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o I bet some of you are wondering whether I have had my baby... Although this is the May issue, I am actually writing my introduction on a slightly rainy April morning. Today is actually my due date, and so far our little man hasn’t arrived, of course by the time you will all read this, one way or another, he will have arrived. So I’m afraid you will have to wait for next month to hear our happy news (unless of course you see me pushing the pram around Whittlesey). Onto more exciting things; this issue is another bumper packed edition, with lots of local stories and activities. We also have reports on the Mayor’s Duck Race (page 8 and 9) and photographs of the Citizen of the Year award ceremony (page 7), plus news about Circuit of the Fens, a bike ride involving Whittlesey in June. Turn to page 35 for more information, and how you can get involved. There is also an interesting article on Flag Fen on page 43, plus our regular columns and features. Finally I would like to close with a special message for Kay Mayor, who, you will read in her column, will be handing over her position of Whittlesey Mayor this month. I’m sure I can speak for the majority of you when I say that she will be very sorely missed. It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Kay and she has always been nothing but kind, caring and positive about our lovely town. I know she is going to be continuing her good work in Whittlesey, but I would just like to say a big thank you to Kay for being a wonderful Mayor and for providing interesting and informative articles for the magazine. Cover picture by Don’t forget to keep sending in your Chris Brudenell comments and suggestions and have a lovely May.

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Worthy Winners

Last month I made my way to the presentation evening of some very worthy winners. At the council offices in Whittlesey, our wonderful Mayor, Kay, opened the council meeting on the 10th of April with awards for the Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year, plus winning amateour photographers who took part in the Whittlesey Washes in Flood competition.


ur winning photographers were Mrs Denise Hall, Lesley Elding and Lauren Wells, and I couldn’t agree more that their images beautifully captured Whittlesey. It was nice to see something so positive come out from something that caused distress at the time. Thank you again to our photographer, Chris Brudenell, for donating his time and for offering the prize of a photoshoot to the winners.

Jayne Bradshaw, two personal friends of mine, and who I know are more than deserving. Their countless charity fundraising evenings have raised valuable money and they are a true asset to our community. Pictured directly below: Kay Mayor with Philip and Jayne Bradshaw. Bottom picture: Jonathan Digby, Headmaster of Sir Harry Smith Community College with Sarah Smalley and Daniel Flack.

Winning photographers with Chris Brudenell Although I imagine judging the Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year must be incredibly difficult, I was in no doubt that this year’s winners were definitely very worthy. Young Citizen of the Year went to Sarah Smalley of Sir Harry Smith Community College for her volunteer work with the Papworth Trust for Disabled Children. Also awarded that evening was Daniel Flack, a year 8 student at Sir Harry Smith Community College who was recognised with an Outstanding Achievement Award for his work as a cyber mentor, helping other youngsters through difficult bullying experiences. The Citizen of the Year award went to Philip and

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The Mayor’s

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Duck Race By Kay Mayor

Last month saw the Mayor’s Duck Race, on a slightly chilly April afternoon. There was a great turnout, and lot’s of you braved the cold wind to watch the ducks race for the winning place, as Kay Mayor explains.



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A big thank you to the Firemen who helped the ducks along the river. Pictured above: Winning duck number 526 belonged to Zachary Roan

The Duck Race – thank you for your support. I need to thank my Council colleagues and friends who helped sell the tickets in the very cold weeks leading up to the day and then I have to thank YOU for your support on the day. Despite the cold wind, we did not get rain or snow that had been forecast, there was support from a huge crowd. The winning duck, number 131 belonged to Ben Coxell; Zachary Roan’s duck number 526 was a close second and third place was claimed by duck number 486 owned by Denny Barnes. Congratulations to you all. The proceeds of the race, £710, will go towards the Mayors Charities. It would also be very remiss of me not to thank the Whittlesey Fire and Rescue Service, Whittlesey Streetpride Group and our four canoeists, Peter & Martin Wright, Carl Baker and Andrew Roddham for all their help on the day.

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CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA You will probably have read in the March issue of Discovering Whittlesea of the request that the mayor, Kay Mayor, made for people to help organise the Extravaganza. The Business Forum (who have always organised the event) also contacted local organisations and businesses for volunteers to attend the special meeting that was held on 20 March. I am pleased to let you know that the Christmas Extravaganza will be held as usual on the Market Place on Friday 13 December from 5.30 pm to

8.00 pm. I'm sure many of you will be looking forward to that event later in the year and we hope the weather will be kinder to us this year. The event is able to continue thanks to the support from representatives from various organisations within the town who have agreed to serve on the committee alongside Business Forum members.

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Whittlesey and District Lions donated reflective vests to the local Childminders Group. This was as a result of the donations the Lions had given of vests to the local primary schools at Christmas last year. Lion President Cheryl Haynes (centre rear in ball park) said, "Our largest fund raiser is the Christmas Carol Float collection. The generosity of local people is amazing so we like to donate to local organisations such as the Whittlesey Childminders Group. We are always looking for local projects to support and for volunteers to help.” Kerrie Johnstone, Childminding Support and Development Officer from the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years, (PACEY) attended the presentation and commented, “It was fantastic the Lions included the Registered Childminders along with schools and local nurseries, recognising the important contribution they make to their local community. The children are often out and about and this helps to keep them safe.” Lion President, Cheryl Haynes said, "Having made sure the children were kept safe whilst on projects at school, the Lions wanted to keep the children safe whilst travelling to and from school. Therefore we have donated the vests, not only for them but also for the younger pre-school children.” If you need help or can help The Lions are here. We take PRIDE in what we do and can achieve. Contact Lynn Palmer on 01733 351405 or for further details

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Local Lions win District Award Members of Whittlesey and District Lions Club attended their Annual District Convention held at the Holiday InnNorth, Norwich this weekend. On the Friday evening was Host Night where members dressed in fancy costume, the theme was "The Cawte of King James" ( The District Governor being Jim Cawte) The individual competition was won by Peter Haynes, husband of Lion President Cheryl Haynes. The Lions acted out a comic sketch they had composed set in a Crown Court. In the photograph can be seen Peter Haynes as the Judge, Cheryl Haynes (left) and Lynn Palmer (right) with Steve Palmer as the prisoner. It was very well done and poor old Steve finished up being hung drawn and courted (deliberate mistake). Cheryl also won the first time attendees competition by introducing herself to the most persons present.

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A Kay word from Mayor What an extremely busy month it has been. Attending several Dinner Dances and one or two more yet to attend; preparing for the Duck Race which was held on a very cold Easter Monday and our own Civic Dinner Dance which was held on Friday 5 April. What can I say about the Charity Civic Dinner and Dance – it was a sell out!! One hundred and eighty six revellers enjoyed themselves and danced the night away to The Skyliners. We had a hugely successful night. The evening began with the presentation of the Citizen of the Year Trophy to Philip and Jayne Bradshaw in recognition of their fund raising support within Whittlesey for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. The raffle raised a staggering £736 and I should like to express my sincere gratitude to everyone that donated raffle prizes and gave support to the event and also to the ladies who assisted during the evening selling the raffle tickets. The auction for a party of 40 people for a Night out at the Dogs (kindly donated by Peterborough Greyhound Stadium) raised £370 and once our bills are paid for the evening and we know the final figure there will be presentations to my chosen Charities for this year; they are Whittlesey Action for Youth, Commotion Youth (for Young People with Special Needs) and Whittlesey Community Car Scheme. I do apologise to those who were unable to attend due to the restriction on numbers. Today (9 April) I went along to the Silver Lining Club at Coates to present a certificate to Gaynor Hemmaway for Outstanding Services to the Club. It was good to see so many familiar faces. More presentations will take place tomorrow prior to the Council meeting including the Young Citizen of the Year to Sarah Smalley for her voluntary work with the Papworth Trust for Disabled Children. This week we also have the Photographic Exhibition of the pictures that were entered into the Whittlesey Washes in Flood competition. Town Councillors have recently had two meetings with an officer from Cambridgeshire County Council and Balfour Beatty engineers regarding the Street Lighting renewal/replacement programme currently being rolled out throughout Cambridgeshire. No doubt many of you have seen the white markings on the footpaths and printed notices on columns. At the time of writing another meeting is scheduled to ensure that your local ward councillors are completely aware of how the programme is going to affect Whittlesey as a whole. At the moment, the villages, Coates, Eastrea, Turves and Pondersbridge have not

been included in the design programme, but the same procedure will take place when Balfour Beatty inform us that the programmes for the villages are ready. Residents will receive a letter from Balfour Beatty advising them when work is due to commence in their street(s). Please do not hesitate to contact Balfour Beatty with any concerns that you may have. We welcome Sergeant Paul Harris to Whittlesey. Paul replaces Sergeant Rob Thompson who retired from the Police force at the beginning of April. Paul came to Grosvenor House to introduce himself to me and the Town Clerk during his first week here and we have hopefully forged a good relationship which I am sure will benefit Whittlesey and the villages. You will see him out and about in Town – he’s quite tall, so I’m sure you won’t miss him. During June there will be a public consultation about the Whittlesea Station Master Plan. Look out for the dates and venues which will be advertised in the June issue of this magazine. This is another important move forward for Whittlesey. I have been asked by Steve Barclay, MP, to deliver a message about Super fast Broadband. Cambridgeshire is currently investing £45 million to provide super fast broadband coverage by the end of 2015. There are very low numbers of people registered in Fenland and therefore some communities might miss out as more of the funding is directed to the south of the county. The best fibre broadband coverage will deliver real benefits to local residents of all ages. This applies whether people are working from home, accessing public services online or for life style options such as downloading web content. Steve emphasises the need to register at www. to ensure that Fenland receives its share of the funding. FINALLY – this is it; my finale. It has been an honour and a privilege to have been your Mayor for the past two years and I should like to thank you all very sincerely for your friendship and support which I know you will continue for my successor. With my sincere very best wishes to you all

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The Cost of Litter and Rubbish


onth on month for the last seven years we have reported the vast volume of litter and rubbish we clean and clear up. We consider Whittlesey and our villages to be one of the cleaner places in the area, but we know we will never be completely clear of our littering louts. Fenland District Council spend well over £1 million per annum of ratepayers money on keeping Fenland a clean place to live. Peterborough City Council spend well over £4 million for the same period and have just allocated an extra £150,000 to target bad areas. Just drive around Peterborough’s parkways or near the Amazon building to see plenty of litter. This blight on our landscape is not only unsightly, but harbours dirt and rotting material can be dangerous to both humans and animals. Our Whittlesea Street Pride volunteers will shortly be coming to another momentous occasion, when we will have removed from our streets and laybys some 30,000 Kgs of this blight in our area. More on this next month. Even though the weather has not been kind to us, we have managed some six good litter picks so far this year, resulting in well over 1,000 Kgs being removed. Recently we did a short 200 metre stretch of Ramsey Road, on the town side before the level crossing, where we found some fourteen bags and 100 Kgs of litter, bottles and paper products.

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The Friendship club for the over 50s is held on a Saturday afternoon between 2 and 4pm, especially intended for those who possibly live on their own or who feel lonely. Meeting at Queen Street Methodist/URC Church Hall, anybody over 50 is welcome to attend for free (although a contribution of £1 a week would be appreciated to cover church expenses), and you will be treated to a cup of

If you can identify an area which would benefit from our help, let me know, and we will do our best to address it. Maybe you could even come along and help us? All equipment is supplied. We will be holding our AGM on the 17th April and will report on it for next month’s Discovering Whittlesea. Finally, we are very grateful to local businesses Mr Adam McIntosh of The Muffin Oven and our new sponsor, Mr Norman Tuckey of Blinds-In-Harmony who have very generously agreed to sponsor Whittlesea Street Pride for the forthcoming year in maintaining our Gateway projects.

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LOCAL NEWS IN YOUR AREA The Letter B Pub presents cheque to Aliwal Manor Comfort Fund The Letter B pub in Whittlesey has been holding quiz nights over the past year, raising money for the Aliwal Manor comfort fund, and last month landlord Bruce handed over a cheque for ÂŁ805. This money will enable the staff to give residents extra activities such as days out over the next year. Karen and the team at Aliwal Manor, would like to say a big thank you to Bruce, and those at the Letter B pub, who have been fundraising through the quiz nights, and other kind donations.

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POLICING YOUR AREA I am writing as Area Commander for Fenland police to update you on the work and successes of my policing team over the last year. I also want to thank all those members of the community, such as yourselves, for your interest in the policing of your area. Like many industries we work to a financial year timetable in terms of performance monitoring. We have just come to the end of our year and I am very pleased to say that the crime reduction rates and crime detection rates we have achieved in Fenland are improved on last year and also the highest in Cambridgeshire! There were over 1100 fewer crimes within Fenland last year which equates to around a 19% reduction. Our crime detection rate was over 35% which is very high compared to other areas in the country and means more criminals are being brought to justice and more victims have a resolution to their crime experience. It has also made Fenland a safer place. This success has come about after we restructured into a dedicated team for the district and as such have been able to work closer and more effectively with partners within the District / Town and Parish councils, other agencies and the public alike. This joint approach, targeted at

areas that were suffering the greatest harm, and targeting those people causing the most harm, is one I intend to continue over next year. Of course there is still a lot happening, crime and anti social behaviour, that means some people are still suffering at the hands of others. This is what motivates us. Financial challenges to the police have possibly made us less visible and some may feel this means less policing, but our focused approach with the resources we have has proven to be effective in catching criminals. The increasing recognition by many people that there is a limit to what the police can do with their current funding has led to a great deal of support from volunteers, the special constabulary for instance regularly patrol the streets of Fenland and take ownership of local problems. The Community Safety Partnership has helped us tackle burglaries, vehicle crime, ASB, domestic violence and other crimes. This is a great example of how many agencies are working together to pool effort and resources in these difficult times. Despite the continuing pressures I am looking forward to leading Fenland police into the next year.

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mission house was uppermost in the mind of the Reverend William Waller vicar of St Mary’s Church, to be built at Angle Bridge for the benefit of the community there who, it was thought, were in greater need of Christian guidance than in other regions.

The Rev. Waller himself a Governor, wrote to the Governors of the Town Revenues requesting a donation of £100 towards the project. The Governors held a special meeting to consider this request and a sum of £30 was granted. This set back to their finances did not deter the Clergy from proceeding, and the mission was duly opened in 1876, this provided a permanent base, replacing the travelling missionaries who toured the area by boat and caravan. The Mission building comprised one large room with a tortoise stove which could be lit in winter to provide some warmth. A large white cross and an altar occupied the eastern end across which a curtain was drawn when, the following year 1877 it was used as a school. The school provided basic education for the mainly agricultural worker’s children. The average class size was forty out of an annual enrolment of about twice that umber. Absenteeism was quite normal, but was accepted during the harvest and planting seasons when all the children were expected to work on the land. A school house adjacent to the mission room provided accommodation for the head teacher to whom the boys would bow and the girls curtsey as they filed into the schoolroom. One of the first entries in the school register tells of a boy who was knocked down and killed by a horse along Cock Bank. On a much brighter note, in summer there would be tea for those with a good attendance record. The Governors of the Town Revenues, perhaps with a feeling of guilt over their original

donation, pledged a grant of £100 to be paid annually to support a day and Sunday school in the mission room. It would appear that in 1885, almost two hundred attended the annual tea held at Mr. James Row’s farm. Many were transported by barge from Ashling’s Sluice in Whittlesey. On the way home they were entertained by Mr. Wye playing the harmonium with Miss Kate Brown and others singing to them. From the annual report for this year it seems that scholarly progress made was quite satisfactory although the grasp of grammar was not very good. It suggests that Knitting and sewing (for the girls presumably) should be taught. The mission room was sometimes put to use for whist drives and social events, the renowned Angle Bridge Pom-Pom Girls providing entertainment in the 1930s. The school closed in 1931 and St Steven’s Mission in 1939 and the building sold. The house has been renovated and is lived in, but the Mission Room is sadly, gradually deteriorating.

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May 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 • Bingo St Mary`s House Gracious Street every Tuesday & Thursday at 7pm

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St Andrew’s Hall Quiz Night Saturday 11th May at 7:30pm Admission is £3.50 per person Bring your own food and drink There are cash prizes and a raffle Tickets will be available from Ostlers in town or ring 01733 202960 or 350812.

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Coates Public Hall - Country & Western Evening with Johny Marks 8PM. Tickets £5 from 01733 840346 JLM Karaoke at Nags Head Michael Knight at Conservative Club 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 our comfort fund. Rick Hallam in our bar at Ivyleaf Club Michael Knight at Nags Head Replay at Conservative Club Keneydon House Summer Fete 2-4pm, Delph Street, Whittlesey. Entertainment, Stalls, Raffle, Car Boot Spaces available £5. Contact Carol Phillips on 01733 204173 to book or for further details Sunday Lunch at Conservative Club Coates Public Hall Bingo 7-30 start

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Featuring the great sound of Uppingham Jazz & Soul Band ( In aid of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) at St John’s Church, Cathedral Square, Peterborough. Tickets £10, including a drink and ticket for prize draw. For tickets contact Pat on 01733 253733 or Anne on 07763 457524

Christmas Lights Quiz Night Friday, 7th June

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A word from Revd Nigel and Revd Gill What lies at the heart of Church membership? What is it that inspires people to live according to the teachings of Jesus? The teachings contained in the Gospels and the other books of the New Testament?

The answer is FAITH in God. In daily prayer and weekly services we pray the words of the creed. A creed is a declaration of the central teachings of the Christian way of life. These teachings relate to the nature of God and our relationship with him. At the heart of a religious life is belief in God. Christians believe in one God who has been revealed in three aspects. Classically this has been proclaimed in the language of three persons in one God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Another definition uses one God, Creator, Saviour and Sanctifier. This sounds complicated and it is. After all what we are trying to do is define the nature of God using the language and ideas of our human experience. It is an exercise of the mind which in one sense is bound to fail and in another is going to succeed but only in part. God is a big idea for our minds to get around. But, remember we are God’s creation. Our human nature is programmed for us to know the divine nature, if not fully then certainly in part. Please take some time to consider the following short creed:


By Ken Wade

Picture of Railway Lakes, Whittlesey

Anglers across the fens will be eagerly awaiting the start of a new fishing season on the 16th June, but for now will still be looking at our local stillwaters for a spot of pleasure or match fishing action. The prolonged winter months have not been kind to anglers that enjoy a spot of spring fishing, snow in late March and early April ensured that sport was nowhere near as good as it usually is at this time of year. But into May we should see a marked improvement with some good fish being taken off the top. Railway Lakes suffered like most through the cold spell at the start of the year but should now be in full swing. The big, deep lake has been a real winner for Tony and Paul Hudson who run the fishery. Carp to 30lb-plus were taken last year and there is talk of several even bigger samples. It is a water where boilies are allowed and you will need big baits to tempt these monsters of the deep, although surface baits can also score well here.

We believe in God The Father, the Creator, Maker and Sustainer of all, Not just our earth and solar system but the whole Universe, God the origin of all matter. The Son, our Redeemer, our Saviour from sin and judgement. By his once and for all of us sacrifice, His death on a cross and resurrection to life eternal, By this he gathers all creation to himself. The Spirit, the Sanctifier, The One who makes all things Holy, The One who blesses us in daily life and on special occasions, The power of God that inspires belief and trust, The grace of God that encourages us to follow the Christ-like way of life. Amen With God’s blessing, Revd Nigel and Revd Gill The smaller, shallow pool will be the one for you if you like plenty of bites, full of features and fish and all manner of methods work well. Contact Tony for full details on 01733 203428. To get there, head out of Whittlesey on the back road towards Benwick, after crossing the railway line look for a small garden centre on the left hand side. Turn left next to it, drive down to the bottom of the road, turning right at the fence and carry on to the car park. If you are off fishing then now is the time to get your new rod licence, even if you will be fishing private waters you should still be in possession of a current rod licence. The new licence started on the 1st April 2013. There will be quite a few anglers caught out over the next few weeks as the Environment Agency water bailiffs do their rounds with our local stillwaters their main targets. At first glance you may think that they are a little expensive but when you work it out per week it is not too bad a price to pay.

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Whittlesey Christian Church HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE EASTER?

I know this Easter is now history, but maybe now is the ideal time to review what we think. As I prepared for our Easter Celebration I found myself asking the question ‘why would anyone choose to be crucified?’ While it is true that the lands conquered by Rome enjoyed a high level of peace, prosperity and security; it is also true that one of their methods of punishment to achieve this was described by one historian as ‘being barbaric, horrendous and sadistic’. I am of course referring to crucifixion. Depending on the severity of the crime or attitude of Rome to the criminal, their wrists were either tied or nailed to the horizontal bar of the cross while their feet were nailed to a small platform part way down the vertical support of the cross; this helped them to breathe by pushing their body up, and forestalled the inevitable moment of death. If the soldiers thought death was taking too long they would take a hammer and break their legs, making it excruciatingly painful to push upwards, this assured death by suffocation came quickly. Still thinking about my question, I recalled a large painting which hung in the Sunday School room of the church my parents attended. It vividly depicted Christ with a crown of thorns on his head, nail holes in his wrist and feet, a caption read ‘all this I have done for you what have you done for me?’

Although I ultimately walked away from anything to do with belief in God because I wrongly assumed that if He existed at all, He was certainly irrelevant to my life, I could never get this painting out of my head. A number of years later I went to church in order to win a bet, I certainly had no intention of my life taking the turn it did. I have never forgotten the general thrust of the preacher’s message, it was all about what it cost Jesus to prove how much God cared for us, but how we often take that for granted or choose to totally ignore it. Suddenly, there it was again, that painting and the caption underneath it. It’s not too late to do something with your life for God. Give me a call and let’s talk, or why not drop in to one of our Sunday morning services at 10.45. Please use the rear door during this time of renovation.

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A word from Cllr Martin Curtis

I really enjoy elections, for a politician they are your meat and drink. They are the ultimate comment on your own performance and on the message you send to the people you serve. They are also a great way of challenging your own thinking and understanding of ideas. That said, there are some things that I find very frustrating, especially in local elections where perfectly good candidates and Councillors often find themselves cast adrift because people vote based on a view of National Politics. Whilst National issues are always relevant, the media drum them up as the most important factor, not because they are, but because that is what writes their headlines. This has also led to a growing number of parties that put up local candidates based primarily on National issues. The truth is at a County Council election you are voting for a candidate and a local party that will have huge responsibility. Without including schools funding, the County Council spends around £500m a year. The Adult Social Care portfolio that I am currently responsible for as a Cabinet Member has a budget of £190m alone. On top of this, local councillors are your most immediate point of contact for issues many people really care about - refuse collection, care for vulnerable people, road maintenance, infrastructure improvements etc.

Why would you risk a move to poor local services because someone tells you that voting for them will change a National policy? I can tell you with some certainty that it won’t. This is different for a General Election (although having an MP that takes constituency issues seriously is also vital and we are lucky to have one in Stephen Barclay). Of course, we live in a free country where people can vote how they wish and I would not want anyone to do anything else - that is why I have deliberately avoided talking about what I stand for here, But I would please urge you to look closely at your candidates on 2nd May and think about who offers most for you locally rather than what promises people and parties make about National issues. Most importantly, I would urge you to make sure you vote. 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,,, Twitter: @cllrmcurtis, Facebook: May 2013 | Discovering



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pring flowering plants will be coming to the end of their flowering time this month and will need clearing in preparation for summer bedding. Remove the old plants, run a fork through the soil, and add a good fertiliser so the area is ready for planting new bedding plants. Clematis and other climbers should have plenty of new growth on now so should be trained to firm supports such as trellis or a backing fence. Tie in any climbing and rambling roses so that their stems are practically horizontal. This will encourage side shoots from the roses, which in turn will produce more blooms from your roses over the coming summer months. As the weather warms up weeds will begin to grow. Pull out any seedlings, but dig out tough perennial weeds with a fork and try to lift out all of their roots as they are difficult to control. Perennial weeds tend to spread by their creeping stems or roots and fragments of root so be as thorough as possible. Leave one

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Common Weeds Dandelion

This weed has a long taproot up to 6 inches long or more. If left to seed it can reproduce over 5,000 new dandelions from its seeds.

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Why muscles seize up?

By Mayur Mistry & Ubhi Varsani (Registered Osteopaths) On many occasions in the clinic room we hear variations of the phrase “my muscles have seized up”. The question is how do muscles seize up? Well, read on to find out. Muscles are like soldiers, they do what they are told without question. This is important because a slight hesitation could mean the differences between catching a swing door and having a big bruise on your face! The command chain is shown in fig 1. If the brain wants something done, it transmits a signal down the spinal Brain cord which in turn relays the message to the nerves, which tell the Spinal Cord muscles to contract. The muscular contraction moves the joint and completes the action. The muscles & joints work together thus Nerves alternating who commands the other. I.e. in the example above the Muscles /Joints muscles are telling the joint to move (muscles are in command) however if the joint feels it is being pulled too hard or fast it will command the Fig 1: Chain of command muscles to relax (the joint is in command). A muscle seizure is essentially a prolonged muscular contraction. They cause pain because: 1 – The muscles get tired holding the contraction, 2 – The muscle contractions squeezes the veins running through them thus irritating the local pain nerves. From the command chain we know muscles respond to authority. Therefore a muscle seizure is the fault of one of these authorities and not the muscle itself. Below are some examples of this: Command Level




Mental Stress

The brain responds to stress by preparing the body for action. One step is for the muscles to be placed on high alert, i.e. held slightly contracted. If stress is prolonged (i.e. days, weeks, or even months) the muscles tire leading to seizure.

Spinal Cord

Slipped disc

A slipped disc can push against the spinal cord causing the nerves in the vicinity to fire erroneously. If these nerves supply certain muscles they will respond to the erroneous signals by contracting. Again this leads to a prolonged contractions and hence seizure.


A fall / impact

An impact can mildly damage a nerve causing swelling in the nerve itself. The nerve responds to this swelling by (you guessed it) firing erroneously. The muscles downwind contract in response to these signals leading to muscular seizure.


Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis

If the joints themselves are irritated, they tell the local muscles to contract thus reducing their movement and allowing them to heal. If the healing time is greater than a few days the muscles will tire and hence lead to seizure.

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Circuit of the Fens Part of the Whittlesey Cycling Day

Sunday 16th of June 2013 Start: 12h00 Organised and promoted by Anglia Cycling & St Ives Cycling Club The “Circuit of the Fens” is a ‘National A’ category race and will be promoted under British Cycling's Technical Regulations. The race, which will take place on Sunday 16th June, has been scheduled to slot into the national racing calendar after the Halfords' Tour Series finishes on Friday 14th and the Sunday before British Cycling's National Championships on the 23rd. Britain's top teams will again be represented in the Tour Series with the last two events conveniently taking place in Aylesham, Norfolk and Ipswich, Suffolk. Many of the teams are planning to remain in East Anglia in readiness for our race at Whittlesey on Sunday. The “Circuit of the Fens” will be the longest single day road race on the British domestic calendar in 2013. The distance of some 200km will provide the riders with a real opportunity to prepare for the National Championship race in Glasgow the following Sunday. Starting and finishing in Whittlesey town centre, the race will be unique insofar as the course will be totally flat. Instead the wide open roads will leave the riders completely exposed to the renowned fenland winds. Thanks to support from Cambridgeshire Highways and Police, the riders will have a clear road for the race. The whole on-the-road spectacle: the riders, official cars, service vehicles and race sponsors' vehicles will make an impressive sight both for seasoned race followers and local residents. The course for the Elite race will consist of an initial 'big circuit' of some 27km which the riders will cover almost 6 times. The route will then divert onto a narrow stretch of concrete farm road, worse for wear in some places, which will lead the race back via Decoy Lakes into Whittlesey and Market Place to commence the finishing circuit, which will consist of a 4km loop around the town centre, covered 6 times. The supporting 'Amateur' race, starting at 12h15 will cover 4 laps of the 'big circuit' before returning to Whittlesey town centre - but will not use the finishing circuit. Whilst the racing cyclists are battling it out

across the fens, it is planned to stage a number of supporting events, both competitive and noncompetitive in the town centre: • Family/Leisure Cycle Ride • Cycle Maintenance Clinic • Cycle Jumble • 'GoRide' event for local youngsters • BMX demonstration • 'Come-and-try-it' roller session • Refreshment stalls including a 'hog roast' A dedicated website is now being prepared and will be linked to regular Facebook and Twitter reports. Meantime, further details can be obtained from the following sources: details/82764/St-Ives-CC or email: May 2013 | Discovering





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20th May

Directed and written by the infamous Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained stars Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L Jackson and Leonardo DiCaprio and in short tells the tale of a freed slave who sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner with the help of a German bounty hunter. But anyone who has seen a Tarantino film will know that there is much more to his films than just a basic storyline. Based in 1858, this brilliant and brutal revenge western is an exciting return to form for Tarantino, where slavery is explored through some brilliantly casted actors such as Samuel L Jackson as Stephen, the servant to DiCaprio’s unspeakable slave-owner Calvin Candie. Foxx plays Django, a slave who is being led across Texas in a chain gang, when his master meets Dr King Schultz, a German played by Waltz. Claiming to be a travelling dentist, Schultz is driving a bizarre wagon with a huge model of a molar on the top. He buys Django and promises him his freedom in return for a favour: he needs Django to help him track three white slave-overseers with whom he has business. Django proves himself an able assistant and a brilliant gunfighter and Schultz is electrified to learn that Django is married to a woman (Kerry Washington) whose German owners taught her the German language and named her Brünnhilde. She was spitefully sold off separately because she, like Django, was always We now repair DVD/Game discs defiantly running away. Now she has been branded on the face as a MAY RELEASES punishment and forced to work as a “comfort” girl. Schultz vows to help • PARENTAL GUIDANCE • LES MISERABLES Django find Broomhilda and wreak terrible vengeance on the people • GANGSTER SQUAD • ALEX CROSS • QUARTET • THE LAST STAND who mistreated her. There are moments of pure directorial mastery, and although it is a long film at two hours and 45 minutes, Django relaxes and luxuriates in its long form, balancing deadpan moments of awe and reverence for the landscape, combined with tension and violence. And is a film not to be missed this month.

Ladysmith W.I. The last meeting of Ladysmith W.I. was a really tasty affair when Karen Brummer from The Cheese Cellar in Stamford brought along a selection of artisan British cheeses for members to taste (including a Cornish Yarg which is wrapped in nettles) and gave us advice on storing and enjoying. We didn't realise that there are more than one thousand accredited British cheeses, so


we still have plenty left to try! Our lunch outing in May is to Thorpe Hall to support the fund raising for the new Sue Ryder hospice. On 14th May Sue Walfare, whose specialist craft is Ragwork, will show members how to make a flower and the competition is for a recycled or rag item. The meeting starts at 7.30pm in St Andrews Hall, Parkinsons Lane and new members and guests are very welcome. Contact Sue on 01733 205927. May 2013 | Discovering





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Romans are invading

Step back in time this May Bank Holiday for a special Romans event at Flag Fen Archaeology Park. Held between Saturday 4 – Monday 6 May, the Roaming Romans event will re-create the excitement of the era in atmospheric outdoor surroundings.

Flag Fen! Roaming Romans ©John Moore


deal for families, historical reenactors will be putting on fascinating combat displays, giving audiences the chance to see various types of gladiators who used to fight for entertainment. Learn more about the weapons and tactics of the mighty Roman army, try popular Roman games and watch traditional cookery demonstrations. There will even be a cavalryman on site to demonstrate the training and use of horses in battle. Plus have you ever wondered what happened to injured soldiers after combat? A Roman doctor will be on hand to explain the often gruesome surgery required to patch up any gory wounds. Stuart Orme, Heritage Interpretation Manager for Vivacity Heritage, says “Our Roman event will provide a brilliant opportunity for the whole family to see events 2,000 years ago brought to life before their very eyes. It’s a great way for the kids to learn more about a subject they may be studying at school, and the event will of course be great entertainment.” For more information, call 01733 313 414, email or visit

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From a simple, traditional service to a modern celebration, we provide local families with support and advice when they need it most. 01733 341331 13-15 Manor House St, Peterborough PE1 2TL 01733 200565 5 Market Place, Whittlesey PE7 1AB 01354 694545 25a High St, Chatteris PE16 6NB

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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

KEN CAIN A d pproved riving instructor

Let me help you pass your test Competitive rates 1, 1.5 or 2 hour lessons Discounts on block bookings Fully qualified instructor of 25 years


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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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hen you die – your estate may be taxable at 40%, many estates are not taxed or are subject to a lower rate by using a variety of allowances and planning strategies. As ever the rules and regulations are complicated, so it is important to take specialist advice at an early stage. The first step is to ensure that you have a valid and effective Will in place because this alone can be a very cost effective way of preserving the value of your estate and ensuring the benefits go to those that you choose. I have seen examples where the beneficiary with the greatest interest has been the tax man (HMRC) – taking a larger share than any of the individual children! I have yet to meet a client that would choose this situation, and yet, with a little planning there are several alternative solutions. The use of Trusts can be an effective way – but you need someone that understands how they

work and recommends the correct one. There are reliefs that can be applied to certain assets and amounts that can be gifted without having to wait 7 years before the gift is effective. Roy Jenkins said in 1986 “Inheritance Tax is, broadly speaking, a voluntary levy paid by those who distrust their heirs more than they dislike the Inland Revenue”. If you want a greater proportion to go to your chosen beneficiaries rather than in tax, give me a call: Delivering Simple Financial Advice – that really works! Call me to arrange a free initial meeting and benefit from my experience.

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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

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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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If you have a genuine interest in providing our children in care with a safe and happy home, come and see us on: 11 May, Springfields Shopping Centre 13-19 May, Queensgate Shopping Centre 25 May, Serpentine Green Shopping Centre 26 May, Van Hage, Peterborough Garden Park Or come to a more in-depth information evening on: 23 May, 6pm to 8pm, The Bull Hotel

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01733 202694 Weddings | Family Portraits Celebrations Bump & Baby Shoots

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Fostering a Future


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fter raising a family of their own, Jenny and her husband decided to embark on a life-changing journey to extend their care to other children.

Having worked in childcare for my whole career, it was actually one of the city council’s social workers who suggested George and I consider fostering,” Jenny said.

“With our own children all grown up, we could practically start again and dedicate our time to children who need us; it’s a really rewarding job. Getting through the process took a little while, but then one day we were approved and the next we had three children living with us! Since 2004, Jenny and George have fostered around 26 children and they aren’t showing signs of stopping just yet.

Peterborough currently has over 300 children in care. Can you give these children a future by providing them with a safe and happy home

while they are unable to live with their own families? You can foster if you are single, married or in a civil partnership, or have children of your own or not. The only requirement is for you to have a genuine interest in supporting children, a spare bedroom, patience and a sense of humour. Peterborough City Council values the contribution that foster carers make in caring for the city’s most vulnerable children and in recognition you will receive a high level of support and training, a fee and a weekly allowance for each child that is fostered.

If you have the time to make a child feel wanted and an important part of your life for as long as they are in your care, please visit www. or call Peterborough City Council’s fostering team on 01733 317427. May 2013 | Discovering




Bricks | Blocks | Lintels | Cement | Timber | Insulation | Plaster

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Contact us today...

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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P.S Groundworks Complete groundwork services Est. 1995 TEL/FAX:01733 205136 MOBILE:07971171626

Purpose built baby

Council approved contractor milk for kitchen and dropped kerbs s Block paving, tarmac, concrete & gravel driveways All types of fencing & gates •Sites stripped & rubbish cleared including soil, wood, plastic & asbestos - Registered waste carrier •Demolition, setting out, trial holes, footings, ring beams & rafts. Traditional over-sites & block & beam •All types of drainage including soak-aways, Klargester, mini sewage treatment plants, bio discs, pump chambers & all service ducts laid •Residential & commercial projects undertaken

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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 May 2013 | Discovering



That Handyman


You know them small jobs that builders are not interested in doing because they don't make a mint or those niggly little jobs that never get done because you may not have either the skills, tools or time. It's as easy as 1, 2, 3. 1. Make a list of those little jobs you need sorting. 2. Phone Trev on 07504 205 007 3. A short while later sorted.

No call out charge




Leaking taps and pipes...sorted, washing machines, dish washers and taps installed, sinks, toilets and bathrooms fitted, get that annoying wobbly wc seat sorted. Waste pipes unblocked.


Get those wobbly shelves sorted. Doors fitted/hung/adjusted to fit/work properly. Locks and door furniture fitted. Kitchen & bedroom units repaired, adjusted and fitted.


Replacement of light fittings ,switches and power sockets to existing position.


Lawns cut. Tree surgery. Landscaping. Fencing :- Fences repaired replaced or installed. Panelling, feather board and palisade. Gates repaired, replaced or installed. Decking Installed and maintained. Patios laid, cleaned and re-sanded. Sheds repaired and roofs re-felted. Rubbish, get that messy garden cleared of rubbish. Water Butts Installed. Gutters cleared.

Other stuff Laminate and wood flooring fitted. Painting and decorating. Dry walling.Tiling of walls and floors. Tiles replaced. (If you have spares or matches can be found). That unfinished DIY project you just have not got the time to do. Why not let us have a look at it. Flat pack furniture. Do you find it frustrating? Always got bits left over? Cant find that Allen key!!! Let me assemble and install where required. Pictures and mirrors hung. Blinds, curtain rails and poles fitted. Lofts/attics insulated and boarded. Loft ladders installed. 56


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Cut out and keep

No job too small...but some too big

LOCAL NEWS IN YOUR AREA Could you spare just a couple of hours once a month to go to the cinema and change someone’s life? Cambridgeshire Mencap, a local learning disability charity, needs new volunteers to support its successful and growing befriending scheme.


he befriending scheme started in Fenland 12 years ago and continues to grow. There are 20 adults matched with volunteer befrienders who each go out once a month for a couple of hours. Vanessa Droy, Befriending Scheme Coordinator said “We are receiving more referrals than ever and currently have a growing waiting list of adults that would love to have a friend to go out and take part in all sorts of activities from going for a cuppa and a chat, playing snooker to going for a bite to eat, trips to the cinema and much more.” Having a befriender helps to encourage someone with a learning disability to make friends and spend time with new people which really helps to build their independence, confidence and life skills. The befriending scheme also helps to provide a break from their parents or carers. Cambridgeshire Mencap offers full reimbursement of all travel and out of pocket expenses, a comprehensive training package, regular volunteer socials and lots of appreciation. Volunteers are matched based on similar interests, age and location. Befriending is flexible with no set days and times so it can fit around work and home commitments; with friends going out in the daytime, evenings or at weekends.

a volunteer, I would say go for it! You have nothing to lose and so much to gain from doing something worthwhile. There is so much help available for volunteers who, like me, had never done this kind of thing before and may be a little apprehensive. You don’t have to do anything grand to make someone’s life happier, and the reward is the smile on their face!”

• If you would like to find out more about volunteering with Cambridgeshire Mencap, please contact Suzanne at Suzanne@cambridgeshiremencap. If you would like to find out more about accessing the befriending scheme please contact Vanessa at Vanessa@ cambridgeshiremencap. or simply call Vanessa or Suzanne on 01354 651166. We would love to hear from you.

Jane has been volunteering with Cambridgeshire Mencap for over 2 years, Jane said “To anyone considering becoming May 2013 | Discovering



Child care built around your requirements Web. Tel; 01733 206880

Ofsted registered “GOOD”

2-4 year olds Pre-school/Day Nursery Open day Saturday 8th June 2013 10:00am-12:00noon Or pre-booked taster sessions

Pre-booking for September Fully flexible child care “ Nursery Educational Funding” and “Free Twos” available for eligible children


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• Sat 25th Replay • Sat 4th Simon Lee • Sat 11th Rob Stevenson • Sun 26th Sunday Lunch • Sat 18th Michael Knight


New Members Welcome All Enquiries To The Manager

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Providing the very best in Childcare for children aged 3 months to 7 years since 1993 Providing thethe very best childrenaged aged3 3months months 5 years since Providing very bestininChildcare Childcare for for children to to 5 years since 19931993

DAY NURSERY & HOLIDAY CLUB Age 3 months to 7 years Open 7.30am to 6.00pm

• Book now for Full day or Flexible Sessions with 15 hours of FREE childcare for 3 & 4 Year olds • FREE Sessions now available for 2 Year Olds subject to terms & conditions • Freshly prepared nutritious home-cooked meals using locally sourced meat and vegetables • Purpose built baby room with milk kitchen and adjoining sleep room • Supervised by Fully Qualified and Experienced Staff • 5* Food Hygiene Award • Air-Conditioned Rooms • OfSTED - *GOOD*

“The friendly and inclusive nature of the setting ensures that all children receive a warm welcome and settle well with the support of the caring and nuturing team of staff”

For more information call us today 01733 350781 Visit our brand new website

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RSPCA Furniture Shop

38 Market Street, Whittlesey Opening times: Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm Saturday 10am - 1pm Donations of Small furniture, in good condition, urgently required

Donations gratefully received during opening times at the Furniture Shop or for collection please telephone

01733 351691

Telephone: 01733 350781 Station Road, Whittlesey, Peterborough PE7 2HA

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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 Flooring available


now on

16 Queen Street, Whittlesey, Peterborough, PE7 1AY

Tel: 01733 390411 | 01733 208484 |


Nags Head Great Food served everyday Sunday Roasts £6.95

Tuesday to Friday Lunch Time - Meal Deal £4.95 Four Handpump beers always available

Quiz Nite Every Monday 8.30 pm start. 60


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Sat 4th Garyoke Sat 11th Simon Lee Sat 18th JLM Karaoke Sat 25th Michael Knight

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Fireplaces, Gas and Electric Fires Hand Crafted Stone Fireplaces

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Established family run business experienced inEstablished offering a family run business experienced in offering a complete package from survey through to design complete and package from survey through to design and installation with our fully qualified team. installation with our fully qualified team. Visit us at our diverse showroom where we have Visitanusextensive at our diverse showroom where we have an extensive range of fires and fireplaces on display range of fires and fireplaces on display

We promise you the warmest of welcomes! We promise you the warmest of welcomes!

Fireplace and Stove Specialist 37 Market Street, Whittlesey, Peterborough, 37 Market Street, Whittlesey, Peterborough, Cambs PE7 1BA Cambs PE7 1BA Tel/Fax 01733 202220 Tel/Fax 01733 202220 Email: Email:

Multi-Fuel and Wood Burning Stoves Range Cookers and Flue Systems Opening Times: Opening Times: Fireplaces, Mon – Fri 9am-1pm Gas and Electric Mon – Fri Fires 9am-1pm & 2pm-5pm, Sat 10am-2pm & 2pm-5pm, Sat 10am-2pm Hand Crafted Stone Fireplaces

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