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ON THE COVER RUGBY 10-year-old ry Charlotte Fosbea from Helpston. Read more on page 7 Charlotte's making history


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National Coach Tourism Awards Winner

Shaws of Maxey are so proud and excited to announce their recent win at the National Coach Tourism Awards! They brought home 'Holiday Programme of the Year' and were shortlisted (for the sixth year running) for the 'Day Excursion Programme of the Year'. Judges commended Shaws on an “easy to read brochure with eye catching illustrations, a comprehensive range of holiday destinations and that something special”. Innovation and creativity was key to this win alongside the high quality and excellent content of


our breaks and the sheer attention to detail and commitment to the holiday programme. Shaws regularly receive letters of thanks and praise for the care and attention that their drivers and office staff pay to their customers. This win is testament to a great team at Shaws of Maxey!


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We beat the boys! ... If I had to choose between ballet or rugby, it’d be rugby! Pictured left: Charlotte Fosbeary in action (not from the tournament but from a match against another girls’ side), and above: Charlotte's feature on the BBC website.

Girls' rugby: history in the making There can't be many rugby players who have had to leave their team-mates mid-way through a major tournament because they had to take a ballet exam.


ut that’s exactly what 10-year-old Charlotte Fosbeary from Helpston had to do last month and she ended up being interviewed by BBC Radio Cambridgeshire about her part in making some history. Peterborough Rugby Club has been setting up a girls team this winter and Head Coach Simon Potter, from Glinton, was so confident in the girls’ prowess that he entered the side into the Cambridgeshire under-11 Cup, a tournament normally for boys’ teams. "This was history in the making,” said Simon. “I don't think any other girls team has ever done what we did.” The girls didn’t just take part. They won their first four games to reach the final of their section, beating Newmarket, St

Ives and the B teams from both Peterborough and Saffron Walden. The final was just one step too much, though, as they lost by three tries to one against Cambridge’s B team. This wasn’t touch rugby or tag rugby; this was the real thing – full contact tackling included! "I am so proud of this team," said co-coach Paddy Murray. "We were the talk of the tournament. It would have been nice to win that final, but just getting there was a massive triumph not only for us but for girls’ rugby as a whole." The BBC was so excited by the success that they sent a reporter out to interview both Charlotte and Simon, both for the radio and their website.

by Simon Potter “We beat the boys!” said Charlotte. “I was really happy and our coach was really happy, too. If I had to choose between ballet or rugby, it’d be rugby!” Simon added, "I said before the tournament that putting the girls team into it would either end up as an abject failure or a magnificent triumph. I have to admit I shed a tear of pride at the end of it at what these wonderful players achieved. “This is such a very special group of players; the sky's the limit for them in years to come. We're going places!"

Next stop: under-13 Girls Tournament at the Fengate-based club on 30 April

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Sharing stories

by Kate Duggan

Did you know that May is National Share a Story Month?


Whether you have five minutes spare this month, or a couple of hours, here are a few ideas to get you started sharing stories.  Organise a storytelling session in a local café.  Throw a teddy bear’s picnic and ask children to bring their favourite bear related books.  Ask your local shop whether you can have a small corner to use as a free library. Invite people to bring old books in, and borrow others.  Organise a book swap with friends, or through a school. You could even turn this into a fundraising event, by charging people a small amount for entrance, or for a cup of tea and slice of cake.  Build a den, lay down a blanket and read stories with your family.  Download the ePub and Kindle apps for your Smartphone, so that you can read ebooks when you’re out and about.  Write a book with your child. They could draw pictures, or you could cut ones out from old magazines.

t’s an annual celebration of storytelling, and this year’s theme is A Place for Stories. The idea is that stories aren’t just for bedtime; they can be shared anywhere – under a tree, during a picnic, in a tent, during a train journey… You can read a book to someone, or pass it on, listen to an 9 upwards: The Dark Materials audio book together, or retell a story trilogy by Philip Pullman. you know by heart. You could even Adventures are aplenty in this make up a story. fantastical story of a girl called Fancy treating yourself, or Lyra Belacqua and her ‘dæmon’ someone else, to a new book companion, Pan. this month? Here are a few of our Teenage: Challenger Deep by favourites… Neal Shusterman won a National Under 5s: Whoa! Joe by Rosie Book Award last year, and it’s not Godfrey is a beautifully illustrated difficult to see why. A moving, yet book about a three year old’s funny, book, Challenger Deep imagination, and the adventures it explores the world of a teenager takes him on. It even comes with a battling with schizophrenia. story CD included. Adult: The Curious Charms of 5-8: Daisy and the Trouble with Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick. Life by Kes Gray. Daisy is always Follow Arthur on his quest to getting into trouble and this story is discover the origin of the charms no exception. She’s grounded, but why? And why does she keep rushing on his late wife’s bracelet. A hugely enjoyable read. off to the loo? For more information about National Share a Story Month, visit: www.fcbg.org.uk

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n exciting play area can be seen in Reception Class – but beware! A pirate Ship and its’ fierce crew can sometimes be seen scanning the waves through their telescopes looking for treasure islands. When not being pirates the children enjoy learning about money in the classroom toyshop. A skill that might come in useful if they do discover treasure! The children are enjoying the school garden. They have already planted potatoes and are looking for signs of spring and the changes that it brings. Years One and Two are learning about the Rain Forest and all the unusual animals that live there. They are hoping to have trip later in the term to see some real animals. The children will also be learning about the artist Rousseau, in particular the painting ‘Surprised’ where the crouching tiger waits during a storm in the jungle. Year Three and Four are learning about the environment and sustainability under the Topic title ‘What on Earth’ This will be based around science and geography and the children will be looking at different habitats within the grounds of the school initially. They will look at the local environment and consider issues like litter which affects the environment. Years Five and Six loved the exhilarating drumming during their Capoeira Workshop. This was part of their topic on South America. Leanne and Josh from Year Five

explained that it was a form of dance using special drumming techniques. They informed me that the first people to ‘discover’ Brazil brought in slaves and wanted to exercise their bodies. Capoeira is a type of conversation without words. The children used hands, sticks and bells to produce the exciting Samba rhythms. Year Five children enjoyed a whole day of Table Tennis at AMVC reports Amy. Year Five classes from several local schools met each other in friendly games. Sixth Formers coached the children in games designed to improve their skills. On the first day back at school after Easter, Year Five children were chosen to take part in a Bike- Ability project. This class was chosen as it transpired that they were the class where the most number of children now ride their bikes to school. Robyn told me that the ingredients for a smoothie; banana, raspberry, honey and apple juice were put into a container with the lid on firmly! Then the container was connected up to an adapted bicycle. The children cycled on this for one minute and the smoothie was made! It tasted delicious! Children in Year Five and Six are looking forward to a residential trip to Scarborough at the end of May. They are hoping to ‘go ape’ amongst the tree tops at a woodland walk, visit Flamingo Land, take part in fossil hunting on the beach and travel on Dragon Boats.

World Book Day was held on March 3rd. Many children dressed up as their favourite character, and everyone received a book token. A story was begun in Reception involving a particular object – a scorpion. The story was sent on line from class to class, each one writing a little more of the story and adding another object. Year One contributed chattering teeth, Year Three added a monkey, Year four a bottle and Year Five a stone figure from South America. During the day some lessons were based on books, for example some questions in maths involved ‘Matilda’ and in English they were based on the poem ‘The Highwayman’ Before Easter the whole of KS2 enjoyed an Art Day. The children were grouped in their Houses and moved around the classes to different activities. Ben reported that in one room everyone tried their hand at Batik, using wax resist to print squares of cloth which will then be sewn together. Another activity enabled everyone to make paper chicks, sheep and daffodils. Painted sunsets using powder paint were made in another class and then superimposed with black silhouettes of buildings. Origami frogs, water lilies and flapping cranes now grace a pond scene in the corridor.



tribunecharity Saturday 5 March saw the latest fund-raiser to support local lad George Robinson in his recovery from a serious spinal injury, incurred when playing rugby for Stamford School in South Africa last year.

Team George cash boost


riends gathered at Glinton Village Hall to join parents Gill and Simon for a 'charity dinner' and prize draw. Simon then took time out to explain the 'incredible journey' his family had been on and thanked everyone who had supported George. Money raised will go towards funding a specially-adapted wheelchair. George Robinson, 18, was hurt while playing rugby for Stamford School in Cape Town, South Africa, on July 27. The impact of going in for a tackle caused a transection of his spinal cord. TOOLS FOR A MISSION

George spent 37 days in a South African hospital and a further five weeks in Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, before being transferred to the Princess Royal Spinal Unit in Sheffield, where he is currently undergoing rehabilitation. It has been a tough six months for George, his parents Simon and Gill, and younger brother Eddie, 16. But George has shown great strength to remain positive throughout. And this has been helped by a campaign called #teamgeorge, set up by friends and family to raise money for an

all terrain wheelchair and other specialist equipment. Dad Simon said: “George is displaying exceptional mental strength and fortitude in dealing with his injury. “We are incredibly grateful and touched with the magnificent support, unity and spirit being given through #teamgeorge, it is a tremendous source of energy and strength for George and our family.” A trust has been set up to help care for George, as it is likely he will require long-term personal care and support.

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I’m passionate about recycling and have been approached with requests for a ‘home’ for tools and other items no longer wanted but still with some life left in them.


am delighted that part of the Maxey congregation have had contact with ‘Tools for a Mission’ (also their website name) who refurbish tools etc. and send them out to Africa and India to communities who can use them to pursue independent living rather than a reliance on overseas aid. What do they want? All kinds of hand and electrical tools (secure chuck keys to the item if


available), garden tools (but not lawn stuff), sewing machines and all manner of haberdashery items, and computer stuff. If you are unsure please look at the website first, then contact me. There isn’t space to list everything here but their remit is wide. So, if you are thinking about replacing tools/sewing items / computers or laser printers please remember this charity for usable


(not broken) items that still have a life – and give me a ring. I am prepared to act as a depot over the next few months. Just contact me to make sure I’m in first! I hope to collect enough for a oneoff pick up by the charity in the summer. Thank you. NB Changing the bathroom and replacing towels? The Salvation Army can use old but serviceable ones. Speak to me.

tribunecharity A big welcome to the Chernobyl children On 25 June the Chernobyl children arrive once more. So many people will pull together to give them a wonderful visit full of treasured memories. by Celia Hammond


ocal people are so aware of the poverty and poor circumstances of many of the children and the debilitated health they suffer as a result of living in such a highly contaminated and polluted atmosphere.

We're aiming for more big smiles this year, like the on shown here on Nikita's face! (pictured left). Last summer, wonderful local people dropped fresh fruit into Helpston Scout Hut to boost the children’s health; we also had gifts of vegetable seeds, toiletries, first

aid items and warm socks for their mothers. This year is our tenth visit by the Chernobyl Children. I look back to the early days when we had a small group of supporters and the villagers were still wondering who on earth these Russian speaking children actually were. Now the people of our villages have taken these lovely children to their hearts and really want to help. Please do come and visit us if you would like to meet the children, they are always happy to have visitors!

Donations are also always extremely welcome! Cecilia Hammond. 07779 264591. Focc_helpston@msn.com www.justgiving.com/Helpstonchernobyl2016

Christian Aid Week by John Tanner


here will be no door to door envelope collection this year. This is because there are no volunteers. I am not too sad about this because it seems to reflect a growing trend. A lower proportion of Christion Aid's current funding is achieved by this means than in the past and this is the experience of other charities.

Please try to contribute somehow if only by attending a dedicated coffee morning. Christian Aid is the churches' main charity, not just Anglican, but embracing many denominations, truly ecumenical. It operates world wide and is insistent that " the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone

can live a full life, free from poverty". Note the insistence on a full life. A TV comedian of proven good will once put up on the screen a picture of an African girl, about 15 years of age. He said, "this is Lobo, she has to walk 20 miles to the nearest disco". Many a true word...

You can make a regular donation by direct debit. Contact PO Box 100, London SE1 7RT. Tel 0207 7620 4444. Email christianaid.org.uk/donations. One-off donations by credit card or similar means are of course also welcome.Or you may wish to become involved in projects. Contact our local group: Christian Aid Upper Rooms, Loughborough LE11 1TG. Tel 01509 265013. Email eastmidlands@christianaid.org. Again, you might find ideas on the main website: caweek.org where you will find, for instance, details of a Big Brekkie pack.





Farming Diary


he incessant wind and rain continues as I write these notes towards the middle of April...Spring does seem to be slow in coming. The few odd days when there's been some respite, sowing has been a slow process, dodging between showers. Ground conditions have been some of the wettest I can remember - even on the lighter soils and we still have some barley to sow, but time is running out so we may have to consider having bare fallow on this particular field which is still too wet. The sugar beet was sown by the end of March and went into reasonable seed beds. All cereal and rape crops have had another application of nitrogen. Fungicide has also been applied where necessary.


The whole countryside is changing colour, with the different crops being grown, the oil seed rape showing off it's bright yellow flower, hedgerows bursting into leaf are adorned by the white flower of the blackthorn making it so pleasing to the eye as we drive along the country roads. The cattle came through the winter well and are all in good condition, as soon as the weather settles we shall start turning them out into the grass fields, which will cut down on some of the work. Commodity prices are about the same as earlier in the year, so there is very little change to report. Movement of grain off the farm is very slow with the flour mills only living hand to mouth with intake - last week instead of having four loads being


picked up, we only had two go. We like to have all the grain stores empty by May to allow a thorough cleaning and any repairs completed before harvest starts in July. "Dog attack left my sheep field like a war zone" was the heading of a writer in a recent farming journal. 'Livestock worrying' is getting a far to common occurrence in this country. In fact, every time I pick up a farming book I read of the horrific scenes of not only sheep but other animals being savaged by dogs loose in the countryside, mostly being let off their leads by the owner. In one particular incident the lady owner had been walking the dog on a footpath, but it had run into the nearby field. The owner went home to


get her wellies, lead and car and whilst she did this the dog was left in the field. As a result, some sheep were injured and some were so badly mauled they had to be put down, leading to distressed animals and large vet’s fees. An award of £2000 was made against the lady. Setting aside the circumstances of this earlier case, there's a bigger question here - whether it's the dog or it’s owners fault? The writer goes on to say that he is concerned it has something to do with the number of fighting or guard dog types

living in domestic environments. In this area sheep are not all that a prominent animal being kept in grass fields, but the same thing can happen with other species i.e. cattle as well as the wildlife which we all endeavour to encourage to breed and survive, birds are nesting at this time of year and should not be disturbed. We as farmers and custodians of the countryside are rigorously guided not only by E.U rules and regulations but by generations of ‘looking after’ the land we farm and the wildlife that makes its home there. I would hasten to add that the farming community generally welcome people to the countryside, but common sense and the knowledge of the dos and don’ts do need abiding by. All animals can be unpredictable, never let your guard down and please keep dogs on leads at all times. On a lighter note, the Tractor Road Run will take place on Sunday 15 May, leaving Willow Brook Farm at 11am and returning back at approximately 3.15pm. The Granary will be putting on breakfast baps and

also an afternoon BBQ when the tractors return. Last year between 80 to 100 tractors turned out, they were met with a very welcoming response from villagers who turned out to see them pass by. Their generosity was extraordinary for which the money goes to the Air Ambulance with a small amount going to the Young Farmers club funds. Most days we hear of the air ambulance being called out to an accident, with its very existence solely due thanks to the public’s generosity. The emergency facility it provides is second to none, saving many lives by the quick response it gives. If you don’t want to miss the tractors, you can find their route timetable on either the Newborough Young Farmers Club or Willow Brook websites. The warmer weather surely is almost here, the small birds are busy in the garden, the pheasants and french partridges have arrived and are to be seen early in the morning and evenings near our house. However, i’m still waiting for the hares and I haven’t heard the arrival of the cuckoo yet.

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Will Somebody Please Explaiin ...the Offside Rule


aturday 21 May is FA cup final day. Footie fans up and down the land will be involved in animated discussions along the lines of... “It should definitely be banned. It’d open up the field and create more goal-scoring opportunities. Defenders would have to be more alert.” “Are you mad? You’d get players hanging around the goal line waiting for a touch. It’d be easier to score but so boring it wouldn’t be worth watching…” “Like Bayern Munich versus Arsenal?” “Yeah, exactly. Fancy another pint?” They are of course referring to the notoriously difficult to understand offside rule. The offside rule has attained mythical status over the years. It states: A player is offside when the ball is kicked by a team-mate (that


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bit is important) if the referee thinks he satisfies all four of the following: • He is in his opponents’ half of the field • He is nearer the opponents’ goal line than the ball, i.e. in front of the ball • He is nearer the opponents’ goal line than the second last opponent, i.e. in front of him (The last opponent is generally the goalkeeper) At this point I need to make clear that being offside in itself is not an offence. He is only classed as offside if, as well as satisfying the previous three points, he is: Deemed by the referee to have participated in the area of active play. And this is the bit of the offside rule which causes all the arguments because it’s open to debate what ‘participated in the area of active play’ actually means.


FIFA tried to clarify the definition back in 2005 with the following: • Interfering with play by touching the ball • Obstructing an opponent trying to get to the ball • Gaining an advantage from being in an offside position - including playing a ball which has rebounded from the post or crossbar. Judging by the debates which still rage up and down the land I’m not entirely sure that FIFA has laid that one to rest. The Offside Trap This involves the defending team collectively moving away from their goal to catch an opposition striker in an offside position. Clearly, this carries the danger of the match officials not spotting the infraction and the striker being left facing only the goal keeper, and a great opportunity to score.

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Pork Pie Making Nights:

22 April and 17 June 6.45pm Back by popular demand.... The Granary at Willow Brook Farm are offering you the opportunity to learn their best kept secrets of making their very special hand raised pork pies.

tribunediary Peakirk Village Fete Sunday 8 May

Village Green s at 1p.m. Organised by the Village Hall and St Pega’s Church Committees. Stalls, games, competitions, Maypole dancing, a yoga display and music to entertain all. Also tea and cakes, or a refreshing tipple from the Pimm’s stall PLUS Peakirk Bake-off - Full details and entry form on village website. www.peakirkvillage.co.uk

Come on your own, or bring a group of friends. Have some fun and learn a traditional cooking art all in one evening! Tickets: £20 per head (£10 deposit required). To book, please contact Willow Brook Farm, details above.

Classic Car Club

The John Clare Society Festival

Weds 11 May, 8 June 5pm

Friday 15 to Sunday 17 July

The annual Festival in Helpston will take place this year between Friday 15th and Sunday 17th July. On Friday at 1.15pm the Midsummer Cushions’ Ceremony will take place at St. Botolph’s Church, when children from the John Clare Primary School will be presenting their cushions of flowers and their prize-winning poems will be read. There is folk music with Pete Shaw in the evening at the Bluebell. On Saturday afternoon Margi Blunden, daughter of the First World War Poet Edmund Blunden, will give the Annual Lecture in the Church. In the evening there is a concert by the Big Fiddle Band for which tickets will be £5. On Sunday there is a Clare-related service in church, this year led by Canon Hayden Smart. Programmes will be available in the village from mid-June. For more information, please contact Sue Holgate (Festival Organiser) 01353 668438 or Ann Marshall (Publicity Officer) 01400 282409. E-mail sueholgate@hotmail.co.uk

It'll soon be time to whip off the dust sheets and grab the polish! If you're lucky enough to own something old and beautiful, odd and quirky or simply classically beautiful, come along to our informal Classic Car club. It should ideally be called a 'classic vehicle club' because as well as your traditional classic cars anything is welcome... motorcycles, scooters, tanks, tractors, steam engines etc.

Tractor Road Run 15 May

Starts and ends at willow brook - full route on Willow Brook website (see top of page)



tribunediary Etton's Queen's Birthday Celebrations Saturday 4 June

Village afternoon get together to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday, starting with a short commemorative service at the church. This will be followed by afternoon tea/picnic on the village green. There will be the official unveiling of the village sign complete with the new memorial (not yet installed). Further details will follow after the next planning meeting on 26 April.

Festival of Flowers

Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 June We invite you to prepare a flower display in our 'Celebration of Life' at St Peter’s Church, Maxey as the country celebrates the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. You could celebrate your loved ones, maybe a significant birthday, a loved one lost or a new addition to your family, a wedding or an anniversary, the choice is yours. Come and join in. The church will be open to arrange your display 2 – 5pm Fri. 10 June & Sat. 9 -11am 11 June. Come and visit the Church to enjoy the displays from 1-4pm on Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 June. Please join us for our Celebration of Life, Service of Praise at 4pm on Sunday 12 June

Maxey Youth Club Friday evenings

The youth club runs every Friday night 7.30 to 9pm in term time. There are no set activities with them, it is just somewhere to meet up with friends. for ages 7 upwards. There is a snooker table, table tennis, air hockey, table football, a Wii and a well stocked tuck shop. There is also a 'chill-out zone' with lots of beanbags. Tina Lapinskis

Ginton WI

Saturday 11 June In partnership with the Glinton Village Hall Committee, we are arranging an event in the Village Hall to mark the Queen's 90th Birthday celebrations. We are planning an afternoon tea of sandwiches, cakes and cream scones, this will be an all ticket event. Posters will be displayed in the village soon.

Etton Barn Dance Saturday 2 July

Graham Smitheringale is organizing a fundraising Barn Dance with A Waggon Load of Monkeys performing and a hog roast. Tickets will be available from Graham.

Langdyke Trust Open Day Sunday 17 July The Langdyke Trust is planning a second open day at the Etton Maxey reserve. There will be guided walks, pond dipping and bird watching. There may also be a chance to visit the Etton High meadow orchards, pond and new allotments.

Deeping Horse and Pony Show Sunday 17 July

This will make its debut off Peakirk Road, Deeping Gate. Attractions will include jumping, showing and dressage classes, plus a gymkhana. There will be a display of vintage cars and tractors, a dog show, local trade stands, bar and catering facilities, plus ample parking. 16



OPEN GARDENS Gardens are not made by singing 'Oh, how beautiful!' and sitting in the shade. Rudyard Kipling

Ufford Open Gardens Saturday 11 June

A collection of gardens will be open to raise money for the Village Hall and the Playground Equipment Project. Refreshments will be served in the village hall. Fun activities for children, including bouncy castle and prize treasure hunt. Please come and support us for these local causes and enjoy a great afternoon. If you have an Ufford Garden you would be happy to open please contact Karen on T: 01733 749 581

Helpston Open Gardens & Gala

Saturday & Sunday 11 & 12 June For more information please contact: E: tammy.tushingham@btinternet.com see page 15 T: 07734 544 578

1-5pm Tickets from Ufford Village Hall

Peakirk Open Gardens Sunday 31 July 2-5pm

Price ÂŁ3, under 16s free. Tickets available on the day, at village hall and open gardens. Contact Roy Pettitt 01733 252049



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 Buckingham Palace Tours for the Queen's 90th Birthday  Garden visits that celebrate 300 years of Capability Brown  The launch of the brand new Rolling Stones Exhibition

Thanksgiving Service & Street Party Come Celebrate! Sunday 12 June at 10.30am At St Andrew's Church, Northborough. All Age Thanksgiving Service To mark the Queen's 90th Birthday followed by Northborough's Street Party from 11.30am

Coffee Morning

A coffee morning to be held for Parkinsons UK on Saturday 21 May at The Salvation Army Citadel 1203 Bourges Boulevard Peterborough PE1 2AU. from 10.00 - 1.00. There will be bacon rolls, Cakes, Craft stalls and various other stalls.

Relaxing meditation retreat at Rutland Water

When the turbulence of distracting thoughts subsides and our mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment naturally arises from within. This feeling of contentment and well-being helps us to cope with the busyness and difficulties of daily life. On this retreat Buddhist nun Gen Nyingpo will explain and guide meditation practices that enable us to experience a calm, spacious feeling in the mind; a deep inner relaxation. With a calm and peaceful mind, difficult situations become easier to deal with, we will feel naturally warm and well disposed towards other people, and our relationships with other people will gradually improve. Gen Nyingpo said "I'm really looking forward to leading this mini-retreat at Rutland Water, the view from the venue is stunning and the room is very quiet - ideal conditions for developing a peaceful mind."

Half Day Meditation Retreat

Sunday 15 May Buddhist nun Gen Nyingpo will guide a half day meditation retreat in the Education Room, Birdwatching Centre, Egleton, Oakham, LE15 8BT. The retreat runs 10am to 12.15pm and will have 2 sessions with a break for refreshments. Retreat cost is £15 (includes parking pass), pre booking is required. Book online: www.meditateinpeterborough.org.uk



tribunediary The theme of Dementia Awareness Week 2016 is Confronting Dementia. To raise awareness of dementia, Alzheimer’s Society is hosting numerous events around the city. We will be encouraging everyone to confront their worries by addressing dementia directly and to share their thoughts, feelings and experiences.

About Alzheimer’s Society • Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia support and research charity. • Alzheimer’s Society research shows that 850,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia. In less than ten years a million people will be living with dementia. This will soar to two million people by 2051. EVENTS IN PETERBOROUGH • 225,000 will develop any questions that people have Members of staff and volunteers dementia this year, that’s one about dementia. The Alzheimer’s from Alzheimer’s Society will be every three minutes. Society team are particularly keen available to answer questions • Dementia costs the UK to welcome carers who are unable and offer advice, support and economy over £26 Billion per to access our services during normal year. This is the equivalent of information. Please come and visit office hours; anyone who would us! more than £30,000 per person like to know more about dementia with dementia. Thursday 12 & Friday 13 May and would like to find out about the • Alzheimer’s Society funds 9am-4pm services provided at the Dementia research into the cause, care, The Dementia Roadshow bus, Resource Centre. cure and prevention of all types Bridge Street Kevin Bowyer, Alzheimer’s Society of dementia and has committed If you would like any information Services Manager for Peterborough, to spend at least £100 million on about dementia or are interested in research over the next decade. volunteering please come to visit us said: • Alzheimer’s Society We really hope that people can on the bus where members of staff champions the rights of people will be available to give information, come along to one of our events living with dementia and the to find out about the services we support and advice. There will be millions of people who care for leaflets and materials to pick up and provide for people affected by them. dementia. Two thirds of people take home. with dementia live in the community • Alzheimer’s Society works in Tuesday 17 May 8.30am – 4pm England, Wales and Northern yet far too many people with the Peterborough Market. We will be Ireland. condition are left feeling isolated asking everyone: ‘What would you • Alzheimer’s Society like to say to dementia?’ and inviting and lonely and unable to access supports people to live well vital services. These events in the people to hang their questions on with dementia today and funds community and at the centre could a tree. Alzheimer’s Society staff will research to find a cure for be a chance for people who are be available throughout the day to tomorrow. We rely on voluntary usually at work to access and seek answer any questions, and to offer information on services available to donations to continue our vital information and support. work. You can donate now by them. Saturday 21 May 10am-1pm calling 0330 333 0804 or visiting The Dementia Resource Centre Dementia Resource Centre, 411 alzheimers.org.uk. is a one-stop service for advice, Lincoln Road. • Alzheimer’s Society provides information and support, ensuring Open morning. Everyone is a National Dementia Helpline, people living with dementia and welcome. Staff will be available to the number is 0300 222 11 22 or their carers in Peterborough are show visitors around the centre and visit alzheimers.org.uk. able to get the help they need in to offer advice, support and answer • Alzheimer’s Society YouTube everyday life. channel www.youtube.com/ AlzheimersSociety • What do you want to say to dementia? If you’d like to get involved in the week and If would like any further information regarding our Dementia spread awareness, share what Awareness Week events please call the Dementia Resource Centre you want to say to dementia at on 01733 893853. The charity is also looking for volunteers locally – alzheimers.org.uk/DAW for more information please call Debbie Holmes on 01733 893853.

Dementia Awareness Week



Hidden Treasures and Open Doors


Peterborough Open Exhibition 2016 18 March-15 June

Hidden at the rear of the Peterborough Museum in Priestgate is the City Gallery, which is currently hosting the Peterborough Open 2016. There were 400 entries submitted, 76 works chosen from 69 artists. Four artists from 'Tribland' have made the grade. Peter Hayward explores dynamic abstraction through collage and paint. James Tovey shows an autobiographical still life (Jim is a Boatwright). AnneMarie Burke has made a delicate study of her Grandchild David in pastel. John McGowan has a screenprint from his Docklands series on show. It is difficult to give an overall review of an 20

exhibition that is so varied but I think visitors will find something to their taste to reward their efforts in finding the exhibition.

PAOS Open Studios 25/26 June, 2/3 July and 9/10 July

Open Studios returns in June and July. Once again our local artists open their doors to the public on three weekends. You can be sure of a warm welcome, interesting arts and craft and very often a cup of tea and a chat. This year Emma Burt joins us at 4 West Barn, Clare Court, Helpston. She is a textile designer who creates unique abstract, mixed media paintings and hand dyed silk weaves. Peter Hayward and Hilary Dunne are showing their work in their Helpston Barns and why


not take a trip up the hill past the school in Castor to see Jim Tovey’s unique exploration of his Torii theme. If that sounds mysterious, it is! Go and see them.

John McGowan and Jerome Hunt Exhibition

25 June-13 July – Open Studios weekends included. John McGowan is out of his studio and into the Gallery at Stamford Art Centre. He is sharing the space with Peterborough artist and ‘OneEyed cats’ saxophonist Jerome Hunt. John McGowan's Northborough Studio will be open during the Northborough Open Gardens on 19 June.



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Sing for Life 2016: supporting Sue Ryder’s Thorpe Hall Hospice


f many highly successful charity fundraising projects run by Peterborough Male Voice Choir and Peterborough Voices in the last five years, Sing for Life 2014 was one of the very best, involving over 100 local women, raising many thousands of pounds for Sue Ryder’s Thorpe Hall Hospice Appeal, and featuring on ITV Anglia news to boot! It’s Sing for Life time again, and the project will once more be supporting Sue Ryder’s Thorpe Hall Hospice, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Having opened a fantastic new state-ofthe-art facility last July at a cost of £6m, the hospice needs to raise a staggering £7,500 a day just to cover running costs, providing incredible care for patients and their families. Launching in June, Sing for Life 2016 will engage 40 local women in a 12-week pop-up project which will see them perform live on stage in a charity fundraising concert at Peterborough’s much-loved Broadway Theatre in September. Absolutely no previous experience is needed, just a willingness to come along and get stuck in!

Will Prideaux – Director of Sing for Life - says “singing is such a life-affirming activity, and to come together for such a fantastic cause creates a real buzz. It doesn’t matter if your previous singing experience has only been in the bath, come along and have a go! We’ve got a fantastic team of professional vocal coaches and mentors who will have you feeling confident in no time!” Jo Marriott, Senior Hospice Fundraiser at Thorpe Hall says “We’re absolutely thrilled that Sing for Life will be supporting us once again. This is a wonderful initiative to encourage people to try something new – members of Thorpe Hall staff have been involved in the past and they have enthused about the whole experience and the confidence it has given them. We look forward to following the progress of the project and to working together to fundraise for Thorpe Hall.” In previous years the project has been inundated with singers, many of whom have gone on to join Peterborough Voices and never looked back! Since 2011 the women have performed with musical greats including Blake, Bernie Nolan, Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Black Dyke Band,

the King’s Singers, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Band of the RAF Regiment , not to mention touring to Italy, where they sang mass in Siena Cathedral, and – in October – to Barcelona to compete in the Canta al Mar International Choral Competition. There’s never a dull moment! Jo Cheung – who joined Sing for Life in 2012 - reminisces “after singing a few scales I was informed I should go and join the Soprano 1 section. I had no idea what a Soprano was, but it didn’t matter, because from that point on, I was part of something amazing! Without doubt my most memorable moment came last year when I was given the unbelievable opportunity to sing a duet in front of an audience of over 1,000 people with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. If someone had told me four years ago I’d be doing that I’d think they were nuts!” “I’ve made some great friends doing something I love and that I still find exhilarating, challenging, hard work and utterly rewarding…long may it continue!” So go on, give it a go, who knows where your journey will lead!

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"We’ve a cunning plan ..."

There was public disquiet and a fair bit of ‘noise’ around the recent planning application for 80-odd houses outside the village of Barnack and, although the scheme was refused, we thought it might be of interest to find a bit more out about whether it could happen again? We asked our regular Tribune contributor, PCC Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning Services, Cllr Peter Hiller to comment:


eter responded to the Trib: “Last July the Cabinet discussed and agreed my timetable for the preparation of a new Local Plan (LP), and in December council agreed that the draft version we’d written should go out to public consultation. This new LP is needed to respond to changes to National Planning Policy, new housing needs numbers and, amongst many other areas, to ensure your council (PCC) can maintain at least a fiveyear supply of deliverable housing sites. Our new LP also sets out our vision and objectives and identifies the broad distributions and areas for growth, setting out how the City and our surrounding villages will grow and change over the next twenty years, replacing the existing adopted Plans. Both PCC Leader Cllr John Holdich and I have a clear mandate to protect our precious countryside from inappropriate schemes and it’s my belief this new LP will help us continue to do

that in future. In addition we are fortunate to have the nationallyrecognised UK Planning Team of the year at Peterborough and I’m proud of what we manage to achieve professionally, the measurable quality of customer service we’re able to maintain (given the cuts we’ve endured from Westminster) and the scope of the planning services and expertise we now sell to other Local Authorities” Peter continued “On the advice of our planning officers, the Gladman’s scheme in Barnack was unanimously refused by our planning committee members for a number of defined planning reasons, not least of which (as was eloquently promoted by local objectors at the hearing) was the fact that this proposal was sited outside the Barnack village envelope, in open countryside. Any refusal by a Local Planning Authority however is open to appeal to the Inspectorate by the applicant. Gladman’s application

had additionally stated the PCC had only a 3.6 year housing land supply (using 2014 figures) and, if we had not had proper evidence to support that we have adequate deliverable sites for the next 5 years housing requirement, the Inspector may well have considered this to override the other reasons for refusal. I am confident we have done just that as part of our new LP process. On 15 January this year we published our 5-year housing land supply document, which demonstrates that PCC has in fact over 6 years housing land supply. We consider the policies within our plan are up to date and do not need to be set aside, as per the National Planning Policy Framework in instances where a 5-year deliverable supply of housing land cannot be demonstrated. As I said at the planning committee hearing, this scheme was speculative and predatory and I hope village residents were reassured by the decision we made”

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Tom' s Musings


Is Variety dead? “Either Domino’s two-for-one is on again, or someone forgot to sell the tickets!”

was struck today when catching a little of the inimitably imitable Flog It! programme with something of a sobering thought. The idea of Flog It! if you weren’t aware is that Paul Martin occupies a landmark for a day and his pied piper nature beckons people of leisure towards said landmark to flaunt their antiques. I suppose it is what the zombie apocalypse will be like in Blighty. Forget brain addictions, our zombies will be shuffling towards towns and cities with their collectible china in one hand and their Thermos of English Breakfast tea in the other periodically taking a break to take the weight off their feet in some quaint tea room with a nice scone. Anyway, I digress. It was today that Paul’s haunt was the pier at Weston-super-Mare. Us Brits have this obsession with building things that go out into the ocean for no reason. Apparently they were originally used as landing points for steamers but we decided that we wanted our funfair without the annoying passengers getting in the way. As is the case with all programs from the Beeb, there were a couple of time filler clips. Auntie B loves putting these on. I suppose it’s so they have less stuff to do for the actual proper program, a pseudo ad-break if you will. They pop up all over the place: Escape to the Country, Flog It!, Antiques Roadshow and of course Bargain Hunt just to name a few. On second thoughts, perhaps this shows that I need to get a life and stop watching the BBC’s entire back-catalogue of daytime telly. Oh well…. It was in one of these clips the topic of variety theatre came up. Another distinctly British invention, 26

variety is where a series of performers, each doing something completely different, display their act in front of a hopefully appreciative audience. This kind of entertainment was quite popular with the average person in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and indeed it did pull in a few folk from the more wealthier lineages too. In it, the pleasingly boring-in-a-Britishkind-of-way guest bemoaned the death of variety and the ‘summer season’ in humble seaside towns. One of the modern outlets of variety performance was given as Britain’s Got Talent. Now, this is true. As long as you are reasonably captivating you can get on and strut your stuff in front of a good proportion of the nation, while the rest (including me) cower in the comforting warmth of Top Gear repeats on Dave just to get away. Indeed, Queenie’s Royal Variety Show is one of the stalwarts of Brit-culture. Sadly though, all of the other variety outlets seem to be dying. The few remaining ones at seaside towns seem only to pull in punters as they want to live out some fond and nostalgic memory of their childhood holidays to the coast and subject their children to the same as they had been subjected to. Variety seems to have well and truly gone out of fashion, which is a terrible shame. What once was fun and exiting now seems just a little tacky and bygone. Our need for entertainment that can be enjoyed with the whole family has been replaced by a hankering for private enjoyment on displays. Our comedy tastes have changed, I suppose we have matured a little. Magic has lost it’s sparkle and working man’s club comedy seems a little dry now.


The virtual shrinking of the world, bringing better entertainment closer, has killed the variety show simply because of a more focussed stream of simply stunning entertainment, the kind that once before would have been very rare indeed. Famous comedians and comediennes are a relative new phenomenon. Previously, good ones may have had a local reputation and might have been lucky enough to get a gig on radio. Now we have loads of channels on Telly to bring the best people to you. This migration of entertainment indoors has endangered more than just variety, look at pubs. Where once the salt of the earth would have all gone down to the pub for a natter over a pint they’re all cooped up in front of Gogglebox or some similar content. Now, variety itself isn’t dead. The places we used to go to see it are, but the principal is still alive and kicking. Of course, Britain’s Got Talent rumbles on, we all love a bit of Morecambe and Wise and of course Monty Python has quite the following. Live at the Apollo is a comedy centred variety show too. We still love a bit of variety in Britain, it’s just that now we watch it on TV, and dispense with the sword-swallowers and ventriloquists. I’m sure the fondness for the variety theatre will return some day, just as it does for everything else British like handmade crockery and chintzy curtains.. Right now, though, the takeaway pizza is too good to brave the British weather to haul yourself into a dimly lit theatre to squint at a dog juggling. Oh well. On that note, I bid you farewell.






Mark's well-known for his 'rabbiting' but this month he gets to do the real thing – a reminder of his youth, on a day out with a friend, some nets and a bunch of ferrets

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espite the efforts of TV chefs, we British seem a little reluctant to eat rabbit these days. It's odd, because Britain was once so keen on rabbit that every feudal lord had enclosures to breed them for the table. There were so many warrens that the surname 'Warren' became a really common one in the UK – a name, like 'Butcher' derived from the occupation of the family. This decline really should be reversed. My mother told me that, just after the war, with rationing everywhere, rabbit was on every family's weekly menu, and young lads would hunt them with everything from snares to dogs. Though I once snared rabbits, I've come to think that catching animals in wire nooses is inherently cruel and indiscriminate. But as a lad, I also knew the long-netters, whose clever 'drop net' traps, working alongside dogs used to hustle the rabbits into them, were highly effective. Long-netting isn't practised as much these days, but is only ever worthwhile if large numbers of rabbits could be sold. These days, most remaining rabbit catchers use ferrets, and one of my friends, Robert, is carrying this tradition forward.

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Like long-netting, ferreting is a humane way of catching rabbits. The ferrets get deep into the warrens and scare the rabbits into bolting out of the holes, where they tangle in a purse net. The ferreter very swiftly despatches the rabbit with a tug to break its neck... literally two seconds, and it's over. Now, I know many people are uncomfortable with this, but the truth is, rabbits cause so much damage to crops and to flood banks. These days, a great many are gassed, and die underground, slowly and quite wastefully. Indeed, the custodians of public land choose poisoning by gas instead of ferreting because of the attitude of the public to ferreting. This is ridiculous Robert learned his skills from a man who would have been ferreting in the 1950s: “He was in his eighties, and so passionate about it that, at the end, he could no longer stoop and helped me set the purse nets with his walking stick,” he tells me. The rabbits we had been asked to cull were digging deep holes in a horse paddock, with the very real danger that the expensive horses could trip in them and break a leg. Robert very skilfully assessed each warren, covered

each hole with the nets and then brought out two of his friendly, hand-tame female jill ferrets to do their work. Each has a radio collar so that, should the ferret corner a rabbit or even decide on a quick snooze underground, the ferreter can locate it and dig it out. Within an hour, his much-loved albino jill, which is blind in one eye, had decided to park herself. So Robert dug for a full 45 minutes, until he had a three-foot hole – at which point, the old jill suddenly moved and popped up seconds later from an adjacent hole.... It was a productive morning, though, with a couple of rabbits for the pot and the great thrill of disturbing a stoat during his rabbiting – a fantastic little animal which moved like quicksilver. My Italian father-in-law was really pleased with his rabbit after I'd paunched it and skinned it. He was brought up in great hardship and, like my parents, had a soft spot for the lovely, tender white meat of a rabbit. I think we should all give rabbit stew another go, especially with so many people trying to avoid fatty meat. Rabbit is very low in cholesterol and high in protein – great food and, for me, much tastier than supermarket chicken.





Heroes Villains by Dr Avril Lumley Prior

Last year, I wrote about ‘’Maids and Matrons of Mark’, indomitable ladies who touched Tribland for better or for worse (Trib. 95). Now it is the gentlemen’s turn as I introduce you to a selection of benefactors and brigands, traitors and tyrants, the clever and courageous, the good, the bad and the dangerous to know. In some cases, the dividing line between hero and villain is exceedingly thin, depending on your viewpoint. Therefore, I leave you to pass your own judgements. We begin with Wulgeat, King Wiglaf of Mercia’s manservant, who perhaps gave us our earliest reference to the place-name Peakirk, when he purportedly donated three virgates of land at Peichurche to Crowland Abbey, in 833AD. Of course, Wulgeat’s grant is questionable since it is embedded in the fourteenthcentury false chronicle of ‘Abbot Ingulph’. Indeed, Crowland Abbey was not founded until c.971, although it appears that there was a community of guardians of St. Guthlac’s shrine, who would have relished such a gift. Moreover, respected 30

historians, David Roffe and Alfred Hyatt, have deduced that some of the charters interpolated into ‘Abbot Ingulph’s’ chronicle may contain grains of truth. Above all, it is possible to trace Wulgeat’s virgates through to 1116, when Abbot Geoffrey of Crowland held land and eight houses in Peakirk and convened his manorial court there, much to the chagrin of the abbot of Peterborough. It was not until 1481 that Archbishop Thomas of York ordered Abbot Richard of Crowland to surrender all his Peakirk and Glinton possessions to his rival, Abbot William of Peterborough. Meanwhile, King Swein of Denmark, a demon of the deepest dye, arrived in the area in 1013. According to ‘Abbot Ingulph’, he immediately set about destroying Peakirk, Glinton, Northborough, Maxey, Etton, Bainton and Barnack and slaughtering or enslaving their inhabitants. Swein’s death in 1014 allowed Sigeferth respite enough to build his ‘New Minster’ at Peakirk in the honour of the Holy Trinity, The Virgin Mary and All Hallows and King Eadmund Ironside to


endow it with land in Peakirk and Walton, in 1016. Fortunately, when Swein’s son, Cnut the Great (1016-35), became ruler of all England, he realised that the only way to win the hearts and minds of his conquered subjects was to embrace Christianity and restore monastic lands and privileges. Other ‘Christian’ leaders, like the proverbial parson’s egg, were good in parts. I have written already about Abbot Richard of Ashton [near Bainton], the lascivious abbot of Peterborough (1439-71), who turned over a new leaf after he was caught in flagrante. Richard received just a slap-on-the-wrist from the Bishop of Lincoln, who realised that his appointed abbot’s amorous antics ultimately reflected upon him. In return, Abbot Richard dismissed his three mistresses, closed his supposedly-abstemious monks’ bar in the cloisters and stopped their late-night revels with ‘ladies-of-the-town’. He devoted the rest of his life to good works and with the help of his almoner, Brother William of Morton, pulled Peterborough from the brink of bankruptcy (Trib. 89).

tribuneheritage In contrast, I cannot find a whiff of scandal about Gaufridus [Geoffrey] de Ufford (died c.1191), a master-scribe of Peterborough Abbey. His manuscript (preserved in the British Library as Stowe 57) comprises an anthology of essays, Easter tables and lists of popes and events pertaining to Peterborough, Thorney and Ramsey Abbeys, written in Latin and French and illuminated with pen-and-ink sketches and colourful motifs. Gaufridus was so highly regarded that he and his colleague, Hugh Candidus (of Peterborough Chronicle fame), were entrusted with endorsing a charter whilst Abbot Martin de Bec was in Rome visiting Pope Eugenius III in 1146/7. The document concerned Robert de Torpel, who reputedly had contracted leprosy whilst campaigning in the Holy Land. Realising that death was nigh and seeking to be fast-tracked to Heaven, Robert relinquished the profits from his manors in Cotterstock and Glapthorn to St Leonard’s Leper Hospice in Peterborough, in exchange for burial in a monk’s habit and perpetual prayers for his soul. Thus, despite his past transgressions, he possibly could hoodwink St Peter into opening the Pearly Gates for him without asking too many awkward questions. In 1189, one of Robert’s relatives, Roger de Torpel, exchanged Cotterstock and Glapthorn for his manor at Maxey, which remained the monastery’s possession until its dissolution by Henry VIII in 1539. Another, albeit-brief, lord of Torpel was the disreputable Piers Gaveston (c.1284-1312), the son of Arnaud de Gabaston, a knight from the English colony of Gascony, who had served Edward I loyally for many years. Admiring his military prowess, the king admitted Gaveston to

the royal household to instruct his impressionable, teenage son, Edward Prince of Wales, in the art of chivalry. However, his bad influence upon the youth and offensive nicknames made him so unpopular that the king banished him from the realm. Eventually, the bereft Edward persuaded his father to re-instate his ‘mentor’ and give him a knighthood. Gaveston showed his gratitude when he and 21 comrades deserted the Scottish Wars in favour of attending a joust. In January 1307, the prince’s increasing obsession with Gaveston forced Edward I to exile him again. When the king died later that year, the now Edward II immediately summoned his friend back to court and married him to his niece, Margaret of Gloucester. Gaveston were already notorious in our area. In preparation for Prince Edward’s visit to Peterborough Abbey in 1302, Abbot Geoffrey commissioned an Anglo-French poem, describing the history of the monastery from its foundation in 655. He also produced a heavily-revised charter (allegedly granted by Wulfhere of Mercia, in 664), copied onto a huge scroll to be read to the royal audience. It listed the abbey’s purported late seventh-century possessions, including the Greater Tribland estates of Peakirk and Glinton, Castor, Ailsworth, Sutton, Upton, Barnack, Southorpe, Pilsgate, Ufford, Bainton, Ashton, Torpel, Maxey, Lolham, Nunton, Deeping Gate, Helpston, Etton, Woodcroft and Northborough, some of which could not have existed in King Wulfhere’s time (65875), whilst others existed under different names. We cannot tell whether Abbot Geoffrey knew that ‘Wulfhere’s’ charter was a twelfthcentury forgery but he clearly hoped that Edward would one day restore the manors of Torpel and Upton, which were now Crown

properties. Unfortunately, Abbot Geoffrey’s plans backfired when he presented the prince with an expensive robe, causing Gaveston to throw a spectacular tantrum because he wanted one too. Although a second garment was procured, the moment was lost. Edward seemingly did not forget the slight against his favourite and, in June 1308, he gave Torpel and Upton to Gaveston. In 1309, Gaveston exchanged the two manors for the Earldom of Cornwall, inciting the wrath of the barons [ruling elite], who vowed to engineer his downfall. After a brief period as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Gaveston returned to England in 1311 but his extravagance, outrageous behaviour and manipulation of Edward II caused the barons to press for him to be outlawed and expelled once more. A year later, he sneaked back into the country, was captured and put to death by Thomas of Lancaster and Guy Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, on 19 June 1312. Edward is said to have met an equally-grisly fate in 1327 at Berkeley Castle at the instigation of his indignant and neglected wife, Isabella ‘the she Wolf of France’, and her lover, Roger Mortimer. Now, we fast-forward over 300 years, to the English Civil War (1642-51). I have previously mentioned the hapless Dr Michael Hudson, Charles I’s chaplain, who was pursued by the Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell’s henchmen to the battalions of Woodcroft Castle, where he was mutilated as he attempted to escape, then murdered in the moat (Trib. 91). Apparently, there were other pockets of resistance to Puritanism in Tribland for Cromwell’s own daughter, Elizabeth, was married to, John Claypole of Northborough Castle, a dyed-in-the-wool Royalist who, nevertheless, cared for Cromwell’s widow in her twilight years and >>




Prince Edward and Gaveston (Marcus Stone, 1872)

Northborough Manor >> interred her in his family chapel of Northborough church, in 1665. In Peakirk, there is a tradition that the skeletal remains of a member of Cromwell’s New Model Army were found beneath the stone flags of a cottage somewhere in the village, still wearing his breastplate and distinctive helmet. Sadly, I can find no evidence to corroborate this deliciously-macabre tale and the survival of the armour certainly arouses suspicion. In an age when even second-hand underwear was a valuable commodity, why didn’t the perpetrators strip the body of its assets? Or were they trying to eradicate all signs of their victim’s presence by burying him intact? Or was the story-teller inventing the armour as a means of identification of a perceived old enemy? We may never know – unless, someone out there can reveal more about the legend of the ‘Peakirk Roundhead’ . . . Our next personality is the multi-talented Edmund Tyrell Artis (1789-1847), a natural historian, geologist, archaeologist, surveyor, artist, draughtsman, chef, entrepreneur and womaniser par 32

excellence. Born in Suffolk, he became apprenticed to his uncle, a London vintner, then opened his own confectioner’s shop where he specialised in elaborate sugar centre-pieces for upmarket diningtables. In 1813, Artis was spotted by Earl Fitzwilliam, who soon made him head steward of his two grand houses at Milton, near Castor, and Wentworth, South Yorkshire, where the family were mine owners. It was in Yorkshire that Artis developed an interest in plant fossils, some of which he extracted from the coal face himself. Among his 1,500 specimens he identified 21 hitherto-unknown species, which bear the genus ‘Artisia’. Consequently, Artis was proclaimed the leading phytologist [ancient plant expert] of his era. Yet astonishingly, he sold his collection to the Natural History Museum to finance his archaeological enterprises. In 1821, Artis had discovered significant Roman ruins in the vicinity of Castor church, which he interpreted as the remains of bath house and part of a massive prætorium or headquarters for the town of Durobrivæ on the opposite bank of the River Nene, at Water Newton. Frequently aided by John Clare, Helpston’s ‘peasant poet’, Artis managed to juggle his stewardship duties with excavating the site until 1826, when an imprudent, extra-marital romp forced him to leave Fitzwilliam’s employ and decamp to Doncaster. There, he purchased The Club House at the race course which provided hospitality for the nobility and gentry during St Ledger Week each September. Artis’ culinary skills made the enterprise a great success, culminating in his entertainment of the Duke of Wellington. The brevity of the racing season conveniently left Artis plenty of time to resume digging in the Castor area,


including Normangate Field, where he uncovered numerous pottery kilns and iron-smelters as well as villæ and bath-houses at Mill Hill, [Castor], Sutton, Stibbington, Water Newton, Wansford and Helpston and in Durobrivæ, whose earthworks then called ‘The Castles’.

Castor Church and Roman bathhouse by Edmund Artis (1824) Artis supervises the excavation of a pottery kiln (1824) In May 1828, Artis published his masterwork, The Durobrivæ of Antoninus, containing 60 sumptuous plates of the maps, plans and drawings of his excavations and finds. Tantalisingly, there is no accompanying text and there is an unsubstantiated rumour that all his notes were destroyed by his long-suffering wife, Elizabeth. Artis died at Doncaster on 24 December 1847 but his body was returned to Castor for burial next to the porch in St Kyneburgha’s churchyard, which appropriately overlays the former courtyard of his Roman prætorium. In 2010, Time Team came to the village to assess the accuracy of Artis’ surveys and found them to be absolutely spot-on. An equally-illustrious Tribland resident was Charles Kingsley >>

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tribuneheritage >> (1819-75), author of the children’s classics, Westward Ho (1855), The Water Babies (1863) and Hereward the Wake (1865). The son of a Devon clergyman, Charles senior and his wife, Mary Lucas, Charles junior moved to Barnack when his father was appointed rector, in 1832. After graduating from Magdalene College, Cambridge, Charles junior progressed from Rector of Eversley, Hampshire (1842), to Queen Victoria’s chaplain (1859) and private tutor to another Edward Prince of Wales [later Edward VII] (1862). In 1870, Kingsley became a canon of Chester Cathedral and, in 1873, of Westminster Abbey. However, although social reform was high on his agenda, by modern standards he was a racist and religious bigot.

Barnack Rectory, 1810 Sir James Bradford Almshouses, Helpston Less famous are Charles’ brothers, George Henry (1827-92) and Henry Kingsley (1830-76), both of whom were born at Barnack Rectory [now Kingsley House]. George forged a distinguished career as a doctor, linguist, field naturalist and explorer. Henry also was a naturalist as well as a journalist and war correspondent, who wrote several novels and accounts of his adventures whilst serving in the Australian Mounted Police. For my final case-study, I have chosen Sir James Bradford (1841-

1930), the Helpston philanthropist, partly because he is the namesake of my thrice great-grandfather, a Sussex mariner, who romantically called his daughter ‘Harriet’ after the schooner that brought him to his Sunderland sweetheart. In contrast, Helpston’s James Bradford had both feet firmly on dry land. His parents, William and Millicent Bradford kept the Blue Bell public house in Woodgate, one of John Clare’s watering-holes, though James could not have met the poet for, by 1841, Clare was ensconced in Northampton Asylum. In 1855, James found employment at Helpston Station as a general clerk to the Midland Railway company but relocated to Peterborough and the Great Northern Railway in 1860. After a brief spell at Retford, he returned to Peterborough as Superintendent in 1865 and thence to Doncaster in 1868. In 1872, he made a sideways move to Portsmouth to work for the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway. In 1876, he resigned to become Chairman of the Wainfleet, Firsby and Skegness Railway, settling in Brighton, Sussex, where he married Emma Jane, opened a hotel and became involved in local politics. He was appointed Justice of the Peace in 1903 and was knighted in 1914. Despite his success, James never forgot Helpston and financed the James Bradford Almshouses in West Street, on land donated by the Fitzwilliam family. When they were opened in 1907, he personally escorted each of the six residents into his/her new home. While my sea-faring ancestor swapped Sussex for a northern shore, Sir James retired to Hayward’s Heath where he founded six more almshouses. He died there on 24 April 1930. Alas! Once again I am running out of space. I would have liked to have said more about Thomas Alderkyrke of Peakirk, who


Glinton War Memorial rustled a steer worth 8 shillings from Ralph Campion of Glinton, in 1423. About Thomas Grysley of Woodcroft, who stole a horse worth 3 shillings and 4 pence from Robert Strete of Helpston and a coat, bow and other goods valued at 20 shillings from John Milner of Lolham, in 1424. And of John Wyldbore of Glinton Manor who made an eloquent (but undated) confession to the drunken murder of his neighbour, graciously thanking his audience for attending his execution. Petty criminals and a hopeless alcoholic or incorrigible villains? Their destination was the gallows. Still looking for a hero? Then, in this centenary year of the bone-grinding battles of Verdun (21 February to 16 December 1916) and The Somme (1 July to 18 November), seek no further than your local War Memorial. There, you will find the names of countless brave men and boys who went to fight for Cause, King and Country, never to return. These are our real ‘Men of Mark’. We will remember them.  The author acknowledges George Boyden’s article on James Bradford, published in the Helpston Chronicle, Winter 1988 (The Trib’s forerunner). 35




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as it will allow more light into the wood and encourage flowers and shrubs to grow under the trees, which is also good for butterflies and other insects. It might be a bit of a mess in the short term though, but generally forest management is good for nature! Peakirk Village Hall Children's Easter Party On 24 April, Viki Wilson from Peakirk will be running the London Marathon to raise money for Children with Cancer UK. As part of the fundraising she organised the Easter Party held last sunday

and raised an amazing ÂŁ342. Events included an Easter egg hunt, egg and spoon race and an Easter bonnet parade. That's Viki on the stage with her Easter bunny helper. Any support for her charity would be very welcome. 38

David Hankins Peakirk Litter Pick Defying the cold and damp this stalwart bunch of Peakirk folk have spent the morning tidying up the village. Doris the dog came back with a discarded ball and everyone came back to the village hall for a bacon butty and cup of tea except Doris.I think she's vegetarian.

I’d rather be in Deeping Really delicious lunch at the Bluebell at Helpston yesterday with lovely friends from Bourne - ciabatta with ham and mayo and herb cheese scone and lots of pretty things to buy and private corners to sit and a lovely bright restaurant too - will def be going back!

Janel Nellie Just been sat at Lolham Crossing (around 12 noon) behind a large cement Lorry and in front of two other lorries, we had to wait while two vans, two cars and a car and a caravan came across the track from the direction of Helpston! I thought this road was closed? And one-way only, maybe it would help if the old signage was removed and a large no entry sign was placed at the small bridge before the crossing? More must be done before someone gets seriously injured by an oncoming vehicle.

Peter Hiller Great Easter egg hunt and gettogether at Maxey village hall today. Stalls, teas and cakes organised by Maxey village hall committee. Kids loved it, and so did we!

John Holdich Some while back I posted regarding volunteers for the Deepings Practice Car Scheme, regarding the quest to find a replacement for the retiring coordinator of the VCS. I am delighted to be able to tell you that, as from 1st April that role will be taken over by Yvonne Neverson (Tel 01733 254171). Hopefully, in the near future, posters will be available displaying the new details and I will post an electronic copy, as and when. In the meanwhile whatever you are able to do to publicise the name and phone number of the new coordinator will be most appreciated.


Peter Hiller Nine Bridges update as I promised last month. At court today the magistrate determined in PCC's favour and fined Mr O'Connor, who both attended and pleaded guilty,

a total of over ÂŁ2,000. This I think confirmed the seriousness the court took his breach of our planning enforcement notice. The right result for residents, John Holdich and I as the Ward councillors and the PCC and, travelling back from Peterborough this afternoon, it appears the family (including the dog!) have now vacated the site, although several cars remain parked on it.



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Tracey Robson Another eyesore at Nine Bridges

Steve Zealand I have to say I am impressed with the quality of the engineering works on the pavement refurbishment from Cuckoo Corner along the old Lincoln Road. However I am wondering why so much effort was put into a pavement that is so little used, as most people walk on the closed road next to it, whilst the pavement along Deeping St James Road remains in such poor condition. It slopes 20-25 degrees into the dyke and is extremely difficult to walk on, even for the able bodied. I wonder if there are any plans to fix that one too. I hope so.

Trevor Harvey A lovely sight coming home to Helpston yesterday

Cecilia Hammond Two beautiful Teds, who will become precious friends to Chernobyl Children in Belarus. Our workers visit children in the remote, contaminated villages for whom toys are a rarity. Thank you so much, Susie Caney, they are beautiful. Claire Spooner Does anyone know what is being pumped into our village streams by the builders on Broadwheel Road, Helpston?

Andy Lowings The footballer Bert Murray is leaving The Bull at Deeping after many years as landlord. Friend and Chelsea teammate of Terry Venables, Tommy Docherty and other greats. He was awarded a CAMRA award for keeping a fine team of real ales in the top league.



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Peterborough Green Festival dates announced 13 - 21 August


he independent charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) is delighted to announce that it’s annual Green Festival is back – bigger and better than ever before! This year the event is heating up, moving to a new summertime date of Saturday 13 August, with fringe events running through to 21 August. In addition to this, the charity is thrilled to announce that the Festival has been awarded Arts Council funding for a three-year period, bringing a fantastic £73,500 funding into the city. This funding will be used to commission artists to create

innovative artworks for the Festival – whether its street theatre, visual art or spoken word – to promote sustainable living and encourage people to take positive actions for their local and global environment. The 2016 Festival has been sponsored by Travelchoice, which will also allow sustainable transport to be highlighted in exciting and thoughtprovoking ways. Bringing together attractions, community groups, charities and businesses, the Green Festival celebrates everything ‘green’ in Peterborough with a wide variety of events and activities running, offering plenty of free fun for the whole family.

Peterborough Environment City Trust is looking to commission six artists (open to all disciplines) to create new works for the annual Green Festival. The artists will work alongside the charity and an Artistic Producer to create works which will form part of the Green Festival launch day on Saturday 13th August 2016 and the rest of the Festival week. The Festival encourages visitors to discover how to live more sustainably and to develop long-term behaviour change. Areas of focus include everything from sustainable transport, recycling, locally and sustainably produced food, and nature and biodiversity. PECT is seeking proposals from emerging and established creative practitioners who are principally interested in developing an engaging piece of work that captures the public’s imagination. Deadline for applications is Wednesday 16th March 2016. For more information visit the website at www.pect.org.uk.

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The independent charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) is celebrating another successful planting season with the Forest for Peterborough project, which culminated in a fantastic tree giveaway for residents in Stanground on Saturday 26 March. “We are so grateful for the support of our volunteers and the hard work they put in to improve the local environment for the benefit of residents and wildlife – none of this could have been achieved without them. A special thank you goes to the Mick George Community Fund for funding the project this year, plus extra support we received from

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Restaurant Review Morrisons, Stamford

I hope this issue’s review finds readers well. It swings away from the normal type of eatery I write about, in that it’s actually a well-patronised local supermarket’s café. And why not? You’re served well-priced good food by very pleasant folk in comfortable surroundings which are conveniently located for the shops. Well, shop actually.


ost supermarkets have a seemingly bolted-on café of some description; but standards of offering vary widely; from affordable fodderfor-the-masses Asda fare to the unashamedly almost high-end inclination of a Waitrose. The good ‘uns are well patronised by both ancillary shoppers and diners-only clientele, enjoying often fairly basic but mostly acceptable fare at prices well below the high street restaurant norm - to reflect perhaps the undoubted ‘bargains’ to be had just a few metres away; or, perhaps in Waitrose’s case, a promise of quality: but expect to pay for it. Because they take up a lot of prime retail floor space, I’m told they’re only marginal profit centres at best but are nevertheless an important element of the retail experience, encouraging shoppers to make the supermarket a ‘occasion destination’ rather than just a quick in-and-out necessity-only visit. Contrarily, the UK’s biggest retailer Tesco has very few within its stores, preferring a shopping mall type of arrangement for


larger Tesco ‘hypermarkets’, with alternative food offerings alongside non-competing independent retailers. I digress. The review this issue is Morrisons Stamford and its Big Breakfast. An all-day awardwinning wonder, which fills the plate with wonder indeed, and was awarded the ‘Best Breakfast in Britain’ in last year’s respected MIDAS nationwide judging. A decent ‘full-English’ is high up on most folks’ list of great plates of food, and this is certainly one of the best. Served until 4pm at most of their 400 stores, it beat hotels, pubs and restaurants to win the title for its value for money, food quality and customer satisfaction. For under a fiver (£4.50) you’re presented with 3 rashers of British bacon, a quality British sausage, an egg cooked to your liking, 2 hash browns, Heinz baked beans, sautéed mushrooms, fried tomato, properly fried bread and complimentary HP or Heinz sauces; just add a round or two of toast and a pot of tea for a trip to comfort food heaven… So, gentlemen, next time a ‘weekly shop’ is mooted, you can be positively enthusiastic!

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from the Kitchen of Chez Pierre

Soupe de poireaux et panais One of the delights of living in or travelling through France is the variety of the traditional regional food enjoyed as you cross both west to east and north to south. France is most certainly a land of contrast in both terrain and culture, with a rich array of homegrown produce similar to the UK in the northern regions, but like Italy and Spain in the warmer Mediterranean south. Every region has its own specialities, as I’ve written about many times in your magazine. This regional food, cuisine regionale, has its roots in the home cooking and is characterised by simple techniques and few ingredients bought fresh from our markets. Soups and salads form two of the cornerstones of French cooking. Soup is the traditional evening meal – in fact, supper comes from the word souper, which means ‘to take soup’. However, mes amis, of course soups are eaten at all times, even for

breakfast in rural France! Once merely a slice of crusty bread and a bowl of hot liquid, now the choice is huge: from hearty regional recipes to sophisticated, delicate consommés. At Chez Pierre we choose a limited menu of soups to offer but along with our tradition of serving only what people tell us they enjoy, a time-and-again favourite with our guests is my classic Leek and Parsnip simple creation I am telling you about now. What happens here is once you ladies have seen how cheap and easy this great food is you will develop your own variations and experiment with good results to please your friends and families, non? For four to six: one large parsnip, one large leek, one large carrot, one sliced fat garlic clove, about 5cm of spicy chorizo (diced), a tin of tomatoes, half a tin of cannellini beans, 800ml of chicken (or vegetable) stock

Thank you Janet from Helpston for your nice email, I’m so glad you and your guests enjoyed a lot last issue’s sausage cassoulet recipe. I suggest you visit Carrefour in Calais, near the Eurotunnel next time you’re in France. They sell very good Saucisse de Toulouse in 500g packs for 3.80€


(cube is fine) Peel and chop all the veg roughly and add to the garlic, beans and tomatoes and stock in a large saucepan, bring to the boil briefly then simmer (covered) over a medium heat for about ten minutes or so. Blitz carefully with a hand-held liquidiser until smoothish, season to taste and continue to heat on low for about another half hour, stirring occasionally. It really is this simple! I serve with a lightly-chilled dry white Bordeaux, French bread and with a dollop of crème fraiche and a sprinkle of fresh parsley, chives or thyme in the centre of the bowl.

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Glinton Litter Pick Claire Bysshe      As part of the national Initiative to clean up Britain for the Queen's 90th birthday Glinton Parish Council did its bit on Saturday 5th March. Councillors Holdich, Wragg and Bysshe were joined by Mrs Holdich, Mick Stimson, Jean Knight, Al Good, Ken Leader, Mr and Mrs Wright , Jill Cowcill and Simon Bysshe. In 2 hours a large amount of rubbish was collected as can be seen below. The weather was not kind to us but we battled the elements until we were too cold to carry on. The wind was a particular problem!! Unfortunately we shall have to repeat the exercise quite soon. Thank you to everyone who took part. Watch out for posters advertising the next litter pick. To get involved, please call Claire Bysshe: 01733 253164. 

Easter over for another year, the clocks leap forward and suddenly it's Summer! The Winter/Spring term saw several changes in the GFC. We recently paid tribute to Viv, one of our regular cooks, who has retired after ten years in the kitchen. She was presented with a bouquet by Brenda Ellis to say thank you for her hard work. (See photo) Over the years we have been immensely fortunate in having an enviously large (numerically, not physically!) and skilled catering team which worked tirelessly to plan, produce and serve a wonderful selection of meals for the club members, helpers and visitors. Unfortunately, after a magnificent fourteen years, due to assorted circumstances we have dwindled to only 5 and are desperately seeking willing and interested would-be cooks to swell our numbers. Please contact the numbers below if you can help even if only occasionally.

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During the Spring sessions we have had some interesting visitors including a wonderful fenland gentleman, Alan Lamb, who entertained us with tales of his life and local myths. We will be exercising with Michelle in future sessions when we have sorted out our seating plans and then it'll be scarves and ribbons and letting it all hang out!!! We've had quizzes on celebrities faces and a faces beetle drive to keep us sharp. Then Sue Duncliffe gave us some lovely gifts and cards to purchase for Easter, while Kirsty helped members produce dainty boxes with eggs and chicks in. (Not real ones!) After the break Roger Negus will entertain us with a topical slide show about Dads Army, while the big event of the month will be celebrating the Queens 90th birthday in style with homemade crowns, a royal quiz by Barry, and a super buffet lunch attended by the Mayor and Mayoress.

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tribunepeople Well into his 70’s, he is often to be seen in the summer, string-vested on his forklift, orders flying, tidying the site and rearranging stock. by Andy Harpist

Spriggs reclaim and environmentalist Passing by the yard this week, for a nice bit of timber to repair the wife’s Northborough greenhouse, I was struck again that this place deserves a mention. Not so much as a yard, actually, but a cornucopia of treasures for the handy man. And deserving not so much a mention, as rather a national-broadcast to alert people again to Mr Dennis Spriggs’ amazing Peterborough Oxney Road establishment.


haring ground between scrap car-parts and recycled building materials, customers are immediately struck silent, rather like on entering an art gallery . From the Union Jack flag (flying upside down for decades), to a pretty assortment of empty bomb-casings, to a complete Robin Reliant perched on a container, this is no usual reclaim yard. No. It’s a work of art. It’s a true installation! Hundreds of hard-to-matchbricks are stacked in rows next to piles of pre-queensgate paving slabs. Odd-shaped stones (for just that repair job you been looking to do for ever) are piled next to containers of doors, where for less than the cost of few pints you can drive away with a nice new greenhouse door. Complete with house-number and handy letterbox too if you need one. “There’s over 300 to choose from” says Dennis proudly. “ I had someone come from Huddersfield last week for my doors! And we’re doing well on the timber side nowadays, too”. “They keep telling me to retire” he laughs, as he sits in his


office control-tower overlooking what might be called The Realm. “I’m just like minding the business!” Supported in administration for over a quarter of a century by a hardworking assistant, Chloe comes in each midday with lunch.. “I’ve made you a tray with a nice bit of salmon, today, with new potatoes Den’ “ Well into his 70’s, he is often to be seen in the summer, stringvested on his forklift, orders flying, tidying the site and rearranging stock. Dennis’office over the years has actually become a comfortable recyled-residence by itself, befitting a CEO of long-standing. Nice sofas, TV and fridge make it a cosy office artwork-installation. A whole wall is devoted to memorabilia, thankful-accolades and tributes from grateful customers, Perhaps too the odd cutting of notoriety is hiding somewhere underneath? Downstairs is the probably UKs largest collection of chimney pots. Outside, winter and summer in all weathers, occasionally-grumpy but always devoted, the boys out in the yard stand waiting to help you out.


“What you arter today? ” asks the outside-boss, dressed snugly in beanie hat, gloves and three recycled-jackets? But like a ritual, and before any negotiations can begin it’s always important to be updated on currant affairs and daily political views. Not that these views have changed for decades (and considering the Union Jack flying proudly over the entrance, they need hardly be re-stated here) but with the experience of real hard-working men, I cannot deny their suspiciousness of authority figures who give them difficulties of all kinds. “….but who are the first to come along begging, when we ‘re needed to clear out or demolish some mess or other??”, they correctly point out! Whilst awards are given out, frequently to the underserving, Dennis Spriggs has nevertheless continued to give happiness to his many customers. Like a true environmentalist, he has saved waste from land fills, recycled materials to be used again and largely without any recognition has lived his own unique life and just minded his own business. Bravo.

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by Diane Watts

Our March meeting was a visit from Clarins cosmetics, this was an enjoyable evening with one lucky member receiving a full facial makeover, also lots of samples for us all to apply and test. Mr Ray Edwards came to our April meeting with some wonderful slides of all the flowers of Cambridgeshire, including the wild ones found in dikes and hedges in our surrounding area,

we had no idea there was so many. Members have visited Hacconby to see the snowdrops, and a trip to Holmewood Hall for afternoon tea, Federation Day at St Ives, and the Local History lunch at Werrington..Future events are The Long Sutton Flower show and the Bluebell walk with lunch afterwards, Congratulations to our team

who entered the WI spring quiz and came second. In partnership with the Glinton Village Hall Committee, we are arranging an event in the Village Hall to mark the Queen's 90th Birthday celebrations on 11 June. We are planning an afternoon tea of sandwiches, cakes and cream scones, this will be an all ticket event, Posters will be displayed in the village soon.

We meet on the second Tuesday in each month at 7.30pm so please come along and join us, you will be most welcome Contact Diane Watts (President.) on Pet.253352 or Jenny Dunk (Secretary) Pet.254252. We are a friendly, youngish group and happy to welcome any ladies who would like to come and see what we do. The On the Edge WI meet in the Packhorse in Northborough from 7pm on the third Monday of the month. Tracy 07720 327145 Lorraine (our President) 01733 254865

Meanderings and Magpas The ladies of On the Edge WI have continued to enjoy an active programme as the weather begins to improve with March seeing the debut outing of our walking group. An open invitation was offered to include friends, partners and pooches to join us on a gentle Saturday morning meander around the village of Northborough and surrounding countryside before partaking of a tasty brunch at the Packhorse. Our next walk will be in May around Helpston. Our March meeting had us in more introspective mood as Susan Wilkins talked to us about Psych-K and accessing our subconscious. Susan demonstrated very effectively how the inner mind can

work for and against you and how, with some simple exercises, you can counteract negative thoughts and stress. For April, Emma Sanders from Magpas spoke to us about the work of the air ambulance, the charity and how it provides pre-hospital critical care and retrieval in East Anglia. Whilst the helicopter and its most famous pilot were unable to make our meeting, this was a particularly special talk as Magpas is our nominated charity for 2016. During our meetings we also collect for the food bank. In addition to the monthly meeting, some of our members took a trip to Norwich to see the West End cast of Hairspray


perform on their UK tour. It was a great success and we are now looking forward to our next theatre outing to London to see Jersey Boys later in the year. April also saw On the Edge members and friends embark on a litter pick around the local area. Looking ahead, on 16 May we channel our creative sides and welcome John Shone from Rutland Willows who will introduce us to Willow Weaving and for June we will be hosting a local community event at The Packhorse, plus our Knitty Gritty group will be knitting and crocheting hats, scarves, socks and gloves over the summer to be distributed by the Salvation Army to local homeless people. 51

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by Anne Curwen

On 11 February 2016 Erin Rose Samways was born, a lovely baby sister for Grace. Congratulations to Julia and Michael and a warm welcome to baby Erin. Have you noticed the beautiful commemorative stone that has been placed on the village green to mark the planting of the tree for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee? A huge thank you to Stamford Stone, who kindly donated the stone plinth, and to Graham Smitheringale who organized the engraving and installation. A fine job. Ideas are beginning to come forward for the future use of the Etton phone box. So far the suggestions are: to house a defibrillator; to display village photos; as a library; a recycling point for batteries/shoes; a toy exchange. Do keep those ideas coming and a decision will be taken in the summer. Plans for a village get together to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday are progressing. The selected date is Saturday 4 June in the afternoon, starting with a short commemorative service at the Church to remember


those who lost their lives in the two World Wars. This will be followed by afternoon tea/picnic on the village green. We also plan to formally unveil the village sign complete with the new memorial (not yet installed). Further details will follow after the next planning meeting on 26 April. Another date for your diary is Saturday 2 July when Graham Smitheringale is organizing a fundraising Barn Dance with A Waggon Load of Monkeys performing and a hog roast. Tickets will be available from Graham. The Langdyke Trust is planning a second open day at the Etton Maxey reserve on Sunday 17 July. There will be guided walks, pond dipping and bird watching. There may also be a chance to visit the Etton High meadow orchards, pond and new allotments. A lot has been done already but working parties are planned on the following dates 9 May, 13 June, 18 July, 15 August, 19 September and 17 October from 10am to 12.30pm. Please do come along and join in. Finally, Tarmac has confirmed that they plan to install a safe crossing point on the south drain permissible path. The bridge to do this is currently being used elsewhere on the site but should be in place by the end of May.


The victorious team: Bill Lyon, his wife Chris, daughter Fran and son in law Kevin along with the quizmasters, Stan Houchen and Robert Moss.

Peakirk Village Hall Quiz

The ever-popular Peakirk Village Hall quiz produced another exciting finish. At the end of the quiz the Lyon family were locked in a tie with last year’s winning team (Marianna and Adrian Rostron with Gordon and Ruth Wright). The two teams could still not be separated after five supplementary questions and it needed a sudden death question to produce a result. Along with the fish and chip supper it was a most enjoyable evening and £316 was raised for Village Hall funds.

villageviews Deeping Gate PARISH COUNCIL Clean for the Queen Another very successful community effort took place on Saturday 6 March. More than twenty people, in festive mood (not all from Deeping Gate!), helped clear litter and wash road and warning signs, bollards, fire hydrant posts, notice and information boards, seats, post box and bus shelter. Special thanks to Andy for providing the skip.

Footpath works Many thanks to Peterborough City Council for the extensive footpath improvement works on the closed off section of Lincoln Road, Deeping Gate. We are hopeful that we may soon see the long awaited improvements to the Deeping St.James Road footpath, these having been requested over a number of years.

Glinton PARISH COUNCIL Listening to the village, who constantly complain about speeding traffic through most areas of our village, the Parish Council has agreed to purchase its own speed camera, which can be shared with other villages, which will be operated by volunteers. If you would like to be such a volunteer, please let me know. The Parish Council has purchased, to commemorate the Queen's 90th birthday, QE11 medallions for every child in Peakirk cum Glinton Primary School and for every child registered in the Pre-school. I am sure you will agree that the new kissing gate replacing the stile which had become irreparable, is a great

Deeping Horse and Pony Show This will make its debut off Peakirk Road, Deeping Gate, on Sunday 17 July. Attractions will include jumping, showing and dressage classes, plus a gymkhana. There will be a display of vintage cars and tractors, a dog show, local trade stands, bar and catering facilities, plus ample parking. More detailed information from the Committee will appear on posters, in local papers and magazines.

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step forward for those not so able to climb over a stile. It was paid for by Peterborough City Council and funds arranged by Cllr Holdich, out of the Community Development Fund. The travellers in Mile Drove were taken to Court by the City Council and were fined a total of ÂŁ2,200 for non-compliance and costs. I am afraid what happens now is a slow but necessary legal process, as the City Council has to make sure it complies with the Equalities Act and the Human Rights Act. I cannot print my reaction to that, or yours I guess, but if things are not done correctly, the cost could be enormous and create even further delay.

You said you wanted the City Council to clamp down on antisocial behaviour, so they have formed a multi-agency task force, made up of PCC staff, the police, fire, prison service and Cross Keys Homes staff, and will be recognisable by a uniform. When staff are trained, they can do everything that a policeman can do, except the power of arrest. In their first week of operation for instance, they dealt with 114 fly tipping complaints, of which 25 are proceeding to Court. Currently there are 106 officers in the team and this will rise to about 150, and they should be cost neutral. These officers will work across the whole city, including the rural areas.

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For single storey rear extension at 11 Northborough Parish Council For erection of detached garage Granville Ave Northborough PE6 9DB Neighbourhood plan / Local Awaiting Decision with storage in roof space at 12 Development Plan Peakirk Road Glinton For erection of single dwelling with The Parish Council has responded Peterborough PE6 7LT access at 1 The Pingle Northborough to Peterborough City Council Awaiting Decision Peterborough PE6 9BX consultation process on policies of the Draft Local Plan and confirmed For front porch and single storey Awaiting Decision rear extension at 20 High Street support for the village boundary Convert detached double garage Glinton Peterborough PE6 7LS to remain as at present and for to granny annex 11The Pingle Northborough to remain a limited Awaiting Decision Northborough PE6 9BX grown village. Awaiting Decision For subdivision of existing It was proposed that Paradise dwelling and annex to provide Lane gain the protection of being 2 dwellings - Part-retrospective Etton designated a Local Green Space. at 19 Welmore Road Glinton For Stone porch of front of property Carr Dyke the Roman waterway Peterborough PE6 7LU at 12 Main Road Etton PE6 7DA runs adjacent and parallel with Awaiting Decision Paradise Lane. This designation Decision: Permitted can apply to open spaces: For Prune 6 x Apple trees, 1 For fell One Lawsons Cypress (A), x Plum and 3 x Cherry trees,  where the green space is in One Thorn Bush (B), one Buddleia Deadwood and thin the crown reasonably close proximity to the (C), no replacements at The Golden by approx 25 percent on 1 Scotts Pheasant 1 Main Road Etton community it serves; Pine. Fell 1 x Apple Tree and 1  where the green area is Awaiting Decision x Laburnum, Reduce and give demonstrably special to a local 2m building clearance on 1 x community and holds a particular Laurel and 1 x Yew Tree, Remove Deeping Gate local significance, for example 2 x Conifers and thin crown on For replacement garage at 27 because of its beauty, historic 1 x Silver Birch by approx 25 Riverside Deeping Gate PE6 9AJ significance, recreational value percent at 9 The Green Glinton Decision: Withdrawn/ (including as a playing field), Peterborough PE6 7JN Finally Disposed of tranquillity or richness of its wildlife; Awaiting Decision and For Weeping Ash - Crown raise to For erection of garden room at 10 2.5-3m, remove previously cut limbs  where the green area High Street Glinton concerned is local in character and to the main stem and remove all Peterborough PE6 7LS is not an extensive tract of land. deadwood at 57 Riverside Deeping Gate Peterborough PE6 9AR Awaiting Decision The proposed Northborough Decision: Permitted Neighbourhood Plan process For Prune four Ash trees back to continues. previous pruning cuts at Scotts Maxey Farm 6 Peakirk Road Glinton Cemetery For glass covered veranda at 9B Peterborough The composting areas are Castle End Road Maxey h PE6 9EP overflowing. It is considered Awaiting Decision Decision: Permitted compost could be a valuable For three new gas compressors resource for village gardens. Plans and enclosures, a new vent stack, For 2 x Cypress - Fell, Elder - Fell at are to allow villagers to collect 24 High Street Maxey PE6 9EE site office, administration and compost at certain times. Keep a welfare buildings and associated Decision: Permitted look out on the notice boards for infrastructure at 1650 Lincoln further details and collection times For alterations to joinery comprising Road PE6 7HH front elevation windows, side door Toddlers Play Area Awaiting Decision and two additional windows to rear Consideration of an additional layer addition at Nunton House Maxey For erection of garden room at of bark to the toddlers' play area. Road Maxey Peterborough 10 High Street Glinton PE6 7LS Dog Fouling Awaiting Decision Awaiting Decision There has been improvement to 54


Robert Chiva – Chair - NPC the dog fouling on footpaths and the playing fields, yet it is still occurring. Councillors continue to spray the pink bio-degradable paint to try and highlight the issue to irresponsible dog owners. The debate continues as to whether, in the playing field, dogs should be kept on leads or even banned altogether. Please let councillors have your views. Speed Watch Feedback received from the Neighbourhood plan consultation shows that many villagers are concerned about

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vehicles speeding within the 30mph speed limit boundaries.

Parish Council.

The Parish has contacted Speed Watch and will be taking steps to designate Northborough as a Speed Watch Village. Actions will include carrying out speed gun checks to vehicles on village roads when the days get longer. The Parish Council is liaising with Glinton and Peakirk Parishes to share the cost of purchasing the equipment and not having to rely on the Police equipment availability. If you are concerned about speeding and would like to be involved please contact the

The Parish Council would like to provide a defibrillator for the village and is obtaining details and costings for the purchase and maintenance. Two would be better so sponsorship to provide a second one is being considered.


Councillors Vacancies exist for two parish councillors. If anybody would like to become a parish councillor and help your village please contact the Parish Clerk or any Councillor.

The plans for HM Queen’s 90th birthday street party are well under way. As I write this there are 62 sleeps to go! By Penny

he day will start with a family praise service in the church at 10.30am, which all are welcome to attend, followed by refreshments. As you leave the church the bunting will be fluttering above and stretched down the street will be a long row of tables and chairs just waiting for 11.30am when you arrive to sit and eat your picnic or pop across to The Packhorse, who are holding a mini beer festival over the weekend, and will be serving mouth wateringly good hot rolls with all the trimmings! The stage will be filled with Handful of Harmonies, a local choir who will entertain you with well-known songs. Make sure you arrive with your dancing shoes on…. Mark the DJ will be belting out all your favourite party songs…. Can we recreate

the scenes from the Golden Jubilee street party with everyone on the floor dancing to Oops upside your head, or snaking off down Church Street doing the conga?!! Later in the day there will be entertainment from Latino Sound, a Latin American band from Peterborough and Graham James belting out numbers from the 1960’s. Need a rest from all the dancing? We have old fashioned games, a treasure hunt, tombola, raffle, face painting, guess the weight of the cake. Can you guess how many balloons are in the mini – don’t forget to buy your balloon for the balloon race and make sure you check out the display cars loaned to us by Sycamore BMW & Mini! The sun is shining the temperature is soaring (we hope!!) cool down with a well-

earned ice cream or step into the cool quiet of the church for tea and cake and see the display showing our village through the years. We still need more photos, stories etc. for the display so if you have any you would like to share with us, please get in touch! No street party would be complete without a fancy dress competition so dig for victory and dig out your costume…. The theme? 1920’s-1950’s!! We hope that’s given you a taste of some of the fun going to be had! Make sure you keep up to date on our Facebook page: Northborough Street Party 2016 or on Twitter: https://twitter. com/northboroughst2. If anyone can spare an hour on the day to help man a stall we would be very grateful please get in touch! Looking forward to seeing you all on the day!

We can be contacted on 07516433264, email: northboroughstreetparty@gmail.com, or via Facebook and Twitter. Please contact Councillors or the Clerk if you have any issues that NPC could help with. "Northborough Parish Council" <npc@mandalea.co.uk



tribunechurch An occasional series by Derek R Harris the terrorists such reactions would be seen as a vindication of their distorted beliefs and a validation of their cruel actions. I do not pretend to be an expert on Islam or any other set of beliefs for that matter â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I only profess to know a little about Christianity â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but from my limited knowledge, it seems to me that Islam, in common with most of the other major religions of the world, teaches and preaches about peace and love. So how can religion be to blame for these acts of hate and cruelty? The answer, of course, is that it cannot. What is to blame is a distorted interpretation of religion. An interpretation in which the end justifies the means, and the means are boundless in their cruelty and inhumanity. In the views of some historians, the Christian Church did something similar back in 11th Century with the Crusades against the Muslims. We no longer pursue those objectives. We have learned something in the thousand years that have passed since then. It is a great sadness that others appear to have not.

Mother's Day at St Pegas On Mother's Day at St Pegas we saw a delicate dragonfly like aeroplane wound up and sent soaring up to the church roof by Brian Lever - a perfect illustration of love for our children, while the children wrote messages on hearts for their Mums and hung them from the silver tree. All followed by delicious home made iced biscuits and drinks. Grandmothers were, of course, not forgotten.

St Pegas Cafe St Pegas Cafe will be hosting the second brunch of the year on 2 October Peakirk Village Hall, 9.00am-11.00am 100 Club WINNERS

Holy Wars? In the recent past we have heard of the terrorist atrocities perpetrated in Paris and in Brussels. Both of these horrific events, together with many more, have been carried out in the name of religion. The fact that they have been, effectively, religious killings makes it so easy for those who have no faith to point the finger and to blame religion for being the motivation behind these indiscriminate murders. In some quarters it also generates feelings of hate against the whole of Islam, even though the bombings have been carried out by only a very small minority within that faith. This reaction, however, is exactly what the terrorists are looking for. A global reaction against religion in general and Islam in particular would be playing right into their hands. It is not inconceivable that some may feel so incensed by what has happened that they will attempt to take the law into their own hands, to fight fire with fire, and to launch attacks on mosques and innocent Muslims who have no connection with terrorism whatsoever. To



March 2016 173 Janice Jones 158 Nick Hughes 136 Mr. C. Norcliffe April 2016 156 Mrs L. Mays 121 Mr Paul Bryan

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tribunechurch Retiring from the field

Hilary Geisow

I thank you all for the many good wishes on my recent birthday. Less well known is that it marked my compulsory retirement from full time C of E ministry. However, there is also a cunning plan called re-licensing. So on the next day, in the Bishop’s chapel during a Eucharist for his senior Management Group, I swore my allegiance to our Queen, her heirs and successors, and to the Diocesan Bishop and his successors. This was witnessed by 2 Bishops, 2 Archdeacons, acting Cathedral Dean, Diocesan Secretary and the Bishop’ Chaplain. Awesome! The result is that I am now legal until the 6th November, to take the usual services and to officiate at the 17 weddings that are booked in across the 5 parishes. In practice little will change, though I might take some days off to prepare my new home in Bourne. The office will still function, but dates for services beyond October will be handed over to the parishes who are responsible for finding priests to cover them. In the next few months the parishes are preparing their profiles of the parishes, and what they would

like in a new priest, meeting from time to time with the Archdeacon. It is a well-trodden path. Parishes that have managed their finances well and are supported by the people are more likely to achieve their desired outcome. Once I’ve moved there has to be a period away from ministry before I am free to offer myself to other parishes. I can only come back here for special events, by invitation. This is to ensure that outgoing clergy don’t step on the toes of incomers. But there are many ministries that operate outside of the parish system and I expect that I will find things to do there. Visitors to my new home will always be welcome. So thank you for all that has been, and please continue to use me in the months to come. Reverend Hilary. Please note: after October neither my phone line, nor my email address will accept enquiries to do with the parishes. The Rectory at 11 Lincoln Rd. may be let. Each parish notice board will display contact details for all enquiries and they will be publicised in the Tribune. Your first port of call for any query will be the churchwardens.

Musical Miscellany

St Andrew's Church was filled with song , when the Stamford Concert Singers performed a lighthearted and very entertaining concert in March. The audience was treated to a varied programme of music and special thanks go to Doreen Walsh who was the inspiration behind the event. Thanks ,also, to St. Andrew's Ladies for delicious refreshments and to all those who supported the concert. Everyone went home happy with 'Always look on the bright side of life'ringing in their ears.


Joshua David Corner, Finlay Owen Maddox and Martha Elizabeth Evan (Northborough) On Sunday 3 April Reverend Hilary Geistow celebrated a special birthday at The Blue Bell in Glinton.


Mary Stapleton, Jacqueline Murfet, Pamela Geddes (Glinton) Barbara Jones, Jack Hindle, June Barfoot, Daphne Markley (Maxey) Rosie Gaffney, Norman Hemmant (Northborough), Joan Ottley (Etton), ‘Nobby’ Noble, Betty Harris, Neville Green (Peakirk)

se, Peakirk PE6 7NH | Glinton St Benedict, High St., Glinton PE6 7JN | St Andrew Church St., Northborough PE6 9BN



tribunechurch CHURCH SERVICES

May Etton

Sunday 8th May

 Family Service
 No Service Mark Hotchkin

Sunday 15 May (Pentecost)

Sunday 22 May

Sunday 29 May

 BCP Communion
 Rev Hilary

No service

No service


9.00am Eucharist
 Rev Alan Fiddyment

 Rev Hilary

 Family Service
 Village Hall 
 Mark H & Freda S

 BCP communion
 Rev Hilary

 Group Eucharist
 Rev Hilary


 Rev Hilary

 Morning Praise
 Mark Hotchkin

 Rev Hilary

9.15am Morning Prayer
 Derek Harris

No service

 All Age Praise
 Freda Skillman

No service

 Morning Prayer
 Derek Harris

No service




Sunday 1 May

9.00am Eucharist
 Rev Alan Fiddyment 

 Rev Hilary

 All Age Praise
 Freda Skillman

 BCP Evensong
 Rev Hilary

 Rev Hilary

6.00pm Evensong 
 Derek Harris No service


Sunday 5 June

Sunday 12 June

Sunday 19 June

Sunday 26 June


 Family Service
 Mark Hotchkin

No Service

 BCP Communion
 Rev Hilary

No service


9.00am Eucharist
 Rev Alan Fiddyment

 Rev Hilary

 Family Service Village Hall 
 Mark H & Freda S

9.00am BCP communion Rev Hilary


 Rev Hilary

 Morning Praise

 Rev Hilary

9.15am Morning Preyer Derek Harris


 Rev Hilary

 All Age Praise
 Freda Skillman

 Rev Charles May

10.30am All Age Praise Freda Skillman


 BCP Evensong
 Rev Hilary

 Rev Hilary

No service

10.30am Morning Prayer Derek Harris


tribunechurch The Oneness of One (This gripping prayer, written some years ago by a single lady who later became an ordained minister, will no doubt resonate with people who live on their own. I'd be surprised if a lot of your readers, single or not, didn't find it helpful.) Lord, I am so angry because the world today has seemed peopled by couples and small family groups and I have just come home to my family of one. I know that the pressures of demanding children are far from me, but the silence I live in tonight seems to scream as loud as the latest head-banging rock music. The great freedom of

submitted by John Farrow choice to come or go, to eat or not to eat, do what I like when I like, has seemed a burden instead of a blessing because it is not shared. Today, I have felt like the odd piece of a jigsaw whose colour and form just does not fit. And yet, as angry and hurt as I feel, to be looked at with sympathy or pity would hurt even more; but a little gentle understanding would go a long way. Perhaps that is true for me too. Lord, I am sorry that my hurt and anger has blocked my understanding of others today made me ungrateful for the gifts and graces you have freely given

me and made me forget your love and the love of others around me. Forgive me that living alone for so long has made it harder for me to share, easier to feel my way must be right and has made me blind to the demands of close family living. Lord, I know that wherever I may be, you are there with me, sharing the joy and pain. My relationship with you matters above all else, and especially above my oneness in the world. With your love and care, the challenge of tomorrow's twosomes seems less powerful.


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Watch Scheme are less likely to be targeted by crime, rogue traders and distraction burglars. Eileen Le Voi, owner of Safe Local Trades, is also a committee member of the Peterborough Neighbourhood Watch scheme. She said: “It has been a pleasure to work with a number of newly-established and existing Neighbourhood Watch schemes across many parts of Peterborough, including Yaxley, Stanground and Werrington. “We are very keen to hear from other groups in the Helpston, Glinton, Newborough areas, and those from other villages in the North of the city, who may want to start up, or already have a scheme in place but would like some support in getting signs up around their community to publicise their great work in caring about each

other and the safety and security of their homes and surroundings. “We all know that the aim of a NHW is to help people protect themselves and their properties, to reduce the fear of crime and improve their local environment – and they are hugely effective.” There are many advantages associated with being part of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme; including a sense of greater contentment and security amongst participants and a feeling of being involved in the community - bringing back the community spirit and giving you peace of mind. With over 4 million members, Neighbourhood Watch is the largest voluntary organisation in the country. Established in 1982, it is free to join and open to everyone.

If you live in the PE Postcode area and would like to inquire about obtaining free Neighbourhood Watch lamp-post signs, please email eileen@safelocaltrades.com or visit www.safelocaltrades.com/consumers/advice/your-neighbourhood-neighbourhoodwatch



1 May The Sixth Sunday of Easter Collect: God our redeemer, you have delivered us from the power of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of your Son: grant, that as by his death he has recalled us to life, so by his continual presence in us he may raise us to eternal joy; through Jesus Christ your Son

Gospel: John 14: 23-29 Prayer after Communion God our Father, whose Son Jesus Christ gives the water of eternal life: may we thirst for you, the spring of life and source of goodness, through him who is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Amen.

our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. 1st Reading: Acts 16: 9-15 Psalm: 67 2nd Reading: Revelation 21: 10 & 22 1-5

8 May The Seventh Sunday of Easter Collect: O God the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: we beseech you, leave us not comfortless, but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us and exalt us to the place where our Saviour Christ is gone before, who is alive and reigns

with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. 1st Reading: Acts 16:16-34 Psalm: 97 2nd Reading: Revelation 22: 12 -14, 16-17 and 20-21 Gospel: John 17:20-end Prayer after Communion Eternal God, giver of love and

power, your Son Jesus Christ has sent us into all the world to preach the gospel of his kingdom: confirm us in this mission, and help us to live the good news we proclaim; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

15 May Pentecost - Whit Sunday Collect: God, who as at this time taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgement in all things and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through the merits of Christ

22 May Trinity Sunday Collect: Almighty and everlasting God, you have given us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity and in the power of the divine majesty to worship the Unity: keep us steadfast in this faith, that we may evermore be defended from all adversities;

Jesus our Saviour, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. 1st Reading: Genesis 11: 1-9 Psalm: 104: 26-end 2nd Reading: Acts 2: 1-21 Gospel: John 14: 8-17 & 25-27 Prayer after Communion

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. 1st Reading: Proverns 8: 1-4 & 22-31 Psalm: 8 2nd Reading: Romans 5: 1-5 Gospel: John 16: 12-15

29 May The First Sunday after Trinity Collect: O God, the strength of all those who put their trust in you, mercifully accept our prayers and, because through the weakness of our mortal nature we can do no good thing without you, grant us the help of your grace, that in the keeping of your commandments we may please you both in will 60

and deed; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. 1st Reading: 1 Kings 8: 22-23 & 41-43 Psalm: 96: 1-9 2nd Reading: Galatians 1: 1-12


Faithful God, who fulfilled the promises of Easter by sending us your Holy Spirit and opening to every race and nation the way of life eternal: open our lips by your Spirit, that every tongue may tell of your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer after Communion Almighty and eternal God, you have revealed yourself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and live and reign in the perfect unity of love: hold us firm in this faith,that we may know you in all your ways and evermore rejoice in your eternal glory, who are three Persons yet one God, now and for ever. Amen. Gospel: Luke 7: 1-10 Prayer after Communion Eternal Father, we thank you for nourishing us with these heavenly gifts: may our communion strengthen us in faith, build us up in hope, and make us grow in love; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

5 June The Second Sunday after Trinity Collect: Lord, you have taught us that all our doings without love are nothing worth: send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love, the true bond of peace and of all virtues, without which whoever lives is counted dead before you. Grant this for your only Son Jesus Christâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

sake, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. 1st Reading: i Kings 17: 17-end Psalm: 30 2nd Reading: Galatians 1: 11-end Gospel: Luke 7: 11-17

12 June The Third Sunday after Trinity

Collect: Almighty God, you have broken the tyranny of sin and have sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts whereby we call you Father: give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service, that we and all creation may be brought to the glorious liberty of the children of God; through Jesus Christ your Son

our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. 1st Reading: 2 Samuel 11: 26 & 12: 10 & 13-15 Psalm: 32 2nd Reading: Galatians 2: 15-end Gospel: Luke 7: 36-50 & Luke 8: 1-3

19 June The Fourth Sunday after Trinity

Collect: O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that with you as our ruler and guide we may so pass through things temporal that we lose not our hold on things eternal; grant this, heavenly Father, for our

Lord Jesus Christâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sake, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

1st Reading: Isaiah 65: 1-9 Psalm: 22: 19-28 2nd Reading: Galatians 3: 23-end Gospel: Luke 8: 26-39

26 June The Fifth Sunday after Trinity Collect: Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church is governed and sanctified: hear our prayer which we offer for all your faithful people, that in their vocation and ministry they may serve you in holiness and truth to the glory of your name; through our Lord and

Saviour Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. 1st Reading: 1 Kings 19: 15-16 & 19-end Psalm: 16 2nd Reading: Galatians 5: 1 & 13-25

Prayer after Communion Loving Father, we thank you for feeding us at the supper of your Son: sustain us with your Spirit, that we may serve you here on earth until our joy is complete in heaven, and we share in the eternal banquet with Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer after Communion O God, whose beauty is beyond our imagining and whose power we cannot comprehend: show us your glory as far as we can grasp it, and shield us from knowing more than we can bear until we may look upon you without fear; through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen. Prayer after Communion Eternal God, comfort of the afflicted and healer of the broken, you have fed us at the table of life and hope: teach us the ways of gentleness and peace, that all the world may acknowledge the kingdom of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Gospel: Luke 9: 51-end Prayer after Communion Grant, O Lord, we beseech you, that the course of this world may be so peaceably ordered by your governance, that your Church may joyfully serve you in all godly quietness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

3 July The Sixth Sunday after Trinity Collect: Merciful God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as pass our understanding: pour into our hearts such love toward you that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that

we can desire; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. 1st Reading: Isaiah 66: 10-14 Psalm: 66: 1-8 2nd Reading: Galatians 6: 1-16


Gospel: Luke 10: 1-11 & 16-20 Prayer after Communion God of our pilgrimage, you have led us to the living water: refresh and sustain us as we go forward on our journey, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


writeaway Gigaclear: quality comparison Dear Editor, This is an example of the wonderful job Gigaclear have done to my drive and then an example of a private paid job they did while they were working! Comparison of quality? Who do I complain to? Needless to say I was at work during the work! Jackie Robinson Decided to sort out my front grass - Giggaclear only returned to finish the Tarmac and I was told the other reinstatement work will be done over the next couple of years! I could not cut the grass because it was uneven with lumps of rocks and Tarmac sticking out! The grass is not on the council grass cutting plan so I've always had to maintain it. They also broke a flagstone, in two minds about cancelling Gigaclear! Geoffrey Nichol Love the new format, Tony. Looks fresh and airy. New software? Avril Lumley Hi Avril - and many thanks for the positive feedback. I have engaged the services of Dimension6000. They did a great job re-designing the Trib website at the end of last year and also do page creation for a number of other local magazines. Tony Henthorn, Editor

Ginton Tribune Distribution Handover As from and including New Tribune this month there is a new distributor for Glinton. Mrs Distributor Shirley Hodgkinson has kindly agreed to take on the distribution of the Tribune in Hello Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Sarah Walker, your new the Glinton area. Jan and Bob Quinn would distributor of The Village Tribune. like to send their appreciation I moved to Helpston about 8 years ago with my husband Stephen, to all those who have helped dog Molly, cats Louie and Mia, over the years: "Our thanks go to all those and finally rabbits Josephine and Murdoch! people who have delivered 8 years down the line there are the Tribune rain or shine over. fewer animals and more humans We have appreciated all the with the arrivals of Oliver 7 and loyalty and effort involved so Phoebe 6 (the humans!). thank you." Based Helpston We lovein living in Helpston and Without our distributors, take full advantage of the busy the Tribune would not social life that it has to offer, having reach your doors, so those made some great friends here. responsible for the delivery Life has changed somewhat for remain an integral part of the me since we moved to the village magazine's essential support as I have gone from a full time network. Dispensing Optician with over 18 "Thank you to both yourself and Bob for the hours years in the industry to starting my you have spent over the years own Dog Walking and Pet Sitting business, Doggone Walkies. You helping to 'spread the word' may have seen me driving round in in Glinton. You have both my little blue dog bus! been incredibly dedicated to I try and immerse myself into the Tribune cause and I am village life. I have previously been a eternally grateful." member of the Helpston Playhouse Tony Henthorn, Editor Committee, I am currently a committee member of the Friends Chernobyl of John Clare School, I will now be Sponsored Swim 2016 distributing the Tribune and I am This year's swim takes place sponsoring the Dog Show at the at Deeping Leisure Centre Helpston Gala. on Saturday 30 April 2pmHobbies?! Apart from walking 3.30pm and Saturday 7 May between 30 and 40 miles a week 2-3.30pm. We are raising money to take the children to I try to run a few times a week the sea for a short residential. when I can fit it in as I caught the bug for it when I did my first (and Come either or both days, last) half marathon last year at we would love to see you. Silverstone, this year I will be doing Children and adults are very the London Rat Race on 13 August welcome. Thank you. raising money for both Helpston Cecilia Hammond Playhouse and the Friends of John T: 07779 264591 Clare School.

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