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alm weather in June sets all in tune” With the longest day and a general expectation of warm weather, June marks the beginning of the summer months. But it’s as yet a young summer with the grass still green and growing with the dust and heat of summer yet to come. It’s also a month when roses start to bloom and summer shows are on the increase. It’s also the month that includes the Summer Solstice. This means the stopping or standing still of the sun and usually occurs around the 21st. For some pagans it marks the marriage of the God and the Goddess and they see their union as the force that brings the harvest. Midsummers’ Day is often confused with the Solstice but is usually set for the 24th of June which is also St John the Baptist’s day. He is the patron saint of shepherds and beekeepers ( of which I am one) It is also one of the quarter days in England when rents are due. There is a proverb ‘Cut your thistles before St John, You will have two instead of one’ New horizons For me this June will see new horizons as I will be working full time for The Donkey Sanctuary /( uk) Not entirely new as I have been working for them for some 28years and my own donkeys visit residential homes, go into schools and with their help, I speak to clubs in this area about the history of the donkey, donkey care and of course, the work of the Donkey Sanctuary. I shall be covering counties from North Norfolk through to Oxford so likely to be somewhat busy so there will be a new Editor of Discovering March while I do this. Did you know there are some 50 million donkeys and mules in the world? Many of these are working donkeys that are essential to the lives of the people in these countries. Here in the UK, the donkey is usually seen as a companion or leisure animal and can be driven, shown or walked for enjoyment. But also in the UK, the donkey is used as a therapy animal – Donkey Assisted Therapy – and gives pleasure to many children and adults in this role whilst helping mobility and emotional needs. Daisy and Jenny will be at the Wimblington Fun Day on the 20th July complete with Fiona and Shrek so do come and say hello! 4

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| A word from - your local MP Steve Barclay Congratulations are due to March squash club, whose first team won Cambs Division One for the first time in their history. Well done to everyone involved. Two Chief Executives of national sports bodies have visited Fenland in the last month as part of my ongoing campaign to secure more funding for local sports clubs. The Chief Executive of British Swimming, David Sparkes, attended a meeting I organised with March Marlins and other local swimming clubs, to discuss how we can increase pool time and secure new sources of revenue. We also had a visit from the boss of British Boxing, Mark Abberley, who came on a fact finding mission to March Amateur Boxing Club after my meeting with him in Parliament. Will Sutton, treasurer of March Boxing Club, said the club found the visit hugely valuable and it has resulted in an application for £1,000 worth of funding for new boxing equipment. In Parliament I have repeatedly highlighted the gap between the damage caused by reckless motorists, which can devastate families when a loved one is killed or severely injured, and the light sentences imposed by the courts. After several years of campaigning I am pleased that the Government has now acted to change the law so disqualified drivers will face up to ten years in prison if they cause death, and up to four years imprisonment if they cause serious injuries. Although tough sentences cannot bring a loved one back they are important in delivering justice and reflecting the huge impact on victims

Another law change I am seeking is to address an in-balance in the disciplinary process for doctors.

and their families. Another law change I am seeking is to address an inbalance in the disciplinary process for doctors. At present the General Medical Council cannot appeal a disciplinary ruling that is too lenient, and it is too easy for doctors who have caused harm through incompetence to retire as a way of escaping being held accountable. This follows the tragic case of Nikki Sams who died of cervical cancer at just twentysix years of age after her GP misdiagnosed her condition eight times. I am determined to secure changes on behalf of her father Mike and raised this case again in Parliament this month. Fenland has not secured as much funding from the Local Enterprise Partnership as I believe we should. Having highlighted my concerns to the Chairman, I am pleased that a funding event is now being organised by the Local Enterprise Partnership to be held in Fenland. I hope local businesses will take advantage of this so that we secure a greater share of the funds available. In Parliament I have been questioning health officials on the lack of protection for whistleblowers, scrutinising the sale of Royal Mail, and examining new measures to tackle troubled families as part of my work on the Public Accounts Committee. To find out more about my work in Parliament and campaigns locally, or to let me know your views, please visit my website at Alternatively you can follow me on twitter at @stevebarclaymp or contact me on facebook at stevebarclaymp.

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Shannon- looking out for the youth and events right here in March Hey y’all. A quick introduction; I am Shannon Barrow I’m 16 years young and the former Chair of Youth District Council. I volunteer as the fundraising coordinator at 20Twenty Productions. I am in sixth form at Neale-wade Academy where I study Media Studies, English Language and Literature, Product Design and Textiles. I’ll be bringing your termly update from Neale-Wade and the goings on in March that may interest you. Summer is always exciting for us youngsters because we have plenty of time on our hands! So why not catch up on a few local events? See below for details. Enjoy! With exam season approaching everyone is sweating in their boots as we’ve all raised our aspirations and realised that we can be whatever we want. Dreams are never too big. But it takes a little hard work even when the pressure is tough there’s no point being a quitter. Neale-Wade has had the distinct honour of having a visit from the City of London Sinfonia who performed as part of a GCSE music project with year 10 students. The students chose the classical pieces that the orchestra played, they also played a specially composed piece together with students from Neale-Wade. An absolutely fantastic opportunity for the students and the school. 20Twenty productions organised this year’s Young Cambridgeshire’s Got Talent which was highly successful and bought together talented young people from all over the county. 1st Place was awarded to a young dancer called Hollie Grant from Whittlesey and 3rd place went to Sarah’s Street Dance crew - Xzibiti. Look out for the local talent as I’m sure they’ll be showcasing in March sometime soon.


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St Georges was another fabulous year for entertainment and I hope you all enjoyed your day. I definitely enjoyed mine! Great to see so many local performers, schools and theatre groups. Well done to everyone who participated into making the day such a positive impact on our community. It’s so excellent to see so many smiling faces in the town. On Tuesday 25th March Neale-Wade hosted a Careers convention for year 6’s and year 10’s. This allowed them to open their minds and approach the realisation that they can be anything they want to be. I attended the event and it was brilliantly hosted. With a buffet for lunchtime and lots of exciting activities provided by companies that provide future job opportunities. 20Twenty have recently become a National Music Hub based at March Town Hall, this ‘The Big Music Project’ is made up of 10 music champions who all complete a project based around music. I am a music champion and my project is going to be ‘Our big gig’. Which will be on the 13th July @ March Town Hall and March Market Square. Come along for a great day of music, workshops and refreshments. Also, keep a lookout for other projects in the area. Our local Youth Theatre is performing Alice in Wonderland this May. Tickets are on sale at Panini’s Café in March.

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t is only in the last few decades that peoples attitude to mental illness has changed and the treatment of those diagnosed with it has moved away from the Victorian Asylums . Robert Dickson-Oliver a March resident has recently written a novel based on his experiences within the Mental Health system. Robert started his career as a student nurse and spent time working within the locked wards of mental health institutions ,where he quickly became horrified at the way patients were treated .He then trained as a lecturer and gained a degree in Psychology specialising in health psychology and mental illness . Later he was appointed as a Clinical Manager of a mental health and learning disability unit . Having seen how patients became institutionalised and were badly treated in his earlier career as a student nurse, he was horrified to find that some units still had not progressed much further in the interim years.He decided the best way to give these patients a voice was to write a fiction novel. Robert says that his motivation for writing the book was when many years after first working in mental health he came across a patient from the past.”I realised that he had been on the unit where i worked in 1974 and although he had moved on to another hospital ,he had been patient more or less since that time.Apart from smoking ,eating and shuffling about ,he did little else.He was totally institutionalised and I realised


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that whilst I had had a life ,family and career ,he’d had nothing” ‘Jack’ tells the story of William who in his late teens suffers from a mental illness,he hears voices (Jack). William is cast into a system of care which is brutal and dehumanising. The book covers over 25 years of his life in various institutions and the various people entrusted with his care.This is a very readable book about a difficult subject that deserves to be widely read. It is compelling and unsettling giving detailed insight into how mentally ill patients were treated by the system . You can tell that the author feels a great injustice has been done in the way care was managed.Hopefully the book will give people an understanding of mental illness and that vulnerable harmless people should never be left in the hands of people who see them as easy targets to bully and humiliate , and will have you thinking long after you have finished reading it. If you like your fiction to have realism this book should not disappoint you.

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Organised by March Athletic Club and now in its sixth year the Spud Run comprises a five mile main run and a one and a half mile Fun Run. This year’s edition takes place on Sunday July 6th, with the Fun Run commencing at 10.15am followed by the five mile Spud run which starts at 11am. Stephen Cowell, Club Secretary of March Athletic Club and Spud Run Director, briefly explained the history of the run and how it acquired it’s unusual name, he said: “It was the previous chairs idea he wanted to have a unique name for it and the course that he set ran

and send it to me (Stephen’s details are on the application form), or they can come to the club house on Elm Road when we’re there on a Tuesday or a Thursday evening. “There are normally some application forms in the club house so if anybody wanted to pop in after 7.30pm they can, but the easiest way is to go on the website and print off a form. And it’s the same form whether you’re doing the Fun Run or main run; you just tick a different box.” He then described the route for anyone unfamiliar with the race, he said: “Its starts at the sports ground on Elm Road and then it goes into

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the nature reserve next to the prison, there’s a quick circuit of that and back out onto the roads before it goes through some farmers tracks and onto the bank of the Twenty Foot River. It then comes back through the nature reserve and finishes on our field, so it’s almost totally off road.” To find out more about the race and to print off an application form visit: http:// and look for March Spud Run.

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pring has sprung and now we are getting in to the Summer, people may be considering moving house or getting out in the garden, or decorating their properties. We put some commonly asked questions on these topics to the legal team at Fraser Dawbarns. Q1. How long does the process of buying and selling a house take ? It really depends on a number of matters eg. How many parties are in the chain? Your financial arrangements – do you require a mortgage? Are there any problems with the title deeds? Searches? If there is a chain and mortgages required we would normally say allow 6 – 8 weeks. However, if there is no chain or mortgages required and you are prepared to risk not having any searches or enquiries raised it can be completed within a week. In some circumstances we can exchange contracts within one day.  This is very unusual in that the Client knew the property very well and did not require a mortgage, no survey, no searches or enquiries raised. You only move as quickly as the slowest person in the chain. Q2. One of the fences at my property has fallen down, how do I know to whom it belongs ? You need to check your title deeds. If these are silent (i.e. the deeds do not indicate one way or the other to whom the boundary belongs) then it is probably a shared boundary and comes under the provision of the Party Wall Act 1996.  If the boundary is shared, then the best course of action would be to speak to your neighbour before carrying out any work.

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For Police ring 101 non emergency number or 999 if crime is active. Doctor’s surgery: Cornerstone Practice 01354 606300 26 Elwyn Road, March

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The Riverside Practice 01354 661922 22 Marylebone Road, March Doddington Medical Centre 01354 740311 In partnership with Ely Foodbank, who come under the Trussell Trust, a Foodbank has been opened in March. The Foodbank currently distributes food to local people in crisis on Tuesdays (1-2.30pm) from Powerhouse Church. Clients need to obtain a voucher before collecting food. People can donate food at collection points in Sainsbury and Iceland stores. Anyone interested in volunteering to help with Foodbank in any way. please contact Barbara Taylor at

Commissioner welcomes ‘sensible suggestions’ from progress report Cambridgeshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has welcomed a Home Affairs Select Committee report on police and crime commissioners progress to date, saying it makes some sensible suggestions. 26

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The report makes several points and recommendations, including: • It is too early to assess the success of police and crime commissioners as they are still „on probation‟ • New commissioners should have a transition of one month for „training‟ • Commissioners should be allowed to name their intended deputies during their election campaigns • Strengthening laws and safeguards around suspension/ removal of chief constables Sir Graham Bright said: ““The report makes some sensible recommendations and I am pleased that some of the points I raised during giving evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee have been taken up by them. I agree that it is too early to judge – it‟s a completely new model that cannot be compared to what was before. I believe the public will judge us through the ballot box at the end of our term on what we have delivered. That‟s what democracy is all about.” The report also questions the setting of targets by commissioners. Sir Graham said: “I have always said that I have gone to great lengths not to set targets. The pledges in my Police and Crime Plan, which the law requires me to produce, are based on what the public have flagged up to me and what they would like to see from the police. I have never been one for targets. The overall goal is to reduce crime and improve public confidence. My approach is clearly one the Committee identifies with. “I also agree that a week is not long enough between out-going and incoming commissioners. This is a big role that I think many have underestimated and it requires a longer handover period than was provided for last time around. “Likewise I am pleased that the report acknowledges the challenges commissioners have had around public awareness of the role at the time of the elections. I spent all of my time not asking people to vote for me, but telling people what the job was all about. The benefit of this was that my policies are actually the public‟s policies – I did a lot of listening. I think we will see that public awareness has improved by the time the next election comes around, since the public profile of police and crime commissioners has increased, sometimes for the wrong reasons of course, but the news coverage has helped increase awareness.”

Your invitation to help develop the new Cambridgeshire Fens LEADER Programme 2014-2020

Cambridgeshire ACRE is leading a bid for further funding under the Rural Development Programme, which is jointly funded by the European Agricultural Fund and Defra. If successful, this would bring around £2m of grant funding into the area for investment into local land-based industries, micro or small businesses, rural services, tourism, cultural and heritage activities. We want people who might benefit from this funding to join us to explore the opportunity further and to contribute ideas to shape our bid, so that it reflects what the local rural economy really needs. You are invited to attend one or more of the three workshops we are holding in June. For those involved in farming, micro enterprise or small business: Tuesday 3 June 2014, 3.30pm - 6.00pm Lakeside Lodge, Fen Road, Pidley, Huntingdon, PE28 3DF For those involved in tourism, cultural and heritage activities: Tuesday 10 June 2014, 5.30pm – 8.00pm Oliver Cromwell Hotel, High Street, March, PE15 9LH For those involved in rural services and village renewal: Tuesday 17 June 2014, 3.30pm – 6.00pm E-Space North, 181 Wisbech Road, Littleport, CB6 1RA

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Majestic Windows and Doors has gained a reputation for quality work and reliability, all with value in mind. All windows, doors and conservatories are professionally fitted with your requirements met and with very little disruption to your daily life. “No matter what design or colour we are sure to have a window, door or conservatory to suit your needs,” said owner Scott Middlemass. “Majestic Windows and Doors can promise you beauty and security in equal measure. We only fit top quality products and we take the greatest care while installing them. easy to use, secure and very functional, all our products come with a 10 year guarantee. You can be sure you’ll never regret choosing Majestic Windows and Doors whether its PVC work or carpentry work there’s no job to small.” “I set the business up a year and a half ago and I’ve been in the trade for 12 years in total, I was working for someone else and then I decided to go on my own and make a go of things and never looked back. you have to take the risk at some point and i thought it was a better time than any Although having a very young family it was always going to be hard, As i knew it wasn’t going to be handed to me on a plate”. Majestic Windows and Doors Bi-Folds can create a whole new feel for your home, linking rooms together and seamlessly joining inside living with outside space. Bi-fold doors are the ideal replacement for existing patio or French doors to flood any room with natural light. Amazingly flexible, bi-fold doors can be fully opened, partially opened or totally closed, depending on the amount of space required. Once fully opened, doors stack neatly to one side creating valuable new space and open plan living. Our range of practical french doors and Sliding patio doors offer excellent views of your surroundings, and provide maximum ventilation during the summer months, while our double glazing finish ensures minimal heat is lost during 28

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colder times.These doors also have high security specifications as standard. They are constructed in a way that makes it impossible for them to be removed from the outside. Doors on the back of a building are often seen as a soft touch by burglars looking for an easy option to force their way into a premises. Majestic Windows and Doors anti-lever and anti-fit design, together with multi-point locking, ensures your home is safeguarded from thieves. As well as windows, doors and conservatories, Scott also installs: • Energy Rated Windows in upvc a rated frames • Double and Triple Glazed Windows • External Doors • Bi-Fold Doors • Conservatories • Porches • Fascias Soffits and Guttering • Window and door mechanism • Glazing • Boarding • Composite doors • Patio doors • French doors • Sash windows • Window handles • Door handles Scott said: “The feedback I get is very positive every time, in many cases I’ve often been asked back to do other things around their houses. “I’m very professional because all I do is work on people’s houses all the time, your last job is always creating your next job”. • Majestic Windows and Doors is situated at 29 campbell way, March PE15 8RG 01354 461172, 07875 745125

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|Pet’s corner By Best Friends Veterinary Group, 3 Upwell Road, March PE15 9DT

Grass Seed Penetration

Grass seeds are an extremely common seasonal problem. Watching your beloved pooch looking so uncomfortable, usually lethargic and in a lot of pain is no fun at all, nor is the final bill for the treatment required to rectify this often preventable problem – another worthy reason to take out pet insurance.

Which dogs are affected by grass seeds? The types of dog typically affected by grass seeds are Spaniels, Jack Russells, Westies, and generally all breeds possessing either floppy ears and/ or hairy ears and feet if walked where grasses commonly grow in abundance. Why are grass seeds such a problem for dogs? Due to the minute shape of a grass seed, coupled with it resembling a tiny arrowhead, it easily attaches itself to pets fur before travelling in the only direction it can, in towards the skin. From here the seed will most commonly penetrate the skin and burrow its way either between the toes or down the ear canal towards the ear drum. Both are extremely sensitive areas, causing pain, discomfort and infection. What are common signs of a grass seed penetrations? - Head shaking or rubbing along the floor - Repetitive paw licking - General signs of discomfort - Sudden onset of lameness How are grass seed penetrations treated? As grass seeds are made from vegetable matter 30

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they are not visible on x-rays which makes them very difficult to quickly locate and remove. Due to the sensitivity of tissues they usually penetrate, only the bravest of dogs allow for examination and removal without sedation or anaesthesia. Vets follow the ear canal or use the entry hole in the paw as a starting point to locate where the grass seed has relocated to (grass seeds have been known to travel all the way to the heart), before extracting them. Sites are then cleaned, dressed and antibiotics prescribed if appropriate. What can I do to minimise the risk of grass seeds? - Ensure the fur on paws, toes and around their ears are kept trimmed very short during the summer and autumn months - Check your dog routinely after returning home from walks where long grasses are prevalent If you notice any of the above signs, or suspect your dog has a grass seed penetration, call your Vet asap, as the sooner they can be examined the better and if it is a grass seed the smaller the distance travelled will be.

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|Finance page by Eamonn Dorling Delivering Simple Financial Advice That really works

What the new changes to pension mean Firstly you might notice a change in the design of my contribution. I am re aligning my business with a more local and personal service based in Peterborough. As my administration and back up will be more comprehensive and efficient I will be providing an even better service for my clients. Following previous articles I have been asked to explain more about the recent changes announced in the last budget. The first change is already effective, if the total of your pension funds (excluding state benefits) is below £30,000 it can all be taken as a lump sum although some will be subject to tax – depending on your circumstances. In April 2015 those aged 55 or over with funds greater than £30,000 (increased from £18,000) can liberate their funds. Whether they should do so is a personal decision, the suitability of doing so will depend on their circumstances and their objectives.


Some individuals are already, or may wish to, take their pension within a drawdown arrangement. Their maximum income rate will increase following the budget – this might be good news for some, however, the flip side is that such a decision could potentially lead to lower income later, so it is important to take advice. Those wanting to apply for flexible drawdown (owner of pension can take any amount from a drawdown arrangement that they wish subject

to taxation) after satisfying a minimum income threshold of £12,000 rather than £20,000 – what constitutes a minimum income may be an area to seek advice on.

Small pension pots

If an individual has pension funds worth £10,000 or less, up to three can be taken as lump sums (25% tax free 75% potentially taxable) – even if there are other personal or company pension benefits. If access to a lump sum is important this might be an area worth exploring.

Role of an annuity

For many the purchase of an annuity will remain the best option. An annuity is where a lump sum from your pension buys a regular income. There are options that will affect the price e.g. whether for a fixed term or whole of life, increases each anniversary, joint or single life and most importantly – the rate offered by the provider, it remains very important to ‘shop the market’ before deciding which you choose because once the decision is made – there is no turning back. Benefits of an annuity can include certainty without investment risk, however, not understanding how options might fit in with your circumstances can result in the risk of low income further down track, for example if inflation erodes the buying power of your income. If any of this leaves you confused, or if you just want to check whether you are making the right decisions – contact me for a free no obligation initial meeting.

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Changes to Children and Family Law

The Children and Families Act 2014 (CFA 2014) came into force on the 22nd of April 2014 and introduces changes both in public law( where social services are involved), private law children proceedings (where the children live, how they will see the other parent) and Divorce proceedings.

In public law proceedings, amongst other things, it imposes a 26-week deadline for care and supervision proceedings to be dealt with by the courts and only under exceptional circumstances will that deadline be extended by up to a further 8 week. It introduces changes to the orders which the courts can make, in particular the length of time they are made for. It also introduces new provisions about post adoption contact. There are now strict rules in all family matters about expert evidence. It is now not straightforward if you want to rely on an expert to give evidence. This will need to be justified to the court as being an exceptional requirement. In relation to private law children’s proceedings a controversial new subsection


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added to the Children Act 1989, adds a presumption of parental involvement with the children on separation. Contact and residence orders are no longer orders which can be made; they are replaced by child arrangement orders. The requirement to attend a MIAM or mediation appointment is now obligatory, except in a few circumstances when making an application to the court about family matters. The CFA 2014 gets rid of the requirement for the court to consider on divorce whether to exercise its powers under the Children Act 1989 and therefore the Statement of Arrangements (Form D8A) which was required to be filed with a divorce petition where the parties had children under 18 is no longer required. With the recent changes it is more important that ever to have good legal advice when dealing with family problems, especially those that are before a court. If you would like to speak to one of our family specialists please contact us for an appointment.

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| Fishing

Local Fishing Round Up

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or those of you who don't know me I am Secretary of the March and District Angling Association and have been for over twenty years. I've lived in March all my life and have fished just about every river, drain and lake in the area. The March Angling Association has been going for over eighty years. It used to be known as the March Workingmen's Club. The Club controls the fishing rights on the Twenty foot drain from Goosetree Corner to the junction with the Old Nene at the bottom of Creek Road – some three and a half miles in all. It also controls two sections of the Old Nene – one above the bypass bridge opposite Fox's Marina and the other down Creek Road near the old go-cart track. Membership for the club is £12 for adults and a season for Senior Citizens is £6.00. Juniors are £4.00. These can be purchased at Mill View Tackle or on the river bank from the Club Baliff Sid Starr. Day tickets are also available at £4.00. By the time you read this, the river season, which runs from 16th June to 14th March, will only be a couple of weeks away. For those


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of you who don't know, you can fish in lakes and pits all the year round. If you don't fish lakes and you are going to start your fishing season on the 16th June, you will need a new Rod Licence which started on the 1st April. I have already got my swim sorted out on the Twenty Foot Drain ready for the 16th. I spend a bit of time before the season raking my swim out and pre-baiting. I'm lucky this year as the season starts on a Monday and that is my day off and hopefully I will catch a few Bream and Tench. These are the fish I will be targeting and I'll let you know how I get on. There are many good rivers, drains and lakes in the area and each month I will feature one of these plus any match results I receive or forthcoming angling matches or events. If there is any Club Secretary or Angler who has something to report on you can let me know on 07970673439 Tight Lines!

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..June in the town


by Jennifer Lawler

une is traditionally a time of celebrations and good weather. The fifteenth March Summer Festival weekend takes place on June 6th to 8th 2014 when thousands are expected to watch and take part in the parade through the town and to flock to West End Park to enjoy the music and activities. This coincides with WhitSunday on June 8th, the festival of Pentecost, on the seventh Sunday after Easter. From medieval times onwards Whitsuntide was celebrated as the first summer holiday in the agricultural year, with various traditions, including Whit Walks, dancing, and wearing new clothes. The Manea village policeman said in 1936 that veal was always eaten at Whitsun. Whitsunday was the day that many Cambridgeshire families ate the first gooseberry pie of the year, as well as, if possible, the first home-grown new potatoes.(1) In 1971 Whitsuntide was replaced by Spring Bank Holiday. Whitsuntide 1914, the last before the First World War, enjoyed beautiful weather ‘The traffic on the Great Eastern Railway was very heavy indeed, particularly to the seaside.. The road traffic too was really enormous, motor cars, motor cycles, and the less pretentious ‘push-bikes’ ‘.. the stayat-home individual was well provided for by quite an array of sports meetings etc..’(2) In the same year March Urban District Council Works Committee reported they had met at


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the Recreation Ground and decided that the Bandstand should be erected in the centre of the ground in a line with the gates and this was adopted. The Clerk ‘invited the Gas Company to tender for the lighting of the public lamps from August 1st 1914 to August 1915. The Council were paying £2.19s per lamp and they were extinguished after midnight. The Chairman thought they should be lit all night if this could be affected without any great difference in the cost. Very many complaints had been made: on occasion lamps had been lit when it was moonlight and out ‘when it was dark.’ Mr Collingwood said that ‘some of the lamps did not give half the light they ought to and he believed it was from want of attention and periodical cleaning’.(3) On 19th June 1921 March War Memorial was officially unveiled by Captain C. Coote and dedicated by Rev S. S. Walton to commemorate the servicemen killed in the war. It was designed by Mr Storr-Barber at a cost of £900 and showed the names of 210 men of March that were killed in World War I. 103 names of those who died in the World War 2 were later added, as well as further names.(4)

1) Porter Enid, 1969 Cambridgeshire Customs and Folklore, Routledge & Kegan Paul PLC London p118 2) The Cambridgeshire Times, Friday June 5th 1914 3) The Cambridgeshire Times , Friday June 5th 1914 4)

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The History of the Middle Level Waterman’s Club by Stan Rust. Email for more information.

6th - 8th

March Summer Festival March Open air music event to appeal to all ages and musical interests.

8th Open Farm Sunday. Open Farm Day at

Pigeons Farm, FREE entry for the day, lots of young farm animals, Bottle feed the lambs and help collect the Eggs. This year will include a craft fair, tractor rides and a climbing wall. For more information call 01733 271020

Kings Dyke. Join Fossils Galore on their Fossil Hunting Trip at Fossils Galore something has survived, waiting for you to discover! Please call 01354 278 089 for more information.

27th - 29th Chatteris Midsummer Festival

Following the success of the 2013 of Chatteris Midsummer Festival the organisers have already begun planning the 2014 Festival which will run from 27th to 29th June. Many of the most popular features of the 2013 Festival will be repeated including the Party in the Park, fun dog show, tug of war and It’s a Knockout competitions.


Open Farm Sunday. Manea School of Gardening opens its doors for Open Farm Sunday, with treasure trails, pond dipping, miniature gardens, candle making and willow weaving amongst the attractions. For more information call 01354 688089


Growers Market. A monthly growers market held at the front of the Oliver Cromwell Hotel in March, anyone who grows their own fruit, vegetables or flowers is welcome to come along and set up to sell their produce between 10-2. For more info call 01354 602890.

Fossil Hunting with Fossils Galore at Kings Dyke. Join Fossils Galore on their Fossil Hunting Trip at Fossils Galore something has survived, waiting for you to discover! Please call 01354 278 089 for more information.


Italia in Piazza - The Real Italian Food Market. Visit March market place on the 29th to experience some real Italian food. For more info call 01354 654321

14th Father’s Day Special at Fossils Galore

Join Fossils Galore to celebrate Fathers Day, where all fathers receive free tea or coffee and a free fossil hunt. Please call 01354 278 089 for more information.


Father’s Day . March market place will be hosting an event between 11am-1pm, supported by Goldings Nursery of Outwell. For more information call Fenland District Council, Markets and events on 01354 654321


Chatteris Craft and Lace “Off Loom Beading”. Join Chatteris Craft and Lace Group to learn ‘Off Loom Beading’ meeting at 7pm at the King Edward Centre, Chatteris. For more information call Jenny Furlong on 01354 692 801


Golden Moments from Opera. The Hatstand Opera Company will be performing at St Peter’s and St Paul’s Church, Chatteris at 7.30pm. To pre book your tickets call 01354 669104 or 692009 for £12.50. Tickets also available on the door at £15, student and under16s free.


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March Rainbow Savers (a new credit

union) will be open at the Fenland@ yourservice shop, Broad Street, each Wednesday, 10am - 2pm. For more info call Ross McGivern on 01354 654321 or email

New fitness classes Monday 7pm Fitness Bootcamp Westwood school.6 week course and pay as you go. Monday 8pm Toning class Westwood school. 2 week course and pay as you go. Thursday 7pm Pilates Neale wade school. Friday 7pm Fitness Bootcamp Neale wade school. 6 week course and pay as you go. Contact 07793942893 and website

March Youth Club 10 to 14 Year olds Every Wednesday 6.30pm to 8.00pm Trinity Hall, High Road, March (down the side of the Trinity Church). Contact: Debbie Hamilton - Young Peoples worker on 07500100463 or 01354 750355

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Events at Georges, March

Regular Events Every Monday

• FenLenz - Photography Group meet at Georges the last Monday of every month at 7pm. Friendly group of people interested in photography, everybody is welcome. • March Pool & Darts Hospitality Meeting at Georges

6th – Georges, March. Opening up our March Fete Celebrations, are Maid Of Ale. Featuring female vocals, an experienced backline of guitarists and drummers, and everyone’s favourite hits from the last 30 years, you’re bound to love this one

Every Tuesday

• Westwood Junior School Zumba 7pm Pay as you go

Every Wednesday

• Rugby Training 7pm at March Rugby Club –Training is free • March Dog Training Club at March FE Centre • Outdoor lawn bowls club (behind BRAZA club Elm road next to the station). Every Wednesday between 1pm - 4pm all welcome. Contact Lee 01354 659296 or Pat 01354 652952. • March & District Model Railway Club, meet Royal British Legion Club, Rookswood Road 7.30pm. New Members Welcome 16 Plus

Every Thursday

• 19.45-20.30 Armegeddon Circuit Training £6.00 payg or pre -booking on line • March Town Hockey Club 19.30 -20.30 at Neale Wade all levels welcome 13 plus age.

Every Friday

7th – Georges, March. Following on from Maid Of Ale, on Saturday, we have Mickey Flynn. If you like Blues Rock, then you’ll love Mickey Flynn. After leaving the forces many, many years ago, Mickey has been travelling the world, letting people all around hear his epic soli (That’s the plural of solo, believe it or not?). Definitely worth coming down and grooving to the blues.

• Ballroom Dancing for Improvers 19:30-20:30. and Ballroom Dancing for Beginners 20:30-21:30. Both at - The Allgood School of Dancing Doddington Village Hall, Benwick Road, Doddington, PE15 0TG • Sequence Dancing “Instep Tea Dance” 2- 4pm. Trinity Church Hall, High Street, March. Tel:01354 653819.

Every Sunday

• Georges Open Jam

First Tuesday of the month • Folk Club at Georges

First Saturday of the month

• 10am- 12 noon Over 18s Carry out manual work in Gault Wood such as tree trimming, hedge cutting.

Second Monday of the month

• 10.30 – 12 noon - Therapeutic Art Group, Express Yourself. The Town Hall, March. Lesley Cuthbert 07540 703645 Holly Trundle 01354 610592. Everyone welcome – complete beginners upwards!

Second Tuesday of the month

• Woman’s Section of the Royal British Legion meet at the March RBL Club at 7.30pm

Third Monday of the month

• Now 4 Knitting 14.00 Free March Library 0345 045 5225

Third Wednesday of the month • Folk Night March RBL

Last Monday of the month • Camera Club at Georges

14th – Georges, March. Rapture are a local 5 piece rock/pop band. Female fronted, Rapture pride themselves on thinking out of the box when it comes to creating their set lists; mixing genres, adding little twists to each song, and obviously throwing in the occasional rock legend, Rapture will not disappoint! 21st – Georges, March. Cattle Barons. No, they’re not a super group made entirely of cows! They’re a four man band that play an electric mix of cowboy classics, jazz, rock, pop, country, and just about everything in between. They’ll be sure to play something for everyone, so you better saddle up and ride down to Georges!

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| Summer Festival

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MARCH SUMMER 2014 FESTIVAL Plans have now being finalised for the March Summer Festival Weekend which will take place in West End Park on June 6-8.

The Festival Committee are delighted to announce that not only have they booked Gary Jay, the Benwick based Elvis tribute singer, but he will also be supported by one of the best Elvis backing bands in the UK. Described as one of the best in his field, Gary will be accurately reproducing a “live” Vegas Concert on the open air stage in the park on Saturday evening 7th June, from 8.15pm. Gary, who recently performed to backing tracks at the St George's Fayre, said “I am really looking forward to the show. It is always an honour to appear in front of your home crowd and working with one of the UK’s premier authentic Elvis Backing Bands, makes this a very exciting prospect. It promises to be a great night!” Also during the FREE weekend, on Sunday, as part of the Picnic in the Park, audiences will get a chance to enjoy music from the swing band era, performed by the Fenland Youth Swing Band, under the direction of Alan Norris. The 23 musicians in this young band, who gave their debut performance in March 2014, are mostly students of Neale Wade Academy. They will be supported by two singers in what promises to be the perfect accompaniment to summer picnic! The Lions Gala on Saturday, which will be officially opened by Mrs Patsy Brewin, representing the March Summer Festival Committee; Kit Owen, the Mayor of March; and Yvonne Eatock of March Lions, at 1.45pm, will include numerous attractions. This year sees the 15th March Summer Festival which will commence on the evening of Friday 6th June, with a showcase of younger bands, co42

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ordinated by CamBlast Promotions. On Saturday, as well as the Gala, the town will be the venue for not just one but two Parades. Along with the ever popular March Carnival Parade, organised by Rob Skoulding and Graham Litchfield, there will also be a Classic Vehicle Parade, featuring numerous classic cars and motorcycles led by a 1972 Lomax 223 with Patsy Brewin (wearing a new hat) in the passenger seat. Visitors to West End Park will also be able to get a close look at all the Classic vehicles as, after the parade, they will be parking at the far end of the park near Oxbow Crescent. The format for Sunday at the Festival will be similar to previous years with the Picnic in the Park, which will include not just the stage acts but also storytelling with Peter Optical, circus skills workshops with clown Adrian Ley and the colouring competition organised by Penny Hicks. The weekend will culminate in concert by the ever popular Alan Norris Big Band. Peter Optical, who proved very popular with audiences at the Whittlesey Straw Bear Festival in January, will be telling tales, not just for children but to enterain all the family. Peter explains: “All my stories are told not read, never scripted, never the same twice therefore in their telling they are always spontaneous and vibrant.” FREE Souvenir programmes for the Festival will be distributed in advance of the weekend and should be available from town centre shops and on the park during the event. All the programmes contain a chance to win one of many great prizes, donated by local businesses in the prize draw, for which a

donation of a minimum of just 50p will be required. Last entries must be received before the Sunday night concert as winners will be announced during the interval. March Summer Festival is made possible with funding from the following:- March Town Council, and Fenland District Council and with help or sponsorship from March Lions Club who run the gala; The Fenland Citizen who organise and run the Gala Princess Competition and give us lots of publicity; St Johns Ambulance who provide first aid cover; MADAOS and March CEC, Young People March and the George Campbell Leisure Centre and a number of local businesses for the loan of equipment, and numerous other local businesses, groups and individuals.

The Festival is costly to run and the committee would like to ask local business owners who do not help with the event to consider helping in some way, by sponsorship or even by getting us to display your advertising banner at the weekend, please contact Clive Lemmon at March Town Hall (or phone 01354 653709). Similarly, we would also love to have more hands-on help over the weekend, particularly with stewarding. If you can help please phone Clive...

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| Club guide

Charities Royal British Legion Club Rookswood Road, West End, March March & Chatteris Talking Newspaper Association Riverside Studio, Town Hall, Market Place March. Volunteers welcomed. RSPCA Cambridgeshire Mid East Branch 37-39 High Street, March March Rotary Club March Conservative Club – Mondays at 7.30pm Drinksense – Fenland 20a Deerfield Road, March. March Lions Club Oliver Cromwell Hotel, High Street.

Breathe Easy Fenland (part of the British Lung Foundation’s support network)

Meets at St.Peters Church, March, first Thursday of each month at 2p.m. New members welcome at 1.45: just come along. 1st March Scout Troop Gavin Philpott 07971 810 352


St Wendreda’s Church Wimblington Road, March Trinity Church (Methodist/United Reformed) High Street March contact tel 01354 653166 St Peter’s Church High Street March St John’s Church Station Road, March Providence Baptist Church Burrowmoor Road, March Jonathan Stevens (Pastor, Providence Baptist Church) March Evangelical Fellowship Upwell Road, March Centenary Baptist St. Johns Road, March


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March Chess Club - RBL, West End – Every Tuesday evening March and District Model Railway Club - RBL, West End – Every Wednesday evening The March Society March Library – First Wednesday of the month. www.themarchsociety. March Camera Club British Red Cross Hall, Robingoodfellowes Lane. March and District Museum, Society - High Street, March www. St Mary’s Church, Westrea Our Lady of Good Counsel (Roman Open every Wed and Sat 10.30am to 3.30pm Catholic Church) Fenland Farm Machinery Club Fenland Community Church Usually meet at the Scout Hall behind March Conservative Club, Creek Road March. First Thursday of Sainsbury’s Supermarket month October to March. Power House Church Fable, Tales and Folklore – FenCity Road, March land. Venues throughout March and Fenland Jim McIntyre 01354 653060 Craft Club March Marwick Centre, Marwick Road including Mend and Make. All Saints Interchurch Primary School Wisbech Riding Club Regular Meetings at Sovereign County Road, March 01354 659000 Quarter Horses, March Burrowmoor Primary School Burromoor Road, March 01354 652330 March and District Amateur Cavalry Primary School Operatic Society (MADAOS) Cavalry Drive, March 01354 652814 Maple Grove Infant School Meet every Tues 7.30pm and Maple Grove, March 01354 653337 Thurs 8.00pm at MYCC building in The Neale-Wade Academy March. New members welcome. Wimblington Rd, March 01354 606000 Thomas Eaton School Doddington Whist Drive Wimblington. 01354 740392 Every Monday at 2.00 pm in Westwood Community Junior School Methodist Church Hall Maple Grove, March 01354 653033 March Senior Citizens’ Club Every Tuesday 3.45pm at the United Services Club. March Whist Drive Friday at Friends of West End Park meet 2.30pm at The United Services Club every 3 months at Room 7, Council Doddington Whist Drive held Offices, County Road, March.Please every Wednesday’s at 2.30pm at email Doddington Court, Benwick Road Anglian Players Amateur dramatics March Brass 2000 meet at the group (over 18s only). Meet most TuesRoman Catholic Church Hall, St days and Thursdays at March CommuJohns Road, March every nity Centre, Station Road at 7:30pm. Monday. Beginner’s 5.45 6.45pm. Main band 7 - 9.00pm. March Branch Royal Naval AssociaWEA – short courses. March Contion 18:00 hrs 2nd Thursday every servative Club, Creek Road. month Conservative Club Creek Cambridgeshire Supernatural Road March Phone 01945 860683. Investigators - Based in Chatteris


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Clubs Work Club at March Library every Thurs 10-12 noon Chrissie 07771778124 or Sue 01354 754764. www.cambridgeshire. March Twinning Association 01354 654699 Silver Circle a club for the over 55’s Meet Monday at the United Services Club, Deerfield Road, March. 2 for 2.30p.m. start for an afternoon of various games. Tea and coffee and provided.

Cambridgeshire Family History Society March Branch March Library, City Road – First Tuesday of the month Middle Level Watermans Club

March Flower Club

Demonstrations and refreshments. Meet every second Tuesday of the month except January and August. Doors open 6.30 for 7.0pm start at Trinity Church Hall. June Dempsey secretary 01345 650963

Friends of March railway station

Meetings every 2 months in The room under the footbridge stairs Platform 1 March railway station at 6.30pm. Contact or March Rotary Club held at March Conservative Club, 14 Creek Road, March PE15 8RD at 7.30pm every Monday (except Bank Holidays), Website: homepage.php?ClubID=489

March Cruising Club headquarters March RBL Club, 27 West End

river cruises, rallies and social events. Slipway/winch available to members. Secretary 656034 RAOB Locomotive Lodge. Meets Thursday evenings at 8-10pm at the Braza Cub, Station Road, March. New members welcome. Lodge Secretary, John Wood 01354-658633

March and District Probus Club

meet at March Conservative Club, Creek Road, March, on first and third Tuesday of each month. 10.30am - 12 March U3A an active and friendly group for retired and semi-retired people. Meet on the second Wednesday in the Main Hall of March Community Centre, 34 Station Road, between 2pm to 4pm. New members welcome. Contact Margaret Edgley on 01354660620


GER Sports and Social Club home of Cambridge County darts, also outdoor bowls club. Robingoodfellowes Lane, March. George Campbell Leisure Centre, City Road, March.


March Town United F.C. Robingoodfellowes Lane, March

March Cycling Club We are seeking to recruit more cyclists of any ability and age. Contact 07789548350 or visit twitter @fennsCC March Town Cricket Club The Avenue Sports Ground Burrowmoor Road, March PE15 9RS. Tel.01354-652029 March Squash & Racket Ball Club The Avenue Sports Ground Burrowmoor Road, March PE15 9RS. March Town Bowls Club The Avenue Sports Ground Burrowmoor Road, March, PE15 9NY March Town Hockey Club The Avenue Sports Ground Burrowmoor Road, March PE15 9RS. Senior training on Thursdays at 7.30pm, and junior training is on Tuesdays at 7pm. Contact 01354 740199. Estover Playing Field Estover Playing Field Association – football pitches available for hire. Open to all. Tel. 01354 65340 March Golf Club Grange Road, March, PE15 0YH 01354 652364 March Conservative Bowls Club Creek Road, March PE15 8RD 07833932083 March Badminton Club Venue Neale Wade Sports Centre Club Nights Tuesdays Contact 01354655363 or March Rangers Youth F.C. Elm Road Sports ground (formerly the Braza field). We are an FA Charter Standard Youth Club and welcome boys and girls. Ladybirds Netball Club March based Netball club, training is at Neale Wade Mondays 7-8pm. Contact 07730601893 or visit www.

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March Soccer School A local FA Charter Standard Youth Football Club for boys and girls. All welcome. 07753 690393 or March Rifle Club Upwell Road, March, PE15 9DT. 01354 696271 BRAZA Short Mat Bowls Club Meet at the BRAZA club Elm Road March (next to the station) on Tues & Wed afternoons at 2pm and on Thurs evening at 7pm. Beginners welcome. Contact 01354 657981 March Indoor Bowls Club, Robingoodfellows Lane, March PE15 8HS 01354 655621

March Amateur Boxing club Unit 7, Century Way, March PE15-8QW For more info on training times contact are Bernie Wing 01354-654648 David Cole 01354-680469 Web. March & District Table Tennis Club Neale Wade Sports Centre. Club night is on a Tuesday night 7.00 to 9.30pm. New or old players always welcome. Please contact Steve Mason 01354 650454 or 07818030586. March Athletic Club March Bears Rugby Club


20TwentyProductions Skoulding Suite, March Town Hall Arts opportunities for young people in Fenland. PlayRight Theatre Company St Peters Church Hall, High Street. Termtime theatre group and holiday clubs. Fenland All Starz Cheerleading Squad St John’s Church Hall, Station Road. Boys and girls welcome Young People March City Road, March 01354 650645 Also includes Fenzone Youth Council 1220(March) Squadron ATC Headquarters Building, Gas Road, March. 01354 651788. Estover Girls Under 11’s Burrowmoor School 01354 661437 Fun United For young people 10-19 with additional needs, every Tuesday 7-9pm. FACET, Marwick Centre, Marwick Rd, March, PE15 8PH. Contact Papworth Trust on 0800 952 5000 or email

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