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LOCAL NEWS IN YOUR AREA

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Last month you will recall we discussed a petition set up to create a bridge over the Kings Dyke Crossing. Below are some of the responses we received and Cllr Martin Curtis’ reply. We are a family of four with two cars the recent closure of the north bank road has added an unacceptable amount of time to our work relayed trips to Peterborough and have caused hardship due to the early start and leaving children for school . With the increasing of train traffic the bridge is a must and is fully supported by ourselves. Regards Martin and Michelle Bennett Martin Curtis’ reply: I read with great interest, in several articles, about this proposed bridge. It's all well and good to resolve the issue at Kings Dyke Crossing, but let's not forget the whole picture. Like all articles have stated, it is made worse when the Thorney road is closed, due to flooding. There are other issues that are affected when the B1040 is closed. There are people who work over towards Thorney, Eye or Crowland area. There are Children who attend our local schools from north of the river. All these people have to resort to travelling via Peterborough or Guyhurn, which incurs greater costs and travelling times. Easing the problem at Kings Dyke would only make matters worse at Horsey Toll junction and Standgound roundabout. Up to last December I had worked in the Eastfield area of Peterborough since 1973, I have seen all the hold ups and congestion via Kings Dyke, sometimes taking over one hour to get home. Surely this money would be better spent on the Thorney road to prevent the flooding, by raising the road level. I know this would cause a hold up initially and would cost a great amount, but would be worth it in the long run. I think this issue should be surveyed by the local people. David Dowsing

"The reason that Kings Dyke needs to be done is not just because of the impact on the A605 when the wash road floods, it is because there is a clear recognition that the problems are going to get worse when more housing is built in Whittlesey and the amount of rail traffic increases (estimates are that this will increase by 140% in the next 20 years). There are things we could do to enhance the wash road, however I personally would be reluctant to have this as the sole solution. Thorney residents fought for fifty years for their bypass and had daily traffic chaos before it was built. Just doing the Wash Road without sorting out Kings Dyke would see that chaos repeated every time the North Bank flooded. I would not want someone to impose that sort of misery on Whittlesey, so I believe we should be mindful of doing similar to the residents of Thorney. Whilst I would not rule out work in future to raise parts of the B1040, my priority is to ensure we get the bridge at Kings Dyke that the County Council has committed to, and I believe we will get it." See more from Martin Curtis on page 27.

The Cambridgeshire Festival of Cycling The Cambridgeshire Festival of Cycling is coming to Whittlesey Town Square on Saturday 4th May 2013 between 10.30am to 4.30pm. There will be a host of activities including: - A bike try out show with 30 different bikes to try out - A pedal powered smoothie maker to have a go on - A static bike racing competition - Cycling information, maps, freebies and an opportunity

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LOCAL NEWS IN YOUR AREA Coates Citizen of the Year 2013

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The Coates Citizen of the Year is an annual event that was launched in 2011 at the Coates Village Show. It celebrates a person, who has been voted for by fellow villagers, who has contributed significantly to the village over recent years. The Coates Village show has been running for several years and celebrates the skills and talents of the local community. The Committee felt that as well as celebrating oneoff achievements, it would be a nice idea to recognise a person who contributes to village life on a daily basis. We are now looking for your help in choosing the candidates for the Coates Citizen of the Year for 2013. We all know someone who is helpful, but can you think of someone who goes out of their way to help many villagers or the local community. Candidates can be of any age, and can be put forward for any reason that you feel is worthy. Maybe a teenager that helps other people tend their gardens, a person that runs a local

club, meeting or charity, the helpful neighbour who always has the time when you need a hand, or a villager who is well known by everyone for their kindness. If you have someone in mind, please include your name and contact details, the name of the person you wish to nominate, and a brief explanation of why. Nominations can be sent via email to vote@ coatesweb.net or in writing to Mark Fairbank, 14 Church Gardens, Coates. PE7 2BF. Closing date for nominations is Sunday 30th June 2013. This year’s Coates Village Show will be held on 13th July, at Holy Trinity Church, Coates. Full details will be published nearer the time. Schedules and entry forms for the show competition will be available from the Village Shop, local pubs and www.coatesweb.net from mid-May.

NOVA club present Cheque

The Nova Club's chosen charity this year was for the two Whittlesey Patient Participation Groups (PPGs). Mandy Smith, Nova Club Treasurer presented cheques to the value of £100 to the PPGs for the Jenner Health Centre and the New Queen Street Surgery for medical equipment to be used for the benefit of patients locally. The PPGs are important for getting opinions and keeping patients advised. The monies will be used for an extra benefit for patients, such as a separate piece of equipment which would not normally be supplied by the NHS, or may be used as a contribution towards a larger item that each PPG agrees with their Doctors would be beneficial. Dr Anil Nair and Dr Daniel Andeyaba collected the cheque for the Jenner Health Centre PPG and Mrs Helena Ayre, Practice Manager, and Mr Bob Wicks, PPG Chairman, collected the cheque for the New Queen Street Practice PPG. In 2012 the Club's chosen charity was the Fenland Alzheimer's Society, plus a contribution 8

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was sent to Sue Rider for Multiple Sclerosis following the death of a well loved club member. Nova is also well known for its cake stand at the Whittlesey Festival, raising £206.66 last year. The Club has 31 members at present and meets on the 1st Wednesday in the month at the Conservative Club, Whittlesey. Anyone interested in joining or learning more about Nova by contacting Mandy on 01733 205096.


Get involved with a local club Whittlesey Manor Bowls Club

Having celebrated their 50th anniversary last year, Whittlesey Manor Bowls Club begins a new era this season with exclusive use of the bowling green. The club owns and maintains the first-class clubhouse at their Manor Leisure Centre venue, but the green has always been available to the general public, with Fenland District Council in recent years making an annual contribution to the club towards the cost of maintaining the green. Now the club are in the process of signing a new lease agreement with the Council which means that from this season the club will be solely responsible for the annual maintenance charges in exchange for an exclusivity deal. It means, in effect, that the green will now only be available to members, although, as club secretary Melvyn Beck points out, the club wants to remain at the heart of the local sporting community, and, as a result, are throwing open their doors to the public at the end of April to promote the club as part of a recruitment drive. There’s an open day on Sunday, April 21st, a ‘Come and Try It’ week from Monday and Friday, April 22-26, with free tuition and use of equipment (see full page advertisement on page 37). “Bowls is a sport for all the family and all ages,” Mr Beck pointed out. “Apart from offering both

competitive and social play, it also provides gentle, healthy exercise and a new social outlet in the summer months. “The club’s facilities are some of the best in the area, with a members’ bar open every midweek evening throughout the season, and there’s a range of social events organised, including barbeques and quizzes. “The bowling facilities are available every day throughout the summer months, so you can play as much as you like for as little as £3 per week.”

Whittlesey Wind Ensemble

• Whittlesey Wind Ensemble are still looking for more players in particular Bass Clarinet, Cornet/Trumpet, Trombone, Horns, Bass and Percussion. Anyone interested should contact Barry Strickle 01733 208209 or email bstrickle@virginmedia.com

Whittlesey Wind Ensemble was only formed last September and are already an established Community Group in the town. The group made our first public performance six weeks after they started, and then again at Christmas 2012. In February Whittlesey Wind Ensemble participated in a Cabaret Show to help raise funds for the local Surgery. Their next public Concert will be at: ST. ANDREWS CHURCH, CHURCH STREET, WHITTLESEY on Saturday 13th April at 7.30pm Tickets £5 available from Sarah Walker on 01733 204351 or pay at the door on the night. April 2013 | Discovering

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he results from this years patients questionnaire are now available on the surgery’s web page for studying and analysing. As a result of last year’s patients questionnaire the telephone system was identified as being not fully fit for purpose. The requirements of the practice were fully analysed and the outcome of this analysis resulted in the existing contract for telephone provision being renewed with a breakout clause for this year (2013). This allowed time for requirements to be defined and a full tendering process to be undertaken. The contract for the new telephone system has been signed and will be in place within a month. Whilst not having such a visible impact it is the practice partners’ decision to replace the computer system and the change will become effective next month. I must thank the ladies of the NOVA group for their donation to the Patients group. The money will be used for the benefit of the patients to obtain equipment which will provide a value added service not currently available at the surgery. Details will be supplied when a purchase takes place. The patients group along with the practice have decided to hold a surgery Open Day on the 20th April 2013 between 09:00 and 12:00. This

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Sergeant Rob Thompson will, after thirteen years, be leaving the Police Service in April, having spent five of those years being the “sheriff of Whittlesey”. “I would like to take this final opportunity to say I have thoroughly enjoyed working for the people of Whittlesey and surrounding villages and have many happy memories especially when assisting

will enable all patients to have the opportunity to discover all the facilities the surgery can provide and provide the opportunity to discuss any issues or concerns they may have with the surgery’s’ performance. Refreshments will be available. If you have any observations or comments about the Surgery or practice they can be forwarded to the patients group either by e-mail to patientpg@ gmail.com or in writing via the surgery reception.

The next Patients Participation Group meeting is on 15th April 2013 at 19:00 (7:00 pm) in the surgery. Hope to see you there.

Car boot and fun day

On the 18th of May there will be a car boot and fun day with entertainment, refreshments, raffle, cake stall, bottle stall tombola and much more at 2pm at Aliwal Manor. Enquiries for booking a car boot or stall should go to Aliwal Manor on 01733203347. All proceeds go to home’s comfort fund

at the local schools and youth projects” The new Sergeant is Paul Harris. A serving officer for 12 years, initially in Hackney - London, Luton - Bedfordshire, and Cambridgeshire for the last six years he has been a reactive officer and has previous experience working in Neighbourhood Policing. A family man who enjoys his work, he is glad to be in Whittlesey and looking forward to a new challenge and working with the local community. I would like to thank Sergeant Thompson on behalf of us all for his hard work and dedication to the job making Whittlesey a safer place to live and work. April 2013 | Discovering

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A Kay word from Mayor What do you do when you make a decision not to mention something - especially the weather? We wouldn’t be British if we didn’t mention it would we? At the time of writing my April 2012 article in the middle of March we had had some beautiful spring weather and the Anglian Water area (that’s us) was declared an official drought area from 5 April. Bring on 2013, here we are mid-March and it is bitterly cold; the spring flowers are really not sure whether to bloom or not! I believe the saying is that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb; well let’s hope so and by the time you receive your April magazine winter will well and truly be over. Roll on summer.......... The volunteers of the Anglia (Whittlesey) in Bloom were invited to attend a meeting of the Town Council Projects Committee and it was resolved that for this year the In Bloom group would come under the umbrella of the Town Council but that a formal stand-alone group should be formed for 2014. A plan of projects for 2013 was drawn up and we are progressing with the assistance of Fenland District Council. The judging of the Citizen and Young Citizen of the year took place and the winners were announced at the Council meeting on Wednesday 13 March. The winners this year are Mr Philip and Mrs Jayne Bradshaw and Sarah Smalley of Sir Harry Smith Community College. A certificate for Outstanding Services to the Silver Lining Club of Coates has been awarded to Mrs Gaynor Hemmaway and an Outstanding Achievement Award has been awarded to Daniel Flack, also of Sir Harry Smith Community College. Philip and Jayne will be presented with the Citizen of the Year Trophy at the Mayor’s Charity Dinner Dance on Friday 5 April and Gaynor has chosen to receive her certificate at the Silver Lining Club’s meeting on Tuesday 9 April. The Young Citizen of the Year Trophy and Certificate of Achievement will be presented to Sarah and Daniel respectively on Wednesday 10 April prior to the monthly Council meeting. You are all very worthy winners – Congratulations! On Friday 8 March Chris Brudenell,

photographer of Discovering Whittlesea, Councillor Gary Swan and I judged the photographs of the Whittlesey Washes in Flood competition. What a very difficult job we had. The three winners are Mrs Denise Hall, Lesley Elding and Lauren Wells. Presentation of prizes will be made on Wednesday 10 April following the presentations to Sarah and Daniel. A public exhibition of all the photographs that were entered into the competition will be held on Thursday 11 April between 10.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m.; Friday 12 April and Saturday 13 April between 10.00 a.m. and 12 noon. Please come along to Grosvenor House and view some incredible photographic scenes of our Washes in Flood. Whittlesey has a great group of Councillors working as a team. I know that Councillor Martin Curtis has given you an indication in his article of what has been achieved for Whittlesey and also what plans are currently in the pipe-line. We really seem to be moving Whittlesey forward at the moment and I feel that we are on the edge of realising the ambitions of the residents of our Town. My term of office as your Mayor has nearly reached its conclusion and I should like to thank you all for listening to my ramblings over the past two years. I believe that Whittlesey Town Council has received more invitations than previously and I hope that I have represented the Town well in all the events that I have attended. The Annual Council Meeting will be held on Wednesday 8 May at 7 p.m. and will be followed by the normal monthly Council meeting at 7.30 p.m. when the new Mayor will be installed.

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equipment will be supplied. On a more positive note, we are very pleased that our friends and sponsors Mr Jamie Keshwara of our NISA Local Supermarket and Ms Anthea Head of Decker Bus have yet again generously sponsored our Gateway projects at Guildenburgh Crescent and Station Road. Pictured: David Palmer (left) & Martin Green (right) with ‘The Picker’

There is a vast amount that comes along the river; we have a 2+ metre LitterPicker so that we can extend to the riverbank. Nevertheless, since this is one of our main gateways, we will continue to target this area and the A605 in general. We will be having a ‘Community Clean-up’ at Kings Delph, when we will hopefully be joined by another group on Saturday 20th April at 14:00, meeting in the layby. Why not come along for an hour and help us, you might just be amazed at what we find! All At February's meeting of Whittlesey WI the members were given an insight into the fascinating world of making the ballet costumes and tutus at the Royal Ballet by Ann Wall. A remarkable lady who made tutus for some famous dancers including Margot Fonteyn, and

If you would like to join the Street Pride team, or can help in anyway, please get in touch with Roy Gerstner, Chair Whittlesey StreetPride Group on 01733 208590 or email roy.gerstner@ntlworld.com who is still sewing in her 90's. The next meeing is on Tuesday 2nd April at 7:30pm at St Andrew's Church Hall. June Barton will give a talk entitled "Pigsties, Privies and Old Coppers". New members welcome, contact Ginny on 01733 205148. April 2013 | Discovering

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LOCAL NEWS IN YOUR AREA Plucky pupils accept Caythorpe challenge Primary school pupils from Whittlesey took up a week-long challenge at Caythorpe Court, spending the week team building and pushing themselves beyond their comfort zone to achieve some tough physical challenges.

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he plucky Year Five pupils from Park Lane Primary and Nursery School challenged themselves with a variety of activities, including the high ropes, climbing wall, vertical challenge and abseiling. Team work and trust were essential to the achievement of several activities and the children pushed themselves to their limit. The programme of activities continued into the evenings which included a game of ‘Ambush’, where the children split into two groups and played hide and seek in the dark, a camp fire and wacky races. To finish the week, everyone changed into their disco outfits and ‘strutted their stuff’ on the dance floor.

and experiences to our pupils designed to grow their confidence and develop good moral values. It was a very worthwhile experience for pupils and staff alike. The children are now ready to apply the resilience they have learned over the week to the challenges and experiences that are part of everyday life. Year 5 pupils from Park Lane Primary School, Whittlesey enjoy team challenges at Caythorpe Court.

Sarah Gregory, Year 5 teacher at Park Lane said: “It has been delightful to watch the children’s confidence in their own ability grow, as well as being able to celebrate real personal success with both individuals and groups. “Each year we offer outstanding opportunities

Learners’ Voice Whittlesey Needs You! The Learners’ Voice is a new project that wants to involve local residents in helping to plan and influence what kind of learning activities could be offered locally for adults, explained Roy Brown, CEO of CP Learning Trust. “We are a local charity that works across the county on a wide range of education projects. The project is being supported by Cambridgeshire County Council who will use the results when planning future learning opportunities. “The first step is to find local people who want to get involved and we are looking for volunteers who can help with collecting people’s views by using a simple survey which we have designed.” Roy explained that through the Learners’ Voice, we will be providing free training for the volunteers, so that they have the skills and confidence to undertake this activity. Another interesting part of the project involves helping to set up a “Share and Learn” scheme in Whittlesey. The idea is to find people

who want to share their skills with others. The Learners’ Voice will support the group to meet on a regular basis to decide and plan what they can share and what they want to learn. It could be anything from icing cakes, knitting to basket weaving. This is a great way to get the community working together. As with all skills ‘if you don’t use a skill you lose it’ and sometimes we just never developed the skill in the first place. So as part of the Learners’ Voice we will also offer people an opportunity to have their English and/or maths skills checked. If people then want to brush up on their spelling, punctuation or any aspect of English and/or maths we can offer support and advise on how you can do this free of charge. Anyone who would like to be involved the Learners’ Voice or wants to find out more should contact Mick McMurry on 07921 975054 or email: mccmurry@cpltrust.net April 2013 | Discovering

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by Geoff Oldfield Whittlesey One Hundred Years Ago Local history

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ell, just what was happening in 1913? Nationally George V was King, Herbert Henry Asquith was the Liberal Prime Minister and World War One was still a year away. Locally, Whittlesey was surviving quite well without being influenced by outside events. Under the Local Government Act of 1894, the town had been divided into two parishes, Urban and Rural, and the population of the two parishes now numbered 7580. Rates were levied to cover the cost of administering the Town in providing lighting, paving, cleansing. Town roads, especially Queen Street and its junction with Whitmore Street, were prone to flooding but main drainage would not be introduced until some years later. As there was no piped water, supply for the domestic use had to be drawn from wells. The Urban District Council comprised sixteen elected non-political members of which John Boyce was Chairman. The cemetery was administered by the Joint Burial Committee under the auspices of John Peed and Alfred Beeby was the lodge Keeper. The Police Station in Queen Street was staffed by an inspector, Charles Jacobs, a sergeant and seven constables. The Volunteer Fire Brigade, under Arthur Harper the blacksmith, was housed in the Town Hall, which was also the meeting place for the Town Lands, United and Sudbury Charities. The Magistrates Court also meet there. The Keeper of the building was James Oldfield and his wife. The Whittlesey Union (workhouse) situated in Eastrea Road was formed from the two parishes and administered by a Board of Guardians under the Chairmanship of Harry Cole. The religious needs of the population were served by four Church of England churches and a mission house at Angle Bridge; three Methodist Chapels; two Baptist Churches and one Congregational Chapel. Education of boys and girls was well catered for with the Broad Street School having 129 infants and 225 juniors, the head teacher was J.P.McCarthy. Senior boys, numbering 180, were educated at the Station Road School where Oswald Neale exercised his authority. A similar number of girls were accommodated in the West End School under headmistress, Sarah Weston. There were also schools at North Side for 85 children under Florence Betton and a similar number could be taught at Angle Bridge Mission School where William Allott was master. All these schools had an

adjacent house for the Head Master or Mistress. Communication with the outside world was by railway, the station master being William Herbert, or through the Post Office run by Arthur Massey. There were no bus services at this time except for a stagecoach pulled by horse which took potential passengers from The Falcon to the railway station. It has been said that we are a nation of shopkeepers and this certainly applied to Whittlesey. With no public transport, everyone’s needs had to be provided for locally. There were seven separate brickyards employing local labour, but agriculture was the main employer. They were supported by wheelwrights, saddlers, blacksmiths, ironmongers, potato merchants and a slaughter house. Our bodies were nourished by grocers, butchers, bakers, confectioners, general stores and of course, by the numerous public houses. We were clothed by dressmakers, tailors, boot and shoe makers and beautified by hairdressers. Our buildings were constructed and kept in repair by builders, plumbers, painters, stone masons, thatchers and chimney sweeps. They were kept warm by coal merchants and furnished by cabinet makers. Luxury goods could be purchased from florists a chain store, jewellers and watch makers, book sellers and music teachers were available. Should we become ill, there was always one of the four doctors available on call assisted by a chemist. All these shops and trades people were to be found in Whittlesey one hundred years ago, so it can be seen that we really were a self contained community.

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April Events

• Every Wednesday Coffee Morning at the Christian Church in Broad Street • Jim’s Cash Bingo at The Conservative Club every Tuesday & Thursday, doors open at 7pm • Friday afternoon Knit and natter 2pm every Friday at Sudbury Court • Every Wednesday evenings, special meal deal Buy 2 meals get cheapest FREE at Ivy Leaf Club • Cash Prize Bingo - Every Sunday, Monday and Thursday evenings. Doors open 7pm eyes down 7.30pm, members only at Ivy Leaf Club • Monday 8.30pm Quiz Nites at Nags Head • Tues – Friday Lunchtime meal deals only £4.95 at Nags Head • Every Tues and Thurs - Bingo, St Mary's House, Gracious St at 7pm

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OPEN DAY at 2.30 pm at Whittlesey Town Manor Bowls when our President will roll the first wood of the season. Everyone is welcome, all ages younger and older, bring friends and relations come and have a free roll up. You will find us 64 High Causeway (next to the New Crown Pub.) For more details call Neil on 01733 202653. Karaoke with Matt at Childers The Swervs at Conservative Club Darren Ball is “ELVIS” at Nags Head Karaoke at Falcon Hotel

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A word from Revd Nigel and Revd Gill All of us look after and maintain four Parish Churches: St Mary’s Whittlesey, St Andrew’s Whittlesey, St Thomas’ Pondersbridge and Holy Trinity in Coates What is a parish church:1. A spiritual home to a congregation of faithful worshippers who are Christians and members of the Church of England. The word ‘church’ includes the building and the body of people who gather there in Christ’s name as, in the Bible, meaning a gathering or assembly of the faithful. 2. A place of worship where people gather in God’s presence to celebrate and give thanks for events in their lives i.e. baptisms (also known as christenings), marriages and funerals. 3. A place for prayer and reflection by groups and individuals. It is our intention and commitment to have our churches open outside service times. 4. The centre of a geographical area called a Parish. The whole of England is divided into parishes and the Church of England provides clergy and ministers to serve all who live in them. All priests and ministers are called by God and trained by the Church. 5. In our case an historical building between 180

and 760 years old made holy by those who gather and worship there in God’s presence. Each building has its own history together with the shared personal histories of those who have, over the centuries, entered for whatever reason. 6. A place of education. Each year pupils from our schools visit to learn and understand what happens in the church at services. They also study the histories of the buildings. Likewise, other groups visit for these purposes. As members of the Christian faith we pray the liturgy and listen to sermons in order to deepen our faith. Please share with us what your parish church means to you. Could you imagine a future without one? You provide the support needed to keep our parish churches. Please remember that we receive no income from the State. What monies we need have to be raised locally with occasional help from some specific charities. Please keep your churches in your prayers and give thanks to God for all the support they receive.

FiSHiNG NEWS By Ken Wade

A cold spell in the first two weeks of March looks to have put the fishing back a little as we head into spring. Thankfully several of our local still waters have still managed to maintain some good form. None better than Decoy Lakes, without doubt one of the best stillwater match venue’s in Eastern England and certainly in the top ten right around the country. The complex has 11 lakes to choose from catering for both the matchmen and pleasure anglers alike. The relatively new “strip” pools at the bottom end of the fishery have come on leaps and bounds, at weekends through the summer months they host regular club matches on them and produce consistent sport for all. The more natural pools such as Willows and Horseshoe are my two favourites on the complex while others much prefer the impressive Beastie Lake. Tactics at the fishery are varied in both baits and approach but one things for sure, get it right and you will be in for a cracking day’s action. Right now red maggot should be the best bait fished out long and also close in. As we get into the warmer months carp do come into the nearside bank very close indeed so always feed maggot or pellet right next to your nearside bank. Do not be in any hurry to fish close in though, give them time to find your bait

and settle there. Finally onto the jewel in the crown, Beastie Lake. Recognised by many anglers as one of the best but also one of the most difficult waters to fish on the complex. It’s regularly fished by some of the top commercial anglers in the country and even they still find it hard to work out at times. Meat baits work really well in the margins for the big fish, and when I say big I mean carp to double figures and going close to 20lb. Add the fighting fit barbel into the equation and you will understand why anglers on this pool fish robust tackle. Even a pellet waggler approach has been known to do very well on this impressive, but demanding lake.

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Whittlesey Christian Church Why Do People Judge Christianity Differently? 350 a time difference of only During an Alpha Course session currently running at our church I provided the following information as we discussed this important question. I sincerely trust this article proves helpful to any reader who genuinely wants to reach an informed decision about the relevance of God to their life, and the meaningful life He has made available to us. Why do people use different criteria when judging the authenticity of the life and teachings of Jesus than when judging other historic events and figures? When some people reject the evidence of the Biblical account as being true they could be doing so from a position of ignorance, because they have never honestly researched the subject; or bigotry because they have an ulterior motive.

Caesar’s Gaelic Wars

Few historians or scientists would doubt the existing records, despite the fact that the earliest evidence dates back some 950 years after the events

History Of Rome

Even the highly regarded Livy’s History Of Rome was not written until 900 years after the events took place, and there are only some 20 incomplete copies existing. Indeed the whole history of Thucydides and Herodotus relies on as few as 8 manuscripts.

The New Testament

Set in contrast to this is the New Testament :- This was written between AD 40 and AD 100 which is just 10 - 70 years after Jesus lived :- The earliest manuscripts existing date back to AD

320 years after Jesus lived. Scientists have carbon dated a fragment of John’s Gospel back to just AD 125 which is only 95 years after Jesus lived. :- There are over 5000 Greek Manuscripts, 10000 Latin Manuscripts and over 9300 other Manuscripts I am not suggesting for one moment that we reject the accuracy of the history of Rome or Caesar’s Gaelic wars. What I am saying is that if we can treat them as factual and reliable with only limited evidence, limited that is, when measured against the volume of evidence supporting the Biblical account of Jesus and the early church. Surely in the interest of consistency we should apply the same criteria. If you missed registering for this Alpha course but would like to be notified when the next one takes place, please email me your name, telephone or email details and I will make sure you are contacted.

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A word from Cllr Martin Curtis

Last month our Town received some of the best news it has had for years; that the County Council have committed to building a bridge over Kings Dyke crossing within three years. This decision has come about for a number of reasons, the first is the lobbying that my fellow Whittlesey County Councillor, Ralph Butcher and I have been doing at the County for some years, alongside a real understanding of the impact that the B1040 closure has had on Whittlesey, a concern about the future because of new houses and an increase in rail traffic and a County Council ambition to start to deliver on infrastructure problems around Cambridgeshire. I am sure that the fact that Ralph and I have always made sure that Kings Dyke has stayed on the agenda and we have used evidence based arguments were significant factors in bringing the issue to the fore. That said there is still some way to go and, not least, we need to ensure that Network Rail play their part in helping to fund the bridge; I can assure you that I have no intention of losing focus on Kings Dyke until our bridge gets built. Alongside the commitment to Kings Dyke we have a - E: enquiries@discoveringwhittlesey.co.uk few other projects that are coming together; we have the potential, for new businesses, a country park and a

new supermarket if the Sainsbury development proceeds and the £8m refurbishment of Sir Harry Smith is nearing completion. I have spent significant time dealing with both of these projects, In fact I can still remember the meetings with Conservative Shadow Ministers to try and get them to commit to continuing with the schools capital programme in Fenland when it became clear that it could be under threat. But the important point about all of these projects, alongside the plans we have to change the market square, is that we are seeing signs of a Town that is striving to move forwards and which, I hope, has the potential to become an even more special place. My aim will always be to continue to move Whittlesey forwards. If you have ideas for our Town, or you want to discuss any Whittlesey issue with me, please feel free to contact me on 07887 808442, mjc@martincurtis.net,

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High Hopes’ for the city of Peterborough… Much acclaimed Cambridgeshire based Pink Floyd tribute band, Echoes of Floyd will be making their appearance at Sir Harry Smith Community College in Whittlesey on 20/04/13. The genius combination of spectacular lights and laser show, projected images, and utterly superb musicianship, turns each of the band’s performances into an absolute treat for the ears and eyes of all devoted fans of the mighty Pink Floyd. Their shows span almost three decades of Pink Floyd’s history, from their very first album all the way through to ‘The Division Bell’, including

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Whittlesey Osteopaths have moved... By Mayur Mistry & Ubhi Varsani (Registered Osteopaths)

Grosvenor House Grosvenor Road Whittlesey PE7 1AQ Tel: 01733 785214

The clinic is located within the Whittlesey Town Council Building (i.e. Grosvenor House) next to the co-operative supermarket directly opposite their car park. The entrance is through the side door via the black gate and the clinic is located on the first floor. There will be ample signage to direct you and there is a chair lift at the base of the stairs to ensure you do not have to climb the stairs in pain. Please park in the Co-operative car park. Opening Times We are now able to offer even more flexible opening times between 8am to 7pm from Monday to Saturday. Unfortunately from Monday 8th April 2013, Ubhi will only be working on Tuesday’s. This is because she has been selected to work alongside one of the world’s leading pediatric (baby / children) osteopath in Norfolk. Its a great opportunity to work alongside the best in our field and her experiences will benefit her patients during her Tuesday clinic. Mayur will be available for the remainder of the week i.e. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Payment Please note, we will only be able to accept cash or cheque and our prices will remain the same. Thank You: We would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to the Boome H+B team led by Danny, Jane, Verity and Nikki. Their kindness and professionalism has been much appreciated and their company will be missed. April April 2013 2013 || Discovering Discovering

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www.ivyleafclub.com Gracious Street, Whittlesey PE7 1AP Tel 01733 202579

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Carpets | Vinyl | Laminate | Wood | Karndean | Artificial Grass | Rugs & Runner

We are a family run business with our own friendly in-house fitters

Free no obligation quotations Home choose service available Domestic & Commercial

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WHITTLESEY MANOR BOWLS CLUB (situated at the Manor Leisure Centre)

WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS • First class facilities • Members bar • Social events • Free tuition & use of equipment • All ages & abilities catered for • Competitive & social bowling • Social memberships available

• Special open day – Sunday, April 21st (from 2.30pm) • ‘Come & Try It’ Week – Monday-Friday, April 22nd-26th (from 6.30pm) • Afternoon sessions available – Wednesday, April 24th & Friday, April 26th (from 2.00pm) • Open nights every Friday during the season • Call in when the club is open for further details

A SPORT FOR ALL THE FAMILY • GENTLE, HEALTHY EXERCISE FOR ALL AGES • A CHANCE TO BROADEN YOUR SOCIAL LIFE • BOWL AS MUCH AS YOU LIKE FOR AS LITTLE AS £3 PER WEEK April 2013 | Discovering

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Child Care Services Child care built around your requirements

Ofsted said “The partnership with parents is outstanding” Kidzone is outstanding in “The effectiveness of the setting’s engagement with parents and carers” and “The extent to which children achieve and enjoy their learning” We offer age and ability related activities, challenges, experiences, on site and off site Fully flexible care options; Professional, qualified, caring staff Dedicated age related sites/rooms

2-12YEAR OLDS, 7:30AM-6:00PM PRE-SCHOOL; BEFORE; AFTER & SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

Alderman Jacobs Centre, Whittlesey

BEFORE; AFTER SCHOOL & SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

Park Lane Centre, Whittlesey Contact Karen or Nicky 01733 206880/208612 Web address: http://kidzone-childcare.co.uk

Hemmaway Car Sales Local Family Run Business / Good Range of Quality Used Cars 2 Coates Road, Eastrea, Whittlesey, Peterborough, PE7 2BA 01733 204423 or 07714 466687 facebook.com/pages/Hemmaway-Car-Sales myworld.ebay.co.uk/hemmaway-car-sales

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3 Counties Plastering

New Builds, Extensions, Re-furbs & Over Artex Skimming

 Plastering/Damp Proofing  Floor Tiling, Wall Tiling, Mosaics, Natural Stone  Painting/Decorating  Wallpapering/Coving For a free no obligation written quote or further information please call Tony on 01487 814166 or 07976 078482

Mondays 6.15pm – 7.00pm Starting 15th April Sir Harry Smith School Eastrea Road Whittlesey £3.25 per class Looking to join in and have fun with Zumba but find it too much of a fast pace and too much strain on joints. Come to ZUMBA GOLD. Just as much fun. No quick turns, work at a slower pace without any jumping moves. Great for beginners.

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Film Review monthly film review DISCS2PLAY

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The

Hobbit

8th April

An Unexpected Journey A younger and more reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out on an “unexpected journey” to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of Dwarves to reclaim their stolen mountain home from a dragon named Smaug. And so begins the long anticipated film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, starring familiar faces such as Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman and James Nesbitt. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever ... Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities ... A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middleearth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know. Director Peter Jackson, the man who first brought Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings to the masses, approaches the author’s children’s book The Hobbit, in a similar fashion, expanding it into three movie episodes. The film is beautifully shot in New Zealand, and Martin Freeman is the perfect man to portray Bilbo Baggins. There are explosively dramatic battles, as well as tingling moments, such as that when Bilbo meets Gollum. The Hobbit is a huge success, it offers both fun, energy and a bold sense of purpose. At 170 minutes in length, you’ll be glad to have rented this epic film rather than suffered in the uncomfortable seats of a cinema. Peter Jackson, you’ve done it again.

Ladysmith W.i.

The Cheese Cellar in Stamford will be teaching members “All about Cheese” at the April meeting of Ladysmith W.I. and maybe even a taste or two! The competition is - something cheesy, so that should be interesting... That’s on Tuesday 9th April at 7.30pm in St Andrew’s Hall, Parkinsons Lane. The lunch outing this month is to Sophie’s Vintage Tea Shop in Yaxley on 12th April which

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everyone is really looking forward to. These monthly lunches are always popular with members and we have such choice and excellence in our local area. Looking at the calendar for this year there are two parties, an outing and a picnic planned as well as interesting speakers and craft and flower demonstrations, so lots to come. More information phone Sue 01733 205927 or come along to our next meeting. April 2013 | Discovering

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Business Profile

Hobbs Private Hire

One year on…

Happy Birthday! Can you believe Hobbs Private Hire has been running for one year!

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pub, the races or even just going to a friend or ith the current economic climate family’s house, there’s no need for a designated Hobbs Private Hire have made it driver, why not make a night of it and book Hobbs through their first year. David Hobbs, Private Hire. Offering a local service to Eastrea, Owner of Hobbs Private Hire would like to say Coates, Turves, Cardea, Stanground, Fletton, “A BIG thank you to all our customers for their Yaxley, Hampton, Peterborough, Stamford, Market support throughout our first year! We couldn't Deeping. have done it without you! The local residents of Whittlesey needed a friendly, reliable and For you shoppers who need to do their weekly professional private hire specialist, who is on time or monthly food shopping, and cares about their customers but rely on public transport? by driving in comfort and with Don't forget Hobbs Take the hassle away, you a stress free journey they can Private Hire have a six can be picked up and taken take time after time. We hope to the local supermarket and we have delivered this for you seater offering local home again, helping you with throughout our first year.” your bags to your front door!

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For you golfers out there, In 2011 David Hobbs was Whittlesey from £4 whether you’re professional made redundant after working at Hanson Brick for 32 years. and from Whittlesey to or an amateur, it’s always to take advantage of Looking at his choices he Peterborough from £12. nice the club house after a long found a gap in the market for a day especially if you’re in professional and reliable private a tournament. A day at the horse races can be hire service in Whittlesey and so Hobbs Private enjoyed even more with luxurious travel and with Hire was formed. Providing more as standard with the vehicle on hand for your convenience. Parking a friendly, reliable, professional service, six seater can be a problem when going to watch the Posh luxury travel, a call back service, competitive game, take the stress away and book Hobbs prices, Credit/Debit card payments, fully regulated Private Hire six seater taxi so you can relax and by the Fenland District Council and CRB checked. enjoy. Offering an exceptional service to airports, seaports, train station, and local journeys with a drop call service on arrival of pick up and a meet To find out more about Hobbs Private Hire and greet service on return from the airport. please visit www.hobbsprivatehire.co.uk, Hobbs Private Hire take the hassle out of your personal travel whatever the occasion. If you have a night out to your favourite restaurant/

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AFFORDABLE SKIPS WHEN YOU NEED ONE We don’t compromise on service • Domestic Waste • Builder & Industrial Waste • Drop Ends Available • Road Permits Obtained • Licensed Waste Carrier • Asbestos Skips • Regular user discount • Local Transfer Station

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The Only Independent Funeral Director in Chatteris and Whittlesey – also at Peterborough Golden Charter Pre-Paid Plans available Complete funeral services from £1,650

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SHOP NOW OPEN at 15 Market Place, Whittlesey, PE7 1AB Tues-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-1pm | POLES from ÂŁ4.95

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Delivering Simple Financial Advice - That really works A monthly feature that focuses on current financial issues. Many local Banks and Building Societies have lost their ‘in house’ adviser and few are independent. Eamonn is a fully qualified local Independent Financial Adviser.

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any of my clients want a return on their investments that puts them ahead of the rate of inflation – which is very difficult in a Cash deposit in a Bank or Building Society – because interest rates are so low. However – the same clients would not wish to invest in a fund that tracks the stock markets – that have been very volatile. Diversification is an important aspect when searching for better returns whilst aiming to avoid the risky end of investing. There are four basic asset classes: Cash, Fixed Interest, Property and Equities. Most people understand cash – the returns are not great but the degree of security makes it an important component. Fixed interest is effectively getting a return on debt – money is loaned to the government or a corporation – and in return interest is paid back – the rate of return depends on the ability of the borrower to repay the debt – most conventional pension funds have significant Fixed Interest funds. Investment in property may not be domestic

Ask the expert today

housing, it could be commercial office space, shopping centres or even car parks – the aim is to have property that increases in value and in many cases produces a rental income also, it is not unusual for investment funds to include this sort of investment. Finally the equity markets – this might be shares in well known (or not so well known) companies – the investor is looking for the share price to increase and possibly deliver additional value from dividends. At Beacon Wealth Management – we manage our own investment portfolios in house, over recent years the returns have been outstanding – even the more cautious plans. So if you are looking for the opportunity of better returns from a well diversified portfolio, we should have a chat – whether you are concerned about your pension funds or your ISA – there might be a portfolio for you. This is what I do for my clients all the time: Delivering Simple Financial Advice – that really works! Call me to arrange a free initial meeting and benefit from my experience.

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New Menu @ doginad.co.uk

SUNDAY CARVERY NOW EVEN BETTER!

EVERY THURSDAY On our freshly made Pizzas, pasta and burgers Eat in or takeaway

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Low cost Professional removals s from Selling High Quality Bed £49 m fro a's £69, Sof

Plus all household furniture items and electrical We also sell DVD's, Books, Music CD's, Mobile phones and computer consoles and games all furniture comes with free local delivery 14 High Causeway, Whittlesey PE7 1AE

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Your rubbish is our business • Peterborough’s local skip hire company • Same day service available • Fast and reliable • Special rates for our local neighbours • Complete range of containers • Registered Waste Carrier with 100 years of experience • Licensed Recycling Facility • Prices starting at £75

Tel: 01733 204082 Biffa Waste Services Fenland District Industrial Estate, Station Road, Whittlesey, Peterborough, PE7 2EY

You can also find out more about our complete range of services by visiting

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LOCAL NEWS IN YOUR AREA Spectacular evening of brass band and choral music

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he internationally acclaimed Grimethorpe Colliery Band is to join forces with the Peterborough Male Voice Choir, Peterborough Voices and the Peterborough Youth Choir for a spectacular evening of voices and brass. The concert, to be on Saturday 20 April 2013 at 7.30pm at the Kingsgate Auditorium in Peterborough, is the first collaboration between the choirs, under the leadership of musical director William Prideaux, and the renowned Yorkshire brass band, which was founded in 1917 and paid for by the owners of the Grimethorpe Colliery to offer miners a hobby. The miners’ campaign to survive was immortalized in the 1995 film Brassed Off, starring Ewan McGregor and Tara Fitzgerald. Grimethorpe Colliery Band played in the opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games, and has recorded several albums and won numerous competitions. The Band gained first place with 99 out of 100 on 17th October 1992 in the National Brass Band Championship at the Royal Albert Hall. Venue: Kingsgate Auditorium, Peterborough Date: Saturday 20th April 2013 Concert begins at 7.30pm Tickets: £10.40 - £21.00 – order from the Box Office on 01733 452336 or online at www.peterboroughmvchoir.org.uk.

‘MEET THE KiNG’ HOLiDAY CLUB 2013

Weds 10th to Fri 12th April 2013 Registration from 9:00 am, Club ends 12:15 pm for Reception to Year 6 Children Held at Whittlesey Baptist Church, Gracious St. Registration is only £1 per child. For more information please call Steve Philpott 01733 350747 (general enquiries), Judith Baxter 01733 351620 (for AJS) Jess King 01733 351527 (for Park Lane), Jo Sayer 01733 351473 (for New Road) Kate Snitch 01733 840003 (for Coates) www.whittleseybaptist.org.uk April 2013 | Discovering

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Approved VBRA body repair centre

Accident Repair Centre

Local family run business with over 30 years experince

We undertake all types of vehicle body repair - no job is too big or small. We specialise in insurance work - remember it is your car and you choose where you want it repaired - courtesy cars are available. Certified air conditioning service and re-gas specialists

We are open Mon-Fri 8:00 to 17:00 Sat 8:30 to 12:00

Storey’s Accident Repair Centre 18 Aaron Road Industrial Est. Station Road, Whittlesey Peterborough, PE7 2EX

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Kerry Chapman P.S Groundworks Photography

Complete groundwork services Est. 1995

TEL/FAX:01733 205136 MOBILE:07971171626 EMAIL:cook1uz@btinternet.com

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Weddings-Portraits-Private functions

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All work is done to the highest of standards. 30 years of experience, references available


Honeyway Cottage Whittlesey Holiday Cottage Honeyway Cottage, built in 1650, is a charming thatched cottage with a tranquil quality located in Whittlesey

sleeps four ** Cottage Linen, towels & toiletries provided & electric included ** Gas Enclosed Garden & pets welcome Kitchen & Bathroom * Modern A hamper for breakfast can be * provided on request Tel 07906188502 | Email honeywaycottage@hotmail.co.uk

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Where are the songs of Spring?

Mid-March and it’s snowing! But there’s loads to look forward to; the days are lengthening and the next two months of spring will bring all the usual pleasures and hopefully a few surprises too. The dawn chorus is currently provided by our resident birds like mistle and song thrushes but already there are sand martins, swallows and wheatears arriving in the south of the country, and they’ll be here by the time Discovering Whittlesea is with you. Around mid-March the blacktailed godwits that nest on the washes will also start arriving and for a few weeks they’ll be sharing the wash with the wintering black-tailed godwits which are feeding in preparation for the long flight back to Iceland. “Our” godwits have been wintering in West Africa, though some may not have gone further south than Portugal. Like their close relatives the lapwing and snipe, black-tailed godwits are declining, and the 40 pairs on the Whittlesey Wash now represent over 80% of the

By Charlie Kitchin

British population. Much of the management on the washes by the RSPB and other landowners is aimed at maintaining the open landscape of short, tussocky grass and high water table for these rare nesting birds. Hopefully, godwits and snipe will be with us for years to come but last week I was reminded how times change when I joined a farmer and some archaeologists cleaning out a ditch just a mile out of town. There were the bones of a beaver and the willow it had been gnawing. There probably haven’t been beavers here for a thousand years, and these remains were about 3000 years old though the teeth marks looked as fresh as a daisy. That reminds me of spring again, there are some really good bluebell woods not far from Whittlesey, such as Lady’s Wood Nature Reserve near Upwood, which will be looking their best in late April and well worth a visit. April 2013 | Discovering

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