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Introduction

Welcome to Your February Issue.

As I write this column, the Media is still being dominated by the Brexit talks. If you turn on the TV, switch on the radio, or open your daily newspaper you are certain to be confronted with conflicting views on the right path for the UK to take to secure a positive future. Without going into the politics of the issue I am sure that whichever side of the fence you sit on – if you are a Remainer or a Brexiteer – you all want the country to flourish in the future, not only for yourselves today but for all those who will follow in the years to come. Whatever happens, the future success of the country will depend on the hard work of everyone in the community; from the businesses who generate wealth, to the workers who help them achieve it and for others who help create a successful society by carrying out the services that make life better for everyone. When the dust settles on the Brexit talks and an agreement has finally been secured, hopefully we will all move on together and make Britain an even better place…

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Inside Highlights

4................ Whittlesey Osteopaths 6..................March Podiatry

10................Steve Barclay MP 12................Whittlesea Mere 18................Hugh Crane

20...............Gardening Tips for February 23...............Green Thumb 28...............Zero Dry Time

30...............Consumer Advice

34...............Legal Advice from Fraser Dawbarns 36-37.......Community Matters

39...............Finance with Eamonn Dorling

If you conducted a poll to discover which month was the most popular, I’m sure February would be right down at the bottom of the list. Christmas and New Year celebrations have gone and are largely forgotten, and spring seems a distant prospect. Living in the Fens one gets used to the big skies, which is fantastic during the warm summer months, but can often be rather depressing at this time of year as they are invariably dark and gloomy. But don't worry; the daylight hours are extending daily, little by little, and it will soon be time to get outside and shake off the winter blues. Thank goodness 2019 is not a leap year and February has only 28 days…!

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62...............Club Spotlight: Whittlesey Library

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Health

Interesting articles to help you understand your body better

WHITTLESEY OSTEOPATHS SAY FAREWELL TO DISCOVERING WHITTLESEA READERS

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The Benefits of Therapeutic Massage We are pleased to have a wonderful team of massage therapists, Deborah, Phil, and Tracy, who can offer a professional treatment to everyone. Massage can be defined as the systematic and manual manipulation of the body’s soft tissue for therapeutic purposes, promoting health and well-being. Regular treatment is the perfect way  to balance the demands of a busy life.  The benefits of massage include improved circulation to the massaged area and stimulated muscles. This can help to improve flexibility and mobility; it can dramatically reduce stress and ease tension. Massage can help to reduce headaches/ migraines, cramps and spasms, and massage is also said to improve the immune system. Aromatherapy massage uses organic essential oils; it can have both physiological and psychological effects. The combination of massage and the medicinal and therapeutic qualities of the essential oils that are inhaled and absorbed through the skin can soothe, revitalise, uplift the spirit, encourage positive thinking, and boost the immune system, enabling the body to heal itself. Swedish massage blends various techniques, to address the specific needs of the client. The manipulation of the body’s soft tissue (the skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments and facia) using the hands, is a gentle, flowing massage technique that uses varying degrees of pressure and stretching movements. It is commonly used for relaxation and improving well-being. Like Aromatherapy massage, it's great for stress relief. Sports massage therapy is used to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion

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GRANTS OF UP TO £5000 AVAILABLE TO IMPROVE DISUSED LAND AND BUILDINGS – By Steve Barclay MP

Constantine House before (May 6th 2014)

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ack when I was first elected, I repeatedly questioned the lack of action to resolve the derelict buildings in North East Cambridgeshire, only to be told by councils that landlords refused to act. I found this unacceptable and researched in the House of Commons library for a way to resolve this. I uncovered some old legislation called a ‘Section 215 notice’ which, once served, forces the landlord to repair the building. A section 215 notice involves the council securing a court order that then means if the owner does not repair the building they can be hit by a daily fine. This financially compels property owners to bring their buildings up to scratch rather than just land banking them. After years in which derelict buildings were left untouched locally, I wrote a nine-page memo to both local councils setting out how section 215 powers could be a game changer in forcing owners to repair buildings blighting our community. Previously there was an impasse as the cost of repairs was more than the building would be worth once completed, making it unattractive for the council to use compulsory purchase powers and allowing the owner just to sit on their hands (do nothing). The use of a section 215 notice on Constantine House in Wisbech first got the owner to repair the roof which previously had trees coming out of it, but it did not cover the windows which remained empty for pigeons to fly in and out of the building. I urged the council again to go back to court to keep up pressure for

Constantine House after (January 14th 2019)

action which ensured that the owner re-started their repair work and restored the landmark Constantine House building. The issue is about more than one property and I continue to apply pressure to councils to enforce similar action to other derelict buildings across the constituency. I am delighted that Fenland District Council is now offering a conservation grant of up to £500 to community groups wanting to give disused land and buildings a new lease of life. These grants are available to voluntary groups for projects which improve the visual appearance of empty buildings or vacant sites and involve the community in some way, such as painting of hoardings and artwork on empty shop fronts. The council also offers 50 percent match funding for projects costing between £500 and £5000, where volunteers or landowners part fund the work. Previously funded projects have included planters to improve the frontage of Guyhirn Village Hall, and Chatteris In Bloom purchased banners to enhance hoardings in the town. Wisbech In Bloom added planting and artwork at 11-12 High Street, Wisbech, and planting was also carried out at the town’s Chapel Road car park in a joint project between Wisbech In Bloom and Wisbech Street Pride. For more information contact the Council’s Street Pride Coordinator via email at: streetpride@fenland.gov.uk or by phoning 01354 654321. You can also download a grant application form on the Council’s website: www.fenland.gov.uk

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History

Whittlesea Mere: The Lost Lake Shaping the Local Landscape

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One of the lost treasures of the historic county of Huntingdonshire is being brought back to life with the launch of a new book, featuring updated research by local author Paul Middleton. Inspired by his love of the Fens, Doctor of Archaeology, Paul has delved into the story of Whittlesea Mere, the largest body of inland water in lowland England before it was drained in the 1850s. Paul said: “Having settled in the Fens at the start of a career teaching archaeology and local history, I fell in love with the area’s farming landscapes and wide skies and was fascinated by the stories about Whittlesea Mere, a great lake which, though no longer there, was still talked about and loomed large in the popular imagination.” The draining of the Mere, which bordered the edge of the Fens near Stilton on the A1 and Yaxley, brought to an end a long, rich and thriving history of fishing, reed-cutting and boating, the management and control of which excited the interest of kings, was fought over by medieval abbots and monks, by 17th century drainers and local communities and rival landowners. Once drained, the Mere continued to influence farming practice, hindered the smooth running of the main railway line to the north and bequeathed to the nation in its surroundings what have now become two important nature reserves at Holme Fen and Woodwalton Fen. 12

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Now, in the 21st century, recognition of the area’s unique ecological and educational potential has seen the creation of a major environmental restoration project, the Great Fen Project. An earlier study of this rich landscape was published in 1987, but has been out of print for many years. Much new research has been carried out since. Paul, a former lecturer at Peterborough Regional College, said: “Two years ago, in discussion with friends at the Fenland Trust, we agreed that the story was important enough to re-tell for a generation which now has the opportunity to experience the environmental, social and educational benefits of one of the country’s most significant re-wilding undertakings – the Great Fen Project. “During my research for the new book, I have been privileged to have access to documents, maps, archives and stories passed down by many generations of people who have called the Fens their home. “I hope this publication will bring much pleasure both to local residents, justifiably proud of their heritage, and also to any who visit the area with a desire to know more about its history and, in particular, Whittlesea Mere – one of the wonders of Huntingdonshire!” The book is available, priced £8.50, through local outlets and on the Amazon and Waterstones website. FE BR U A R Y 2 0 1 9


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Clean up This Month with a Visit to our Whittlesey Showroom

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We stock more than 17,000 immediately available items from all the top brands – so we’re sure to have the right solution for you and with our new refurbished showroom in Station Road we feel that we have everything you need for your home, garden or business. We are stockists of well-known brands including Karcher, Nilfisk and Numatic to name but a few and have the largest selection of pressure washers, vacuum cleaners, chemicals and janitorial supplies in the area.

Whether it’s for vehicles, carpets and upholstery, catering or day-to-day housekeeping, we supply it all and for your complete convenience, we offer same-day dispatch and free delivery for all orders over £50 as well as a ‘click and collect’ service. Jim Saunders, Whittlesey branch manager, says: “We have been operating from our site in Station Road since October 2001 and when the option of acquiring the site next door became available in 2014, we decided that now was the right time to expand. Although we have been on our site for over 18 years, we still have clients who don’t know we are here.” With free parking and easy access, we welcome home owners and businesses alike and we are offering a 10 percent discount this month to all Discovering Whittlesea customers. We look forward to seeing you…

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february Gardening Tips As I write this, we have yet to have the usual frosts and snow that winter brings, but we do have the promise of a cold snap and possibly some snow. With this in mind, February may prove to be a pretty cold month but, who knows? More than any other month you need to watch the local conditions and act accordingly. Don’t always do what the seed packet says - make a judgement depending on the ground conditions; you don’t want all your seeds to rot!

It is possible to sow crops such as broad beans along with early peas (under cloches), parsnips and garlic, but only do so if the ground is not frozen or waterlogged. A good idea for sowing peas is to use lengths of plastic guttering: half fill them with good quality seed compost and sow the seeds about 2inches apart, cover with compost, water and keep in a light spot under cover. Once the seedlings have grown to about 3 inches, make a shallow drill and slide the contents of the guttering into the drill. Make sure they are firmly bedded and water. Other crops that can be sown outdoors (watch the weather and make a judgement), are turnips, rhubarb crowns and grape vines. February is the best month to plant out garlic and shallots. Prepare the ground as you would a seed bed and plant using a trowel; don’t push the bulbs into the soil. The garlic cloves should be planted about 2ins/5cms deep and, with the shallot bulbs, leave the tips just at the soil surface. Check that the birds have not pulled the bulbs out and replant the disturbed bulbs as soon as possible. Make sure that you have got all of your seed potatoes by the end of the month and that they are spread out in a seed tray, or in egg boxes, in a light cool room where they can “chit” (sprout shoots), before being planted out. If the “chits” look pale and spindly, the room is probably too warm or too dark. The soil can be prepared for the spring planting by completing the winter digging, if not already done, removing any weeds that have survived the winter months. To warm up the soil for planting next month, cover it with fleece or polythene and, if you haven’t already, add well-rotted manure or compost to the prepared soil. Other jobs that can be carried out are:• Removing dead leaves from cabbages and sprouts –if they start to rot they can spread mould and mildew. • Make sure winter cabbages, cauliflowers and broccoli are netted against hungry pigeons, whose food supply is a little short at this time of year. • Spray fruit trees, whilst they are still dormant, with a plant-oil based winter wash to help prevent aphids and scale insects. • Feed and mulch fruit trees and bushes. Happy gardening!

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ENJOY TWELFTH NIGHT AT PETERBOROUGH CATHEDRAL One of Shakespeare’s best loved comedies, ‘Twelfth Night’, is to be staged at Peterborough Cathedral from February 13th to 15th by Gearbox Theatre Company. This talented new theatre company is combining the cathedral’s stunning Norman architecture, a sixties skiffle band and Shakespeare’s poetic language, to bring this colourful production to life. Artistic director Emma Sheppard said: “There is love and marriage, laughter, mischief and crossdressing. With a sixties skiffle band and an original, if somewhat nostalgic, soundtrack, this is a show not to be missed.” Tickets, from £11-£25, are now on sale via www. peterborough-cathedral.org.uk/twelfthnight or call Peterborough Information Centre on 01733 452336. As well as the three evening performances, there are matinees on Thursday, February 14th and Friday, February 15th, and these are open both to the general public and to schools.

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL SUCCESS The recent annual Christmas tree festival at St Mary’s Church, Whittlesey has been hailed a resounding success.

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COUNCILLOR SURGERIES WILL BE HELD IN GROSVENOR HOUSE FROM 9.30AM TO 10.30AM ON THE FIRST SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH THROUGHOUT 2019. Councillors present on Saturday February 2nd will be: Councillor Dee Laws (County, District and Town Councillor) Councillor Eamonn Dorling (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.

YOUR MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR Hello, I a m looking forward to advising you of all the exciting events coming up in Whittlesey during 2019. The annual Duck Race in aid of the Mayor of Whittlesey’s charities will take place on Easter Monday, April 22nd, 2019 at 2pm on The Bower River at Briggate. Do support this fun, family charity event. Duck tickets will be on sale from Whittlesey Town Council nearer the time of the event. For further details contact Sue Piergianni, town clerk at Whittlesey Town Council, Grosvenor, Grosvenor Road, Whittlesey, or Tel: 01733 351296. Whittlesey Town Council’s popular music festivals on the Market Square this summer will take place on the following dates: Sunday, June 23rd, at 2pm-6pm; Sunday, July 21st, 2pm-6pm; and Sunday, August 18th, again at 2pm-6pm. These music festivals are now a big fixture in the town’s calendar. I hope to see you at one of these events in Whittlesey during the year. Regards, Cllr. Julie Windle Mayor of Whittlesey

We are pleased to let you know that the next meeting of the Business Forum will be on Wednesday 27th February at The Falcon Hotel, Whittlesey, 6pm for 6.30pm start. Guest speaker to be confirmed. See you on the 27th. Chair Joe Jennings

TOBOGGANING AT TALLINGTON! As a fabulous finish to their topic entitled ‘Frozen Kingdom’ Year Six pupils from Park Lane School were privileged to take part in a morning’s tobogganing session at Tallington Lakes. The topic had encompassed aspects of geography and history; learning about the Antarctic and the Arctic Circle. The trip to Tallington Lakes was a chance to experience some extreme weather conditions as well and set some personal physical challenges to everyone involved. Sue Bradshaw, Year Six teacher, said: "All pupils challenged themselves to push themselves to their limits and conquer their fears. “Everyone had improved their skills and by the end of the morning they were all sprinting to the top of the dry ski slope. The races down the slope were fast and furious!"

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I am often asked whether it is possible to borrow against the value of a main residence. A typical situation could be where pension income is not enough to provide the lifestyle required in retirement. The answer is yes, by using an equity release plan but… Firstly, consider all the alternative alternatives because an equity release (ER) plan will not be arranged without charge. You have the option to maintain interest payments if you wish, or interest charges can be rolled up in to the loan. However, remember that if interest is rolled up, the outstanding balance will increase over time – and that will reduce any planned legacies. There are two types of ER arrangements, the most popular is often referred to as a lifetime mortgage because it allows the residents to remain in the property for their lifetime and that interest only is charged, this may be serviced or allowed to accumulate. The other type is often called a home reversion plan. This is where a lender agrees to lend a lump sum in exchange for a proportion of, or all the property. As an example, if the agreement is to take on 50 percent of the property value, when the arrangement comes to an end, the provider will be entitled to 50% of the property value at that time. This could be significantly more than the amount lent at inception. In this example, if the property value had increased, only 50% would benefit the owner. There are some important guidelines to consider; • Firstly, discuss with your family or someone you trust if there is likely to be an impact on those

that survive you – it is a good idea to ensure they understand what your objectives are and why. There may be lower cost alternatives such as loans, sale of other assets or downsizing.

• Only deal with a fully qualified Independent Financial Adviser that has the appropriate qualifications. (CF6 is the qualification to provide mortgage advice, and ER1 Is for advising specifically on Equity Release products.) • Only select a provider and product that satisfies all the standards set out by the Equity Release Council; https://www. equityreleasecouncil.com/home/ Don’t rush any decisions, there may be other expenses to consider such as conveyancing as well as maintaining home insurance. Remember that although a loan secured against a property has risks and costs, there is no guarantee that property prices will increase and that a lump sum benefit could reduce eligibility for some benefits. Setting up an ER plan might restrict future options in respect of moving home because not all properties are suitable and the remaining value (equity) might not be enough to purchase a desired property. 90% of lifetime mortgage customers release equity within £10,000-£100,000 or more. The amount released will depend on your age and value of your property. You continue to own your house with a lifetime mortgage which is a debt secured against it. The value of equity released, plus accrued interest, to be repaid upon death or moving into permanent long-term care. All outstanding lending secured on your property must be repaid.

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LOCAL FIRM HELPS FOOTBALL TEAM A Whittlesey Juniors FC U12 team is celebrating following the generosity of a local company in providing it with new football kits and rain jackets. PDR Property Lawyers, which is based in Whittlesey, is a long-time supporter of the team and has sponsored it since it began playing football in 2011. Team manager Jon Rowe said: “The team and coaches are extremely grateful to Michelle Rickard and PDR Property Lawyers in continuing their sponsorship of the boys.

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THERE’S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS! Join Peterborough Male Voice Choir, Peterborough Voices and Peterborough Youth Choir at The Cresset on Friday, March 22nd, for a whistle-stop tour of West End greats, showcasing songs from some of the world’s best loved musicals including Oliver!, South Pacific, Le Miserables, Barnum and Phantom of the Opera. Musical theatre is more popular than ever before; there are more musicals than plays running in the West End and all top 10 London shows are musicals, with Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera both running for more than 30 years, and touring shows like Joseph and his Technicolor Dreamcoat for even longer! Year on year new musicals keep coming, with sell-out shows like Hamilton opening to rave reviews and earning the art form a well-deserved spot in the pop culture conversation. With this seemingly endless appetite for new shows, musical theatre has become a larger part of the entertainment mainstream than ever before. Established stage musicals continue to leap to Hollywood in increasing volume – Rock of Ages, Les Miserables, Jersey Boys, Annie, Into the Woods and Mamma Mia to name just a few – while films including Frozen are set to boomerang from screen to stage. This crossover between cinema and musical theatre appeals to unprecedented audiences, with films like La La Land and The Greatest Showman reinventing song and dance for a new generation. Musicals don’t always have to represent love and romance – there are lots of other, sometimes surprising, themes to be explored. Ultimately, musicals are loved by everyone because they tap into the full, complicated, spectrum of human emotions – humour, pathos, love, anger – which has universal resonance, and universal appeal. So, roll out the red carpet for an evening that would do Broadway and the West End proud and join the city’s award-winning choirs as they perform some of the greatest songs from some of the most famous and best loved musicals of all time, all brought together in one spectacular night… don’t miss it! Magic of the Musicals will be at The Cresset at 7.30pm on Friday, March 22nd, 2019. Tickets available from the Cresset Box Office, by phone on 01733 265705 or online at www.peterboroughsings.org.uk FE B RUA RY 2019

WHITTLESEY EMERGENCY FOOD AID (WEFA) SAYS ‘THANK YOU’ The team at Whittlesey Emergency Food Aid (WEFA) have said a huge thank you to those who supported the project particularly in the run up to Christmas. The aim was to provide a Christmas food hamper to all the needy families and individuals in the Whittlesey catchment area that WEFA is currently working with. The group says this was made possible due to the generous donations that were given which included food items and toiletries as well as monetary contributions and would like to thank The Whittlesey Tangent group, The Whittlesey & District Ladies Circle and the Whittlesey and District Round Table who combined gave a total of £300, each presenting a cheque for £100 as well as collecting items for the Christmas hampers. WEFA has also thanked students and teachers at Sir Harry Smith Community College, who as part of their Christmas Jumper Day on the last day of term, each brought a food item. Thanks also go to Deborah Slator and her team of helpers who worked tirelessly to ensure everyone receiving hampers also had gifts to open on Christmas Day. Brian Smithyman, one of the founders of WEFA, said: “We were overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of local people. Our distribution and storage centre at The Whittlesey Christian Church in Broad Street was absolutely overflowing with food and gifts that we were able to distribute. “The support was superb, and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank all those clubs, schools, businesses and individuals (too numerous to mention here) who gave in some way as it really made a difference by helping to make Christmas a happier time for those in need. In addition, the amount of food and items given meant that we have a healthy stock for the coming weeks as normally supplies are very depleted in the new year. Thanks again for all your support we couldn’t have done it without you.” Photo: The cheques are shown being presented on behalf of Whittlesey Tangent, Whittlesey and District Ladies Circle and Whittlesey and District Round Table

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February 2019 7th Voodoo Acoustic Sessions with Dave B, at Mama Liz's, Stamford. From 8pm. 9th The Ivy Leaf Club presents a Burns Supper with the Peterborough Highland Pipe Band, plus a sausage or haggis supper! And don't miss out on 40s and 50s’ swing artiste Steve Howell. Doors open at 7pm and tickets are just £8, this includes your dinner. 

1st Mixology presents Archie Hamilton at the Red Room, Peterborough. From 10pm-5am (last entry is 2am). Minimum age 18. 2nd March United Services Club presents Michael Jackson tribute artist Jay Styles! From 8pm. Members £5, nonmembers £8. Advanced tickets are available or pay on the door. There will also be a disco! For more information please call 01354 657271 or email uscmarch@yahoo.com 2nd Alice in Wonderland Shadow Box Workshop at Whittlesey Library from 10.30am-12.30pm. Tickets are £3 per child. All children must be accompanied by an adult.  2nd Thomas the Tank Engine Storytime at March Library from 2.15pm-3.30pm. Calling all Thomas fans! Come along to March Library for a special Thomas the Tank Engine Storytime. Listen to some Thomas stories and make your very own Thomas costume from card and craft materials to take home. Tickets are priced at £3 and include refreshments and entry into a prize draw to win Thomas books. Places are limited and must be booked in advance. The event is open to children aged 18 months and over.

9th & 16th Falling in love with reading at March Library from 10am-11.30am. Do you and your children like to read together at home? Would you like to read more and would welcome some hints and tips? Are your children bored with books and you want to make reading more exciting? You and your children have the opportunity to listen to stories, enjoy some colouring, and earn stickers and certificates, whilst learning in a fun and friendly environment. This is a free two-week course, aimed at children aged 3-7 years. Younger siblings are welcome. Advance booking is essential. 11th Love Your Home event at Whittlesey Library, PE7 1BA from 10am-1pm. This event includes fun DIY and craft activities, free refreshments and lunch, CCORRN Pop Up Paint Shop, CCORRN Pop Up Scrapstore and so much more. For more information please call 01354 607667 or email admin@ccorrn.org.uk 11th Songwriters' Evening with Steve Gibbs at The Boat Inn, Whittlesey, from 8pm.

2nd & 3rd A chance to enjoy the early season with a winter stroll around Peckover House's beautiful garden. Warming soups and hot drinks available. From 12pm-4pm. Last admission is 3.30pm. Off-peak admission prices. 4th Network Peterborough at The Ramblewood Inn PE2 7DN. From 6.30pm-8.30pm. For new and existing companies to come along and meet new people, and even discuss the highs and lows of managing and business. Tickets are £15.  5th Acoustic Night with Graham Cleaver at The Millstone, Barnack from 8pm.  7th Harry Potter Night of Fun at March Library from 5pm6pm. Are you a Harry Potter fan? Why not celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Harry Potter books with a special night of fun at March Library? Suitable for children aged four and over, tickets are priced at £3 per child and must be purchased in advance from the March Library helpdesk. Children must be accompanied by an adult. There will be fun, games, crafts and treats on offer, and fancy dress is welcomed though not essential.  50

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13th-15th One of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies, Twelfth Night, is to be staged at Peterborough Cathedral by Gearbox Theatre Company, combining the Cathedral’s stunning Norman architecture, a sixties skiffle band and Shakespeare’s poetic language, to bring this colourful production to life. Tickets £11-£25 – visit www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk/twelfthnight or call Peterborough Information Centre on 01733 452336. As well as the three evening performances, there are matinees on Thursday, February 14th and Friday, February 15th. On the 14th there is a Valentine’s Day Special. This combines a luxury afternoon tea for two, a pair of top price tickets for the evening performance and interval drinks, plus the option to renew your vows at Evensong before the show and meet the cast during the interval. It's the perfect way to treat a loved one!

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13th Literary Festival: Sophie Hannah, at Park Crescent Campus, Peterborough, from 7pm-8pm. For book lovers everywhere, come and join us for an evening with crime novelist Sophie Hannah. This event is free and open to everyone.

16th &17th Join Thomas as he returns to steam at Wansford. Travel behind Thomas on his branch line to Yarwell and back – the train then continues to Peterborough hauled by a bigger locomotive. See Thomas running around the yard with some naughty trucks at Wansford. Café and buffet cars available. Visit www.nvr.org.uk for more details and to book tickets. 17th Games From the Past at Whittlesey Museum from 10am-2pm. 17th The Glasshouse Session, at The Key Theatre, with host Paul Biggins from 2pm.  18th-22nd Dream Builders at Queensgate Shopping Centre. You're invited to join the Dream Builders for a free block building adventure. 10am-4pm each day.  19th The Boat Inn Open Mic, Whittlesey, from 8.45pm, with The Boatmen. No under 17s allowed. 

13th Professor Brian Cox live at The East of England Arena, Peterborough from 8pm. Visit www.ticketmaster.co.uk to see ticket prices. 13th Backroom Acoustic Evening at The Angel Inn, Ramsey. With The Boatmen from 8pm. 16th Half Term Holiday Trail at Ferry Meadows, 10am- 3.30pm. £1.  16th We're Going on an Adventure, story making workshop at March Library from 2pm. £2.50 per person. Fun for the whole family as you work together to make up your own adventure story. Professional artists from 20Twenty Productions will inspire you through the use of costumes, props and games. Leave the workshop feeling more confident in making-up stories together and letting your imagination run wild! Refreshments available. Suitable for families with children under 10 years old. Tickets available from the library or online at www. cambridgeshire.gov.uk/arts. Another season of The Library Presents is around the corner with a new jam-packed programme of arts performances and workshops taking place in 22 libraries across the county, including March. ‘The Library Presents’ is funded by Arts Council England and created in partnership with Babylon ARTS.

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20th Light Steps Dance at Whittlesey Library from 2pm. £4 per person, £14 family saver. 20th Samba Drumming at March Library from 2pm. £5 standard, £2.50 concessions. Led by Britten Sinfonia's Tim Gunnell, try out a range of drums, bells and whistles, explore samba rhythms, experiment with group call and response, and even learn to dance and play at the same time! No music skills needed. A fun event for the whole family. Refreshments available. Tickets available from the library or online at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/arts 22nd Whisky Bar Acoustic Sessions with The Boatmen at The Boat Inn, from 8pm.  22nd Stories in the dark at March Library! Come along to March Library and dive inside the magical story tent. Onehour sessions throughout the day (10am-11am/11.30am12.30pm/1pm-2pm/2.30pm-3.30pm) For children age 2-5. £2 per child, accompanying adults free. Tickets are strictly limited and must be purchased in advance from the March Library helpdesk. Find out who stole the darkness, why the sun and the moon are high and dry in the sky and how three monkeys came to be in a canoe. Full of twinkling lights, vibrant colours and just a touch of darkness, the story tent provides the perfect storytelling adventure for 2- 5-year-olds. Experience the wonder of stories that feature darkness and light. Join in, be part of

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February 2019 the fun and explore the magic of the dark in a delightfully safe place. The story tent is one of the smallest theatres in the world! With only 15 people at any one time (including adults), young children will have the chance to join in with the story, to talk and to play. You will never have heard stories told like this before – storyteller Marion Leeper creates a charmingly unforgettable family experience. Each show lasts for 30 minutes, with time to explore the tent and its treasures afterwards.

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See our Facebook page Discovering Whittlesea Magazine for more events and offers. 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.

23rd Feb-Apr 7th Peckover House Tours from Monday - Thursday at 11.45am, 1.15pm and 2.45pm. For more information, and to book, please visit www.nationaltrust. org.uk/peckover 23rd Quiz Night in The Pavilion, Benwick Road, from 7pm. Bangers and mash dinner, team of six or less, cash prize and bring your own drink! Tickets are £7.50 per person. 26th Blue Boar Open Mic with Graham Cleaver, at The Blue Boar, Eye, from 8pm.  27th Backroom Acoustic at The Angel Inn, Ramsey, with The Boatmen from 8pm. 

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.

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Whittlesey Concert Band rehearse from 7.45pm-9.15pm at the Methodist/United Reformed Church, Whittlesey. We welcome wind, brass and percussion players of all ages (around Grade 4 standard and above) who would like to join a friendly and dedicated group of wind musicians. Weekly rehearsals are treated as a time for relaxation and socialising as well as focused work in order to achieve a good standard of performance. Visit whittleseyconcertband.com for further information or contact whittleseycb@gmail.com 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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A Change is as Good as a Rest - by Dave Bailey

This Month: Challenges Performing is not always about just pleasing the audience. As any musician will tell you the time spent alone trying to perfect the skills and dexterity required for the pieces that you play on a regular basis can be time consuming, and often repetitive. Keeping it fresh by introducing both new (current) popular songs along with classic and sometimes obscure music from the past adds variety. If this is supplemented by writing the odd original composition or reworking previous material in a new style it can help to maintain enthusiasm. The key is to never shy away from new pieces just because it is easier to keep repeating the old set list. Whilst hosting one open mic session four years ago, it was suggested that as a challenge those attending would try to perform one new track at each open mic they attended during the year which for regulars could mean up to 30+ songs over the 12-month period. The general attempt was to go for a new one each month at the venue where the task was set. This proved popular as a means to adding variation and brought new genres as well as visible and audible improvement from the performers. There were a few that accepted the full task which meant researching both styles and keys that suited their ability along with the preparation and rehearsal requirements for every open mic attended. 54

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As with all performing arts the interaction between musicians in the form of a jam session has the benefit of tempting even the most shy and selfconscious person to have a go even if they only attempt the bits they feel confident with. At all of our local events there is usually one round of either 12-bar rock or blues that ends up being a free-forall with various performers taking the lead at some point in the song. Another technique to add variety is the mash up. Two or more songs with similar chord patterns and phrasing can be woven together to produce a more interesting arrangement. The Australian band Axis of Awesome has produced a video of how many songs fit into the same four chords as an example of how easy to do a mash up can be, have a look at www.youtube.com/ watch?v=oOlDewpCfZQ Collaborating with other writers can also be an alternative to covers and the monthly song writing session at the Boat Inn, Whittlesey on the second Monday of the month is always well attended and friendly. Ability to read music is not a requirement just an open mind... The regular open mic and acoustic sessions can be found at www.outa-stock.co.uk/OM.htm

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For all you Romantics! UK NUMBER ONE ʻLOVEʼ SONGS Fill in the gaps, either with the title or the performer:

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Cliff Richard and The S – – – – – – : I Love You (1960)

12) W – – – – – – H – – – – – – : I Will Always Love You (1992)

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Frank Ifield: L – – – – – – – Blues (1962)

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The S – – – – – – – : Baby Love (1964)

13) M – – – L – – – : I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That) (1993)

L – – – A – – – – – : Everlasting Love (1968) 14) Jennifer L – – – – : Love Don't Cost A Thing (2001) 5) D – – – – O – – – – – : Puppy Love (1972) 15) B – – – – E – – – P – – -– : Where Is The 6) Rubettes: S – – – – B – – – L – – – (1974) Love? (2003) 7) S – – – – – – – – – : Can't Give You 16) Cheryl C – – – : Fight For This Love (2009) Anything (But My Love) (1975) 17) Scouting for G – – – – : This Ain't a Love 8) Dr Hook: When You're In Love With A Song (2010) B – – – – – – – – W – – – – (1979) 18) Gabrielle A – – – – : The Power of Love (2012) 9) R – – – – and R – – – – – : Save Your 19) Cheryl Cole feat. T – – – – T – – – – – : Love (1982) Crazy Stupid Love (2014) 10) F – – – – – – – – : I Want To Know 20) E – – – – G – – – – – – – : Love Me Like You What Love Is (1985) Do (2015) 11) Housemartins: C – – – – – – Of Love (1986) 4)

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East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) has revealed it takes more than 6000 bags of donations a week to run its shops, as the charity launches its Bag It, Bring It, Boost It campaign for 2019. EACH has 35 shops across Cambridgeshire, north Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk that last year generated an impressive profit of more than £1.1 million. Encouraging individuals, families, community groups, schools and businesses to bag up their unwanted items and drop them off at an EACH shop, the donation drive was a huge success when it launched in 2017, with more than 80 companies and colleges getting involved to supply in excess of 1000 bags. Ian Nicolson, EACH head of retail & trading, said: “Our retail portfolio’s rapidly expanding, with nine shops having opened last year, and it’s important we continue receiving donations to keep our shelves well stocked. We’re really desperate for homewares, menswear and toys at the moment. “As we all know, this is a great time for a clear-out. Maybe you’ve some items lying around unused due to new ones received over Christmas or, perhaps, you got some gifts you actually don’t want! “Please bring them along to an EACH shop. The money raised from sales goes towards the care of hundreds of children and young people with life-threatening conditions across the region, and support for their families.” Here are examples of what a donation could pay for: a top, skirt or pair of trousers worth £5 could pay for art supplies for a session of art therapy; a tea set worth £11 could fund an hour of specialist play tailored to a child’s individual needs; a nice wedding hat or jacket worth £19 could pay for an hour of vital physiotherapy; and an item of goodquality furniture or prom dress worth £24 could fund an hour with a psychologist to help guide and support families going through a tough period.

COUNCIL CHAIRMAN’S BOOST FOR MACMILLAN Fenland District Council Chairman, Councillor Mrs Kay Mayor has presented a cheque for £1653.82 to Macmillan’s March, Chatteris and District Committee following a series of fundraisers for her chosen charity for her year in office. Fundraising events held since September include a coffee morning at the Manor Leisure Centre in Whittlesey, councillor Mayor’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event at Fenland Hall, quiz nights at the council’s George Campbell Leisure Centre in March and Hudson Leisure Centre in Wisbech. Councillor Mayor said: “Macmillan Cancer Support has been my chosen charity for my last two years in office. It’s such a fantastic cause, making a huge difference to the lives of cancer patients and their families every single day. “Local fundraising efforts go a long way to ensuring its support can continue, so I’m delighted we have been able to raise this much. I’d like to thank everyone involved in this year’s fundraising efforts, including residents who attended the coffee mornings and quiz nights, council staff and fellow councillors, and the amazing staff at the leisure centres.”

EACH can help provide themed collection bags, posters and flyers. It can also arrange collections for any companies, schools or just large groups that want to participate. Contact your relevant fundraising office: Cambridgeshire and West Essex – 01223 204916 or cambs@each.org.uk

Gillian Kime, secretary of Macmillan’s March, Chatteris and District Committee, said: “Whilst we are only a small committee, we remain as active today as we were when we formed 50 years ago. All the funds we raise and the donations we receive are used to provide care for the local cancer patients and their families.”

For more information about Bag It, Bring It, Boost It visit www.each.org.uk or drop by your nearest EACH shop.

Photo: Fenland District Council Chairman Councillor Kay Mayor (centre) presents £1653.82 to Macmillan’s March, Chatteris and District Committee members (from left) Ann Cross, Josephine Fried, Mary Russell and Gillian Kime

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CHARITY HAIR CUT

WHITTLESEY CITIZENSHIP AWARD

Local woman Michayla Reed is having her hair cut for The Little Princess Trust to help make wigs for young girls with cancer. The fund-raising event will be held at the MPSK Centre in Bretton, Peterborough at 12.30pm on Saturday, February 16 when there will also be associated activities including a cake sale and raffle. She said: “I have a just giving page to also raise money to support the cause: www.justgiving.com/ fundraising/michayla-reed This is due to there being many other costs involved such as for fittings, posting the wigs out and unfortunately not all hair types can be donated so these types of hair need to be specially bought in costing anything up ÂŁ500! “The Little Princess Trust provides real hair wigs free of charge to children and young people up to the age of 24 that have sadly lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses. The Trust relies solely on the efforts of enthusiastic community fund-raisers. We receive no formal funding. Please help to raise money for us so that we can help more families.â€?

It has come to the time of year where the council wishes to find the Whittlesey Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year the eligibility criteria is as follows:

WHITTLESEY CITIZEN: • Over 18 years old • A resident of either Whittlesey, Coates, Eastrea, Turves or Pondersbridge. WHITTLESEY YOUNG CITIZEN: • Up to and including 18 years old • A resident of either Whittlesey, Coates, Eastrea, Turves or Pondersbridge. We would welcome nominations for people of all abilities for either or both categories, they may have helped in the community, undertaken charity work, fundraising or achieved outstanding results in any discipline or anything else you feel is above and beyond the call of duty. Should you wish to submit a nomination, please give details of the individual: Name, Address and reason for nomination and send to: Susan Piergianni, Town Clerk & RFO Whittlesey Town Council, Grosvenor House Grosvenor Road, Whittlesey, PE7 1AQ Please mark the envelope: ‘Citizen of the Year’ or ‘Young Citizen of the Year’. The closing date for nominations is Thursday 28th February 2019.

      

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Technology

The Future of Technology: Part One

– By Oliver Cole

First of all, I would like to welcome Dan Kiddle to our team. He joined us recently so when visiting the shop, there will be a new face. Technology has come on in leaps and bounds the last 80 years. When the first computer was invented in 1946, vacuum tubes were used to amplify an analogue signal to display to a CRT monitor (cathode ray tube). This allowed the computer to display different images at a low speed. Computers like this would typically run at anywhere from 1Hz and 3Hz (three cycles per second). Now 72 years later we have CPUs (central processing units) running at 7 GHz (seven billion cycles/s) in specialist laptops no thicker than 2cm. The future of technology is hard to predict. On the one hand, you have the fact that there will always be something new to sell to consumers, but on the other, whether the new product will be a big jump in performance over the previous model is up for debate. Computers follow certain laws of physics, one being Moore’s Law. Moore’s Law states that the number of transistors (switches) in a dense integrated circuit will double every two years; this means theoretically two times the performance over the previous model. In the last five or so years though the number of transistors hasn’t changed much, staying at around three to seven billion for consumer level CPUs and 8.33-13 billion for top level consumer and server CPUs. A lot of techs have called this the end of upgrades or the ‘speedpocolypse’. Recently though AMD tried out a new technology called infinifibre where they have some crucial parts of a CPU dye on separate bits of silicon leaving more space to add transistors, but there are only so many parts you can take off the CPU's main dye. Not only are computers hitting the limit of upgradeability in terms of CPU processing power, they are getting harder to change parts and service the components inside the computer,

with companies like Apple locking down the hardware with warranty void stickers, expensive repairs and the threat of legal action if you do take them apart. This is very discouraging to users who want to get into the hardware side of computing. I do not agree with the current trends in locking down commercial products; this will just lead to a strong tech ecosystem that once consumers buy into, they can’t get out of, i.e. Apple. More about this next month. In the meantime, happy computing from Dan, Deborah, Len and Oliver A WORD OF WARNING It has been usual practice to click on ‘Windows updates’ to ensure your laptop/tower has the latest updates from Microsoft. I now warn you against this practice; the reason is that by clicking on ‘check for updates’ you are automatically signing yourself up to receive all updates including ‘developer updates’ – which have not completed the full testing cycle and, hence, can potentially damage the software on your computer.

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NATIONAL SERVICE RAF ASSOCIATION The Fenland branch of the National Service RAF Association meets at the Oliver Cromwell Hotel in March on the third Monday of every month at 10am. The branch - which has members from March, Chatteris, Wisbech, Whittlesey, Downham Market, and King’s Lynn – is a small group which belongs to the national association which was formed in 2002. The Fenland group, which includes both men and women and RAF personnel and associate members, enjoys a varied selection of speakers who give talks on a wide range of subjects each month and also holds a number of social events during the year. New members are always welcome to join this friendly group. For more details contact Graham Welsey on (01354) 657686.

LATEST NEWS FROM LADYSMITH W.I. Whittlesey Ladysmith W.I held its annual meeting in January when members re-elected outgoing president Liz Phillips as president for 2019. The winner of the monthly competition for 2018 was Sue Andrew who also won the seasonal craft competition and the winners of the seasonal cookery competition were Karen Mucklin and Liz Phillips (see picture).  The January competition ‘something red’ brought a magnificent variety of entries which were much admired by the members. The group also held an auction of redundant Christmas items which was great fun with lots of bargains to be had. The next meeting on Tuesday, February 12th, at 7.30pm in St. Andrew's Hall, Parkinsons Lane.  Jackie McClelland will show members how to make silver jewellery and the colour for the competition is yellow. New members and guests are always welcome to come along to our meetings.  Information from Sue on 01733 205927 or Liz on 07982 854872 or check out the group’s Facebook page. 60

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FRIENDS FOR NEEDS LAUNCHES A NEW WEBSITE Friends For Needs (FFN) Ltd has launched a new website as part of its growth in providing social activities and professional service for their clients. The company started as a partnership in 2011 in Peterborough and has expanded its companionship services to Huntingdon, March, Chatteris, Ramsey, Whittlesey and Wisbech areas. FFN understand that not everyone has family, friends or neighbours to help with day-to-day chores and living. It is able to fulfil these needs through its effective companionship services to all ages. It believes that its range of services will help its clients remain independent whilst they go about their daily routine. Its services include household chores, assistance during recuperation, meal preparation, laundry, light gardening, board games, shopping trips, dog walking, appointments, etc. FFN believes that we all need a helping hand from time to time and having good friends can make all the difference by adding special meaning to life. For more details on FFN and its companionship services, please visit its new website at: www.friendsforneeds.co.uk FE BR U A R Y 2 0 1 9


Club Guide Churches

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

Schools

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

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

Whittlesey Indoor Bowls Club 194-8 Station Road Whittlesey, PE7 2HA. Tel: 01733 202209 www.whittleseyibc.co.uk Whittlesey Junior Football Club www.whittleseyjuniorfc Tel: 07876 490861

Doctors

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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

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 Youth Gracious Street, Whittlesey, PE7 1AP Whittlesey Youth & Community Centre Contact Ray Thrower: 0785 068 0785 15 Scaldgate, Whittlesey, PE7 1SD Hereward Harmony 01733 203624 Orton Wistow Community Hall Napier Place, Orton Wistow, Peterborough Sports www.herewardharmony.co.uk Whittlesey Table Tennis Club March & District Model Railway Club Meets at Whittlesey Indoor Bowls Club. The Rookswood Club, Rookswood, Chairman: Dr Peter Hau. Call 01733 27 West End March, PE15 8DP 808008 or 07554 624525 or email 01733 204997. Mike Wyldbore peter@hauforensics.com (Secretary): secretary@mdmrc.co.uk Fenland Archery Club www.mdmrc.co.uk Sir Harry Smith Community College Whittlesey Angling Association Eastrea Road, Whittlesey, PE7 1XB Andrew Wilding (Secretary): 01733 www.fenland-archery.co.uk 202071 www.whittleseyaa.org.uk Whittlesey Amateur Boxing Club Whittlesey Lions Club Manor Leisure Centre. Contact Meet second Monday of month at Gary Morris: 07512 394975 or email: 7.30pm at The Letter B, Church Street airborneaerials@hotmail.co.uk Whittlesey PE7 1DE. New members Whittlesey Cricket Club welcome. Contact Steve Palmer 18, Sir Harry Smith Community College Glenfields, Whittlesey, PE7 1HX 01733 Eastrea Road, Whittlesey, PE7 1XB 351405 whittlesey.lions@btinternet.com whittleseycricketclub@gmail.com www.whittleseylions.org.uk or find us www.whittlesey.play-cricket.com on Facebook.

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 Sandra and Martin's Whittlesey Folk Club Bi-monthly sessions are held in The Falcon Hotel, London Street, Whittlesey. Dates for 2019 are Friday 8th February, 12th April, 14th June, 9th August, 11th October,and 13th December. 8pm. Free buffet - all welcome. For further details contact Sandra and Martin Green 01733 206627 or 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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Giggles at The Library – by Chris Urlwin

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and providing a wide range of props like rattles and shakers for the children to enjoy. Puppets are often used, which the children love, and sometimes 'parachute' games are included where the children work together to have fun, and even a giant 'worm' can make an appearance sometimes. It must be very rewarding for Ginny and Jean to see how the children react and get involved in their stories and songs – they certainly put a lot into it! It is well known that early introduction to other children and situations is beneficial to a child's development and eventual performance at school and beyond. It's also a fine way to introduce them to the library, and hopefully a lifelong 'library' habit. The children, and their parents, certainly enjoy themselves! At 11am the play mat is folded up and the toys put away, so as the children disperse the library is returned to its usual calm for another week. The Wiggle and Giggle sessions are every Friday during term time, and all are welcome, just turn up and enjoy the fun. A small donation is requested.

VOLUNTEER REQUIRED The library wants to open similar sessions once a month on a Saturday morning, and would like to hear from a suitably experienced person who is willing to volunteer. Call into the library for further details, or email: jakki.racey@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

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Is Your Pet Fearful? Is it Time to Seek Help? by Whittlesey Veterinary Centre

Fear is an emotional response caused by an encounter with anything real or anticipated that the animal believes to be a threat, whether it actually is or not. It is a normal response helping with their survival, to be able to recognise danger and take action; to freeze, to hide, to run away, to stand and defend themselves or to fidget. It is an instinctive response with little conscious thought and can easily become a problem when the fear is unrelenting or chronic and inappropriate responses occur to perceived danger, making their and your lives miserable. Escaping a fearful situation is normally the first response, but when they are unable to get away, they may freeze, be fidgety or eventually use more aggressive behaviours. Commonly what occurs is their natural responses to want to avoid threatening situations does not help to alleviate their fear and this is where we start to see their fear becoming worse over time. Being afraid results in changes in the function of their brain and organs. They become alert and their body and mind go into self-defence mode known as the fight or flight reflex. During everyday life an animal’s brain receives signals from the outside world. If these signals are telling the brain there is something to be concerned about neurochemicals are released putting their body into high alert, resulting in an increase in their heart rate, an increase of blood flow to their muscles, dilation of their airways to give better lung capacity and a release of glucose for energy, basically getting the body ready for action. When fear and anxiety take over it becomes impossible to do normal activities like taking your pet for a walk, taking your pet away on holiday with you, leaving them home alone, having people come to visit you, taking them to the vets or a groomer etc. Dr Karen Overall in her work says: “Fear is the most damaging emotion a social species can experience. It causes permanent damage to the brain.”

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Unfortunately, once an animal has a fearful experience, they never forget that experience. A fearful animal can act aggressively, be destructive, be withdrawn from life, be physically ill and refuse to eat – this is no way for them to spend their lives. We want to help your pets ideally before fear becomes a big problem for them, but also help those who are struggling with fear in their life. We want to help you recognise the early signals your pet will use to show they are feeling uncomfortable about something and explain the appropriate way to handle your pet's fear. If your pet is fearful of noises, objects, other dogs or people, coming to the vets or other situations, please contact us to find out how you can help your pet cope better and in turn reduce future illness from a life of stress and anxiety. We have already helped some of our clients’ pets feel much more relaxed about coming into the surgery to see us. Finally, if your pet has a fear of fireworks now is the time to start working with your dog before November arrives, as it takes time to turn a fearful animal around.

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Valentine's Day 2.0 - by Holly-Jean

If you're an avid reader of the Discovering magazines, you might remember my incredibly smooshy, yet slightly cynical, article from February 2018, about Valentine's Day. Well, this article will be very much the same as last year's. Soppy/cynical 2.0, if you will. Valentine’s Day, or as I like to call it, the marmite holiday. You either love it or hate it. You go all out, or not at all. You either buy a billion roses or jokingly gag as you see the soppy cards in Sainsburys. If you're one of these people who love Valentine's Day, keep reading. I'm going to get real deep, really quickly. If you don't love it? Skip down to the bottom, where I try to be funny. 'To love a person is to see all of their magic. And to remind them of it when they have forgotten.' As you're reading this quote, who are you thinking about? Your significant other? Parent or family member? Best friend? Dog? Or are you thinking about yourself? That's okay too, you know. If you're thinking of yourself, actually, that's brilliant. There's another famous quote about loving yourself first. And, I think this is so important. I know that when my self-esteem is low, it affects the way I act with my partner. It makes me needy! I can't stress this enough, you need to love yourself before you can fully love someone else. And then, once that's mastered, you can fully love someone else. You can fall in love with every bit of magic inside them. You can love them at their best and at their worst, even when they're the biggest idiot in the whole world and you want to throttle them. I'm not a love expert, by any means. But I think if there's one thing I'm really good at, is showing how much someone means to me. This is key for 68

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me. People need to know they're loved and that they're important to you! Show them in every single way you can. Here's a little funny anecdote. My boyfriend is absolutely brilliant, and last year I wrote about him accidentally, inadvertently calling me podgy, (he really didn't, I'm still overreacting a year on), but still. Well, here's a cracker that topped that. Everyone tells me I don't suit wearing white jeans. But I really want to be able to wear white jeans. So, I asked my boyfriend, "Do you think I'll look fat in white jeans?"... expecting a "you could NEVER look fat." No, no. I received a pretty blunt, "Well, I've never seen you in white jeans." It was a year ago, I am still mad. I sought my revenge on Valentine's Day last year. I thought I'd bought him the best presents... I thought we were doing funny presents that year. I was wrong. When I opened mine from him, I cried? A star. He bought me a star. And while the tears of joy and love rolled down my face, he went to open his presents from his loving girlfriend. I made a mistake. As he opened them, I could tell that he knew that this was for the whole white jeans malarkey. I wrote, 'I love you, idiot' in his card. So, he should have seen it coming. For that Valentine’s, he received a tape measure (an electric one, pretty cool actually), and a T-shirt with my face on it. I’ll do better this year. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone, love without limits. FE BR U A R Y 2 0 1 9


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Church Matters WHITTLESEY CHRISTIAN CHURCH

Answering Your Questions

Decisions, Decisions..

This month I would like to take the opportunity to remind you of some things about our work associated with the Parish Church. The following are questions we are often asked. Please note that the answers apply to the Church of England.

We may not like it, but life will always involve decisions, and while we would wish it didn’t, those decisions have consequences; which in turn creates the need for more decisions. At that point we become like a caged hamster, constantly peddling but never getting anywhere. Someone once wrote ‘we are free to make whatever decisions we want, but we cannot escape facing the consequences of our decisions.’

1 Baptism – What is the difference between a Baptism and a Christening? There is no difference; it is the same service which has two names. Can I have my child baptised if I don’t attend church? The answer is yes. What if we are not married? Again, the answer is yes. Who can be godparents? You can ask anyone to be a godparent, but they should be over 16 and baptised themselves. Traditionally the number was three – two godmothers and one godfather for a girl, two godfathers and one godmother for a boy. These days parents tend to pick between three and five. You should discuss this with the priest conducting the service. 2 Can I get married in one parish if I live in another? Our rules changed a few years ago permitting a wider choice. If one of you lives in the parish of the church where you wish to marry, then you can get married there. If you live within the four parishes that we look after you can choose to get married in one of the four churches. If you were baptised in the church, then you can marry there. If you have lived in a parish for a period of six months at any time in your life you can get married in that church. These are only a few of the rules. If you would like to marry in a particular church, then ask the local vicar. Can I get married in church if I or my partner is divorced? The answer is yes and this needs to be discussed with the vicar. 3 Why are the cones put outside church before a funeral service? They are out there to reserve spaces for the hearse, limousines and cars of those who are in the funeral procession to the church. Seats are also reserved in church. These are for those who are following the coffin into the church. Your co-operation with these matters is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions of your own, please do not hesitate to ask. Revd Nigel

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My father was a man of few words, and some of those would require thought. Speaking to me one day about decisions, he recalled a time when a group of friends were generally chatting about life. One of them spoke at length about how his life was like a never-ending spider’s web, and whatever way he looked he felt trapped in it. After several minutes, with the conversation flying in different directions, my father put his hand on the man’s shoulder and calmly said – “why don’t you try killing the spider then there will be no web to worry about?” One great New Year’s resolution could be to make a determined effort to think carefully about the decisions we make, especially the knee-jerk ones, or those we make before taking time to think about any possible consequences. In the Bible God gives all humanity a beautiful piece of advice ‘above everything else you may possess, get wisdom.’ Follow this advice and you could shorten the time spent on the treadmill. Before closing I would sincerely like to thank all those who made it possible for the Food Aid programme to provide 40 hampers containing amongst other things, all that was needed for a family to enjoy a Christmas meal. The generosity of individuals, groups, and businesses, from food, to finances, cardboard boxes to presents. It was truly overwhelming and impossible to mention everyone by name, or some and not others, but on behalf of those in need a truly huge thank you. 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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