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No 41: August 2013


A Lancaster Salutes our Heritage Weekend PETE WINS


The car-park was deserted as spectators crowded across the lawns to see this RAF WWII Lancaster on its flight to salute the new Eastrea Centre on Saturday 20 July. The plane swooped low across the hall in a clover-leaf course, roaring back across the village and dipping its wings in salute. We are very grateful to Wing Commander Martin Thorner and Mr Richard Kearns of RAF Molesworth for helping us to arrange this memorable moment of Eastrea history. Crowds (below) took photos and video as the aircraft roared back across the farmland towards Peterborough in the west.

Village Hall gains a new path for those using wheelchairs

EASTREA RESIDENT Pete Sennett of Thornham Way (above) was overall winner at last month’s Coates Village Show. Pete is an enthusiastic gardener with extensive allotments in Whittlesey. He often produces recordbreaking crops and this year — as well as a handful of certificates — Pete returned with a handsome silver cup.

After being seriously affected by a stroke, Mayfield Road resident Mrs Susan Roach found how hard it can often be to make others understand what you want to express. None the less, her message to the Village Hall Trust was clear enough — gravel in front of the entrance was a problem for people who rely on a wheelchair. Our photograph (right) shows work on the new paved pathway that now links the asphalt pavement direct to the area of the main entrance. As well as helping users of wheelchairs, the path is crucial for parents with buggies.

HUNDREDS OF visitors joined in the celebration of our first-ever Heritage Weekend at the new Eastrea Centre. With traditional folk music, exhibits of old maps of Eastrea and press cuttings, face painting, a portrait artist, singers and musicians plus the village hall’s first-ever disco, with stalls showing huge live reptiles and memorabilia for people to buy as souvenirs, plus our first dog show … this truly was a weekend to remember. The next is planned for Saturday 7 September 2013.

No 41: August 2013






HIVE OF ACTIVITY during the Heritage Weekend (below). The event, widely reported in the press, attracted hundreds of local residents and visitors from further afield. The weekend took over £2,000.


for an informal ch at WED 04 SEPTEMBER 6.45 pm: Flower arranging Ms Nicola Brook of Daisy Chain florists

THUR 05 SEPTEMBER 7.15 pm: Tai Chi class Mr Jeff Moody

WED 11 SEPTEMBER 5.45 pm: Fenland Jujitsu Academy Mr Martin Hunnable

THUR 12 SEPTEMBER 10.00 am: Quilting Group Mrs Sylvia Malins

THUR 12 SEPTEMBER 6.00 pm: 1st Coates Brownies Brown Owl Mrs Mags Brown

A ZUMBA DANCE session (right) was so popular that we will now have weekly classes given by the tutor, Jenna Tudor of Danzfusion. Come to meet her—and our other class leaders — to find out more. Times are listed (left).

IN COURT MR HERBERT HATTON of Wype Road was in the dock of the magistrate’s court in Peterborough on Thursday 8 August. He faces charges of being a ‘person in charge of a dog allowing it to be dangerously out of control in a public place and cause injury on 28 June 2013’. Eastrea Village News has been told by court officials that the case has now been adjourned to 10.00 am on Thursday 22 August. CLASSES BEGIN AT NEW HALL

MON 16 SEPTEMBER 7.15 pm: Exercise class Ms Karen Mucklin

TUE 17 SEPTEMBER 8.15 pm: Danzfusion Zumba class Ms Jenna Tudor

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ANCIENT MAPS of Eastrea (above) provided this fascinating exhibit that helped to launch last month’s Heritage Weekend. This project was funded in part by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

HISTORY WAS MADE on Thurs 1 August when Mr Jeff Moody (with some of his students above) started the very first class at the new Eastrea Centre, Tai Chi. Mr Moody hoped for 6 students and had 13; in the second week the number grew to 23. There are different classes now planned for every weekday from ‘quilting’ to ‘keep fit’ and already they ensure that the Eastrea Centre is running on a secure financial basis.


Eastrea Centre from 12-5pm : Bouncy Castles Music : Exhibits : BBQ : Obstacle Course Stalls : G yr o s co p e R ide : ALL DAY BAR 7-11 pm DISCO AND LIVE MUSIC DISCO TICKETS £2.00 or FAMILY TICKET £5.00 from 5A Mayfield Rd or 1 Kelful Close — call any evening!

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