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Welcome to the November issue of Yaxley Gazette. November is the month of fireworks and bonfires, so if you’re planning your own occasion, stay safe. If you want to venture out, Yaxley has two great firework displays on this year; one at the Three Horseshoes and one at The Yaxley Football Club. Wrapping up warmly with a new winter coat this year? Coats can be costly, so it is worth taking the time to make the right choice. Read our article on page 26 if you need help with choosing the right winter coat for your own individual ifestyle. Our local news covers everything from the local groups’ and clubs’ updates, through schools and churches to all the events and activities held at your local library. This is also the time of year when the countdown to Christmas commences. Please support all the local businesses over the coming festive season. 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. Always let us know if you are investing in the local area, it would be great to hear your story.

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Get a flu jab Don’t put yourself and others at risk

As you will be aware we have already started our Flu Clinics for this year which have been strictly by invitation only. This is due to there being two different vaccines this year for adults. FLUAD vaccine for patients aged 65 and over and Quadrivalent vaccine is for patients aged between 18 and 64. Our next scheduled Saturday Flu Clinics will be on the following dates:27 October

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Please note that the number of vaccines for each clinic will be limited, therefore attendance is STRICTLY BY INVITATION ONLY and on a firs-come-first-served basis. Please bring a printed copy of your invitation letter/email to reduce queuing time. Wear clothing with loose sleeves. Please note patients aged 65 and over will be offered a pulse check. Children’s flu clinic dates are yet to be confirmed. Visit NHS website for more information relating to the flu


Caroline Ford, Clinical Administrator, and Claire Eckersley, Receptionist, left us in September. We all wish them well for the future.

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The Practice will be closed on Wednesday 21 November 12.30 - 4pm. Emergency Telephone 01733 240478 If you would like more information please speak to a member of staff at reception.

yaxleyjobs Volunteers urgently required Can you spare 1-2 hours per month? Do you enjoy meeting and helping people within your local community? If so, Huntingdonshire Society for the Blind is keen to hear from you. The Society is in need of more volunteer drivers in the Yaxley area to drive our members to and from Society activities. Fuel expenses will be reimbursed. All volunteers are DBS checked. We look forward to hearing from you. If you are interested in joining our volunteer team please contact Erika Brown on 01480 453438 or email:

Accountant vacancy We require someone with accountancy experience, including bookkeeping using various software systems, payroll, CIS, VAT returns and self assessment for various clients. Full time salaried position, pay dependent upon experience. We are a small friendly accountancy practice based in Yaxley near Peterborough. Apply in writing or email with details of experience and CV – position open to both formal qualifications and/or experience. Bird & Co Certified Public Accountants, Holme Road Yaxley Peterborough PE7 3NA Email -

The Library Presents “No Petticoats Here” Commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War while enjoying this beautiful moving show. Critically acclaimed musician and singer, Louise Jordan, weaves a recorded soundscape around live, original songs and the true stories of extraordinary and inspirational women during the First World War. Suitable for adults and young people (12+ years). Tickets can be purchased at Yaxley Library or online at Regular events and activities; Lego Club every Saturday 10 – 11.30am. 50p per child. These are all free of charge although donations are always welcome for refreshments. Rhymetime every Friday 10.30 – 11 am (aimed at children up to 18 mths) Storytime every other Tuesday 10.30 – 11 (aimed at children 18 months – 4 years old) We’d like to welcome Jess, our new Storytime volunteer and to thank Chris for her ongoing support. Jess has taken on this role in place of Anne, our previous volunteer, to whom we’d like to express our gratitude for all the Storytime sessions she has run for us in the past. After School Fun on the 2nd Thursday of every month 3.30 – 4pm, on 8 November. Stories, poems and songs! Scrabble Club - Mondays from 3pm Games Club every Tuesday from 2pm . Mahjong on 13 and 27 November; Rummikub on 9 and 23 October. EngAge in the afternoon will be on Wednesday 21 November, 2pm – 3.30 pm. You are invited to join us for a talk about recycling, with Jonathan Crisp, Waste Education Manager for Amey. Come along and find out what happens to your waste and what you can do to help recycle more. Please collect a free ticket from the Library. Knit and Natter every Thursday from 2pm. Our Knit and Natter group members keep very busy knitting items for various charities and would appreciate any donations of wool, which can be dropped into the Library during opening hours. Café Club meets at the library every Friday 9.30am – 12 noon for coffee, cake and conversation. Everyone is welcome. Parish council drop-in. Sessions are on the first Tuesday of every month, 9.30am -12 noon. Your local parish councillor, June Willis, is available to assist with any parish enquiries or concerns you may have. Yoga classes run at the Library every Monday evening 7.30pm – 8.30pm. This is a private class with teacher Brian Appleyard. Contact: 01733 244642, email: Weekly Health Walks set off from Yaxley Library every Thursday at 2pm. These are free guided walks lasting from 20 to 90 minutes and full details are available in the Health Walks leaflets we have at the library. Bus Pass / Blue Badge renewal 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. Join the Library 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 suggestions for your library. Opening times: Mon 3–7pm, Tues 9.30am–5pm, Wed Closed , Thurs 9.30am–5pm, Fri 9.30am – 1.30pm, Sat 9.30am – 1.30pm Renew/request books: 0345 045 5225 For more information on any of our events please call in at Yaxley Library or phone 0345 045 5225.  

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Poppy Appeal This year's Poppy Appeal was launched on Friday 26 October with poppy pins and merchandise available in all of the Yaxley shops and businesses. This year, to celebrate the Centenary, we have a few extra services and activities happening over the remembrance weekend.

Foot Stompin’ Soul Night Sat 10 Nov 7.30pm – 12am Yaxley Royal British Legion Social Club in the hall.

DJs- Paul D, Julian, Ollie will be entertaining us with music from Motown, Stax, Atlantic, Decca, Immediate, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, The Temptations, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Small Faces. There will be a raffle and a poppy appeal merchandise table on display. Admission cost £5 on the door, supporting the Royal British Legion poppy appeal event.

Special Memorial Service

Sun 11 Nov 6.30am The War Memorial, Yaxley Cemetery Held 100 years on from the exact time World War 1 ended, followed by hot refreshments and bacon/sausage baps to warm yourself up at the Yaxley RBL Social Club.

Gemma’s Hearts We have lots going on at the moment, including support and fundraising for a 24hr public defibrillator for a residential property in Ramsey Heights and a nursing home in Paston which should have their defibrillator in the next month. In the last year we have been working with the police to put a defibrillator at the decommissioned Hampton Police Station and are very pleased to announce that this defibrillator has now been installed and is rescue-ready. A really big ‘thank you’ to Lewiss at Turner Electrical Services, who worked free of charge. In August we held a free CPR & defibrillator awareness session. ‘Thank you’ to everyone who came. We had a really good turnout. Also, a really big ‘thank you’ to Libby at Elastoclass First-aid Training for running this free of charge and ‘thank you’ to The Farmers for giving the room to us free of charge.

We had the pleasure of going to support Sue & Mike Windle whom were fundraising at D&A Sanders pet shop Yaxley fundraising for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, they did very well over £1000. I went to meet Parkside FC U12’s & watch their game, Parkside FC are very kindly supporting us & have had our logo put onto the arms of their kits. We had a brilliant time, it was lovely to meet the team & the parents. We really do have a fantastic team of volunteers & are very grateful for donations & support you have shown us.

Remembrance Day Parade

Sun11 Nov 2.15- 6pm Yaxley RBL Social Cub

Yaxley remembrance day parade will step off from the Yaxley RBL Social Cub and will parade to the Yaxley War Memorial for a wreath laying ceremony, then on to a special memorial service at St Peter’s Church at 3pm. After the service we will parade back to the RBL Social club where refreshments will be provided along with Live music performed by 1940s style singer Rachel Bea. If you have any questions or if you are willing to become a Poppy Appeal Volunteer for the Yaxley Branch please contact Allison Lenihan-Norris 07742224430 or email

Sophisticut’s celebrations raise £755 for charity Sophisticut had 2 celebrations to look forward to this year, 45 years of trading in Yaxley and salon owner and founder Cynthia turned 70, hard to believe as she looks amazing. Cynthia celebrated her birthday and the Salon’s birthday at the British Legion where they had some talented entertainment, and I hear most of Sophisticut’s clients and friends danced until midnight. The night also raised £755 which they are donating to the Welcome Club the Age Well in Yaxley and Gemma’s Hearts.

Fundraiser for East Anglian Air Ambulance Held on Saturday 6 October Sue Windle

I would like to thank all the companies who donated raffle prizes for this very worthwhile charity. Thanks are also due to Christine and Tony Hall for help on this wet and cold day. Thanks go also to David Sanders who allowed our stall to be positioned outside his shop and to Tammy Swiderski, Community fund raiser EAAA, who drew the raffle. Finally I should to extend a special thanks to all who bought tickets for my raffle and bought items from my gift stall. All items that remained unsold have gone to East Anglian Air Ambulance to help with future fund raising events. The total raised by this event was £1,003.55 which will help the work of this very worthwhile cause. Once again, a big ‘thank you’ to you all.

Notice of Annual General Meeting Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of Yaxley Royal British Legion Social Club will be held at Y.R.B.L. 210 Broadway, Yaxley, PE7 3NR on 29 November at 8pm. All members welcome. We do hope you can join us. For more information or enquiries please call 01733 240873.

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Can you help? Janice Osborn, District Commissioner, Yaxley


The District is having a bit of a crisis; the Tuesday Brownies has had to close because there were not enough girls available on a Tuesday to maintain a viable unit - yet the Monday Unit had a long waiting list. Conversely, we had a leader shortage on a Monday. Therefore, we have combined the two units and now have thriving Brownie groups on Mondays and Thursdays. We are still struggling for Brownie leaders on a Monday as a couple of the Assistants are likely to be moving away soon and the Unit leader needs some time off in the spring, so if you can help then please get in touch. Perhaps you used to be a Brown Owl in another life and now have the time to come back? Ideally I would like to put a Deputy Unit Leader in place very soon to carry the unit over the next year or so until our lovely ‘New Mummy Owl’ is back. Job sharing is something which could be appropriate here. The Thursday Brownies held a coffee evening for McMillan and raised almost £80. Well done girls and leaders!


Two Rainbow leaders made their promise to me, the District Commissioner, on Monday 8 October. The two new Rainbow parade flags had their first airing. Welcome to Skye and Wendy.


The tow Yaxley Guide Units are pretty full and could both do with more leaders so anyone willing to take on an assistant or helper role would be more than welcome. They meet Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7.30pm. Holme

Guides can take more girls – It’s not that far down to Holme (when the road is open!) - if any Yaxley/ surrounding villages’ girls would like to try a smaller Unit please get in touch, we can try and sort out lift sharing.


The Rangers have recovered after their eventful trip to Cornwall and to Wellies and Wristbands in Hampshire. After such a glorious summer they managed to pick the wet weeks for both. Doh! They are now preparing for a winter camp ‘Sparkle and Ice’ ... (rather them than me!) Holme Guides and Rangers held a cake and preserves stall at the Life on the Holme Front weekend to fundraise. Vicki from the Rangers gave a wonderful presentation of her trip to Ghana with Girlguiding. She spent time teaching children in a school and plastering the walls of another school, as well as experiencing the home life of volunteer hosts. She said that it was the best time of her life so far and she has come home truly inspired. We are very proud of her, not least for raising most the cost of the trip herself! You can find out more on the website where there is a link to the registration site for girls to join at any age from 5 to 18, and also for adults to volunteer for whatever you have time for. You don’t need experience of Guiding, although it helps. A smile and a responsible attitude is all that’s required. Training/DBS check is free!

I am more than happy to chat to anyone about getting involved in Guiding, or if you register on the website we will get in touch with you. E: T: 01487 831451

Let’s all hibernate during winter! I play a game with my children some evenings while we’re getting ready for bed – we call it ‘the favourites game’. It’s fairly simple; someone asks ‘what’s your favourite xxxx’ and the others have to answer.


e’ve covered all the basics so far, and we all know each other’s favourite colour, favourite dinner, favourite cake (followed by a three day long row over whether a cheesecake is a cake or not), and favourite animal. As this game has been quite successful, we’ve now moved on to the more advanced questions. We’re currently on ‘what’s your favourite animal behaviour that you’d like to have yourself?’ Being able to swim really fast like a shark, being able to fly like an eagle, and being strong like a tiger have all been well thought out answers. I, however, take a different view, and I think that we can all agree that if we could take any animal behaviour for ourselves we would all pick hibernation. Just think how much better life would be if we all went to sleep for four months over the winter, although I’m not suggesting you pack yourself away in a cardboard box with some lettuce like a tortoise, but human hibernation would have a sense of style attached to it. Ignoring the obvious plus side of having a wonderful four months sheltered away from the cold

and dreary weather of the winter, there are many positives we would receive; we would be spared the misery of Christmas soap operas, no more having to scrape the windscreen in the morning in the freezing cold, and no more failed new year’s resolutions. The environment would have a bit of a chance to recover if 6 billion people took a couple of months off and went to sleep, and we wouldn’t ever have to worry about whether the roads have been gritted or not as by the time we wake up we will be in the warmth of spring. Best of all though, we would all spend September and October stuffing our faces to build up fat reserves to keep us going through the winter. I’m imagining some sort of massive two month long party which would see us through to spring. And of course, whereas now we all hit the gym for a week-and -a-half in January in a misguided attempt to burn off the Christmas pounds, when we wake up from our hibernation we’ll all be beach body ready just in time to book our summer holidays. I can see literally no downside to this, so I’ll see you in the spring!

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This is necessary to put minds at rest following the media hype around London School closures. The Nobel false-widow spider is shy and reclusive and yet four London schools have been closed because of its presence. That alone is alarming but consider further the schools are to be treated in pesticides to eliminate these spiders, amazingly some health and safety expert deems this to be safer for the children’s health. Chemicals that can pose breathing problems for asthmatics before even considering the long term effects on children so young exposed to chemicals that are capable of killing most




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November is a month where the sunrise takes my breath away, not only for its sheer crisp, clear beauty but also because my summer-sensitive lungs have forgotten the bite of winter.


month where sheep find increasingly ingenious ways to ensnare themselves in hedgerow and briar, when my fingers are numbed for the first time – but not the last - by the icy water as I clean the drinking trough. A month where the numerous and various insect life around the farm hibernate or meet their maker at the hands of the early frosts. When the grey squirrel hopes he has stored enough nuts away to last the winter, and hopes even harder that he can find them again before someone else does. When the morning light reflects off the spider web-carpeted fields, and where the dog doesn’t need inviting into the house on the chill evening a second time. When autumn takes her bow and with her the last golden leaves and rosy apples, and when winter emerges, yawning, blinking in the bright yet midmorning seasonal dawn to drape the holly in her winter plumage signalling the approach of that merriest of seasons and the birth of the Christ-child. When shops play ‘Deck the Halls’, forgetting that most of us still have a hard, cold, often wet month’s labour to traverse, when mittens are sought, and wish lists prepared. A month when the Americans in our midst are Thankful, and we Brits continue thankless.

It’s November, and it’s glorious! November in the farming calendar brings local shows such as the East of England Agricultural Society’s ‘Winter Stock Festival’ and Thrapston Market’s ‘Fat Stock Show’. We’ll also be delivering the last batch of our high welfare, local, slow-grown lamb and pork to stock freezers ahead of Christmas – order at As well as lamb and pork, beef, duck, goose, grouse, guinea fowl, partridge, pheasant, rabbit, turkey, venison, wood pigeon are all at their best, the allotment is still producing artichoke, beetroot, butternut squash, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, parsnips, potatoes, pumpkin, shallots, swede, turnips, and watercress. There are apples, pears, and quince in the orchard, and wild mushrooms, cobnuts, hazelnuts, and walnuts in the hedgerows. You can also eat seasonal, sustainable coley, pot-caught crab and lobster, seine netted dab and lemon sole, Irish Sea dover sole and haddock, hake, mackerel, monkfish, mussels, oysters, North Sea plaice and turbot, winkles, and farmed clams but for sustainable ratings, check: Have a great November, and thanks for supporting British farmers and fishermen.

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Urgent appeal for wool Yaxley Knit and Natter Group meet on Thursday afternoons at Yaxley Library 2pm – 4pm during which time a group of like minded ladies spend time with their knitting needles and crochet hooks producing useful items for charitable and other organisations. Of course, we love a good natter as well. We have knitted hats, scarves, gloves and blankets as well as novelty goods for Age Uk; hats scarves and gloves for the homeless, hats for premature and new born babies for the City Hospital, fiddle muffs for those with alzheimer’s disease in several local residential homes, donated novelty items to the local food bank, and dog and cat blankets for local veterinary practices. We are currently furiously knitting large numbers of hats and scarves for our merchant seamen. We have been fortunate over the years to have had quantities of wool donated to us which has enabled us to produce innumerable items. However, we have reached a point where we are now in desperate need of for yet more wool to be able to continue to support those charities in need of help. If you have any spare wool that you would be willing to donate, please bring it along to the Library in Lansdowne Road on a Thursday afternoon or call Jessie on 01733 242683 and collection may be arranged.

Yaxley Flower Club Members are looking forward to a demonstration on 15 November by Kathleen Doggett entitled ‘Christmas is Coming’. The Club meets at 7.30 pm on the third Thursday of the month (except August and December) at The Royal British Legion, Broadway, Yaxley. Visitors and new members welcome.

YAXLEY WI In September it was the turn of Yaxley to hold a Group Meeting for other institutes within the area, and our Speaker was Madge Coles a Chelsea Pensioner. The meeting was very well attended and it is always delightful to hear Madge speak of her life before and since becoming a Chelsea Pensioner. On 8 November we will be holding our A G M but combining it with a Social Evening. The report of our October meeting will be in the December Gazette.

John Taylor

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The Nene Park Academy (NPA) minibus, driven by Assistant Principal, Kevin Hartley, made two trips to the Key Theatre transporting 26 excited Year 8 students (aged 13 to 14 years), eager to embark on the first workshop of their Shakespeare journey. Sponsored by Peterborough Ortons Rotary club they are taking part in the national Shakespeare Schools Festival. In this workshop they were taught the rudiments of stagecraft by staff from the Shakespeare Schools Foundation (SSF). I had the privilege of being in the ‘audience’ of four with Kevin, Niamh and fellow Rotarian (the aptly named) Mary-Helen Shakespeare. On the evening of their actual performance the theatre will be packed with proud families, friends and Rotarians from the supporting club. The Tempest - 20 November Joined by pupils from three other local schools (All Saints Interchurch Academy, Witham Hall School, and The Phoenix School) they will perform on the main stage, at the Key, on 20 November. Students from NPA will perform The Tempest directed by their own drama teacher Niamh Shiggins. Prior to the big night itself they will be guided though a technical session, a dress rehearsal, the final briefing then on with the show! Ortons Rotary Club has raised £575, matched £ for £ by a Rotary Foundation grant, to enable the full cost of this project to be met. Basic Education & Literacy is one of six areas of focus for our Rotary Foundation. Schools’ Shakespeare Festival 16 October to 8 December Across the country, pupils from 1,008 schools will perform in this year’s festival. Since the Festival began 280,000 young people have participated, including the group of students from NPA who took part (also sponsored by Ortons Rotarians) last year. All get the chance to perform abridged Shakespeare plays in one of 136 professional theatres nationwide. Between 16 October and 8 December around 30,000 students will step onto their local stage after months of preparation. They will do something really brave: perform in front of a paying audience in a professional theatre. Ortons Rotary is proud to sponsor this invaluable experience giving a group of local young people confidence and self esteem to last a lifetime. Taking part in the Festival brings Shakespeare to life, encourages team work and crucially, is a lot of fun.

The Lancaster Club Calling all RAF servicemen and veterans. Did you know there is a branch of R.A.F.A in the village that can provide access to support services including S.S.A.F.A and Royal Air Force Association. Located on Main Street next to the fire station, the Lancaster Club is a friendly club that is a great place to meet up for a drink and banter. Open every night with activities taking place and live entertainment on a Saturday evening. Membership is open to all and you do not have to have served in the armed forces to become a member. If you are already a supporter of the Royal Air Force Association you are very welcome to drop in. Day out to the Lincoln Christmas Market 6 December. See club notice board for details. For more information E: T: 01733 240987 (office hours only)

Yaxley Methodist Chapel Reverend Gareth Baron T: 01733 314147 E: We recently donated 45 kilo of nonperishable food to the foodbank. For our Harvest Festival Service we plan to bring non-perishable items so that we can donate this produce to the foodbank too. We have been advised that although there is a lot of pasta being donated there is a shortage of pasta sauce. Our aim is to donate 100 jars of sauce amongst the other items. We pray that we can achieve this. If you would like to donate to the foodbank we are happy to receive your gifts at either one of our services or at our coffee mornings. With those less fortunate in mind the Peterborough Night Shelter will be in operation again from November. Local churches will be offering shelter to people who would otherwise be sleeping on our streets throughout the coldest time of the year. I hope that this year there will again be some lovely successful outcomes with people finding work and housing. Remembrance Day will fall on a Sunday this year, the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War! If you would like to join us our Service will start at 10.30am. On 10 November, we will be holding our Autumn Coffee morning. There will be our delicious homemade cakes of course, plus a raffle, book stall, gift stall and tombola and a chance to pick up a Christmas gift or two. Come along and join us for a fun morning.

St Peter’s Church Laura Ashley St. Peter’s Parish Communications Officer T: 07939 449255 E: The term community gets used a lot these days but what do we actually mean by community? In the Bible, God encourages us to take care of one another; through this we ensure a thriving community. Therefore, the idea of community comes from a sense of responsibility that we have for each other. The community of Yaxley, along with the surrounding villages, have shown overwhelming care for each other through the support of the Yaxley Foodbank over the past year. A staggering 7145kg of food was donated between September 2017 and August 2018. We’ve also recently celebrated the Harvest Festival, where we’ve had fantastic support from the school communities in and around Yaxley. The donations we receive help many people and families, and we would like to say a big thank you for your generosity in supporting local people in need. We would also like to thank everyone who signpost to Foodbank and all those who volunteer their time to help and be a friend to those in need. It takes a team, a community, to ensure the success of the project. Without our sense of responsibility to one another, great community projects such as the Community Fridge and the Winter Night Shelter, and St. Peter’s projects like Yaxley Foodbank and Community Sunday, would not succeed. It is through the help and kindness of each other that we are able to improve situations for those less fortunate, and ensure our communities thrive. Thank you all for your continued support for your community. If you would like more information on the Yaxley Foodbank, or other community areas, please visit Follow St. Peter’s Church on Facebook and Instagram to see updates on the Foodbank’s shopping list.

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producing some fine performances under the guidance of some great coaches.


Welcome to Yaxley Football Club’s monthly update. A fantastic start to the season for all Yaxley teams from the first team to the U6s First Team After a tough start, the team have settled nicely into the EvoStik Southern League Central. September saw a fantastic away win at AFC Dunstable and a strong result at home to Sutton Coldfield leaving us at the beginning of October in a mid-table position. Support the Cuckoo’s and head down to In2itive Park to watch the team and have a refreshment or two. Fixtures for November 03/11 - League - Bromsgrove Sporting v Yaxley - 15.00ko 10/11 - League - Yaxley v Welwyn Garden City - 15.00ko 17/11 - League - Kidlington v Yaxley - 15.00ko 24/11 - League - Coleshill Town v Yaxley - 15.00ko

U18s The U18’s team have had a great start to the season, winning their opening game away at Chatteris Town. September produced 3 wins and only 1 defeat against Bourne who top the table at this early stage. A promising start to the season and long may it continue. September MOTM was Aidan Nulhern, a sold centre midfielder worthy of the award.

U6s Under 6’s training sessions have now started. If your child is interested in joining, please contact Arron Coulson - arron.coulson@yaxleyjfc. This session is held at In2itive Park on Sunday 9-10am. U7s The U7’s team have started their footballing journey with a series of friendly tournaments, a great way to get children involved in mini-games until they are ready to progress to league matches later on in the year.

a fantastic start, with 3 great results producing over 30 goals. Harry Kane watch your back! Top scorer Leon Rist is coming for you. Yaxley U10’s Red are another new team with a very exciting future, a dedicated coach and players are making a real difference. Starting the season under Yaxley’s youth development programme, the team are improving all the time and love playing together. A big thank you to EML Electrical for sponsoring the match kit and Broadway Garage for sponsoring the training kit - this team looks the smartest we have seen in the league.

Club Events Don’t miss a fantastic evening of acoustic music by 23 Reasons – Join us for a great evening at the club. Tickets only £5 on sale now. Youth Football The PJAL league kicked off in September and all teams now have games under their belts and are

U10s Yaxley U10 Black, a new team this season, have really come together in a short space of time and are having


With the outdoor season finished, a working party was commissioned to help our grounds man with some of the ‘heavy’ work that needs to be done, to ensure that the green starts in tip-top condition next year.


any thanks go out to all volunteers who helped and hopefully they were rewarded with the satisfaction of a job well done. With winter approaching we look forward to our club presentation night, which this year will again be held at the Farmers. Of course, we will have Christmas to contend with before then. Many of Yaxley bowls players compete indoors in the winter,

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some at the Peterborough rinks, others and Whittlesey or Stamford. We wish all of our players good luck for the indoor season and hope to report on some success later in the year. The finals night league and cup presentation is being held at Parkway Bowls Club on Friday 2nd November. Yaxley will be well represented, 4 teams will be collecting trophies for league and cup triumphs, let’s hope for a good night.

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John Thurston, our competition secretary and winner of the Yaxley 2-bowl singles with runner-up Chris West.

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Class 2 NIC lives on by Pete Bird, Bird & Co, Certified Public Accountants

In a surprise announcement on 6.9.18, the Treasury confirmed that Class 2 NIC would not be abolished from 6.4.19 as had been on the cards since 2017. Class 2 costs a maximum of £153.40 per year (for 2018-19) and provides some entitlement to the state pension and certain other state benefits. In July 2013, the government launched a consultation into simplifying NIC for the self-employed. Some streamlining of payment methods was achieved, with Class 2 now collected alongside Class 4 with income tax paid under self assessment, but the long-term aim was to merge the two classes. The Class 2 and 4 merger was to take effect from 6.4.18, but in November 2017 the effective date was pushed back to 6.4.19. This plan has now been abolished. The reason given for this U-turn is that 'a significant number of selfemployed individuals on the lowest profits would have seen the voluntary payment they make to maintain access to the state pension rise substantially'. Individuals who have been resident in the UK for at least three years, and paid into the national insurance system, can continue to make NI contributions by paying Class 2 NIC when they move abroad. This is a very useful way for non-resident individuals to build up qualifying years towards to the UK state pension. The proposed abolition of Class 2 NIC was to remove this low-cost route to add credits to their UK state pension entitlement. Those expatriate individuals would have had to change to paying voluntary Class 3 NIC, which costs £761.85 per year compared to £153.40 for Class 2 (2018-19). Who pays National Insurance Contributions? Briefly – 2018-19 rates, as follows:Class 1

Employees earning more than £162 a week and under State Pension age - they’re automatically deducted by your employer;

Class 1A or 1B

Employers pay these directly on their employee’s expenses or benefits;

Class 2

Self-employed people - you do not have to pay if you earn less than £6,205 a year (but you can choose to pay voluntary contributions);

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Voluntary contributions - you can pay them to fill or avoid gaps in your National Insurance record;

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Self-employed people earning profits over £8,424 a year.

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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:

school reports WILLIAM DE YAXLEY


Become a governor

Open morning

It has been a very busy term so far at William de Yaxley. The children have already participated in many exciting activities and learning opportunities.

Friday November 16 9 – 10.15am

The activites include; A WW11 Evacuee Day at Stibbington, National Poetry day and a visit to Ely Cathedral. We are working hard to raise our standards and improve the outcomes for all of our pupils. To this end we would really like to invite members of the local community to consider becoming a governor at our school and join us for our journey towards providing an exemplary education for the children of Yaxley and for the surrounding community. William de Yaxley Academy is looking for new Governors to join us for the coming year. To be a Governor you just need to have an interest in supporting our school within the local communi-ty, a willingness to engage, question and learn. Ideally, you will have skills that add value to those of our existing team (Finance, HR, Legal, Project Management, Marketing, Buildings, Health & Safety, Leadership, Safeguarding and SEN), but that’s far from essential; and just as important are people who bring with them enthusiasm and a desire to get involved. We are working hard as a school within the Diocese of Ely Multi Academy Trust (DEMAT) to: Secure outcomes that are in line with national averages by July 2019, for all Core subjects


Increase whole school pupil attendance to be at or above National expectation and reduce persistent absence l Ensure that the new RE syllabus is taught consistently across school l Ensure that curriculum coverage from Key Stage 1 to 2 is progressive and coverage in line with the National Curriculum expectations for each key stage. l Develop and maintain the school building and grounds l

Being a Governor will involve you joining us for meetings, usually 1 evening per half term and possibly one morning per half term along with occasional day time visits to school. You don’t have to commit to much more than this and support and training will be provided. We are a Church of England Academy which means that our ethos is founded upon the Christian prin-ciples of love, forgiveness and redemption. We are linked with the Parish Church so that the children may worship in Church as a normal part of their school life. Our Christian ethos is very important to us and permeates all that we do here in school and in the wider community. William de Yaxley Church of England Academy has a tradition of a very high quality collective worship which sets the tone for how our community works together in trust and love in furtherance of God’s kingdom here on earth.

If you are interested and would like an initial chat, please contact the school via email at marking the email for the attention of G Ludgate (Chair of Governors). STRETTON PRE-SCHOOL Here at Stretton Preschool, we have enjoyed settling back in following half term. We enjoyed some Halloween activities prior to the holiday break and some in preschool fundraising, dressing up and a cake sale. The children have enjoyed learning about autumn and we are ready for the colder, festive season. The committee are

planning for our annual Christmas fayre, which will be on the 25th November at Austin Hall 12-3pm. Any raffle prizes are welcome. We are already very busy but we do have some spaces left. As a childcare setting, we are able to offer funded sessions for 2-3 year olds and for the 30 hours, of working parents.

We have an open morning for September 2019 Reception children. “Pupils are a joy. They behave exceptionally well and contribute fully to the harmonious community.” Ofsted, March 2017 “There is an outstanding sense of valuing all as precious children of God.” SIAMs, January 2018 Are you looking for a small village church school with a strong Christian ethos and a commitment to high standards provided for in a nurturing and caring environment where each child is valued as a unique individual? If so, please come and visit our school to have a tour, meet the children, talk to the teachers and find out more about our lovely school. To book a place please call the school office on 01487 830342. FARCET C OF E PRIMARY

What a busy and successful first half of term it has been here at Farcet. We have welcomed our new pupils into our Reception Class and they have all settled beautifully into our school community. We have been focusing on our school values of trust, friendship, compassion and forgiveness and thinking about how we can demonstrate these values in all we do. We are particularly thinking about trust this term and our children have been wonderfully reflective about how they can demonstrate this value every day. Our Year 5 and 6 pupils visited Ely Cathedral this month which was focused on the First World War and how we remember those lost. They also experienced worship in the wonderful cathedral setting. We visited our local church of St. Mary’s, along with parents and carers, this month to give thanks for harvest. We had superb readings, poems and prayers from the children and our harvest hymns sounded beautiful. We are now looking forward to next half term and all of the adventures it will bring!


Reaching out: Inviting In We have had a fantastic time recently, getting involved with many different aspects of our local community. In particular, the children have been thinking about how we can help others, and about those who help us. Firstly, we had our Macmillan Coffee Morning at the end of September, and raised a tremendous £371.35 for this worthwhile cause. Then during our Harvest celebrations we had a visit from a local farmer (and his tractor!) to find out more about where our food comes from, and we collected a large number of donations for the local Foodbank. In addition to these charitable activities, Maple Class had a visit from the local Fire Service, and Elm Class went to Burghley House to learn about the life of Tudor people. Such diversity! We have also welcomed some new children into the school since term started, so our immediate community has been growing too. If you want to find out how you can be part of it, either now or next academic year, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please arrange an appointment to come and look round, by contacting the office on 01733 240562 or via email

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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. RS BAR MEMBE

• Function Halls private hire holds up to 160 guests • Darts/Pool Table FREE pool Tuesday nights • Quiz Night & Members Draw every Friday


• Bingo Sunday & Wednesday evenings • Snooker Room available for hire

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

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CLUB MEMBERSHIP FOR 2018 STILL AVAILABLE Single £10 Joint £17 OAP £5 FUNCTION ROOM FOR HIRE Birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, 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


Friday 9 November Aud & Stevie B Saturday 17 November Velocity Friday 23 November �e Robbie Williams Experience vs �e Gary Barlow Experience & Back to the Eighties (£10. Members £7) Saturday 1 December Farcet Club Gin Experience - Live entertainment from Graham James (�e Union Gap. £20. 4 gins & 2 samples) Saturday 8 December Ady Brownlie

Sunday 9 December Ed Sheeran tribute with Zak James (1 – 4pm. Members £7, non-members £10) Saturday 15 December Members Children’s Christmas party 4:30 – 6pm. Free for member’s children & grandchildren (Ages 1-9) Monday 24 December Christmas Eve - JLM Karaoke Monday 31 December New Year’s Eve - �e Contacts (Tom from the East of England Pipe Band will be playing in the New Year)

�e Village Club Farcet @FarcetClub Free members Wifi T: 01733 240 184 E: the 1 Cross Street, Farcet, Peterborough PE7 3DE

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 Day out to the Lincoln Christmas Market 6 December. See club notice board for details. Applications for Club Membership welcome from everybody

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Yaxley Flower Club

Thursday 15 November, The Royal British Legion Members are looking forward to a demonstration by Kathleen Doggett entitled "Christmas is Coming". The Club meets at 7.30pm on the third Thursday of the month (except August and December).

what’s on Members Bar: Simon Lee

Saturday 3 November 8.30am - late, The Royal British Legion Non members £1.00

Nick James

Saturday 3 November 9 - 11.30pm, The Lancaster Club Songs from 60s to present day. Entry Free to Members, Guests £1

Women Against State Pension Inequality

Monday 5 November 7pm, The Talbot Inn, Stilton PE7 3RP We are a campaign group that fights the injustice done to women born in the 1950s (on or after 6 April 1951) regarding the changes to their state pension age. Contact:

Autumn Fayre

Saturday 10 November, Yaxley Methodist Chapel Autumn Coffee morning. There will be our delicious homemade cakes of course, plus a raffle, book stall, gift stall and tombola and a chance to pick up a Christmas gift or two. Come along and join us for a fun morning.

Son of Gun

Saturday 10 November 9 11.30pm, The Lancaster Club Great songs through the decades Entry Free to Members, Guests £1

Christian Aid Exhibition: Uprooted

Saturday 10 November - Thursday 22 November, St Peters Church

Aud & Stevie B

Remembrance Service

Ed Sheeran Tribute with Zak James

Remembrance Service

Friday 9 November, Farcet Club

Sunday 9 December 1 - 4pm, Farcet Club (Members £7 Non-Members £10)

Sunday 11 November 3pm, St Peters Church

Ortons Race Night

Friday 16 November 7pm, Nene Park Academy (All surplus to Local and International Charities). Admission £10 per person.For this you get one of our famous suppers, an evening of fun and excitement and a licensed bar. Please contact Keith Goldsmith E: T: 01832 720753 or 07511 654779 or a member of the club. Why not buy a horse (£10) and a chance to win £20 and a bottle of Bubbly. In order to assist in the catering any changes in numbers will need to be confirmed by Monday 12 November.

Members bar: Philip Rigarlsford

Saturday 17 November 8.30pm late, The Royal British Legion Non members £1.00

Aud’s Karaoke

Saturday 17 November 9 11.30pm The Lancaster Club Entry Free to Members, Guests £1

The Robbie Williams Experience v The Gary Barlow Experience & Back to the Eighties Friday 23 November, Farcet Club (Members £7 Non-Members £10)


Saturday 24 November 9 - 11.30pm, The Lancaster Club Great entertainment and includes Pie & Mash night. Entry Free to Members, Guests £1

Signed Service for the Deaf Sunday 25 November 11am, St Peters Church

Christmas Fayre

Sunday 25 November 12 - 3pm, Austin Hall

Aud’s Karaoke

Tuesday 27 November 5 - 9pm, The Lancaster Club A fantastic way to spend a Sunday Evening. Entry Free to Members, Guests £1.

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Thursday 29 November 8pm, 210 Broadway, Yaxley, PE7 3NR Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of YAXLEY ROYAL BRITISH LEGION SOCIAL CLUB will be held at Y.R.B.L. 210 Broadway, Yaxley, PE7 3NR on the 29th November 2018 at 8.00pm. All members welcome. We do hope you can join us. Enquiries to: 01733 240873

Farcet Club Gin Experience with Graham James (The Union Gap)

Saturday 1 December, Farcet Club (£20 per ticket (Includes 4 glasses of Gin & 2 small samples))

Christmas Fayre

Saturday 1 December 10am - 1pm, St Peter’s Church

Sunday 11 November 10.30am, St Marys Church, Farcet

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Le Fleur Boutique Your local florist for every occasion Le Fleur Boutique was established two years ago. Owner, Chelsea, qualified as a florist in 2008 and has worked in established florists shops and specialist wedding and events organisations.


helsea decided to set up Le Fleur Boutique to enable her to continue with her passion and be able to manage her young family. The business has gone from strength to strength, providing floral arrangements for brides-to-be, venue flowers, gift bouquets and arrangements, funeral tributes and Christmas wreaths and arrangements. Le Fleur Boutique is a home-based business that can offer flexibility to it's customers. Chelsea is able to

take orders by e-mail, Facebook and mobile phone, and can talk through your requirements. If a consultation is required, this can be offered outside of normal hours if this is more suitable. Le Fleur Boutique has been busy this year with providing gift bouquets, and arrangements for furnerals and numerous weddings. The year continues to be busy preparing for Wedding Fairs, Christmas Fairs and everyday floral arrangements. E:  @lefleurboutiqueonline  @lefleurboutique_florist

As the nights pull in – make sure your elderly neighbours aren’t left in the dark At this point in the year, the clocks have gone back and we start to think more about winter – and the ideal time to get into the habit of keeping an eye on an older friend or neighbour.


he winter months can be lonely and isolating for those who are less mobile; a knock at the door after dark can be frightening and cold callers on the phone can leave the recipient feeling vulnerable. The situation isn’t helped by the many rogue traders who try to tout for work in the local area, often suggesting to the home owner that a roof or guttering are in need of repair before winter sets in. This can lead to vulnerable people parting with their cash and getting nothing but shoddy work and a huge dent in their savings in return. Then there are phone scams, which may on the surface seem to be less intrusive but are equally as dangerous. These can range from callers claiming to be from companies to check non-existent faults on your computer, banks claiming to check your account details and even socalled medical companies suggesting the need for mobile aids from electric chairs to stair lifts. With winter on the way, maybe now is a good time to join a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme within your community.

Share these tips with family and friends, and older relatives:  Be careful what you say about yourself on social media  Set your privacy settings  Keep your media profiles, such as Facebook and LinkedIn to a minimum (your name) and don’t post your address or date of birth  Be very cautious about giving out personal information to people you don’t know – age, address, phone number etc  In public places make sure nobody can hear your conversations or look over your shoulder when banking, shopping or making other confidential online transactions. Safe Local Trades, covering the PE Postcode area, has worked with many local Neighbourhood Watch groups over the years over the past decade. It has been proven that areas which operate a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme are less likely to be targeted by crime, rogue traders and distraction burglars. Meanwhile, don’t be fooled by rogue or cowboy traders making an offer that seems too good to be true – as it most probably is.

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Will your dog return when called? Does your dog know how to come back when called? Most dogs love running around off the lead, but before you give your dog their ‘freedom’ it’s vital for their safety that you know they will come back when called.


he more your dog learns that they will get lots of praise and a reward whenever they come back, the more they will make the connection that you are more fun to be with than anything else. Choose a word or sound as your recall cue that you use ONLY when you want your dog to return. It should be short and sharp, like ‘come’, or a whistle. Gradually increase the distance between you and your dog and the level of distractions you call them away from. You want your dog to learn that coming back to you is much more rewarding than ignoring you! Keep it fun and use a reward they really enjoy; this could be a treat they like or a game with their favourite toy.

For more ways to make life for you and your dog a walk in the park, visit Dogs Trust Dog School. This national network of experienced trainers provides fun, educational training courses for all dog owners. Based on up-to-date scientific research, our trainers use only reward-based training methods to help you enhance the bond between you and your dog. Small classes of six dogs and two trainers mean you get the one-on-one time you need to learn effectively and most importantly, have fun! Courses are five weeks long, with a free introductory session and are available in Yaxley, Huntingdon and St Neots.

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Save our Green Spaces! A local beauty spot, Tenter Hill, is under threat with the proposed development of 30+ houses upon it (recently increased from 20).


he ancient hilly field which follows the Stanground Back Waters is part of the walking route - The Fen Edge Trail - which explores local landscapes, their links between geology, ecology, history & current day life in the fens. The Fen Edge Trail is an initiative set up by the Cambridgeshire Geological Society as part of their Geosites work, with their main partner being The Fenland Trust in Yaxley. The area is been used by dog walkers, ramblers & walkers, children & families for ball games, golf, fishing, picnics, scout groups, bird watching, sledging, skiing, boating, kite flying and is a great local amenity. Tenter Hill has a public bridleway running along the top which is part of the Green

Wheel – this is under threat - as it is planned to turn this into a road to service the new properties. This common land has been used from ancient times with merchants drying their cloths on tenter hooks. From 1800's it is documented that folk would travel across it for the Feast of Stanground. The field is part of a flood plain which floods several times a year & would flood right up to the gardens of the proposed builds – leaving locals with virtually no usable land when flooded. The local Scouts have their Scout Hut there and so the Scouts & our children would be robbed of their green play space forever! We say this is unacceptable & local feeling is very strong.

Please help to Save our Green Spaces and object using the on-line 2 minute survey We also have a Facebook page , search ‘Save Tenter Hill Meadow’. You can also comment on the Peterborough City Council Website at Reference 18/01101/R3OUT


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A winter coat is one of life’s bigger clothing investments, so it makes sense to be fully informed and have a plan before hitting the shops (or the internet!).


he first thing to look at is your lifestyle. Imagine someone who travels by car and parks outside their place of work every day, but who likes to go for country walks with their dog at the weekend. Then imagine someone who waits for a bus or a train every day and has a half mile walk at either end of their commute. They will have different demand from their winter coats. In the UK winters vary from mild to extreme but one thing is certain… it will rain! A waterproof outer shell is a must-have for any winter coat. Look for ‘water resistant’ on the label. Don’t rule-out a proper wool coat; a somewhat unsung property of wool is its water-resistance. Beware though: many coats which purport to be ‘wool’ are a wool blend with only about 20% wool fibres. These will be less resistant to a downpour; more likely to make you sweat and smell a bit fusty after a while. Look at how well insulated the coat is. Proper wool coats are naturally warm and feel luxurious. Among other types of coat insulation is a choice of down or synthetic fibres. Down is a classic, natural insulator. It is incredibly lightweight though less good for very wet weather. If you plan to walk a lot in all weathers it may not be the right choice. Synthetic insulation holds up better against moisture but won’t retain its insulating properties for as long as down. Check all zips and cuffs are made from high quality material that will last. Double zips or a zip and Velcro-flap combination create added warmth. Cuffs should be cosy around the wrists so that no drafts can get in. Once you’ve found a coat you like, examine it to make sure it really is high quality. Make sure all the seams are secure and there are no holes where insulation is escaping. There are many super-stylish winter coats around, but never sacrifice comfort and warmth for style as you will regret it on the coldest wettest days. For example, check that you can wear layers, or a thick jumper under the coat. I’ve found many ‘fashion’ coats have arms which are too skinny to allow for a jumper and thus restrict your movement and / or blood-flow! Finally think creatively. In our first hypothetical example the person might prefer a light warm wool jacket for commuting by car to work, but a thick full-length down-insulated coat for country walks at the weekend. OR, they might prefer to buy a jacket with a lining that can be removed and worn separately as a jacket in its own right for car journeys, then with the waterproof outer layer at weekends. If your budget is tight try searching through charity shops or factory shops. There are some amazing bargains to be found from heavy pure wool overcoats to branded hiking wear.

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s well as tools, thieves help themselves to other precious cargo, general items for carriage or delivery, when they break into an inadequately protected van. For a tradesperson, a damaged van and no tools can mean not only work downtime and loss of money, but also missing future work and losing business contracts and potential customers. Vanwagen based in Yaxley are offering a free Van check, they can recommend the best security measures to help keep your van and contents safe from thieves. See Vanwagens advert on page 12.

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