Discovering Whittlesea issue 239, June 2024

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Welcome to your June issue...

Those longed-for sunny days and warm evenings could at last be here, so let the outdoor fun and games begin!

It seems only weeks since the garden furniture and barbecue were safely stashed away for winter, and now, here we are... ready and willing to brave whatever the elements decide to throw our way. As I write, a torrential storm has just been followed within minutes by the sun. Oh, to be in England now that summer’s (nearly) here! Here’s hoping we may all have a super al fresco month!

It is with great sadness that we heard of the passing on April 19th of Belinda Neumann (known in her capacity as a first-rate lawyer as Belinda Smith). Her contributions to our magazines and friendship over the years have been much valued, whilst her inspirational take on life will be sorely missed.

A reminder to you all that June 16th also happens to be Father’s Day, so love and best wishes go to my dad, Bill; father-in-law, Rich; and my husband, Chris. Claire x

I recently took advantage of a few sunny days in what we laughingly call summer to do some maintenance work in my garden.

My garden shed needed a couple of coats of paint to spruce it up and my fence looked worn and tired, so armed with a new set of brushes I set about work at the crack of dawn before I started my proper job. I actually found it strangely therapeutic and after three days’ hard graft I was feeling pretty pleased with my efforts. Sure, the shed and fencing didn’t look perfect but they certainly looked a lot better.

Later that day I met up with someone about a business matter when during the meeting I stood up and complained about my back aching, explaining it was probably due to my efforts working away in the garden. ‘Ah,’ said the young woman I was speaking to. ‘That explains everything, that black mark on the back of your head must be paint, I thought at first it was some weird tattoo.’

For a few moments, the fact that she thought it was a tattoo on my bald, shaved head was confirmation that I was pretty ‘cool,’ but quickly realised the blob was merely confirmation of my being just a sad, old messy painter...

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Sir Harry Smith Community College has teamed up with the organisation Human Utopia to provide a bespoke experience for all their students over the course of a week.

Human Utopia offers life-changing programmes aimed at improving the mental health and wellbeing of all participants by empowering them to make positive changes in their life.

In Sir Harry Smith Community College, both students and staff were challenged to think of themselves, others and their community, as it is today and where it can be, with a better and brighter future for all if everyone supports and works together, but also that as individuals they have the power to change everything for the better.

Students commented:

“The afternoon activities when we worked together as groups were really interesting and showed what we can do together”

“It gave us confidence to see that we can change ourselves”

“I feel our year group has definitely been more respectful to each other since” and

“I became really emotional as I realised I was one of the people they were talking about and that I can make a difference by changing things for the better myself”

Staff also commented that: “It was great to see students getting involved and realising the difference they can make as they work together.”

Human Utopia staff worked with both students and staff at the college looking at a whole range of areas including supporting each other, bullying, resilience, teamwork, lessons, behaviour and being positive.

College staff said the students were fantastic with them taking part well, speaking out in front of others, running activities and learning how to have their say and be positive influences for change.

Miss Dawn White, principal, said: ‘I am incredibly proud of our young people and how they have taken part in these activities and I look forward to us all seeing positive changes in the college as a result.”

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Two councillors have been elected to Whittlesey Town Council.

Conservative Gurninder Singh Gill, with 281 votes, was elected to St Andrew’s Ward after overcoming a strong challenge from Independent Peter Bibb who had 228 votes.

In a two-horse race for the Whittlesey North West Ward, Alex Miscandlon, Conservative, with 453 votes, who is a current Fenland District councillor, defeated John Male from the Green Party who achieved 228 votes.

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Ava Stimson was the winner of Discovering Whittlesea’s recent Easter Hunt. Ava is pictured with her spoils which she promised to share with her mum! Well done Ava.

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Anew business has got off to a successful start in Whittlesey.

Rai & Rai Bathrooms has opened a showroom in the town’s Market Street and has already attracted plenty of local support.

The business is run by friends Raimonds Epners and Raivis Tidemanis who are both profoundly deaf.

Raimonds’ partner, Ruth Godden, a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter, said: “Since opening last December, we have been delighted with how the business has been welcomed in the town. We have been really busy and the local community has been very supportive.”

The business specialises in bathrooms and also kitchen work and boasts eight staff, five of whom are profoundly deaf.

Ruth added: “Myself and other BSL interpreters are on hand to help our deaf staff and customers.

Technology too is a great aid and we use videos to help communicate. Some customers have even commented that the use of an interpreter helps make communication even easier.

“Rai and Rai have a background in general building work but have decided to focus on bathrooms, kitchens and fittings. The new showroom is very impressive and gives customers the opportunity to choose their ideal bathroom, tiles and products.

“We are very focused on the design process and take customers right through from design and purchase to fitting to enable them to obtain the bathroom they desire.”

Most work comes within a one-hour radius of Peterborough with customers from both the residential and commercial sectors.

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Not only do crops benefit from the warmer days but so do the weeds and it is so important to keep them at bay.

It is best to hand weed near young seedlings but, when established, hoeing between the rows is advisable, preferably when the soil is dry – leave the young weeds on the surface to dry out and die.

Mulches such as garden compost, well-rotted manure, or bark chips, can suppress weeds, or use lightproof membrane to kill more established weeds. This will also help prevent moisture loss in dry weather. More importantly, make sure that you do not let weeds flower; you will only get new crops of weeds from their seeds. The warmer weather and the prospect of a good meal entices a variety of bugs; three of the main “pests” are:

• Cabbage root fly – these attack the roots of brassicas and can cause a lot of damage. The female lays her eggs on the ground next to the stem so to prevent damage, place a “collar” (a piece of old carpet, cardboard or fleece) around the plant.

• Aphids – spray a mild concentrate of soapy water on the plant.

• Carrot fly – cover with fleece or surround the bed with a 60cm high polythene or fleece barrier.

You could also consider siting some bug boxes or insect hotels on your plot to attract friends such as hoverflies, lacewings, and hoverflies.

Other jobs this month:

• Plant out vegetables that you have grown from seed but make sure you harden them off before planting out in their final position.

• Sweetcorn can be planted out and, as it is self-pollinating, it is better sown closely in a block. Mark out a square or rectangle and plant at about 35-40cm (14-18inches) apart in each direction.

• Earth up potatoes and, towards the end of the month, harvest earlies.

• Protect strawberries by mulching around them with straw to keep mud splashes off and keep birds off your ripening strawberry crop by covering your plants with netting.

• Cut down broad beans just above the surface and use for compost but leave the roots in the ground as a useful source of nitrogen.

• Feed tomatoes with a high potash feed.

• Once you are sure that frosts are over, you can plant out the more tender crops such as aubergines, peppers, chillies, courgettes, marrows and squashes.

• Succession sow beetroot, salad crops, carrots.

• Sow Florence fennel. Traditionally, this is sown after the longest day, June 21st, as it is less likely to bolt – sowing in succession is a good idea.

• Brussels sprouts, leeks, sprouting broccoli and the last of the summer, autumn, and red cabbages and the first of winter cabbages can also be planted.

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Whittlesey had a football feel about it when Premier League assistant referee Steve Meredith paid Sir Harry Smith Community College and New Road Primary School a visit with fellow referees Sarah Grundy and Robert Windle.

It was a Q&A session at SHS while at New Road it was competition time as volunteers raced against each other to put a kit on each of the children in assembly. Pupils also had the chance to touch a match ball that was used at the Coventry v Manchester United FA Cup Semi-Final at Wembley where Steve was officiating.

During the day, two other schools in Peterborough were visited with more than five hundred children and teachers, parents and fellow referees all having the opportunity to meet the referee team.


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The Office for National Statistics released figures showed a 27% increase in shoplifting incidents across the East of England.

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An interesting talk on the history of Fox Narrowboats, based in March, was given by Paula, from the first boat that was built to how a holiday on a boat has evolved to present-day canal trips.

The next meeting is on June 5th and will feature Chris Carr who will speak about ‘Eating on the Ration’. Guests and new members are always welcome to join. The group meets on the first Wednesday of the month (no meeting January) at Coates Village Hall at 7.30pm. For any information, please contact Fiona on (01733) 208516 or Jen on 07703 385661.


Whittlesey Ladysmith WI members went potty at their April meeting and decorated plain plant pots. The group has a varied programme of events for the year, including a games evening, a garden party, a cookery demonstration, and lunches. Guests are always welcome, so come along and meet new friends. Contact Liz on 07982 854872, or email More information on Facebook.


Talks about ‘The Local Brickworks’ by London Brick Company archivist Andrew Mortlock will be held on Saturday, June 8th and Saturday, August 17th at 2pm at Whittlesey’s Peel House council chamber in Queen Street, Whittlesey. Entry is free.

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As I sit down to write this article, I can't help but marvel at how quickly another month has flown by. The warmth of the sun filtering through the office window serves as a gentle reminder that hopefully we have turned a corner with the weather. Gardens seem to come alive with vibrant colours, and there's a palpable sense of renewal in the air.

Here at Cannon & Co Sales & Lettings, we're not just witnessing the changing seasons; we're also welcoming new beginnings.

It gives me great pleasure to announce the addition of Michelle to our team. Having worked alongside Michelle in the past, I can attest to her exceptional skills and dedication. In fact, she was the one who trained me when I first joined the social care team, so it feels like a full-circle moment to have her on-board. With her wealth of experience and passion for the industry and helping people, I have no doubt that she will be a valuable asset.

As we reflect on recent conversations, one topic that has been dominating lately is the use of For Sale boards. While we currently don't have many boards up, we've been actively taking on new properties. It's interesting to note the varying opinions on the necessity of these boards. We recommend them to attract motivated buyers and give a full marketing approach. However, we also recognise that, for some, the presence of a For Sale board can be a constant reminder of difficult circumstances, particularly in cases of separations where children may be involved.

At Cannon & Co Sales & Lettings, we understand that every situation is unique, and we strive to provide tailored solutions that cater to individual needs and preferences. Whether it's opting for a discreet approach or embracing the visibility of a For Sale board, we're supportive every step of the way. As we continue to embrace the sunshine and all the opportunities it brings, I'm filled with a sense of optimism for the months ahead. So, here's to new beginnings, warmer days, and the promise of brighter tomorrows.

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Imagine being fearful or anxious of answering the phone in case you are confronted by a scammer on the other end. Sadly, this is a real problem, with Age UK’s latest research discovering that almost a fifth of over-50s (equivalent to 4.9 million people) fear picking up the phone due to scams.

It also suggests that, for some older people, the fear of being scammed is restricting their lives, preventing them from using smartphones (8%) or the internet (7%). This can also increase withdrawal from society, by putting them off going outside (6%).

Fraud is easily the most common crime affecting people in England and Wales, accounting for 40% of crime, according to estimates by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Though fraudsters unfortunately take aim at everyone, older people are more vulnerable to certain types of scams. According to National Trading Standards, 90% of victims of doorstep scams, such as a rogue trader or fake charity worker, are aged 65 and over. The average age of a postal scam victim is 75. Phone scams also feature heavily in reports to ‘Which?’ from older members of the public, often related to investment fraud or scammers impersonating banks, telecoms providers and tech support specialists. Criminals may misuse 'number spoofing' technology so that they appear to be calling from genuine phone numbers, or trick victims into downloading screen-sharing tools to hijack their computers over the internet.

Age UK shared the following top five tips to help you avoid being scammed:

1 Stop: never do anything you don’t want to or make any decisions on the spot.

2 Check: always check their credentials.

3 Ask: always ask someone you trust for a second opinion.

4 Mine: do not give away personal information.

5 Share: share your experience with others to lower their risk of being scammed.

Would you know if someone was trying to defraud you? One of the best weapons against fraud is knowledge. Once you know the tactics fraudsters commonly use and the signs to look out for, you have more chance of avoiding them.

Go to for all the information you need.

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Kay Mayor was delighted to unveil a portrait of King Charles at the recent Whittlesey Town full council meeting. This has been now placed on the wall in the council chamber.

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Cambridge Council for Voluntary Service is hosting sessions to help support community groups recruit volunteers. The next event for organisations to come together to discuss challenges and successes in recruiting and retaining volunteers will take place at Whittlesey Library on Thursday, July 11th from 12pm to 2.30pm.

Come along for a chat and refreshments with Rima and Sarah and have a look at the Volunteer Cambs website

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Despite Whittlesey’s Manor Field Cricket Ground being the scene of vandalism when a quad bike attempted to wreck the venue, hardworking club members have brought the venue back to top notch with regular matches taking place.

Come along to Big Bash Day on Sunday, June 23rd where Whittlesey Cricket Club will be facing Orton Park at 12.30pm as well as offering net practice with expert coaching.

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Another great event has been held at the Whittlesey Indoor Bowls & Sports Complex.

The Clothing Destash was an event organised by Stacey Potter with stalls offering great bargains as well as some households adding to the event by having official yard sales.

The next event will be held on June 9th at the same venue; this time, it’s an Arts & Crafts Destash. This is another ideal event for those crafters who either have decided to stop crafting or have too many items and would like to see their goods go to a new home. The timings will be 10am-3pm. For more details email

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Whittlesey Target Sports Club/Whittlesey Rifle Club has confirmed two new community event dates. A community amateur sports club, these events are run by expert volunteers, giving people the chance to try target sports for free in a safe and fun environment with free coaching.

On June 23rd the club is opening up in the afternoon to support the Whittlesey Big Bash. Everyone is free to drop in and try the sport. Under eighteens must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

While on June 29th the club is opening up in the afternoon to support the Whittlesey Armed Forces weekend when everyone is free to try the sport. Priority will be given to any veterans and their families. Again, anyone aged under eighteen must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

People can turn up on the day for the above events or, if they would like to pre-register an interest to attend, just message the club on Facebook.

Target sports help grow confidence by improving personal skills, such as self-discipline and control, co-ordination, focused concentration, patience and self-awareness. It is a very inclusive sport – with people with physical and/or visual impairments, often competing on equal terms with able-bodied people. Club president Matt Skelhon trained at the club in 2006. He is now a multi-medal winning Paralympian, famously earning a gold medal for Britain at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. His ongoing achievements have really helped put the club and the town on the competitive target sports map thanks, in part, to the great facilities and expertise here, a testament to the club’s long heritage.

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Jungle Body Getlow with Linda is a safe, fortyfive-minute low impact, light cardio workout using dancing, boxing and dumbbells, set to seriously good music from across the decades to transform your mind and body.

Aimed at the mature mover, young at heart and anyone looking for a lower impact fitness class, you can even be seated. It takes place at the Eastrea Centre, 2 Roman Gardens, Eastrea, every Wednesday at 9.15pm and is priced £5).

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Eastrea War Memorial was the venue to recognise the crew of Lancaster Mk lll ND 475 of 57 Squadron from RAF Station East Kirkby which crashed eighty years ago in Eastrea, just off Wype Road, near to the junction with Benwick Road.

A plaque was unveiled by Squadron Leader Jane Mannering to commemorate the crew which comprised six servicemen from the UK and two Australians who all perished, the youngest being nineteen-year-old Sgt John Frederick Willis.

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Every day, brave men and women stand guard, protecting our nation's security and interests. Our Armed Forces troops sacrifice time with loved ones, endure harsh conditions, and face unimaginable dangers to ensure our freedom. This June, Whittlesey has a historic opportunity to show its immense gratitude by attending the inaugural ‘Whittlesey Armed Forces Weekend 2024,’ a fundraising event dedicated to supporting our troops and their charities.

Kick-off the festivities on Thursday, June 27th with a special film night at The Falcon Hotel. This heartwarming documentary explores the lives and times of British life at home during World War Two. It's a poignant reminder of the resilience and spirit that helped win the war.

On Friday, the celebrations move to Saint Mary's Church for a spectacular ‘Proms for Heroes’ concert. The Whittlesey Concert Band will be joined by a captivating vocalist and a lone piper for a truly unforgettable evening. Prepare to be swept away by a night of roaring tunes and heart-stirring melodies.

The festivities continue throughout the weekend with a dazzling array of activities for the whole family. Immerse yourself in

history with captivating re-enactments. Witness the awe-inspiring displays of military vehicles from past and present. But most importantly, enjoy a fun-filled weekend with family and friends, all while showing our immense gratitude to those who serve.

Whittlesey Armed Forces Weekend is more than just a celebration; it's a chance for our community to come together as one. All proceeds from the event will be donated to a charitable organisation that provides vital resources for our troops and their families.

Saturday and Sunday offer a packed schedule of events. Explore the market area, witness living history displays, and feel the rumble of classic and military vehicles. Be awestruck by a breathtaking flypast of the iconic Battle of Britain Lancaster bomber on both days. Enjoy diverse entertainment, including marching bands, military charity stalls, and live acts. Cap off Saturday night with Tamla Motown Soul by ‘The Dreamettes’ and top DJs. Savour a soulful finale with Chanel Hughes performing on Sunday evening.

Be part of this historic event and show your unwavering support for our Armed Forces. Tickets are now available for purchase at Bob's Records, usual sellers, or the box office on (01733) 204353. Let's raise a glass, share stories of service, and make a lasting difference together.



Do you have a business?

Are you a sole trader? Self-employed? And are you based within Whittlesey and District?

If you are, we would like to invite you to meet the Whittlesey and District Business Community. We are a friendly, motivated group of local business owners who meet up to support and learn more about each other’s businesses and we would love you to join us.

Not been to a meeting like this before? Why not come and say hello and see how it can benefit your business?

When: Wednesday, June 26th, 2024 6pm for 6:30pm Where: The Falcon Hotel, Whittlesey Speaker to be confirmed.

Contact: Kerry on 07879 452291 or Erica on 07572 383312 or just turn up!

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Councillor surgeries are held in Peel House at 8 Queen Street, Whittlesey from 9.30am-10.30am on the first Saturday of every month throughout 2024.

On Saturday, June 1st, 2024, Councillors present will be Chris Boden (County, District and Town) and Bob Wicks (Town).

To ensure you have the opportunity to meet with a Councillor please pre-book with the Town Council Clerk, Mrs Sue Piergianni on 01733 351296 no later than noon the day before the scheduled surgery.


We will still be taking all the necessary precautions to keep you and our team safe during your visit to the practice.

So whether you are a new or existing client and would like an eye examination or new eyewear please get in touch or if you just want a catch up we are here to help.

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My annual literacy campaign

Read to Succeed is underway and this year we’re hoping to hit the twenty thousand bookmark of books gifted to children to read over the summer holidays. So far, we’ve distributed 17,500 books thanks to the support of local businesses and residents, and last year also provided a £200 voucher to every primary school to also buy books to add to their school library.

Reading is not just an essential life skill, it’s a way to have fun, inform and escape. I started the campaign nine years ago after hearing from teachers about the drop in literacy levels over the summer holidays as some youngsters did not have books at home. So, owning your own first book, and encouraging joining our excellent local libraries who have great summer holiday reading schemes, offers a gateway to new discoveries. Year 4 is the age that children often begin to read more independently which is why we chose that year group, and I am very grateful for the community support we have received.

Maria Higgins, headteacher at Townley Primary School in Christchurch, said: “Our children love to receive a book of their own; for some it might be the only book they own. After the summer holiday many of them enjoy returning to school to tell us about the book, having read it over the summer holiday. This year we were also able to benefit from the additional books for the school library which have been enjoyed by all of the classes as we have limited access to the town libraries being so far away.”

Over the years we’ve given some amazing books by top authors and this year is no exception.

We’ve teamed up with A M Howell, who was nominated for the 2021 Awesome Book Awards and won East Anglian Book of the Year in 2020, the Mal Peet Children’s Award, and Blackwell’s Children’s Book of the Month in 2021. Last year, the first book in her new historical series was selected as Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month and her latest offering, “Mysteries at Sea: The Royal Jewel Plot” was published last month.

She said: “I am delighted to support the brilliant Read to Succeed project. Reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success – more than their family circumstances, their parents’ educational background or their income – so, it is immensely important to encourage children to develop a love of reading. As an author, it’s such a privilege to witness children fall in love with reading but this is particularly special when it’s your story that ignites their imagination and helps develop a life-long habit of reading for pleasure.”

Many thanks also go to March 20Twenty Productions, which has generously funded visits by A M Howell to Thomas Clarkson Academy in Wisbech and Neale-Wade Academy in March. 20Twenty Productions runs Arts projects dedicated to improving the social mobility of children and young people.

Similarly, my thanks go to all the local businesses, charities, organisations and individuals who have supported us over the years. Clarion Futures, the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group, was this year’s first donor, contributing £3000 to this year’s appeal. This year, we’re aiming to reach twenty thousand books so anyone who is able to support please contact

To find out more about my work in Parliament or local campaigns, visit my website or follow me on social media:

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After nearly four decades, our family-run dental practice in Whittlesey bids farewell to our wonderful receptionist, Mrs Marion Rippon.

For thirty-nine years, she has been the welcoming face at our front desk, greeting patients with warmth and professionalism. As she embarks on the next chapter of her life, we reflect on her remarkable contributions and look ahead to her exciting future plans.

Throughout her time Marion has been the backbone of our practice, managing appointments, handling inquiries, and ensuring smooth operations. Her dedication to her role and commitment to patient care have left an indelible mark on our practice and the countless patient

generations she has served over the years. Many will remember her thoughtful, calm manner.

Beyond her great work ethic, Marion's genuine compassion and kindness have endeared her to both colleagues and patients alike. She has a natural ability to make everyone feel valued and at ease, creating a welcoming atmosphere that sets the tone for our practice.

As Marion enters this new chapter of her life, she looks forward to pursuing her passions and enjoying well-deserved relaxation. She plans to spend time with family and friends, enjoying her hobbies of swimming, baking and making trips to the coast.

As we say goodbye to Marion, we express our gratitude for her years of dedicated service and wish her all the happiness and fulfilment in her retirement. Here's to the next phase of her life and may it be filled with joy, relaxation, and adventure. You shall be greatly missed by us all.

Broad Street Dental Practice is a family-run dental practice in Whittlesey, established in 1985. Now in its third generation of practice owners, we pride ourselves on offering a high standard of care to all our patients in a calming and welcoming environment. Our friendly team of three dentists, two hygienists and six dental nurses are here to look after your dental needs and everything else in between. If you would like more information about our services please get in touch with our reception team on (01733) 205656 or via email who will be glad to advise you.

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This means that you can still have lovely looking feet for your holiday or special occasion and flaunt your feet in style. Nail reconstruction is not a permanent solution. The length of time that the nail reconstruction lasts will vary from person to person. The new nail will generally last between four and six weeks but can last longer depending on how much of the nail is damaged; after this time, the reconstructed nail is removed and a new one can be reapplied.

A reconstructed toenail may be treated in exactly the same way you would treat a normal nail, meaning you can apply nail varnish and use a nail varnish remover.

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Living in Balance

In today's busy and hectic world, finding balance in our lives has become more important than ever. Living in balance is about creating a harmonious and fulfilling existence, where all aspects of our lives are given equal attention and importance. It is a delicate dance between work and play, self-care and productivity, and physical and mental wellbeing.

The concept of living in balance encompasses various dimensions of our lives – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. When these areas are in sync and given proper attention, we experience a sense of overall wellbeing and fulfilment.

Physical balance involves taking care of our bodies through healthy eating, regular exercise, and sufficient rest. It is about fuelling our bodies with nutritious food, staying active, and getting enough sleep. When we prioritise our physical wellbeing, we have more energy, improved focus, and better overall health.

Mental balance refers to maintaining a healthy state of mind. It involves managing stress, cultivating mindfulness, and engaging in activities that stimulate our intellect. This can include reading, learning new skills, practising meditation, or engaging in hobbies that promote mental relaxation. When we have mental balance, we can think more clearly, make better decisions, and handle challenges with resilience.

Emotional balance revolves around understanding and managing our emotions effectively. It is about cultivating self-awareness, expressing our feelings in a healthy way, and nurturing positive relationships. Emotional balance allows us to experience a range of emotions without being overwhelmed by them. It empowers us to handle conflicts, build meaningful connections, and find joy in our relationships.

Spiritual balance involves nurturing our inner selves and connecting with something greater than ourselves. It can be achieved through practices

such as meditation, prayer, spending time in nature, or engaging in activities that bring us a sense of purpose and meaning. Spiritual balance helps us find inner peace, tap into our intuition, and live in alignment with our values. Some practical tips on how you can achieve balance:

• Make time for activities that nourish your body, mind, and soul. This can include exercise, hobbies, spending time with loved ones, or engaging in activities that bring you joy.

• Learn to say no when necessary and establish boundaries that protect your time and energy. This will prevent burnout and help you maintain a healthy work-life balance.

• Cultivate present-moment awareness and embrace the power of now. Mindfulness helps us stay grounded, reduce stress, and enhance our overall well-being.

• Surround yourself with a supportive network of family, friends, or mentors who can provide guidance and encouragement along your journey towards balance.

• Declutter your physical and mental space by letting go of unnecessary possessions, tasks, or commitments. Simplifying allows for greater focus and clarity.

• Cultivate a mindset of gratitude by acknowledging and appreciating the blessings in your life. This can shift your perspective and bring more positivity into your daily experiences.

Join me on June 18th at St Andrew’s Hall, Whittlesey for a relaxing evening of meditation, tapping, and sound healing, as I start you on your journey of living in balance and harmony.


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It’s June, so Let’s All Celebrate!

Summer’s here, the days are getting longer, and this is the month when there is so much to celebrate … not just Father’s Day!

June 1st - World Milk Day

An international celebration of milk and the milk industry to recognise the importance of milk as a global food.

1st - Global Day of Parents

An opportunity to appreciate all parents for their selfless commitment to children and their lifelong sacrifice towards nurturing this relationship.

3rd – 9th - Child Safety Week

Organised by the Child Accident Prevention Trust to promote safety issues for children.

3rd - World Bicycle Day

To celebrate the bicycle as a simple, affordable, clean and environmentally fit sustainable means of transportation.

5th - Sausage Roll Day

Whether you like to make you own or purchase them ready-made, today you must eat a sausage roll! (Vegetarian sausage rolls do count).

5th - World Environment Day

The United Nations’ principal event for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment.

8th - World Ocean Day

Event organised by The Ocean Project to raise awareness of the oceans and the living creatures that make their home there.

8th – 16th - Great Big Green Week

The UK’s biggest-ever celebration of community action to tackle climate change and protect nature, celebrate the everyday actions being taken to stand up for nature and fight climate change.

10th – 16th - Bike Week

Organised by Cycling UK, this is an annual

opportunity to promote cycling and show how cycling can easily be part of everyday life.

10th – 14th - Healthy Eating Week

Organised by the British Nutrition Foundation, this week aims to connect people, food and science and provide impartial, evidencebased information to people so they can adopt healthy, sustainable diets - for life.

15th - The King’s Official Birthday

Celebrations of the monarch’s official birthday are held across the Commonwealth and include the Trooping of the Colour in London.

16th - Father’s Day

A celebration of fathers in the UK, the US and most of Europe and many other parts of the world.

16th – 17th - Eid ul-Adha

This Muslim festival is celebrated by prayer and visiting family and friends.

19th - National Writing Day

A day for everybody across the UK to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard), unleash their imagination and make their voices heard.

20th - Summer Solstice (Northern Hemisphere)

This is the first day of ‘astronomical summer’ in the northern hemisphere.

21st - Make Music Day

Celebrates music in all its forms and the impact it’s had on the world and the human spirit.

23rd – 30th - International Women in Engineering Week

An international awareness campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering and encourage women to study science and to go into the science, engineering, mathematics, and computing industries.

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Sparkling Favourites

Wines produced in England have many years of experience and knowledge in their productions, which show through for the final delectations. During the last century, the English wine industry became much more developed, with producers being appreciated and recognised internationally.

Wines from England now gain many prestigious awards, at a good number of competitions. Be it still red or white (maybe a ‘pink one’) or a sparkling wine that is loved and required (possibly for a celebration, event or just to enjoy, perhaps when dining with family or friends), there are now several producers in England releasing high quality wines.

The multi-award winning Denbies Wine Estate (established in 1986) is in Surrey and their wines, which utilise several grape varieties, to a great advantage, have won numerous awards.

Denbies Whitedowns Brut – Cellarmaster’s Choice –(12% vol) is very popular and graces many dining tables regularly. Produced using a blend of grape varieties, this bottle-fermented wine satisfies a lot of requirements and tastes. Fresh, ripe fruits are evident for the mouthfeel, and I found it crisp, with a very good perlage. Great for pre-dining and, notably, with cheeses.

Denbies Greenfields – Vineyard Select – (12.5% vol) I would describe as an excellent example of a bottle-fermented, sparkling wine. The golden straw colour entices to the aroma, which, in turn, tempts to the mouth’s pleasures. The grape varieties of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier are perfectly balanced (I feel) in this production. Crisp and most pleasurable, with an extended palate –what more can I say?

Denbies Cubitt Blanc De Noirs – Vineyard Select – (12.5% vol) is a much sought-after sparkling production from this company. Quality and enticement abound in this most excellent delectation, which is appreciated by many. The bouquet is very pleasant, with a hint of sweetness, perhaps honey, for the nasal senses. The mouthfeel delights in the full-bodied pleasures of this wine, which has a grand finish.

For all details and information about the full range of sparkling wines, plus other still wines produced by Denbies, along with particulars regarding tastings, wine tours and much more, please contact and/or visit their very informative website.

Denbies Wine Estate Ltd., Dorking, Surrey RH5 6AA Email:

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Anne Ife, who has volunteered for CamSight for seventeen years, says she finds the relationships with people rewarding and interesting: “I started out driving people to groups, and from there had two befriending roles; one was a lady who was in a wheelchair, so I’d take her out for our meetings, and describe the nature and wildlife around her. We would also go together to the botanical gardens, a CamSight-led activity, which she loved.

national awareness week, dedicated to celebrating the passionate and caring volunteers who give up their time, week on week, is launching on June 3rd and runs until June 9th.

Local charity, CamSight, which works tirelessly supporting those whose lives are affected by low vision and blindness, is using the awareness week to celebrate the wonderful volunteers who have been with the charity many years.

Claire Haggerty, Volunteers’ Manager, said: “It is undoubtedly the biggest week in the volunteering calendar, and with the awareness week in its fortieth year, we wanted to make a special effort to acknowledge the hard work our volunteers do to support our services users. We are hosting a party for all volunteers during the week, an afternoon tea to say a big thank you for everything they have done for services users, supporters, and our staff.

“CamSight provides advice and practical support to help the everyday lives of those who live with a life-changing, sight loss condition. As well as wellbeing services such as Pilates, rowing, climbing and art projects for example, we run support groups and one-to-one emotional support services. We require volunteers to be sighted guides, chaperone our clients to and from their activities with us. And also, many take on befriending roles with a one-to-one client.”

“Another lady I would have weekly visits with, was into family history, and through our work researching her ancestry, she found out that she had half siblings she had never met. It was an incredible discovery, and she was grateful for my support during this time.

“You can be involved as much, or as little as you would like, but with the range of opportunities at hand, I’ve found it such a lovely experience and one I continue to get a lot from personally.”

If volunteering for CamSight seems like something you would like to be involved in, please contact the CamSight Volunteer’s team, on (01223) 420033, email: or visit the ‘Volunteer With Us’ page on the website:

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Photo above: Anne’s turn on the tea rota at CamSight’s Histon and Impington Support Group!


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Apply now for 2024-2025 school year

• Highly Qualified Staff

• Places available from the age of 3 for 2024/25

• Early Years funding available - 15 and 30 hours

• Forest School - Hands on learning experiences in the natural environment

• PE sessions led by our Specialist Teacher

• Morning, afternoon or all day sessions available

If you are interested in a place or would like more information, go to under the Pre-School tab or call us on 01733 202403.

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Whittlesey Festival



Watch this space, our Facebook page (Whittlesey Festival 2024) and our new website due to be launched soon, for further updates. Whilst the event brings performers from outside the area it also prides itself on involving local community groups, businesses, and schools.

One of the popular attractions of the festival is the Schools Art Exhibition which once again will be on display in Whittlesey Library in Market Street on the day of the festival from 10am-4pm. The exhibition can also be viewed for two weeks afterwards during library opening times to give people more opportunity to view the display.

Marija Lysak, organiser of the exhibition and festival committee member, said:

“I am delighted that all the local schools are taking part. There is such a buzz and excitement and the children are already working hard on their pieces.

It’s a wonderful opportunity to showcase young local talent to thousands of people who visit the festival on the day and afterwards.

“All entries must be submitted through the schools art-coordinators and ready for collection no later than Friday, July 5th. There are cash prizes and trophies for the winners too. Last year we had over 150 entries and this year will be no exception. Congratulations also go to Alex Biba of Park Lane School, whose drawing will appear on the cover of this year’s festival programme.”

A reminder too about the festival fundraising coffee morning and sing-along with Dale Diamond and other performers, on Saturday, July 6th, 10am-1pm at Childers in Station Road. Enjoy delicious handmade cakes, tea and coffee and there’s a raffle with fantastic prizes to be won. Admission is £5 per person (children under twelve years get in free but must be with an adult).

Tickets can be obtained by ringing Averil on 07307 903903 or Jenny on 07436 269616 or can be purchased in advance from Parkers newsagents in Market Street. All proceeds will go directly towards funding and subsidising activities for the festival.

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Understanding the Effects of Hot Weather on Canine Arthritis

As temperatures rise, it’s not just humans who feel the heat; our furry friends, especially those with arthritis, can be profoundly affected. Arthritis, a common condition in dogs, causes inflammation and stiffness in the joints, often leading to discomfort and reduced mobility. When combined with high temperatures, the impact on dogs can be even more pronounced.

One of the primary concerns for dogs with arthritis in hot weather is dehydration. Dogs with arthritis may be less inclined to move or exercise in hot conditions, leading to decreased water intake. Dehydration can exacerbate joint pain and stiffness, making it essential for pet owners to ensure their canine companions always have access to fresh water. Furthermore, hot weather can intensify the discomfort associated with arthritis. Just like humans, dogs may experience increased inflammation and swelling in their joints due to heat. This can result in heightened pain and reduced mobility. To alleviate their discomfort,

pet owners should consider providing their arthritic dogs with cool, shaded areas to rest and offering gentle massages to soothe sore joints.

Heat can also impact a dog's ability to regulate their body temperature, particularly if they are overweight or have a thick coat. Overheating can worsen arthritis symptoms and even lead to heatstroke, a potentially life-threatening condition. It’s crucial for pet owners to monitor their dogs closely for signs of overheating, such as excessive panting, drooling, or weakness, and take immediate steps to cool them down if necessary. Moreover, hot weather may affect the efficacy of medications commonly used to manage arthritis in dogs. Some medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), can increase the risk of dehydration or kidney damage in hot conditions. Pet owners should consult their veterinarian for advice on adjusting medication dosages or exploring alternative treatment options during the summer months.

Contact Vier Physiotherapy on 07738 682080 or visit

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Whittlesey Amateur Boxing Club

River Drove, Beggars Bridge, Coates PE7 2DH. Contact Mark Hurst: 07377 941011 or email:

Whittlesey Lions Club

Meets second Monday of month at 7.30pm at The Falcon Hotel, 1 London Street, Whittlesey PE7 1BH. New members welcome.

Contact Steve Palmer, 18 Glenfields, Whittlesey PE7 1HX, 01733 351405, or find us on Facebook.

March & District Model Railway Club

Meets on Wednesdays, 7.30-10pm at St Mary’s Church Hall, Wisbech Road, Westry, March PE15 0BA. Visit for further information or email:

Whittlesey Manor Dolphins: Swim England Affiliated Club

Meets Mondays (term time) 6.30-8.30pm depending on ability. At Whittlesey Swimming Pool. Free Trial – to book contact

Whittlesey Indoor Bowls Club

194-198 Station Road, PE7 2HA. Open all year round. For more information visit, or call 01733 202209 or email

Painting Group

Meets every Tuesday in Eastrea Village Hall between 1pm and 4pm. Been established for 8 years. Please contact Sue on 01733 205241 for more details.

Whittlesey Ladysmith WI

Meets on the second Tuesday of the month, at 7.30pm, at St Andrew's Parish Hall.

For more information, please contact Liz Phillips 07982 854872 or find us on Facebook.

Whittlesey Patchwork Group

Meets every Monday 1-3.30pm in the Bowling Club at Manor Leisure. Sociable sewing, knitting, and crochet over tea and cake!

Find out more from Rita: 01733 204271 or 07875 269145.

To advertise your club or group please call Sallyanne for more information on 07737 026594 or email

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Gary’s Cleaning Services offers a wide range of cleaning solutions to its customers.

Established for twenty-two years, the company can give a new lease of life to property providing domestic and commercial services which saves you money in the long run.

The services include gutter cleaning and now is an optimum time to have them cleaned to prevent them being blocked for the next season.

Do you have a patio or decking which has come out the long winter looking a bit tired and grubby? Gary and his team can pressure wash to breathe new life into your existing patio or driveway. The company offers a premium window cleaning service and

conservatory roof cleaning to fit in with your busy schedule. And the team can also clean solar panels, allowing them to work at their best, so make the most of the summer sun.

Contact Gary for a quote on 07769 533858. See Facebook for more details.

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