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Introduction

Welcome to Your December Issue. Inside Highlights

December is a month that is dominated by one event... Christmas. Whoever you are and whatever you do it seems that the festive celebration takes over your life. Children look forward to breaking up from school and receiving presents while parents and grandparents work twice as hard to ensure they are ready for the big day. With the TV and printed media dominated by the impending event there really is no escaping it. However, while most of us can look forward to sharing Christmas with friends and family, there are some in the community for whom Christmas is not a special time and the prospect of spending it alone is one that can fill them with dread. So, when you are having fun and over indulging over the holiday period spare a thought for those who are not so lucky and for whom December 25th is just another day and take the opportunity of spreading some seasonal goodwill. I wish you all a very happy Christmas...

4................ Flourishing Births

8..................Whittlesey Osteopaths 10................March Podiatry

22...............AA Whittlesey Computers 24............. School News

25...............Alderman Jacobs Pre-School 26...............Steve Barclay MP

27...............Carol Float Route & Dates 2018

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32...............Club Guide

34...............Club Matters

35...............The Local Music Scene

36-37.......What’s On in December

Christmas is just around the corner and I’m sure you are all beavering away to get ready for the big day. This month’s issue incudes plenty of Christmas themed articles designed to get you in the mood for the festive break including our special seasonal treasure hunt. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our readers, contributors and advertisers who have supported us over the course of 2018. We always try to produce the best possible publication each month and report on what’s happening in the local community, but it would be impossible without your help. On behalf of all the team I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas. See you in 2019!

38...............Christmas Church Services

39-42......Whittlesey Christmas Extravaganza 43...............Community Matters 46...............Consumer Advice

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63...............Finance with Eamonn Dorling 64...............Charity Matters

Copy deadline details:

66...............Whittlesey Vets

Copy deadline for the January issue is Wednesday 5th December 2018.

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Flourishing Births Nichola plans to make the classes fun and friendly to suit everyone’s needs and wants to hear from expectant mums about what they are looking for. She said: “I plan to hold weekly evening courses and weekend day courses in the new year but will also be able to hold one-to-one sessions if requested. “I would like people to contact me to let me know what they would like to get out of the classes. The classes will not just be for first-time mums but also for those who have already had children.

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oung March mum Nichola Neal has set up a new company to provide antenatal classes in Cambridgeshire and the surrounding areas.

The 34-year-old mother of three has formed Flourishing Births to provide other young mums with the information, skills and confidence needed to manage childbirth and care for the new-born.

“I have been lucky enough to have had a good experience with the birth of my own children and I want to help other women have a similar or even better experience. I am quite a calm person and want to ensure that other young mums don’t feel intimidated by the prospect of giving birth and looking after their new-born babies.” Nichola – who has been working as a library assistant at Whittlesey and Wisbech and is about to start a new role at Fenland District Council – will hold the first classes early in the New Year. More details are available at her website www.flourishingbirths.com and on Facebook at flourishingbirths and you can contact Nichola direct on 07749 456790 or email flourishingbirths@hotmail.com

She was inspired to set up the company following the birth of her own children, Harry (10), Libby (8) and three-year-old Teddy. She said: “I learned such a lot from my own experience of childbirth and baby care that I wanted to support other mums to help give them a good experience.” Nichola, who lives in Burnet Gardens, March, has studied hard to gain her Antenatal Educator Diploma and is now on the Register of the Federation of Antenatal Educators (FEDANT). Flourishing Births aims to provide mothers-to-be with a calm and confident birth and to inspire them to feel great about themselves whatever birth choices they may face.

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Dealing with Hot Weather: Part 2 ast month we discussed the first two out of four strategies to help deal with hot weather. They were:

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Christmas Gifts - Advice Before You Purchase As you read this I’m sure you are, or have been, thinking about what Christmas presents you have yet to buy. Amongst that list will be some ‘technology’, e.g. laptop, gaming tower, phone etc. An important part of your decision making should also include: Where to buy it? Is it ‘fit for purpose’? What guarantee/warranty will I receive? If something does go wrong, what service/support will I receive? Where to buy? Online v High Street – Yes it is more convenient to buy online rather than trek around the shops; however, if everybody were to buy that way, we would end up without hardly any retailers in the High Street and currently we are seeing massive store closures which will only get worse if current trends continue. Hence, my main comment here is just think about making a conscious effort to either shop locally or in the major shopping centres. Obviously, a major benefit of the High Street is the ease with which you can return your goods, e.g. it is usually very easy to buy online but usually a little more difficult to return items. Furthermore, when buying from a High Street retailer, it is highly unlikely you will receive fake goods, unfortunately, an all too common occurrence with some online sites. Is it ‘fit for purpose’? Ask yourself ‘why am I buying this’? If a phone, then should it be Android or Apple? If you don’t know the difference then Google it and find out. Oliver and I are both Apple fans, despite the higher cost of the phone and higher repair costs; whilst Deborah will only have Samsung Android. If buying a laptop, what are you going to use it for? Most people need laptops with 120Gb SSD/500Gb HDD – yet laptops are being offered with 1Tb/2Tb HDDs as the norm (due to the cost of falling prices for HDDs). So if you can get a cheaper laptop with a smaller HDD, go for that – unless it is your intention to download and save dozens of films at 4Gb each. I strongly recommend not buying a laptop with a 28/32Gb SSD. Yes, they are fast, however, they

are notoriously difficult when it comes to software upgrades. Basically, every six months Microsoft brings out the latest version of Windows (currently V1803) and because of the lack of space on the SSD without help from shops like mine they are virtually untradeable. What guarantee/warranty will I receive? You really want the longest you can get. Whilst the norm is usually one year, some retailers will offer extended periods. For instance, John Lewis always provides a minimum of two years on iPads. In my experience these devices either ‘work forever’ or else, they malfunction between 13-15 months. Hence a two-year warranty is worth it – especially when free. If you really want to pay for an extended warranty, don’t just sign up at the point of purchase. Google insurance for your item and you will probably find it much, much cheaper elsewhere. What service/support will I receive? In the sad event of something going wrong, a manufacturer’s warranty is usually best. However, you will usually find that items bought from, say, Argos, PC World and Currys will have the warranty support provided from that retailer. That’s fine if they just swap out your item (providing you have a backup of your important documents and pictures), but I have heard some horror stories of laptops being taken away for weeks before being returned. So ask. New Year Sales at AA Whittlesey Computers In the new year, we will be offering i5 processor towers for ‘free’ – you just pay for the software build and type of hard drive you want, and each machine will be ‘built’ to your specification. Plus any gaming machines not sold before Christmas will be sold at cost. In the meantime, sending you our best wishes for Christmas and The New Year. Deborah, Len and Oliver

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SIR HARRY SMITH “CONTINUES TO BE GOOD” Sir Harry Smith Community College Principal, Dawn White, has written to parents and carers to say how delighted staff were that the recent Ofsted report shows that “this school continues to be good”. The inspector found the college to be “a vibrant, welcoming and caring school, in which pupils enjoy their learning and feel valued” and where “staff ensure pupils behave very well”. This was supported by “a high proportion of parents and carers who responded to Ofsted’s online questionnaire”. Dawn White said: “I am excited and privileged to lead this college for the future and believe there are no limits to what we can achieve. On publication of this very complimentary and positive report, I should like to take this opportunity to thank our exceptional teaching and support staff, governors, parents and members of the wider community.

SCHOOLS JOIN TOGETHER FOR REMEMBRANCE SERVICE Approximately 300 pupils from five local schools gathered together to mark the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, joined by the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and councillors of Whittlesey. The event, held on November 9th, involved pupils from Park Lane Primary School, New Road Primary School, Alderman Jacobs Primary School, Coates Primary School and Sir Harry Smith Community College. During the service, Reverend Nigel Whitehouse shared the origins of the poppy with the children, including extracts from the poem 'In Flanders Fields'. Some of the children were also proud to lay wreaths or share readings on behalf of their respective schools and classes and demonstrated their passion and honour through a rousing rendition of 'Lord of All Hopefulness' followed by the National Anthem to end the service.

“Most of all, I should like to thank all of our students for their loyalty, resilience, generosity, integrity, compassion, commitment and hard work and would like to take this opportunity to thank them for embracing changes and continuing to help us drive school improvement, never settling for second best.” Meanwhile, the college wants to hear from former students whose experiences since leaving could help to motivate and inspire current students to feel more informed and confident in making decisions about their future. The college is being supported by the national education charity Future First, which helps schools get into contact with ex-students to build an effective alumni network allowing them to harness the talents and experience of ex-students to support the current generation. Former students can register via the link  www.networks.futurefirst.org.uk/former-student/ sirharrysmith or by emailing Angela Curtis, pastoral manager for Key Stage 4 and careers co-ordinator, at angela.curtis@sirharrysmith.cambs.sch.uk

Further to this, as an additional mark of respect on this special anniversary, the children then congregated outside the church for a photograph. Lined up smartly in their uniforms, the children bowed their heads and held up their poppies, creating a 'field of poppies.' Staff involved in the event said they were proud of each and every pupil as they showed a deep understanding and recognition of the sacrifice made by those who have fought for the freedom that we enjoy today. 24

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Alderman Jacobs Pre-School are Busy Learning! Since opening in September, children starting at Alderman Jacobs Pre-School have been busy engaging in lots of exciting learning opportunities. They have explored their newly resourced classroom whilst playing alongside new friends and our experienced Early Years Practitioners.

Outside of the classroom, our specialist PE  coaches have provided themed sessions where our children have become Superheroes and Pirates in order to complete a range of exciting and active challenges. Parents at our school have shared with us how pleased they are with the way in which their children have settled into school life saying, "Thank you to all the Early Years staff for making my child's journey into school so positive”.

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When commenting on our online communication tool parents have told us “we love to see what the children have been getting up to on Tapestry”.

So far this half term the children have been on an autumn walk, explored the different textures, colours and smells of a range of vegetables and even made their own soup!

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Play and explore in our wonderful outdoor space

Use our Technology zone, equipped with light boxes,

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Become familiar with our Early Years Teachers and environment to ensure a smooth transition to school life

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News

WISHING EVERYONE IN WHITTLESEY A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR… – By Steve Barclay MP

Reading does succeed in Whittlesey!

Whittlesey Armistice Day

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would like to wish everyone in Whittlesey and across Fenland a merry Christmas and a very happy new year. With two young children at home it is a particularly special time of year both personally and for our community, and it is also an opportunity to take stock. This year has seen progress in a number of areas locally, in particular for our schools where the Department for Education's Opportunity Area programme is well underway. As one of just 12 places nationally in this flagship scheme, all local teachers now have access to free courses to secure extra professional qualifications to develop their careers. Teach First, the national programme that attracts many of the brightest, new graduates from our top universities to teaching, has started placing teachers with Fenland schools, and a majority of our primary schools are now involved in research projects enabling them to benefit from the latest teaching techniques being developed by national experts. My literacy campaign Read to Succeed entered its third year, with more than 2,000 books given to local Year 4 and 5 school children (the age many start to read independently) ahead of their summer holiday. The scheme encourages reading over the summer and participation in the library's summer reading challenge. It means children have a new book of their own to keep and treasure to help foster the fun of reading. Well done to all the children who read six books for the summer reading challenge, and thanks to the parents, grandparents and carers who encouraged them and for the local businesses, councillors and residents who donated books. A special thank you also goes to Whittlesey Town Council and volunteers for their help with the campaign, organising the books for delivery and letting me use their offices as storage. As a Health Minister, I continue to prioritise localising health care in the community to reduce the need to travel so far to hospital for services that can be delivered closer to home, like at Doddington, Ely and North Cambs. This approach of placing more services

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in community hospitals rather than centralising in big hospitals and using technology to reduce the need for journeys to hospital, is now also a government priority. I continue to work closely with local health leaders to promote it. On transport this year progress has been made in areas like the opening of the Ely bypass which helps the whole of Fenland economically. In other areas progress has moved forward but at a slower pace than I would have liked. We now have funding confirmed for construction of King’s Dyke Crossing in Whittlesey helping journeys to Peterborough, and for the next phase of the Wisbech Rail engineering study which starts this December. Whittlesey Rail station has recently undergone improvements and is now illuminated by 70 solar lights, increasing the feeling of safety amongst passengers using the footpath. Work is still ongoing on the late-night train service from Cambridge back to Fenland and on the dualling of the A47, I continue to press on these issues with key stakeholders. My recent constituency wide parish and town council roundtable brought together parishes with key decision-makers from across the county, and I am hosting similar roundtables with headteachers and arts groups in the next couple of months. This helps ensure we make the most effective case possible in securing new investment locally. Sport and healthy activity remain a key focus, so it was great news that Active Fenland secured extra money this year, and a beautiful anniversary garden paying homage to the Fens’ sugar beet industry was created by members of Whittlesey Street Pride thanks to £4000 of community funding. Above all Whittlesey and Fenland continues to show a fantastic community spirit. This was particularly the case at the moving centenary services last month to mark the end of the First World War. As we celebrate Christmas, we do so remembering those who served in the past, and with thanks to those serving our community over this festive period.

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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

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 Contact Ray Thrower: 0785 068 0785 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 Whittlesey Lions Club Meet second Monday of month at 7.30pm at The Letter B, Church Street Whittlesey PE7 1DE. New members welcome. Contact Steve Palmer 18, Glenfields, Whittlesey, PE7 1HX 01733 351405 whittlesey.lions@btinternet.com www.whittleseylions.org.uk or find us on Facebook.

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

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 Friendship Club Held at Queen Street Methodist Church, Whittlesey, 2-4pm every Saturday. Cost £1 includes tea and biscuits. Over 50's. For more details contact Margaret on 01733 350628 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 10am 12noon, Sunday 2.30pm-4.30pm whittleseymuseum@gmail.com www.whittleseymuseum.co.uk

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COATES W.I. NEWS: CHRISTMAS CUSTOMS AND FOLKLORE Coates WI’s December meeting will feature Christmas customs & folklore. November’s get-together was the annual meeting, alongside an interesting and fun photo quiz arranged by Fiona – a very enjoyable evening. There’s no meeting in January, but February’s meeting begins the group’s new year with Karen Mucklin Keep Fit. Guests and new members are always welcome. The group meets the first Wednesday of the month at Coates Village Hall at 7.30pm. For more information contact Fiona on 01733 208516 or Jen on 01733 840376.

JULIE NAMED NEW PRESIDENT Whittlesey Women’s Institute has announced Julie Windle as its new branch president. Outgoing president Ann Quincey, who had held the post for the past three years, was delighted to pass the presidential badge to Julie who will lead the organisation into its centenary next year. Mrs Quincey was presented with a plant and thank you card from the membership at the group’s recent annual meeting. The Christmas special meeting on Tuesday, December 4th will take place at St Andrew’s Parish Hall in Parkinsons Lane and will feature a performance by top magician Ricky Locke, a member of the Magic Circle and President of the Peterborough Society of Magicians. The night of laughter and magic will start at 7.30pm. Non-member guests are welcome for £3 a head. Further details can be obtained from Julie Windle on 01733 204445. Members will also be involved in the Whittlesey Christmas Extravaganza where they will be selling home-made jams, chutneys and cake on its stall on Saturday, December 8th. Photo: Courtesy of RWT Photography

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LADSMITH W.I. SET FOR BUSY DECEMBER December is a busy month for members of Whittlesey Ladysmith WI, starting with a trip to the Christmas Show at Wicksteed Park.   A few days later the group will support Sue Ryder when the Thorpe Hall catering team again brings its delicious afternoon tea to Whittlesey – with a seasonal theme. Next the group joins in with the Christmas Tree Festival in St Mary's Church when ‘Santa's Little Helpers’, which were made at the last meeting, will be added to its tree. This month's meeting will be Christmas party time with a Secret Santa gift exchange, special raffle, bingo and games when members will bring tasty snacks and treats to share. It will be held on Tuesday, December 11th, at 7.30pm in St. Andrew's Hall, Parkinsons Lane. More information from Sue at 01733 205927.

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This Month: An Extravagance of Trees December, the time of the year to dust off the Christmas song book collection and dig out the snow scene jumpers. If you have never stood in a town square in the freezing cold trying to make your fingers form chord shapes whilst singing in a vibrato tone caused by the shivers, I can tell you it’s a weird way to spend an evening. Most towns and villages hold the familiar light switch on event and Christmas markets or carol concerts. An event often accompanied by brass bands and Father Christmas jammed in the chimney of a small house on the back of a trailer. As a performer the request to play at one of these events is often an exciting prospect, the thought of a big town square stage and massive crowd has its attraction but preparation for a different type of exposure is top of the list. In reality you could find yourself on a wobbly pallet, a lorry trailer, a Glastonbury sized stage with eye watering lights, or stood in a shop doorway, but if outside it’s ‘gonna’ be cold and possibly wet. Despite the downside of performing in the cold it is a rewarding activity and if part of a group of performers can be great fun. The Whittlesey Extravaganza has become a regular event along with Straw Bear and Music on the D E CEM B ER 2018

Square, with rides for the children, carols under the Buttercross and the arrival of one of the charity floats. As part of the tree and official light switch on it marks the arrival of Christmas songs at every open mic and music event right up until Boxing Day. The tree festival in St Mary’s Church has always been popular with the local businesses and community groups with many decorated trees festooned with all manner of handmade objects and messages all vying for the accolade of best decorated tree. Once again, this year we are planning to have music in the church between 3.30pm and 7pm on Saturday, December 8th, with local performers to accompany the crowds viewing this annual spectacle. The Christmas Folk Club is at The Falcon on Friday the 14th at 8pm and the open mic at The Boat Inn is on Tuesday 18th at 8.45pm; Christmas jumpers and reindeer antlers are optional. Have a fabulous Christmas and a Happy New Year, see you all at the Straw Bear Festival. Local open mic listings can be found at www.outa-stock.co.uk/OM.htm

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1st Chatteris Christmas lights switch-on at 4.30pm!

2nd March Christmas Market from 10am-3pm. March celebrates its 6th Annual Christmas Market! There will be more than 100 stalls from which to buy that perfect present, live entertainment to enjoy and tasty festive food to savour. Visit the Town Hall and discover Winter Wonderland and even meet the big man himself on the Market Place. 3rd Open Mic with Stacey Loweth at The Bluebell Inn, Werrington, from 8pm. 4th Acoustic Night with Graham Cleaver at The Millstone, Barnack from 8pm. 6th Voodoo Acoustic Open Mic Night with Dave Bailey at Mama Liz’s, Stamford from 8pm. 36

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1st The Gildenburgh Choir is performing a Christmas Concert in St Mary's Church. Listen to and sing along with the choir singing Christmas songs and carols. Tickets are £6 for adults and £2 for children under 16. Tickets and Further details from Jan Sharman 01733 202782 or email Jan at jsharman76@ btinternet.com or search for Friends of St Mary's Church Whittlesey on Facebook.

7th, 8th & 9th St Mary's Church is holding its annual Christmas Tree Festival from Friday 7th until Sunday 9th. Friday & Sunday 10am-5pm and Saturday 10am-7pm. A visual spectacle of handmade ornaments and unique themed decorations on more than 40 trees. There will be carols and Christmas songs by local performers in the church from 3.30pm-7pm on Saturday. Local businesses and organisations are invited to decorate their Christmas trees with a variety of decorations with the best one judged by the visitors. Tea/coffee, cakes and mince pies will also be available. Adult entry £2.50, children under 16 free.

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8th Whittlesea Extravaganza with Christmas lights switch-on. Many attractions including fairground rides, craft stalls, refreshments, fun photobooth, prizes and a Santa's Grotto! Between 3.30pm and 7pm. Don’t miss it! 8th Christmas Party Night at The Braza Club from 7pm. Admission £21.50 per person which includes a three-course carvery! There will be a band performing live. For more details, please call 01354 652866.

8th-16th Selected rooms of Peckover House will be decorated for Christmas with festive floral arrangements. We will also be including Christmas trees brought in by community groups to reflect and continue the Peckover’s legacy and involvement in the community. Music by local choirs and musicians. Mulled wine and homemade mince pies available in the Reed Barn. House is open from 11am-4pm (last admissions at 3.30pm.) 10th Songwriters’ Evening with Steve Gibbs, at The Boat Inn, Whittlesey from 8pm. 12th Senior Members’ Christmas Dinner at the Ivy Leaf Club, with music by Steve B and Aud. Tickets are available from the Ivy Leaf Club. For more information, including times, please contact the Ivy Leaf Club. 12th Backroom Acoustic Evening at The Angel, Ramsey, with The Boatmen from 8pm. 14th Whittlesey Folk Club at The Falcon Hotel from 8pm. 15th Do you fancy a Christmas meal out with a difference? Can you wear your Christmas shirt/jumper with pride? If you answered yes, come on down to The Falcon Hotel for a night of ghostly investigations. For more information, including ticket prices and times, contact The Falcon Hotel, Whittlesea.

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December 2018 15th Lil Mix at March United Services Club from 8pm. Little Mix tribute band with a disco! Admission is £8 children, £10 members, £12 non-members. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 15th Rock and Roll Christmas Party at the Ivy Leaf Club, pay on the door! For more information, including times, please contact the Ivy Leaf Club. 16th Whittlesey Concert Band conducted by Kevin Mackie is performing from 7pm. This evening also features the Whittlesey Young Singers and guest soloist Shiona Cormack. Tickets £5, available from Parkers Newsagents and Don McCarthy on 07981 022040. Whittlesey Indoor Bowls Club, 194/198 Station Road. For more information, including location, please visit whittleseyconcertband. com, or email whittleseycb@gmail.com 17th Line Dancing Christmas Party at the Ivy Leaf Club, pay on the door. For more information, including times, please contact the Ivy Leaf Club. 17th Open Mic at The Halcyon (Hungry Horse), Westwood, with James Edmonds from 8.30pm. 18th Open Mic at The Boat Inn, Whittlesey, with The Boatmen and Phil Q from 8.45pm. No under 17s. 20th Open Mic night with Graham Cleaver, at The Blue Boar, Eye from 8pm. 21st Christmas Dinner and Dance at March United Services Club from 7pm. £16.50 for members, £20 for non-members. This price includes a three-course meal! While you eat, listen to the live band! 21st-22nd Children’s Christmas Party at the Ivy Leaf Club, with presents from Santa. £6.50 a ticket. Tickets are on sale from the Ivy Leaf Club until December 15th – no tickets available on the door. For more information, including times, please contact the Ivy Leaf Club. 24th Christmas Karaoke at the Ivy Leaf Club, with free entry! For more information, including times, please contact the Ivy Leaf Club. 26th Boxing Day entertainment with Ade Matthews and disco at the Ivy Leaf Club. Free entry. For more information, including times, please contact the Ivy Leaf Club. 27th Xmas Bash at The Braza Club. From 3.30pm-12.30am. Admission £8 before 6pm, £10 after 6pm. Pay on the door! Northern Soul and Motown evening. 28th Whisky Bar Acoustic Sessions with The Boatmen at The Boat Inn, from 8.30pm. 29th Skool Disco, ’80s style at the Ivy Leaf Club. Tickets are £5. For more information, including times, please contact the Ivy Leaf Club. 31st Rock and Roll NYE Party at the Ivy Leaf Club. Tickets are available from the club. For more information, including times, please contact the Ivy Leaf Club.

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Regular Local Events MONDAYS Quiz Night at the Nag’s Head, Eastrea, 8.30pm. £1 to play and max. five per team. Cash and raffle prizes to be won! TUESDAYS Love to sing? Join Singchronicity, an all-ladies chorus for their weekly meeting at Orton Wistow Community Centre, Orton Wistow, Peterborough, PE2 6XN, every Tuesday 7.30pm-10pm. Contact Tina Overton on 07434 582838 or Deana Foot on 07732 123359, for more information. WEDNESDAYS Bingo at Palmer Close, 6.30pm. Call Julie on 03701 924126 for more details. March Can't Sing Choir. Every Wednesday evening at Trinity Hall, March. From 6.30pm-8.30pm. Entrance fee is only £3.50 on the door. All abilities welcome. For more information, please contact Val on 07952 639495. Play Scrabble at Palmer Close on the second Wednesday of each month, 1.45pm. THURSDAYS 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. FRIDAYS Gentle keep-fit class at Coates Public Hall. 10-11am. £3.50 per session. All welcome. Contact Karen Mucklin for more info on 07516 461438. SATURDAYS Join walkers, runners and volunteers at the free Whittlesey Parkrun each Saturday starting at 9am at the Manor Fields, Whittlesey. For more info visit www.parkrun.org.uk/ manorfieldwhittlesey, email: manorfieldwhittleseyoffice@ parkrun.com or find us on Facebook. 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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All wristbands, priced at £5 per person, will be available to purchase on the night from underneath the Buttercross, giving you unlimited access to the rides and attractions Whittlesey which are located&in District and around Churches the market squareTogether – this includes:

Christmas Services For FAIRGROUND RIDES CROSS BOW2018 CIRCUS WORKSHOP

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St Jude’s, 3 Station Road Whittlesey Father Michael Vulliamy 01733 203411

Sponsored by Sunday December 23rd Whittlesey & District Lions

Masses for Fourth Sunday of Advent 9am Ramsey 11am Whittlesey Sponsored by The Christmas Eve Falcon Hotel 6pm Christmas Eve Vigil Mass, Ramsey

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FOOTBALL TABLE

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9pm Christmas Eve Vigilby Mass, Whittlesey Sponsored Protect 24 (preceded by carols at 8.30pm)

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Christmas Day 9.30am Christmas Day Mass, Ramsey

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Methodist Sponsored by Savage Builders United Reformed Church and Benn Lock & Safe Queen Street, Whittlesey

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Sunday December 9th also be featured 4pm Messy Church Sunday December 16th 6.30pm Blue Christmas Service

Sponsored by Bull’s Electrical Church of England RACING REINDEER Revd. N. Whitehouse 01733 203676 wpcteam.org.uk

GIANT OPERATION St Andrew’s, Church St, Whittlesey Thursday December 20th

LIGHT7pm REACTION Carol Service Christmas Eve TABLE 11pm Holy Communion with

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Holy Trinity, North Green, Coates Saturday December 15th 4pm Carol Service Christmas Eve 5pm Crib and Christingle Service Day LOCATED ATChristmas AND SPONS0RED 9.30am Holy Communion

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Balloons & Tunes Pig Dyke Molly Peterborough Highland Pipe Band Face Painting Stilt Walking Fire Engine Visit Pride of the Fens Street Organ Twirlers Majorettes Whittlesey Christian Church Puppet Show Thanks to local artist James Green for judging the Art Competition www.jamesgreenart.co.uk

Food & Drink Available: Hot Street Food served by J.Jones Butchers Hot Drinks & Baked Potatoes served by Hot Potato Stove & Grill Tea & Coffee available at Whittlesea Independent Funerals Toffee Apples, Doughnuts & Waffles served by Lisa Popcorn Available £1 per Bag Craft & Charity Stalls Westfield Nurseries Selling Christmas Trees

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Message from the Mayor... On Saturday 8th December I have the great pleasure of opening the Whittlesey Christmas Extravaganza. This event is organised by Lynn Palmer and her Extravaganza organising committee, who work tirelessly throughout the year to ensure that this fantastic event happens for the benefit and entertainment of the town’s residents and visitors. I know that the organising committee carry out sterling work to raise funds and attract event sponsors to make this such an enjoyable and special family event for everyone at Christmas time. A big thank you to the organising committee and all the event sponsors.

Do enjoy all the attractions at the fabulous Extravaganza! Kind regards, Cllr. Julie Windle Mayor of Whittlesey

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JOHN DEERE RIDE-ON PEDAL TRACTOR Raffle tickets can be purchased from Ben Burgess, Eldernell Lane, Coates PE7 2DD or on the night of the Extravaganza.

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All wristbands, priced at £5 per person, will be available to purchase on the night from underneath the Buttercross, giving you unlimited access to the rides and attractions which are located in and around the market square – this includes: FAIRGROUND RIDES CIRCUS WORKSHOP BUCKING REINDEER Sponsored by Whittlesey & District Lions

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Sponsored by The Falcon Hotel

FOOTBALL TABLE Sponsored by Protect 24

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RACING REINDEER GIANT OPERATION LIGHT REACTION TABLE

Sponsored by Ace Tones Events

ANKI TRACK (GIANT SCALEXTRIC) Sponsored by Whittlesey Business Forum, Blinds in Harmony and Abblitt & Co

Sponsored by Savage Builders and Benn Lock & Safe All sponsors will be on show at the event and will also be featured in February's issue of the magazine.

FREE PHOTOBOOTH COUPON TO BE USED AT THE PHOTOBOOTH LOCATED AT AND SPONS0RED BY MALCOLM JAMES ESTATE AGENTS.

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MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR Many thanks to everyone who supported the Fashion Show in October in aid of the Mayor’s charities. Whittlesey Christian Church was packed to the rafters for a very successful and enjoyable evening of stylish high fashion. I was very pleased that a substantial amount was raised for my two charities Whittlesey Young People’s Counselling Service and the Alzheimer’s Society. A big thank you to Penco Dress Agency and Sophy Beth’s Hair and Beauty for helping me organise this event. The next major event in the town’s calendar I am looking forward to is the Whittlesey Christmas Extravaganza on Saturday, December 8th. Do come and support this fantastic event organised by Lynn Palmer and her organising committee. I would like to thank Lynn and her committee for all the hard work that goes into making this event such a tremendous success for the town. This year, please note that the event has moved from a Friday evening to a Saturday afternoon. I will be opening the Extravaganza at 3.30pm. I will see you all on December 8th at the Extravaganza for what will be a magical and fun Christmas event in Whittlesey. May I also take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas 2018 and a Happy New Year 2019. Best wishes Cllr. Julie Windle Mayor of Whittlesey

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 December 1st will be: Councillor Alex Miscandlon (District and Town Councillor) Councillor Rita Jolley (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.

There will be no meeting in December but I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year! Chair Joe Jennings

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In which ocean is Christmas Island?

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Who popularised the Christmas tree in England in the 19th century?

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Why was Boxing Day so named?

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Traditionally, after kissing someone under the mistletoe, what should you then remove? (Careful – it’s a family quiz!)

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What kind of 'bread' is traditional at German Christmas markets?

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Impact of the 2018 Autumn Budget by Eamonn Dorling

The Finance Bill needs to pass several hurdles, at the time of writing, before the announcements become embedded in legislation. It may not have been earth shatteringly significant, with the impending Brexit negotiations and 2019 elections around the corner, and some might not have been surprised by this approach, however, some of the potential changes include: From April 2019: • An increase in your income tax free annual allowance from £11,850 to £12,500 • An increase in the higher rate threshold of 40 percent from £46,351 to £50,000 • 4.9% increase in the National living wage from £7.83 to £8.21 There are several measures designed to capture tax from those working on contracts (IR35), additional taxation of large organisations mainly operating online, aimed at increasing tax revenues. Then some pension related legislation including the establishment of a Pensions Dashboard to help reduce scams and inappropriate ‘advice’, making pension cold calling illegal and an encouragement of Defined Contribution pension schemes to invest in growing UK organisations and start-ups through the British Business bank. I suggest taking professional advice when making decisions related to pensions because a mistake may last a lifetime. Regrettably there are people wanting to get their hands on your retirement funds; there are scams and

inappropriate taxation issues that can easily be avoided by engaging a professional adviser. These issues should be considered alongside the ever-present impact of inflation when conducting an annual review of your finances, if you need help working through this contact an Independent Financial Adviser and ask about Cash Flow Modelling. Government legislation can change, and observations are made with information available at the time of writing. ■ 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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FASHION SHOW RAISES £1000 FOR MAYOR’S CHARITIES Pictured (from left): Jeff Baker, Lions president Steve Palmer, Laura Philpott and Gavin McCarthy at the Letter B pub

LIONS HELP LOCAL GROUPS Whittlesey and District Lions Club has donated £500 to two local charities. It has presented the money to Whittlesey Community First Responders and New Queen Street Surgery Patient Participation Group. Thanking the Lions, Laura Philpott, of Whittlesey Community First Responders, said “CFRs are a group of people who are trained by and volunteer their time for the East of England Ambulance Service. We respond to 999 calls such as diabetic emergencies, breathing difficulties and cardiac arrests. Our aim is to reach a potential life-threatening emergency in those vital first minutes before the ambulance. We help to stabilise the patient and provide appropriate care until the ambulance arrives to take over. 

Whittlesey Christian Church was the host for a very successful fashion show in aid of the Mayor of Whittlesey's Charities. A packed audience including other local Mayors and guests witnessed a top show of fashion provided by Penco Dress Agency, of Whittlesey, and Sophy Beth’s Hair and Beauty. The Mayor of Whittlesey Cllr Julie Windle was delighted with the evening which raised more than £1000 which in time will be shared between the Whittlesey Young Persons Counselling Service and The Alzheimer’s Society. The Mayor thanked the church and Pino Soccio and his Young Technicians for their support.

“Our kit bags cost around £2000 each. All the money we receive is through fund-raising and donations from groups such as yourselves. We don't receive any grants, so your donation will make a huge difference to us and to those we help.” Lions President, Steve Palmer, said: “It is a great pleasure to donate this money for new equipment to help a local cause such as Whittlesey Community First Responders. They do a magnificent job and you never know when any of us may need their services urgently.” The £500 donation to New Queen Street Surgery Patient Participation Group will be used towards the purchase of a Dopplex Ankle-brachial machine which checks the blood pressure in the patient’s arms and legs to detect blocked arteries caused by peripheral artery disease.

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Merry Christmas From Everyone at Whittlesey Veterinary Centre

Here are some tips to keep your loved ones safe and happy over the Christmas period. When putting up decorations and a tree, watch out for any trailing wires, lights and effects hanging off your tree. The lights may burn your pet; they may get tangled in the wires; receive a shock if they chew them; or the decorations can cause problems if chewed or eaten. If you have a real tree be especially careful with the pine needles; these can get stuck in their paws, eyes or ears and can be dangerous if eaten. It is best to keep your pet away from the tree and to vacuum frequently. Try to place your tree where they cannot get to it directly. Seasonal plants such as holly, mistletoe, ivy, poinsettias, amaryllis, lillies and potpourri should be kept out of their reach as they are poisonous. Lit candles can also be a big hazard. Make sure you do not overfeed your pets, especially with rich foods and things they have not had before. Also keep an eye on those visitors and ask them not to feed your pet. Avoid mince pies, Christmas cake, Christmas pudding, raisins, grapes, chocolate, stuffing, onions, garlic, macadamia nuts as they are toxic to our pets. Also dispose of any string used during cooking the turkey. Do not feed them anything with cooked bones in, as this can lead to intestinal obstructions and a trip to the vet. Wrapping paper and accessories can also prove dangerous, so make sure it all gets thrown straight into the bin. Any presents you don't wish your pet to help themselves to, should be kept out of their reach. Have you bought your pet a present yet? Make sure whatever you treat them to is safe for them. If you are having a house full of guests plan ahead, make sure your dog has had plenty of exercise beforehand and once they have said hello to everyone have a place set up where they can go and retreat for some peace and quiet.

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If your pet is used to visitors you will still need to keep an eye on their behaviour, making sure they do not get too stressed or excited and remember never leave your dog alone with children. Keep all medications, (yours, your pets' or your visitors') out of reach from your pets. It is important to protect your pet from the cold. Their bed should be away from draughts and in a warm quiet area. With some breeds of dogs or elderly ones, they may need a coat when out for a walk. Whilst walking keep them away from cold or frozen water. You may want to think about boots for your dog as their feet need to be protected from the salt used to melt ice. Animals are attracted to the sweet smell of antifreeze, which is as dangerous to them as it is to us. Be aware that the liquid in snow globes may contain antifreeze; make sure your pet does not lick or swallow the liquid. We wish you a great, fun packed, incident-free Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

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SOLAR POWER LIGHTS UP WHITTLESEA RAILWAY STATION

Mayor of the Combined Authority, James Palmer, said: “This much-needed improvement to Whittlesea station is just one of a pipeline of upgrades for stations in Fenland, including March and Manea, as part of a £9 million package of funding from the Combined Authority. This funding will help redress years of underinvestment in our Fenland stations.”

Whittlesea railway station has improved its carbon footprint and boosted passenger safety after having new solar-powered lights installed. As the dark nights draw in, passengers at Whittlesea Station are benefitting from new LED ‘cat eyes’ powered entirely by the sun. A footpath between the station entrance on Station Road and Platform 2 used to be dark and unlit at night, but now 70 solar-powered road studs have created an illuminated walkway, providing a clear and defined guide to the path ahead. The £15,500 project has been funded by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and is part of the Whittlesea Station improvement works being driven by Fenland District Council on behalf of the Hereward Community Rail Partnership. The lighting upgrade is also the first in a range of short, medium and long-term regeneration projects designed to improve Manea, March and Whittlesea stations, in which the Combined Authority has invested £9 million. Councillor David Oliver, Fenland District Council's portfolio holder for transport, said: “This lighting scheme was one of the top requests from passengers using the station, so it’s great news that it has now been implemented, and good timing with the shorter days now upon us. “The LED lights are far more cost effective and environmentally friendly than the option of street lighting whilst increasing the feeling of safety amongst passengers using the footpath.” 68

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North East Cambridgeshire MP Steve Barclay added: “I am delighted that these much needed improvements are being implemented at Whittlesea Train Station which will make the footpath safer for passengers using the service. Improving transport links for constituents in North East Cambridgeshire is an area I have lobbied for since I was first elected and it is good to see Fenland District Council and the Combined Authority invest in our rail stations, with a package of developments scheduled across Whittlesea, March and Manea.” A new ticket machine and information point has also been installed at Whittlesea Station by Greater Anglia which will become operational in the coming weeks. The machine will offer passengers 24-hour live help – if people have a query while using the new machines, or are not sure what to do, they can press a button which will put them straight through to a person who can help them buy tickets and find the best fares. Photo: Welcoming the new solar powered lights at Whittlesea Station are: (back row from left) Cllr Alan Bristow from Whittlesey Town Council; Alan Neville, customer engagement manager for Greater Anglia; Fenland District Council leader Cllr Chris Seaton; Mayor of the combined authority James Palmer; Harry Brownsell, M&E contracts manager for lighting contractor Hollywell Building Services; and Cllr David Oliver, FDC’s portfolio holder for transport. At the front is Wendy Otter, FDC’s transport development manager and Hereward CRP officer

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FREE FOOD SAFETY SEMINAR HAILED A GREAT SUCCESS

READER’S LETTER A local resident wrote to us here at Discovering Whittlesea, with a photo and some thoughts we're sure many of you will share...

Plans are in the pipeline to hold regular free food safety seminars for businesses following the success of an event hosted by Fenland District Council. Representatives of more than 20 food businesses attended the free seminar, which was organised by the council’s environmental health team and held at Fenland Hall. Following a welcome from Cllr David Oliver, attendees heard from food safety and public health experts on a variety of subjects including food allergies and intolerance, food poisoning, effective cleansing and disinfection and safety of vacuum-packed foods. Feedback questionnaires showed 93 percent of respondents felt the presentations on the day were either good or very good, with many asking for regular similar events. The free food safety seminar was held in addition to the council’s usual food safety course, which is recognised as suitable training for employees in the food/catering sector. The next training course is being held on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019, from 10am-1pm, at the council’s offices in Melbourne Avenue, March. The course costs £40 per person and can be booked online at: www.fenland.gov.uk/ foodtraining Photo: Cllr David Oliver welcomes businesses to Fenland District Council’s free food safety seminar

Dear Sir, The attachment is a photo of a ‘fly tip’ on the Stonald Road cycle and footpath route immediately at the front of the Field of Dreams entrance. Thankfully the council removed it the following day. It was a disgraceful display of blatant disregard for the users of the pathway, it virtually filled the whole path. It’s bad enough to have to circumvent dog droppings on that pathway whilst cycling and walking without now having to put up with garbage being dumped. I hope the council can come up with a solution to eliminate this problem... Yours sincerely Kelvin Dagless Snowley Park resident, social cycle rider and non-dog owner

PRICE FREEZE FOR GARDEN WASTE SERVICE The subscription fee for Fenland District Council’s garden waste collection service has been frozen for another year after a successful second year of the service. With more than 20,500 subscriptions this year, the service has continued to be self-funding – with the council making enough savings to be able to freeze the price again for 2019/20. The £40 annual subscription fee, which was first introduced in 2017/18, will stay the same for the third year running, ensuring it remains amongst the lowest priced authority garden waste services in the East. All new and existing customers paying for the fortnightly service by annual direct debit will also benefit from a continued discounted direct debit cost of £36. Existing annual direct debit customers will have their subscriptions automatically renewed in February at £36, ready for the garden waste service to start in April 2019. For more information on the garden waste service and to sign up, visit www.fenland.gov.uk/ gardenwaste or visit one of Fenland’s four @ Your Service shops and community hubs.

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Church Matters

A Time of Preparation and Celebration December in the Church is a time of preparation and celebration. It is the time of year to focus on the coming into the world of Jesus and the meaning of this event not only for us but also for millions of people all over the world. We remember not just the birth of a baby in a faroff time and land. As Christians we give witness to our faith that he is the Son of God. In him the divine and human come wonderfully and completely together. All it means to be God and all it means to be human in this one person. Often told as a story for children and often we hear people say Christmas is just for children. There is truth in this but just think about the faith claims that are made about Jesus, he is the Son of God, he worked miracles including bring the dead to life, he taught with passion and persuasion, he died and was raised to life, he established the church. Is this a life story for children? Yes, and for adults too. In fact, the Christmas story about a child told for adults to

be shared with children. To accept the heart of Christmas is a life changing experience. It means accepting that God is one with us in our very human and everyday lives. So important is this time of year for us that it marks the beginning of the church's year. Advent is our New Year beginning on Sunday, December 2nd. A time of preparation with candles, calendars and extra services. It is a time with Christmas rapidly approaching. For you it might just be the hype and stress of shopping for Christmas gifts and food. The pressure of your children’s expectations and your own. So, what is Advent? A time to prepare to receive Jesus, the Christ child into your hearts and lives on Christmas Day. Advent ends with Christmas which is a festival for young and old alike. We invite you to share with us the celebrations on this joyful occasion. Details of Christmas services can be found elsewhere in this magazine. I wish you all a holy and happy time. God bless you all from Revd Nigel

WHITTLESEY CHRISTIAN CHURCH

The Blessings of God For some, Christmas can be a terrible time of loneliness and sorrow, a far cry from the original reason we celebrate Christmas. Due to a variety of practical reasons, it is difficult to pinpoint exactly the day the birth of Jesus Christ took place. But in the real scheme of things, does it matter? What we do know for certain is that it did happen, there was a baby child called Jesus born in a stable, who King Herod sought to kill. He did perform the miracles spoken about in the Bible, and astounded many with his words of wisdom, life and hope. There may be many things we do not understand about God, but the historical records all show Jesus Christ to be someone who was equally at home in the presence of the Roman Empire’s elite as he was with the downtrodden and poor. Studying the life of Jesus Christ shows him to be someone whose overriding passion was, and still is, to bless humanity.

I recall speaking to a friend who didn’t believe in God about the very things I’ve just mentioned, and he was obviously struggling with understanding them. He finally asked – ‘what do you mean by the blessings of God?’ – Thinking about how I could answer him in a way he could easily understand, I remembered the explanation given by a young child as they attempted to describe their first journey in an elevator “I got into this little room, closed the door, pressed a button and the upstairs suddenly came down”. Sunday December 16th at 10.45am Come, relax and enjoy as each department in our church, the children, youth, puppeteers, dancers, drama, song and poetry, become imaginative in bringing a little bit of heaven down to earth through their presentations. Aren’t we often guilty of overcomplicating life or losing its sense of thrill and wonder, like our first elevator ride?

Brian Smithyman (Pastor of Whittlesey Christian Church, Broad Street) 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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