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Issue 78 / March 2020

and the surrounding villages

INSIDE THIS ISSUE The New Year Brings A New Landlord To The Seven Stars

Win Your Mum A Hamper Of Goodies From Paper-chain For Mother’s Day!

The Barn Restaurant: The New Owners Welcome Customers Old And New!

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Welcome to Your March Issue. A warm welcome to you all. Mother’s Day already - it’s on March 22nd by the way! “Life doesn’t come with a manual - it comes with a mother” is an old saying which springs to mind. We all need help in finding our way through all the various ups and downs of life, and there, right from day one has been that wonderful (sometimes), smiling (often) and loving (always) lady we are proud to call “Mum”. This month, we include several “mum-related features” and also look towards Easter, fast approaching early next month. Let’s hope by then we’ll have turned the corner weather-wise, dried ourselves out and started thinking of those long, warm summer days to come. Finally, from all of us mums, thanks in advance for the flowers, chocolates, perfume and big hugs, as we try our hardest... without a manual!

Claire x

Some of you may well have been affected by the recent Storms Ciara and Dennis which caused widespread damage and disruption all over the country. Whether it was structural damage to your home, a lost or broken fence, or a waterlogged garden, the high winds and torrential rain were an unwelcome reminder that winter was still with us. On a serious note, it never ceases to amaze me that living in an area so close to sea level that we do not usually suffer the severe floods that affect other regions, thanks to the superb local drainage system and work of local pumping stations. Well now I say good riddance to winter… and welcome spring! The spring equinox is officially Thursday, March 19th when I for one will be happy to shake off the shackles of winter and welcome in the new season. Spring will see an increase in outdoor events and activities, so if you’re planning something special in in the coming weeks, please get in touch and let us know…

Andy

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Inside Highlights 4 ............... Win A Hamper For Your Mum! 6 ............... Trevor Langley 7 ............... The Seven Stars 9...................The Barn Restaurant & Cafe 10 ............. Homme Nouveau Restaurant 12 ............. A Cuppa With... Chrissie Atkinson 14 ............. March Podiatry 16 ............. Travel Guide with Ellie Cuthbert 20-22 ... Community Matters 24 ............ Gardening Tips for March 26 ............ Steve Barclay MP 32 ............ History with Trevor Bevis 36 ............ Village Life With Jayne Whytock 40 ........... March Museum with Peter Wright 42 ............ Consumer Advice 44 ............ Fraser Dawbarns 46-48 ... What's On In March 50 ............ Puzzle Page for Kids 51 ............. This Month at The Movies 52 ............ Mother's Day Quiz 54 ............ Club Guide 58-59 .... Business Directory 60 ............ The Garage, March

Copy deadline for the April issue is Thursday, 12th March 2020.

Publisher and Sales – Claire Saberton: 01778 421427 | 07837 499061 | sales@discoveringmagazines.co.uk Editor – Andy Hurst: editor.march@discoveringmagazines.co.uk Sales – Paula Peake: 07903 776211 | marketing.discoveringmagazines@gmail.com Ops Director – Andy Armstrong: 07780 922214 Design – Sarah Gumbley | Emma Gunner | Rob Harradine | Andy Beavis Accounts – Cheryl Jakes: 01733 686255 | accounts@discoveringmagazines.co.uk

With thanks to:

Trevor Langley, March Podiatry, Ellie Cuthbert, Fraser Dawbarns, Jayne Whytock, Peter Wright, Trevor Bevis, Steve Barclay MP, Eileen Le Voi and The Light Cinema.

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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PAPER-CHAIN IS CELEBRATING THEIR 3RD BIRTHDAY! AND THEY WOULD LIKE TO OFFER DISCOVERING MARCH READERS A CHANCE TO WIN A FANTASTIC PRIZE IN THEIR

Mother´s Day Hamper Giveaway! Worth more than £25, the hamper includes the following items: ‘Mum in a Million’ frame, ‘Cool Mum’ teddy, ‘Moon & Back’ keyring, a badge, two latex uninflated balloons, a £5 Paper-chain gift voucher and an 18” Mother's Day foil balloon which will be attached to the hamper on the day of collection. So if you have a mum in a million, just complete the form, drop it in to Paper-chain, 11 Station Road, March PE15 8LB, and she could be the lucky recipient of this lovely prize! Closing date is Thursday, March 19th. Good luck to everyone!

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WINES: PICK and MIX

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n these modern times, there are so many different types of wines to choose from. Each to their own and, for a range of ‘something for all’, I chose the following: Domaine de Peyssonnie Muscat Sec (Grapes: Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains). From LanguedocRoussillon, France, this is a very popular, dry, white wine, that pleases many. Another often-selected white wine is Garille Viognier – Sauvignon Blanc (Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier). Again, from the Languedoc-Roussillon region, this dry, white is also extremely popular. From the bouquet, on the nose, to the mouthfeel, this is a ‘pleaser’, for so many white wine lovers. If a rosé is preferred, then Var Les Richoises (Grapes: Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault) from Provence, France, does not disappoint. This dry, rosé wine has much appeal – and the price is right! For a red, my selection goes to Lirac Réserve des Capouliers (Grapes: Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvèdre). This production is from the Rhône and often chosen as a very good red wine, regularly adorning dining tables. A powerful wine, exuding a bouquet of ripe and juicy, red fruits, the mouthfeel continues the enjoyment, with a good finish on the palate.

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For sparkling wine lovers, Bissinger Premium Champagne (Grapes: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Meunier) captures the mood perfectly, with the balance and perlage adding superbly to the occasion and enjoyment. It is a wonderful production that is favoured for many celebrations, get-togethers and events. Sweeter wines are always popular, and Jurançon (Grapes: Gros Manseng, Petit Menseng) from South West France is a regular choice, that pleases a great number of people and is to be found at numerous gatherings. Having very good fruit flavours, it is a wonderful wine, for this category. Very capable of being enjoyed by themselves, I located this complete selection amongst the excellent range of wines/ drinks at a Lidl store. Also, I found very good value, plus advice on food pairings for wines and how to present, to impress. For all details and information, please visit www. lidl.co.uk. As always, enjoy!

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ichard Venni is the new landlord of The Seven Stars public house in March. The 31-year-old only took over the reins last November but has already made some big changes at the popular hostelry in The Avenue. The Seven Stars is now open seven days a week, now opening on Mondays, has taken on a new full-time chef and has extended its food menu. Experienced local chef Sam Watson is now fulltime in the kitchen which will enable Richard to take on a more front-of-house role. March man Richard started in the pub trade as a pot washer at the town’s Hammer & Anvil pub aged just fourteen, going on to spend six years at The Ship as well as running his own Pug & Whistle mobile bar business. He said: “I will be in the kitchen two days a week but plan to be more visible in the pub now on the other days as there are still a number of regular customers I haven’t yet met as I have been too busy cooking. “It has gone really well since I started here, particularly the food, and we’ve just introduced

new dishes including a range of pizzas as well as extending our classic pub and grill menu.” The Seven Stars also offers a full range of beers and spirits, including four Real Ales. Food is served Mondays-Saturdays from 12pm-3pm and 6pm-9pm with a one, two or three-course roast provided between 12pm-5pm on Sundays. Contact The Seven Stars, 75 The Avenue, March PE15 9PS/ Tel: (01354) 655258; Email: thesevenstarsmarch@gmail.com; or visit Facebook or Instagram.

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For more details contact: The Barn Restaurant, 7 Station Road, March PE15 8LB. Tel: 07597 351194; For morehello@thebarnrestaurantmarch.co.uk; details contact: The Barn Restaurant,www.thebarnrestaurantmarch.co.uk; 7 Station Road, March PE15 8LB. Tel: 351194; Email: or07597 on Facebook Email: hello@thebarnrestaurantmarch.co.uk; www.thebarnrestaurantmarch.co.uk; or on Facebook

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Enjoy Fine Dining At Homme Nouveau

A new fine dining and a la carte restaurant has opened in the Peterborough area. Homme Nouveau has opened its doors in the market town of Whittlesey where it offers a mouth-watering selection of superb cuisine. Chris Newman is the chef/owner of the new eaterie which opened to the public last November. The 35-year-old has a wealth of culinary experience having worked at some of the area’s most prestigious restaurants including The Bow Window at Ramsey, the Sibson Inn Hotel at Water Newton, The Cutter, Ely, and Peterborough’s Windmill and Bull Hotel, in various roles including that of head chef. He said: “I became interested in catering while I was doing my ‘A’ Levels at school in Ramsey. I had wanted to become a footballer but suffered a hip problem that

curtailed that and so started as an apprentice at the Bow Window, which was silver service. “Since then I have worked extensively in a number of local restaurants but when the chance came to open my own restaurant I thought I would go for it. We have been really busy since opening. It has been a massive leap, but I am really enjoying it.” Open Wednesdays to Sundays, Homme Nouveau, situated on Whittlesey Market Place, is available for breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea (with 24 hours’ notice) and can serve 45 covers. The decor of the premises has been transformed under the creative and artistic influence of Chris's wife Sarah and has a welcoming atmosphere. Chris added: “I plan to launch Wednesday ‘gastro pub’ nights with homemade pies, fish and chips, burgers etc to complement our fine dining and a la carte menu.” He is assisted in the kitchen by Rian Ripley and has three part-time front-of-house staff. The menu, when visited, included starters of scallops with variations of cauliflower, chorizo and dill oil, and beetroot cured salmon gravlax, pickled fennel and horseradish crème fraiche, and mains of fillet & belly of pork with sweet potato parmentier, sage, apple, leeks, kohlrabi, and cider jus, and cod supreme with sautéed potatoes, chorizo, bean, tomato and shrimp cassoulet, with basil pesto and samphire. Chris, who plans to regularly change the menu, has attracted a regular crowd of repeat diners, but said: “We have had a very good response from the local community and now I would like to attract diners from further afield.”

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“Chat over a cuppa” with Chrissie Atkinson (By Paula Peake)

As every one of our “Discovering” team is partial to both a relaxing cup of tea (or its alcoholic equivalent!) and also an opportunity to “sit and gas” with anyone caring to sit long enough and listen, it seemed a perfect way to, not only quench one’s thirst, but also to be able to shed some light on the lives of some of the people in our area who play significant roles in the lives of many of us – so welcome to “A Chat over a Cuppa”! Chrissie, whose poem we published called 'Trans Slender', was overwhelmed to win the East of England Poet Laureate Award as she is not a professional writer and was up against others who had been writing poetry for years and have even had their work published. Her original poem, which she recited to me whilst sitting on her sofa drinking a cup of coffee, is a very poignant piece especially after the winds of late. It is about the Fen Blow which some local people will certainly know about but others like me, who have lived in the Fens for forty years, have been unaware. Chrissie, who originates from Cornwall, lives with her partner in the Fens but plans on moving to Spain for the better weather where I am sure she will find more inspiration. She has been writing creatively since she was a child and started keeping diaries. It is her passion, though not her main job, although I have the feeling that if she could make a living out of her poetry then she would. However, she says it is a tough world to break into and sometimes it is about being in the right place at the right time… The Stanza Group The Fenland Poet Laureate finalists have started a Poetry Society Stanza Group for local poets. They will meet monthly to workshop poems written by the members and the group is open to all poets, members and non-members of the Poetry Society. All you need to bring is a poem you have written and a readiness to give and receive constructive feedback. The Wisbech Stanza Group meets on the first Wednesday of the month from 7pm-9pm at the Wisbech Castle Cafe. Please email Kim Allen at wisbechstanzagroup@gmail.com for more details. 12

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‘Fen Blow’ by CJ Atkinson Feel the Fen Blow bey, It rattles the bones Through graves long forgotten, In church yards of stone Lazy old Easterly Howls like a dog, Then covers the dykes In a blanket of fog It reddens the hands Travelled from foreign parts Who harvest the land, Picking artichoke hearts. Gets up the tails Of the long-legged hares, That run for their lives From the Gamekeeper’s glares Swirls round the bench And kisses the face Of dear Molly Watkins, At peace in her place Brucks up the fruit trays Stacked high the markets. Makes pots goo a gutzer, Snaps flowers in baskets Snatches the bread From men eating dockey Whilst sat on memorials, Saddened with poppies The sky’s blue as Woad dye So, stretch out your hand And feel the Fen Blow, bey For this is Fen Land

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Health

Are You Looking For Ways To Manage Anxiety?

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e’ve all likely experienced the feeling of anxiety, whether it’s butterflies in the stomach, sweaty palms, heart palpitations, tension headaches, an upset stomach, or tightness in the chest — all natural occurrences when adrenaline is pumping. But there is a difference between everyday anxiousness and clinical anxiety. Our adrenal glands start flaring whenever we’re in a dangerous situation or potential conflict, activating the ‘fight or flight’ mechanism, or when we’re a bag of nerves ahead of delivering a speech, a must-win sports game, or walking up the aisle, for example. That’s anxiety. But this becomes generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) when the fear or worry doesn’t abate, escalating into a sense of impending doom, constant ruminating, catastrophising, and, in some cases, panic, it can be all-consuming, debilitating, and distressing.                            

Stress Hormones Anxiety has the same effect on our bodies as stress, it triggers the autonomic nervous system, leading to a spike in the release of adrenaline and cortisol — the ‘stress hormones.’ Too much adrenaline can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes; too much cortisol can affect our health in numerous ways — including increasing blood sugar levels, suppressing the immune system, and constricting blood vessels. When these hormones are released into the bloodstream, the liver produces more glucose, which is what provides the energy to activate our ‘fight or flight’ mechanism, ultimately leading to an increase in blood pressure, heart rate, and cholesterol levels, all of which disrupts our immune system, energy levels, and sleep.

Understanding anxiety is the first step in managing it. In knowing its erratic nature, we can obtain a better sense of triggering situations and how our anxiety operates — and that’s where MEDITATION comes in. Anxiety is a cognitive state connected to an inability to regulate emotions. But research shows that a consistent meditation practice reprogrammes neural pathways in the brain and, therefore, improves our ability to regulate emotions. Through meditation, we familiarise ourselves with anxiety-inducing thoughts and storylines. We learn to see them, sit with them, and let them go. In doing so, we learn two important things: thoughts do not define us, and thoughts are not real. We are then able to gradually change our relationship with anxiety, differentiating between what is an irrational episode and what’s true. Meditation is not a quick-fix strategy; it does take a long-term approach. Should you have severe anxiety, or if you’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, always speak to a health care professional to talk through your options and figure out how to make meditation a component of an overall treatment programme. We run weekly classes for meditation with Hayley Snow, from New Horizon's Counselling and Hypnotherapy Centre, please contact us for more information.

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Travel

Top Picks for Canada

By Ellie Cuthbert

Marketing & Admin Assistant

Canada spans over a massive 9 million square km and is �illed with natural beauty, from huge glaciers to secluded lakes and majestic wildlife. Its cities are clean, safe and friendly, attracting millions worldwide. Here are some of the top things to do on a journey through Canada: ROCKY MOUNTAINEER The Rocky Mountaineer is a Canadian rail-tour company offering over sixty-five vacation packages. Guests can choose from four unique rail routes, which travel through iconic destinations such as Seattle (U.S.A.), Vancouver and the Canadian Rockies. The Rocky Mountaineer is an alldaylight train, meaning guests don’t miss a moment of the breathtaking scenery and wildlife. The rail service season runs from mid-April through to mid-October. LAKE LOUISE Lake Louise is located in Banff National Park and is known for its beautiful turquoise, glacier-fed lake surrounded by soaring mountain peaks and the iconic Fairmont Chateau. There’s a vast array of activities at Lake Louise. Take to the mountains for skiing, relax in the world-famous hot springs, take a hiking adventure, or skate on the frozen lake in winter for a truly spectacular experience.

NIAGARA FALLS There are several boat tours of Niagara Falls, taking you right into the heart of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls to give you a full mist experience. There are even night-time boat tours, including an illumination cruise to see the falls in a whole new light. To stay close by, a popular hotel choice is the ‘Sheraton on the Falls’, which features spectacular views of the falls and offers on-site dining, shopping and spa treatments.  TORONTO Explore Canada’s largest and most exciting city, brimming with iconic architecture, fascinating attractions and buzzing nightlife. Soar to the top of the third tallest tower in the world, the CN tower, and don’t miss the glass floor! Unwind in the urban oasis of the Toronto Islands, or delve into one of the largest museums in North America. Why not combine your trip to Canada with Alaska, exploring the coastal mountains, glaciers and incredible wildlife. To plan your own tailor-made journey through Canada, contact our travel experts today.

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Tallington Lakes is set just a few miles from the pretty town of Stamford. This beautiful park offers a mixture of lakeside tranquillity and an array of sports all year round. A place you can call home, where you can spend time relaxing with your family and friends, where the worries and routine of everyday life can be left far behind. A luxury lodge has all the comfort and style of your home, but is set in a stunning location, surrounded by the English countryside at its best. On site there is a bar and restaurant which is open every day, offering meals and a variety of entertainment all-year-round. Get involved in fitness classes, bingo, trips and weekend discos and parties.

Situated on the outskirts of the cathedral city of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. This well respected and long established 18 hole championship course also boasts a 9 hole par 3 course, covered driving range and practice green by the Clubhouse. Located in beautiful countryside you will feel you have escaped to a new world where the pace of life is slower and you can relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of your surroundings. An ideal place for golf lovers or for people looking for a retreat that is a haven of tranquility. A place where you can relax and enjoy the company of family and friends. Our fabulous bar and restaurant offers wonderful food in a converted clubhouse.

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Ormiston Families, which runs the visitor’s centre at HMP Whitemoor in March, is looking for new volunteers. Visits take place on Wednesdays, Thursdays and every weekend and the group is looking for volunteers to support it to deliver vital services to vulnerable families for the Saturday and Sunday visits at 1pm-4.30pm by working on the tea bar and selling food items to visitors. Volunteer recruitment procedures, including a DBS check and prison vetting will apply, and training will be provided. These procedures are all online based and the vetting process may take some time. For further information, or an application form, please contact volunteering manager Tori Burr tori.burr@ormistonfamilies.org.uk 01493 745253 or 07824 364747 www.ormiston.org

CCTV BOOST TO FIGHT CRIME A new state-of-the-art CCTV control room which allows officers to monitor footage from across Peterborough and Fenland has been launched. The new shared service control room is based in Peterborough city centre and provides a dedicated and modern environment to accommodate both Peterborough City Council and Fenland District Council CCTV services. The new control room consists of a fully digital video wall made up of twelve large LED screens, with three dedicated operator workstations consisting of a further nine screens. Councillor Susan Wallwork, Fenland District Council’s portfolio holder for communities, said: "With faster, digital technology, it will provide an even more effective and efficient service and offer real benefits to our residents, local businesses and visitors.”

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NOVEL REACHES ITS POTENTIAL March resident Graham Sheppard has just had his first novel published. The 75-year-old started writing the book, called Potential, more than twenty years ago when he was employed by an insurance company in Surrey. The story has changed many times over the years, as has the setting. From Richmond Park, Surrey in its early days to the Fens in the final write. The characters have, however, remained unchanged. The novel tells the story of single dad, David Lucas, who has taken up running as a therapeutic release from watching his wife die of cancer. Eighteen months after her death, on a day the Fens face the worst fog they have experienced for many years, David, accompanied by his dog, takes off for his morning run to face the bleak conditions, unaware that his life is to change in a way he could never have imagined. Attacked by a feral dog, in the melee that follows David falls in the icy river and faces certain death. Only the bravery of passing stranger and exOlympic athlete and coach, Charlie Greaves, saves his life. A strong relationship develops between the two men when Charlie realises the rookie athlete he has on his hands is a talented athlete. With the Olympic Games taking place in London the following year they set their sights on a place in the Olympic team. Despite dealing with a number of personal issues, the thirty-year-old goes for a gold medal while trying to regain the love of a special woman. Graham has always been interested in athletics and has competed in the London Marathon four times. When younger, he was also keen on rowing and reached the semi-finals at Henley. Nowadays his sport is table tennis and he plays in the Wisbech and King’s Lynn leagues. The book is published by Austin MacAuley. www.austinmacauley.com

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PIG DYKE MOLLY DANCERS DONATE TO MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT AGAIN The Pig Dyke Molly Dancers have presented a cheque for £1200 to Jane Ross, representing Macmillan Cancer Support. This is the twenty first year that Pig Dyke has supported Macmillan and it estimates it has donated a total of about £20 000 over the years. The money is collected each year, by dancing at various venues, particularly around the pubs, clubs and private parties locally on New Year’s Eve. The group has thanked everyone who has supported it throughout the year either with the Macmillan collections or general cheering and appreciation when they perform. Anyone wanting further information please see the website www.pigdyke.co.uk or do not hesitate to contact pigdykesecretary@hotmail.co.uk

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ENTER THE DRAGON Get ready to grab a paddle and take to the water – entries are officially open for the Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival 2020 on Saturday, June 13th at Peterborough Rowing Club in Thorpe Meadows. Last year’s festival saw 48 teams race each other in authentic Chinese dragon boats and raised £35,000 for charity Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. Organisers Gable Events are hoping the 2020 festival, which will be the 22nd held in Peterborough and sponsored this year by Whirlpool UK, will be the biggest and best to date.

WRIGHT LEADS CHANGES AT MARCH CRICKET CLUB Andy Wright will skipper March Town Cricket Club in Whitings League Division 1 this season, having been appointed club captain at the club’s annual meeting. The right-arm opening bowler takes over from Tyler Phillips, who stepped down after four years at the helm. Wright had previously been vice-captain of the Saturday 1st XI and skippered the Sunday 1st XI during its 2016 and 2017 campaigns.

Teams will compete over the 200-metre course in 30ft dragon boats, each with an ornately carved dragon’s head and its own drummer at the front beating out time. As well as the races, which are expected to be watched by several thousand spectators, there will be plenty of bankside entertainment and stalls for all the family to enjoy. For more information and how to sign up, please email thorpe.fundraising@sueryder.org, call 01733 225999 or visit www.sueryder.org/peterboroughdragon-boat-festival-2020

Five of the club’s six sides will have a new captain in place come the spring. Sam Clarke will not only be Wright's vice-captain, but also skippers the Sunday first team as well. Three long-serving players had their achievements recognised by the club and now become honorary vice-presidents. They were former club captain and 2nd XI skipper John Wallis, veteran seam bowler Stuart Arnold and wicketkeeper/ batsman John Gilson. Les Mills is the club's new president, having been chairman for the past fourteen years. Stephen Wallis retires from the post of secretary after twenty-two years. Other officials elected were: chairman, Ian Liversedge; vice-chairman, Matt Vail; treasurer, Alan Day; fixture secretary, Pat Ringham. Photo: Les Mills (centre left) presents Stephen Wallis with a carriage clock on his retirement as president. Also pictured are Stuart Arnold (far left) and John Gilson

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MARCH Gardening Tips Although the temperatures should be rising, we cannot get too complacent as March often has a sting in the tail. Days are lengthening and clocks “spring” forward at the end of the month, allowing more time to be spent in the allotment. A good indication of whether to plant seeds or not is if the soil is cold to the touch then few seeds will germinate, but if the weeds are growing then the soil should be warm enough for seeds to germinate. You can help the soil warm up by covering it with black plastic or cloches. Weeding is best done as soon as the weeds start to appear or weed any that have survived our milder than usual winter: dig out perennials such as bindweed and couch grass and regularly hoe to kill off emerging annuals. Also, with the warmer weather appear pests such as slugs and snails; you can use slug pellets or a safe organic solution is to use nematodes, which you buy in packs, add water and water them in, preferably before you plant. If you want to grow asparagus, now is the time to prepare your bed and plant the crowns by digging a trench twelve inches deep and adding some well-rotted manure. Make a four inch ridge at the base and spread the roots of the crown over the ridge, replace the soil, leaving the tips just visible. Water in and add mulch. Don’t forget to leave the asparagus for two years before actually harvesting –it’s well worth the wait! If you have chitted your first early potatoes and the ground is not frozen, they can be planted out from mid-March or early April, but it is well worth covering them to protect them from the late frosts. March is a busy month for planting seeds both indoors and out, although they may well need protecting under cloches. • Lettuces and other salad crops can be sown either indoors or outdoors under cloches or in cold frames. Tomato and cucumber seeds can be sown indoors but wait until the end of the month. • Sow Brussels sprouts, cabbage, sprouting broccoli indoors and to take full advantage of the ripening season sow aubergines, chillies and peppers indoors. • Herbs such as rosemary and sage will benefit from a good trim, and chives and mint can be propagated by dividing them and re-planting. • Plant out onion and shallot sets. • Early varieties of carrot, beetroot, spring onions, peas, chard, parsnips, spinach and broad beans can be sown into the open ground. • Last chance for planting bare-rooted fruit trees and bushes. • Feed and mulch fruit trees –fertilise the base, water in and then cover with well-rotted manure or compost to act as a mulch. • Check cabbages for caterpillars and pick off. • Remove dead leaves from cabbages and Brussels. You know what they say, “You only reap what you sow,” so the more you sow now, the more tasty home-grown veg you will be harvesting in the summer.

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INCINERATOR CONCERNS, LOCAL TRANSPORT, EDUCATION STANDARDS AND A NEW ROLE IN WESTMINSTER By Steve Barclay MP

With the new Parliament now in full steam, I have been spending time with ministers raising a series of local issues. Firstly, the proposal for a mega incinerator in Wisbech, which would involve hundreds of lorries driving through roads across Fenland is deeply flawed and something I strongly oppose. I am concerned that the developer is looking to get around local planning rules by building an incinerator so large that it counts as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure project. As a result, I’ve asked a series of questions to ministers because a plant of this size, so close to nearby schools, homes and businesses raises a host of concerns. With a chimney up to ninety-five metres high, when Ely Cathedral spire is sixty-six metres, it would be an eyesore visible for miles. Secondly, Wisbech Rail and King’s Dyke remain transport schemes requiring continued focus. The report on the next phase of work for Wisbech Rail was to be published at the end of February and I met in Parliament with both the rail minister and, more recently, Mayor James Palmer to discuss progress. Likewise, with King’s Dyke, which has been delayed far too long due

to problems with the previous contractor is now out to tender and I continue to press the county council to speed up work given the legitimate frustration of so many residents in Whittlesey and surrounding areas. Thirdly, the Education Opportunity Area funding remains crucial to progress in our schools. It is particularly pleasing that Thomas Clarkson Academy earlier this month secured a ‘good’ rating from Ofsted. This reflects the significant progress made and the hard work of teachers, staff and pupils. It is important now that we continue to raise standards, including in our primary schools and I am discussing this with the Education Opportunity Area. I would also like to thank prison officers at HMP Whitemoor who do a fantastic job on our behalf. I had an opportunity to meet a number of them on a recent visit, where they made a series of recommendations, which I am following up with the Ministry of Justice.  At Westminster, the Prime Minister has recently reshuffled his ministerial team which has meant a change for me and I am honoured to have been appointed as Chief Secretary to the Treasury. Serving in government helps ensure that constituency interests are heard by ministerial colleagues and I will continue to make the case for investment in Fenland and East Cambridgeshire. 

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by Peter Wright (on behalf of March & District Museum) Approximately 130 trees were uncovered, mostly lying towards the south west, possibly felled by a storm. They were well preserved oaks and firs, estimated at the time to be more than 2000 years old. They were between thirty and forty feet long with their bark still intact. The largest tree was fourand-a-half feet in diameter and fifty-three feet long. Ten men worked for twelve hours to excavate it and a caterpillar tractor was used to drag this monster out. Eventually, it was cut in half so that it could be moved away. Several chains had been broken before they were all hauled off to the farm stack yard where they were stored for fuel.

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In 1977, Wimblington farmer Don Bradshaw at Stitches Farm, near the Sixteen Foot River, had to pay £1000 to replace his plough, broken by contact with a bog oak. That one was gigantic, seventyeight feet long and needing three tractors to haul it from its grave. The following year Bradshaw snapped the point from his plough shear when he encountered a similar seventy-five foot tree. A further smaller one was found nearby and also a stump the size of a man. This time the soil was cleared from around them by a drainage contractor and a bulldozer then cleared them from the ground. These trees were left beside the roadway and used by villagers as fuel, but the farmer thought they would be ideal for coffins. Removed from the ground with much effort and cost and then reinterred with respect and dignity? Top left: photo shows the large Bog Oak – Cambs Times

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How You Can Join the Fight in the War Against Scammers by Eileen Le Voi at Safe Local Trades It will come as no surprise to read that fraud is the most commonly experienced crime in the UK, with costs to the economy and individual victims running into billions of pounds. In January 2020 alone, £88,000 was lost to “Courier Fraud” in Cambridgeshire, with much more lost across other different types of frauds, especially “Romance Fraud”. The impact of fraud, scams and related offences can be devastating; ranging from unaffordable personal losses suffered by vulnerable victims to impacting the ability of organisations to stay in business. Data breaches continue to be a key enabler of fraud, with personal and financial information obtained in a breach, which is then used to commit frauds affecting individuals, the private and public sectors alike. Scammers are becoming more and more sophisticated in their methods; often posing as police, banking or government bodies in attempts to promote an authoritative approach. However, there are many agencies working harder than ever to stamp out the scammers - including Friends Against Scams; an initiative which empowers members of the public to join the fight on fraud and become a “Scam Champion”. Friends Against Scams is a National Trading Standards Scams Team initiative that aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams. The county-wide initiative is the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Against Scams Partnership (CAPASP) who are committed to working towards stamping out scams, from postal and online fraud to telephone scams and doorstep rogue traders. And it is easy to get involved. The first step is to take the Friends Against Scams online learning at https://www. friendsagainstscams.org.uk/elearning/Cambridgeshire You could then become a Scams Champion, gaining all the information and resources you need to help spread the word – see https://www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/ become-a-scamchampion. Did you know? • Scams cost the UK economy between £5-10 billion a year. • 53% of people over sixty-five have been targeted by scams. • Only five% of scams are reported. • The average scam victim has lost over £3,000. • You are twice as likely to fall victim to fraud than any other type of crime. On a national level, Action Fraud works to inform and empower members of the public about the latest scams, and also offers a fraud reporting service. If you think you, or a loved one, may have been the victim of a scam, report it .To find out how you can sign up for the fight against fraud, and read some tips on spotting a scam, go to www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk. M A R CH 2 0 2 0


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The media has increasingly scrutinised modern employment practices over the last few years, for example featuring stories about the rise of the gig economy, the use of zero-hours contracts, the growth of part-time working and the employment status of contractors working with a single employer. With an eye on this, the Government has launched its ‘vision for the future of the UK labour market’, dubbed ‘one of the biggest shake-ups of employment law in a generation’. The changes are comprehensive, so it is worthwhile for both employers and employees to have an understanding of the new laws. The Good Work Plan is the Government’s response to the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices. It aims to ‘significantly change the enforcement landscape’ of employment rights to accommodate the new ways of working which have come about with the emergence of new digital platforms. A couple of changes have already taken place. All workers now have the right to a payslip (with hourlypaid staff also having the number of hours worked outlined). Penalties for ‘aggravated breaches of employment’ have also been increased. On April 6th, 2020, these new measures will come in: Currently, employers have to provide a written statement of particulars of employment to all employees who will be working for a month or more within two months of the start of their employment. This will now have to be given to all workers as well as employees, it must be given on or before day one, and must now also include: • The days of the week on which an employee is expected to work • Whether these days are variable and how any variations will be determined • The benefits that the employer will provide • The duration of the probationary period and the conditions for passing

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March 2020 5th World Book Day! 7th World Book Day Token Exchange at March Library, from 9.30am-4pm. Come along and exchange your World Book Day token. Please speak to the library staff for more information.

late. £12 per ticket. Please visit sportsmanchatteris.com to book your tickets. 28th Wimblington Street Pride, meets at Wimblington Parish Hall, Addison Road at 10am.

7th The Library Presents a Samba Drumming Workshop at March Library, from 2pm-4pm. Standard entry £6, concessions £3. High energy, this all-inclusive experience will get everybody having fun with beats and rhythm. No musical experience required. For more information, please contact March library staff.

30th Engage in the Afternoon at March Library from 2pm3.30pm. Simple steps to de-cluttering. Nina Grand, of Grand Organisers, will be offering you super tips to de-clutter your home. Free entry and refreshments are provided. All welcome.

9th Senior Circuits at Chatteris Leisure Centre, from 11am-12pm. £2 for non-members, free for members.

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11th The March Society. Quinton Carroll, chief archaeologist at Cambridgeshire County Council, is giving a talk on the Devil's Dyke, a local Anglo-Saxon earthwork. At March Library, from 7pm. All welcome, £2 members, £3 non-members. 13th Whittlesey Conservatives are holding a Race Night at St. Andrew's Parish Hall, Whittlesey. Tickets are £8.50 each which includes a sausage and mash supper. Doors open at 7pm and races start at 7.30pm. Horses can be purchased for £3 each and race sponsorship is £10 per race. These can be booked and purchased before the evening. Tickets and further details of the event are available from Julie Windle, Tel: 01733 204445. 14th Ready, Steady, Cook! at Trinity Church, March. Rev'd Adam challenging previous winner, Colin. Doors open 1.30pm for 2pm start. Tickets £5, to include a drink and cake, and maybe some tastings. Limited space so please call Alison on 01354 651508 for advance tickets. 16th Senior Circuits at Chatteris Leisure Centre, from 11am-1 pm. £2 for non-members, free for members.  20th The Library Presents Comic Mayhem with Victor and Albert at March Library, from 7pm-9.30pm. Tickets are £8, concessions £5/£4, thirteen+ years. You can guarantee a night of hilarity, music, magic and interactive comic mayhem. For more information, please contact March Library.  21st Table-top sale at Trinity Church, March. Drinks, cakes and hot snacks. From 9pm-1pm.  23rd & 30th Senior Circuits at Chatteris Leisure Centre, from 11am-12pm. £2 for non-members, free for members.  25th The RSPB Huntingdonshire Local Group welcomes Peter Holden MBE to talk about how wildlife can benefit from our garden activities. At St Ives Free Church, from 7.30pm. £4 entry (free to local group members). During an incredible forty-year RSPB career, Peter has co-authored more than a dozen books, appeared on Blue Peter and Springwatch, run the RSPB's junior membership programme and devised the Big Garden Birdwatch. The evening will also include a chance to buy Peter's book on Garden Wildlife, an intermission with tea, coffee and snacks, a raffle and items for sale. For more information, please contact Jack Stevens. jack.stevens@rspb.org.uk 27th The Big Quiz at March Library, from 6.30pm-9pm. Please speak to library staff for more details.  27th Clairvoyance Evening with Wisbech Macmillan Group, at the Rosmini Centre, from 6.30pm, with David Townsend from Peterborough. £7 per person. Tea/coffee and cake at half time and a raffle. Organised in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. For more information, please contact Adele or Doreen on 07787 794632. 28th Magic Queen Live at The Sportsman, Chatteris. From 9pm46

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20Twenty We currently run three theatre groups which perform musical theatre, acting, singing and dancing. All groups will perform at least one main show each year alongside other community performances including March GER Christmas Cracker, St George’s Fayre and our fundraising events. The first session is always a free introductory session to provide your child with a chance to decide if they believe they will enjoy being a member. The Youth Theatre sessions run during school term time at March Town Hall as follows: • Double Act – Ages six to 11. Tuesdays, 5pm-6.30pm. Cost £4 per session. • All-Stars – School years seven & eight, Thursdays, 5pm-7pm. Cost £5 per session. • Boundless – School years nine to 13. Tuesdays, 7pm-9pm. Cost £5 per session. Mondays March Silver Circle is an over 50s club which meets at the March United Services Club, every Monday afternoon, playing various games and various other activities. Bingo at The Sportsman, Chatteris, every two weeks (excluding Bank Holidays). Eyes down from 7.30pm. Cash prizes and raffles. Intrigue Circle of Light presents an evening of clairvoyance every Monday (excluding Bank Holidays) at The Braza Club, Elm Road from 7.30pm-9pm. Each session will be £3, in aid of charity. For more info contact Barbara on 01354 655093. The Royal Air Force National Service Association meets on the third Monday each month at 10am at the Oliver Cromwell Hotel, March. All welcome! For more info contact Graham Wesley, chairman, on 01354 657686. March Ukulele Group at the Rookswood Club from 7pm, everyone welcome. Mondays & Wednesdays Chatteris Tennis Club – our friendly club welcomes all ages and abilities. Four hard tennis courts – two with floodlights. Coaching available. From 6pm. Please contact Karen on 01354 695014 www.chatteristennis.com Tuesdays Chair based exercise with Lynn Curry at Doddington Court (next to Doddington Hospital). From 11am. For more info, please call Lynn on 01733 204286. Boogie Tots from 10am-11am at March Town Hall. For more information, contact Gary Tustin on garytustin25@gmail.com March And District Amateur Operatic Society. Join us to sing, dance, and act in a musical, pantomime, or concert. Rehearsals at March Community Centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays 7.30pm-9.30pm. New members welcome. Email contactmadaos@gmail.com or find MADAOS on Facebook. Painting group in Eastrea Village Hall. This painting group has been meeting in the Eastrea Village Hall between 1pm and 4pm every Tuesday for five years. Contact Sue on 01733 205241.

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The Cambridgeshire Family History Society meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7pm, at March Library. Cambridgeshire Family History Society's Surgeries for research into family history are held at March Library, every Tuesday from 10am-4pm. The March Probus Club meets at the Oliver Cromwell Hotel from 10.30am-12pm on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. We offer interesting speakers and a welcoming friendly group of retired and semi-retired men with all sorts of interests. M.O.B. Dance Classes at The Sportsman, Chatteris. Dance Styles Include House, Hip-Hop, Locking, New Style, Fusions and Wacking/Commercial. Ages 11 and under: 5pm-6pm. Ages 12+: 6pm-7pm. £3.50 per lesson. For more information, contact Kyanne on 07896 595635. Or, email m.o.b.dance00@gmail.com Wednesdays March Can't Sing Choir. From 6.30pm-8.30pm at Trinity Hall, March. Doors open at 6.15pm. Entrance fee is only £3.50 on the door. All abilities welcome. For more information, please contact Val on 07952 639495. Parkinson's March Group meets on the first Wednesday of the month from 10.30am-12.30pm at The Braza Club, Elm Road, March. This is a friendly group, everyone is welcome. £1 per time. Come along for a 'taster' session! For more information please contact Wendy Summerlin, Chair, on 01354 661997. Glee Club Jess Davis runs a high energy group on a Wednesday evening at March Town Hall from 5pm- 6.30pm. If you love dancing to great songs, then this is a group for you. The cost is just £2.50 with the activity suitable for those aged 10-19. Wednesdays & Thursdays Dance Mania at March Community Centre! Wednesday and Thursday after school. Wednesday evenings for adults and Thursday and Saturday mornings for youngsters aged three+. Commercial, dance, performance, ballet, tap and contemporary. Several shows are performed per year. For more information, including times, please email lisa.df@hotmail.co.uk or call 0793 3796485. Thursdays Children’s Karate, ages four+ at 5.35pm, at March Community Centre. Adults Kickboxing (age 13+) at 7.15pm. New beginners welcome on Thursdays. March Lunch and Film Club meets on the first Thursday of each month in March Town Hall. Tickets are just £13 each and can be purchased from Paninis in advance of the showings, which are organised by Fenland Arts Association. People join the club for free, but as members they purchase their meal from Paninis and the film is provided at no cost. March Camera Club meets in the Pathfinder Suite at the Oliver Cromwell Hotel, from 7.30pm. Its website is: marchcameraclub.org.uk The club also has a Facebook account for up-to-date news. March Duplicate Bridge Club meets at the Braza Club 1.15pm for a 1.30pm start. Contact George Jupp on 01354 652586. Other Art Group meets in March Library every Thursday afternoon at 2pm-4pm. We do have occasional workshops & demos. Contact details if you wish to join ring Chris on 0790 5895460 or Linda on 0756 2013063. Line Dancing for Beginners & Improvers at Coates Public Hall, 7.15pm-9pm, Admission £3 (includes tea and biscuits). Very friendly class. Contact Maureen on 07890 756857.

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See our Facebook page Discovering March Magazine for more events and offers. Conservative Club, Creek Road, March. New members always welcome; there is no need to have served in the Royal Navy. Fridays Mum and Baby classes at March Community Centre from 10.30am-12.30pm. 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 Fenland and Shotokan Karate Club train at Cavalry Primary School every Friday. For juniors, it's from 5.30pm-6.30pm. Family classes are 6.30pm-7.30pm and adults train from 7.30pm-9pm. No joining fee, no monthly fee and also the first lesson is free! For more information, please email info@fenlandkarate.club or call Darren Dennis on 0788 1777694. Fenland Foragers Forest School group meets on a Friday at 9.30am-11.30am at St. John’s Church, Station road, March PE15 8NH. Forest School offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment. This group is mainly home educated children, but all are welcome. Sessions £5 per child (age 2-13 yrs). Saturdays Hereward Ukulele Group meets at the Braza Club on the first and third Saturday of each month, starting at 10.30am. We would welcome ukulele players of all abilities and have a couple of spare ukuleles for anyone who would like to give it a try. March Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Club meets first Saturday of the month at Cassanos, High Street, March from 9.30am. Come and join the tribe for some food and banter. No fees just pay for your own breakfast. March Rotary Club Wastepaper Collection. Bring your clean newspapers, magazines, junk mail, cardboard to March Rotary Club at the lorry park on City Road (behind Iceland). Every second Saturday of the month, 8.30am-10.30am. All money raised by recycling the paper-based materials will be donated to local charitable causes. Sundays Rings End Nature Conservation Group meets the second Sunday of each month with opportunities to learn about and develop biodiversity. Enjoy pond dipping, amphibian, bat and butterfly walks and help manage the reserve. We meet between 9.30am-12.30pm, park at Pocket Park car park PE15 0BE or wander down the path to find us. Cycle racks are available. 

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March: A Month Of New Movies! We're excited about... Military Wives released on March 6th tells the inspirational story of friendship, love and support on the Home Front. A group of women come together to form the very first military wives choir whilst their partners serve in Afghanistan, and become a media sensation and global movement in the process. With personality clashes, class conflict, tragic setbacks and triumphs against the odds, prepare to bring your tissues for what is set to be an emotional rollercoaster of a film.

an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic left in the world.

Bloodshot released March 13th stars Vin Diesel as marine Ray Garrison who, resurrected by a team of scientists, becomes superhuman. With an army of nanotechnology in his veins Ray trains with fellow supersoldiers, not being able to recall anything of his former life. However, as his memories come flooding back, he breaks out of the facility on a mission for revenge, only to discover that there's more to the conspiracy than he thought. He may no longer know what's real and what's not – but he's on a mission to find out. 

Trolls: World Tour burst onto our screens on March 20th with a quest for the determined Poppy (Anna Kendrick), Branch (Justin Timberlake), and Biggie (James Corden) to stop the Queen of Rock’s devastating plot to destroy all music but Rock, but with the Rock trolls gaining more power by the day, it might be too little too late.

Radioactive released on the 20th is a biopic on the incredible Marie Curie and her ground-breaking scientific achievements. In 1893 Paris, Marie meets fellow scientist Pierre Curie, who she goes on to marry and raise two daughters with. The pair change the face of science forever by jointly winning the Nobel Prize for the discovery of radium in 1903. Marie Curie was the first female scientist to win the esteemed prize. There's a Family Pick for every week this month: Onward is Disney-Pixar’s latest release on March 6th. Set in a suburban fantasy world, where magic was once commonplace but has now been replaced by technology similar to that of our own, we follow two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley, who embark on M A RCH 2 0 20

My Spy released on March 13th is an action/ adventure film starring Dave Bautista as CIA agent JJ, who has been demoted and finds himself at the mercy of nine-year-old Sophie. In an exchange for not blowing his cover, Sophie convinces him with her charm and wit to teach her to be a spy. As they spend more time together, JJ learns that there is more to life than beating up bad guys.

Mulan is the latest Disney movie to be given a live– action reboot, released on March 27th. There is sure to be plenty of action with sword fighting and martial arts as Mulan goes against her culture so that she might bring honour to her family. Peter Rabbit 2 also hops onto our screens on March 27th in time for Easter, in which we find Peter adventuring out of the garden and finding himself in a world where his mischief is appreciated. Just for you Fancy a mid-week movie treat? Get tickets to any of our films for just £5.95 on Monday to Friday before noon and all day every Tuesday and Wednesday. As always, we also have accessible screenings and family specials weekly so keep an eye on our full film listings at lightcinemas.co.uk

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Finesse Personal Training Mon: Over 60s Gentle exercise 2pm at Catholic Church, Bootcamp 6.45pm, Clubbercise 7.30pm at Westwood School. Tues: Clubbercise 9.30am, Pilates 10.30am at Braza Club & 5.15pm at Witcham. Weds: Total Toning 6.30pm at Facet Centre. Thurs: Clubbercise 6pm, Pilates 7pm at Westwood School. Sat: Bootcamp 8am at West End Park. Visit www. finessept.co.uk or on 07793 942893  Pro Martial Arts School March Train at Neale-Wade Academy (Thursdays) - Contact Stuart Harris on 07756 407968 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. Ladybirds Netball Club Train Mondays in March. Juniors 6-7pm, Adults 7-8pm. All levels welcome. Please contact us for more info: ladybirdsncmarch@hotmail.com March Town Cricket Club The Pavilion, Burrowmoor Rd, March PE15 9RS Tel:01354 652029 Committee Meetings are held on 2nd Tuesday in each month. The Club is open 6 days per week from 7pm. www.marchtowncricket.com Facebook: March Town Cricket Club Senior Circuits at Chatteris Leisure Centre 11am-12pm. Every Monday (excluding public holidays). £2 for non-members, free for members. 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 01345 652586 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 Golf Club Grange Road, March, PE15 0YH 01354 652364 www.marchgolfclub.co.uk 54

Club Guide March Conservative Bowls Club Creek Rd, March PE15 8RD 07833 932083 March Badminton Club At Neale Wade Sports Centre. Tuesday club night 7-9.30pm, Wednesday 7-8.30pm beginners + pay and play £4, Thursday 8-9.30pm beginners-intermediate pay and play £4. Contact us on our facebook page: March badminton club Yoga Classes Meet at March Community Centre on Tuesdays at 4.30-5.45pm and 6-7.15pm and Wednesdays 10-11.15am and at Elm Primary School on Wednesdays 7-8.15pm. Contact: Peter 07905 601585, email: pabamullins206@ntlworld.com March Triathlon Club Meets on Tuesday nights at 8pm to 9.30pm for swim training at the George Campbell sports centre in March. Contact details for anyone interested are at  Marchtriathlonclub@gmx.co.uk

Clubs & Groups

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, from 10.30am to 12 noon. Members and non-members are always welcome. Royal British Legion March Branch Meets on first Tuesday of month at 7.45pm, Rookswood Club, 27 West End, March. New members welcome, Contact Secretary 01354 652470. Boogie Tots March Town Hall, 10-11am Tuesdays Tel 07807 951771 Wimblington Village Choir Every Monday at 7pm. Parish Hall, Addison Rd, Wimblington PE15 0QT. New members welcome. No formal audition, just a pitch test as we have 4 part harmonies. £3 per week to cover hall and printing costs. Please contact Chris 07831 83535, Pat 07985 027515 or Maureen 01354 741894 March Solo Group For those who have lost their partner through bereavement. Meets in Trinity Church Hall, March PE15 9LH, on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 10.30am. Tel 01354 656181 or email mish.panspatch@btinternet. com for more information. Wisbech IPMS Scale Model 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 March Brass 2000 Rehearsal every Monday in St Peter's Church, March main band from 7-9pm Beginners classes held Mondays from

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6.15-6.45pm. £2. Brass instruments supplied if required; further details at www.marchbrass2000.co.uk March & District Model Railway Club The Rookswood Club, Rookswood, 27 West End March, PE15 8DP 01733 204997. Mike Wyldbore (Secretary): secretary@mdmrc.co.uk www.mdmrc.co.uk March Street Pride Volunteer Group Litter picks take place on the last Tuesday of every month. We meet at the George Campbell Leisure Centre at 10am. New volunteers are always welcome to join us, equipment is provided. Contact 07572 203157. Email murray1944@outlook.com 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. Weds-Fri after school and evenings, Thurs & Sat mornings at March Community Centre. Contact Lisa: 07933 796485, email: lisa.df@hotmail.co.uk March & District Amateur Operatic Society (MADAOS) Join us to sing, dance, and act in a musical, pantomime or concert. Rehearsals at March Community Centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays 7.30-9.30pm. New members welcome. Contact us on contactmadaos@gmail. com or find MADAOS on Facebook.

Charities

Churches

20TwentyProductions Skoulding Suite, March Town Hall Arts opportunities for young people. Tel: 01354 652769 Email: katherine@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

Trinity Methodist/United Reformed Church High Street, March PE15 9LH Minister 01945 461947 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 www.elimmarch.org.uk

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. Branch Office Tel: 01354 653164 March Rotary Club Held at March Conservative Club, 14 Creek Road, March, at 7.30pm 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 1.45pm. For more information please call 01345 680466 Macmillan Cancer Support March and Chatteris fundraising group, volunteers welcomed. Call 07801 307050 for information.

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Jamie Lattaway (left) welcomes Michael Mills into the business

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The 30-year-old has worked at the premises for the past nine years but has now joined Jamie Lattaway in heading up the business. Christchurch man Jamie took over the established business in December 2017, operating a full-service

preventative maintenance and car repair centre for MoTs, car repairs and garage services. Michael said: “I’ve been a fixture here for many years and the opportunity came up recently for me to buy into the business, so I spoke to Jamie and everything was quickly agreed. In some ways it is a massive change, but really my day-to-day work here as a technician won’t change too much.” Jamie said the business had introduced a new carbon cleaning service for vehicles which both men are keen to grow. He said: “Business is pretty good; we get a lot of repeat custom and have a loyal base of customers.” The Garage operates three vehicle bays and an MoT bay and promises a quality service on all makes and models of cars. Open from Mondays-Fridays from 8am-5pm and on Saturdays from 8am-1pm, you can contact The Garage at Wisbech Road, March PE15 8EB. Tel: 01354 661411; Email info@thegaragemarch.co.uk www.thegaragemarch.co.uk

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