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Issue 49 / October 2017

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Inside this issue Time to get Frighteningly Fit - Tips & Advice page 54

Try Something New at The Spice Bank

Get the Look for Hallowe’en

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Introduction

Welcome to Your October Issue. What a difference a year makes! The last twelve months have flown by, and I have enjoyed every minute of my first year with Discovering March. We have seen the magazine grow from 48 to 72 pages, new columnists and a new photographer have joined us, and every month, more and more of you are contacting us with your news and events. I would like to thank you all for making me feel so welcome, and for taking the time to drop me an email or call for a chat. I really do love hearing from you all. This month we have a Hallowe’en special for you to enjoy, including stories of ghost hunting from Holly-Jean, and the legend of Jack-o’Lantern from Jayne Whytock. There are lots of spooky events to be found in our ‘What’s On’ pages and a great Hallowe’en look for you to copy, created by Lauren Goode of Be Fabulous.

Jaqui x

Happy October!

Autumn is the perfect time for taking up a new sport or hobby. In this issue, Active Fenland have a page all about running, March Squash and Racket Club are our featured club, and March Ladies Darts league are on the look-out for new members. There are lots of other ideas for activities to be found in our ‘Club Guide’. So go on, get out there and try something different – you may surprise yourself! The sharp-eyed among you will notice that our photographer Carol, is now Carol Marsh. Congratulations Carol and Nigel, we wish you all the best for your future together!

Claire x

Keep active!

Copy deadline details:

The copy deadline for the November issue of Discovering March is October 9th. Publisher - Claire Saberton: 01778 421427 | 07837 499061 | sales@discoveringmagazines.co.uk Editor - Jaqui Fairfax: 07977 450602 | editor.march@discoveringmagazines.co.uk Sales - Catherine Healy: 07879 478448 | enquiries.discoveringmagazines@gmail.com Sales - Hannah Ledger: 07958 160963 | info@discoveringmagazines.co.uk Ops Director – Andy Armstrong: 01733 200609 | 07780 922214 Design – Sarah Gumbley | Emma Gunner | Rob Harradine Accounts – Cheryl Jakes: 01733 686255 | accounts@discoveringmagazines.co.uk Photographer – Carol Marsh

Inside Highlights 6................ Recipe – Double, double ................... (no toil or trouble) stew

10 ............. Recipe – Pumpkin Pie 12 ............. Get the look! – Hallowe’en 14 ............. Wear it Pink – Charity Spotlight 19 ............. Ready for Hallowe’en? 20 ............ Moving On? – Yasmin Chopin 24 ............ The Legend of Jack-o’-Lantern 28 ............ How to Choose a Letting Agent (Part 2) 30-31 ..... Community Matters 32 ............ The Toad Men of Wimblington 34 ............ St Wendreda’s Footsteps 40 ........... Gardening Myths 42 ............ The Ghosts of Hostelries 46 ............ Fire at Whitemoor Yard 48-49 ... What’s On 50 ............ Ghost Hunting in Cambridgeshire 52 ............ This Month at the Movies 54 ............ Time to get Frighteningly Fit 58 ............ March Squash and Racket Club 60 ............ ‘DIY Wills’ 62 ............ Changes for Local Roads 64 ............ The Demise of the Phone Box 66 ............ Overheating Laptops and Towers 70 ........... Business Directory With thanks to:

March and District Museum, Holly-Jean, March Podiatry, Lauren Goode, Jennifer Lawler, Skylark Garden Centre, Jayne Whytock, Fraser Dawbarns, Active Fenland, Ellis Winters, Trevor Bevis, Yasmin Chopin, Steve Barclay M.P., The Light Cinema and Eileen Le Voi.

Photography:

Cover Photo taken by Jaqui Fairfax

Discovering March is published by a local team and is not associated with any other business. Care is taken to ensure that the content and information is correct, however we cannot take any responsibility for loss, damage or omission caused by any errors. Permission must be granted to reproduce, copy or scan anything from this publication. For a copy of our contributors’ guidelines please email info@discoveringmagazines.co.uk

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Eat the Season

Double, Double (No Toil or Trouble) Stew! Cast your culinary magic and get your cauldron bubbling with this witchy stew that makes the most of seasonal pumpkins.

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Method 1

In a large heavy bottomed pot, cook the onions in the oil until tender. Add the meat and brown on both sides. Season with salt and pepper.

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Add the garlic, oregano, thyme, bay leaf, broth, wine (optional), and tomato paste. Stir all ingredients together. Cover and simmer gently for 2 hours, or until tender.

3 Stir the vegetables into the pot. Cover and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 45 minutes. Adjust the seasoning. 4 Serve and enjoy!

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Eat the Season

Pumpkin Pie Method 1 Heat the oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C. 2

To make the pastry, mix together the flour and the cinnamon, if using. Rub in the butter and stir in the icing sugar. Add enough water (about 7tsp) to mix to a stiff dough.

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4 Line the pastry with foil and fill with baking beans. Bake blind for 8 minutes. Remove the foil and beans and return to the oven for 2-3 minutes. 5

Reduce the oven temperature to gas 3, 150°C, fan 130°C. To make the filling, put the pumpkin and all other filling ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Pour into the pastry case and bake in the oven for about 1 hour until the filling is set. Remove and leave to cool.

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Get the Look! - Hallowe’en Pumpkin -

By Lauren Goode

Hallowe’en is slowly approaching, and it is by far my favourite time of year to be a make-up artist, as it is my chance to let my creativity run wild and create something which is different to my usual ‘pretty’ designs. While creating this scary pumpkin look, I had a real love-hate relationship with it. First, I finished it, took a hand full of pictures (where normally I take a good fifty plus, just to get the ‘perfect one’), then took it off and started again, which didn't end so well, so I decided to scrap it. So this design was destined for the folder of ‘back-up looks’ when I showed it to a couple of people and their immediate reaction was, “Woah that's scary!”, which is exactly what you want when you create something for Halloween!  Here are some of the products I used to create this look: Grimas water make-up in orange and black. Mac water makeup in white.  Mac eyeshadow in saddle. 

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Wear it Pink, the UK’s biggest pink fundraiser which takes place during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, calls on supporters to ditch their everyday colours and pull on some pink to raise money for Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving breast cancer research.  The fundraising event, back for its sixteenth year, encourages supporters to hold events in their homes, schools, and workplaces and make a donation to Breast Cancer Now to help the charity achieve its aim that, by 2050, nobody will die from breast cancer. 

The charity’s flagship fundraising day started in 2002 and has so far raised over £30 million for vital breast cancer research.

Johnny said: “I will be wearing it pink this year. Quite simply, I take part because it’s easy and it’s great fun to do. You don’t need to train and you can be as creative and as crazy as you like.” Lottie Barnden, Senior Fundraising Products Manager at Breast Cancer Now, said: “Wear it Pink is a brilliant opportunity for individuals, groups, co-workers, and families across the UK to fundraise together. There are so many ways to get involved, from holding a pink cake sale or sports day in the office or at school, to having a pink party at home with your friends. Whatever you do, you’ll be raising money for Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving research. “Right now breast cancer is at a tipping point. Every year in the UK, around 50,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer, and sadly around 11,500 women and 80 men will lose their lives to the disease. This is why we are urging everyone to get involved in Wear it Pink.”  To take part in ‘Wear it Pink’ this October, please visit wearitpink.org for further details, fundraising ideas and how to register for your free fundraising pack.

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The BIG Show is coming to March On November 25th, ‘The BIG Show’, a variety show in aid of Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, starring some of the best local and national talent, is coming to March Town Hall.

“In April 2012, Jordan Simon, who inspired this event, was rushed into Great Ormond Street with Dilated Cardiomyopathy (heart failure). This lead to three major heart surgeries in twenty-four hours. During this period we lost him, but the surgeons at Great Ormond Street never gave up and they were able to bring him back to us; we were lucky, and this show is our little way of giving something back.” – Gary Tustin.

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Ready for Hallowe’en on October 31st? - What’s that all about then? Hallowe’en is a night of celebration, every year, on October 31st. The word Hallowe’en is a shortening of “All Hallows’ Evening”, (the day before All Hallows’ Day). Traditional activities include trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume parties, visiting “haunted houses” and carving pumpkins or “jack-o-lanterns”.

believed that the fires attracted insects to the area which in turn attracted bats to the area. These are additional attributes of the history of Hallowe’en.

Hallowe’en has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain (pronounced “sahwin”). The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture. Samhain was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and prepare for winter. The ancient Gaels believed that, on October 31, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped and the deceased would come back to life and cause havoc, such as sickness or damaged crops. The festival would frequently involve bonfires. It is

“Trick-or-treating” is an activity for children on or around Hallowe’en, in which they proceed from house to house in costumes, asking for treats such as confectionery with the question, “Trick or treat?” The “trick” part of “trick or treat” is a threat to play a trick on the homeowner or his property, if no treat is given. Trick-or-treating is one of the main traditions of Hallowe’en. It has become socially expected that if you live in a neighbourhood with children, you should purchase treats in preparation for trick-ortreaters.

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Moving on? - by Interior Designer, Yasmin Chopin This year, the majority of my work in interiors has involved me helping people who have just moved into, or who are about to move into, a new home. Some are brand new houses, others are established properties in need of refurbishment. Home improvements are costly, both in time and money; professional support, at an early stage, can minimise both. As you may know, I offer two-hour consultations. Whilst further design work may result from these meetings, the hope is that two hours might be enough; enough to engender confidence and encourage you to move forward with your plans. The time to chat over your ideas with an interior designer is right at the start of your project when you’re thinking about making changes. Do it before talking to builders or architects – their work comes afterwards. Too often, I've been called in when the extension is almost finished and the decorator is asking for paint colours… and the client asks, ‘What colour shall I paint this room? And where am I going to put the sofa?’ And too often, after my visit they say, ‘I wish I’d called you in before I started all this!’ Interior design is about creating a home that works for you and your family. It’s about making the spaces that you live in comfortable and inviting, exciting, relaxing and happy. If you spend big money on renovations, be sure you know exactly how it’s going to benefit you before you begin. How will you use the space? What sort of atmosphere do you want to create? What sort of furniture do you need, and how will you arrange it?  Visualising the space is difficult for many, but this is what an interior designer does every day. The aim is to help you create a home that looks and feels right for you – now, and in the foreseeable future. Your house is probably your most important investment; changes must be well thought through. Plan ahead, in as much detail as possible. If you’ve

been watching any of Kirsty and Phil’s programmes on television – ‘Love it or list it’ – you’ll know what I mean when I say that moving house is one option, but staying put and making the right changes could be a spectacular alternative. Image credits: Table lamp – Amara. Vase – Pat Short. Wallpaper – Timorous Beasties.

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Village Life

Watch out for Jack this Hallowe’en!

- By Jayne Whytock

The Hallowe’en practice of putting lighted candles into a hollowed-out pumpkin began with the Will-o’-the-wisps, who were the spirits of the dead that were trapped on earth. They used dancing lights to draw lost travellers into marshy, boggy land. Sometimes, they were just mischievous, but some could be malevolent and lead travellers to their death. Years later, the story of Jack-o’-Lantern started. This can be traced back as far as 1663 when the term meant a man with a lantern, or a night watchman. The story tells of a wretched old man, called Jack, who loved to scare people with frightening tricks. He regularly stole money from villagers and, one day, he was visited by the Devil who told him it was time for him to die.  Now Jack wasn’t ready to go, so he stalled the Devil by tempting him with the chance to bedevil the good folk of the village. Jack fooled him into changing himself into a coin, as only the Devil could do, so when Jack bought the church people’s goods, he would pay them with the Devil’s coin, which gave the Devil power over that person. Unfortunately, Jack placed the coin

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in his pocket next to a cross he had stolen, and the power of this cross stripped all power from the Devil. Feeling sorry for the Devil, Jack set him free, but made him promise that he would not take his soul when he died, and the Devil gave his word. Many years later, Jack passed away but, as he had led a wicked life, he was considered too evil to enter heaven, and, as he couldn’t go to hell, he was trapped for eternity on earth. Taking pity on him, the Devil gave him a burning ember, which he placed in the hollowed-out shell of a pumpkin, and so we have the myth of Jack-o’-Lantern. Over time, the two myths have merged into one, hence the lighting of candles in pumpkins to ward away evil spirits. So, as you light your pumpkins, watch out for Jack!

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removing, swapping, or altering the orientation of the arms. It is 21st century lighting, but not as we know it. Whether you require ceiling, wall, floor, table, flush, pendant, spotlights, downlights, or outdoor fittings – tp24 have them all, even specially designed children’s lighting, including spaceships and aeroplanes! Shaun Davis, Managing Director of tp24, commented, “Having the showroom gives us the ideal opportunity to meet with our local customers and explain how our product range offers revolutionary design innovations, with amazing energy savings. Our team has a wealth of knowledge to impart, helping to assure you that, as a customer of tp24, you will experience outstanding customer service, from start to finish, delivering you the most amazing lighting schemes to suit your lifestyle”. Why not come and take a look, and see for yourself how, at tp24, ‘light is turned into art’? To make an appointment to visit the showroom, please telephone tp24, on 01354 691919 or e-mail sales@tp24.com or visit www.tp24.com. OCT OBE R 2 0 1 7


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keeping the place in good order and to check if there are any maintenance issues. Letting agents usually have a panel of trades people who can be called upon to make repairs, maintain gardens and carry out annual tasks such as clearing gutters.

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St Peter’s Sixties Dinner and Dance Guests will be able to ‘twist and shout’ at St Peter’s Church Hall (March) on Saturday, October 28th (6.30pm-11.30pm) when the church holds its first sixties dinner and dance.

‘Halloween Heroes’ Set to Return Last year, Dan Martin was inspired to form ‘Halloween Heroes’, a group of super heroes who dressed up for Hallowe’en and went from door to door, handing out treats to children who were unable, for a variety of reasons, to go out Trick or Treating. He posted his idea on Facebook and got the most incredible response. Here, Dan explains this year’s plans. “Through great public support we received an awesome quantity of treats to give out and the whole night was a great success. We had so many sweets left over that we also attended the Xmas lights switch-on, to hand out the rest, whilst supporting the March firefighters. This year, due to popular demand, the ‘Halloween Heroes’ are returning with a new team, including myself as Deadpool. Confirmed so far, we also have Emma Buxton as Hit-Girl (from the movie Kick-Ass); Molz Turner as Harley Quinn (from the movie Suicide Squad); Sarah Watson as Wonder Woman; Kieran Wylde as Spider-Man; Adrian Watson as Superman; Callum Johnson as Iron Man; and Andy Page as Batman.

For Churchwarden, Linda Walker, the sixties have always been a massive personal favourite. She said: “I love the music of the sixties and thought that it would be great to have a sixties dinner and dance social event for the Church and hopefully raise some funds too.” Back When We Had Hair is a music duo based in Hertfordshire, specialising in music from the fifties, sixties and seventies. They’ll be providing the live music and their repertoire will be instantly recognisable to anyone with even a passing interest in music from the sixties. Paul Roberts is the fundraising manager for St. Peter’s and head chef for the dinner and dance, bringing his many years of experience in the hotel industry to the fore. He said: “The menu’s going to be great; we have a choice of meats, fish and a vegetarian option, hot and cold desserts and cheese and biscuits.” Tickets are available now and priced at £12.50 and the last booking date is October 18th. If you have any questions, you can call 01354 652881 or email st.peter.sixtes.night@gmail.com. The dress code is smart casual (but no jeans) and be ready to shake it all over after dinner. Reverend Andrew Smith said: “Ten out of ten for originality, I can’t ever recall the sixties being a theme for a church dinner and dance. We’re looking forward to it, but there’s a real point to be made here; life as part of the church can be fun and immensely enjoyable so I’d encourage people to get their tickets.”

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book honouring australian war hero relaunched Fenland welcomed friends from Australia to commemorate the relaunch of a book dedicated to a young war hero who sacrificed his life to protect the people of March. ‘March Hero’, originally published in 2007, tells the story of Australian Pilot Officer Jim Hocking, who died on July 28th, 1944, after the Stirling bomber he was piloting caught fire on a training flight. Aged just twenty-one, Hocking ordered his crew to bail out as he flew the plane away from March town centre, crashing into surrounding fields to avert disaster. Ten years on, the book by former Australian reporter Dorothy Whittington has been updated, with two extra chapters featuring more of Hocking’s wartime letters. To celebrate the new edition, Fenland District Council organised a book launch at Fenland Hall, March, on Wednesday, September 6th, along with the Fenland Twinning Association. The event came just days after a visit from the Mayor of the Sunshine Coast Regional Council, Mark Jamieson, to celebrate twenty years of twinning between Fenland and the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. Council Chairman, Councillor Kay Mayor, welcomed guests to the book launch, including Jim Hocking’s brother Alan and his wife Helen, other relatives and family friends from Australia, and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Neil McKittrick, and his wife Jean. There were also representatives from March Museum, which has a display in honour of Jim Hocking; St Wendreda’s Church, which features a Jim Hocking Memorial; and March Library, along with twinning members and councillors. “I have great pleasure in seeing so many of you here today,” said Mrs. Mayor. “Jim Hocking truly was, is and remains our ‘March Hero’.” Alan Hocking also gave a speech, in which he described March as his ‘second home’. He said, “Tinged with the joy in being here is always the memory of my brother Jim. The family owes gratitude to so many in March who have ensured Jim’s story is recorded and today we’re proud to be present at the launch of this new edition of ‘March Hero’. A limited number of copies of the new edition of "March Hero" are available to buy from March Museum, at a cost of £10 each, with all proceeds going to the museum. A copy is also available to view at Fenland Hall in County Road, March. OC TOB E R 2017

THE HALLOWEEN HOUSE Hallowe’en is just around the corner, and ‘The Halloween House’ are putting together a map plotting the properties in March who plan to put on a Hallowe’en display. The map will be displayed on their Facebook page and also shared on local discussion pages. If you would like your to be property included on the map please visit their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/halloweenhousemarch/ This year, once again, ‘The Halloween House’ are collecting donations for Little Miracles, a local children's charity.

Flick the Switch and Save on Energy Fenland residents are being invited to sign up for a free energy-switching service to see if they can keep warm and well for less, this winter. ‘Cambridgeshire Energy Switch’ is a joint scheme between Fenland District Council, Cambridgeshire County Council, other city and district councils, and switching partner iChoosr, which aims to reduce residents’ gas and electricity bills through the power of bulk buying. Everyone who registers is entered into a collective switching scheme, with energy companies then invited to bid for their custom in an auction Previous auctions have resulted in more than seven hundred households saving an average of more than £200 per year. Taking part in the Cambridgeshire Energy Switch is free, and signing up is quick and easy, with just an annual bill, or an indication of your annual energy usage, required. All residents can take part, whether they own their own home or live in rented accommodation, and regardless of whether they pay their energy bills quarterly, monthly, by direct debit or cash, or use a pre-payment meter. The energy auction will be held on Tuesday, October 10th, to see which energy suppliers offer the best deals. Everyone who signed up before this date will then be sent an offer, indicating any savings they could make. There is no obligation to accept the offer, and no fees or charges involved, whether people decide to switch or not. You can sign up for the Cambridgeshire Energy Switch at www.fenland.gov.uk/energyswitch. Have your latest energy bill handy when registering. Alternatively, you can request a paper application form by e-mailing your details to info@ fenland.gov.uk, or contacting 01354 654321.

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Village Life

The Toad Men of Wimblington

- By Jayne Whytock

Fenland is an area full of myths and legends. One that relates specifically to Wimblington is that of the infamous, and little-known, Toad Men. Toad Men are said to have made a pact with the Devil in order for them to control horses. In years gone by, horses played a massive role in country life. Before mechanical farm equipment and cars became commonplace, unless people walked, horses were people’s only means of travel, either on horseback or in coaches or carts. They were also used to plough the land and transport crops. Therefore, the apparent ability to control them with supernatural powers made the Toad Men both feared and revered. To obtain this power, a deal was made with the Devil, by performing a ritual, which involved catching and killing a toad, hanging it over an ant hill, leaving it there until the bones were picked

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clean, and then throwing the bones into a river. When only one bone was left, after the others floated away, it was taken and dried, and kept by the man till his death. The bone was supposed to hold mystical powers over horses. Once the Toad Man died, the Devil came to reclaim the bone and soul of the departed.

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Local History

Walking in the Footsteps of St Wendreda - by Trevor Bevis The cottage on the left bore the date 1658. It was pulled down and March’s first eco-home was built on the site.

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the trees are seen, the land turned over to NealeWade Academy, and beyond that the medieval Eastwood House, a moated building which was commandeered by a Parliamentarian cavalry unit in the 1640s. The cottage on the left bore the date 1658. It was pulled down and March’s first eco-home was built on the site. Just past the church, opposite the south porch, stands a two hundred-and-fifty-year-old cottage. The writer was told that very old remains of walls exist on the site. Could these be part of the nunnery built hundreds of years ago, the Benedictine sisters treading in the footsteps of March’s Saint Wendreda? Further west along Steeple Lane, an ancient track, a rectangular pond existed with old paving slabs around it. It probably served as a fish pond, used by the nuns. Like the old cottage, which was only demolished to extend the yard, the pond too was removed from sight and memory. Parts of ancient March gone forever!

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Ideally, though, watering is best done at dawn or dusk to avoid evaporation and drying winds. Third and finally, we must leave the most controversial myth till last... chemicals are bad and natural remedies are best. Vinegar is a very popular weed killer for the organic or natural gardener, but it is extremely toxic to frogs and toads, and while it may kill plants, it can harm our amphibian friends too. What we all must remember, when using chemicals in the garden, is to use them sparingly and follow the instructions. Skylark’s ‘Week of Wickedness’ starts on October 21st! The maze and fun yard will be open for this Hallowe'en-themed event, every day until October 29th, from 10am to 4pm, with last entry at 3pm. This year, we will bring you ‘Spooktacular’ entertainment, in our all-weather marquee, with a comedy and magic show, pick your own pumpkins (with pumpkin carving), and of course, the ‘Star Wars’ giant maize maze. Buy tickets online at  www.skylark-events.co.uk or on the gate.

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Local History

Ghosts of Lost March Hostelries - by Jennifer Lawler Many of March High Street’s public houses have disappeared over the years but traces of them can still be seen. The lively crowds may have left, but the evidence of the inns’ existence still remains as a reminder of times past. The White Lion stood on the corner of White Lion Lane, now St Peter’s Road, and its sign was the emblem of King Edward IV, 1442 to 1483. It was a distinctive Fenland cottage with thatched roof, and in 19061, had stabling for one horse and could accommodate one vehicle. Although long demolished, its outline can be seen on the end wall of the next building and a white lion remains (pictured top right). At 96 High Street, the (Rising) Sun public house, with its brewery at the rear, stood on the car park opposite Audley House, and its profile is seen on the side of the adjacent building, standing back from the road (pictured bottom left). Just ten yards away, stood the Three Tuns, perhaps similar to the White Lion though nothing remains. In 1906 it was leased by Morgan’s Brewery Company, Norwich. It had two front doors and a back door and stabling for four horses. The Red Hart was leased by Ogden’s Sun Brewery and stood at the present entrance of the West End Stores (pictured bottom right). Its large silhouette is seen on the wall on the right, where it stood back from its neighbour. It was a fine building, leased with an acre of land, and with stabling for seven horses and accommodation for seven vehicles in 1906. Across the road, on the corner of Burrowmoor Road, and at the end of a row of houses, stood the familiar sight of The Windmill public house. The road junction has been widened and only  a space remains, occupied by two flower tubs and a seat. Because it backed onto Chapel Street there was no space for stabling. Further along High Street, opposite the market, stands the substantial three storey former Golden

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Lion Hotel. Now housing a large shop, there is no sign that this was once a prominent public house. It was owned by Thomas Phillips and leased by Ogden and Sons. In 1906, there was stabling behind for seven horses and housing for seven vehicles. So many lost establishments. So many ghosts of the past, to remind us of where they once stood in the High Street, to provide warmth and conviviality. They were familiar High Street buildings for decades and now only their ghostly memories remain. 1

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Disastrous Fire at Whitemoor Yard

- By Peter Wright (on behalf of March & District Museum)

Within a short time, the slated roof fell in with a deafening crash and within half an hour, the building was completely wrecked.

GER shunting engine in Whitemoor Yard

On Tuesday, April 11th, 1893, a shunting engine was probably responsible for igniting an accumulation of straw under the platform at the north end of Whitemoor tranship shed. It was a large wooden building with five internal cranes. It was 200ft. long and 35ft. wide, and used to redistribute small consignments of goods between wagons. It had a slate roof and its exterior timbers were heavily coated with a tar-based preservative. A keen northâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;westerly wind was blowing and the fire spread with extraordinary rapidity. Within a few moments, the whole shed was enveloped in flames. Trucks standing outside the shed were quickly moved, even though some of them had already caught fire. Railway men in Whitemoor, under the direction of yardmaster, Ed Fookes, began to fight the fire with hoses from fire hydrants. They were soon joined by twenty men from the locomotive depot, and latterly some men from the station. However, the pressure in the Wisbech waterworks main was not sufficient to reach more than half way up the building. Within a short time, the slated roof fell in with a deafening crash and within half an hour, the

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building was completely wrecked. Inside were four loaded trucks and six empty ones, and all were completely destroyed. The heat had twisted the railway metals into fantastic shapes. This was rated as the most disastrous local fire for many years and the damage estimated at ÂŁ2,000 was, fortunately, covered by insurance. In October, it was announced that a replacement building of iron and brick was to be erected. This was to be 200ft. long, with sufficient width to have four tracks running through it, each with its own large loading platform, together with powerful cranes to assist with the loading and unloading of trucks. It was stated, that since the GNR and GER companies had amalgamated their operations through March to Doncaster in 1882, the work done at Whitemoor had increased largely and the forthcoming alteration had been found to be very necessary. This building served the railway until transhipment activities ceased at Whitemoor in the late 1950s. Museum Opening Hours are 10:30am-3:30pm, Wednesday and Saturday. Entry is Free.

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October 2017 6th Bird Feeders Workshop. March Community Centre, March, PE15 8LE. 10am-1pm. Free tutor-led session including materials. Contact Justin 07921 975054. 6th The Friends of March Library invite you to a Nunkie production of The Crystal Egg and The Door in the Wall. A rehearsed reading, by Robert Lloyd Parry, of two visionary tales by H G Wells at March Library, 7pm. Tickets £5, available from the library. Refreshments will be available. 7th March And District Model Railway Club Open Day at The Scout Hall (behind Sainsbury’s), Mill View, March, PE15 8SY. Club layouts in various stages of construction, trade stands, demonstrations, refreshments, club sales stand. Free parking and wheelchair-friendly. Admission £2, Children free. Open 10am-4pm. 7th Get Back at The Braza Club, Elm Road, March, PE15 8NZ. Come and see the best ’60s band in the area. 8.30-11.30pm. 7th Oktoberfest at March Conservative Club, 14 Creek Road, March, PE15 8RD. Fun, music and games at this annual event, with music from Oompahlievable. German-themed food available on the night. Tickets £10. 7th Live Band Beer Belly at Georges, 61 High St, March, PE15 9JJ. Visit www.georges-march.co.uk for further details. 8th ‘Work Party’ - The Friends of Rings End Nature Reserve, March, PE15 OBE. 9.30am-12.30pm (refreshments are available.) Tools are provided. Children are welcome. Come and help to keep our nature reserve open, explore the woods, meet the wildlife and help us with the management of the area. 8th Vintage Tea Dance with Back Two at March Conservative Club. 3pm to 5pm. £6 adults, £3 children (includes tea and nibbles). Doors open 2.30pm. Call 07760 160022. 8th GC'S Fenland Jazz Club at The Woodman’s Cottage, 90 High Road, Gorefield, PE13 4NB. 7.30pm. Simon Brown Trio and guests playing a selection of Jazz styles – every second Sunday of the month. Tel: 01945 871094. 9th FOMRS Station Clear Up at March Railway Station. 10am. 11th The March Society hosts a talk from David Edwards on The Rectors of Doddington and March at March Library, 7pm. £2 members, £3 non-members. Contact info@themarchsociety.org.uk . 12th March Solo Group at Trinity Church Hall, March at 10.30am. After refreshments, the speaker will be Brenda Mead from Cambridge Libraries. Tel. 01354 656181 or 01354 654169 for more information. 48

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12th Quiz at the Anchor Inn, Norfolk Street, Wimblington. Starts at 8pm. £1 per person entry (All money raised goes to local groups/ causes.). Max teams of six. Round of drinks prize for winners. (always held on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month). 13th A History of Milestones – The March and District Museum presents a talk by Michael Knight at St Peter’s Church Hall (opposite the Museum). 7.30pm. Admission is £3 but for Members of the Museum Society the charge is £2. Refreshments are included. 13th Poppy Dance with Billy G. & The Heartbeats at Braza Club, Elm Road, March, PE15 8NZ. Tickets £6 (price includes a ploughman's). 7pm. For tickets call 01354 652866, all proceeds to the British Legion Poppy Appeal. ROD STEWART /EdZEd/KE>>zZEKtEdZ/hddK

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20th Devious Minds Magic Show at Chatteris Library, 2 Furrowfields Road, PE16 6DY. Fresh from two national tours and an Edinburgh run, this magic show is a must-see for everyone who likes entertaining magic! 7pm. Tickets: £7 (adults), £4 (concessions). Suitable for adults and young people (recommended age 10+years, under 16s, must be accompanied by an adult). 20th Hallowe’en Family Disco at March Conservative Club, 14 Creek Road, March, PE15 8RD. Adults £3, children free. 6pm-10pm. 21st-29th Half Term Autumn Trail at Peckover House, North Brink, Wisbech, PE13 1JR. Solve the clues in the garden and come along to the Reed Barn to collect your autumn biscuit. Children £1 plus normal admission. 21st-29th Skylark’s Week of Wickedness. The maze and fun yard will be open for this Hallowe'enthemed event, from 10am-4pm, with last entry at 3pm. This year, we will bring you ‘Spooktacular’ entertainment, in our all-weather marquee, with a comedy and magic show, pick your own pumpkins (with pumpkin carving), and of course, the ‘Star Wars’ giant maize maze. Buy tickets online at www.skylark-events.co.uk or on the gate. 21st Under the Bridge 6 – a celebration of the acoustic guitar at March Town Hall, Market Place, March, PE15 9JF. Doors open 6.45pm for 7.30pm. Tickets £10 available from Paninis or Tel: 01354 651396.

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October 2017 23rd-25th Mosaic Workshops at March Library, City Road, March, PE15 9LT. Join Carolyn Ash for fantastic workshops making mosaics for display in March Library. You’ll be learning about mosaic techniques and working with the theme of nature. 10am-1pm, 2pm-4.30pm. Tickets: £3 per session per person (adults), Free (concessions). Suitable for all ages 3 years and over (under 12s must be accompanied by an adult). Purchase from Library. 24th Wimblington Film Club is showing Their Finest at Wimblington Parish Hall, doors open at 1.30pm and film commences at 2pm. £2.50 on the door. Visit www. wimblingtonfilmclub.org.uk or call Pat on 01354 740654. 25th Things that go Bump in the Night! at The Countryside Centre, Chapel Road, Ramsey Heights, PE26 2RS – What happens when the sun goes down? Discover the animals of the night. All children must be accompanied by an adult. No booking needed. Tel: 01487 710420 or email info@greatfen.org. 27th Fenland Spooktacular at Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve, Lode Lane, Wicken, Ely, CB7 5XP. Get ready for Hallowe’en with some spooky fun! Come along in costume – if you want to – for some naturally scary goings-on. Games and craft, suitable for ages 3-10yrs. Booking essential. Phone: 0344 249 1895. 27th-31st Ely Ghost Walks - Discover the dark side of Ely on one of our immensely popular evening Ghost Tours. Tours depart from Oliver Cromwell's House at 7pm. All tickets £10 and must be pre-booked. For bookings, please call 01353 662062 or visit www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk 27th-29th and 31st Peterborough Hallowe’en Ghost Walks at Peterborough Museum. Stalk the streets with our costumed guide to discover the eerie secrets of Peterborough's most spooky locations. Listen closely to the city's more morbid tales and keep an eye out for any ghostly apparitions who may appear as they hear their stories told... Not recommended for children under eight or those of a nervous disposition. 7.30pm and 8pm. £5 Adults £3 Children. To book call Peterborough Museum on 01733 864 663. 28th Fenland Light Railway Hallowe’en Special. Mereside Drove, Ramsey Mereside. Train rides just £1 per person/ ride and very reasonable price refreshments available including delicious home-made cake. 2pm–8pm. See our website for more details: www.fenlandlightrailway.co.uk. 28th Sixties Dinner and Dance at St Peter’s Church Hall (March). 6.30pm-11.30pm. Featuring Back When We Had Hair playing music from the 50s, 60s & 70s. Tickets £12.50 (last booking date is October 18th). Tel: 01354 652881 or email: st.peter.sixtes.night@gmail.com.

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28th 1st March Scouts Fireworks Display - Hosted by March Town Cricket Club, Burrowmoor Road, March, PE15 9RS. Gates to be opened at 6pm. Fireworks from 7pm. Advance adult tickets are £4.50, Advance child tickets are £3.50, On the gate, adult tickets are £5, On the gate, child tickets are £4. Tickets are available from the main box offices at Johnson’s Ironmongers, Dartford Road, and March Town Cricket Club. 28th Hallowe’en Fun Day at Fossils Galore, 60 High Street, March, PE15 9LD. 10am-5pm. A Hallowe’en funfilled day, fancy dress competition, Hallowe’en drawing, Haunted Museum, prehistoric activities. Free Admission. 28th Fright Night at Fossils Galore, 60 High Street, March, PE15 9LD. 6.30pm-9.30pm. Haunted Museum with a few scary surprises. Do you dare to enter? Book your places now to avoid disappointment – Tel: 01354 278089. 28th Hallowe’en and Firework Festival at Huntingdon Racecourse, Huntingdon, PE28 4NL. 5pm–8.30pm. Join in the fun, and dress to scare, as we hold the annual spookiest costume and spookiest pumpkin competition. There is fun for all of the family, with large fairground rides, food stalls, a real-ale tent, and much more. Take advantage of the early-bird prices and pay just £5 per adult and remember kids go free! Tickets will be £7 on the gates. www.huntingdon.thejockeyclub.co.uk. 28th Hallowe’en Party with live music from Them Nerves at The Men of March, 69 Wisbech Road, March. 9pm. 28th Live Band and Hallowe’en Fancy Dress with Stykky Fingers at Georges, 61 High St, March, PE15 9JJ. See website www.georges-march.co.uk for further details. 29th Junior Hallowe’en Smash at Chatteris Tennis Club, St. Peter's Drive (just off New Road), Chatteris. Free Event, 4pm-6pm. 29th Fashion Show in aid of East Anglian Air Ambulance at GER Sports & Social Club, March, PE15 8HS. Tickets £5 includes free drink. Tel: 01354 652335 or www.germarch.co.uk

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As Hallowe’en approaches, I sat down with local ghost hunter, Donna Frenette, to find out more about ghostly goings-on in and around Cambridgeshire. Where is the most haunted location you’ve been to? “One of the most haunted locations is where Samuel Jones Paper Mill used to be, in Little Paxton, Cambridgeshire. In the 1800s, it was the site of a boarding school for disabled children. The children and staff still haunt the place. I went in when the company was still operational and caught my first ghost on video. The site was sold and knocked down for housing. Since the houses have been built, numerous residents there have contacted me about strange goings-on. They hear and see children playing in their houses.”

What does ghost hunting mean to you? “Ghost hunting for me is a passion and a calling. There are many reasons why we have ghosts amongst us. In my eyes, these are trapped souls unable to move on into the spirit world to find peace. 

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I hear their story through my mediumship so that I can then help them to heal and understand why they're still here. Many don't even realise they are dead, especially if their lives were ended suddenly and traumatically. Others will not move on into the spirit world because they have unfinished business here.”

Can you give me an example of a ghost you contacted and helped? "The spirit of a man, who had been a landlord at a pub, in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, in the 1700s, was tormenting a child in a house which was built on previous pub land. Children are more susceptible to the spirits. I asked why the spirit was keeping the child awake at night. He told me the child was the only one who could hear him. I asked why he was still here, and he told me his land was wrongfully taken from him. The child's mum did some research on behalf of the spirit landlord and the landlord never bothered the child again. She had been desperate before my visit, to the point of considering selling.” Donna believes that, “We shouldn't be frightened of hearing noises and things going bang in the night. It's spirit wanting to get our attention. That is all. I always say, if you were to die suddenly, you'd want to get the attention of the living, especially your loved ones”.

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Start your Hallowe’en Weekend with a Bang! Start your Hallowe’en weekend with a bang, and come along for a fun evening of fireworks and live music. After last year’s great event, 1st March Scouts and March Town Cricket Club are proud to present their second annual fireworks display at March Cricket Club. We have an even bigger display, professionally fired by 1605 Fireworks and, new for 2017, a live band! Local band, Catch 22, will be playing after the display, for a longer and even more enjoyable evening. The gates at both Burrowmoor Road and The Causeway will be open at 6pm, with the display beginning at 7pm. There will be a licensed bar, and hot food available throughout the evening.

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Advance tickets are being sold at discounted prices; these will allow you a fast track entry. Tickets are available from the main box offices at Johnson’s Ironmongers, Dartford Road, and March Town Cricket Club; additionally, they are also available from Fen View Motors, Whittlesey Road. Advance Adult tickets: £4.50/On the gate: £5 Advance Child tickets: £3.50/On the gate: £4 Follow March Scout Fireworks on Facebook to keep up-to-date with the event details and offers, or see our website www.marchscoutfireworks.co.uk Our thanks go to all the local companies and volunteers who support this event for the benefit of two local organisations: 1st March Scout Group (registered charity no. 300719) and March Town Cricket Club.

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This Month at the Movies with The Light Cinema Wisbech

Blade Runner 2049

The Lego Ninjago Movie

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

With the cold weather outside there’s nothing better than a brilliant movie and a cup of hot chocolate to brighten up your day. Firstly, October brings you Blade Runner 2049, the most anticipated remake of the year. Director, Denis Villeneuve, presents you the story of a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K, who unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. Starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, this film is showing from October 5th. Not long after that, you can’t miss out on The Mountain Between Us. Academy winner, Kate Winslet, and Idris Elba, star in this action-packed adventure about two strangers who must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow-covered mountain. The Mountain Between Us is released on Friday, October 6th. October also brings you family movies, such as The Lego Ninjago Movie and Thor: Ragnarok. Whether

you are a superhero fan or not, we can guarantee you will not be disappointed. Your children will love it too! Why not spoil them and treat them with our kid’s combo which includes popcorn, drink and a snack for just £3.95? Following on, we are happy to screen our next dementia-friendly screening of Breakfast at Tiffany’s on Monday, October 9th. Don’t forget that the screening is open to the public and all carers go in for free. The ticket also includes free refreshments, kindly provided by Iceland Foods, and live music entertainment from the March-based duo, Back Two. Fancy something different to mainstream films? Then grab a glass of wine from the Green Room and enjoy our latest National Theatre Live and Royal Opera House productions, such as La Bohème or Hamlet.

For more information and to book tickets visit www.lightcinemas.co.uk Please note that films are subject to change and not guaranteed to show in all cinemas.

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Time To Get Frighteningly Fit

- By Lauren Bremner, Active Fenland Co-ordinator

There are only twelve weeks until Christmas, so if you’re not feeling ‘party ready’, now is the time to run yourself into shape. Running has some fantastic health benefits, not to mention it’s free, and you can do it almost anywhere.

There is a great beginner’s session in March, held on a Monday, 6-7pm, in West End Park, meeting outside the bandstand. This session is completely free and is aimed at getting you up to running 5K or your own personal target. The group welcomes new people all the time; you don’t need to book – just turn up. But, if you can’t make our session, here are our top tips for the ‘newbie runner’: 1) The right gear Running needs very little equipment, but a good well-fitting pair of trainers will increase comfort and reduce injury. There are all sorts of trainers on the market, so get advice from a specialist, who will help find the right shoe for you. Ladies, do not underestimate the need for a sports bra; normal bras will just not cut it when it comes to running. A well-fitting sports bra will help with comfort; exercising without one can cause pain. Make sure you try before you buy, to check it's giving you enough support. If you are running on roads, stay safe and be seen. Please wear bright reflective clothing, or invest in a high-vis vest to wear over your outfit. 2) Warm-up Don’t skip a warm-up, but spend around five minutes warming up. This can be anything from a brisk walk to jogging on the spot, knee lifts, side steps, skipping or a combination. Getting your body warm, and ready to workout, will reduce the chance of injury, and bring

your heart rate up slowly, making you more likely to get the most from your run. 3) Build up Start with running and walking in intervals; each time you go, try to make your running interval longer, and keep building. Go for a distance, not time; use markers on your run, such as lampposts and signs; it might not seem much, but you will soon see the distance building. Try to keep going out regularly; twice a week is a good place to start, or stay in if that suits you; you don’t need to run seven days a week. 4) Cool down Just like warming up, cooling down is also important. Walk around five minutes at the end of your run and do a few stretches; this will help with muscle soreness the next day. 5) Stay motivated Set yourself a goal, and make it realistic; you can always set new targets. Find a running buddy, encourage someone else to start with you. Keep a diary, or use an app to track your progress. Try out a ‘couch to 5k’ podcast; the NHS has one you can download for free. Change your routes or listen to music to keep yourself interested. Finally, join a club when you feel ready, and meet a whole bunch of new people who you can run with. You will be surprised how many clubs have people who are just starting out like you.

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Club Guide Sport March Marlins Swimming Club George Campbell Leisure Centre 0700 390 1290 or info@marchmarlins. org.uk. www.marchmarlins.org.uk March Rifle Club Upwell Road, March, PE15 9DT. 01354 696271 Pro Martial Arts School March Train at Neale-Wade Academy (Sunday and Wednesday) - Contact Michael Davison on 07906 411721 for more details. March Indoor Bowls Club Robingoodfellows Lane, March PE15 8HS. Tel: 01354 655621    Finesse Personal Training Bootcamp classes, Pilates classes, Toning and over 50s classes run throughout the week at Westwood School, Neale Wade and St Wendreda’s Hall. For more information visit www.finessept. co.uk or on 07793942893  Parkfield Jets Ladies Netball Club Training at Parkfield Wimblington, Mondays 7pm-8pm. March Braza Bowls Club Wednesday and Saturday afternoon roll ups will resume in early April. All equipment will be provided. For info contact 01354 654634. George Campbell Leisure Centre City Road, March. www.fenland.gov. uk/leisure/leisure-centre/georgecampbell Estover Girls Under 11’s Burrowmoor School 01354 661437 BRAZA Short Mat Bowls Club Meet at the BRAZA club Elm Road March on Tuesday at 2pm and on Thursday at 7pm. Beginners welcome. Contact 01354 657981 brazashortmatbowlsclub.clubbz.com GER Sports and Social Club Home of Cambridge County darts, also outdoor bowls club. Robingoodfellowes Lane, March. www.germarch.co.uk March Town United F.C. Robingoodfellowes Lane, March www.pitchero.com/clubs/ marchtownunited Neale-Wade Gymnastics Club For children aged five and up, classes three days a week. Contact Head Coach Alan Todd 01354 692437 March Cycling Club We are recruiting more cyclists of any ability and age. Visit facebook.com/ mcc-MarchCyclingClub or @fensCC March Amateur Boxing Club Unit 7, Century Way, March. Tel: Bernie Wing 01354 654648, David Cole 01354 680469

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March Senior Citizens’ Club Every Tuesday 2.00pm.to 3.45pm at the United Services Club. March Brass 2000 Rehearse every Monday in the Roman Catholic Church Hall from 7-9pm. Beginners’ classes held from 6-7pm. Brass instruments supplied if required. www.marchbrass2000.co.uk. The Friends of Rings End Nature Reserve 'Work Parties' every 2nd Sunday of the month from 9.30-12.30pm (refreshments are available.) Tools are provided. Kids are welcome. Come and help to keep our nature reserve open, explore the woods, meet the wildlife and help us with the management of the area. Friends of March Library Supporting and promoting the library within the community. Join us at our coffee mornings on the last Saturday of every month, from10.30 am to 12 noon. Members and non-members are always welcome. March Whist Drive Friday at 2.30pm at The United Services Club. Royal British Legion March Branch Meets on 1st Tuesday of month at 7.45 pm, Rookswood Club, 27 West End, March. New members welcome, Contact Secretary 01354 652470. Doddington Whist Drive Held every Wednesday’s at 2.30pm at Doddington Court, Benwick Road Friends of March Railway Station Meetings held every two months in the Community Room (platform 2) March Railway Station at 6.30pm. Contact adrian.sutterby@fomrs.org.uk or gary.christy@fomrs.org.uk Wimblington Photogroup Meet twice a month at St Peters Church, Wimblington from 7pm-9pm. Contact Peter James 01354 741872 Work Club At March Library - every Thursday 1012 noon Chrissie 07771778124 or Sue 01354 754764. www.cambridgeshire. gove.uk/jobs/adultcareers March Readers Every second Saturday at March Library 10:30am. Open to anyone interested in books and reading. March Twinning Association www.mta.btck.co.uk 01354 654699 Silver Circle A club for the over 55’s Meet Monday at the United Services Club, Deerfield Road, March. 2pm for a 2.30pm start, for an afternoon of games. Middle Level Watermen’s Club www.middlelevelwatermensclub.com

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WEA Short courses. March Conservative Club, Creek Road. March Rotary Club Held at March Conservative Club, 14 Creek Road, March, at 7.30pm every Monday (except BH), www.rotary-ribi. org/clubs March Cruising Club Meet Saturday lunch time, first Saturday of the month, at The Rookswood Club, 27 West End, March. River cruises, rallies and social events. Slipway/winch available to members. www.marchcruisingclub.co.uk Secretary 656034 RAOB Locomotive Lodge Meets Thursday evenings at 8-10pm at the Braza Cub, Elm Road, March. New members welcome. Lodge Secretary, Secretary Gerry Wood, 07789548350, woody2791@gmail.com March Street Pride/In Bloom Group Meet to pick up litter at the George Campbell Leisure Centre 10am on the last Tuesday of the month, Contact 01354 602134 March Morning W.I. Meet at the March Community Centre, Station Road on the second Thursday of the month 9.30am-11.45am. March Bridge Club Meets every Thursday at 1.30 at the BRAZA Club, Elm Road, March. Contact George Jupp 01354 657981 March and District Deaf Club A club for deaf and hard of hearing people of all ages, everyone welcome. Meet the first Friday of the month (except August) at St Peters (March) Church Hall – 7pm-11pm. Email secretary Godfrey Palmer: godfrey44@ btopenworld.com Wimblington 50 Plus Club Meets at The Parish Hall, Addison Road, Wimblington. 3rd Tuesday each month 2pm-4pm. Contact Pat 01354 740654

Churches Trinity Methodist/United Reformed Church High Street, March PE15 9LH. Call 01354 680883. St Wendreda’s Church Wimblington Road, March Elim March March Community Centre, 34 Station Road, March. PE15 8LE Contact: Pastor Adrian Casey; 07786 528 900 adrian@elimmarch.org.uk www. elimmarch.org.uk St Peter’s Church High Street, March St John’s Church Station Road, March

Providence Baptist Church Burrowmoor Road, March. Jonathan Stevens (Pastor) Centenary Baptist High Street, March Our Lady of Good Counsel (Roman Catholic Church) St John’s Road, March Fenland Community Church Usually meet at the Scout Hall behind Sainsbury’s Supermarket www.fcc.uk.net

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March & Chatteris Talking Newspaper Association Riverside Studio, Town Hall, Market Place March. Volunteers welcomed. Call 01354 651892 RSPCA Cambridgeshire Mid East Branch 37-39 High Street, March Call 0300 1234 999 March Rotary Club Held at March Conservative Club, 14 Creek Road, March, at 19.30 every Monday (except BH) www. rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage. php?ClubID=489 Drinksense Fenland 20a Deerfield Road, March. Call 01354 650457 March Lions Club Oliver Cromwell Hotel, High Street. email marchlionsclub@gmail.com Breathe Easy Fenland (part of the British Lung Foundation’s support network)

Meets at St. Peters Church, March, first Thursday each month at 1.45pm and 2pm. New members welcome at 1.45. For more information please call 01354 651821 March, Chatteris and District fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support Email: MarchMacmillanCommittee@ yahoo.co.uk. Volunteers welcomed

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Young People March City Road, March 01354 650645 www.ypm.org.uk Also includes Fenzone Youth Council   1st March Scout Troop www.1st-MarchScouts.org.uk Gavin Philpott 07971 810 352 gavin@1stMarch-Scouts.org.uk Fun United For people 10-19 with additional needs, every Tuesday 7-9pm. FACET, Marwick Centre, Marwick Rd, March. Contact Papworth Trust 0800 952 5000 or info@papworth.org.uk. 1220(March) Squadron ATC Headquarters Building, Gas Road, March. 01354 651788. 1220@ aircadets.org www.1220atc.org.uk

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Matters Gault Wood Bug Hunt

“The evening of Tuesday, August 8th felt more like late October and rain threatened, but luckily it stayed away. Despite the weather, a small group of intrepid explorers set off to hunt for wildlife. There were no signs of butterflies but a few micromoths were found. The chilly damp conditions reduced the number of creatures on the move but those found were slow moving and a good selection of flies, bugs, beetles, grasshoppers and crickets were captured and admired.” – Richard Munns Work parties take place at Gault Wood on the first Saturday of each month. If you would like to help, contact 01354 656207 or 01354 657172.

During October halfterm, Rings End Nature Reserve are hosting free nature detective sessions, called 'Fenland Foragers', where they will be inviting children to explore the habitat, discover the art of wild play, and take part in crafting, using natural materials.  These four days of free family activities run from Saturday to Tuesday, October 21st - 24th, 10.30am -12.30pm. The activities are suitable for children of all ages, but they must be accompanied by an adult. Please take a drink and snack with you. Limited spaces are available and you can book for the whole four days or individual sessions. Contact hdolbear@aol.com. Also, on Saturday and Sunday October 8th and 9th, the Reserve will also have a pop-up visitors’  centre, open from 9.30am-1.30pm. It will be by the car park at the Reserve, with refreshments and cakes available. This will be an opportunity for you to speak to the members about the future of the Reserve and the possibility of a permanent cafe and visitors’ centre on site.

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Free Family Activities for Half-term

Calling all Ladies! The March and District Ladies Darts League used to be a large league. About ten years ago, there were three divisions, but lately this has dwindled to just five teams. They would love to recruit some new players/teams, and are holding a ‘Fun Evening’ to attract new members. “We aren’t experts at playing; we like to meet up on a Thursday night, have a chat and a drink and play a few games of darts. Don’t get me wrong, we do have players that have scored 180, but I'm still waiting for my turn! On Thursday, October 12th, we're holding a ‘Fun Evening’ at the Braza Club, so that any interested ladies can come and meet us and throw a few darts. Don’t worry if you haven't got a team; any ladies who come along can join forces to form their own teams. Drop me a line at Marchladiesdarts@aol.com if you would like any more information. Hope to see you soon!” Lin Sutton, March and District Ladies Darts League. OC TOB E R 2017

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March Squash and Racketball Club

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arch Squash and Racketball Club has been an established part of the community for over thirty years. Located next to the cricket club, on Burrowmoor Road in March, it offers a convenient and affordable option for players of all standards to have fun, burn calories, or play competitive games. The club has three well-maintained courts, changing rooms and showers, and also has access to March Town Cricket Club’s bar and facilities, where players often relax with a drink after a game.

The club is friendly and sociable, with around seventy members, and is run by a committee of volunteers. Annual membership costs just £60, and a 45-minute game is £6 (normally split by both players). What’s more, courts can be booked online at any time of day or night, so perfect for those with a busy schedule. New members are always welcome and can join at any time during the year. Undecided? You are welcome to visit the club first to have a look around or try a taster session to help you decide. The game of squash is fast-paced and frenetic, offering an excellent upper and lower body workout that can burn over eight-hundred calories an hour. It’s also an easy game to learn, and great for beginners or returning players alike. And if you’re seeking an alternative to squash, the club also offers racketball (also known as Squash 57), which uses a larger, bouncier ball for longer rallies and is a good entry point for new players. If you’re a competitive player, the club has two squash teams and a racketball team, entered in regional leagues, and is always on the lookout for new players. It also offers a year-round ladder league and various tournaments over the year. To find out more about the club, email James at marchsquashjames@gmail.com, visit  www.marchsquashclub.org.uk or find the club on Facebook (search for March Squash Club).

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The Risks Involved in Making a ‘DIY Will’ - by Amy Pettitt

intestacy rules, a strict set of rules that may not be in accordance with the testator’s wishes. Even if the will appears to meet the formal requirements, there can be complications in obtaining the grant of probate necessary to administer the deceased’s estate. The Probate Registry may require additional evidence before they are satisfied that the legal requirements have been met. In difficult financial times, it is understandable that some people decide to make a ‘DIY Will’ without involving a qualified legal practitioner, but this can create significant risk. Will packs are widely available, at a relatively low cost, and offer a template for individuals to complete. There is also a considerable amount of free advice and sample wills on the internet, for individuals trying to prepare their own wills. There are actually very few legal requirements for creating a valid will, and these are laid out in the Wills Act 1837. The will has to be handwritten or typed, on any material, and must be signed by the testator (the person making the will), in the presence of two independent witnesses, who also sign it. Providing these conditions have been met, the will is legally valid. However, while this appears straightforward, the exact requirements are quite technical and can be easily misunderstood, even when the testator is following a template. If the legal requirements have not been met, the will may not be valid, for example, where the testator has signed the will on his own without two witnesses being present, or where the witnesses did not sign the will. If the will is invalid it will not be followed on the testator’s death. Instead, the estate will pass to the deceased’s family in accordance with the

This can happen when the testator has not used the specific wording that a legal practitioner would use to show that the formalities have been complied with when drafting the will. This can result in delay and additional costs. There can be great difficulties obtaining the evidence necessary to get a grant of probate if the witnesses to the will have died or cannot be traced. Even if a grant of probate can be obtained, there may still be complications in administering the estate, due to the wording used by the testator and the unforeseen legal consequences of those words. If there is uncertainty about what the testator meant, then the gifts contained in the will could fail. For example, a will stating that ‘I leave all my money to my children’ may result in a partial intestacy if the estate also includes a house and shares. A will is one of the most significant documents that a person will ever make. It is important that any will you make is valid, to ensure that your wishes are upheld, and to minimise the expense and stress for your family. The cost of instructing a legal practitioner when writing a will is far lower than the cost of dealing with an estate when a ‘DIY Will’ has gone wrong! Get in touch with Fraser Dawbarns today and our team of qualified legal practitioners can ensure that your will meets all legal requirements.

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Significant Changes Proposed for Local Roads - By Steve Barclay MP

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s the new Parliament term begins, the summer and the harvest are coming to a close.

Farming is the backbone of the rural economy and supports a number of businesses across the constituency as well as making a huge contribution to North East Cambridgeshire. The Fens are home to over four thousand farms and to some two hundred and fifty businesses producing and distributing a diverse range of produce. For example, over one-third of all vegetables grown in England and £232m worth of potatoes are grown here. I am pleased to support the local community and National Farmers’ Union in the ‘Back British Farming’ campaign, with its signature day held on September 13th. More information on how you can ‘Back British Farming’, can be found at the NFU’s website: www.nfuonline.com/back-british-farming/ With the harvest comes a significant increase in the agricultural traffic on our already busy local roads. Road infrastructure is something constituents contact me about regularly, and I am pleased that our new Mayor of Cambridgeshire has, under devolution, brought extra funding to this area, including an extra £1.25 million to look at the viability of extending the M11 to the A47 Guyhirn junction, thereby cutting journey times from the north of the county to Cambridge to just thirty minutes. Mayor Palmer has also allocated a further £0.5 million to develop the business case for ‘dualling’‚the A47 from Eye to Walton Highway.

I am sure all residents of March will be as delighted as I will be if this is given the ‘green light’, as it brings with it the potential for economic growth in Fenland, and easier access to both Cambridge and Peterborough, for both work and leisure, although clearly we are at any early stage. Improving our transport links is something that I have campaigned for throughout my terms in Parliament, and I welcome the Mayor’s positive attitude towards Fenland transport improvements. Along with this, the Highways Agency issued a statement in August confirming that significant improvements to the A141 and A47 junction at Guyhirn will be going ahead in 2020 – another piece of good news for our area. Further information on the proposed A47 improvements can be found at www.roads. highways.gov.uk/projects/a47-corridorimprovement-programme

To find out more about my work in Parliament and campaigns locally, or to let me know your views, please visit my website at www.stevebarclay.net.  Alternatively you can follow me on:

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How to Stop Your Machine Overheating This month I’ll be writing about a subject I’ve discussed before, but it’s such a common problem that it’s worth revisiting. Overheating towers and laptops are the causes of serious problems in about %40 of the machines brought to me. So why is this? Laptops and tablets do not have to be outside or exposed to any extreme weather in order to overheat. Processors or central processing units (CPUs), which are the brains of the machine, consume a lot of power, which in turn is converted to heat. Unfortunately, one of a computer's worst enemies is heat, as it can cause severe damage to any electronic component, especially integrated circuits (ICs). Heat damage is not an issue for smaller electronic components (which do not generate enough heat to cause problems) but nearly all laptops, towers and graphics cards produce enough heat to destroy themselves. To overcome this problem, heatsinks and fans are installed as standard items on nearly all computer CPUs, and their purpose is to remove the heat from the CPU (or other chip) and dissipate it into the air.

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To do this, the heat must first be transmitted from the CPU to the heatsink. While this might seem like a simple enough proposition, it is not. Air makes a very effective heat insulator, so for the heat to get from the CPU to the heatsink, the latter must be installed without any air gaps whatsoever. Even a space of a few microns can slow down heat transfer. Since it is virtually impossible to make a CPU and heatsink that fit together perfectly, a thermal paste or grease is sandwiched between the two. This non-conductive, liquid material is designed to fill any air gaps to ensure the best possible mechanical connection between the two. The better air gaps are eliminated, the better heat flows out of the CPU and into the heatsink.

So how do you recognise the symptoms? When a laptop has been switched on for half an hour or more, pick it up, find the slits where the heat is blown out and hold it to your lips. If you can feel a very good flow of air, all is well. However, if there is little or no air, and the area feels hot to the touch, it will need to be dismantled and given a ‘clean and paste’. 

In towers, heatsinks are usually made of aluminium, while laptops usually have installed a copper pipe which has %70 higher thermal conductivity than aluminium. In a tower a fan sits on top of the heatsink, which is designed with ‘fins’ to create more surface area. In laptops, on the other hand, the heat is drawn

The problems start when these heatsink ‘fins’ become clogged with dust. This prevents the heat from being dissipated, and so heat builds up in the machine. As a result, the machine either ‘blue screens’ (where it shuts itself down in an attempt to prevent damage from the heat), or simply overheats and ‘cooks’ itself, leading to a completely failed laptop or tower.

With a tower, the symptoms are sometimes noticed by realising the fan inside the machine never shuts off or is always running at high speed. Alternatively, remove the side and have a peek inside; if everything is dusty and dirty, you will see it is clogged and therefore it too requires a ‘clean and paste’. Finally, and as an added consideration, servicing your laptop or tower every couple of years will prevent the problem from happening, and will certainly extend the life of your machine. Happy Computing! Len

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We’re right up your street. Whether you need more rooms, a bigger kitchen or just less space, we’re here to make it easy for you. With three simple packages to choose from, no tie-in period and a no strings attached free market appraisal, you’ll be able to spend your time dreaming about your new perfect home.

For more information, contact our March Residential Office: T: 01354 652502 42 High Street March Cambridgeshire PE15 9JR

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