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Your favourite community lifestyle magazine – PRICELESS

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Welcome to Your April Issue.

Spring has hopefully finally sprung and it’s the time of the year when everyone feels the need to get out of the house and get active. With the clocks having gone forward and the Easter Bank Holiday upon us, April is the ideal time to get out and about in the local community. And what better way to brush off the cobwebs than to go along to March’s St George's Fayre? Inside this month’s issue you can read about some of the events you will be able to see on Sunday, April 22nd. The town centre streets will see a bustling street market and fun fair and there will be a parade at 10am in celebration of St George into the Market Place followed by live music and dance performances throughout the day. There will also be a wide variety of entertainment free of charge all-day so why not come long and join in the celebrations?

Andy

I really enjoy this time of year as we say farewell to the winter and look forward to the spring. It’s time to shake off the winter blues and get out and about in the community and like Andy I’m looking forward to the St George’s Fayre which is sure to attract people onto the streets of March in their droves. This is also the time of the year when a lot of clubs and activities get into full swing as the increased daylight hours and – hopefully – better weather encourages more and more people to get involved in a wide range of activities. We will feature the exploits of many of these clubs and associations in the pages of Discovering March over the coming months, so if you’re planning a special seasonal event then please get in touch and we will do our best to include it in Discovering March.

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Enjoy the read!

Copy deadline details:

The copy deadline for the May issue of Discovering March is April 6th 2018.

Inside Highlights 4................ Jennifer Lawler – The Ship Inn 6 ............... Recipe: Asparagus Wrapped in Bacon 8 ............... Holly-Jean 10 ............. Active Fenland 12 ............. March Podiatry 16 ............. Club Spotlight 18-19 ...... Community Matters 20 ............ Puzzle Page 22 ............ Beldom Plumbing & Heating 24 ............ Interiors with Yasmin Chopin 28 ............ Fraser Dawbarns 31 ............. Blinds In Harmony, Whittlesey 33-34 .... Dragon Hunt 36 ............ Ellis Winters – Property Advice 44 ............ Trevor Bevis – Little London 46 ............ AA Whittlesey Computers 48 ........... Club Guide 52-53 .... Word Up! Festival Guide 54 ............ This Month at The Movies 56-57 .... What's On Guide 58 ............ Charity Matters 59 ............ Charity Spotlight 60 ............ History: The Co-op Oil Van Incident 62 ............ Business Directory With thanks to:

Publisher - Claire Saberton: 01778 421427 | 07837 499061 | sales@discoveringmagazines.co.uk Editor - Andy Hurst: 01354 656555 | editor.march@discoveringmagazines.co.uk Sales - Catherine Healy: 07879 478448 | enquiries.discoveringmagazines@gmail.com Sales - Sue Smith: 07576 517617 | march@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

March and District Museum, Holly-Jean, Fraser Dawbarns, Ellis Winters, Eileen Le Voi, Yasmin Chopin, AA Whittlesey Computers, Jennifer Lawler, Trevor Bevis, Active Fenland and March Podiatry.

Cover photograph: Jaqui Fairfax

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The Ship Inn – by Jennifer Lawler and was owned by Robert ‘Prarby’.1 The Ship’s beams appear to have run into neighbouring buildings on each side. Over the years the building had many changes. In the 19th Century it had two front doors. Above: A painting of how The Ship In 1851 it was the Inn may have looked in the past. ‘Railway Inn’ and in 1861 a lodging house and public house ‘Railway Tavern’ with publican George Taylor. By 1881 widow May Ann Taylor and her son William Edwards lived in the lodging house.2

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ne of March’s treasured listed buildings, The Ship Inn has served the town for more than 400 years. Built near the River Nene when March had a small Elizabethan port, it has welcomed travellers arriving by water and by road. The Ship is a 16th and 17th Century timber frame building with a right-hand brick end wall. It has a reed thatched roof and a tumbled (sloping) brick parapet. The three dormer windows are from the 1930s. There are two storeys, an attic and a cellar. There is a vertical sash window each side of the front door. The first floor is jettied with three horizontal sliding sash windows. The ground floor has a high quality 16th Century ceiling with a large beam decorated with leaves running across the room from west to east. Smaller carved beams with ‘hollow and roll’ mouldings are joined to it. The cellar is said to have held a jail and a tunnel said to run from the river to the cellar for delivering goods. Around 1600, the building was part of the medieval White Hart Inn buildings on the corner of the large plot which covered the east side of Broad Street

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In 1906 it was The Ship and a registered common lodging house owned by the trustees of Thomas Phillips and leased by Ogden and Sons. The licensee of four months was Harry Harwin and there were three bedrooms for lodgers or travellers. There was one front door and the back yard opened into the White Hart yard.3 Later it became The Old Ship Inn with more rooms and lodgers. Harry Habbin was landlord and after his death his wife Amelia became landlady until 1934. In the early 1930s Greene King bought it from Ogden and Sons. During repair work the ceiling plaster was removed in the taproom and smoke room revealing the original beams. Rev R Ridge, of Doddington, described the inside with its fine beams and ‘long windows and very small panes’. One of the old windows could be seen on the stairs.4 1

1605 map of Doddington Manor , March Museum. 1881 census, March Museum; 1851, 1861 censuses Cambs Family History Society. 3 County of the Isle of Ely Return of Licensed Houses 1906, Cambridgeshire Collection, Cambridge. 4 The Cambridgeshire Times January 9th 1931 and May 11th 1934. 2

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Asparagus Wrapped in Bacon You could use bacon or pancetta in this impressive little side dish. You could also do the assembly ahead of time and then roast just before serving. Asparagus is at it’s peak in April so enjoy!

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Follow the Bunny... he has the chocolate!

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ow on earth are we already four months into 2018? How have our New Year’s resolutions gone then? Still keeping up with them? Well, my nutribullet has gone away until January 2019 and I have approximately 79p in my bank account – so my 2018 saving and dieting is going... smashing. That was an incredibly cynical start to April’s article – I apologise. It’s April! The daffodils and sun are finally bursting their way back through for the first time in what seems like forever, it’s Easter and all the children are excited – who am I kidding? I’m nearly 18 and even I’m excited. Easter is all about re-birth and well, here we are still in the early stages of 2018 and I guess every year we all get reborn in a way. We get given the chance to forget about the year just gone and start afresh. Now that it’s coming into spring; baby birds are out, the buds are blooming, the world is now alive again and rich in colour after what can sometimes seem like a grey season – winter. Speaking of winter – the beast from the east! (I know this seems like a while ago now, but the reference to it will become clear later on in this article). We all mocked and jeered on that first day where nobody round our way got any snow and it was ‘typical’ of England. We were all so wrong. So very wrong. As you’re reading this, remembering shaking the snow out of all your nooks and crannies, shivering and shaking at any cold breeze – I hope the thought of Easter makes you a bit warmer as the kids come out looking for chocolate eggs and you’re stuffing your face with the ones the bunny left ‘just for you’.

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Easter is a very special time for me, I have very fond memories of it as a child. And I guess I never really realised why. When you’re in school the story of Easter is very much hammered into you and I think, despite how important the story is, we take it for granted. Now whatever your thoughts on Easter itself, I’m sure you can appreciate that, much like any holiday, it is precious for families. As I said earlier I am nearly 18 years old, however the memories of Easter as a child still mean so much to me; running around frantically trying to find the little eggs in the garden, being terrified of the Easter bunny (I was a strange child, deal with it), having chocolate eggs you didn’t quite get through on the countertop for months. One of my favourite Easter memories is from 2007. I had my first sleepover staying at somebody else's house and I was petrified. We watched Coraline, which was the equivalent of The Grudge to seven-year-old me, and then we slept. Well, everybody else did. Me? I got my Mum to pick me up at 3am. I was so upset that I wimped out and came home... until I woke up to a snowy Easter Sunday morning, once I’d recovered from a possible sugar overdose. Easter is a magical time for children and at that point in time, it became all the more special for me. This may have been due to a tonne of chocolate and snow, but nevertheless, Easter is a special time. Regardless of your beliefs or reasonings, just take it as time to be with your family and feel the magic that you once did as a child. ‘You are made of stardust, wishes and magical things...you just have to believe.’

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Spring into fitness with a more active April - By Lauren Bremner, Active Fenland Co-ordinator

Now is a great time to start if you’re thinking about getting more active, nights are getting lighter and days will soon warm up. So here are our top picks for this month: Go hopping mad It’s not just bunnies hopping and jumping this month, take a lesson from elite athletes like boxers and skip your way to keep fit. Jumping is high intensity cardio which means you burn lots of calories in little time, getting your heart rate up and increasing your fitness. Jumping rope has other benefits; it’s affordable – you should be able to buy a skipping rope for under £5 – portable and can be squeezed into an already busy day. If you are getting your workout in front of the TV try jump squats and star jumps during advert breaks. Blossom that breaststroke Swimming is a fantastic form of exercise. It's great to get the whole family involved and you can burn some serious calories while working your entire body. Swimming is also low impact, making it great for those with joint problems. Regular swimming can also reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and strokes. It can also boost your mood and keep your weight under control.

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Visit www.newvisionfitness.co.uk to find the George Campbell Centre's pool timetable. Put a spring in your step Walking is seriously underestimated and can do you the world of good regardless of your age and ability. It’s a fantastic start place for someone who is new to physical activity and you can build up distance at your own pace. You don’t need specialised equipment, but we do recommend a comfortable pair of shoes or trainers to provide adequate support for your feet. Walking can be incorporated into your day more easily than most other activities, walking to work, the shops, or taking the kids to school, using the stairs over lifts, planning family walks in the evenings or walking and talking with friends, there are tons of ways to fit walks in with minimal effort Walking groups in March George Campbell Centre PE15 9LT Every Thursday 12.30pm for 1 hour Cornerstone Surgery PE15 9BF Every Thursday 11am for 30 minutes Mercheford PE15 9BY Every Tuesday 10am for 1 hour Visit www.walkingforhealth.org.uk for more information.

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Do you Suffer from Painful Verrucae or Unsightly Fungal Nails? WE CAN HELP YOU - We are pleased to offer new specialist treatments with our podiatrist, Sarah Richards at our March clinic.  

Verrucae are a skin infection caused by a virus that invades the skin and causes visible lesions to appear on the skin. They may appear as a plaque of hard skin, with an irregular border and can have black dots, (blood vessels), visible. They can be on the soles of the feet or on the toes. The virus is contagious and can grow to bigger lesions and spread on your feet, and to other people. Over a period of time, your immune system can fight the virus to get rid of the verruca, but this specialist treatment can help with the more stubborn verrucae.   Podiatrists have been having a lot success with a treatment technique called ‘needling’. This is proving to be a reliable treatment for the removal of warts, and is very practical for the busy person who cannot come in for regular sessions. Other treatments using acids and cryotherapy involve multiple appointments, which can add up a lot

of time out of work and expense, and rely on the patient being fit and healthy. Needling involves usually only one treatment session and a follow-up, six weeks later. The treatment itself involves a local anaesthetic and then, once 'numb', puncturing of the wart with a needle with the aim of innoculating the virus into the host to produce an immune reaction. Whilst the injection is a little unpleasant, the needling is pain-free. The foot is a little sore for a few days, but no worse than most of the other verruca treatments available. The good news is that, if you have multiple warts, we don't have to needle all of them to get a good result. Recent studies have shown verruca dry needling has a success rate of approximately 70%. Read next month for details of the fungal nail treatment, or contact us for more information about both of these new specialist services.

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Based at The Avenue Sports Ground in Burrrowmoor Road, it has six senior weekend teams, plus three junior boys’ teams, as well as hosting ‘ladies softball cricket’ and ‘walking cricket.’ The club also holds a three-day Sports Festival for children during the school summer holidays on July 25-27th as well as weekly ‘all stars cricket’ for boys and girls aged between five and eight years of age. Cambridgeshire County Cricket Club also play on the ground and this season will see the team play a T/20 double header v Bedfordshire CCC on Sunday, June 17th. The club is also pleased this season to continue with the ECB ‘Chance to Shine’ campaign and is one of several clubs in Cambridgeshire who will be providing coaches and free cricket coaching in the five local state schools. There are a number of social club functions held throughout the year including a cheese & wine evening, race nights, barbecue, Sunday lunches and the always popular firework display which this year is being held on Saturday, October 27th.

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The club pavilion/bar is open 12 months of the year, and during the summer caterers provide bar snacks every Saturday night. It is also used by the March Hockey and Squash Clubs, with several other sports clubs using the facilities for meeting purposes. Boys and girls Junior football is also played on the outfield during the winter months. New members are very welcome at this childfriendly club with membership starting from £10. For further information on the club, please visit our website at www.marchtowncrticket.com

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including taking part in local recycling events, talking to local groups about recycling and distributing Getting It Sorted flyers and posters. All Fenland community groups can get involved too. Recycling Volunteers can spread the recycling message to friends and neighbours. They hand out ‘thank you’ leaflets to those who are recycling well and offer recycling advice to those needing it.

IT’S TIME TO GET SORTED A new project to encourage more recycling in Fenland and empower people to make a difference to their community and the environment has been officially launched. Fenland District Council has launched the Getting It Sorted Volunteers to improve recycling rates and reduce the amount of waste which ends up in landfill. Based on the authority’s hugely successful Street Pride initiative, which sees hundreds of volunteers help keep Fenland clean, green and tidy, Getting It Sorted hopes to raise awareness of the benefits of recycling with support from local community groups and schools and a band of dedicated recycling champions. More than 30 people have already signed up to the project, which was officially launched during as recent assembly at Cromwell Community College in Chatteris. Further school visits are planned, and a district-wide schools competition has also been launched to help promote recycling among young people. Project leader Amy Robinson, the Council’s Environmental Projects Officer, said: “We throw things away every day, but where we put our rubbish and where it ultimately ends up makes a big difference to our environment. Whether it’s a plastic bottle, a tin can or a newspaper, by putting the right stuff in the right bin we can all play a part in recycling more.” “In Fenland, residents are recycling around 30 per cent of their waste in their blue bins, but sadly up to £80,000 worth of readily recyclable material is still thrown away in the green bins every year – money that’s going straight to landfill rather than back into helping provide local services.” Community Sorted Volunteers can get involved with a number of different community activities

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The school competition, called Justin’s Recycling Adventure, encourages pupils to complete a recycling storyboard or make up their own. The competition runs until the end of June, with the best entry winning an art set for themselves and a free one-year recycling service for their school, worth £660. Storyboards are being delivered to schools, but they can also be downloaded at: www.fenland.gov.uk/volunteers For more information and to sign up as a volunteer, or take a recycling pledge, visit: www.fenland. gov.uk/volunteers or contact Amy Robinson, the Council’s Environmental Projects Officer, on gettingitsorted@fenland.gov.uk or 01354 654321. Pictured left: Fenland District Council’s Environmental Projects Officer Amy Robinson (left) launches the Getting It Sorted Volunteers project with Year 7 pupils at Cromwell Community College in Chatteris. She was also joined by Getting it Sorted volunteer Mark Campbell (back) and Cllr Peter Murphy, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment (right).

FAMILY FUN IS A RACING CERTAINTY Easter is just around the corner and with it comes a host of unmissable horse racing to keep the whole family entertained. Those heading to Huntingdon Racecourse for The Easter BIG Family Fun Day on Monday, April 2nd are in for a real treat, with under 18s admitted for free and Grandstand Enclosure tickets starting at just £12. This race meeting has everything you want for an Easter weekend at the races – a great six card fixture, an array of children's entertainment including an onsite visit from Paw Patrol, pony rides, inflatables, and Easter egg hunts, plus appearances from Peter Rabbit at intervals! Hop to www.gbraci.ng.com/easter18 to find your local fixture. A P R IL 2 0 1 8


THRILL-SEEKERS COMING TO CONQUER PETERBOROUGH CATHEDRAL Nerves of steel will be required on Friday May 18th and Saturday May 19th, as risk-takers take part in a 150-foot abseil down the front of Peterborough Cathedral. The event is being held to raise money for both the cathedral and the Peterborough-based charity, ‘Shine’, which provides specialist support for people affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus – complex conditions affecting movement, learning and health.

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The abseil itself will not be for the faint-hearted. Having ascended the ancient spiral staircase within the great North West Tower and taken in breathtaking views across the city, participants will clip in and descend the 150-foot vertical drop, cheered on by friends, family and colleagues below. Derby Mountain Rescue will be on hand to safely guide the proceedings.

Two new footpaths have been created, grass pot holes filled in and trees trimmed back following almost £6000 of funding from Clarion Futures, the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group.

Anyone seeking to take part in this exciting challenge can book directly via www.cathedralabseil.com. Registration will cost £50, (plus a booking fee), and entrants are encouraged to raise a minimum of £250 to support the two worthy causes – prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers. Participants must be at least 16-years-old in order to take part, and all entrants will receive a personalised image to share on their social media platforms in the lead-up to the event. Places will be limited and are sure to sell fast, so entrants are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment. For further information about the event, contact georgia.kelly@shinecharity.org.uk. You can also join in with the buzz on social media by using the hashtag #900abseil. To find out more about ‘Shine’, go to www.shinecharity.org.uk or call 01733 555988.

Visitors to March’s West End Park can now benefit from improved accessibility, thanks to a partnership between Fenland District Council and Clarion Futures.

The improvements have made the popular open space more accessible for users and already had a significant impact on the park’s parkrun route. March parkrun is one of thousands of free 5km park runs held around the country, encouraging people of all fitness levels to walk, jog or run every Saturday morning. The event sees between 100 to 200 weekly runners take part in the four-lap course around the park, which over the winter has taken its toll on the ground. Now a new bark footpath and matted footpath have been created to ensure not only the safety of the runners, but for all users of the park. Other improvements included the removal of exposed tree roots and other trip hazards, and the levelling of sunken areas of ground. Simon Render, March parkrun Director said: “The continued excellent support from Fenland District Council and Clarion Futures with their recent fantastic work in West End Park has improved the safety and sustainability of the park for parkrun and other park users tremendously, with a much safer and more durable running surface. This is reflected by our numbers which are up to 170 runners/joggers/walkers weekly at a time of year when numbers traditionally drop." Checking out the new matted footpath on the March parkrun route are: from left, Emma Geary, Sports and Physical Activity Projects Officer at Fenland District Council; Yvonne Ogden, Neighbourhood Investment Manager at Clarion Futures Communities; Simon Render, March parkrun Director; Cllr Peter Murphy, Fenland District Council's Portfolio Holder for the Environment; Bob Ollier, the Council's Parks and Open Spaces Manager, and representatives from Fenland Leisure Products.

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PART A

William Shakespeare was born in 1564 in which 6) English town? (Stoke on Trent, Stratford upon Avon, Newcastle upon Tyne) 7) 2) Shakespeare wrote a number of plays about English monarchs. Which one of the following did he NOT immortalise in verse? (King John, Henry VIII, Charles I) 8) 3) Shakespeare wrote a play about two gentlemen from which Italian city? (Verona, Venice, Naples) 1)

4) Which one of Shakespeare's plays is referred to by actors as the �Scottish Play�? (Macbeth, As You Like It, King Lear) 5)

Which two eponymous characters from a Shakespeare play have the surnames Montague and Capulet? (Antony and Cleopatra, Venus and Adonis, Romeo and Juliet)

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In 1582, Shakespeare married which woman? (Mary Arden, Nell Gwynn, Anne Hathaway)

Shakespeare didn't just write plays, he was a prolific poet as well. What name is given to the 14-line poems, of which he wrote 154? (Sonnets, Odes, Quatrains)

�The Moor of Venice� is the sub-title of which one of Shakespeare's tragedies? (Hamlet, Othello, Coriolanus)

Oberon, Titania and Mustardseed are all characters from which one of Shakespeare's comedies? (Much Ado About Nothing, The Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

10) How old was Shakespeare when he died? (52, 58 or 62 years old)

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A … conclusion

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Reece is off to a Red-Hot Start Storm Emma was a harsh reminder as to why we all value a good heating and plumbing engineer. The ‘Beast from the East’ caused mayhem around the country, not least in the March and surrounding area, causing countless emergency call-outs as local people struggled to keep warm. So, it is good to know that March has a new business that is providing an A1 local service. Beldom Plumbing & Heating was formed by 23-year-old March man Reece Beldom, a fullyqualified engineer, to tackle all types of heating and plumbing work including: • boiler repairs & installations • service maintenance • power flushing • under floor heating • renewable energy • air source heating installations and servicing • full bathroom installations Reece has worked as a plumbing & heating engineer since leaving the town’s Neale-Wade Academy seven years ago, gaining a Level 3 City & Guilds qualification after a four-year apprenticeship. 22

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He said: “I cover all aspects of plumbing and heating and have had a really good start to my business and have been really busy especially during the recent cold weather. I am currently working six days a week covering jobs within a 30-mile radius of March. No job is too small. ”I take care and pride in my work and customer care and offer a quick, friendly and reliable service. I only install the very best materials at the highest standard of workmanship at competitive prices. “Most of my work has been domestic and I have picked up a lot of business through word of mouth and also via the checkatrade.com website.” Reece, who is fully-insured, is keen to expand his business in the future. “I really enjoy the challenge of working for myself. During my first year in business I have been lucky enough to be busy during both the summer and winter months and when the time is right I hope to expand and take on additional staff.” Reece is currently offering a special discounted rate for customers who book and have work carried out during this month (April). Anyone quoting Discovering March will receive a 10 percent discount. You can contact Reece at: 78 Elm Road, March PE15 8PG. Tel: 07469 248400 or 01354 461345. Email: beldomplumbing@hotmail.com

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Home Interiors

Interior Design Reality Check - by Interior Designer, Yasmin Chopin Interior design is an over-used phrase which is often misunderstood. Home renovation television programmes focus on the scene 'before' and the big reveal afterwards. They pay little regard to decisions made in the interim. Interior design is about making the right choices, a process that is time-consuming. In an edited half-hour, it's impossible to show the breadth and depth of the business, but over the years the public begins to believe that magical results can be achieved with virtually no budget. Three things to bear in mind when watching these shows: 1 Retailers often donate their items – you need to question whether their goods appear in the final budget tally 2

Trades people, and the crew, work hard. From removing and demolishing to repairing and assembling. From preparing and painting to styling, their time is not accounted for

3 Someone has to make all the decisions beforehand, the interior designer, and there is never a price put on this. I'll tell you a few secrets about designing interiors for a living. It’s April. I’m no fool. But as a mature student at Design School I had no knowledge when I entered of what interior designers were paid. The calling was so strong it didn't matter at the time, but I assumed it would be good. It was shocking to learn about the rock bottom wages prevalent in the industry. It's one of those professions that people go into because they love it and it seems to me that employers take advantage. There are two ways to earn: one is to join a firm and work your way up, the other is to go solo and set up your own business. I did the latter and at no time have I regretted it. However, looking back, it would have helped to discuss my career aspirations with

a professional designer. I would have entered the profession with a more rounded view. Changing careers? If you are considering a future in interior design and want a chat, then send me an email: ycid@yasminchopin.com We can arrange a suitable date and time for a call. Photo credits: Cult Design (top), Essential Home (bottom)

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So, the milder spring weather is finally making an appearance, the nights are pulling out, and your outdoor space could do with a little TLC. Maybe laying some turf, cutting back the hedges or repairing weather-damaged fences? Perhaps a complete overhaul or shiny new, blockpaved driveway or patio? Whatever the job – big or small – don’t be tempted to give the work to someone who cold calls you at your home, claiming to be ‘carrying out similar work in the area’. Remember: • Don’t be talked into something on the spur of the moment. • Don’t take their word for it when they tell you urgent work or repairs need doing. • Do ask them to qualify who they are and to leave you a contact number. • Never hand over any cash as a deposit for work which they say they will return to carry out. • Feel free to ask to see their credentials and /or examples of their work. • Always ask them politely to leave if you feel uncomfortable with their approach. However, there are a few simple rules which could give away tell-tale signs of a rogue trader. • Do they have a land line number? • Do they have professional work wear? • Do they have a sign-written vehicle? • Are they a limited company? • Do they have a UK address? • Do they accept credit cards? • Are they offering reduced price for cash or having onetime ‘special offers’? • Are they trying to pushing you into a quick decision? The door-knocking scams of cowboy landscapers and other outdoor trades are becoming more and more common. Normally the process starts when a workman knocks on the door and points out a problem with your existing driveway. He will then tell you that he’s in the neighbourhood working on other customers’ driveways and has some left-over materials that means he could do your driveway for you at a reduced price. Once they have you agreed to a deal, the next step is to ask for cash up front to ‘ensure you’ll pay’. Never pay anyone cash at the door, especially when they haven’t even conducted any work on your premises. Most driveway scammers of this type won’t even have conducted a full inspection of your property and therefore probably have no genuine idea as to the exact costs involved or the length of time it’ll take. The only way to protect yourself from driveway and patio scams is to always ensure you use a reputable tradesman, like the members of Safe Local Trades. No reputable tradesperson will come knocking on your door ‘touting’ for business. If you would like to find a reputable and recommended tradesperson in your area, visit www.safelocaltrades.com or telephone 0800 014 1832. A P R IL 2 0 1 8


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How will the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) affect me? – by Janet Lane

Companies and people who are responsible for handling other people’s data are increasingly aware of the upcoming change in data protection regulations with the introduction of the GDPR. Many have heard scare stories about potential fines and penalties in the millions, but what they are not quite sure about is how this change will affect them.

• Privacy policies have to be in plain English, as short as possible, and will need to lay out the subject’s rights, why the data is being collected and how long it will be held for. A firm will need to have a reason for collecting and holding data, being transparent about the data they hold will not be sufficient.

The first thing that you should be aware of is that the GDPR has been law since May 25th, 2016, but enforcement doesn’t begin until May 25th, 2018. You should also be aware that the large fines are real, breaching the GDPR can bring fines up to £17,600,000 or four percent of global turnover, whichever is higher.

• If a data breach occurs, controllers will be required to report this to the supervisory authority within 72 hours and to notify the Data Subject without undue delay.

What are the main changes? Some of the changes under the GDPR are more significant than others, but the biggest changes are that individuals’ rights and transparency requirements have been significantly expanded. You should be aware of the following, but understand that this is not a complete list, the regulation document is 11 chapters long, spread over 88 pages and is not easily digestible into a short article. • Those whose data is being collected (Data Subjects) must give positive consent, meaning they will have to actively and unambiguously agree to have their data collected and shared rather than assuming consent if they have not specifically asked that their data not be shared. Consent must be as easy to withdraw as to give and Data Controllers must be able to demonstrate that consent has been given. • Data Subjects must also be able to request and receive their data in a ‘structured, commonly used and machine-readable format’ free of charge.

Will Brexit affect the GDPR? Unlikely, the UK Government intends to bring our post-Brexit privacy laws in line with the GDPR and any company that processes the data of EU citizens will still be bound by it even after we leave. Is this very different to the Data Protection Act? Yes and no, many of the areas covered by the GDPR are covered by the DPA but transparency requirements are more stringent and the rights of Data Subjects have been increased. Companies outside the EU who hold data on EU citizens also have to conform to the GDPR. How do I make sure that I am compliant? Companies and individuals processing data must take ‘reasonable steps’ to conform to the GDPR. Any company in breach of the new rules will be treated more leniently if they have shown that they have tried to implement the law. We would recommend that anyone processing other people’s data consult a Solicitor or legal professional to make sure that they are in line with the GDPR leaving sufficient time to be compliant before May 25th.

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Cash-strapped young people are leaning on their loved ones to tackle the UK's housing market, yet the majority are hesitant about doing so, recent statistics tend to show. Increasingly high house prices are driving some young buyers to either borrow over £24,000 from their parents, or receive a gift of an average £29,132 towards a deposit. Just one in five millennial buyers agrees a monthly plan to settle their loan, (paying back £500 a month to their parents, for an average of four years), but 23% later renegotiate their repayments.  Over 80% of parents said they were very keen to help their children realise their property ambitions, and one in six first-time buyers are

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entering longstanding loan agreements with family members to get on the property ladder. However, many young buyers are far more likely to be hesitant about borrowing money, mainly because they want to maintain a good relationship with their parents. The majority of parents are so relaxed about the arrangement that they don't worry about formalising their financial support, and just 16% consult a third party, such as a solicitor. Measures to protect parents' own finances include organising either a deed of gift – a legal agreement to give land or property to someone, without charging them any money – or a letter of intent, confirming the money is non-refundable and is an unconditional gift. If you need advice about how to get on the property ladder, please call our team of experts today!

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March had its own ‘Little London’, covering an area to the west of High Street, cluttered with small alleyways and buildings, known as courts. This area is now occupied by Iceland store and the town’s main car park. The courts were open spaces hemmed in by buildings on three sides, the open side accessible to neighbouring courts and High Street.

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Finesse Personal Training Mon - Gentle exercise 2.15 Catholic church, Bootcamp 6.45pm, Clubbercise 7.30pm - Westwood School, Tues - Clubbercise 9.30am, Pilates 10.30am - Braza club, Wed 6.45pm Bootcamp, Thurs - Toning class 9am - Avenue Park, Clubbercise 6pm, Pilates 7pm - Westwood School, Sat - Bootcamp 8am - Avenue Park. For more information visit www. finessept.co.uk or on 07793942893  Pro Martial Arts School March Train at Neale-Wade Academy (Sunday and Wednesday) - Contact Michael Davison on 07906 411721 for more details. 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 Squash & Racket Ball Club The Avenue Sports Ground Burrowmoor Road, March PE15 9RS. www.marchsquashclub.org.uk 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 Association Football pitches available for hire. Open to all. Tel. 01354 653540 March Golf Club Grange Road, March, PE15 0YH 01354 652364 www.marchgolfclub.co.uk 48

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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 nonmembers are always welcome. 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. Fenland Music Centre Association Orchestras and Ensembles for all ages and abilities. Meets every Friday evening (during School Term time), between 6pm and 9pm, at the March Community Centre, 34 Station Road. PE15 8LE. Please see our website for full details: www.fenlandmusiccentre. org.uk Wisbech IPMS Scale Model Club The club meets twice monthly at the Community room of Wisbech Tesco, on the 2nd and 4th Monday between 7pm and 10pm. All scales, genre and experience welcome. www.wipms.co.uk Yoga Classes Held at March Community Centre, Station Road on Tuesday 6-7.15pm and Wednesday 10am-11.15am also at Elm Primary School on Wednesday 7-8.15pm. Anglian Players Amateur dramatics group (over 18s). Meet most Tuesdays and Thursdays – 7.30pm – 9.30pm - at March Community Centre, Station Road Contact Alan: 07838 877125. March Jive Club Record hop every Wednesday at the Braza Club and dance lessons with Dave, £2.50. Come and have a go. If you don't want to dance just come and listen to ‘50s music. 7.30pm to 10.30pm all welcome. Contact Andy 01353 776229.

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March and District Amateur Operatic Society (MADAOS) Meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30pm at March Community Centre. New members welcome. Their website is madaos.org where all details can be found and there is also a contact section to email any questions. Lisa Dickinson’s Dance Mania  Dance classes consisting of commercial pop, performance ballet, tap, top of the tots for the little ones and adult classes. They produce and perform at many shows and events throughout the year. Wednesday – Friday after school and evenings, Thursday and Saturday mornings at March Community Centre – Contact Lisa: 07933796485, email:  lisa.df@hotmail.co.uk Lisa Dickinson’s Top of the Tots Dance Classes for Babies/Pre Schoolers. Thursdays 9.30-10.30am at March Community Centre. £3 per accompanying adult.  Contact Lisa: 07933 796485, email:  lisa.df@hotmail.co.uk March Ukulele Group Meet Mondays at Georges at 7.30pm. Beginners and improvers welcome. March Solo Group For those who have lost their partner through bereavement, meets in Trinity Church Hall at 10.30am. Tel. 01354 656181 for more information.

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Trinity Methodist/United Reformed Church High Street, March PE15 9LH. Call 01354 680883. St Wendreda’s Church Wimblington Road, March St Peter’s Church High Street, March St John’s Church Station Road, March Providence Baptist Church Burrowmoor Road, March. Jonathan Stevens (Pastor) March Evangelical Fellowship Upwell Road, March. Dennis Jordan (Pastor) 01354 656390 Centenary Baptist High Street, March St Mary’s Church Westrea 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 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

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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

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20TwentyProductions Skoulding Suite, March Town Hall Arts opportunities for young people. Tel: 01354 652769 Email: geri@20twentyproductions.co.uk   PlayRight Theatre Company St Peters Church Hall, High Street, March. Term-time 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 www.ypm.org.uk Also includes Fenzone Youth Council 1220(March) Squadron ATC Headquarters Building, Gas Road, March. 01354 651788. 1220@ aircadets.org www.1220atc.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. 1st March Scout Group facebook.com/1stMarchScoutGroup Activities for young people, male and female, aged 6-18, Gavin Philpott 07971 810 352. Email info@1stMarchScouts.org.uk

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alive with activity the 10th Annual St The Market Place will be alive with activity on Sunday 22nd April host for the the George’s Fayre. Poetry corner will 10th Annual St George’s Fayre. Poetry corner will host the Poetry Jukebox performances. OurPoetry veryJukebox own performances. ‘Poet Our veryin own in a Panic’ situated inin a retro a ‘Poet Panic’ will will be be situated a VW van, you can have a poem written especially for a loved one, or retro VW van, you can have a poem written yourself – just give our poet a bit of information and he will work his magic. especially for a loved one, or yourself There will be a display of journal entries from the 100 journal activity, and just give our poet a bit of information and an opportunity for you to find out more about art journaling from our he will work his magic. There will be a resident artist. All day performances on the main stage by local musicians display of journal entries from the 100 and children including our own house band – The Three Decades. journal activity, and an opportunity for you to find out more about art journaling from our resident artist. All day performances on the main stage by local musicians and children OF including our own house band - ‘The PROGRAMME EVENTS Three Decades’. 12th Let’s talk about what Marcam Hall 14th Poet Laureate celebration was like in the 60s, with Kevin Rogers at event March Tickets £5, 12th - Let’s talk about what Marcam Hall wasatlike in Town the Hall. 60’s, withare Kevin March Library, 7pm. Free admission. 7.30-10pm. Rogers at March Library, 7pm. Free Admission.

13th - Re-designing book covers with professional artists at March 13th Re-designing book covers with Library. Free Entry, 10.30am - 3.30pm. 15th Lyric writing workshop with industry professional artists at March Library. professionals, March Town Hallmakes from a 13th - Find out what it takes to be a published author and what Free admission, 10.30am-3.30pm. 11am-4pm. Only available to those book attractive to a publisher. An evening in conversation with authors free admission. and publishers. March Town Hall, 7pm –aged 9pm.12-18, Tickets £10 on the door or 13th Find out what it takes to be a £7.50 in advance from www.cppmarketplace.co.uk Suitable for 16+. published author and what makes Songwriters’ evening,Suitable plus special 14th - A creative writing workshop with15th author Sue Welfare. for a book attractive to a publisher. An guests, for those aged 12+, March Town people at all stages of their writing career. March Town Hall, 10am – evening in conversation with authors Hall. Free admission, 7-9.30pm. 4pm. Limited places so advanced booking is advisable, tickets £10 from and publishers. March Town Hall, 7-9pm. www.cppmarketplace.co.uk Suitable for 16+. Tickets £10 on the 18th ‘Name that Tune!’ £1 per 14th - Poet Laureate celebration event at March Town Hall. Tickets are £5, door or £7.50 in advance from team (max 5 members per team), 7.30pm - 10pm. www.cppmarketplace.co.uk 7.30pm at March Town Hall. Quiz-style 15th - Lyric writing workshop with industry professionals, March Town Hall entertainment for all! from 11am - 4pm. Only available to those aged 12-18, free entry. 14th A creative writing workshop with 15th - Songwriters Evening for those aged 12+, March Town Hall. Free entry author Sue Welfare. Suitable for people 20th Smart Phone Film Festival Premiere at plus special guests. 7pm - 9.30pm. at all stages of their writing career. March Town Hall, 7.30-10pm. Free admission. 18th - ‘Name that Tune!’ £1 per team (max 5 members per team), 7.30pm at March Town Hall, 10am-4pm. Limited March Town Hall. Quiz style entertainment for all! places so advanced booking 22nd St George’s Fayre featuring our 20th - SmartTickets Phone£10 Film Festival Premiere at March Town Hall, 7.30pm is advisable. from Poetry Jukebox, Poet in a Panic and Art 10pm. Free Entry. www.cppmarketplace.co.uk Journal Display – all on the Market Place! 22nd - St George’s Fayre featuring our Poetry Jukebox, Poet in a Panic and Art Journal Display- all on the Market Place! INFORMATION ON ALL OF THESE PLEASE VISIT FORFOR MOREMORE INFORMATION ON ALL OF THESE EVENTS PLEASE EVENTS VISIT www.cppmarketplace.co.uk or call 01354 652769 www.cppmarketplace.co.uk or call 01354 652769

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April is blooming with fabulous releases. From magical family entertainment, to rocking musicals and emotional dramas, we have something for everyone here at The Light. Firstly, on April 3rd, don’t miss your one-time only chance to see The Wind in the Willows: The Musical. Join Ratty, Badger, Mole and the impulsive Toad as they embark on a series of riotous adventures spiralling from Toad’s insatiable need for speed! Captured live from the London Palladium and featuring eye-poppingly beautiful design, The Wind in the Willows brings exuberant choreography, a gloriously British score, comedy, heart and thrills. Next, based on Becky Albertalli’s acclaimed novel, Love, Simon is released on April 6th. Make sure you put this funny and heartfelt coming-of-age story about the thrilling ride of finding yourself and falling in love on your to-watch list.

The dementia friendly screening for April is Matilda. Don’t forget these screenings are open to the public, so anyone can attend. The programme features free refreshments before the film and live music entertainment provided by Back Two during the interval. Showing on April 9th. Moving on, we are bringing back a classic. Did you know Grease celebrates its 40th anniversary? Yes, and we are screening it for one night only on April 19th. Pink ladies and rock ‘n’ roll outfits are recommended! Get your tickets today and join in the fun.

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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April 2018 1st ‘Skirmish’ Easter Sunday Drum and Bass at Georges. What better way to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ than a night of beats, bass and booze with the Skirmish crew? Free entry and good vibes! 1st Dog walk meet! This group is a way of getting our clients, dogs and humans, to meet up and have the chance to walk together. Humans can chat, dogs can play, run and do what dogs do best! Please contact Sharon Wing (Wing-Goes-Walkies) on facebook to find out more! 1st Come along to our Easter Sunday carvery at the Oliver Cromwell, 12pm-2pm. Two courses for £20 or three courses for £25 per person. 3rd-15th Spring Nature Trail at Peckover House. Enjoy our popular Spring Nature Trail in the garden, for older children and adults- with an Easter biscuit as a prize. Every day from the 3rd April until the 15th. £1 per person, plus normal admission. 3rd Family Music Day run by Cambridgeshire Music Hub. Great activity for families with children aged 5+. Join professional musicians in playing Samba, drumming and singing. March Town Hall, morning session 10.30am-12.30pm. Afternoon session 1.30pm-3.30pm. Free entry. 3rd Word Up! Festival book trail starts. A fun competition for all the family, find the missing words from the book covers displayed in local shops and cafés in March town centre. Sheets available from March Library for just £1, winners will be announced at St George’s Fayre on 22nd April. 7th Arts, Crafts and Gifts Fair at the Oliver Cromwell, 10am-3.30pm. 7th Do you want to come and listen to some Motown and Northern Soul? Come along to Georges for free from 9pm-11.50pm and have a blast! 8th Pop-up Cafe at Rings End Nature Reserve. The Rings End Volunteers will once again have the pop-up cafe serving hot drinks and cakes for all. Please come and speak to a volunteers and tell them the thing you like about the reserve and give them some suggestions for future events you would like to see and how they can improve the reserve. 8th Vintage Tea Dance with Back Two – Sally Rose and Paul Hayward. Join us at the March Town Hall from 3pm5pm to take a trip down memory lane with live music from the golden era of dance. Tickets are £6 for adults and £3 for children – this price includes tea, coffee, nibbles and free refills!

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8th Pop-Up Visitor Centre at Rings End Nature Reserve from 10am-12pm. 10th Eggstravaganza at the Wildlife Trust Countryside Centre. Discover new beginnings with our egg themed family event packed full of activities. 1pm-3.30pm. £3 per person or £10 per four people. 10th Site Management Walk at Rings End Nature Reserve from 7pm-9pm. 12th Word-Up! Festival Bedtime Stories. Well known and especially written stories will be read each evening by a member of our local community. Tune in at 6.30pm every evening from the 12th until the 22nd to watch or listen. www.cppmarketplace.co.uk 12th Marcam Hall, a short talk by Kevin Rogers. Take a trip down memory lane and share your own stories, lose yourself in some sounds of the 60s- Talkin’ Bout My Generation. March Library from 7pm. Free admission. 13th Re-designing Book Covers. A great family activity. Working with professional artists you can recreate your own covers for your favourite book. March Library, drop in between 10.30am-3.30pm. Free admission. 13th From Pipe-dream to Publication. Find out what it takes to be a published author and what makes a book attractive to a publisher. An evening in conversation with authors and publishers. March Town Hall, 7pm-9pm. Tickets are £10 on the door or £7.50 in advance from www.cppmarketplace.co.uk. Suitable for 16+. 14th Write Now. A creative writing workshop with author Sue Welfare. Suitable for people at all stages of their writing career. March Town Hall, 10am-4pm. Limited places so advanced booking is advisable, tickets £10 from www.cppmarketplace.co.uk 14th Poet Laureate Celebration Event. A celebration of poetry featuring local and visiting poets. March Town Hall, 7.30pm-10pm. Tickets are £5 including a drink and nibbles. Tickets available from www.cppmarketplace.co.uk or on the door. 14th Shop2Drop Ltd event at GER Sports Club, Robingoodfellows Lane, March. Massive savings on top high street brands. 7pm start. Tickets £5 (includes one free drink). Tel: 01354 652335 www.germarch.co.uk. 15th Lyric Writing Workshop, 11am-4pm. Working with industry musician and rapper, Xidus Pain, create your own songs and music. You may have the opportunity to perform in and around the area and show off your talents at various different events. Open to all aged 12-18. Free of charge however booking is essential. Contact Holly on 01354 652769.

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April 2018 15th Songwriters’ evening. The first of a series of events for local songwriters to perform their own original music. Suitable for 12+. March Town Hall, 7pm-9.30pm. Free admission. 18th Name that Tune. A fun evening of music hosted by Gary Tustin and starring local musician Bondy. Can you ‘name that tune’ in just 15 seconds? Songs from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Bring a team and have a laugh! March Town Hall, evening starts at 7.30pm. £1 per team member, five per team maximum. 20th Fenland Smartphone Film Festival Premiere. The final 10 films will be shown as well as talks and Q&A sessions with scriptwriter Jon Lawrence and filmmaker and scriptwriter David Johnson. March Two Hall, 7.30p-10pm. Free admission. 20th Shane & the Korrados. Doors open at 7.30pm at the Braza Club. 20th March Jive presents the UK National Jive heat for Cambridgeshire 2018. Winners go through to the finals at atomic weekender competing against other counties to become British champions. All couples welcome to take part, please contact Andy on 01353 776229. 21st Bacon Butty Morning at Wimblington Village Hall, 9.30am-12pm. Come along and join us at the popular event raising funds towards the Wimblington Christmas Lights. Usually a great turn out for a well supported village event, bringing people together for a catch-up and a natter over a bacon butty! Bacon rolls, tea, coffee, stalls, tombola and a raffle all in the village hall! 21st Georges pub presents Tallawah on their live Reggae Saturday! 9pm-11.50pm. 22nd Come and join us for fun and adventure at March Podiatry Practice’s St George’s Fayre! Free Admission, 10am-1pm. 22nd Fox Narrowboats are holding 30 minute boat trips as part of March Town St George’s Fayre. Raising money for March Heart of the Fens Defibrillators for March. 10am-4pm. 22nd Weaving Magic with Willow Workshop. 10am3.30pm. Come along and join us making beautiful and practical items for your garden, £50 per person - limited availability! Visit www.greatfen.org.uk to find out more. 23rd RSPCA Spring Bingo at United Services Club, March. Eyes down 7.30pm. Great prizes. 26th Fashion Show and Raffle in aid of Meningitis Now. Come along at 10am for £15 per person, this price includes a 2 course lunch.

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See our Facebook page Discovering March Magazine for more events and offers. 28th Whiskey Twist performing live at George’s from 9pm-11.50pm. Free admission. 28th Oh What a Night – The New Jersey Boys. A musical tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons at the GER Sports & Social Club, Robingoodfellows Lane, March. From 8pm. Tickets £10 in advance or £15 on the door. Tel: 01354 652335 www.germarch.co.uk 28th Zone C session. Come along to March Town Hall from 1pm-4pm to chat, chill and create. A warm and friendly environment for young people to make friends and be creative. Free admission, suitable for young people aged 8-18. 28th St. Wendreda's Church Open Tower event. Church Street, March. Come and climb the church tower, admire the views over March, try bell ringing and check out our angels. 11am-3pm Adults £3.50 Under 12s £1.50. Admission includes either a hot or cold drink.

Regular Local Events Wednesdays March Can’t Sing Choir: A group of local people singing for enjoyment. Every Wednesday evening, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Exercise your vocal chords by singing a variety of popular songs and show tunes. No audition required, simple come along to the Trinity Hall, March. Entry fee only £3.50 per week. Mondays March Brass 2000: Rehearsals every Monday in St Peter’s Church, March. Main band from 7pm-9pm. Beginners classes held Mondays from 6.15pm-6.45pm. £2 entry fee. Brass instruments supplied if required; further details on our website. www.marchbrass2000.co.uk Love your Home – Free monthly events in March, Whittlesey and Wisbech. DIY, Decorating, Arts, Crafts and Design on a budget. 10am-1pm. Free refreshments are included. Second Monday of each month at Whittlesey Library, second Tuesday of each month at the Queen Mary Centre, Wisbech and second Wednesday of each month at March Library – all welcome. Email info@reuseful.org.uk or phone 0560 364 9391.

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The March, Chatteris and District Fundraising Committee for Macmillan Cancer Support is celebrating its 50th year anniversary in 2018. As part of the celebrations, they will be holding a Coffee Morning on Friday, April 13th at 10am-2pm at St Peter’s Church Hall, March to thank those who have supported them over the years. You are cordially invited to join them from 10am-2pm, all are welcome. On April 29th the Committee will be holding a Macmillan Walk in March following a local 5k route. Registration is £5 and registration forms are available at Greetings Shops in both March and Chatteris. For further details, contact the Committee on 07961 507515. Each day in the county, 12 people receive the life changing news that they have cancer and sadly every day five people lose their lives to the disease. Macmillan aims to be there for every person who needs us. In 2016, 820 Cambridgeshire residents received support from our telephone line, and our mobile information bus ‘Dougie’, which visits towns and rural areas, received 2080 visits. In 2017, Macmillan gave grants of nearly £139,000 to people living in Cambridgeshire and of that over £9000 was given to 21 people living in March and Chatteris. The grants are made to those who have financial difficulties as a direct effect of a cancer diagnosis. Macmillan Cancer Support also offers a Welfare and Benefits service to assist people in ensuring they are receiving the benefits they are entitled to and in 2016, our specialists helped secure £7,500,000 in unclaimed benefits for people diagnosed with cancer in East Anglia. Would you like to get involved and help support people diagnosed with cancer in Cambridgeshire? The Committee would be delighted to welcome you. For further details on events or supporting the Committee, please contact them on 07961 507515 or contact the local Macmillan Fundraising Manager, Alexandra Haswell on 07801 307050 or ahaswell@macmillan.org.uk

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SING FOR LIFE 2018: FORTY WOMEN WANTED! Now in its seventh season, Sing for Life is back for 2018, once again raising money for Peterborough’s much-loved Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. Launching in May, the project will take forty local women with a range of previous singing experience, (including none), to rehearse over ten weeks for a charity concert at the Cresset Theatre on Saturday July 21st. Over the years, the project has introduced hundreds of local women to the joys of singing while raising many thousands of pounds for charity. “Sing for Life is not about finding the next Adele; it’s about helping ordinary women find their voice”, says William Prideaux, the project’s director. “So many people lack confidence or genuinely believe they can't sing, but deep down just about everyone secretly has a favourite karaoke number, and – we promise – our very experienced music team will have you singing in no time!” Sing for Life launches with introduction sessions at the Key Theatre on Thursday May 10th, (7-9pm), Friday May 11th, (7-9pm) and Saturday May 12th, (10.30am-12.30pm). Absolutely no previous singing experience is necessary, just a willingness to step out of your comfort zone, get stuck in and give it a go! For further information, call 01733 425194 or e-mail info@peterboroughmvchoir.org.uk A P R IL 2 0 1 8


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Held on the second Wednesday of the month at March Library, all events run from 10am-1pm. Everyone and anyone is welcome, there is no need to book a place and all the handmade goodies that you make are yours to take away. All events are completely free. Free admission, free activities and free food and drink are available through our Foodshare scheme.  Each month there is a theme with a range of crafts on offer to try. Past activities have included making piggy banks, candle making, learning to knit, making chalkboards and pyrography. Our next events will have a spring theme and we look forward to making sewn door stops, chicken models, pin pictures and painted boots for the garden. As well as sometimes having guest groups and teachers, at each event there is a pop-up paint shop with paints from CCORRN as well as a pop up scrapstore from the Bits and Bobs Scrapstore. Previous attendees have shared that these events have ‘given them a chance to mix with new people’ and ‘had an opportunity to try something new’. Love Your Home Events are free informal events organised by CCORRN (Cambridgeshire Community Reuse and Recycling Network), supported by Making Money Count and Healthy Fenland and prepared by a small group of volunteers. Supervised children are welcome and remain the responsibility of an accompanying adult. As well as March, the group also meets on the second Monday of the month at Whittlesey Library, and the second Tuesday of the month at The Queen Mary Centre in Wisbech. All events run from 10am-1pm.

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The Co-op Oil Van Incident

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

The Co-op oil cart is pictured outside the old Co-op store in Station Road, March

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n Friday, November 15th, 1940, Wisbech civil engineering contractors C & W French were engaged on removing a road block from March Town Bridge using two pneumatic drills and a compressor. In the morning when the CWS paraffin oil delivery van passed by, work had not started. Supervisor Robert Playfor, of Wisbech, saw the horse-drawn van returning at 1.45pm and suspended work so as not to startle the animal. In charge of the van was 32-year-old John William Lawrence, of Creek Road, March, who had worked for CWS since leaving school aged 16. His assistant was 15-year-old Harold Ernest Abbott, of Wisbech Road, March. The horse, Roger, would sometimes break into a trot, but Lawrence could always control him. As soon as the cart had passed, it seems that the pneumatic drills started work again and that startled the horse who bolted at full speed along the wrong side of Broad Street. Lawrence, reins in hand, immediately jumped down and ran beside the horse in an attempt to control him. The front wheel of the cart struck a parked car causing Lawrence to fall whereupon he was run over by the wheels of the van.

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Young Abbott, seeing his colleague release the reins, snatched them up and fought to control the horse. There was no handbrake on the cart to assist him and the horse careered towards the arcade of shops at the north end of Broad Street. Local jeweller Herbert Reginald Mallett could see the galloping horse racing towards him but stood rooted to the spot in the doorway. C.W. Abbs’ greengrocers shop was also affected as the horse plunged through the shop windows shattering glass everywhere and a shop assistant fled out through a rear doorway. The horse was freed from its harness and led out of the shop through a doorway. Although badly cut by the broken glass, he was expected to recover. Lawrence, however, was not so fortunate. He was taken for first aid and an ambulance was called, but he died of internal haemorrhage before reaching hospital. Mallett afterwards remarked: ''The boy fought like a man to try and hold the horse. He was a hero – sticking to his job.” Museum Opening Hours are 10.30am-3.30pm, Wednesday and Saturday. Entry is Free.

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