’t hear much nowadays. But it was a joy and a blessing to receive so many messages of love and goodwill during my recent illness. Living in small villages, as we do, we benefit from that sense of community support not always found in the town. My neighbours and family were amazing in their support of me but above all I was overwhelmed by the number of people from across the Benefice who assured me of their prayers and offered to help. I am happy to say I am now making good progress. The medics played their part of course, but I felt as though I was being carried on a ‘prayer mattress’. This is the result of belonging to a supportive Church Family. The Church gets a lot bad publicity. Few people outside it realise quite what it’s like. Like a family, we sometimes disagree, but when the chips are down, Boy do you see the church working as it should, pulling together. Being part of this family means a bit more of a commitment than just dropping in occasionally. Life is enriched by getting to know people in their joys and distress. I would just say “Thank you” to everyone and issue an invitation on behalf of all our churches to “Come on in and feel the benefit.”

Left to right; Clive Pearce, Roger Franks and Syd Smith

 Winding


Kate Hinchliff At the monthly Coffee Morning held in July, regulars, including Syd Smith, Clerk to the Parish Council and Revd Dave Maylor, watched Clive Pearce, Churchwarden, thank Roger Franks for his faithful service as Church Clock Winder over the last 30 years, a job Roger inherited from his father Mick. A plaque to recognise Roger's contribution to the good time-keeping of the village has been put up at the back of the Church. The responsibility for the winding has now passed to 3 people - Les Cunnington, Ann Bell and Bill Purdon.


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Maggie Wren My husband and I saw this rare moth near the village hall in Peakirk whilst out walking on Thursday.

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By Willow Coby Circe by Madeline Miller Stories about the Greek gods have existed for centuries, and in this novel from US author Miller we learn of the story of Circe, a character in Homer’s The Odyssey, but this time told from her point of view. Circe is the daughter of the sun god, Helios, but is considered neither beautiful nor powerful, unlike his other children. Shunned by those around her, including her once devoted younger brother Aeetes, Circe is sent alone to an island where she turns to a mortal, Glaucos, whom she falls in love with. Having discovered the power of witchcraft she brews a potion to turn Glaucos into a god so she can marry him. However, her plans go awry, and her revenge leads her to be hated and despised by both mortals and gods. Circe has been a fascination for authors since the time of Homer and has influenced such writers as James Joyce and Margaret Atwood. In this novel Miller breathes new life into her, along with other figures such as Medea, Achilles, and Zeus: a mixture of legendary Titans, Olympians, and mortals. Woven into the story are familiar legends such as the Minotaur in the labyrinth, and Icarus, who flew too close to the sun. With such a large cast of characters it would have been helpful if the publishers had provided a crib sheet so the reader might remember who is who, but this is a story well worth persevering with. Goggle-Eyes by Anne Fine Kitty is known for one thing amongst her teachers at school – she can tell a great story. When a girl in her class, Helen, storms out of a lesson one morning, the teacher sends Kitty after her to make sure she is okay. Puzzled, as she is not her friend, Kitty soon realises why she has been selected. It is because of Goggle-Eyes. Goggle-Eyes is a man who her mother started dating. Kitty hated everything about him. The way he was at their house all of the time. The way he moaned about the fact that her room wasn’t tidy. The way her younger sister, Jude, liked him. And especially the way he disagreed with her mother’s membership of CND. Ensconced in a cupboard over the course of three hours Kitty tells Helen all about Goggle-Eyes. It is just what Helen needs to hear because her mother too is seeing a man who she hates. But will Kitty and Goggle-Eyes ever reach a truce? Can Kitty offer Helen hope? This classic novel from the 1980s is just as relevant today as more children deal with divorce, remarriage and blended families.



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Cherry barb


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Neon tetra



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T40 Giant Redwood - Remove hanger, clear premisies by 3m. T53 Yew - Clear premises by 3m. T52 Holly - Clear premises by 3m at St Marys Church Church Lane: Permitted Replacement of all existing painted timber windows with new painted timber flush casements at The Old Bakery Barnack Road: Permitted


Single storey front and part side and rear extensions at Aberfoyle Main Street: Permitted Creation of new vehicular access to serve 31 and 32 Uffington Road at 32 Uffington Road: Awaiting decision Fell Sycamore tree, Fell group of Prunus trees at 6 Station Road: Awaiting decision Single storey side extension and front extension to porch and proposed alterations to existing elevations at 2 Kingsley Close: Awaiting decision


Detached timber carriage house with a slate roof at Ambleside Peterborough Road: Awaiting decision Fell Elder and cut back sycamore at The Grove 19 Church Hill: Permitted Erection of a three bedroom, self build, detached dwelling and garage at 35A Peterborough Road: Permitted Installation of 1 X 9m Hollow Pole (7.3m above ground) at Land Adjacent Village Hall: Comments Detached timber carriage house with a slate roof at Ambleside Peterborough Road: Permitted Holm Oak next to front of house lift canopy to 3m and thin Holm Oak in the middle of the drive lift canopy to 3m and thin at The Old Rectory 10 Stocks Hill: Permitted Proposed first floor side extension over garage at 7 Old Pond Lane: Awaiting decision Single storey rear extension with glazed roof and single garage to rear at 16 Church Hill: Awaiting decision



Replacement horse stables at 104A Lincoln Road: Awaiting decision Nonmaterial amendment (additional garage and boundary red line changes) to Planning Permission 18/01269/FUL at 104A Lincoln Road: Awaiting decision


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Single storey rear extension at 8 Main Road: Permitted Pear Tree- Reduce selected branches by approx 1-2m to secondary growing points and reshape where appropriate at 22 Main Road: Permitted


Demolition of existing single storey garage and erection of two storey side extension at 50 Elm Crescent: Permitted Single storey rear extension at 25 Lincoln Road: Permitted Single storey extension. Distance from original rear wall: 4.2m, Maximum height: 4m and height to eaves 2.3m at 16 Holmes Road: Not Required Single storey conservatory to the rear at 8 Welmore Road: Permitted Single storey side extension at 12 Peakirk Road: Awaiting decision New windows and doors, addition of front roof light, garage and outbuilding conversion, alterations to driveway and new gates at Yew Tree House North Fen Road: Awaiting decision Erection of single storey side extension at 23 Websters Close: Awaiting decision Variation of condition C6 (approved plans) of planning permission 16/02264/REM at 30B Lincoln Road: Awaiting decision


Conversion of former public-house to dwelling; conversion and extension of barn to dwelling and erection of 3 detached dwellings with associated garaging, manoeuvring and amenity space at 3 Church Lane: Permitted Installation of a water tank at Woodhall Manor 2 Heath Road: Awaiting decision Front porch and single storey side extension at 64 Glinton Road: Awaiting decision Ash - Fell at 2 Heath Road: Permitted Sycamore, fell because excessive shading of north facing garden and next to/growing over electricity sub-station, Leylandii & Lawson Cypress, fell because blocking view and light from front of property and growing next to/ towards BT pole at 12 West Street: Permitted Partial demolition of wall, relocation of access, construction of new wall and creation of new highway verge at The Bluebell Inn 10 Woodgate: Permitted Replace existing manual access gates with automated gates to match the existing design. Demolition of conservatory and construction of orangery. Alterations to existing summer house at Helpston House 8 West Street: Awaiting decision


Single storey rear extension, conversion of outbuilding and addition of glass link at 1 The Nook: Awaiting decision Sycamore. Fell because excessive shading of north facing garden and next to/growing over electricity substation, 2-Leylandii/Conifer Tree. Fell because blocking view and light from front of property and growing next to/towards BT pylon at 12 West Street: Awaiting decision Installation of an air source heat pump in rear garden at 14 Maxey Road: Awaiting decision Replace 4 windows on the principle south elevation and 1 window and the principle north elevation at Willowgate Cottage: Awaiting decision Erection of 45 residential dwellings together with road infrastructure and open space with all matters reserved at Land To The West Of 85 West Street: Awaiting decision


External render to entire property at Woodgate Farm 3 Woodgate Lane: Awaiting decision


First floor side extension over existing garage/utility accommodation at 13 Claypole Drive: Permitted Two storey side extension at 6 Cromwell Close: Permitted Variation of condition C2 (alterations to garden room) of planning permission 18/00935/HHFUL at 49 Church View: Permitted Willow x 3 - Pollard, Yew - Reduce crown by 1m to suitable secondary growing points on house side retaining current crown shape at 54 Church Street: Permitted


Pollard 3 Willow trees, Reduce crown of 1 Yew tree at 54 Church Street: Awaiting decision


Willow fell, Cedar remove lowest West facing limb over neighbouring drive, Spruce crown raise to approx 4m level with east facing side at Wind Rush 3 Walcot Road: Permitted Alterations to front dormer window and proposed single storey rear extension at Thorne Newport Way: Permitted Non-material amendment (windows) to planning permission 18/01873/HHFUL at 2 Meadow View Newport Way: Awaiting decision Minor demolition to part of existing stone boundary wall and addition of double gates (part retrospective) at Ufford Hall Main Street: Awaiting decision Fell Sweet Chestnut tree and replace, fell Magnolia tree and replace with Wisteria and thinning out of,or felling of, Conifer trees at The Coach House 5 Fountain Court Main Street: Awaiting decision Eucalyptus (Blue) reduction by approx 2 metres to the nearest growth point at Annagh House Main Street: Awaiting decision Willow fell, Cedar remove lowest West facing limb or neighbouring drive, Spruce crown raise to approx 4m level with east facing side at Wind Rush 3 Walcot Road: Awaiting decision To replace windows with traditional flush casement windows at Clarendon Cottage Main Street: Awaiting decision Beech - Crown reduction by approx. 2-3m to the nearest growth point to give 1m clearance to phone line at Hightrees 2 Walcot Road: Permitted

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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

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

 British Legion

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

 Bus & Train Services

Delaine Bus Services ............................................ 01778 422866 Stagecoach ............................................................ 01733 207860 Train Services ......................................................... 0845 7484950 62

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 Choirs

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

 Cubs, Brownies, Scouts & Rainbows

Helpston Explorer Scouts, Nick Drewett...................................... ....................................................01778 348107 / 07900 585072 Helpston Scouts, Mark Crookes........................... 07808 633018 Helpston Cub Scouts, Paula Metharam............... 07896 163598 Helpston Rainbow Guides, Julia Mason.............. 07780 688542 Helpston Brownie Guides, Morag Sweeney....... 07801 357701 Helpston Guides, Nicola Kerr............................... 07739 098113 Helpston Beaver Scouts, Alison Cook.................. 07437 909735 Glinton Brownies.................................................... 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 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

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

 Glinton Parish Council

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

 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


 Pre and After School Clubs 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

 Maxey Parish Council

Peter and Sally Hudson ........................................ 01780 740475

 Neighbourhood Watch

Keith Lievesley (Chairman) ................................... 01780 740679 David Chadwick..................................................... 01780 740893 Frieda Gosling........................................................ 01780 740343 Paul Wilde.............................................................. 07960 018148 Margaret Sargent .................................................. 01780 749482 Susie Caney (Clerk)................................................ 07595 377236

Lynne Yarham, Chair ............................................. 01778 343077 Dick Talbot, Clerk .................................................. 01778 342581 Dick Wilkins, Maxey .............................................. 01778 348368

 Northborough Church (St Andrew’s)

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

 Northborough Parish Council

John Dadge, Chair ............................................... 01733 254145 Catherine Franks, Clerk ................................................................................ 07748 637555

 Peakirk Church (St Pegas)

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

 Peakirk Parish Council

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

 Peterborough City Council

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

 Ufford Parish Council

 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

 Police and Emergencies

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

 Pre and After School Clubs

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

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

 Women’s Institute (WI)

 Youth Clubs

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

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