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Introduction

Welcome to Your March Issue. This month’s introduction is a strange one to write, as I’m sorry to say it’s my last. After just over two years as editor of this fantastic magazine, I’ve taken the tough decision to step down in order to devote more time to my degree studies.

Inside Highlights

2..................Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

4-5.............Kellyvision Looks to the Future

Although it’s my face in the front, each magazine is the result of hours of hard work by a whole dedicated team, and I can’t thank them enough for, well, just being amazing! I’m delighted to welcome our new editor Andy, who I know will do an awesome job of continuing the magazine’s ever-growing success.

6..................Motherhood

7..................Mother’s Day Competition

10................Recipe: Mother’s Day Brunch

I’m incredibly proud of how the magazine has grown and improved over the last two years – it really has been a pleasure, and I’ll miss it enormously.

Jack

12-13.........Community Matters 14................Health: Habits

16................Health: Checking for Diabetes 22...............Community Matters

I love this time of year, as we finally begin to put winter behind us and look forward to the joys of spring. I’m sure, like me, you’re looking forward to a little more sunshine – don’t forget to put the clocks forward on March 25th!

23...............Puzzle Page

24...............Gardening Tips for March

This issue features news from a number of local clubs as they get full-swing into their 2018 activities, as well as stories from local charities and fundraisers. We’ve also got a fantastic double-page feature on local retailer Kellyvision, which is celebrating its 35th year in business with an exciting expansion of its product ranges. Finally, we bid a sad farewell to Jack, who is stepping down after two years as our editor. Thank you Jack for your fabulous contribution to the magazine, and we wish you all the best for the future.

26...............Interiors

46...............Showpiece Lawns with GreenThumb 48..............Legal Advice from Fraser Dawbarns 52...............Ageing Pets

54-55......Club Matters

56-57......What’s On in March

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60...............The Local Music Scene 62...............Church Matters 64...............School News

67...............Finance: Falling Markets

Copy deadline details:

68-69......Charity Matters

Copy deadline for the April issue is Monday March 5th 2018.

75-78......Business Directory

Sales – Catherine Healy: Publisher - Claire Saberton: 07879 478448 01778 421427 | 07837 499061 sales@discoveringmagazines.co.uk enquiries.discoveringmagazines@gmail.com Editor – Jack Harris: editor.whittlesea@discoveringmagazines.co.uk Sales – Sue Smith: 07576 517617 | march@discoveringmagazines.co.uk Ops Director – Andy Armstrong: 01733 200609 | 07780 922214 Design – Sarah Gumbley | Emma Gunner | Rob Harradine Accounts – Cheryl Jakes: 01733 686255 | accounts@discoveringmagazines.co.uk

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Brian Smithyman, David Bailey, D.B. Freeman & Daughters, Eamonn Dorling, Eileen Le Voi, Fraser Dawbarns, Holly-Jean, Malcolm James, March Podiatry, Revd. Nigel Whitehouse, Whittlesey Osteopaths, Whittlesey Vets, Yasmin Chopin and YPCS.

“Discovering Whittlesea” is published by a local team and is not associated with any other business. Care is taken to ensure that the content and information is correct. However, we cannot take any responsibility for loss, damage or omission caused by any errors. Permission must be granted to reproduce, copy or scan anything from this publication. For a copy of our contributors’ guidelines please email info@discoveringmagazines.co.uk.

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A Vision of the Future Award-winning Whittlesey business Kellyvision continues to set new standards 35 years after opening in the town.

The company was formed in 1983 by Kelley Shipp and since then it has grown from being primarily a supplier of televisions and video recorders to becoming a leading local provider of everything for the home including home entertainment and both freestanding and built-in laundry, cooking and refrigeration products. And now the Home Entertainment and Domestic Appliance Specialist has expanded further to introduce a range of industry-leading kitchen and bedroom designs. Kellyvision says it has been overwhelmed with the interest generated by the new kitchen and bedroom showroom since opening it in November last year. The company is offering a wide range of leading kitchen brands including Laura Ashley, Linear and Milano, to provide everything a householder requires, from traditional to contemporary, at prices to suit all. Kelley Shipp, Managing Director for Kellyvision KCS Limited said: “We have been delighted with the amount of interest people have already shown in what we are offering. The showroom was packed 4

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out on the open day to launch our new ranges and the interest has continued to build.” Kellyvision can now supply quality kitchens costing anything from £1500-£2000 to tens of thousands of pounds, fitted by specialist fitter Anthony Henson who has over 10 years of experience in kitchen design and fitting. A well known and respected figure in the March area, Anthony covers all aspects of carpentry, tiling, home improvements and much more. The store already stocks a host of well-known brands including Bosch, Neff, Siemens, Smeg and Hotpoint as well as having access to many more manufacturers through a buying group and sees the expansion as a natural extension of its business.

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Kelley added: “There are alot more integrated kitchen appliances now and people want to maximise the available space by having bespoke designs fitted which offer a variety of space-saving features.”

improving their current homes. You must move on with the times to reflect that. Our kitchen appliance sales have grown dramatically over the years and this is a natural progression to the service we can offer.”

Sales Manager Lee Cochrane added: “We know that a lot of people now make a big investment in their homes. New houses are smaller than they used to be, so they are spending more money on

The company decided to broaden its portfolio after hearing a presentation last year from bespoke supplier Symphony while attending a conference in Portugal held by the Sirius Buying Group of which it is a member. Nearly 35 years to the day from Ruth Madoc (of television’s ‘Hi-de-Hi’ fame) opening the original store in Broad Street, the showroom underwent a major re-fit to provide a new bespoke area for the kitchens and bedrooms. Kellyvision has always had a loyal, local customer base servicing the requirements of generations of the same families and the new venture has attracted even more interest further afield from people in Ramsey, Leverington and the surrounding areas. Kellyvision’s success over the years has led it to winning a number of awards, the most recent being the Retailer of the Year in the 2017 Fenland Enterprise Business Awards and is a former winner of the prestigious Independent Electrical Retailer (IER) award for Best Small Independent Retailer for Consumer Electronics and Domestic Appliances. Lee added “With traditional selling products this is the only industry where technology increases but the price decreases so this is the next logical step for the business to continue and expand. We have been delighted with the interest it has generated already, people like the personal and professional service we can offer, and long may that continue.” Kellyvision, 26-28 Broad Street, Whittlesey PE7 1HA Tel: 01733 208787 Email: sales@kellyvision-kcs.co.uk www.kellyvision-kcs.co.uk

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“Ain’t No Hood Like Motherhood” – by Holly-Jean

It’s Mother’s Day! And whether you’re celebrating your mum, your grandmother, your carer, or even a friend who acts a little too parent-y sometimes – Happy Mother’s Day.

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y identity rests solely and firmly on this: “I am my mother’s daughter.”

As some of us females get older, we often hear the phrase: “You are JUST like your mother”, “Ooh, apple didn’t fall far from the tree now did it?” And so on and so forth. We start to look like our mothers and start to do and say things where we get that chill as we feel ourselves morphing into our parental figure. Now, for some of us, this is a blissful change, graceful and beautiful, showcasing our own maternal instincts. For others, it glistens through in a less graceful way and more of a ‘slap in the face’ kind of way. I didn’t notice at first, but here are just a few things that I started to become aware of; the sudden outbursts of sarcasm. At any given time, I will just explode into a tyranny of rage and wit. The God awful road rage at the smallest thing. Flailing my arms in the air and screaming through the misted-up glass. And then this... this is the big one. After all my life boasting about my 20/20 vision, here I am, wearing glasses to write this, holding reading material at arm’s length. Put mum and I together and well, we’re like twins. So, these are some things that mum, and I definitely have in common, but there are a million other things that outweigh these little quirky qualities, all positive I’ll add.

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The amount of things my mum has taught me throughout my life is uncountable. I’m so lucky to have such a kind, caring, selfless, funny and lovely role model, who puts everyone before herself and tries her hardest no matter what. I have learnt everything from my mum and model myself on her entirely. Obviously, I am not a mum. I know nothing about motherhood. All I know, is the way I was brought up – and I had a pretty amazing childhood. Some would say that your younger years are when your mother has the biggest role in your life. And yes, I agree to an extent. However, I would say my mother has had the biggest impact on my life as a young adult. The 3am talks, taking the mickey out of each other, the girly things, the advice, everything – I’m really lucky. I have some amazing childhood memories with my mum, but what I favour as much and more is the opportunity to make more memories with her, less as her child and more as her best friend. When people tell me “well aren’t you like your mum!” it gives me an unexplainable feeling because at the end of the day, if I grow up to be half of the amazing woman my mum is, then I’ve achieved all I can. Thank you for all you are. This day is for you. Happy Mother’s Day mum.

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Is your mum the best mum in the world, an absolute diamond, one in a million? To enter, just tell us about your mum and why you think she deserves this prize, in a few short words. You can either email us at enquiries.discoveringmagazines@gmail.com or private message us through our Facebook page. Closing date is Friday 9th March 2018.

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SIR HARRY SMITH’S TEAM EFFORT FOR CHARITY Students and staff at Sir Harry Smith Community College recently took part in a fundraising day in aid of Crohn’s and Colitis UK (CCUK). Assistant Principal Mrs Dolby took part in a 26.2 mile treadmill marathon, while various other staff members joined her in a team marathon, taking turns to complete twenty-minute stints throughout the day. Money was also raised by a cake sale at break time, and a £1 contribution for wearing non-uniform. Mrs Dolby was thrilled with the success of the day, which raised an incredible £1141. Crohn’s and Colitis UK support sufferers of Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis and their families, and also funds research to find a cure. Lead researchers are based at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge. You can find out more about the charity’s amazing work at www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk.

GET INVOLVED WITH CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA AT AGM Following the success of the 2017 Christmas Extravaganza, the next step in organising the 2018 event is to hold our AGM. This will take place at the Falcon Hotel on March 6th, starting at 7.30pm. The following posts are due for re-election: Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and members of the Committee. Although those in post are prepared to serve for a further year, all positions are open for nominations.  If you feel that you can contribute to the committee, would like to voice an opinion or even if you would simply like to hear what plans we have for 2018, please do come along and have your say. You will be very welcome. If anyone needs any further information, please contact me before the meeting on lynn.palmer20@btinternet.com, or by phone on 07767 373264. We look forward to seeing you.

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We are pleased to let you know that the next meeting of the Business Forum is on the 28th March at The Falcon, Whittlesey, 6pm for 6.30pm. There will be an informative presentation by East Midlands Waste Recycling Ltd. Light refreshments will be provided. See you on the 28th. Chair Joe Jennings

NEW TEAM AT WHITTLESEY BUSINESS FORUM At the Annual General Meeting, a new team was voted in. Chair Joe Jennings thanked the previous team and former Chair Steve Hodson for their leadership and guidance over the past two years. Membership was buoyant, with encouraging enquiries from new potential members. Joe promised enthusiastic support for the Forum with a number of activities. He was pleased to announce that a Community and Business Fayre was to be held on May 20th at the Manor Leisure Centre, courtesy of Fenland District Council. Picture shows (l-r): Eamonn Dorling (Treasurer), Catherine Healy (Secretary) , Steve Hodson (outgoing Chair), Joe Jennings (new Chair) and Deborah Slator (Deputy Chair).

WHITTLESEY BEER FESTIVAL COUNCILLOR SURGERIES WILL BE HELD IN GROSVENOR HOUSE FROM 9.30AM TO 10.30AM ON THE FIRST SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH THROUGHOUT 2018. Councillors present on Saturday March 3rd will be: Councillor Dee Laws (District and Town Councillor) Councillor Martin Curtis (Town Councillor) If you have any matters of concern and wish to discuss them with a Councillor, then please come along and let us know.

Over the weekend of the 18th-20th May 2018, Whittlesey Rotary Club will be holding its first Beer Festival at the Falcon Hotel, Whittlesey. The Real Ales will be from a selection of breweries within the Cambridgeshire area, together with some ciders etc. This is a fundraising event and we need your support. We’re raising money for mental health and local charities, including the Young People’s Counselling Service – a very worthy cause, I’m sure you’ll agree. Make a note in your diaries and keep an eye open for further details! For more information, you can email us at whittleseyrotary@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page.

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Interesting articles to help you understand your body better

WHAT ARE HABITS? We all have habits, some good and some bad. Some are simply actions, whilst others evoke emotions and feelings. Take the two examples of brushing your teeth and smoking - brushing your teeth is simply an action, evoking little emotion, whilst smoking acts on your emotions directly. Changing any habit is achievable, but those habits which are emotional are harder. In this article, we explain why that is, and also describe what a habit looks like inside your body. An action habit can be viewed as an action performed in response to a trigger. Brushing your teeth, for instance, is an action triggered by waking up and walking to the bathroom. An emotional habit is also performed in response to a trigger, but the result of that performed action is the release of chemicals in your brain which evoke an emotion. In the case of smoking, the trigger may be stress; smoking is the action, and the smoking process causes the release of chemicals which make the smoker feel calmer. The figure below gives a pictorial representation of this process: The trigger can be anything from stress to visual or audible cues. The action performed exists in your body as a set of neurological connections (neural pathways) within your nervous system. When triggered, the nerves tell the various parts of the body to perform the action. Here’s the interesting part: the more the action is performed, the stronger the connections become, and the more refined the pathway becomes. In essence, we become better at that habit because we are practising it. The opposite is also true, and if we perform the action less the connections will get weaker.

The chemical response leading to emotions explains why emotional habits are harder to change, because the chemical itself is addictive. The more we perform the habit, the greater the quantity of the chemical released, and so our nervous system gets used to that chemical quantity. When we try to change the habit, our nervous system craves that chemical and tries to alter our actions to get its fix! This explains, to some extent, why those who succeed in giving up smoking often put on weight in the process, as the nervous system’s chemical cravings are substituted by the food high. So how do you break an emotional habit? One strategy could be: a) Try to avoid any triggers to the habit. b) Substitute the habit’s emotional response with a constructive emotional action, such as watching a film or spending more time with friends. Locking yourself away will only make things more difficult. c) Take comfort in the knowledge that it will get easier the longer you persist. Those neurological connections will weaken as you perform the habit less, and therefore the urge will also get weaker.

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Our team of podiatrists are offering all diabetics a FREE foot assessment. Diabetes is a condition where the amount of glucose in your blood is too high as a result of the body not being able to use it properly. Long and short-term complications can impact on a wide variety of parts of the body, including your feet. ‘Diabetes UK’ advise that your feet and legs should be examined every year to assess and monitor any changes. We are offering a FREE assessment for diabetics, to establish how your diabetes is affecting your feet. We will advise on the best ways to look after your feet and how to keep them healthy. Please call us on 01354 651200 to book your FREE appointment at our clinic.  These free foot checks are only available until March 31st 2018. Please bring this advert with you to the appointment.

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Pig Dyke Molly are usually seen dancing energetically in amazing black and white at various festivals, including Whittlesey's very own Straw Bear Festival. As a break from this, on New Year's Eve they went from one function or pub to another to entertain by dancing, and at the same time collected for charity. This year they chose to collect for Headway , the charity that helps those with brain damage, as the father of one of the side had been helped by the charity. In total they collected an amazing £487. On Monday January 29th, they presented a cheque for £500 to Robert Runcie, the Chair of the Trustees of Headway. As it was Pig Dyke's practice night, they weren’t in their fantastic outfits so, as you can see, you can actually recognize them for once! Pig Dyke Molly wish to thank the people of Whittlesey who welcomed them and gave so generously to Headway.

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All the answers to the following questions begin with the letter B, and follow each other in alphabetical order, as shown in the first two answers given.

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In Test Cricket, what are the Ashes supposedly the remains of? Answer: (A wooden) bail. Who invented television? Answer: (John Logie) Baird.

3) What type of headgear was named after a battle in the Crimean War?

4) What is the extremely light wood from tropical America, often used in model making? 5) 6) 7)

What is the name of a small breed of farm chicken, a term also used in boxing?

What is the first name of the USA’s 44th President?

What is the Jewish ceremony in which a boy formally accepts full religious responsibilities?

15) What was the original function of the Leaning Tower of Pisa?

16) An area of the Atlantic Ocean, with a high number of unexplained disappearances of ships and aircraft.

17) This name links Ringo Starr’s predecessor in The Beatles with Manchester United’s own �El Beatle�. 18) What comes between alpha and gamma in the Greek alphabet? 19) Which American sit-com from the 1960s featured Samantha, who could perform magic by twitching her nose?

8) What is the yellow and pink sponge cake, which forms a chequered pattern when sliced?

20) This swimming costume’s name comes from a site in the Pacific Ocean, where atomic bomb experiments were held in 1946.

10) In the film �Goldeneye�, which British actor, and Sheffield United F.C. fan, played agent 006?

22) What links the state capital of Massachusetts with Lincolnshire’s �Stump�?

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Les McKeown was the lead singer with which 1970s Scottish pop group?

11) In the Stock Exchange what animal is used as a nickname to describe someone who sells shares thinking that the price will fall? 12) What scale is used to estimate wind speeds without using instruments? 13) Minsk is the capital of which country?

14) Which �Sir Toby� appears in Shakespeare’s �Twelfth Night�?

21) Which commonly eaten food has a name which literally translates as �twice cooked�?

23) In music, who was sometimes known as the �thin white duke�?

24) What famous London building did John Nash rebuild in the 1820s? 25) What was the name of the horse in the film �Toy Story 2�?

Take the first number and follow the instructions until you reach the answer. Try it first without pen and paper and don’t even think about a calculator! 1) 8: square it, +5, divide by 3, +6, x2, +15, -7, divide by 6, x7 = ?

2) 17: square it, +36, 40% of it, x3, +18, 25% of it, +54, divide by 3, +77 = ?

3) 22: square it, +436, 70% of it, x3, +163, +1/5 of it, +998, 7/8 of it, -198 = ?

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March Gardening Tips Hopefully, spring is on its way and the longer daylight hours mean more time to spend at the allotment or on your vegetable patch, preparing beds for new crops. Although we may get some warm days, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the soil will be warm enough for sowing, so be cautious; by the end of the month it should have warmed up, particularly if you have covered the soil in polythene or similar. Although there are plenty of seeds to sow, it is worth keeping an eye on the weather forecast as we can still get some pretty cold weather in March and some heavy frosts. Plant shallots, onion sets and first early potatoes by the end of the month; it is also your last chance to sow garlic. If you want to grow asparagus, now is the time to prepare your bed and plant the crowns by digging a trench 12 inches deep, and add some well-rotted manure, making a 4 inch ridge at the base, and spread the roots of the crown over the ridge, replace the soil, leaving the tips just visible. Water in and add mulch. Don’t forget to leave the asparagus for two years before actually harvesting – it’s well worth the wait! Now is a good time to prepare your beds for later planting, by removing any weeds that have survived the winter or are starting to regrow, raking the soil thoroughly and applying fertilizer. Bean and celery trenches can be started by digging a 2-3ft wide by 1ft deep trench. Keep the weeds at bay and hoe regularly. Don’t forget to feed your over-wintered 24

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crops such as onions, kale, spring cabbage – use blood, fish and bone meal, chicken manure or seaweed-based organic fertiliser. Also, herbs such as rosemary and sage will benefit from a good trim, and chives and mint can be propagated by dividing them and re-planting. March can be a busy month for sowing, particularly indoors – aubergines, chillies and peppers, (indoors or in heated greenhouses), brassicas such as Brussels sprouts, sprouting broccoli, cabbages, (summer, autumn and red). Cabbages can be given a head start by sowing the seeds under cover and planting on when all frost risk has passed. Early varieties of carrot, beetroot, spring onions, peas and broad beans can be sown into the open ground, but may need to be under cover. Other jobs for this month include: • Lettuces and other salad crops can be sown, either indoors or outdoors under cloches or in cold frames. Tomato and cucumber seeds can be sown indoors but wait until the end of the month. • Last chance for planting bare-rooted fruit trees and bushes. • Feed and mulch fruit trees –fertilise the base, water in and then cover with well-rotted manure or compost to act as a mulch. • Check cabbages for caterpillars and pick off. • Remove dead leaves from cabbages and Brussels sprouts. Happy planting! M A R CH 2 0 1 8


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Home Interiors

Mother’s Day Memories - by Interior Designer, Yasmin Chopin Daffodils, thousands of them – alert and proud, greet us on our Mother's Day outing to Anglesey Abbey. My grand-daughter picks two nodding heads from the welcome bucket at the door; one for me, one for her mum. How my mum would have smiled on such a day as this! She would have revelled in the beauty of the snowdrops, gloried in the pristine bark of the silver birch and loved watching a five-year-old skip along in the confident light of a March sun.

Dad liked to tidy things up with a coat of paint. He wasn't skilled like the men who wore white bib ’n' brace overalls, but most of the time mum was grateful for his efforts. On one occasion when we returned from Kingston – it was a school uniform shopping trip – dad had covered three-quarters of the sitting room ceiling with a pot of navy paint. He’d intended to add silver stars. Arms folded, mum said: “Not in my house”. Undaunted by this misjudgement, he maintained an optimistic approach to decorating. This was evidenced by the number of jam jars lined up on a shelf in the shed. Brush handles rested, as bristles bathed in a grey smelly liquid. Nice smelly. From the age of six, I made regular trips out there for a sniff.

A quaint bookshop invites us in to explore. The diversion is welcome. A weighty vintage compendium grabs my attention, The World of Interiors – A Decoration Book. Min Hogg, once editor of The World of Interiors magazine, writes: “In whatever direction fashion may drift in the future, beautiful decorating will always be one of life’s great pleasures.” My thoughts dance from the daffodils back to my childhood and the ceiling painted dark blue, dark to represent the night sky. It was a fantasy for dad, a nightmare for mum! Photo credits: My daughter Jess and I, below, taken at Anglesey Abbey by my grand-daughter Isabella (aged 5). Above left: The World of Interiors by Min Hogg and Wendy Harrop, taken by me.

Mum’s sewing machine, despite several layers of protective wadding, vibrated like a twin-tub on the table top. Evenings, when I was in bed, she’d get out the machine to work on my ballet costumes. Cotton scraps were well behaved in comparison to the slippery taffeta. I would practise in my tutu and the windows, my silent audience, would smile, in their pretty yellow gingham.

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How to Have a Showpiece Lawn Sisters Sarah and Jo run our local GreenThumb lawn treatment service, and look after around 2000 lawns in our area. With their long careers in horticulture, they’re always on hand to give advice on how to achieve a great looking lawn. Here are their three top tips for looking after lawns… 1

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There really is a right and a wrong way to mow! Correct mowing can make a vast difference to how good your lawn looks. The essential steps are: make sure your mower has a sharp blade; don’t cut too short (no lower than 25mm/1”); cut regularly; and remove the clippings so your lawn doesn’t get long and weak. This will encourage healthy roots, transforming an ordinary lawn into a real showpiece.

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Regularly feed the grass and control weeds Grass is a tender plant that has to cope with the rigours of home life. Weed seed will continually germinate as it blows in from neighbouring locations, so it’s important to keep on top of weeds and regularly feed the lawn. At GreenThumb, our four seasonal treatments are specially customised for the time of year. These target weeds, feed the lawn and control moss – a hassle-free way to a green, lush and weed-free lawn.

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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace – by Sejal Chandarana

Sexual harassment at work has been a hot topic recently, with allegations against celebrities and politicians in particular flooding the media. With the spotlight on this issue, Sejal Chandarana from Fraser Dawbarns highlights what sort of behaviour constitutes sexual harassment and discusses the steps that can be taken if you are subject to harassment in the workplace. What is it? Sexual harassment is essentially unwanted conduct of a sexual nature. It involves behaviour which has the purpose or effect of violating a person’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for them. It also includes subjecting someone to less favourable treatment because that person has rejected or submitted to harassment. The sorts of unwanted conduct which may constitute sexual harassment include: • Unwelcome sexual advances or touching • Sexual jokes • Comments of a sexual nature about a person’s appearance • Sending emails with material of a sexual nature • Displaying pornographic or explicit images • Sexual assault What can you do about it? As a first step, you could tell your colleague that what they are doing is making you feel uncomfortable. Sometimes this can be enough to make them stop.

If you feel like you cannot talk to the individual involved, or if you have tried but their behavior continues, you can make a formal complaint to your employer. You should check any policies or procedures your company may have to find out who you need to address your complaint to. Employers are required to have a grievance procedure which you can follow. This will usually require you to set out in writing details of the harassment and how it made you feel. It is usually helpful to keep a record of what you have been experiencing. This might include keeping a diary of the dates and nature of any incidents, and the names of any witnesses. If you have made a formal complaint but you are not satisfied with the outcome, you can contact the ACAS helpline and register an intention to bring a claim for sexual harassment. ACAS may be able to assist you in resolving the matter. If the matter is still not resolved, you may bring a claim of sexual harassment in the employment tribunal. It is important to note that such a claim must be made within 3 months of when the harassment occurred. Some types of sexual harassment are not only an employment matter but also a criminal offence. If you feel you are being subject to any treatment which may constitute a criminal offence, you should contact the police. This article is meant to be informative rather than constituting actual legal advice. If you would like further advice on this or any other legal issue, our team of legal experts will be happy to assist you.

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Staying Safe From Infection Now that I’m working full-time with Len in the shop, he’s given me the task of writing this month’s article. One of the things I’ve never really understood is when I hear Len talking about a ‘root-kit’, virus, or even PUPs – between you and me that’s a potentially unwanted programme! So, I’ve done a bit of research and found out the following: When browsing the Internet, you don’t actually have to click on anything to get an infection. Often, just by looking at a web page bang, you’re infected! Unless you have protection, of course. So, what are the different types of infection? Rootkits – have been around for nearly 20 years now, allowing attackers to get access to and steal data from users’ machines without being detected for long periods of time. The term is loosely applied to a sub-set of malware tools that are designed specifically to stay hidden on infected computers and enable the attacker to remotely control the PC. This term is also often applied to various types of virus/malware. Trojans – so named because like the Trojan Horse in Greek times, these are usually downloads or programs which are pretending to be something they’re not. A good example of this is you may think you are downloading, say, AVG free anti-virus. However, you didn’t check the site correctly and what you are actually downloading is a program that intends to steal your data, but actually looks and seems to be the anti-virus program you were expecting. Even worse, it doesn’t actually show itself for what it is and then remains a ‘silentstealer’, grabbing information and sometimes even letting others hack your computer without your knowledge; Botnets – on the Internet there are ‘bots’ which spend all their time gathering information and sending it back to its owner. An example of a ‘good bot’ is where you create your own website

and you actually want the bots from, say, Google, to crawl all over your page and help get your site listed where people can find it. On the other hand, a ‘bad bot’ would be one owned by a hacker, or group of hackers, where they want to infect your computer with their bots and then, effectively, take ownership of it for their own purposes; Scareware/Forced Adware – if you get infected with these then you’ll know it because you will get messages stating, ‘YOU HAVE BEEN INFECTED WITH A VIRUS’ or, ‘YOUR HARD DISK IS INFECTED, DON’T SWITCH OFF’. Firstly, DON’T click on the message. Secondly, DON’T phone the number provided as you will very quickly be relieved of £200-£300 for allowing a scammer to enter your computer, do whatever they want, and then pretend they have fixed your problem which didn’t actually exist in the first place!!! Viruses – you will know when you have a computer virus, because just the way a virus will make you ill; a virus will make your computer ‘ill’, such that it will not work properly, etc. The main protection against all the above is to have an anti-virus/spyware/firewall. Remember, you get what you pay for. So, if it is free you cannot expect it to protect you against every type of computer malware, especially as it is now believed there are up to 20,000 new malware being developed and issued every day. Here at AA Whittlesey Computers we offer a full virus/spyware removal service as well as installing anti-virus/firewall/spyware tools at very modest cost. Deborah

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Our Pets and the Ageing Process – by Whittlesey Veterinary Centre

Sadly, one thing in life is certainty for both us and our pets: that is, that the minute we are born, we start to get older. As with humans, our pets suffer from many health problems as they age, including stiff joints, sight problems, memory loss and hearing loss. It is by no means a certainty that our pets will get any or all of these conditions, so don't worry that everything is going to happen to your beloved pet. Sometimes, the breed of the pet pre-determines a condition that they may get. For example, retriever breeds like Labradors are commonly seen in practice because of arthritis and other joint problems; brachycephalic breeds such as Boxers, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Pugs are pre-disposed to eye problems, due to the prominence of their eyes; and German Shepherds and other long backed breeds like Dachshunds can get spinal problems, due to the mismatch between their leg length and the length of their spine and relative size. Cats also get their share of age-related health problems. Indoor pedigree cats can develop mobility issues due to their comparative lack of exercise, but mobility issues as well as other issues are often not noticed in cats due to their ability to 'pretend' that there's nothing wrong with them. Issues in dogs, on the other hand, are more easily noticed because we see them slowing down during walks, becoming more reluctant to go out, taking longer to get up and sleeping deeper. With most of the ageing process, there are various medications and neutraceuticals available to slow down or ease the problem, but sadly there is nothing that will reverse them. With some of the conditions, there are things that we can do as owners in order to prolong our pets' optimal years – things such as providing a healthy balanced diet, not feeding them too many treats that affect their teeth or allow them to gain too much weight, and allowing them the correct amount of exercise to keep their body and brains active. The ideal amount of exercise is largely dependent upon breed.

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Looking after our pets' internal health is a very important part of pet ownership, and this can be partly achieved by a regular flea, tick and worm regime alongside the good diet and exercise. Other pets that we may have, such as birds (particularly parrots and birds of prey) and tortoises, can, in some cases, have an exceptionally long life. All of the same problems occur in these pets, but they can be very difficult to notice as they manifest very slowly. The conditions are tricky to diagnose and need the expertise of a specialist exotics vet, as these pets aren't at all like a mammal. It is important to have regular check-ups with your veterinary surgeon, as some of the aforementioned conditions can, if left undiagnosed, become very hard to treat. If you would like any information on a supplementary feed to assist your pet in making the ageing process more comfortable, please don't hesitate to contact the surgery.

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FOOD THEME CONTINUES AT LADYSMITH WI Our food theme continues, and for our February meeting we all enjoyed a brilliant evening with Veronica Hewins. Veronica gave us tips on Indian spices and delicious dishes to taste, after she had shown us how to prepare and cook them. To continue munching our way through the year, we also went for lunch at the new Harvest Barn, Farcet. It was very enjoyable. We are booking our next lunch for March 27th, which will be in Whittlesey.    

JOIN LIONS FOR ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF DAY

It’s that time of year again! The Whittlesey and District Lions Club Annual Charity Golf Tournament will take place at Ramsey Bowls and Golf Club on Wednesday, April 18th.

Our next meeting is on March 13th, with Sue Slack speaking on ‘Votes for Women in Cambridgeshire’. We meet on the second Tuesday of the month, 7.30pm, in St. Andrew’s Hall, Parkinson’s Lane. For more information, please ring Liz on 01733 689599 or Sue on 01733 205927, or visit our Facebook page.

This year’s Club President, Steve Palmer, has chosen The Fens Disabled Bowls Association, in Whittlesey, to receive proceeds from the day. We look forward to raising a fair amount of money for this deserving local organisation. The cost per team of four is still £140, which includes golf, breakfast and afternoon dinner. If you would like an application form, please email whittlesey.lions@btinternet.com. 

WHAT’S COMING UP AT COATES WI There was no meeting in January, but members and friends met for a very enjoyable meal at the New Crown, Whittlesey. Our March meeting is ‘Cupcake Decorating’ with Brenda Church, and our April meeting will be ‘Bees’ with Sue Jakeman. Guests and new members are always welcome to join us. We meet 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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STREET PRIDE’S BUSY START TO 2018 We began the New Year with a litter pick on the first of January, clearing the streets around the town centre. Then, on the following Saturday, we were following the Straw Bear, collecting rubbish and cans – a hectic start to 2018! However, it was nothing compared to our next outing Saturday January 27th, when we cleared the litter from Morton’s Leam. Twelve litter pickers turned up and together collected twenty three full bags of rubbish, along with plant pots, a vacuum cleaner and a bucket… where was the kitchen sink?! M A R CH 2 0 1 8


TWO RUNS IN ONE! Thorney Running Club invites you to join them for their 10k and 3k Fun Run, on Sunday March 25th. Both races will include age category awards and a memento or medal and certificate for all finishers. The 3k race begins at 9.30am and the 10k at 10.30am. Online entries are now open at www.runbritain. com and close on 21.03.18. You can also find a

postal entry form at www.thorneyrunningclub.com. Entries on the day will be subject to availability. Refreshments will be on offer from the race HQ at Bedford Hall, and car parking will be available a little further down Station Road. For further information, visit the club’s website.

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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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

Whittlesey Table Tennis Club Meets at Whittlesey Indoor Bowls Club. Contact Richard Whitehand on 01733 203103 or 07899 738068 and Steve Cheetham on 07765 232858 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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What’s On

March 2018 1st The Voodoo Lounge Acoustic Session at Mama Liz’s in Stamford starting at 8pm. All are welcome, any song, any voice, any instrument. 2nd Come and meet your Golden Age team at the Manor Leisure Centre and find out what benefits and services you're entitled to. 11am-2pm. 2nd Peterborough's Most Wanted in conjunction with PCRFM 103.2, Sue Ryder and The Parkway Sports & Social Club, are putting on a Live Music event, showcasing various artists, at the Parkway Club at Maskew Avenue for the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, it starts at 7pm and entrance is only £3. 2nd Northern Soul and Motown night at the Ivy Leaf Club, 7.30pm. £5 entry. 2nd NGNPUK is hosting a quiz night at Childers, 7.30pm. Participants will enjoy a fish and chip supper (gluten free option available) and all profits will go to the charity, raising funds for syringe drivers in the local area. Teams of up to 6. £8.50 per person. For tickets call Louise (07751 141005) or Gary (07736 387469) or visit the NGNPUK Facebook page. 3rd Charity fundraiser for the Friends of Doddington Hospital at the GER Sports & Social Club, March, featuring various musical acts. Tickets are £5. Call Brian on 01354 654056, Paul on 07703 832099 or the GER Club on 01354 652335. 4th Jim’s Bingo at the Conservative Club. Doors open at 7pm, eyes down at 7.30pm. 6th All are welcome to attend the AGM of the Whittlesey Christmas Extravaganza Committee, at the Falcon Hotel, starting at 7.30pm. Committee posts will be up for TR re-election, but members of the AVA G A N public are invited to have their say or simply find out about plans for 2018’s event. Contact Chairperson Lynn Palmer (lynn.palmer20@btinternet.com or 07767 373264) for more information.

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7th Join the Whittlesey Mud Walls Group for their monthly meeting in the Town Hall, 10.30am. 10th Join fundraisers at Peterborough’s Cresset Theatre for a charity evening in aid of the Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People. The evening will include a raffle, tombola and auctions. Any prize donations would be gratefully received: call Emma Hallatt on 07786 587638. 11th The Peterborough Theatre Organ Preservation Society is holding another Social Dance at Peterborough Regional College, Park Road, 7-10pm. Organist Nicholas Martin will be playing his electronic organ, and the event will also feature the Wurlitzer Theatre organ. Entry is £5 and pay at the door. All welcome. 12th Join the Whittlesea Society for their monthly meeting in the Town Hall, 7.30pm. This month, Chris Carr will speak on 'A Load of Old Rubbish’. 12th Do you write songs? Do you want to? Come along to Steve Gibbs’ Songwriter Night at The Boat Inn, Whittlesey from 8pm. 14th Come along to the Backroom Acoustic Open Mic Night at the Railway Inn, Ramsey, 8pm. 17th Messy Church at Holy Trinity Church, Coates, 10-11.30am. Enjoy stories, crafts and songs with an Easter theme. All children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.  Come and meet up with and make new friends. 17th 1940s Dance with Supper at the GER Sports Club, March, featuring authentic 40s catering (sausage and mash plus vegetarian option) and raffle in aid of the Royal British Legion. Tickets are £12.50 each – call Donna on 07876 264613. 17th The Fruitcake Band invite you to see the Ceilidh Dance at St Andrews Hall, 7.30pm onwards. 18th Sportsman Open Mic, 8.45pm, The Sportsman Bar, Chatteris, 4pm. 20th Boat Inn Open Mic, 8.45pm. Everybody over the age of 17 welcome, ready to ‘Rock’ the Boat! 21st The Jenner Health Center, Whittlesey, welcome you to their PPG meeting at 7pm.

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March 2018 24th Do you like Coffee? Raffles? How about Cake? Come join us at Childers in support of Sue Ryder at 9.30am-1pm! 24th & 25th Cambridgeshire County Darts vs Yorkshire, GER Sports Club, Robingoodfellows Lane, March. £4 entry covers both days. 25th Thorney Running Club invites you to join them for their 10k and 3k Fun Run. Online entries are now open at www.runbritain.com and close on 21.03.18. Refreshments will be on offer from the race HQ at Bedford Hall, and car parking will be available a little further down Station Road. For further information, visit the club’s website. 27th Open Mic Night at the Blue Boar, Eye at 8pm – all welcome! 28th Backroom Acoustic Session at the Railway Inn, Ramsey at 8pm. 30th Whisky Bar Acoustic Session at the Boat Inn, Whittlesey at 8.30pm. 31st Great Eastern Soul Club playing Northern Soul & Motown, all on vinyl. £5 entry. From 7pm. 

Regular Local Events

WEDNESDAYS Bingo at Palmer Close, 6.30pm. Call Julie on 03701 924126 for more details. Play Scrabble at Palmer Close on the second Wednesday of each month, 1.45pm. 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. Visit Palmer Close for morning coffee (10.30am), dominoes (1.30pm) and a fortnightly quiz (6.30pm). Line Dancing for beginners/improvers at The Ram, Whittlesey, 7.15-9pm. Further info from Maureen on 07890 756857. FRIDAYS Lunch at the Conservative Club: Hot food every Friday. Knit and Natter at Palmer Close, 2pm.

MONDAYS Coffee morning at Sudbury Court, 9.30am.

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.

Visit Palmer Close, New Road, for morning coffee (10.30am) and dominoes (1.30pm). Call Julie on 03701 924126 for more details.

SUNDAYS First Sunday of the month: Jim’s Bingo at the Conservative Club. Doors open at 7pm, eyes down at 7.30pm.

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.

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Jim’s Bingo at the Conservative Club. No membership needed. Doors open at 7pm, eyes down at 7.30pm. 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.

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EXCITING NEWS FROM THE WHITTLESEY CONCERT BAND Over the winter there have been a few exciting changes for the band. Firstly, you may have noticed our name change! As a growing band we felt the title ‘Ensemble’ no longer suited us, and our new name ‘Whittlesey Concert Band’ is much more reflective of who we are. One online source defines a concert band as “a performing ensemble whose repertoire includes original wind compositions, transcriptions/ arrangements of orchestral compositions, light music, popular tunes and concert marches.” Many of these we have in our growing library. In the near future, we will be looking for a new logo and banners to display on our music stands. Another exciting change is the appointment of our new Musical Director, Kevin Mackie.

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Kevin has been playing brass since the age of eight and graduated to the euphonium soon after. He has played with several championship section brass bands, most notably the Jaguar Land Rover and Ratby Cooperative Bands, and has been involved with military bands since 1990; he was Vice Chair of the RAF Voluntary Band Association for twenty years before his retirement from the RAF five years ago. He is currently Deputy Bandmaster and principal euphonium for the RAF Wyton Area Voluntary Band, and an established soloist and performer. At present, we are planning a spring concert on the theme of ‘Around the British Isles’, incorporating music from many genres. We’ll also be playing in Wisbech for their Armed Forces Day in June. We’re always on the lookout 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 7.45pm to 9.15pm. Feel free to get in touch at whittleseywind@gmail.com or www.whittleseywindensemble.com. You can also check us out on Facebook for recent pictures and upcoming events! 

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The Local Music Scene

Kitbags and Gladrags - by Dave Bailey

This month’s article will cover attire and gizmos, what to wear and what to pack in your effects arsenal. Performing for either an open mic spot or a paid gig can be rewarding both financially, and in terms of the boost it gives to your confidence. There are many ways to enhance a performance from both the audible or visual aspect, depending on your style and musical genre.

at www.youtube.com/watch?v=DehtqLVmdcA. This old model had a maximum of 23.8 seconds of loop, which could be overdubbed to add in vocals and percussion. The later versions from Boss in the RC series can now store both pre-recorded tracks and potentially loop up to an astounding 8 hours.

Clothing, though not as important at an open mic gig, often reflects the artist’s commitment to their art. Whilst the current trend of today’s dress is threadbare ripped jeans and t-shirts embossed with expletives, the outfit worn should reflect both the venue and style of music you perform. If you’re playing grunge rock in a dimly lit cellar bar, advertising the event as mayhem driven thrash metal, then anything goes; but as a named performer at a wine bar, middle-ofthe-road event or concert, then you should style to match the occasion.

For vocal enhancement, a harmony pedal has the ability to add two tracked vocal lines. The TC Harmony Singer listens to your guitar chords and vocals, and can be set to add a combination of additional copies of your voice in harmony, above or below your own pitch in real time so there is no delay. Have a look at the demo: www.youtube.com/watch?v=yunhdYUh1uE.

To give you an example, many years ago I was playing at a church fete where the two young lads following us were wearing Sex Pistols t-shirts. As you might imagine, the minister asked them to put tape over one word to save the blushes of the ladies on the cake stall. To be honest this just drew attention to it – but it made us all laugh! Gizmos or pedals can bring a performance to life with harmonies, effects and looping. The classic Black Horse and the Cherry Tree track performed by KT Tunstall live using a head rush loop pedal demonstrated how a single pedal can enhance any live performance. Take a look 60

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A simple solution to a flat sounding performance is to add in some reverb to the vocals and guitar, and blend in a small amount of chorus to the guitar. Most PA desks have these effects on board as standard, but a chorus pedal can be inserted before the deck to give the performer more control over the amount of chorus you need. The Boss CH1 has classic chorus effects and can be used in both rock and acoustic styles to great effect. For the demo, see www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fc7lnIWT5iI. Have fun out there, and remember to look the part and sound amazing! Local open mic listings can be found at www.outa-stock.co.uk/OM.htm

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Church Matters Easter Services

Palm Sunday (27th March) Blessing and distribution of palm crosses, reading of the Passion and Holy Communion

“Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Give thanks to the Risen Lord”

9.30am: Holy Trinity, Coates and St. Andrew’s, Whittlesey 11am: St. Mary’s, Whittlesey

Following the services of Holy Week we greet Easter Morning by proclaiming this simple anthem with great faith.

Holy Thursday 7.30pm: Celebration of the Last Supper and Watching in the Garden until 9.30pm at Holy Trinity, Coates

If you have ever attended the complete pattern of Holy Week services, you will have experienced the spiritual power of that journey. To share in the last days of Jesus’ life can be a profound faith experience leading to the joy of the Easter Dawn. Without the resurrection of Jesus, his life and death lose their meaning and power; risen from the dead Jesus is Lord and the Christian Church is born.

Good Friday 10am: Churches Together service at the Buttercross; procession leaves Queen Street Chapel at 9.50am 2pm: Solemn Liturgy of the Cross at St. Andrew’s

After this event Christians began to fulfil their mission – to proclaim Him as the Risen Lord and to serve the world as He did. We read about the first disciples rushing to tell the world that Jesus is risen, an energy seen in many Christian churches today as they serve the world in Jesus’ name. You are welcome to come and share in some or the entire Holy Week journey of prayer, worship and imagination. Below are our principal services; for further details please contact either of us.

Holy Saturday 8pm: Lighting of the Easter Candle with the Vigil at St. Thomas’, Pondersbridge Easter Sunday (1st April) 6.20am: Gather for Dawn service (dawn at 6.30am) and Easter Holy Communion at 560 Oilmills Road, Pondersbridge. 9.30am: Easter Holy Communion at St. Andrew’s, Whittlesey and Holy Trinity, Coates. 11am: Easter Holy Communion at St. Mary’s, Whittlesey God bless you and yours with a Happy and Graceful Easter, Revd Nigel and Revd Staffan

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Who Says You’re a Failure? I’m a great fan of ‘Some Mother’s Do ‘Ave ‘Em’, the 1970s comedy about the loveable misfit Frank Spencer. In one episode he is sent to see a psychiatrist, who after a typically frustrating session finally accepts defeat. Walking out of the office, Frank meets a new client coming in and proudly tells them “He says I’m a failure, I’m a real failure.” He had finally succeeded in achieving something, even if it was in driving someone to total distraction! We are increasingly bombarded by advertising implying that to be successful, we must have a particular type of body, branded clothing, job, car or stardom. So often, the issue of being a failure comes up in counselling. I am then reminded of a very practical Bible verse which says “Who gives you the right to judge another person’s servant? In the eyes of

his own master they are good or bad.” The great singer, dancer and actor Fred Astaire reached extraordinary stardom during his life - yet in 1932 a Hollywood talent judge wrote on his screen test: “Can’t act. Can’t sing. Can dance a little.” We will soon be remembering the moment Jesus Christ died on the cross to empower every person to make something of their life, regardless of what we may or may not have. Who can fail to be amazed at those who have defied the deformity of their body and gone on to achieve incredible things? Making a mistake does not make you a failure. In fact, success is often achieved through moments of apparent failure. Join us for our Easter Celebration on Sunday April 1st at 10.45am, and let the various departments in our church inspire you to reach for greater things.

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School News GB BADMINTON PLAYER ELIZABETH CANN VISITS AJS On Friday January 19th, AJS had a visit from the Great Britain badminton player Elizabeth Cann. The day started with each class taking part in a fun-based physical exercise circuit. Elizabeth motivated and encouraged the children through the sponsored fitness circuit which included press-ups, leg drives, star jumps and spotty dogs. The classes encouraged each other to complete the circuits, cheering along to the music and counting down the time. Once all children had completed the circuit, Elizabeth gave an inspirational assembly in which she spoke about her journey to become a Commonwealth Games medal winner. During the day classes also made healthy snack pots. The children could choose from a variety of flavours of yogurts, fruit and bran flakes. The children will now collect their sponsorship money and the money raised will buy new PE and Games equipment for the school.

A HOME OF HISTORY Year Two children at Park Lane Primary and Nursery school recently went on a visit to Rockingham Castle. The children were very excited to visit a real castle, as they have been learning all about them in their exciting ‘Towers, Tunnels and Turrets’ topic. The children were lucky to receive a guided tour by staff, who told them all about the history of the castle. It was lovely to see the children asking questions and enjoying the castle grounds, especially playing in the maze. Alison Prince, Year Two teacher said, "Rockingham Castle was a fantastic place for the children to experience. The staff were so knowledgeable and their enthusiasm prompted lots of questions from our pupils. Everyone at the castle was so obliging and we couldn't have asked for a more enjoyable day.” Mrs Prince and Mr Adams would like to thank everyone at Rockingham Castle for their patience and enthusiasm with the children. A really lovely day out was had by all.

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A NIGHT TO REMEMBER On Saturday January 13th, seven fundraising members and a Trustee from the Young People’s Counselling Service joined Slimming World members at their Masquerade Ball at the Holiday Inn, Peterborough, selling raffle tickets on behalf of the charity. The evening was hosted by Scott Smith, who runs eight Slimming World groups in Hampton. This is the second year that Scott and the Ball’s co-organiser Jo Leatherbarrow have supported us by donating all of the proceeds from raffle ticket sales. Scott also regularly donates prizes to the charity, and several Slimming World members have shown their support at our other events, such as last year’s fire walk and skydive. Raffle prizes were kindly donated by both individuals and local businesses, including

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Peterborough based BGL Group, Michael John Hair and Bauer Media, Scott Smith Slimming World in Hampton, Circles of Yaxley and Diversity Boutique, Oundle. A whopping ten thousand tickets were sold overall, raising £1,360 for the charity. These funds will enable four young people to attend a course of twelve counselling sessions with a qualified counsellor. The valuable work carried out by the charity would not be possible without the fundraising efforts of people like Scott Smith and the Slimming World members, for which the charity is immensely grateful. A lovely evening was had by all, and the YPCS committee look forward to seeing everyone again next year. If you would like to join the YPCS fundraising committee or sign up for one of the fundraising events this year, just ‘like’ our Facebook page and details will follow. You can also make a donation; every £30 will provide one young person with a counselling session. Contact us on 0800 634 4395.

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Finance

How to Invest When the Markets are Falling by Eamonn Dorling

By the time you read this, a fall in global markets might be something the media has lost interest in. However, the performance of investment markets across the world will remain of interest to many people because pensions and equity investments of most types are likely to be invested not only in the UK, but also further afield. Even a holding in a single company based in a specific area is likely to be trading with other regions, and is therefore indirectly affected. The speed of trading is somewhat faster than used to be the case, and feedback or news tends to speed up the process. This is true when markets fall and rise, which brings me to my first point: investing is about time in the market, rather than timing the market. Over the long term we can observe that markets that fall also tend to bounce back – sometimes quickly, sometimes over a longer time. In other words, there are occasions when the best plan of action is to do nothing and await the outcome. My next point is that a low market might be a good buying opportunity. Sometimes the eagerness of selling stocks (that may have contributed to the fall) became too exciting and created an under valued market. Switching spare funds that have been underperforming, for example cash deposits, into an under valued market might provide a good start to an investment when the markets correct themselves, as they will surely do in the fullness of time. This is the strategy many take. Returning to my first point, there is no guarantee that markets will bounce back or how quickly,

and therefore it is very difficult to ‘time the market’. Those trying to do this intend to buy at the low point and sell at the high point, then move on and do it all again. The average investor does not want to spend long periods of time checking out data from around the world to seek out such opportunities. There are professional investors and software that do this for us in well managed portfolios designed for the medium to long term. In our office we have a phrase that goes something like: “When the markets are doing well we work hard, and when the markets fall we work even harder.” Writing this in early February, I have a feeling the shortest month of the year has just got a bit longer! It is difficult to predict the future and easy to look back at past performance. There are more issues at stake for most individual investors than just short-term fund performance. An overall strategy that encompasses adequate regular income, available funds when they will do most good and tax efficiency are also factors to take in to account when managing an investment portfolio. If your plans need to be revisited, engage with an independent financial adviser for a free initial consultation. ■ 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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Senior Independent Financial Adviser, Brooks Wealth

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incredible support and donations there's no way I would have been able to start this now. Thank you all so much for your kindness and generosity. What amazing people you all are xxxx.”

LOCAL PEOPLE RALLY ROUND TO FUND TREATMENT FOR YOUNG RAMSEY MOTHER Big-hearted local residents have helped raise more than £46,000 for a Ramsey woman to get vital treatment abroad for a rare terminal brain tumour. Amelia Martin, nee Newby (41), the mother of a six-year-old boy, has a rare tumour also found in children known as a grade 3 papillary meningioma. Her tumour is growing rapidly and in an awkward direction and because of its location in her brain is inoperable and untreatable with radiotherapy or chemotherapy. But following the efforts of her best friend Cathy Sellars, as well as her good friend and neighbour Carla Mayo, a fund-raising campaign has raised enough money for her to start receiving specialist treatment at a clinic in the Czech Republic capital Prague. Fund-raising events to date have included a raffle, cake sales, a family fun day, a car wash, a netball tournament, a plaitathon at a local hair salon, a penalty shootout competition and a quiz night – there is even a night in a prison cell planned! The young mother has started undergoing proton beam therapy which in some cases has been shown to be successful.

Her friend Cathy (pictured above, with Amelia), added: “The support from friends, family, her local community and strangers has been overwhelming. Please do keep the donations coming in so we can ensure that Amelia and her family have enough to pay for the treatment in full. Thank you all x.” A special fund-raising page has been set up on Just Giving to help raise £75,000 for her treatment and as of this week more than 1100 supporters had raised more than £46,600. Cathy added: “Amelia is the kindest, most positive person I have ever met. She is a much-loved mum, wife, daughter and sister. She wants to fight this tumour so that she can watch her son grow up and be around him for as long as possible. So please help me to raise funds. Myself and her family would be so grateful. “Already the tumour is affecting the muscles in her face, her sight and her hearing. Eventually it will kill her. In the last four years, Amelia has had two operations and radiotherapy on this tumour, and surgery to remove another smaller brain tumour. No further treatment exists for this type of rare tumour in the UK. “The money raised through Just Giving will fund Amelia's treatment abroad as well as any other treatment that she may need. Any money not spent on treatment and associated costs will be donated to cancer charities.” It is expected that Amelia will continue to receive treatment in Prague until mid-March. If you would like to donate to Amelia’s fund, please log-on to the Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ amelianewby?utm_id=1066utm_term=7EyEYXErY

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EACH TO BRING OPEN AIR CINEMA TO PETERBOROUGH Classic musical Mamma Mia will be the feature film when East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) hosts an open air cinema experience at Peterborough’s Ferry Meadows Country Park. The event on Saturday, April 28th promises to be full of fun, with a live band to entertain until the film begins. In addition there will be hot food and drinks, or guests are welcome to take a picnic. Polly West, EACH Cambridgeshire Community Fundraiser, said: “We have a fantastic night full of music, laughter and entertainment in store. All money raised will help us continue providing care for children with life-threatening conditions across the region.” Gates will open at 6.30pm and the film will start at sundown around 8pm. Guests are advised to take blankets and collapsible chairs for full comfort. Tickets are £12 and parking at Ferry Meadows will be charged at a discounted fee. Dogs on leads are welcome. To book and for more information about both the event and the charity’s care services, visit www.each.org.uk/cinema.

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