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Introduction

Welcome to Your February Issue.

Inside Highlights

It’s been a busy month at Discovering Whittlesea, with a fast inflow of news articles and other submissions providing a flying start to the New Year.

4 .................Health: Toxicity

8-9 ............Highlights: Straw Bear 2018 10-11 .........Community Matters

In the Community Matters section, you can read about the exciting chance to have your say on local planning developments. Whittlesey Town Council is eager to hear your input on its Neighbourhood Plan, and is holding a workshop at the Christian Church on February 24th where you’ll be able to share your views. Make sure you go along if you can, and make your voice heard on the future of your town!

14 ...............Little House of Fragrance 16-17 ........Community Matters

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20 .............February Gardening Tips 22 .............PDR Property Lawyers

28 .............Legal Advice from Fraser Dawbarns 41 ...............Valentine’s Competition

The chilly weather and dark evenings can make this time of year seem like a struggle at times, but luckily this month’s magazine is full of positive news stories to brighten your day. We’ve got a colourful gallery of this year’s Straw Bear Festival, a round-up of the equally successful Christmas Extravaganza back in December, plus a wonderful news release from New Road School following their recent Ofsted inspection.

48 .............Becoming a Vet

Finally, don’t forget that it’s Valentine’s Day this month. If you’re in need of some romantic inspiration, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered with several Valentine’s articles.

58-59 .....What’s On in February

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50 .............Church Matters 52-53 .....School News 54-55 .....Club Matters

56 ..............Spotlight On: Peterborough Wildcats 57 ..............Finance: Controlling Money 61 ...............The Local Music Scene

64 .............Highlights: 2017 Extravaganza 65 ..............Town Tyres

68 .............History: Mobility Scooters

Copy deadline details:

69 ..............Charity Matters

Copy deadline for the March issue is Monday February 5th.

74 .............Quiz of 2017

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Interesting articles to help you understand your body better

TOXICITY We are surrounded by substances that our bodies do not like, and that could cause harm. These substances can be in the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink or the things we touch. Examples include carbon monoxide, chemicals used to treat water, additives in foods and varnishes we use to treat wood. These substances exist only in trace quantities, but nevertheless are toxic to our bodies. Toxicity is not an advent of modern living, although this has vastly increased our exposure to it. Fortunately, the body has developed ways of dealing with it. Our skin provides the first barrier. The skin is a tightlyknit barrier colonised by bacteria and covered in an oily substance which contains immune cells. All of these attributes contribute to keeping the toxins out. This why we can have paint, glue and even use strong substances like white spirit on our skin without getting sick. If the toxins get through this barrier – that is, if we ingest or breathe them in – then the next line of defence is our liver, which acts as a detoxifier. It sifts through the contents of the blood, separating it into bad and good. ‘Bad’ substances are reacted with other chemicals to nullify their toxicity, then sent to one of the following places: • the intestines for removal via our stools; • the bladder for removal via our urine; • or the skin for removal via our sweat.

We must be careful because, like any containment system, things degrade. The nullified toxins degrade, as do the fat cells, and so as time goes by the chance of a leak increases. We must also acknowledge that the amount of exposure to toxins is continually increasing as technological advancements and impact on the climate increase. Therefore, the risk of overload and greater storage increases. The simplest way to mitigate toxic overload is to limit your exposure to chemicals. There are many easy ways of doing this, including: • Wearing gloves when handling household cleaning products • Cleaning in well ventilated rooms • Minimising processed foods • Filtering water • Wearing gloves and masks when performing DIY tasks Performing leisure activities in rural areas (think of all the toxins we are inhaling during a roadside run!) These are all simple ways in which we can reduce our toxicity levels, and increase the likelihood of a healthier later life.

If the three routes of disposal are jam-packed, then the body has no choice but to store it. It does this within the fat cells of the body, which act as an insulating container.

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Highlights

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A Sight for Straw Eyes!

January once again saw thousands of visitors flock to Whittlesey for the annual Straw Bear Festival. The spectacular day began as the Bear set off from the Manor Leisure Centre at 10.30am, before making his way through the town centre flanked by crowds of eager spectators on all sides. Visitors came from far and wide to enjoy the Festival’s numerous dance and musical performances (as well as a beverage or two!), and a large number rounded off the Saturday with a traditional barn dance at Sir Harry Smith Community College. The weekend’s festivities concluded with the burning of the Bear on the Sunday, as organisers reflected on another well-attended and thoroughly enjoyed event.

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

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How do I get rid of Japanese Knotweed? • Do not try to cut, mow or strim it as this will make it spread. • Please do not put Japanese Knotweed in your green or brown bins, or take it to a recycling centre – it must be disposed of as controlled waste. For more advice on how to control and dispose of Japanese Knotweed, including chemical spraying and burning, visit: www.gov.uk/guidance/preventjapanese-knotweed-from-spreading. The site also contains a link to local controlled waste carriers who can dispose of it legally.

STOPPING THE SPREAD OF JAPANESE KNOTWEED Fenland District Council is raising awareness of Japanese Knotweed to help homeowners identify, control and dispose of Britain’s most invasive plant. The weed – which costs an estimated £165m a year to control in the UK - can grow through concrete and has a root system that can extend 3m in depth and 7m in all directions. FDC is taking appropriate action to eradicate it from land within its control, and the Council’s grounds maintenance contractor has also been trained in identifying the weed and treating it accordingly.

If you're concerned that Japanese Knotweed on your neighbour's land might spread onto your land, try and speak to them – they might not realise it is an issue. You can also report it to the Council for help to discuss the matter with those involved. Just go to www.fenland.gov.uk/parksandopenspaces. The Council would also welcome information on locations of Japanese Knotweed on its land and open spaces, so action can be taken.

Responsibility for controlling Japanese Knotweed rests with the landowner or occupier of the land. You do not have to remove the plant from your land, but you could be prosecuted if you allow it to spread onto someone else's property. How do I identify Japanese Knotweed? • It produces fleshy red tinged shoots when it first breaks through the ground. • It has large, heart or spade-shaped green leaves. • It has leaves arranged in a zig-zag pattern and has a hollow stem, like bamboo. • It can form dense clumps that can be several metres deep. • It produces clusters of cream flowers in late summer. • It dies back between September and November, leaving brown stems. 10

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Little House of Fragrance is a Big Hit A new shop selling scented candles and bath bombs in Whittlesey is looking forward to a bright future, following a successful first month in business. Little House of Fragrance, in Market Street, opened its doors in December and is already proving a firm favourite with local shoppers. After a very successful opening Saturday – during which people queued outside in anticipation – a number of customers were back at the shop the very same week! The shop sells a massive range of Yankee candles (including exclusive American varieties only stocked by selected retailers) and Millefiori room diffusers, and is also a key retailer of Bomb Cosmetics products. What’s more, it offers a great loyalty scheme through which customers can collect points each time they shop, entitling them to free items or money off. The shop also provides discounts for Armed Forces, blue light and NHS workers.

Owner Haylea and her husband Richard, who served in The Household Cavalry Regiment for eleven years, had thought about starting their own business for some time. Haylea explains: “It’s long been a dream of mine to run a shop offering gifts such as Yankee candles, and last year we finally took the plunge. With few places in the Fenland area offering these kinds of products, we saw strong potential in Whittlesey.” “We’re a family-run business, and I like to think this shows in our personal customer service and emphasis on rewarding customer loyalty. I look forward to welcoming more customers to the shop – hopefully, for what will be the first of many visits!”

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Matters WHITTLESEY NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN – PROGRESS SO FAR AND THE NEXT STEPS

The communities of Whittlesey and the surrounding villages are in the process of producing a Neighbourhood Plan – a document giving local people a say over local development by setting out their own planning policies, which are used to decide whether to approve or refuse planning applications. Great progress is being made on the Neighbourhood Plan. The process is being led by members of the Town Council with support from URBED, a Manchester-based urban design company. Back in March 2017 a questionnaire was delivered to every household in the parish to gather the thoughts of the community, and we then ran a community workshop in November at the Whittlesey Christian Church. You can find the results of both the questionnaire and the workshop on the WTC website. It’s important to remember that Neighbourhood Plan policies can only deal with the development and use of land, and so they can’t do much to address non-planning matters like litter or policing. However, issues like these can also be turned into valid policies by looking at them differently. For example, a desire for improved public transport could turn into a policy requiring new development to be close to bus stops. Using responses from the last workshop, URBED have suggested the following policies as starting points: • More local autonomy/engagement • More/better consultation • Policy to prevent developers challenging CIL/S106/Affordable housing • Mechanism to spend S106 locally • More developer contributions/infrastructure to support development • Transport strategy • Design policy 16

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• Allocate land for industrial uses • Stronger policy on flood zone development • Policy on location of new development • Policy on parking provision for new development • Policy on housing mix • Arts and leisure policy • Encourage a supermarket • Engage with developers • Heritage protection policy • Highways policy • Allocate land for housing • Housing density policy • Strategy to provide adequate infrastructure • Landscape/biodiversity protection • Policy on back garden development • Sustainability policy for new homes • Policy to support business • Village separation policy Next, WTC will be running a workshop on Saturday 24th February, at Whittlesey Christian Church, where local people are invited to help develop draft policies for the Neighbourhood Plan. We understand that this is not familiar territory for most people, so URBED will be on hand to give some guidance and help you make sense of the results! Full details of the workshop will be on the Town Council website, www.whittleseytc.com, the Neighbourhood Plan Twitter feed @WhittleseyNP, and advertised locally - so keep your eyes peeled for more information soon! FE BR U A R Y 2 0 1 8


FROGLIFE GIVES ALLOTMENTS A WILD ADDITION Wildlife conservation charity Froglife and its BBC Children in Need funded education project, Green Pathways, have just completed a communal wildlife area at Whittlesey’s allotments, with the help of students from Sir Harry Smith Community College. The aim of the Green Pathways project is to improve confidence, social skills and positive behaviour in the young people involved, as well as to improve their knowledge, skills and appreciation of the environment. It’s about providing a high

quality green space which is good for wildlife, but also beneficial to the health and wellbeing of the people who use the space. With funding awarded by the Glassmoor Local Environment Fund, young people created a wildlife pond and a wildlife area, which includes a bug hotel, bee and bird boxes and wild flowers, for allotment holders and locals to enjoy. The Whittlesey Allotment and Gardeners’ Society, who also supported the project, are going to further improve the communal plot by adding raised beds, hedging and trees. The aim is to get Whittlesey-based primary schools involved in annual growing competitions sometime in the future.

LORRAINE CELEBRATES RECORD YEAR WITH AUSSIE SINGER PETER ANDRE A local Slimming World manager was congratulated on helping slimmers to change their lives by singer and TV presenter Peter Andre. Lorraine Killen, who manages Slimming World groups in Whittlesey, was delighted to get a chance to cuddle up to Peter when he presented the annual Slimming World Awards in Birmingham. The Mysterious Girl singer co-hosted the event with the organisation’s founder and chair Margaret Miles-Bramwell OBE. In 2017 Peter supported Slimming World’s most successful fundraising event ever – The Big Slimming World Clothes Throw, which raised a recordbreaking £3.3 million in just two weeks. The event encourages Slimming World’s 900,000 members to donate the clothes and accessories that are now too big for them to Cancer Research UK. “I couldn’t be prouder of the members in Whittlesey,” said Lorraine. “Throughout 2017 they have lost fantastic amounts of weight, with many of them hitting their target weights, improving their health and boosting their confidence. Every week I feel extremely lucky to play even a small part in people’s achievements, and I felt very honoured to represent Whittlesey at the Slimming World Awards.” Peter said: “It was an honour to be invited to present the Slimming World Awards. I met so many incredible people who had lost amazing amounts of weight and transformed themselves inside and out. There’s absolutely no doubt in my mind that Slimming World, and people like Lorraine who run and manage the groups, are very special.” To be inspired to discover the real you with Slimming World in 2018, call 0344 897 8000 or visit www.slimmingworld.co.uk to find your nearest group. F E BRUA RY 2018

TEA PARTY FOR CAR SCHEME CLIENTS Last year Whittlesey Community Car Scheme was lucky enough to be awarded a grant from the Burnt House Wind Turbine Community Fund via the Cambridgeshire Community Fund, to host a tea party in the Ivy Leaf Club at the end of November.  The event catered for about fifty guests, including special guests the Mayor and Mayoress, Cllr Ralph & Mrs Pat Butcher. The Banjo Man, Sean Moyses, provided the entertainment, which was followed by a splendid buffet tea.

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A good idea for sowing peas is to use lengths of plastic guttering: half fill them with good quality seed compost and sow the seeds about two inches apart, cover with compost, water and keep in a light spot under cover. Plant out by sliding them off the guttering into a shallow trench. What could be tastier than a rhubarb crumble made with fresh pink rhubarb? If your rhubarb crowns show signs of activity, now is an excellent time to force an early sweet harvest by covering with a big bucket. Other jobs that can be carried out are: • Removing dead leaves from cabbages and sprouts – if they start to rot, they can spread mould and mildew. • Make sure winter cabbages, cauliflowers and broccoli are netted against hungry pigeons, whose food supply is a little short at this time of year. • Prune autumn raspberry canes by cutting right down to the ground. • Bare-rooted fruit trees can still be planted. • Feed and mulch fruit trees and bushes. • Winter prune apples, pears, currants, blackberries, hybrid berries, gooseberries. • The compost heap might benefit from a bit of attention. Rake it through with a fork to aerate it, add water if it seems dry and then re-cover it to keep it warm. • Order any seeds for the coming year and plan this year’s crop rotation. Happy Digging!

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Do I Have to Use the Property Lawyer My Estate Agent is Recommending? By Michelle Rickard, PDR Property Lawyers

This is something I hear on a daily basis, and the quick answer is ‘no’. When your estate agent recommends a conveyancing solicitor, licensed conveyancer or property lawyer, it is likely the firm they are recommending are paying them a ‘referral fee’. This fee, which can be in the hundreds of pounds, is usually passed on to you, the client. Read the small print before you sign any agreements! Every law firm should detail how much they receive from the estate agent for passing business to them. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) have a strict referral code. Solicitors and licensed conveyancers are required to set out a full quotation which details their fees, the disbursement costs and associated expenses with your transaction. They are also required to reveal how much they paid for your referral, and I suggest you ask them for details of the referral fee they have paid for your (potential) custom. In addition to checking the amount of money you, the client, are paying for your referred business,

I strongly recommend that you get at least three quotes for your conveyancing. Fees for leasehold and freeholds within different valuation brackets can vary widely. Also search for reviews of the firms you are interested in working with. In summary, when buying or selling a property it is vital that you appoint a lawyer that you can trust to act in your best interests; one who will have the experience to complete the transaction properly and in a timely manner, and who will charge you a fair price. Everyone has the right to choose their own lawyer. Both the SRA and the CLC rigorously state that its members are meant to ensure that their client has chosen them to act without pressure being exerted upon them to do so. If you are being pressurised into choosing a lawyer as outlined above, refuse firmly and advise that you will seek the advice of the SRA or CLC – this usually does the trick!

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Beware of Financial Agreements on Divorce without a Clean Break Order – by Rebecca Woodley

Rebecca Woodley, a family solicitor at Fraser Dawbarns and member of Resolution, talks about the importance of getting a Clean Break Order in the case of separation and divorce. I give every client I see in relation to divorce the same advice, a divorce does not end financial claims. To guarantee that neither party can make a further financial claim on the other, a separate application must be made for a Clean Break Order. Providing the parties are agreed, this is a paperwork exercise so nobody needs to attend court. We prepare the paperwork which is approved and signed by the parties and the lawyers. The cost is usually based on the solicitor’s hourly rate and there is a court fee of £50. The other party does not have to be represented but often requires some advice and this is recommended. In some amicable separation cases, the parties agree to wait until they have been separated for two years before proceeding with the divorce. They agree on the arrangements for the children and they agree financial matters. The house may be transferred to one party, with the other party receiving a lump sum. No solicitors are involved and everything is dealt with by agreement. The problem with this is that the agreement is not legally binding.  I have recently seen a client where this is exactly what happened. The wife kept the house and paid the husband a lump sum, assuming the husband could not come back for more. Unfortunately, the

way they calculated the husband’s lump sum was not in accordance with the way the court would deal with it. The value of the property had also increased over the last two years, putting the wife in a better financial position than the husband. Also, the husband had not invested well; he had not purchased property and his lump sum had reduced, leaving the wife in an even better financial position. The husband instructed solicitors in relation to the divorce and was advised that the financial agreement was not legally binding and he could claim a further lump sum from the wife. With no Clean Break Order in place, the husband applied to the court for a further payment. The wife was understandably distressed. She thought she owned the house outright with no further claim by the husband possible, but she has now agreed to pay a further lump sum of £35,000. When a relationship breaks down, many people are concerned that instructing a solicitor will be expensive and that it could worsen the situation. They believe it is more amicable and preferable to reach an agreement without involving a solicitor, but the very opposite is often true. Fraser Dawbarns will represent your interests. In many cases, we will just advise on the agreement the parties have reached themselves and help to make that agreement legally binding. Our clients then have peace of mind, knowing that the other party cannot make any further claims against them or change the agreement.

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‘Strum for Fun’ Members Entertain Residents On Thursday December 14th, members of the Whittlesey 'Strum for Fun' ukulele group were invited to play for the residents of Aliwal Manor Residential Home. They played and sang many popular and well known songs, including Christmas carols. Some of the residents joined in with bongos, tambourines, and other percussion instruments. The session went so well that the group have been invited back to give another performance.

Congratulations to our Christmas Novelty Hunt WINNER: Rebecca & Logan (age 2) of Whittlesey! They have won £50 in cash by correctly matching the Christmas novelties with those placed in participating shop windows.

We meet up at The Ram on the third Tuesday of every month, 7-9pm. New members welcome. Contact Chris on 07960 316724.

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Valentine's Day - February 14th - What’s that all about then? Take a brief romantic stroll through the centuries, up to today’s commercial orgy of flowers, jewellery and chocolates. In Ancient Rome, February 13th, 14th and 15th were celebrated as “Lupercalia”, a pagan fertility festival, seen as a basis for a celebration of love on this date. AD 289 - A Christian, Valentine of Rome, is martyred under Emperor Claudius. While in jail, this priest is said to have converted his jailer by healing his blind daughter’s sight. He is later said to have fallen in love with the daughter, sending her a note saying “From your Valentine”, but this is apocryphal. AD 496 - Pope Gelasius declared February 14th to be “St Valentine’s Day”, a Christian feast day to match the still-popular pagan festival of Lupercalia. AD 1382 - Geoffrey Chaucer writes his Parlement of Foules (or “Parliament of Fowls”), which is widely taken to be the first linking of St Valentine’s Day to romantic love. Celebrating the engagement of Richard II of England and Anne of Bohemia, he wrote: “For this was on St. Valentine’s Day/ When every fowl cometh there to choose his mate”. AD 1601 - St Valentine’s Day has entered the popular consciousness to the extent that Shakespeare mentions it in Ophelia’s lament in “Hamlet”: “To-morrow is Saint Valentine’s day,/ All in the morning betime,/And I a maid at your window,/To be your Valentine.”

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Mid-18th century - The passing of lovenotes becomes popular in England, a precursor to the St Valentine’s Day card as we know it today. Early ones are made of lace and paper. 1797 – “The Young Man’s Valentine Writer” is published, suggesting appropriate rhymes and messages, and, as postal services became more affordable, the anonymous St Valentine’s Day card became possible. By the early 19th century, they become so popular that factories start to mass-produce them. Mid-1980s - The commercialisation continues: noting the sales effect on chocolate, flowers and cards, the diamond industry gets involved, promoting St Valentine’s Day as a time for giving jewellery and so the “tradition” takes off. AD 2017 - An estimated 1 billion St Valentine’s Day cards will be sent worldwide this year, making it the second most card-heavy celebration, after Christmas.

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Valentine’s Day Special

- The Top 10 Aphrodisiac Foods (DO try this at home!)

The food you consume can have a direct impact on your sex life, affecting your hormones, brain chemistry and energy and stress levels. Some foods have psychoactive properties, others arouse because they are psychologically suggestive, and some can actually increase blood flow to the genitals.

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ASPARAGUS

An English herbalist from the 17th century, Nicholas Culpepper, wrote that asparagus “stirs up lust in man and woman.” It is a great source of potassium, fibre, vitamin B6, vitamins A and C, thiamin and folic acid.

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Throughout the centuries, almonds were regarded as fertility symbols. The aroma of almond supposedly arouses passion in females and provides high doses of vitamin E, magnesium and even fibre.

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Its shape gives it away! The Aztecs called the avocado ahuacuatl, or “testicle tree”, seeing the fruit hanging in pairs on the tree as resembling testicles. Avocado is rich with folic acid, vitamin B6 and potassium.

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Pure chocolate, the king of natural aphrodisiacs, contains a host of compounds including anandamide, the psyochoactive feel-good chemical, and PEA (phenylethylamine), the “love chemical,” which releases dopamine in the pleasure centres of the brain and peaks during orgasm.

Figs are steeped in history, being mentioned in the Bible (Adam and Eve wore fig leaves to cover their private parts), whilst the ancient Greeks held them as sacred, associating them with love and fertility.

Very strong smelling and perhaps a bit of a turn-off, but likely to provide added strength to the male, as the allicin in the garlic will increase levels of blood flow in vital regions!

By its shape, the connection with sexuality is quite obvious, but bananas are loaded with potassium, magnesium and B vitamins. It also contains chelating minerals and the bromeliad enzyme, said to enhance the male libido.

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Oysters may be thought an aphrodisiac because of their high zinc content, which helps produce sperm and increases libido. Raw oysters are best served with a glass of chilled Champagne for a truly romantic meal!

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What is Love? – by Holly-Jean

Love is probably the trickiest thing to describe in the world. It’s in everyone, somewhere, but just not everyone finds it. And, that sounds super cheesy but hey-ho it’s Valentines, so grab your bucket and keep on reading – it’s about to get smooshy. Love is supposedly patient and kind. Romance apparently has a lifespan and though the majority of us seek it, most of us are actually quite confused about what ‘love’ actually means. And, as I’m writing this, I’m googling ‘what is love?’ but, it isn’t something you can actually put into words. I’m reading – “love is without judgement” and “love is loving everything that one person does”. And the cynical part of me is thinking, “Well yeah, I love my boyfriend but do I judge him when he eats his dinner, and mine too? Yes, I love him, but my god if he snores one more time I’m just... I’m just going to lose it.” All of these different depictions of love make us question everything we know; all of these opinions and different ways that people conduct their relationships and rules and stipulations - in reality, it’s all absolute rubbish. They make us question whether we are doing the whole ‘love’ thing right! But for what? You and your partner, whether they’re human, imaginary, or cat. (Whatever floats your boat, it’s 2018). Are you both happy? Whether they can be gross, or they wind you up sometimes, or sometimes you literally want to tear their perfect little head clean off – if you love them, you will just know. It will literally hit you one day when they’re laughing or even when they do the stupidest thing. It won't be a gift or

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an occasion; it will be so minuscule and ridiculous that you cannot even describe it – but when you know, you’ll know. Alright, this is getting crazy soppy now and I want to be funny so, let me add this little bit. Over the Christmas break, I got a little podge – not much, but a little. And I’d recently had my nails done, so I was struggling to do my jacket up. And I said to my boyfriend, “Tom, I’m finding it so hard to actually do my jacket up at the moment!” and he remarked, lovingly, with “Well Hol, you’ve had a lot of cheese and biscuits this holiday.”  My caring partner, ladies and gentlemen. I’m joking, not about what he said, it’s with me for life, but in all seriousness, and it sounds so cheesy, but I absolutely adore the big idiot. He can be infuriating, but he’s my best friend, and no matter how many times I imagine his head exploding, I could never thank him enough for showing me what love is. But I’m only on about love between partners. Love is everywhere – love is when your mum tells you to put a coat on so you don’t get cold, or when she’s way too honest about something you didn’t really need to hear. Thanks, mum! Love is packed into this strange world in little ways we couldn't even comprehend. And, I think that’s what makes it magical. This February, when you’re sick and tired of Valentine's, have a little think about not just buying someone something to prove your love, but just show them in little ways... be patient, be kind. Be everything you think love is, and I’m sure you’ll work it out. Or, the less conventional way of dealing with Valentine's – eat your bodyweight in chocolate... you got this. FE BR U A R Y 2 0 1 8


hair & beauty

Boome hair and beauty

UV Skin Scanner and Coffee Morning Boome are holding a coffee and cake morning on Tuesday, March 6th from 10am. We will have a UV skin scanner, with which you can see exactly what is hidden beneath your skin. It is important to see what’s happening beneath our skin so that we can start treating any problems before they become too serious. Come and see us for a free, personalised one-to-one skin scan, where you can try our products and ask us about all your product/skin advice needs.

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Burrilliant Creations

Made with Love

Home is where the heart is, and this decorative fabric hearts bunting is sure to help you spread the love for Valentine’s Day. Whether for yourself or a loved one, Kathryn Burr at Burrilliant Creations takes us through how to make this heartfelt gift: All you need is love, and a few craft supplies. • Sewing needle, thread, and fabric pins. • Fabric for 10 bunting hearts (such as colourful, patterned craft cotton). • 10 x 14cm slender ribbons (to attach to the hearts). • Thicker 2m long ribbon (to hang the bunting from).

Step 3 • Sew each of your hearts, with the seam 1cm from the edge. (You can also sew this by hand, looping your needle and thread up and down through the fabric to create a running stitch). • Leave a 3cm gap in one side of each heart to place the stuffing in.

Step 4 • Stuff each of the hearts until plump, and then sew the gap shut.

• A piece of card (for a heart shape template).

• Tie knots in the loose thread and, for a professional finish, sew this thread through the heart and trim the excess.

• Soft polyester stuffing (fabric scraps or even cotton wool works just as well).

• Trim the edges with the pinking shears to neaten the hearts.

• Pinking shears (creates a decorative crimped edge and stops the fabric from fraying).

• Loop the long ribbon through the heart ribbons, one at a time, leaving a 15cm gap at both ends and inbetween each heart.

Step 1 • Create your card heart template (14cm wide, 14cm long). • Lay your heart template on the fabric and cut two pieces for each heart.

• Place the two pieces for each heart together, with the fabric pattern facing out on both sides. • Make a loop with the slender 14cm ribbons and place 2cm of the tips inside the middle dip of each heart, and pin in place. This will create the ribbon loop for the hearts to hang from.

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• Tie a knot in the main long ribbon around each of the smaller ribbons to keep the hearts in place. • Repeat until all 10 hearts are tied onto the main ribbon. Your bunting is now all ready to proudly display, or to be given as a beautiful gift for a special someone this Valentine’s Day!

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Eat the Season

Easy Peasy Roast Chicken & Root Veg With its seasonal staple of parsnips, this easy roast chicken will go down a treat on Sundays, but it’s so quick you could cook it midweek!

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Pets’ Corner

“I Think I’d Like to be a Veterinary Surgeon!” – by Whittlesey Veterinary Centre

Many people like the idea of being a veterinary surgeon, but have no idea of how to go about it, or exactly what the job entails. It involves much more than just what we see in TV programmes such as The Yorkshire Vet or Bondi Vet. Being a vet is often compared with being a doctor, but if you think about it, a doctor deals with only one species, whereas a vet deals with many more. Cats, dogs, rabbits, horses, sheep, cows, snakes, tortoises, birds, fish… the list is huge! We mustn’t forget, too, the more exotic zoo animals and wild animals in the field. A doctor, or GP, will see you in the clinic and then refer you to someone to carry out further diagnosis (such as blood tests) or surgery. A veterinary surgeon, on the other hand, has to be able to take bloods and do tests, do x-rays and ultrasound scans, be an accomplished surgeon in all areas, and to be an anaesthetist while concentrating on surgery!

The potential student must then go through a gruelling interview process with both practical and academic tasks. During their time at university (usually around five years in duration), vet students will go through many more weeks of experience in practice, along with all of the usual lecture hall studying, then sit a series of exams at the end of the degree. Once qualified, the new veterinary surgeon must then register with the governing body, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), to be able to practice in the UK. From then on they must undergo several hours of continuing professional development (CPD) in order to keep their accreditation.

When your pet comes into practice feeling under the weather, if the cause isn’t obvious the vet will do a series of tests and investigations, then interpret the results before deciding upon a course of action. A vet cannot ask their patient where the pain or discomfort is, so they have to work it out for themselves. Some species, such as cats and rabbits, are very good at hiding pain and it is often difficult to discern just what the problem is.

When a vet is explaining your pet’s health issue to you, they may need to use words that most of us have no hope of spelling – just spare a thought for the many foreign vets that grace the profession and keep our practices running up and down the country! Not only do they have to have a command of the English language good enough to converse with us, they must also be fluent in the technical side of the profession to be able to discuss cases with other vets, or to explain an issue to the client.

There are several universities where veterinary medicine can be studied, and they all have slightly different entrance requirements. Generally, they require three A-Levels at top marks and between six to sixteen weeks of work experience in a variety of practices, for a wide range of experience.

Most of us struggle to put together a few words on holiday to order a beer, let alone discuss a case of diabetes or liver failure! It’s a great skill to be able to do this, and the profession and our pets are very grateful to them, along with the great number of native English speaking vets in our practices.

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Whittlesey Veterinary Centre Your Pets, Our Passion

OUR SERVICES We offer a wide range of medical and surgical investigations and treatments on-site: • Fully-equipped operating facilities • Ultrasound and digital x-rays • In-house laboratory • Dental hygiene clinics • Worm and flea treatment • Pet passports

• Free nurse clinics • Neutering advice • Advice on diet, insurance and weight • House visit service • 24hr emergency service

www.whittleseyvets.co.uk Open Mon-Fri: 8:30am - 6:30pm Sat: 9:30 - 12:30pm

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Church Matters Introducing Revd. Staffan Dawkins: Team Curate,Whittlesey, Pondersbridge and Coates Staffan grew up in a Christian home in Jamaica, where he worked in banking and marketing while pursuing his other interests in the performing arts and volunteering for an international charity, whose main aim was to relieve the poverty of disenfranchised children from poorer communities in Kingston. In spite of Staffan’s active life outside of church, he remained an active member of his church community. Staffan decided to start a new life by moving to London, where he returned to higher education and his philanthropic interests led him to a career in professional advocacy. He then began working across several London boroughs, where his main role was to assist his clients in making informed choices about their care and treatment. Staffan continued to be involved in the parish churches where he lived in Lewisham and Islington, helping to set up and run youth groups amongst

other activities. In 2009, he began a discernment process towards the ordained ministry and in 2011, it was recommended he be trained for ordained ministry within the Church of England. Staffan did his training at the South East Institute for Theological Education, London, and Westcott House, Cambridge. He was ordained in the summer of 2015 and moved to the Benefice of Stanground and Farcet, where he served the first two years of his curacy. Staffan is now Team Curate with the Whittlesey, Ponderbridge and Coates team. He is looking forward to the exciting challenges, opportunities and learning curves which lie ahead, as he makes himself available to God’s will and purpose for his life and future ministry. On his day off, Staffan enjoys meeting up with his family and friends. He also enjoys visiting the theatre and art galleries when time permits, as well as the occasional hike. He looks forward to meeting you! Reverend Nigel

WHITTLESEY CHRISTIAN CHURCH

How Important is Belief? During a visit to the USA, my host was an avid supporter of a basketball team which had known better days. He was really keen to introduce me to a very successful basketball coach who had been invited to take over this failing team. Until this coach took over the reins, no one could get to the bottom of why the team was sliding uncontrollably into lower rankings. None of the players had lost their passion for either the game or the club, yet something was seriously wrong. Very quickly this experienced coach identified what he believed was the root cause of the problem, and immediately set about rectifying it. His conversations with each team member, and his observations of the positive way they interacted with each other off the pitch, skill and passion for the game, told him that the answer was not to be found in implementing what he had been invited to do – create a new set of tactics and game plan. He knew that this team had lost something

so basic and fundamental, that without its restoration, nothing would work: (1) Belief in themselves (2) Belief in their coach He devised and implemented a plan which in a relatively short time saw them making progress back to their previous winning ways. Two hundred years ago, Jesus made this amazing statement in Mark 9: 23: “If you can believe, all things are possible to the one that believes.” As a church we have proved that statement to be true on numerous occasions; the transformation of our building, the changed lives of many members, and the miracles of provision for our growing number of community projects, to name but a few. Join us every Sunday at 10.45am for a faith lift, and to learn more.

Brian Smithyman (Pastor of Whittlesey Christian Church, Broad Street) your local Charismatic Church Further enquiries from the Church Office 01733 752093 Brian’s Mobile 07976 957793 | Email brians@whittlesey.cc | Church Website www.whittlesey.cc

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Wisbech Grammar Sixth Formers Selected to Play for The Lambs 1st XV Captain and Vice-Captain, Oliver Mann and Bradley Hutler, alongside the 1st XV full-back Jack Trundley, have been selected for the Independent Schools RFC U18 National XV (The Lambs). The Lambs exists to create openings for boys to showcase their rugby skills at a representative level, and during the season the boys will compete in a tough fixture programme both at home and abroad. They will face a mixture of Academy sides, such as Premiership Champions Exeter Chiefs and Gloucester Rugby, representative sides such as Crawshay's Welsh and Irish Exiles and international sides such as Croatia U19s and Italy U19B while on tour.

The Independent Schools RFC was set up to promote traditional rugby values and a 'Corinthian' spirit as their style: this is to play unreserved 'heads up' running rugby in a fast and expansive style, which is player rather than coach-led.

The freedom to express talent, unfettered by league results and structured 'coaching,' leads to a style of play which excites players, their parents, and supporters of the game.

Phil Webb, Director of Sport at the school, said: "I am delighted for the boys, as they have worked hard this season and their efforts have paid off."

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swings, and can also be a factor in risky weight loss strategies, eating disorders and mental health disorders like depression. A healthy body image in childhood can lay the foundations for good physical and mental health later in life, whilst an unhealthy one can have long-lasting consequences.

Sound familiar? With the pressure to achieve the perfect body across social media, adverts and magazines, and with bullying at an all-time high, a lot of young people are growing up with insecurities and a lack of body confidence. At a time when a young person’s body is growing and changing, when they may be feeling self-conscious and hyper-aware of every blemish and extra pound, being bombarded with ‘ideal’ images – often computer-enhanced and impossible to measure up to – can be hard to cope with. It’s an issue which affects boys as well as girls. A positive teenage body image is an important part of healthy self-esteem, and young people who feel good about their body are more likely to have good mental health. An unhealthy teenage body image can lead to negative moods and mood F E BRUA RY 2018

It’s therefore important to help young people accept themselves; to see that people come in all shapes, sizes and different skin tones, and it’s these things that make us all unique and individual. Encourage them to be proud of things in themselves that aren’t related to appearance, like having a sense of humour, trying hard, being caring or being helpful. Encourage them to talk, to get their feelings and thoughts out. Finding someone they feel comfortable to talk to could make a world of difference to how they deal with their issues. Here at the Young People’s Counselling Service we provide free, confidential counselling to 11-16 year olds across Peterborough. We’re here to help. Contact us on 0800 634 4395.

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School News

THE ALDERMAN JACOBS SCHOOL CHOIR

At AJS we are all very proud of our choir. Many of our children from Year 4 upwards meet regularly to rehearse and perfect their performances.

ONCE UPON A TIME AT PARK LANE… Year Two children at Park Lane Primary and Nursery School started off the new term with a day that could have come straight out of a history book. The children kicked off their new ‘Towers, Tunnels and Turrets’ topic with a 'castle day', during which they dressed up as various historical figures. There were kings, queens, princes, princesses, knights, lords, ladies, royal guests and even a royal portrait artist and a jester! Alison Prince, Year Two teacher said, "Every child was immersed in the various activities, including learning to dance Tudor-style and the amazing lute playing by Jingles the Jester. It was wonderful to see the children in their costumes, and help them get into role and enhance their learning.”

Over the last year they have entertained on a number of occasions, including singing in St Mary’s as part of the Whittlesey Festival and entertaining a full congregation at both carol and Christingle services. The choir also provided festive carol singing at the Buttercross last December, where many parents and past pupils sang along and, despite the cold weather, the children thoroughly enjoyed performing to their audience! “This was a first for us, but well worth the walk to see so many happy faces” and “Good to see the local school doing something for the community” were both quotes heard by staff supporting the event. The school would like to thank the Town Council for their support with this activity. Our school choir has been led by Mrs Sarah Combes for many years, but they still find new ways to sing new songs and with such happy faces. Over the next year we look forward to seeing them out and about again!

Everyone in the royal court bowed and curtsied to King Henry and Queen Sophie. Mrs Prince and Mr Adams would like to say thank you to all of the parents who provided the fantastic costumes for the children. During the rest of the half term the children will learn about different towers around the world and how castles have changed over time, and will visit a real castle. 52

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OFSTED PRAISE PROGRESS AT NEW ROAD SCHOOL Following an Ofsted inspection in December 2017, New Road Primary School is delighted to report that it is now out of the Special Measures category and is working hard to improve even further. The Inspectors recognised the progress made since their last visit in September 2015, and acknowledged a number of strengths within the school. These included Early Years and Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare, which were both graded as ‘Good’. School leaders recognise that there are still areas to work on, and so agree with Ofsted’s overall verdict of ‘Requires improvement’. Jonathan Digby, CEO of the Aspire Learning Trust (of which New Road has been a part since July 2016), welcomed the report: “We’re delighted that the school is now out of the Special Measures category. We are most certainly not complacent, and are all working hard to make the school good or better in everything we do.”

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The report identified the following strengths: • The Headteacher has managed the recent turbulence in staffing well and has put in place a strong leadership team. • The new Trust has taken decisive action to improve outcomes by strengthening governance, using high-quality support from an external adviser and sharing good practice between both primary schools in the Trust. • The behaviour of pupils is good. Pupils enjoy learning, are well cared for and feel safe. • All groups of pupils make good progress in the early years from their different starting points. • The curriculum is a strength of the school. Thoughtful and stimulating activities have been introduced which are having a positive impact on progress. Rob Litten, the school's Executive Headteacher, said: "There have been a huge number of changes and improvements since the last inspection, and we look forward to continuing to work with the community to provide the very best education for all of the children at New Road Primary School."

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FOOD AND FUN AT LADYSMITH WI The meeting in January saw the year off to a very positive start, with the AGM followed by a fun auction of 'redundant' gifts looking for new homes.

RECORD COLLECTION FOR LIONS SANTA FLOAT

Whittlesey and District Lions Club would like to thank all the residents of Whittlesey, Coates, Eastrea and Turves who supported this year's Santa float. We'd also like to mention our brilliant helpers who join us every December, giving up a few of their evenings to walk with us. On top of all that, our one evening off from the Santa float was spent on our tombola stall at the Christmas Extravaganza! We really couldn't do it without you!  We collected a record amount this year and we can't wait to allocate funds to local charities and good causes in 2018.

We are lucky in February to have Veronica Hewins demonstrating Indian cookery and spices for members and friends. This includes a chance to taste the dishes she has prepared, and we are all very much looking forward to it. The competition is an Indian spice. Our next lunch outing is on February 20th, to the newly opened Harvest Barn Café and Farm Shop – so the foodie theme continues in 2018! We meet monthly on the second Tuesday, and the next date is Tuesday February 13th at 7.30pm, in St. Andrew's Hall, Parkinsons Lane.  More information is available from Sue (01733 205927), Liz (01733 689599) or on our Facebook page.

Don't forget to keep your used postage stamps for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People – collection boxes are at the Post Office and Jones the Butchers.

WHAT’S COMING UP AT THE COATES WI Coates WI would like to thank the members from Whittlesey who joined us for our December meeting, with the Upwood Ukuleles supplying us with some fun festive music and Christmas spirit. It was a very enjoyable evening, and we look forward to a reflexology demonstration at our February meeting. Looking further ahead, our March meeting will featuring cupcake decorating with Brenda Church, and our April meeting will be ‘Bees’ with Sue Jakeman. Guests and new members are always welcome at our meetings, which are held on the first Wednesday of every month in Coates Public Hall, at 7.30pm. For more information, please phone Jen on 01733 840376 or Fiona on 01733 208514. 54

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FULL STEAM AHEAD FOR MODEL RAIL EXHIBITION March and District Model Railway Club is holding its 2018 exhibition on Saturday, March 3rd. Featuring nineteen layouts in various gauges, demonstrations and eleven trade stands, organisers are pleased to welcome you to a new, larger venue at the March Braza Club, next to March railway station (Elm Road, March, PE15 8NZ). The event will also feature traction engine rides in the car park, refreshments and tombola. The exhibition will run from 10am to 4.30pm. Prices are as follows: Adults £4, Children £2, Family £10 (2 adults and 2 children) The site includes disabled access and free parking. Email secretary@mdmrc.co.uk for more information. FE BR U A R Y 2 0 1 8


A LOVE OF MUSIC AT WHITTLESEY WIND ENSEMBLE February is often referred to as the month of love, and at Whittlesey Wind Ensemble we all share a love of music (and fun!). Last month we appointed a new musical director, Kevin Mackie, and began to raid our extensive and exciting music library. Our current theme is music from ‘Around the British Isles’ for our late spring concert. We are also aware that there are many anniversaries for the Armed Forces, so are considering music to celebrate these during the year. This time of year is very exciting for band life as we play for both pleasure and purpose, perfecting our technique on a range of musical genres and

exploring what we would like to focus and work on to suit all members. We are always on the lookout out for new members to join our musical family, so why not pop along and give us a try? We meet every Thursday at the Methodist/United Reformed Church in Whittlesey from 7.45-9.15pm. Please get in touch and feel free to ask us any questions: • Email us at whittleseywind@gmail.com • Visit whittleseywindensemble.com. • Check us out on Facebook for recent pictures and upcoming events!

Club Guide Churches

St. Mary’s Church Station Road, Whittlesey, PE7 1AB www.wpcteam.org.uk St. Andrew’s Church Church Street, Whittlesey, PE7 1DD www.wpcteam.org.uk Holy Trinity Church Coates, North Green, Coates, PE7 2BQ. www.wpcteam.org.uk St. Thomas’ Church, Pondersbridge Oilmills Road, Pondersbridge PE26 2TR. www.wpcteam.org.uk St. Jude the Apostle Church 2 Station Road, Whittlesey, PE7 1SA 01733 203411 Whittlesey Christian Church 23 Broad Street, Whittlesey, PE7 1HA 01733 752093. www.whittlesey.cc Whittlesey Baptist Church Gracious Street, Whittlesey, PE7 1AR 01733 202236 Whittlesey Methodist & United Reformed Church Queen Street, Whittlesey, PE7 1AY 01733 751681 www.whittleseyqueenstreetchurch.org

Schools

Sir Harry Smith Community College Eastrea Road, Whittlesey, PE7 1XB 01733 703991 www.sirharrysmith.cambs.sch.uk Alderman Jacobs School Drybread Road, Whittlesey, PE7 1XJ 01733 202403 www.aldermanjacobs.cambs.sch.uk Park Lane School Park Lane, Whittlesey, PE7 1JB 01733 203433 www.parklane.cambs.sch.uk

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Coates Primary School The Fold, Coates, PE7 2BP 01733 840527 www.coatesprimaryschool.info New Road Primary School New Road, Whittlesey, PE7 1SZ 01733 204422 www.newroadprimary.com

Whittlesey Indoor Bowls Club 194-8 Station Road Whittlesey, PE7 2HA. Tel: 01733 202209 www.whittleseyibc.co.uk Whittlesey Junior Football Club www.whittleseyjfc.co.uk

Doctors

Whittlesey Street Pride Fred Mills (Chairman): 01733 202874 pongofred1@sky.com Peter Davies (Secretary): PeterDaviesGB@aol.com Whittlesey Ladysmith WI 01733 205927 Whittlesey WI 01733 202166 (Sandra Mina, Secretary) Whittlesey Royal British Legion Branch meetings: Ivy Leaf Club Gracious Street, Whittlesey, PE7 1AP Hereward Harmony Orton Wistow Community Hall Napier Place, Orton Wistow, Peterborough www.herewardharmony.co.uk March & District Model Railway Club The Rookswood Club, Rookswood, 27 West End March, PE15 8DP 01733 204997 Mike Wyldbore (Secretary): secretary@mdmrc.co.uk www.mdmrc.co.uk Whittlesey Angling Association Andrew Wilding (Secretary): 01733 202071 www.whittleseyaa.org.uk

New Queen Street Surgery Syers Lane, Whittlesey, PE7 1AT 01733 204611 www.thenewqueenstreetsurgery.co.uk Jenner Health Centre Turner’s Lane, Whittlesey, PE7 1EJ 01733 206200 www.jennerhealthcentre.co.uk

Youth

Whittlesey Youth & Community Centre 15 Scaldgate, Whittlesey, PE7 1SD 01733 203624

Sports

Fenland Table Tennis Club Whittlesey Youth & Community Centre, 15 Scaldgate, Whittlesey, PE7 1SD. Contact Peter: 01733 689115 or 07554 624525 Fenland Archery Club Sir Harry Smith Community College Eastrea Road, Whittlesey, PE7 1XB www.fenland-archery.co.uk Whittlesey Amateur Boxing Club Unit 32, Aaron Road, Industrial Estate, Whittlesey, PE7 2EX Whittlesey Cricket Club Sir Harry Smith Community College Eastrea Road, Whittlesey, PE7 1XB whittleseycricketclub@gmail.com www.whittlesey.play-cricket.com

Clubs

Whittlesey Lions Club The Letter B, Church Street Whittlesey, PE7 1DE. Steve Palmer: 01733 351405 www.whittleseylions.org.uk whittlesey.lions@btinternet.com

Whittlesea Motorcycle Club www.whittlesea-motorcycle-club.co.uk Silver Lining Club Meets Tuesday afternoons in Coates Public Hall, 1.30-3.45pm. Activities include monthly outings, holidays, whist and dominoes. (Membership 50-60). Contact Mr Derek Bedford or Mrs G Hemmaway (Secretary) 01733 202984 Whittlesey Folk Club Bi-monthly sessions are held in the Falcon Hotel, London Street, Whittlesey. Dates for 2018 are: 9th February, 13th April, 1st June, 17th August, 12th October and 14th December. 8pm. Free buffet. All welcome. For further details contact Sandra and Martin Green on 01733 206627 or email sandragreenmartingreen@gmail.com Whittlesey Wind Ensemble Thursdays 7.45-9.15pm at Whittlesey Methodist & United Reformed Church, Queen Street, Whittlesey, PE7 1AY www.whittleseywindensemble.com Whittlesey Disabled and Over 60s Club Meets every other Monday at St. John Ambulance Rooms, 2-4pm. Contact Jackie Fryett on 01733 205498.

Museums

Whittlesey Museum The Old Town Hall, Market Street, Whittlesey, PE7 1BD Open Friday 2.30pm- 4.30pm Saturday 10.00am - 12.00 noon Sunday 2.30pm – 4.30pm whittleseymuseum@gmail.com www.whittleseymuseum.co.uk

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Peterborough Wildcats to Roar Again! Have fun, make friends, play football!

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CA Sports Football Club has teamed up with the Football Association and SSE to re-launch Peterborough SSE Wildcats for 2018. The project was designed to inspire girls aged between 5 and 11 to get involved in football, as part of the FA’s objective to double girls’ participation in football by 2020.

Peterborough SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Club will provide girls with the opportunity to play football and take part in organised sessions in a fun and engaging environment, created exclusively for girls. Two hundred clubs were established across England throughout the spring and summer of 2017, with ICA Sports powering the Peterborough club. 2018 sessions will take place on a weekly basis, with new sessions for 5-7 year olds (school years 1-3) running every Sunday morning in the Sports Hall at Stanground Sports Centre. They will provide a safe environment where girls with no football experience can: • have fun engaging with sport; • develop fundamental skills; • try a variety of sessions; • learn new things; • and lay the basis for a lifelong love of sport! Girls aged 8/9 and 10/11 are already catered for with weekly sessions on Wednesday and Thursday evenings respectively.

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Peterborough SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Club runs in conjunction with Huntingdonshire FA and in partnership with SSE (supporters of girls’ football participation and sponsor of the Women’s FA Cup), with additional support from UEFA, FIFA and the Youth Sport Trust. The centre utilises the fully qualified and highly experienced coaches of ICA Sports FC to offer girls a local location where they can get involved in playing. Steve Purnell, Peterborough SSE Wildcats Head Coach, has been involved in the development of female football for the past ten years, and has seen hundreds of girls start playing and progress to organised teams at local and professional clubs. 2018 sessions start from February 18th and cost £3 each, or £10 a month. More details can be found by visiting www.icasports.com, or by contacting Steve Purnell on 07964 496259 or steve@icasports.com.

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Finance

Controlling Money is Like Controlling Heat by Eamonn Dorling

We can think of money as being like the heating which warms our homes – it is essential in keeping us safe and comfortable, but must be controlled. A hot radiator radiates heat, and transfers it to its surroundings via conduction. A radiator might also cause the curtains to move by convection currents of air. A combination of these can create a warm and comfortable home, the cost of which might be controlled to some extent by insulation and not leaving the window open. ‘Money’ could refer to savings, investments or any type of income. • Some funds are used for specific living expenses (e.g. council tax, utilities, food, and fuel). I think of these as radiated heat, as it is directed in a specific direction. • Other expenditure such as entertainment, transport costs, memberships, mortgage, internet access I think of as conduction, as they are closely connected to the standard and style of living you require. • Finally, there are the uncontrolled costs (convected heat loss) associated with treats, repairs, holidays and things we might otherwise do without. Just as insulation helps control heat loss when heating our home, a financial plan is how we reduce the running costs of a household and develop the arrangements that we require later in life. For example, placing your retirement arrangements in the ‘radiation’ side of expenditure will ensure the required level of funding becomes the norm. Other specific projects might include education costs, the holiday of a lifetime or a home extension. Then we keep a tight rein on unplanned expenditure – the ‘convected heat’.

Some expenditure is a ‘cost of living’, such as a life insurance policy to pay off the mortgage in the event of death, or an income protection plan that will replace the earnings of a breadwinner if he or she is unable to work. These monthly premiums are (normally) paid alongside all the other ‘boring but necessary’ bills. There will always be unplanned expenditure, and your buffer fund or rainy-day fund can provide short term funding that is topped up when further income arrives. A financial plan may involve setting up a cash flow plan that predicts how income and expenditure could be affected when a range of events occur. Sometimes a chart is created that shows a particular colour while income exceeds expenditure, but changes to a warning colour if the opposite occurs. Annual reviews help refine this approach. A good starting place is to clearly understand all the income and expenditure streams that apply, and any planned events over a given timescale. These could include children attending further education, replacement of a vehicle, a home move or retirement. At this time of year many start planning but get stuck, so if you need help just ask. An initial consultation is provided at no cost. Having a plan and working at it can create a warm glow! ■ Issued by Wealthline Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results and any forecast is not a reliable indicator of future performance. The information contained in this editorial should not be construed as offering investment or tax advice.

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February 2018 3rd White Buffalo Country Club: Dave Inglis at Ramsey Forty Foot Village Hall, 8pm. £6. 4th We all love a bargain or an unusual find, and where better to find one than at Auto Jumble 2018, at the Peterborough Arena. You can now register to trade and exhibit online. Free parking. Well behaved dogs on-leads welcome. 9am-1pm. £6.50 for adults and under-15s free. 6th Join Ian Lowe for a guided walk around Ferry Meadows and the surrounding area, as he points out areas of interest along the 4 mile route and answers questions along the way. 1pm-3.30pm. £2 per person. 7th Join the Whittlesey Mud Walls Group for their monthly meeting in the Town Hall, 10.30am. 7th Following the huge success of the inaugural event, the Peterborough Biscuit Business Event is back for another great serving. The event, at the East of England Arena, aims to promote Peterborough’s business products and services by getting as many different types of local businesses in one place for one day. Registration is open now for exhibitors and visitors – so don’t miss out! 9am-5pm. www.peterboroughbiscuit.co.uk. 7th Peterborough and District Family History Society present an illustrated talk by Vice President, Michael Kennelly, showing how you can bring your family stories to life by linking them to aspects of their contemporary history and culture. 7pm. £2. www.peterborofhs.org.uk. 9th Whittlesey Folk Club at the Falcon Hotel, 8pm. 10th White Buffalo Country Club: John Doherty in the Conservative Club function room, 8pm. £6. 12th Join the Whittlesea Society for their monthly meeting in the Town Hall, 7.30pm. This month, Hannah Vandridge will speak on ‘Shopping Through the Centuries’. 13th See Alice in the Cuckoo’s Nest, an original production inspired by the works of Lewis Carroll, at Whittlesey Library, 7.30pm. Tickets are £7 (£4 for concessions) and available online or from the Library. Doors open at 7pm and refreshments will be available.

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12th Songwriters’ evening (workshops) with Steve Gibbs at the Boat Inn, Whittlesey, 8pm. 14th Backroom acoustic sessions with the Boatmen at the Railway Inn, Ramsey, 8pm. 14th Tim Vine is back on tour, and coming to Peterborough’s Cresset Theatre. Come along, sit down and laugh - the quantity won't let up. Suitable for ages 12 and up. 8pm. Tickets are £25. 17th Great Nights Entertainment presents an evening of Soul, Motown and Disco from the 60s, 70s and 80s at the Ivy Leaf Club, featuring DJs Ian Gray, John Bradley and Andy Coulson. With a new theme ‘Night at the Movies’, dressing for the occasion is of course optional, but prizes will be given for the best dressed film characters. Food, Real Ale and cocktails will be available via the Ivy Leaf. Tickets are £6 in advance or £8 on the door. They can now be paid in advance via our new PayPal link www.paypal.me/GreatNights and sent directly to your inbox, or bought at Larry’s Heel Bar, the Ivy Leaf Club, Bob’s Records or from Andy on 07941 629660. 17th Fancy trying something new? Ferry Meadows is hosting an adult sailing taster. Designed for beginners, this session introduces the basic concepts of sailing. Learn about personal preparation, balancing and turning the boat through the wind. Taster sessions are suitable for everyone aged 16+. £25. Booking is essential. 18th Glasshouse acoustic sessions at the Key Theatre, with Michael Keithson , Poor Boy and Decades. 18th If you’re planning for your big day, then everything you need and more is available at the prestigious Cupid’s Wedding Show at Peterborough Arena. This popular event boasts over 100 stands, amazing fashion shows, a complimentary wedding directory, a fabulous free prize draw and the greatest exhibitors in the region. 10.30am-3pm. 20th Open mic with the Boatmen and Phil at the Boat Inn, Whittlesey, 8.45pm. 23rd Whisky Bar acoustic sessions at the Boat Inn, Whittlesey, 8.30pm.

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February 2018 23rd A glimpse of heaven at Peterborough Cathedral: Architectural historian, Dr Jonathan Foyle, launches his new book about the cathedral with a talk and book signing. Free entry. www. peterboroughcelebrates.org.uk. 24th Whittlesey Town Council invites you to attend a community workshop at Whittlesey Christian Church, where you can get involved in developing draft policies for the Whittlesey Neighbourhood Plan. See the WTC office, website or Twitter feed for more details.

THURSDAYS Join Hereward Harmony Barbershop Chorus for their weekly meeting at Orton Wistow Community Centre, Orton Wistow, PE2 6XN, every Thursday between 7.30pm and 10pm. Contact Brian McDonnell on 07740 987127, or Les Ashton on 07878 734841, for more information. Jim’s Bingo at the Conservative Club. No membership needed. Doors open at 7pm, eyes down at 7.30pm. Tai Chi sessions held at Eastrea Village Hall, 7.30pm-9pm. Beginners most welcome. Part of the Eastern Counties Tai Chi Academy. Contact Jan on 07842 090506 or just turn up. All adults welcome. Coffee morning at Sudbury Court, 9.30am. Bingo at Sudbury Court, 2pm.

24th White Buffalo Country Club: Chad in the Conservative Club function room, 8pm. £6.

Visit Palmer Close for morning coffee (10.30am), dominoes (1.30pm) and a fortnightly quiz (6.30pm).

27th Open mic with Graham Cleaver at the Blue Boar, Eye.

Line Dancing for beginners/improvers at The Ram, Whittlesey, 7.15-9pm. Further info from Maureen on 07890 756857.

28th Backroom acoustic sessions with the Boatmen at the Railway Inn, Ramsey, 8pm.

Regular Local Events MONDAYS Coffee morning at Sudbury Court, 9.30am. Visit Palmer Close, New Road, for morning coffee (10.30am) and dominoes (1.30pm). Call Julie on 03701 924126 for more details. Quiz Night at the Nag’s Head, Eastrea, 8.30pm. £1 to play and max. 5 per team. Cash and raffle prizes to be won! TUESDAYS Head down to Eastrea Village Hall for painting classes every Tuesday afternoon, 1pm to 4pm. Classes cost £18 for six weeks. For further information, contact Sue on 01733 205241. Jim’s Bingo at the Conservative Club. No membership needed. Doors open at 7pm, eyes down at 7.30pm.

FRIDAYS Lunch at the Conservative Club: Hot food every Friday. Knit and Natter at Palmer Close, 2pm. Gentle keep-fit class at Coates Public Hall. Established class now has vacancies. 10-11am. £3.50 per session. All welcome. Contact Karen Mucklin for more info on 07516 461438. SUNDAYS First Sunday of the month: Jim’s Bingo at the Conservative Club. Doors open at 7pm, eyes down at 7.30pm.

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Bingo at Sudbury Court, 7pm. Bingo at Palmer Close, 2pm. Ukulele Strum for Fun at The Ram, Whittlesey, every first and third Tuesday of the month. 7pm-9pm. Contact Chris on 07960 316724 for more info. WEDNESDAYS Bingo at Palmer Close, 6.30pm. Call Julie on 03701 924126 for more details.

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The Local Music Scene

Time to Make a Change - by Dave Bailey

This month we look at ‘genres and collaborations.’ Many performers, whether they are instrumentalists or vocalists, need both inspiration and variety to maintain drive and enjoyment in performing. Even the seasoned professional artist trudging around the country on tour can find themselves wondering why they are doing night after night of the same material, only to retire tired to either a bland hotel room or narrow bunk on a tour bus. If you think money is the driving factor then you would probably be wrong. Most bands and artists on the professional tours just about break even once travel, road crew, venue hire, publicity, accommodation etc. have been taken into account. Only the major artists, whose ticket prices usually start at £80, approach a good return for their initial planned profit margin. The local gigging bands, after expenditure, normally cover costs and a few pints. So why do they do it? Music and performing becomes a way of life. Writing original songs and seeing the audience’s reaction can be satisfying and rewarding, but there are limits. Playing the same songs week in, week out is great from a comfort point of view – after all, it means there’s a lower chance of mistakes, the lyrics are ingrained in the memory, and the melody and chords flow effortlessly – but both performer and crowd can be left with that déjà vu feeling. Many local aspiring and seasoned artists can be found performing with more than one band, as a solo act or even playing different styles of music. Collaborating with other musicians, whether at an open mic or as an advertised act, introduces variety and improves playing skills. However, playing rock music in a pub band one weekend, F E BRUA RY 2018

followed by a solo acoustic set the next, requires different techniques, and the enjoyment from a number of people jamming at an open session depends on an ability to adapt to style and tempo changes, often not in keeping with the original track’s format. Performing covers can also be viewed in two ways. Attempting to faithfully recreate a song exactly as the original artist sounded is often impossible, even for some tribute acts. Vocal inflections and band instrumentation have to be exact, unless as a solo vocalist you are using a professional backing track. Putting your own spin on a cover has the benefits of being able to use the instruments available to best advantage and adjusting the key and tempo to suit your own voice, whilst still attempting to stay faithful to the genre. Two years ago, a group of us on the open mic scene decided to attempt a brand new (to us) song at every open mic slot we performed at for the entire year; a great way to increase our repertoire, even if some were only ever performed once, for the challenge! It resulted in some hilarious performances, but certainly spiced up the evenings and provided variety. As a performer it is good to try to mix it up. There are both powered and acoustic open sessions where all styles of music are regularly played locally (see the link below), and every two months a folk club is held in the Falcon Hotel. The key to enjoyment is to keep it varied. Local open mic listings can be found at www.outa-stock.co.uk/OM.htm

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TURN A DREAM into reality The ideal SHOW for anyone contemplating a new build, renovation, conversion or major extension Is it your goal this year to finally do that extension? Maybe you’ve been dreaming of building a secure, sustainable house from scratch? Whatever stage your project is at, you’ll find more inspiration, hands-on advice and innovative products in one day at the SelfBuild & Design East Show, than months of researching online. The show is designed to help you find everyday solutions to manage your self build, renovation, extension or home conversion project and will feature 100’s of key suppliers, one-to-one advice appointments with our team of experts and top tips from real self-builders. Throughout the weekend, there will be a host of free seminars and masterclasses covering everything from finding a building plot and securing finance, to the various methods of construction. Exhibitors will include leading construction and fit-out companies, as well as designers, architects, finance companies and heating and energy specialists. With hundreds of products and services from local and national suppliers all under one roof, this is your opportunity to find all the inspiration, ideas and products you need to create the home you want. Included with this month’s issue is a free voucher ticket to the show worth £12. To order further tickets and for more information, visit www.selfbuildanddesignshow.com/east or call 01283 742970.

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Whittlesey Christmas Extravaganza – A word from Chairperson Lynn Palmer The virtually new Whittlesey Christmas Extravaganza Committee took the reins last April, with the intention of building on the many years of previous success and hard work of the old committee. Our aim was to make it an enjoyable and affordable event for all, especially families. We brought in new attractions, activities and a successful wristband system. We also wanted to allow the many organisations and charities who serve this town an opportunity to raise money.

This year we decided to expand the event by closing parts of Station Road and High Causeway, which allowed us more room for members of the public to move around and for more attractions. Another first for this year was the Children’s Colouring Competition, and the free to enter prize draw. Many local businesses helped us out with sponsorship and raffle prizes. Without them we would not have achieved as much as we did, and we are truly grateful to the following sponsors:

• Whittlesey Travel • Wrights • Buttercross Auctions • Richard Benn Lock & Safe • Savage Builders • Grosvenor Flooring • 1st Call Furnishings • Dream Elite Care • Jacko's Pet Foods • Briggate Garage • Mr and Mrs Baldry • Playbus • DC Site Services • Hugh Crane • Peterborough Heating Solution • The Family Extension • Forterra

• Whittlesey Town Council • Malcolm James Estate Agent • J. Jones Butchers • P A Packaging • Spearmark • James Green • The Falcon • Watson Electrical and Property Services • Whittlesey Business Forum • Ace Tones • Vesuvio • Gerrard Knight • Cole’s Barbers • Mark Ironside • Calm Accounting • Marcel Wilson

• Blinds in Harmony • St. Mary’s Church • The Boatmen • Andy Harding Personal Training • The Black Bull • Whittlesey Insurance Services • Lucy’s Flowers • RWS • Boome Hairdressers • Graham Abblitt • Red Barn interiors • Storey Repairs • Hartwood Builders • Mark Wakefield Protect 24 • Proceeds from quiz night organised by Gary Swan and Andy Garner.

Thank you also to the following who provided prizes for the Grand Draw:

Last but not least, thank you to Discovering Whittlesea for all their support.

• J Jones Butchers • Freeman and Daughters • Kellyvision, Making Waves • Acorn Lodge Kennels and Cattery • Muddy Paws Dog Grooming • AA Whittlesey Computers

2017’s event was a big learning curve for us all. We have listened to your feedback and hope to put some of this in place this year. We look forward to putting on another fantastic event!

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Centuries of Experience Brought to Whittlesey Town Tyres, in Eastgate, has been in business for a year now. We chatted to owner Joseph about his reasons for setting up in Whittlesey, and his family’s long connection with the trade. Joseph grew up in the small town of Nurhak, Turkey. He’s been in the mechanics and tyre business all of his life but came to England twenty five years ago, where he has owned his own business for the last fifteen. But his connection with the trade goes back much further than that, as he explains: “My family has been involved in the same kind of trade for about five hundred years. They started off repairing wooden wheels for carts, then over time expanded into metalwork (horseshoes, axes and such) and then eventually into tyres. Even now, after all those years, if anyone needs anything made or repaired in the town of Nurhak, they come to my family!”

With a connection to the trade going back so many generations, Joseph’s expertise of tyres and mechanics is practically in his blood. But what brought him to Whittlesey? “I previously lived and worked in Enfield, London, but as time went by my wife and I became increasingly disillusioned with the area,” says Joseph. “We wanted our children to be brought up in a small town like the kind I grew up in, and when I found these premises on the internet it seemed perfect. We love Whittlesey.”

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The History of the Mobility Scooter – by Jen Barback, Curator of Whittlesey Museum

Most Class 3 and some Class 2 mobility scooters are larger than the ‘reference wheelchair’ used in accessibility guidelines for public places and transport, so they cannot go everywhere that a manual wheelchair can.

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Both the electric wheelchair and the original ‘invalid carriage’ were created after WW2 to help improve the lives of disabled ex-servicemen (motorised mobility tricycles had been produced since WW1, but never on a large scale). A fleet of one-person road vehicles were created by the NHS using motorcycle technology and steered with a tiller. These were intended as personal prosthetics, to get a single disabled person to a location and carry a manual wheelchair which they could then use when they arrived. The most common version was the ‘Invacar’, a three-wheeled powered vehicle with a fibreglass shell which could travel at the pace of city traffic. The scheme closed in 1981 with around 21,500 invalid carriages still in operation, although some individuals continued to use their vehicles until they were finally banned from UK roads in 2003, when they were recalled and the majority crushed amid concerns about their ongoing maintenance and safety. Rather than providing free vehicles, cash schemes like the mobility allowance and Motability gradually took over from the 1970s, helping people to buy and adapt a mainstream car or buy a powered wheelchair or mobility scooter. With 650,000 Motability users, the NHS only prescribes powered wheelchairs to people who receive a higher rate mobility allowance such as DLA, PIP or the War Pensioners Mobility Supplement. Many other people who would also benefit from using a powered wheelchair outside the home choose to privately purchase a mobility scooter as a cheaper substitute, rather than rely on a manual wheelchair which they may find challenging to use. Whittlesey Museum, Market St, Whittlesey. Opening hours: Friday 2.30-4.30pm Saturday 10am-12 noon Sunday 2.30-4.30pm £1 Adults/50p Children

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JOIN NGNPUK FOR QUIZ NIGHT Local charity No Gain No Pain (NGNPUK) is holding a quiz night on Friday, March 2nd. The event takes place at Childers and begins at 7.30pm. Teams of up to six people will be able to test their general knowledge whilst enjoying a fish and chip supper – just specify fish or sausage when you purchase your tickets (gluten free option also available). Tickets cost £8.50 per person. Call or text Louise (07751 141005) or Gary (07736 387469), or find the group on Facebook. All profits go to NGNPUK, raising money for syringe drivers in the local area.

In memory of Rosalie, and to raise funds for ‘Rainbows Hospice’, we will be holding a Charity Evening on Saturday March 10th 2018 at The Cresset in Peterborough. During the evening, we will have a raffle and an auction.

AN APPEAL FOR RAINBOWS HOSPICE A heart-felt request has reached us from a reader, Mrs Kerrie Morgado, and we include some of her e-mail in the hope that you kind readers out there can help her raise much-needed funds for the Rainbows Hospice. “Rainbows is a Hospice who supports children and young people, and is a place where lifelimited children and their families can find care and support. My family and I have suffered the very sad loss of my beautiful granddaughter, Rosalie, who was just seven days old when she passed away. When Rosalie was born, we were informed that she would only survive for a matter of hours/days, as her bowels had not developed as they should.

We are hoping, and would be very grateful if you would be willing to offer a prize for either our raffle or auction or, if more convenient for yourselves, a cash donation, which would allow us to purchase a prize to raffle or to auction. Should you be able to help in any way, please send your donation to Kerrie Morgado, 82 High Street, Billingborough, Sleaford, NG34 1QD, otherwise I would be happy to collect. Should you have any questions associated with this request, please do not hesitate to contact me, (via e-mail at lucy.jackson1998@hotmail.co.uk, or 07850 092 115). Thanking you all for having read this request and hopefully acting upon it.”

During my daughter’s pregnancy, and after Rosalie was born, the charity ‘Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People’ were phenomenal in helping my daughter, and are still in contact with her, offering support, which has helped immensely in our grieving of Rosalie. F E BRUA RY 2018

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History

This Month in History - February February 2nd, 1990 - In South Africa, the 30-yearold ban on the African National Congress was lifted by President F.W. de Klerk, who also promised to free Nelson Mandela and remove restrictions on political opposition groups. Nine days later, he was released from prison after serving 27 years of a life sentence on charges of attempting to overthrow the apartheid government. February 6th, 1952 - King George VI died. Upon his death, his daughter, Princess Elizabeth, became Queen Elizabeth II. Her actual coronation took place on June 2nd, 1953.

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February 7th 1812 - British novelist Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth. He examined social inequalities through his works including; David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, and Nicholas Nickleby. February 8, 1587 - Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, was beheaded at Fotheringhay, Northamptonshire, after 19 years as a prisoner of Mary Stuart Queen Elizabeth I. She became entangled in the complex political events surrounding the Protestant Reformation in England and was charged with complicity in a plot to assassinate Elizabeth. February 11th, 1847 - American inventor Thomas Edison was born. Throughout his lifetime he acquired over 1,200 patents, Thom as Edison including the incandescent bulb, phonograph and movie camera. He is attributed with the quote, “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” 70

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February 12th, 1809 - Author and naturalist, Charles Darwin was born in Shrewsbury. He is best known for his work, “On the Origin of Species”, concerning the theory of evolution. February 13th, 1945 - During World War II in Europe, British and American planes began massive bombing raids on Dresden, Germany. A four-day firestorm erupted that was visible for 200 miles and engulfed the historic old city, killing an estimated 135,000 German civilians.

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February 14th, 1929 - The “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” occurred in Chicago, as seven members of the Bugs Moran gang were gunned down by five of Al Capone’s mobsters, posing as police. February 21st, 1965 - Former Black Muslim leader, Malcolm X, (1925-1965), was shot and killed while Malcolm X delivering a speech in a ballroom in New York City. February 23rd, 1991 - In Desert Storm, the Allied ground offensive began after a devastating monthlong air campaign, targeting Iraqi troops in both Iraq and Kuwait. The 100-hour ground war ended as Allied troops entered Kuwait, just four days after launching their offensive against Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi forces. February 26th, 1848 - The Communist Manifesto pamphlet was published by two young socialists, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. It advocated the abolition of all private property and a system in which workers own all means of production, land, factories and machinery. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

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Which city was Britain's 'City of Culture' for 2017?

Which football club became the first non-league side to reach the Quarter Finals of the FA Cup for 103 years, when they beat Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor?

3) Which police force made history when they appointed Cressida Dick as Commissioner, the first woman to hold the role in their 188-year history? a) The Met b) GMP c) West Midlands. 4) George Osborne left politics to become the editor of which London newspaper? 5)

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The new £1 coin was released in 2017. How many sides does it have?

Tim Farron resigned as leader of which British political party, following the summer's General Election?

Who won the 2017 FA Cup Final? a) Arsenal b) Chelsea c) Manchester United.

8) At the 74th Golden Globe Awards held in Hollywood, which film won the award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy? 9)

Who was listed by Forbes as the second most powerful woman in the world, behind Angela Merkel?

10) In January, over 1 million people signed a petition in the UK in an attempt to stop who from entering the country? 11) What landmark did Queen Elizabeth II pass on February 6th 2017? 12) At the 59th Grammy awards in February, who won the Best Record of the Year and Song of the Year?

13) Which aerospace manufacturer founded by Elon Musk, said that it would take two space tourists on an orbit of the moon? 14) Who won golf’s Open Championship?

15) Who headlined the benefit concert when the M.E.N Arena in Manchester re-opened? 16) In May, the Eurovision Song Contest was won by which country?

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24) Who was the theatre, opera and film director, who died in September, and was director of the National Theatre from 1973 to 1988?

25) Leo Baxendale was a cartoon artist, responsible for 'The Bash Street Kids' and 'Minnie the Minx', but in which comic did they appear? 26) Longest serving Blue Peter presenter, fondly remembered for "Get down Shep". 27) Which actor, famous for starring in Last of the Summer Winé, was also the voice of Wallace in the 'Wallace and Gromit' films?

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Homeworks by James PROPERTY MAINTENANCE AND HANDYMAN SERVICES No job too small - Free Estimates KITCHENS BATHROOMS PLUMBING PAINTING ELECTRICAL TILING PATIOS DECKING FLOORING GENERAL MAINTENANCE JAMES PILSWORTH

M 07796 567294 01733 202204 Email: homeworksbyjames@aol.com 79a West End, Whittlesey Peterborough PE7 1LR

Red Barn Interiors

Gary Mason

Installation of...

Kitchens Bathrooms • Bedrooms Tiling • Wood Flooring (solid wood and laminate)

SALES TEL:

01733 334367

Quality work at a realistic price References available • No job too small

01733 268168

Tel: 01733 350993 Mob: 07732 261413

SERVICE TEL:

19/23 Ivatt Way, Westwood Business Park Westwood, Peterborough PE3 7PG www.PGMltd.com

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garymason65@hotmail.com (Whittlesey based)

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HOMES & GARDENS

PLUMBING & HEATING

WINDOWS & DOORS

GARDENER’S

D.W Plumbing and Heating

PETER HART UPVC

All types of Garden Maintenance: • Trimming and pruning of trees, hedges and shrubs • All garden timber treated and painted • Paving and patios cleaned

David Wilson

WINDOWS • DOORS • CONSERVATORIES SOFFITS • FASCIAS & GUTTERS

Please call Chelsea on 01733 660230 / 07535 751585 19 Godwin Close, Whittlesey PE7 1NZ

LAUNDRETTE

4 Pooley Way Yaxley, Peterborough PE7 3WH

T: 01733 244367 M: 07983 425484 d.wplumbingandheating@yahoo.co.uk

INSTALLATION & REPAIRS 10 YEAR INSURANCE-BACKED GUARANTEE

01733 270994 07841 590092 p-hart2@sky.com

PLASTERING

TAXI SERVICES

WINDOWS & DOORS

A Russo Plastering

AIRPORT, SEAPORT & EXECUTIVE TRAVEL

M Oglesby Installations

DOOR TO DESTINATION THROUGHOUT THE UK. T: 01733 895986 M: 07704 273205 M: 07912 493030

www.brianhire.co.uk VACUUM CLEANER SERVICE

Quality uPVC Windows & Doors

Repair - Don’t replace

Full uPVC repair service including:

• MISTED UNITS • LOCKS • HINGES • HANDLES

07990 746447

All types of plastering Friendly FREE advice No obligation quotes 78 78

D I S C Business O V E R Directory I N G Whittlesea Winter

Have you just moved into your new house? Do you need your locks replced? Are you a Landlord? Repairing could save you £££’s

Martyn M: 07508 800245 E: moglesbyinstallations@googlemail.com

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KITCHEN & BEDROOM SHOWROOM

CALL US NOW ON 01733 208787 80

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Discovering Whittlesea issue 163, February 2018  
Discovering Whittlesea issue 163, February 2018  
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