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What an amazing July we have had weather-wise, yes it’s been hot but what a difference it makes! People I walk past every day now say ‘Good Morning’, so if it’s the weather that does this, let the sunshine continue ... except that as I write, the hosepipe ban has just come into effect! Our local news covers everything, from the local groups, updates from the schools, churches and our What’s on Guide to everything that’s happening in the community from Bushcraft Skills to Bingo. And don’t forget the events at your local library, which are detailed for you on page 11. There’s a delicious seasonal recipe and an article about summer gadgets on page 5. Is going to the cinema still the best way to watch a film? The way we are watching films is starting to change, as the emergence of streaming, with Netflix, Amazon and now YouTube et al all affecting our viewing behaviour. Turn to page 7 and see what you think. Don’t forget to check out the Yaxley Gazette Facebook group, it has lots of news that happens in the area and a great way to discuss local topics. Our community is really thriving and it’s great to be a part of it, but please remember to support local businesses and shop local. And always let us know if you are investing in the local area, it would be great to hear your story.



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A great way to use up the glut of courgettes around at this time of year

by Drew Pontikis

I’m one of those people who becomes irreconcilably irritated about seemingly minor things. People who go in a coffee shop and spend £1.90 on a cup of tea. The fact that the letter S key on my laptop chooses to randomly top working mid-sentence. Seeing someone buy the Daily Mail.


eeing things like this can really ruin a perfectly good day for me. Unfortunately, there seems to be more and more of these types of annoying things happening near me recently, which combined with the disgustingly clement weather we’ve been suffering through recently has been pushing me to the edge. Since I moved to Yaxley about thirteen years ago, I’ve always been shocked at the number of bad drivers in such a small village. I grew up in Essex, the birthplace of the chav and the vajazzle; you’d think village life would be a blessed relief from mismatched alloys, DIY bodykits and unprompted road-rage ... but no. I hate it when people don’t indicate. I hate it when people can’t use mini-roundabouts (except that one time the guy in the Ferrari destroyed the underside of the car on the one at the top of Windsor Road – that was really funny). I hate the fact that there are forty-seven-thousand cars parked in Yaxley but apparently only one driveway to park them on. I hate it when people decide that it should be their right of way by driving directly at you. I hate it when people think they’re being a kind and considerate motorist by stopping inexplicably and waving politely at you to go, even though there’s no room and it would have made sense for them to have just gone because its their right of way and literally everyone knows it – its like there’s a disproportionate number of bad drivers to contend with each time I venture out in the car. Driving really isn’t that hard, and being considerate isn’t that hard either. If you really find it that difficult to do both of these things at the same time, maybe it time to sit and have a little think to yourself about whether you’d be better off on a bike.

Courgette Gratin Preparation time: 20 mins Cooking time: 30 mins Serves 4 Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil 800g/1lb 12oz courgettes, sliced into 5mm/¼in rounds A few sprigs of thyme A few basil leaves 100ml/3½fl oz crème fraîche 50ml/2fl oz milk 1 tsp plain flour 75g/2½oz Gruyère or similar cheese, grated Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method  Preheat the oven to 200C/Fan 180C/Gas 6  Place the olive oil in a heavy large, lidded frying pan over a low heat.  When hot add the courgettes and herbs and season with salt and pepper.  Cover the pan and cook gently for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the courgettes have softened slightly but still have a little bite.  Transfer the courgette and herb mixture to an ovenproof dish.  Whisk together the crème fraîche, milk and flour in a bowl and season with salt. Pour the resulting mixture over the courgettes. Don’t worry if there is not enough to submerge the courgettes as the mixture will bubble up when cooking.  Sprinkle over the Gruyère cheese. Bake in the oven for around 25 minutes, or until brown and bubbling. Serve as a side dish, or as a light supper with crusty bread and a green salad. Note: Gruyère is a wonderfully melty Swiss cheese but if you can’t find it try Emmental, Beaufort, Jarlsberg or Comté.

Gadgets for Summer Living Yaxley WI

In June our speaker was Dorothy Woods who spoke of her journey ‘From Bus Pass to Student Pass’. In her early sixties this remarkable lady decided to enrol for a degree course at Nottingham University which took her three years whilst attending two days a week and at the same time she worked for three days. Despite there being a considerable age gap between herself and the other students she got on really well with them and they even invited her to go clubbing! Dorothy was an inspiration to us all proving that it's never to late to achieve your ambition. Our speaker for 9 August is Hannah Vandridge who will be speaking on a subject dear to most ladies - Shopping Through The Ages! All visitors are welcome. On 1 September to celebrate our 100th birthday we will be serving tea and cakes from 1 - 4 for a small charge of £2.50 at Queens Park, Daimler Avenue, Yaxley. We look forward to seeing members, ex members and lots of people who have never been to a W I but enjoy a chat over cakes and tea/coffee.

By Tom Hancock

It is great to sit outside for a drink on a summer’s evening but I do mind being eaten alive by mosquitoes! This year I am installing a Bug Zapper Light Bulb. The bulb provides two different modes that can be chosen with the wall switch: Anti-mozzie or light plus anti-mozzie. The bulb’s 360-degree LED blue-violet light band emits a wavelength of 365-420nm, which attracts mosquitoes. It’s safe for human’s though, as there is no radiation, it’s nontoxic and chemical-free. Really intense summer sun calls for a parasol with solar-powered internal lights which will also charge a small electronic device like a phone. Your teens will love you. It’s always good to have something to sit on when out and about over the summer. Whether you are going camping or for a walk on the beach a blanket is a useful item. Unfortunately, they can be a bit bulky. Enter the Pocket Blanket, available from good camping shops. Made of water repellent, puncture resistant, lightweight nylon, they fold into a 3 x 2-inch (7.5 x 5 cm) pouch. It fits two people lying down or four people sitting, and its weighted corners will help to keep it from blowing around. It’s irritating when one party member disappears, and you have little or no phone reception to let them know you’re waiting. Try an off-grid communication device like Gotoky. It’s like a tiny modern-day walkie-talkie which connects to your phone with Bluetooth, has a range of 4 miles and lets you contact other people who have downloaded the app, bypassing the need for mobile coverage. With two per pack you can text or even share grid locations. As a bonus communications are end-to-end encrypted!

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Two more public defibrillators We are pleased to say that two more public defibrillators have been put out in Yaxley. One is at the Duck & Drake, Main Street, Yaxley PE7 3LY. The other is by the side of the house at 18 Ferndale, Yaxley PE7 3ZW and is our first residential defibrillator. Thank you to our electrician Lewiss at Turner Electrical Services for installing these defibrillators, free of charge. We had a lovely afternoon with Yaxley Infants School at their school fare. Thank you to everyone who supported our BBQ. We would also like to say thank you to captains Georgina & Rob from the Farcet Salvation Army who have supported us and raised funds for our defibrillators. They are leaving and going to a post in Cambridge, so we wish them all the best for the future. Do you know CPR and would like to have a go at using a defibrillator? Come to our free CPR & Defibrillator Awareness Session on Thursday 16 August 6.30-8.30pm at The Farmers, Broadway, Yaxley PE7 3NT. This session is free but please book so we can keep an eye on numbers attending to make sure we have enough training equipment.

Lakeside Healthcare Early Morning Appointments on Tuesdays

We are now offering early morning appointments from 7.00am on Tuesdays with our Nursing Team. Appointments can be made for Blood Tests, INRs, Smears, Dressings, NHS Health Checks, Routine ECGs and Diabetic Reviews. If an early morning appointment would suit you then please ask when booking your appointment with Reception.


We would like to say a fond farewell to the following staff members, Tammy Colbrook, Receptionist who left us on Friday 13 July, and Kate Whight, Diabetic Specialist Nurse who will be leaving us at the end of August. They will both be greatly missed and we all wish them well for the future.


We are pleased to welcome Dr. Cynthia Dzingina who joined us on 1 August and will be with us for the next 12 months. Dr. Dzingina replaces Dr. Oscar Onyebuchi-Iwudibia who left us on 31 July.

Bank Holiday Closure

We will be closed for the late summer holiday on Monday 27 August. The surgery will be open on Saturday 25 August in the morning only. Please make sure you have sufficient medication to cover over the holiday period! If you would like more information please speak to a member of staff at reception.


Cinema - the best way to watch a film - or is it? As the modern world evolves, so does the way in which we watch films. As consumers, our habits have changed and the emergence of streaming businesses like Netflix, Amazon and now YouTube et al have just added an additional layer to our habits; the comfort of our own home. Richard Stephens aying that 10 years ago would make it sound like you were buying hooky DVDs from the guy who comes around every fortnight. But with so much power going to the likes of Netflix etc, is the cinema experience dying? Some would argue, yes, others would argue, no. Who is right? That’s a tough one. With the inflated prices of tickets to mirror the inflated budgets of films today (all because of the public’s need to see a ‘spectacle’ apparently) as well as the cinema businesses’ need to turn a profit and hence their extortionate prices for snacks at their concession stands (you need a loan to buy a decent amount now), people seem to be turning to staying at home and waiting for the films to show up. Or so you would think… Every time I have been to the cinema it has been packed. Granted, I have only been to see ‘blockbuster’ films, but the overpriced tickets and snacks still have not stopped people from enjoying films on a super large screen with surround sound and fellow film lovers. That is an experience you cannot match at home on your TV with a sound bar. But then, isn’t it just subjective? And therein lies the issue. You see, the cinema experience is subjective, something that


Hollywood hasn’t yet grasped. With the emergence of Netflix original films and shows; through subscription payments of as little as £8 per month, and the same with Amazon etc, cinema cannot really compete without the big blockbusters to prop up the extraordinary amount of average films that are marketed as being the ‘best film this year’, which pretty much every film is labelled as to entice consumers in. In reality, the majority only really care about the blockbusters which, in most cases, only ever satisfy a small minority because Hollywood doesn’t understand consumer trends anymore, and neither do cinema businesses. It all comes down to marketing and playing on either nostalgia, twisting of words, or the very clever editing of trailers. Or its just Ryan Reynolds on a one-man mission to give gratuitous anti-hero Deadpool the limelight he needs. Marketing is now king, with the quality of the film almost secondary from Hollywood’s perspective. Netflix et al have a different model; Cloverfield Paradox anyone? They understand their target audience, but do Hollywood? So, is the cinema really the best way to watch a film anymore? Well, I guess that really depends on the type of film fan you are. And again, that is subjective.

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Public urged to stay fire safe in hot weather Cambridgeshire residents have been urged to stay fire safe when outdoors this summer. With temperatures hitting significant highs, fires in open areas of land can easily spread and become out of control. Events north of the country, with significant moorland fires at Saddleworth Moor and Winter Hill, have shown how these fires quickly spread and take hold of open areas of land. Group Commander Kevin Napier, head of community fire safety at Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We want to help ensure that people enjoy the sunny weather while it’s here safely. High temperatures and dry areas of land can be perfect conditions for a fire to spread. Something as simple as not stubbing a cigarette out properly, or using a disposable barbecue on grass, can start a fire that can develop quickly.” There are seven simple steps we urge residents to take to help prevent an outdoor fire: q Ensure cigarettes are completely out w Do not throw cigarettes out of car windows onto grass verges or vegetation e Put disposable barbecues on bricks and do not place directly on grass r Do not leave glass bottles lying on the ground, the sun’s rays reflect through the glass and can start a fire t When camping, do not leave campfires unattended and make sure it is completely out before you leave it y Use barbecues on a hard, flat surface, away from grass, shrubs or fencing u Talk to your children about the dangers of starting a fire.

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As part of the RAF 100 celebrations, the annual Pathfinder March took place on Saturday 23 June, continuing the RAF Wyton tradition of commemorating the Pathfinder Force (PF) that operated during WWII. Just under 170 participants braved the heat across the 46 mile route with 17 running the event individually or as part of a relay team. The walkers set off in the early hours with the runners following a few hours later. First to receive their medals were runners Simon Margot and George Margot, completing the course in a total time of 6 hours and 22 minutes. The first walker back was Colin Arnold in a time of 11 hours and 20 minutes. For the relay entrants, first running team back were the Traffic Light Harriers and first walking team back were the True Blue Squad. Participants and volunteers were supported at checkpoints by the WWII Pathfinder Veteran Flt Lt (Ret’d) Colin Bell, a Mosquito pilot on the PF from 1943-1945. He was joined by

RAF Wyton Station Commander, Wg Cdr Rachel Dixon, and family members of other PF veterans. Vicki Michelle from the famous 1980s sitcom Allo Allo joined the celebrations, supporting marchers and volunteers at RAF Wyton and across the course. We were extremely fortunate and humbled to have WWII Pathfinder Veteran Flt Lt Bell at the finish line to present medals and certificates. Colin said: "The Pathfinder March is a fitting celebration of the men of the Pathfinder Force and participating or volunteering is a great way of commemorating those that served as part of it; I look forward to being here next year for another great day". The march was also supported

by local businesses and marked by a Dakota fly past. During WWII there was a cluster of PFF airfields in our area. The PFF were target-marking squadrons in RAF Bomber Command. They located and marked targets with flares, which a main bomber force could aim at, increasing the accuracy of their bombing. The Pathfinder Force operated out of RAF Wyton, RAF Gravely, RAF Oakington, RAF Warboys and their satellite bases from 1942 to 1945. Flying Halifaxes, Lancasters, Mosquitos, Stirlings and Wellingtons, the Force had twenty squadrons and flights in the three years of its existence including the Light Night Strike Force.

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New president John Taylor The Rotary year does not follow the usual calendar year as each July a new President and team take over for the next 12 months. It's a time to present a programme of objectives for 2018/19. The following concentrate on local issues. Supporting the newly formed Rotaract Club which hopes to attract new members aged 18 to 30, who enjoy themselves by organising social events and combining some of these with fund raising. Anyone within the age group would be very welcome to come along, meet new friends and give it a try. Continue to give support to Sailability on Ferry Meadows for the disabled. The local Foodbank. The Crocus Cafe to help Dementia sufferers and their carers. Together with assistance at White Cane Events and to work with Ortons Local Action Group. Youth Opportunities will again receive much support to candidates for Young Chef, Photographer, Designer or Artist. Youth exchange programmes, including Camps and Tours. If you know of a likely candidate please pass on our details or let us know and we’ll contact them. Finally, if you would like to know more about Rotary please email

Strawberry Teas The Strawberry Tea Party held at The Stables, Throstlenest, Farcet raised £651 for the Gude Dogs Charity (Photo of the Farcet Community Choir, taken by Isaac Ellard Photography).

In July I needed to drive into Town and found the traffic was at a standstill well before Bourges Boulavard. We crept along and most drivers were considerate to each other as I hope I was. Returning home I thought it would be easier to use the Parkway. Wrong ! Gangs of guys were grass cutting. And so a slow line of traffic crawled along. The following day I had to take my Grandson to the station and my Grandaughter to College for her enrollment. We left in plenty of time. They must have finished grass cutting thought I. Wrong again! The queue was from the roundabout off London Road. It was not even crawling. I managed to turn at the Tesco roundabout and was able to get to Woodston before coming to a virtual standstill. It took 50 minutes to get from Yaxley to the station and my Grandson missed his train and had to wait an hour until the next one. But at least there was another one! The definitions of chaos include disorganisation, havoc and disruption. Why were two of the main roads into the centre blocked at the same time causing chaos. There are 50 references to chaos in the bible. Many caused by people and bad planning, just like the above. Some refer to the sea. And in the gospels we read that Jesus calms the wind and the sea after a fierce gale caused waves to break over the small fishing boat and the disciples were panicking. Don't panic in these situations. Keeping calm is the answer to all chaos. We get there eventually. It is calm and peaceful in our Chapel on Sundays away from the chaos of the world outside. It is a time to forget about the havoc and disruption caused by disorganisation. And a time to remember those who experience only chaos in their lives. Sunday services and Junior Church begin at 10.30 every week. On 11 August come and join in our Coffee Morning at 10am. Everyone is welcome. Reverend Gareth Baron T: 01733 314147 E:

We were thrilled to welcome the Farcet Brownies to the library in June. The girls and their leaders spent the evening exploring the shelves and learning how the library works. We had some craft time and a quiz as well as a song. It was a pleasure to have you here girls, hopefully you’ll be back soon for the reading challenge and to complete your book lovers badges. If you would be interested in bringing a group to visit us at the library, please call in and speak to either Anneka or Jo.

BUS PASSES AND BLUE BADGES If you need help with applying for or renewing a bus pass or Blue Badge, we have weekly appointment slots available to assist you with this. Please come in and ask for further details, or call 0345 045 5225. We always welcome new library members and it’s free to join – just bring ID with your name and address. It only takes a few minutes to get your new library card. Please come and talk to us if you have any ideas or suggestions for your library.

SUMMER EVENTS The Summer Reading Challenge is now well under way and we have some exciting events and crafts to run alongside our Mischief Makers theme!



Look out for our posters with further details or come in and see us to ask about these events:

Regular events. Free of charge. donations are always welcome for refreshments.

Thursday 2 August TOIL & TROUBLE

Mondays from 3pm

10am - 12pm Norris Museum Tickets are £1.50 per child.


10am – 2pm AMEY Suggested donation £1 per child.


10am – 12pm For ages 5 and over. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets £1 per child. Advance booking required.


Every Tuesday from 2pm Mahjong is on Tuesday 7 and 21 August and Rummikub is on Tuesday 14 and 28 August.


Every Thursday from 2pm


Every Friday 9.30am – 12pm. Meets at the library for coffee, cake and conversation. All are welcome.



First Tuesday of every month, 9.30am -12pm. Your local parish councillor, June Willis, is available to assist with any parish enquiries or concerns you may have.


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19 July to 31 August

Exciting collaboration creates

WINDOWS OF OPPORTUNITY Art in the Heart is well underway with its exciting new project, ‘Art in Shop Windows’. In partnership with Queensgate, Peterborough, and throughout 2018, you can enjoy front window displays in Westgate Arcade, exhibiting and selling unique art, crafts and jewellery created by the Art in the Heart artists and makers. Some of these artists and makers are well known from our art community, previously exhibiting in the treasured and distinctive Art in the Heart Gallery which was located in Westgate Arcade. Others have more recently joined this celebrated and growing group of creatives from across the UK. All, however, have a storefront on the ground-breaking online shop: ‘Art in the Heart Marketplace’. “Queensgate has been a great supporter of Art in the Heart and continues to show its commitment to our artists and makers by enabling creative use of these shop spaces,” explained Dawn Birch-James, Art in the Heart Director. “We all missed the Art in The Heart Gallery when it had to close earlier this year, yet this has provided scope to further explore our initiatives as we continue to celebrate and encourage outstanding and expressive art, making it accessible to all.” This is the opportunity to view beautiful art and gifts, with full details about the artists, their work and how to acquire it.



Featuring the work of:

Eve Marshall - artisan felter. Shalini Austin - jewellery maker. Charron Pugsley-Hill - installation artist & painter. Prue Pye, Deborah James, Katie Timoshenko and Melanie Elliott - fine artists (painters). Claire Rudin - batik artist. Rosemary Dodgson - botanical artist. Jason Duckmanton - digital artist. Shelagh Hope - mosaic artist. Shaun Hall - ceramicist. Kelly Tralen - watercolour artist and illustrator. Dawn Isaac - sculptor.

Future Dates 9 Aug – 21 Sep: Shop 18, 13 Sep– 26 Oct: Shop 13, 25 Nov – 7 Jan 2019: Shop 22.

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Junior Cuckoos Fun football sessions for children aged 5/6 for £3 per session, Sundays 9-10am. For more information contact

Training Kit Sponsorship Prices are £20 per square, with 40 squares available.

Bowls With the season well underway we can report on some success, particularly for our ladies. Joan Robinson has won through to 3 county finals (the 2-wood, the 4-wood and the pairs) Joan is playing with Marlene Osborne in the pairs – good luck ladies. No such joy for the men this year, none of our Yaxley men have made it through to final’s days; this year being played at Whittlesey Manor on 15 July. However there is better news in the county team competitions. We have teams through to the semi-final stage in 3 competitions, The Adams cup, the Dan Duffy trophy and the Mick Lewin shield – keep it going teams lets try and bring some silver back to Yaxley! Also congratulations to the pairs Robert Heath / Barbara Blackwell and Norman Hill / Michael Ratcliffe who have made it through to the Goodwin Cup, which is to be played in September. The hot spell of weather in June has certainly made the greens speed up, and whilst that favours some bowlers others who like greens that require a little more push are struggling. Midweek League Kites 8th in Premier Div, Falcons 3rd in Div. 1, Eagles 8th in Div. 4

Stuart Allen Memorial Match Stuart had been a member of the Peterborough Predators Ice-hockey team for about a year when, in the early hours of the 20 November 2005, he died in a car crash on the A1M on his way home from a match between the Predators and Milton Keynes Rumble. Each year since then the two teams have played this match in his memory and raise money for charity through it. Last year they raised £870 for the Fire Fighters charity. The above photo is Watch Commander John Cox and members of his crew accepting a cheque from the Peterborough Predators. This years charity is the Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire ‘Mind and mental health charity’ based in Peterborough. The match is on the 11th August, Face Off is at 6.30 pm at the Bretton Ice rink. Free entry and there will be a raffle table, chuck a puck and other things to raise money for the charity.


Two-year course: BTEC Diploma, Level Three.

Weekend League

Great environment to succeed. Alternative to college.

State-of-the-art 3G pitch and modern study facilities.

Sharks 2nd in Premier Div, Seals 1st in Div. 1

Fully-funded. Students may be entitled to bursary support for transport.

Delivered by Domenico Genovese, (ex-professional and UEFA ‘A’ Licensed Coach).

Over 60s League Spitfires 5th in Premier Div, Hurricanes 8th I Div. 1 So it seems our weekend teams are performing the best, with maybe promotion on the way for the Seals. As usual if you enjoy the sun and sport why not come and give bowls a try – we are always please to greet new players.

Takes place Yaxley Football Club, In2itive Park.


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by Pete Bird, Bird & Co Certified Public Accountants

Do you have any tax or business questions? If so, email Pete Bird of Bird & Co and if of general interest, we will publish them here.

High Accountancy Fees?



Are you paying the correct accountancy fees, or are they excessive? Do you have to comply with the obligations of Self Assessment, whether a sole trader, have property you rent out or a limited company? Do you employ an accountancy firm or just one individual and are you paying the correct fees for the correct service they are offering you? We have been persuaded to write this article as it has long been known in the profession that if you instruct a large firm of accountants you will be charged higher fees that a small firm would charge. We recently were instructed by a building subcontractor whose current large firm of accountants charged him over £1,100, provided him with a full set of accounts that included a balance sheet that meant nothing to him and he spoke or dealt with a different person, not necessarily qualified, each time our fees were £360 including VAT! Obviously these fees that are being charged is quite common with accountants, but as families compare their weekly shopping bills to say high street supermarkets, so why not for the needs of an accountant? I was speaking to a car sales business recently... he said the secret isn’t what you sell it for, it’s what you buy it for.... But it is always not about the size of fees, it’s the service you receive as well, like personal and friendly attention, you speak to the same person each time and receive the correct advice at all times from qualified accountants. It’s not always the size of accountancy firms and very often a misconception that you receive a better service from larger firms that small ones, we are all qualified accountants and follow the same ethics and are governed by an institute or association rules and have to adhere to practising certificates. Also to maintain a practising certificate, we have to keep up to date with affairs by attending regular courses and receiving Continued Professional Development (CPD) points. So in short, are you paying excessive accountancy fees, why not consider speaking to others or give us a quick call as you have nothing to lose? As reported in an earlier newsletter, it is an easy and common process to change your accountants.

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We specialise in sole traders, partnerships, small limited companies and all types of self-employed businesses, as well as all aspects of accountancy and taxation concentrating on the personal approach. Speak to Pete any time, for a free initial chat. T: 01733 248 180 F: 01733 248 190 E: or 16

PCSO Dawn Hodgson 7230

Yaxley ASB survey results

You may recall that I asked some of you to complete a survey for me on the ASB in Yaxley? Well I have the results foryou as follows ... 49% of you said you were affected by ASB where you live; 10% were affected where you work; 69% said you felt safe walking in the village alone; 67% said you felt confident talking to the Police about ASB; 16% said you had noticed an increase in Police presence/action within the village and several commented on ASB causing them anxiety, stress, interrupted sleep and fear. The types of ASB commented on were drug usage; large groups of youths; litter and speeding. I tried to address the speeding straight away and asked Speed watch to do some evening sessions which they did do and will continue to do through the summer months. The biggest ‘wish’ the participants wanted was more ‘real’ Police on the streets, not just PCSOs who it was said ‘have no powers’.

The wheel turns slowly, but it does turn. If you have anything you would like to report, please call 101. I wanted to address some of the above issues if I may. Although 67% said they felt confident reporting ASB, we have not had that many ring through to report incidents to us, we cannot act without knowing what the issue is or where it is. The Police are aware of certain issues within Yaxley and we are doing our best to address these. All reports are taken seriously by ourselves, the Parish Council, along with assistance from Huntingdon District Council. PCSOs do not have the same powers as ‘real’ Police constables, that is true. What we do have is knowledge - of our areas, the elements within our areas and the contacts. All information is gathered and passed onto our Intel where an accurate picture can be formed of the problems at hand and a plan formulated with the assistance of the above Councils to address said issues. The wheel turns slowly, but it does turn. If you have anything you would like to report, please call 101. Another issue that has been raised by the survey is the amount of people parking on pavements thinking they are being helpful to other drivers, or assuming they have a right to block the pavement because they own the land. Please be considerate of pedestrians and the disabled – if you can’t get a double buggy through the gap, then you can’t get a wheel chair through it either.

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NENE PARK TRUST For more details on all events call 01733 234193

Monday 6 August PAPER PLANES

Learn how to make a selection of paper planes. 10:30 & 13:30, 12:00 & 15:00 £2 Age 7+ Discovery Den

Wednesday 8 August WILD WEDNESDAY


Come along to find out how to build your own wild shelter and have a go at creating your own one. 10:30am- 12:00noon. £3. 7+ Lakeside Car Park


Come along to find out how to build your own wild shelter and have a go at creating your own one. 1:30-3pm £3. 7+ Lakeside Car Park

Saturday 11 August JUNIOR SAILING CLUB

Children and adults are welcome to come and create some seasonal and wild crafts. 10am-2pm £1 per child. Any Age. Discovery Den

Learn basic sailing techniques and manouvres, capsize procedures and learn the parts of the boat. We will play games and generally have fun on the water. 3- 4:30pm. £20 8 years to 16 years. Nene Outdoors


Saturday 18 August BUZZING BEES

Join Ranger Chris Rollason for a short walk discovering the small mammals that live in the park 10-11am- £2 per child.= 3+ Visitor Centre

Come along to find out more about bees in some fun bee-related activities. 1:30-3pm £2 5+ Discovery Den


Wednesday 22 August WILD WEDNESDAY

Join us on our Bear hunt around ferry meadows. 10:30am-12 noon £4 per child. 3years + Discovery Den

The Lancaster Club Function Room & Bar 152 Main Street, Yaxley, PE7 3LB • LARGE BEER GARDEN • FREE MEMBERS WIFI • FUNCTION ROOM HIRE (up to 70 guests) • MEETING ROOM (up to 12) MONDAY Quiz Night (open to all) TUESDAY Bingo (open to all) WEDNESDAY Crib League THURSDAY Dominoes League FRIDAY Meat Raffle 7pm SATURDAY Entertainment starting 9pm LAST FRIDAY OF MONTH Golf Society LAST SUNDAY OF MONTH Karaoke Applications for Club Membership welcome from everybody

T: 01733 240987

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Children and adults are welcome to come and create some seasonal and wild crafts. 10am-2pm £1 per child. Any Age. Discovery Den

CLUB MEMBERSHIP FOR 2018 STILL AVAILABLE Single £10 Joint £17 OAP £5 FUNCTION ROOM FOR HIRE Birthdays, weddings, anniverseries, christenings, etc (Wakes & charity events also catered for, up to 120 guests) Adult Party £13o (DJ £80) Childrens’ Party £60 (2 hours & includes DJ, upto 13 years old) REGULAR ACTIVITIES Tues: Mixed Doubles Darts Team & Bingo Wed: Men’s Darts Team �urs: Ladies Darts Sun: Steal or No Steal


Simon Lee (Guitar Vocalist - 60s to present day

Saturday 25 August

JLM Karaoke (All welcome)

Saturday 22 September �e Fedz

Saturday 20 October Park Lane

�e Village Club Farcet

@FarcetClub Free members Wifi

T: 01733 240 184 E: the 1 Cross Street, Farcet, Peterborough PE7 3DE

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Friday 10 August SIMON LEE AT THE FARCET CLUB 1 Cross St, Farcet, London, Peterborough PE7 3DE


1 Cross St, Farcet, London, Peterborough PE7 3DE August brings International Bat Night to wildlife calendars – more than 30 countries celebrate bats on International Bat Night from Belgium and Sweden to the UK! This annual fixture sees bat groups, conservation and community groups organise fantastic bat walks and talks at dusk, with a celebration of bats aiming to encourage thousands of people across the country to see and hear bats in their natural environment.


8.15-10.15pm Woodwalton Fen, Chapel Road, Ramsey Heights Cambs PE26 2RS Join the Trust’s team of surveyors at the Great Fen as they record which bat species are using our nature reserves; using a hand-held bat detector it’s a wonderful way learn more about these elusive creatures. Bring a torch, warm clothing and insect repellent. For further information contact henry.stanier@ ( events/2018-08-25-international-bat-nightwalk-woodwalton-fen-0 )

Friday 31 Aug, 28 Sep, 26 Oct, 23 Nov, 14 Dec BINGO

At the Yaxley Public Hall ‘Doors Open’ is now 6:15 and eyes down remains at 7:00, don’t forget to put all dates below in your diary.


SOCIAL CLUB The Yaxley Royal British Legion is a family club which welcomes new members. Events throughout the year in the members bar and the larger function hall. • Function Halls (private hire holds up to 160 guests) • Darts/Pool Table (FREE Pool on Tuesday Nights) • Quiz Night & Members Draw - Every Friday • Bingo (Sunday & Wednesday Evenings) • Snooker room (available for hire) • Friday Lunch Food Available





Opening Times Mon–Tues: 12pm – 2.30pm & 7 – 11pm Wed–Thurs: 12.30pm – 2.30pm & 7 – 11pm Fri–Sun: 12pm – 11pm Registered Charity #219279

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FOLKSWORTH C OF E PRIMARY T: 01733 240 562 E: FOURFIELDS T: 01733 703 611 E: YAXLEY INFANTS T: 01733 240 918 E: STRETTON PRE-SCHOOL Main Street site: T: 01733 248048 Fourfields site: 01733 746521 E:

young gazette Yaxley Infants

Farcet C of E

Year 2 in “What a Knight!” Over the last few weeks our Year 2 children have been preparing for their play, “What a Knight”. Children have been learning songs, remembering their words and putting the final touches to what will be their final production.


he play links closely to the topic of Castles the children enjoyed earlier in the year. Our Year 2 children got the opportunity to visit Warwick Castle which they enjoyed and have even emulated a sword fight scene that would have happened at Warwick castle many years ago! As a final far well to all of our children in year 2, the Friends have funded a trip to the cinema to watch Peter Rabbit, the children will return to school for a picnic and a visit from the ice-cream van! In next months issue we will be celebrating the current year 2 children by asking them what they have enjoyed the most at Yaxley Infant School. This month also saw the first “Family fun night” organised by the Friends of Yaxley Infant School. On Friday the 22 June children paid to use 3 bouncy castles, listen to stories read by the teachers and enjoy some BBQ food. The weather was kind to us and all the children had a great time. Special thanks must go to Gemma’s Hearts (who fund raise for defibrillators in the Village) who cooked the food supplied by Barsby Cooked Meats. Another huge thank you must go to Premier Kitchens who donated the cost of the bouncy castles. Overall the event was a success, raising over £1000 pounds. The Friends (PTA) this year have had a fantastic year! All their efforts to fund raise have gone towards, the Panto at Christmas, Christmas presents, Living eggs, Sheds in Year 1, the Outdoor Classroom and Library resources. Thank you to the Friends for all your hard work and the parents for supporting their efforts.


e have been very busy over the last few weeks here at Farcet and continue to work hard to ensure our pupils have a range of exciting experiences to enhance their learning. We welcomed lots of dads into school to celebrate Father’s Day and everyone enjoyed a special lunch and quality time spent together. Our school choir took part in the annual A1 Music Festival at The Cresset and made everyone extremely proud. The singing was beautiful and we are very grateful to Mrs Dawn Bristow for organising the event and leading our school choir. Sporting events have continued to be a focus this month and we had a very successful sports day, if not a little warm! Our talented representative took part in the A1 Sports event at Stanground Academy and we continue to be very proud of the sportsmanship our children show. Friends of Farcet School continue to support us with their fundraising events and we all enjoyed the Summer Fayre this month. We would like to say a special thank you to Mrs Jackie Buchan in making sure the fayre was a success and the representatives of Kingsgate Church who again, came along to support the school. We’re very grateful. Our Year 5 and 6 pupils were lucky enough to attend the Food and Farming day at the East of England Showground. The children learned about food production, practised countryside skills, tasted various foods, found out about livestock and looked at the technology used on U.K farms. Everyone had a great day and particularly enjoyed the ice-cream!

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DAY NURSERY & MONTESSORI SCHOOL  FREE 15 hours pre-school education, 2, 3 and 4 yr old funded places available  Established for 22 years  FREE Montessori education  Freshly home-cooked meals  3 months to 5 years  Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding Childcare’

Open Mon to Fri 7am to 6pm Call us to arrange a visit 01733 244 000 208b Broadway, Yaxley PE7 3NT


If you have a child who is due to start school in September 2019, we would warmly invite you to come to one of our open sessions where you can see our school in action. The sessions are on; Wednesday 26 September 1.45pm, Wednesday 3 October 10.45am and Thursday 11 October 10.45am. Please phone the school office to book your time on 01733 240337. We look forward to meeting you.

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By Louise Addison

Don’t skimp! You need to apply a glass-sized amount of suntan lotion in the morning, then reapply every couple of hours. Skimping means you aren’t protected!

Summer Sunscreen Tips High is not necessarily best – It’s better to reapply factor 30 every couple of hours than to apply factor 70 once. Choose Broad Spectrum – These sunscreens provide the maximum protection against the widest range of UV wavelengths.

Little Acorns Here are some photographs of activities the children have been taking part over the summer term, we have had lots of visitors in the setting and outings to different places around the village. If you would like to come and have a look around and are interested in a space please contact the nursery on 01733 244000 or email

Don’t forget - the eyes, the tip of the nose, the tops of the feet, the lips, and near the hairline and scalp. These are the places people most commonly suffer sun-burn. Apply even if you’re not at the beach – Incidental sun exposure from walking down the street, driving with the windows open and sitting in front of a window, account for most of our exposure to UV throughout our lives. Apply suntan lotion wherever you are! Reapply – Even water-resistant sunscreen needs regular reapplication. If it’s expired throw it out – Expired sunscreen breaks down and is less effective.

Holme Pre-School Following the interest of flags based on the children talking about the world cup the setting have been choosing different countries each week to learn about. The children have learned new facts and made flags of different countries. Food tasting and other fun activities arranged too! The children have had celebrations and gatherings in celebration of the famous football World Cup. The children have had father’s day event where special people came to celebrate and join in sport fun with Scott from Key Sports. This was loved so much we now have Key Sports visit the setting every week for fun sporty activities. Outside play in the sand pit has been a favourite, adding the water in a tuff tray to explore sand further.Because of the heat the children have been exploring taste and making ice lollies. The children have been visiting their new schools and getting ready for their move on to pastures new in September. Graduation and end of term party to have some fun.

Use a high SPF moisturiser – Every day, even in the winter! It really is the best thing you can do to protect your skin daily. HERLINGTON PRESCHOOL is based in the Community Centre, at Herlington Orton Malborne. We are an Ofsted registered Committee run preschool offering childcare and education with qualified members of staff.

We are open 50 weeks per year Monday - Friday 7.45am – 3pm We offer a breakfast club for all preschool children, as well as holiday clubs for 2yr - 11yr olds. £6.50 per 2.5 hour session. Breakfast Club: £3.50p per day. Holiday Clubs: £17 per day. tel 01733 390 115 | email Herlington Pre-school, Orton Malbourne, Peterborough PE2 5PW

Pre-school places available within the nursery for September 2018 W SEC UR E YO UR SPACE NO 15 and 30 hour funded places available

Contact 01487 209618

Daily forest school sessions in our onsite woodlands Located just outside Sawtry village

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Keeping rabbits cool throughout the Summer sun Heat can kill rabbits fairly quickly – if you think your dog can die in a car, a rabbit can die in a hutch just as easily. Bu Suzhy Winfield RVN So here are some pointers to try to help keep them cool. It is important to remember that just like us each rabbit is different and will tolerate heat differently, making it vital you observe your pet daily. How do I keep my rabbit cool? • Keep your bunny out of the sun. If they are confined to a cage or small room for part of the day, be sure that there is plenty of shade for them to rest • If you place a freezer tile in the hutch when it starts to get warm through the day, the rabbit will lie on this to keep cool (but don’t place it in the sun) • Place a fan that will breeze past the rabbit without blowing directly on them • You can also drape a damp towel over their cage so the fan will blow through the towel and create a cool breeze. Just remember not to leave the cord where your rabbit can get to it! • Place a few ice cubes in their water bottle so the water is kept cool • Mist rabbit’s ears. Rabbits lose heat through their ears. • Brush out excessive fur. If you have a long-haired rabbit, consider cropping your bunny’s coat short for the summer months. • Fill litre bottles with water and freeze them. Once frozen, put the frozen water bottle in your rabbit hutch so he can lean against it to keep cool. Be especially watchful of rabbits over five years old, ones who are overweight or incapacitated. They tend to be more sedentary and may not get up to drink water if they are too hot. This can quickly lead to dehydration, which can lead to death or other health problems. If it’s unbearably hot and your house is cooler than outside, bring your rabbits indoors if possible and let them run around outside once the hottest part of the day has passed, What do I do if you think your rabbit has heat stroke? Rabbits don’t actually pant to keep cool, so if you see your rabbit with his mouth open and breathing quickly they may have heat stroke. Do not submerge them in water, as this could place the rabbit in shock. Dampen their ears and body with cool water, then get them to the Vet straight away.

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Your local Pet shop, we stock everything a pet would want from Chicken feed to Dog Food David Sanders LCGI MINSTLM VNA Veterinary Nutrition Advisor

Tel: 01733 753055

E-mail: Unit 6 The Maltings, Broadway Shopping Centre PE7 3JJ

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“Remember to be gentle with yourself and others. We are all children of chance and none can say why some fields will blossom while others lay brown beneath the August sun.” Kent Nerburn

Tom W Farmer


in the house

August is the time when our homes often find a steady incursion of bugs the kitchen tend to be particularly vulnerable. This is generally facilitated by warm weather leading to more open windows and doors but also triggered by the relative abundance of attractive food sources in the home. Lines of worker ants can often be found convoying in and out of the kitchen invariably in search of sweet tasting foods to take to their nests. At this point many people are tempted to reach for ant poisons and similar but this is never the best recourse since these poisons never just affect target populations but also impact upon the wider populace of invertebrates and in turn those that feed on them. This can lead to fatal doses of toxin building up in birds, hedgehogs and similar small vertebrates which in turn can affect further up the food chain into domestic pets. The best results for all are achieved by a more progressive

interaction put a supply of food for the ants outside, a source of sugar will provide a more attractive and accessible food source leading to the dwindling of kitchen visitors especially if strategically placed along the incoming route to your kitchen. Having place the alternative food it is also advisable to thoroughly scrub down the inside path of the ants removing and sense of scent trail. Remember defection is better than destruction whenever possible.

Images © Roger Key

hilst the quote from Kent Nerburn is beautiful, and timely, and true – we should be gentle with ourselves, and others – the farmer’s eye falls on the latter parts. And with some intrigue. You see, whilst there are lots of things in farming that I have little understanding of, the burning up of some soils, and the richness of others, is no mystery at all. The dry period of May and June (is it too dramatic to call it a drought?) when rainfall was just a third of that in the same months in 1976, really

than one occasion. Until May 2018. Clay, oh that wonderful clay! It holds water, allows the crops to keep growing, and nourishes the grass when others are struggling. Don’t get me wrong - our soils do dry out, and they crack and crumble, and form great clods, but they give our crops and grass a few weeks longer to grow. Winemakers refer to the terroir – the makeup, characteristics, and flavour of the soils, and each parish is different. All have their benefits and their tested our land, stressed (or killed) drawbacks, and it is our job as our crops, and caused issues on farms: livestock, arable, horticultural, farmers to understand them better. And the same goes for people. and fruit alike. So whilst Kent Nerburn was As a farmer, our fortune is in the only partially correct, we are soil. Our farm has 25 metres of clay indeed children of chance, and beneath the soil (itself high in clay content), and that makes life hellish the reminder to be gentle with during the wet, winter months. Clay ourselves and each other…and our soils…is a good one. soils, holding water as one would Have a lovely August, look expect, lie wet and cold, delaying out for seasonal red cabbage, spring planting, holding back the carrots, cauliflower, celery, cherries, flush of spring growth, meaning we can’t take a tractor in to the clay courgette, cucumber, cos lettuce, and curly lettuce, thank you for fields until much later than other supporting British farmers, and in soil types. the words of Jerry Springer, “take I’m ashamed to say that I have care of yourself, and each other”. grumbled about our soil on more Farmer Tom is on Facebook ( FarmerTomUK) and Twitter @Farmer_Tom_UK

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Choose the right style for you... Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters have become increasingly popular in the last decade, as have blinds which essentially create a similarly modern clean look. Primarily plantation shutters will control light, privacy and ventilation, as will most window coverings. However, the louvres provide much more versatility than curtains which are either open or closed.

Roller blinds

With their simple design, roller blinds are available in a vast array of colours in plain or patterned designs; you can opt for a bold statement or choose a subtle style to complement the rest of your interior scheme. Roller blinds are also available in a blackout fabric and a Day Night style.

Venetian blinds

Venetian blinds allow you to control both the amount of light and the level of privacy. This means they are great for south-facing rooms. Venetian blinds come in array of different materials including real wood, composite and aluminium.

Electric blinds

Electric blinds can be opened and closed at the touch of a button with a remote control, these blinds are available wire free (not hardwired they use rechargeable Li-on batteries) so no cords or big boxes to spoil the look, they require charging every 6 months dependant on use.

Pleated blinds

Pleated blinds are individually crafted made to match your space, and suit a broad range of window styles. This makes them suitable for more challenging openings such as skylights and conservatories as they are good at reflecting the heat, as well as preventing heat loss.

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These blinds are available ideal in conservatories, French Doors & Kitchen doors etc. Our showroom is conveniently located next door to the New Werrington LIDL, so you can shop for food/drink and blinds in one place. It is open 10am - 3pm Monday - Friday and Saturday 9.30am 4.30pm appointments can be made outside of showroom hours. For more information call Sunline Blinds on 01733 320822, email, or visit the extensive showroom at 1200 Lincoln Road, Werrington, Peterborough PE4 6LA


Whether you’ve booked a week or two in the sun or have planned a short family break – don’t forget to add home security and property protection to your checklist.

e can all greatly reduce the risk of burglary by taking a few simple security measures to help make our home less attractive to thieves. If you are considering installing or upgrading any CCTV security / lighting or alarm systems – or even changing the locks – Safe Local Trades has many reputable traders who can help across the PE postcode areas. However, as well as protecting your property from burglars, it is also worth giving some thought to preventing domestic dramas whilst you’re away.

Before you go on holiday:

Cancel milk and newspaper deliveries Set up automatic timer switches to turn your lights on when it gets dark l Register for the Royal Mail’s ‘keepsake’ service l Cut front and back lawns and trim back plants l Don’t discuss holiday plans on social media l Ask a trusted neighbour to watch over your home whilst you’re away l Ensure all windows and doors, gates, garages and sheds are locked l Keep items that could be used to break into your property such as ladders, tools and wheelie bins stored safely away l l

Research has shown that around 25 per cent of Brits have come back from their holiday to a home emergency, with water leaks the most common problem by those who have been faced with an unexpected disaster. Boiler breakdowns, pest infestations, and appliance breakdowns are among some of the other unwanted home-coming dramas. Turning off the water supply at the stopcock, switching off the boiler and unplugging all electrical items before going away are sound preventative measures. If you are unfortunate enough to come home to face a household crisis, Safe Local Trades has recommended professionals from electricians, bug busters, plumbers and many more at

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following in my


footsteps Sara Dunleavy

A review of my first year at Stilton Foot Clinic.


t's been a busy year since qualifying as a Foot Health Practitioner/Member of the the British Association of Foot Health Professionals. I love my new job working with dad; it's rewarding meeting new people and helping with their foot ailments either in clinic or their in own homes. I've discovered surprises in patient's feet like thorns, glass and a crafting embellishment that they didn't know were there! Apart from treating their feet, for some patients you may be the only person they see that day and I like to leave them knowing they are happy and safe, which has on occasions involved me bringing in bins, moving furniture and helping to get a bee out of a front room! I've also referred some patient's who were unaware of a suspected ulcer under their foot and a weak foot pulse. Highlights of this year have been training as a Lacuna Fungal Nail Practitioner. Unlike topical treatments, with Lacuna small

For more details check out our advert under the podiatry section of the Yaxley/Hampton Gazette, visit our Facebook page @stiltonfootclinic1or email

holes are drilled into the nail plate allowing antifungal medication to directly flood the infection. Alternatively fungal nails can be hidden with our luxury podiatrynourishing nail polishes that are formaldehyde free and won't damage the nail plate. Other highlights include being invited to exhibit at the Peterborough City Council's Health and Wellness fair, where we met some lovely people and gave footcare advice/ treatments. Later in the year Dad and I enjoyed a trip to the Podiatry Conference at the Primary Health Care Trust at the NEC Birmingham; and I have recently returned from the 2 day Foot Health Conference in Kettering. This time of year is extremely busy as we are more conscious of our feet during the summer. Our consultation is free and we can help reduce hard skin, cracked heels, thickened nails, corns, verrucas and can finish off with our enriched podiatry nail friendly polish.

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