Discovering March issue 085, October 2020

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Issue 85 / October 2020

and the surrounding villages

INSIDE THIS ISSUE STEP BACK IN TIME AND READ ABOUT SWIMMING IN MARCH: THE POST-WAR YEARS

SPECIAL FEATURE:

Your Guide To MARCH MARKET

AUTUMN IS HERE: GET BUSY OUTSIDE WITH OUR OCTOBER GARDENING TIPS

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Introduction

Welcome to Your October Issue. Welcome to October’s issue. Just when some of us thought it was safe to call ourselves “empty-nesters” as our last teenagers head off to university, a warning has been issued, claiming that the present financial uncertainty has prompted almost 60% of UK students to consider dropping out of their university degrees. With some students returning or going to university for the first time around now, pressure and financial support group SavetheStudent claims that increasing numbers are deeply concerned their finances won’t stand the pressure of such uncertain times! Oh well, there will be plenty of jobs around the house and garden to keep them busy...oh no, they’ve already been done during the lockdown. Brace yourselves, “Bank of Mum and Dad”! Anyway, as ever, there’s plenty here to keep all of your family informed and entertained, and don’t forget to change your clocks (“Spring forward, Fall back”), as we lose the hour on Sunday October 25th.

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I’ve just been looking at my comment from last October and reminiscing about how different things were then. I wrote about the anticipation of starting the run-up to the end of the year and people getting ready for Hallowe’en, Bonfire Night and Christmas and New Year. What a difference a year makes. COVID-19 was an unknown illness to most of us then but what an impact it has had on our lives in 2020. Further restrictions on social gatherings have recently been brought in and the prospect of another lockdown in the coming months hardly fills one with great anticipation. However, some of the normal autumnal things remain constant such as the ever-changing colours of the Fenland landscape and skies as the seasons change which I for one enjoy. We’ve also recently seen some well needed sunshine which seems to be nature’s way of trying to put a smile back on our faces. Let’s hope we can all see out the rest of the year safely and look forward to better months ahead…

Andy

Inside Highlights 4 ............... Gardening Tips for October 6 ............... March Museum with Richard Munns 8 ............... Stephenson Smart Financial Advice 20 ............ Consumer Advice 24 ............ Diamond Byte 28-29 ... Community Matters 31-33 ..... Your Local Market 34 ..............Recipe: Pumpkin Soup 36 ............ Puzzle Page For Kids 40 ........... Cuppa & A Chat With James Cook 42 ............ Village Life with Jayne Whytock 44 ............ Drinking with Trevor Langley 46 ..............Be Fabulous 48 ........... Orchard House Care Home 52 ............ March Podiatry 54 ............ Save Tolethorpe Hall! 56 ............ History With Trevor Bevis 59 ............ Business Feature: T.D.A. Services 60-61 ..... Business Directory

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Bare-rooted trees will benefit from the warmth still left in the soil. Crops that can be sown this month are: • Early broad beans. •

Japanese over-wintering onion sets. Although large onion sets look stronger, small or medium ones are less likely to bolt in the spring.

• Last chance to transplant spring cabbages – be sure to net them to prevent pigeons eating the young leaves. • Plant garlic. • Broad beans – early varieties should overwinter. Other jobs for this month include: • Continue to earth up celery and leeks. • Protect cauliflowers by bending a leaf over the curd. • Finish pruning blackberries and raspberries. • Keep removing yellow leaves from brassicas – leaving them on the ground risks spreading grey mould. • If you have not already done so, earth up or stake (or both) Brussels sprouts and sprouting broccoli plants. • Pick the unripe tomatoes and put a few in a bag with a ripe banana – this gives off ethylene gas which speeds ripening. • Cure pumpkins and squashes – cut and leave them to dry out in the sun; it hardens the skins and they will keep for longer. • Cut back asparagus and artichoke foliage and compost. • Remove runner bean canes; if left in the ground they will easily rot. Happy gardening!

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Part 2: The Post-War Years by Richard Munns (on behalf of March & District Museum) tenders was then followed and that of W&C French Ltd for £58,888/13s/1d was accepted. The other tenders varied from £6034/4s/1d to £76,825/0/0d. A loan of £61,000 was obtained from the Ministry of Housing and Local Government with a contribution of £3750 from Isle of Ely CC and £3600 from the March Homecoming & Memorial Fund. On November 10th,1964, Mr E A Blades, formerly pool manager at Whittlesey, was appointed swimming pool superintendent, the appointment to be from February 1st, 1965. An advertisement dated May 11th, 1965, in the Cambs Times gave the opening of the pool as Wednesday, May 15th, 1965 with the opening times and admission prices. These were adult (single entry) 1/6, child (single entry) 9d, adult (season ticket) £2, Child (season ticket) £1, adult (spectator) 1/-, child (spectator) 6d, with children being defined as not having reached their sixteenth birthday.

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Therefore, after the war, the question of the swimming facilities in the town was raised again and a council minute of November 3rd, 1947 showed that a gift of land had been made by Messrs Hovis Ltd adjacent to their Acre Mill. The question of access and finance caused many delays until November 1st, 1960 when it was recorded that a grant had been permitted for the construction of the facility. The normal process of

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After a number of years of use, it was decided that the open-air pool, although heated, should be refurbished and covered. It was closed in September 1983 for conversion work, being totally revamped with a new clothes locker system. The cost of this conversion was nearly £310,000 and included covered access to the foyer and from the changing rooms, air conditioning and improvements to the water treatment system. On Saturday August 25th, 1984, the new indoor pool was opened with eleven-year-old Lara Stockbridge, who had got up at 4.30am, being the first swimmer, taking advantage of the free entry on the Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, 690 swimmers took advantage of this and on Sunday another 850 were recorded. The swimming pool attendant, Mr Martin Calvert, said that at 2pm on Sunday they had to stop people entering as the pool was full. When the pool was officially opened it was named The George Campbell Indoor Pool, after the late councillor who was so instrumental in the provision of the original, open-air, pool in 1965. Photo: The classic ‘before and after’ views of the swimming pool.

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We bring you items of interest for your home and community. If there is something you’d like us to cover or you have something to say please get in touch at: Discovering March, Benwick Road Ind. Est., Benwick Road, Whittlesey, Peterborough, PE7 2HD editor.march@discoveringmagazines.co.uk

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Preparations are underway in Fenland in a bid to secure millions of pounds worth of investment into the district’s four market towns. The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, led by Mayor James Palmer, recently agreed to more than double the amount of investment for its Market Towns Programme – with £13.1 million now available to inject into the region’s market towns. The Combined Authority funding has been put on the table to support the delivery of eleven market town Masterplans, with around £1 million being ring fenced for each of the district’s Growing Fenland Masterplans for March, Chatteris, Whittlesey and Wisbech. Towns are now being invited to submit bids for the Combined Authority cash to help them unlock their potential and bring their ambitions to life. The Growing Fenland Masterplans each contain a number of proposals to maximise regeneration and make the towns more vibrant and attractive places to live, work and visit. Councillor Ian Benney, Fenland District Council’s portfolio holder for growth, said: “The Combined Authority’s investment strategy is enabling government resource to reach right into the heart of our region, creating and delivering Masterplans that will help our market towns to thrive for years to come. “Our Growing Fenland Masterplans have identified what our towns need most and revealed huge opportunities for sustainable growth, better transport, improved accessibility and more skills training across the board. Hopefully we can secure some of the funding available and work with the Combined Authority to help turn ideas into reality.”

CHARITY SEEKS LOCAL READERS Schoolreaders – a charity which seeks to improve childhood literacy and thereby life chances by providing volunteers to listen to primary aged children read on a one-to-one basis – is looking for volunteers in the March and Whittlesey areas. Emma Ward, of Schoolreaders County Team, Cambridgeshire, said: “We are trying to get more volunteers in place and ready to start as soon as it is safe to do so. Volunteers are matched with schools according to how far they are prepared/ able to travel and the hours they can offer. “Our reading volunteers are going to be desperately needed following the coronavirus pandemic. Thousands of children won’t have had enough reading practice during lockdown. In a normal year, one in four children leave primary school unable to read well. “Most children will have missed a term of school, so the reading gap is now even wider. Children who struggle with reading are more likely to live in poverty and be unemployed as adults. “Schoolreaders needs more volunteers in your area to support children’s reading and prevent them falling further behind. If you want to make a difference to a child’s life, apply to become a Schoolreader. No qualifications are needed; just a love of reading and some spare time each week.” To join, visit the website www.schoolreaders.org/ volunteer-application-form or call 01234 924111 for further information on the service which is free to schools and volunteers.

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PHIL TAKES OVER AT EACH East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) has named Phil Gormley as its new chief executive. He started his tenure at EACH last month, joining from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) where he was responsible for inspecting and reporting on the efficiency and effectiveness of police forces and fire services in the north of England. During the COVID-19 pandemic he has also provided advice and support to the Norfolk Resilience Forum. Mr Gormley has worked at board level for the last seventeen years and is best known to people in East Anglia for being Norfolk Constabulary’s Chief Constable between 2010 and 2013. During this time, he helped develop one of the most advanced programmes of collaboration with Suffolk Constabulary. John Pickering, EACH chair of trustees, said: “Now more than ever, we need strong, strategic leadership to take the organisation forward. We undertook a rigorous selection process to ensure we appointed the right person and I’m delighted Phil has joined us.

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POPPY APPEAL A small Lincolnshire business, specialising in delicate crocheted hair accessories, has turned its hand to making hundreds of crocheted poppies to raise money for the British Legion Poppy Appeal. For the past six years, Ethel & George has raised thousands of pounds for the appeal from the sale of poppies with all profits from each sale being donated. With the support of local businesses this year, the intention is to raise in excess of £1000 for the charity. In addition to the original, delicate poppies, this year sees an introduction of a country tweed poppy, as well as a wool version; made from 100 percent Lincolnshire sheep wool. Buy your poppy from www.ethelandgeorge.co.uk with prices starting from £3.50. OC TOB E R 2020

CONGRATULATIONS TO MIA! Five-year-old Mia is our Toy Bundle competition winner and is seen here enjoying her new favourite snack. Also pictured is Mia with her brother and sister, showing off the fantastic prizes! Her mum, Kelly Green, said: “Mia has sensory needs and development delay and up until lockdown she would only eat smooth foods like yogurts, custard and few other items but couldn't eat sandwiches. “We also have a thirteen-year-old daughter who decided to encourage Mia, so they made a very special sandwich together and Mia ate it! We were amazed as we had tried similar before but had no luck. Mia's favourite sandwich is ham sandwich with cheese and crisps. Great competition and prizes.”

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Local Markets Markets have been an important feature of many towns for years, offering visitors fresh, seasonal produce and quality essentials, and local gems that aren’t available anywhere else. They also support local jobs and the local economy, which is more important now than ever. Fenland is committed to ensuring that our markets offer a safe environment for shoppers. Being outside in the fresh air offers a different experience to the supermarkets and traders have all taken steps to make those who visit feel safe and at ease. It is important to remember what good markets can contribute to town centres, often being at the heart of their communities. Markets are not only great for shoppers, but for traders too! They provide a low cost business opportunity for those with something to offer in a prime location. March Market is open every Wednesday and Saturday with Fridays being the market days in Chatteris and Whittlesey. We ask that all customers adhere to the Government guidance on social distancing and queue responsibly. You do not have to wear a face covering when visiting the market and shopping outside but you can choose to do so. So come along and support your local Market. See you there! For further information please contact us at marketsandevents@fenland.gov.uk or call 01354 654321

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Your Guide To MARCH MARKET Country Ventures: Pet foods and greeting cards. Tony Leach and his son James own the business and have been established for forty years. They stand on the March market every Wednesday and Saturday and also attend Whittlesey and Wisbech markets on a weekly basis come rain or shine. Pay them a visit to see the wide variety of pet foods and greetings cards/wrap they have on offer.

Country Ventures

Deli Trailer: owned by Bob Fitzjohn, fondly known as ‘Cheesy Bob’. Established for more than fifty years, it stands on the market every week on a Saturday. Bob remembers pushing his mum’s barrow – full of cheese – to the market, where she first started the business with a stall of her own. He is March born and bred and proud to be so. You can’t resist his cheeses, pork pies and cold meat selections – he even makes cheese wedding cakes.

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Goldings Feeds and Nurseries: Owned by Andrew and Tina Golding. Established for forty years, it stands every Saturday on March market and others during the week. A supplier of high-quality flowers and plants along with wedding and funeral flowers and all types of animal feeds. Pop down and see them for all your gardening needs.

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Routs of Wisbech Fish Stall: Every Wednesday and Saturday on March Market. Established thirty years. A family run business, it buys directly from Grimsby and is proud to supply the best seasonal Norfolk shellfish amongst other delicious fish products.

Routs of Wisbech Barney’s Cake and Fresh Waffles: Belgian Waffles – all homemade by Nora and Barney. Details available on their Facebook site. Barney’s cakes – treat yourself to a ‘yummy’, build your own freshly baked Belgian waffle, available on Wednesday and Saturday at March market.

Jigsaw Stand: A new venture for Sue Beer, providing a jigsaw rental service – pay Sue a visit to find out more!

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Russell’s Fresh Meats: Established for more than one hundred years, it is now on the fifth generation of the family-run business. Sue Russell provides the best meat/poultry at all times as it is free range and from their own farm. You can find them every Saturday on March market and in Wisbech on Thursday.

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March Fruit & Veg March Fruit and Veg stall: Every Saturday – pop down for the freshest choice of fruit, veg and local honey.

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Recipe

PUMPKIN SOUP With autumn underway and Hallowe̛en just around the corner, it just had to be a pumpkin recipe didn̛t it?!

Method

1 Preheat the oven to 220ºC/Gas Mark 7. 2 Place the pumpkin, carrots and onions in a baking dish or roasting tin. Drizzle with the vegetable oil.

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3 Bake in the preheated oven for forty minutes, until soft but not blackened.

Serves 6

750g pumpkin, peeled, seeded and cubed 2 carrots, coarsely chopped 2 onions, cut into wedges 2 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil 1 large potato, sliced 1 litre water 2 or 3 cubes chicken stock, crumbled 250ml double cream 1 /4 tbsp ground nutmeg, or to taste 1

1 tsp ground black pepper Salt to taste You can find this recipe and others at www.allrecipes.co.uk

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In a large saucepan over a medium heat, bring the water and crumbled stock cubes to the boil. Cook the potato in simmering water until soft, for about twenty minutes.

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Combine the potato and water with the roasted vegetables and puree in a liquidiser or food processor until smooth. Return to the pan over low heat and stir in the cream, nutmeg, pepper and salt. Heat gently, then serve with some crusty bread.

Helpful tip: Sugar pumpkins are similar to the large orange pumpkins you find during Hallowe’en but they are smaller, sweeter and have more flavour – optimal for this or any other pumpkin recipe. If unavailable, you can substitute in butternut or kabocha squash.

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Community

“Chat over a cuppa” with local photographer James Cook

James Cook is twenty-six and has lived in March for about twenty-one years. His interests include motorcycles, gaming, photography and editing, films, basketball, and spending time with family and his partner Zoe. He is currently the gym/ leisure manager for The Oliver Cromwell Hotel’s gym and pool facility.

In his spare time away from work, James loves to do photography, About three years ago he was diagnosed with depression and anxiety and needed to find something that would get him back out of the house and to also keep his mind busy. Photography made a huge impact on his wellbeing, enabling him to block out all the bad and focus on all the good in the world. His main areas of interest within photography are wildlife, nature, landscapes and buildings and he has recently started doing odd sessions for friends and family and submitting photos to local magazines. Where were you born, and what is your favourite memory of your childhood? I was born in Peterborough, lived in Whittlesey for a short time, and then moved to March when 40

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I was about five years old. My favourite childhood memory would be either any of my childhood holidays or playing with friends. Who has had the greatest influence on your life and why? I would say my mum had the greatest influence on my life, she has taught me a lot over the years and has helped shape me into the person I am today. Which two characters, alive or not, would you most enjoy sharing a meal with and why? I would say Dwayne Wade from the Miami Heat and Michael Jordan. They were my basketball heroes growing up and who would not want to meet their favourite sports stars? How would you describe yourself in only five words? Five words to describe me would be kind, organised, caring, focused and hardworking.

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If there was one thing which you could change about March, what would it be and why? If there was one thing about March that I could change that would be less traffic, ha-ha! What advice would you give to a sixteen-year-old you? To ignore what other people say or think of you, just go out and pursue what you love and enjoy and let nothing hold you back. For all types of photography please call James on 07487 713600 or email jc7211@hotmail.co.uk OCT OBE R 2 0 2 0


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Village Life

Ghosts AND Ghouls By Jayne Whytock

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sheet with holes cut out for the eyes was good enough for any scary ghost. I can remember one year opening the door and looking down to a tiny child aged no more than three draped in a sheet. All I could see were two big eyes looking up at me. Bless them they had no idea why they were there and dressed so strangely or why their Dad was taking them to people’s doors and knocking saying, “Trick or treat”. The look soon changed when I showed them a big tin (no plastic containers in those days) of sweets wrapped in shiny wrappers. A hand suddenly whipped out from under the sheet and I was amazed at how many sweets such a little hand could grab in one go. As with most things now the excitement and magic has slightly faded as the event has become commercialised and the trick part has all but vanished. But it’s still a fun evening for those who wish to take part. People decorate their houses with elaborate cobwebs and even projectors that light the house up with ghosts etc. Pumpkin sales rocket and paths and gardens are lit up with scary carved faces lit up with candles placed in the pumpkin to give an eerie effect. So this year if you are celebrating, have a great time but remember that for some people it can be scary having people knock at their doors when it is dark so only go to homes that are decorated or belong to family and friends who are expecting you. Keep safe and don’t get too frightened. They aren’t real ghosts... or are they?

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Sparkling Wines FROM GERMANY

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erman wines have an excellent reputation, globally. Riesling grapes are outstanding for the productions of high-quality wines, which range from deliciously dry, through to very sweet. The cool climate, in and around the Rheingau area, (around the River Rhine), suits this grape variety perfectly. The WineBarn imports, and then makes available, fine wines with exceptional qualities. Iris Ellmann is MD and one of the UK’s first members of The Riesling Fellowship. The WineBarn and the wines offered have received numerous prestigious awards. A rare and antique wine sourcing service is also offered. Allendorf, based in the Rheingau region, has a family history dating back more than seven hundred years. Allendorf Sekt Brut (12.5% vol) I found to be very refreshing, enticing with a citrus fruit bouquet, for the nasal pleasures. The flavours of fruits on the mouthfeel continue through to the palate’s enjoyment, for this elegant production. Two fermentations, with the second being for a minimum of twelve months, contribute to an end result, very much favoured by many. www.thewinebarn.co.uk/collections/allendorf Bassermann-Jordan estate, based in the Pfalz region, was founded in 1718. Popular with many sparkling wine lovers is their Riesling Sekt Brut (12% vol). Following the pressing and fermentation processes, this Sekt’s fermentation continues in

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the bottle for approximately twelve months. The fruity bouquet appeals and leads to the mouth’s indulgence, which is refreshing and elegant, through to the very last drop. www.thewinebarn. co.uk/collections/bassermann-jordan Solter, also based in the Rheingau region, produce a fantastic Rosé Brut (13% vol). It has refreshing red fruit flavours, following the nose’s delight on the bouquet. It is splendid for adding colour to any occasion, and particularly popular for al fresco dining. 100% Pinot Noir grapes are used to great advantage for the production of this wine. www. thewinebarn/collections/solter These superb sparkling wines, all with wonderful perlages, are great by themselves and make a fabulous accompaniment for many cuisines too. The WineBarn also offers an ordering system that is easy and available online. Existing clients include Michelin-starred restaurants, hotels and private clients, plus retailers, homes and offices. The WineBarn Ltd, 16 Taylor’s Yard, Sutton Scotney, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 3XX Tel: 01962 761 215 Email: wine@thewinebarn.co.uk www.thewinebarn.co.uk As always, enjoy!

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In the corn fields, where the crows fly, that’s where you will find me...

by Lauren Siddons

I made a video tutorial on how I achieved this look which can be found on my Instagram page: laurensiddons_mua_ Hallowe'en has always been one of my favourite times as it gives me a chance to get really creative, we love decorating our house and making it a spooky experience for all the little trickle treaters as well! For more Hallowe'en looks and tutorials please visit my Instagram page and if you would like me to recreate a look or you would like to see a tutorial on something specific, please just get in touch.

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CARE HOME WITH ARTISTIC FLAIR CELEBRATES NATIONAL “ARTS IN CARE HOMES DAY”

There is definitely never a dull moment at Orchard House Care Home, and their support of the September 24th “National Arts in Care Homes Day” will add even more sparkle to this already shining care home service. National Arts in Care Homes Day recognises the importance of ‘the creative arts’ in social care and the physical and psychological benefits that incorporating Music, Drama, Comedy, Poetry, Creative Writing, Dancing, Arts and Crafts into residents’ lifestyles can have. This year’s theme is ‘Creative Communities’, and Orchard House is definitely a creative community.

Providing extensive access to ‘the creative arts’ is really important to us here at Orchard House as we recognise their holistic benefits and impacts. The residents enjoy interacting with each other, they love a cup of tea and cake chatting about families and their lives before they lived at the home. The sense of community we have here amongst not only the residents, their loved ones and our team is such a crucial and important part of what makes Orchard House a home. Sarah (Deputy Manager) C

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residents love a good sing-song and love the dancing side, most of all every one of these activities keeps their minds and brains stimulated.” Music is an incredibly important part of the programme and its importance is well documented across various social care studies.

I am very good at knit and knatter. I love arts and crafts. I colour every day as it is good for me. Pamela (Resident)

The team, led by experienced Registered Manager Maxine Bain, understand the importance of providing a creative community for the residents who live at the service in Wisbech, and they encourage and support the residents to engage with the home’s varied and extensive lifestyle services which are residentled, engaging and vibrant. A prime example was their movie-themed fashion show in honour of London Fashion Week earlier this year. Activities Co-ordinator Julie spoke of the service’s love of the arts,” Music and movement is a big hit as the 48

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I’ve witnessed some lovely interactions with the residents taking part in the music and movement, this really helps their mental and physical wellbeing. Kayleigh (Administrator)

For positive wellbeing and promoting physical strength, every morning the home hosts ‘Music and Movement’ to help kickstart the residents’ day – they have discovered a number of budding Taylor Swifts and Beyoncés amongst the team who

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love nothing more than a staff versus CM resident karaoke session. Another popular event is the ‘Knit and Knatter’ MY which gives residents a chance to CY sit down and interact with other CMY residents whilst talking about their K lives. With ‘Creative Communities’ as this year’s theme, Orchard House decided to come together to celebrate the arts by putting on an autumn-themed Arts Exhibition which they have been working on throughout September. They have created numerous artworks including a large autumn tree displayed in Reception, autumn garlands to hang around the home and some lovely canvases. So far, the residents have thoroughly enjoyed the themed sessions. Evelyn commented, “I’ve enjoyed the arts and crafts; it’s good exercise for my hands.” Another eager participant who enjoyed the theme was keen gardener Tony who said, “I enjoy pottering about in the garden and I’ve also enjoyed doing the themed arts and crafts as I like colouring and painting. “ OCT OBE R 2 0 2 0


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Why not take a break with the assurance that our amazing team will take over the care for you so that you can have some time to yourself to relax or to enjoy a holiday. Our kind and caring team provide a range of personalised residential, dementia and nursing care. The home includes a variety of features to support residents to feel at home such as en-suite bedrooms, welcoming lounge, dining areas and a host of daily activities.

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Save Your Theatre! Stamford Shakespeare Company (SSC), with its open-air theatre at Tolethorpe Hall, has launched a campaign to ensure its survival.

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tamford Shakespeare Company (SSC), with its open-air theatre at Tolethorpe Hall, has launched a fundraising campaign to ensure its survival. Its aim is to raise crucial funds to keep the theatre company afloat and to ensure the summer season of plays can continue next year.

The impact of Covid-19 on SSC has been enormous. The Theatre and Hall were closed in March this year and the Company has lost a forecasted £240,000 worth of ticket sales. As a charity who receive no funding from any arts organisations or formal sponsorship, SSC relies on income from tickets sales to fund the productions, maintain the beautiful grounds and upkeep the Grade II* listed Elizabethan Hall. The future of SSC is now at great risk.

We have been putting on Shakespeare plays for over fifty years and we are determined that Covid-19 will not put an end to this, but without the help from the community, we will not survive. We are enormously grateful to our patrons and overwhelmed by their continued generosity and kindness. We now need you more than ever.” For more information, please visit their fundraising website: www.saveyourtheatre.co.uk.

Although the government lifted some of the restrictions on theatres, allowing outdoor venues to re-open with social distancing in place, SSC have not been able to rehearse, they have not finished the construction of their sets nor the costumes for the actors; therefore, 2020’s productions could not proceed. Caroline Stephenson, Chair of SSC Board of Directors, said: “We are all so lucky to have this theatre on our doorstep. To date, we have welcomed over a million audience members, to share experiences with friends and family through theatre, giving volunteers a place to be valued, and inspiring young people to dream big. Losing this wonderful, unique and special place would leave a void in our community.

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Local History

Dangerous Times

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he illustration shows old cottages overlooking the river near the bend on Elwyn Road. Built in about 1800, the cottages were pulled down in the twentieth century. Families living in them were employed in March, the women in the larger houses in the town and the men on crops and at fisheries in the area.

Working on reclaimed land was a dangerous occupation. At Doddington a man was seen walking around a field which had been drained. Asked by a passer-by what he was doing, he replied, “There was a horse and its carer here this morning.” The animal and carer had trodden on wet ground and sank out of sight. The carer’s hat remained on the surface where the incident happened. Parts of the field were like quicksand. In another part of the Fens, deep ploughing brought up a man’s body, almost perfectly 56

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preserved by peat and silt. It was thought the man had fallen from a boat centuries ago. Some years ago, the writer was invited by a Fenman living near Ely to see his collection of rusty swords he kept in his shed. They were found on the site of an ancient causeway which gave access to the Isle of Ely. The weapons dated back to Norman times. William the Conqueror had made it clear to the abbot that if he did not reveal a way into the Isle the abbot would lose all his possessions. The abbot gave way, but several of the king’s men wandered off track and were drowned. Thus, the Fens was the last area of England to fall to the invaders from Normandy. The keeper of the ancient swords told the writer that when he dies, the weapons are to be returned to the spot where they were found! Dangerous times indeed… Illustration by Trevor Bevis

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T.D.A. SERVICES

March-based T.D.A. Services owner Tony Tullett prides himself on the quality of his work. He says: “Appearance isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.” Tony started his business thirteen years ago and specialises in decorating and tiling. However, he is quick to point out that he can carry out a variety of work: “I can do most things, from bathroom fitments to kitchen refurbishments, and can provide design plans for customers. “The way things get finished is of fundamental importance to me. I am very precise, and quality is of prime importance. “I get a lot of repeat business which I think is due to the fact

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Forty-year-old Tony says he always aspires to do the best job, first time. “First and second fixes are not for me. I aim to get everything looking right first time. I want to make people happy.” You can telephone Tony on 07908 008007 or email tda-services@hotmail.co.uk

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LET’S GET QUIZZICAL! First Lines Name the title and the artistes of the following songs:

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Slip inside the eye of your mind, Don’t you know you might find.

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I met a gin soaked, bar-room queen in Memphis.

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I don’t wanna talk, about things we’ve gone through.

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I’ll protect you from the hooded claw, keep the vampires from the door.

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Stop making the eyes at me, I’ll stop making the eyes at you.

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Look into my eyes - you will see what you mean to me.

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I closed my eyes, drew back the curtain

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Oh yeah, I’ll tell you something, I think you’ll understand.

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I’ve never seen you looking so lovely as you did tonight.

10. Ground Control to Major Tom.

Famous Movie Quotes Name the films from which these famous lines came:

11. “ Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

16. “E.T. phone home.”

12. “Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”

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19. “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”

18. “I’ll be back.”

14. “Go ahead, make my day.”

20. “You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?”

15. “You talking to me?”

Pot Luck 21. When Elizabeth Taylor played Cleopatra, who played Julius Caesar? 22. Who famously built a dyke to separate the English and Welsh? 23. I n which city would you find the International Court of Justice? 24. Who shot Billy the Kid? 25. Which four tournaments make up the men’s golfing majors? 26. The following were the alter egos of which famous crime fighters (i) Bruce Wayne (ii) Peter Parker (iii) Diana Prince?

28. Who performed the title music for the following Bond films (i) Thunderball (ii) The Man with the Golden Gun (iii) Octopussy? 29. Which is the most southerly capital city in the world? 30. What are the chemical symbols for the following elements (i) Gold (ii) Silver (iii) Mercury?

Answer First Lines 1. Don’t Look Back in Anger - Oasis, 2. The Winner Takes it All - ABBA, 3. I Bet That You Look Good on the Dance Floor – Arctic Monkeys, 4. Any Dream Will Do – Jason Donovan, 5. I Wanna Hold Your Hand – The Beatles, 6. Honky Tonk Women – The Rolling Stones, 7. The Power of Love – Frankie Goes to Hollywood, 8. Everything I Do (I Do It For You. – Bryan Adams, 9. Lady in Red – Chris de Burgh, 10. Space Oddity – David Bowie. Famous Movie Quotes 11. Gone With The Wind, 12. The Wizard of Oz, 13. Casablanca, 14. Sudden Impact, 15. Taxi Driver, 16. E.T. The Extraterrestrial, 17. In The Heat of the Night, 18. The Terminator, 19. Love Story, 20. Dirty Harry. Pot Luck 21. Rex Harrison, 22. Offa, King of Mercia, 23. The Hague, Netherlands, 24. Sheriff Pat Garrett, 25. The US Masters, US Open, The Open Championship and the PGA Championship, 26. Batman, Spiderman, Wonder Woman, 27. Exeter, Truro, Taunton, 28. Tom Jones, Lulu, Rita Coolidge, 29. Wellington, New Zealand (although Ushuaia the regional capital of Tierra del Fuego is the southernmost city., 30. Au, Ag, Hg.

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