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Winter Issue 2012/2013
50 Shades of Green
Contents Heritage and Culture 3 History’s Mirror Project
4 and 5
Economics, Business and Government 14 Down by the Riverside 16 The Changing Face of Peterborough
18 and 19
Health and Fitness 10 Peterborough Celebrates Paralympic Stars
Get Fit in January
Advertising Enquiries If you’re interested in advertising in Your Peterborough please call: 01733 452 693
28 and 29 School Investment 30 Young and Old Advice column 31 Changes to Education for 16 to 18 year olds
33 Stepping up to the Cause
Diamond Jubilee, Olympics and lots more It’s been a pivotal year for Peterborough
34 Neighbourhoods in Focus Car Park gets Safety Award
Small Business and Big Ideas
20 and 21 Councillors, Council meetings and call-ins...
22 and 23 50 shades of green
12 and 13 2012 PGER Run: Biggest and best yet! Sign up to your own Victory
27 Adopt a Smile
One Person’s Trash Saves another some Cash
Strictly sculpture: Peterborough’s treasured chest 8 Lest We Forget It’s Panto Season
People and Places
35 A taste of the Continent on St John’s Square 36 What’s on January – March 2013
24 Ready to Switch Enterprise Peterborough spruces up the city 25 We’re hungry for Harry! Holiday Collections Real Christmas Trees – options for Recycling Don’t Forget to Recycle over the Holidays
Your Heritage and Culture
History’s Mirror Local residents reflect on fashions of the 1940s – 1980s Residents have been raiding the back of their wardrobes and attics to put together a collection of clothes from the 1940s up to the 1980s for a special History’s Mirror project run by City College Peterborough. A group of city-based volunteers have worked hard to put together a collection of over 1,000 items of clothing, accessories, photographs and other memorabilia from the 1940s-1980s to share with schools, faith centres and other community groups across the city. City College Principal, Pat Carrington, said: “The volunteers have worked extremely hard; putting together a range of memory boxes to share with others and creating an amazing website documenting the fashions of the ‘make do and mend’ post-war period to the opulent fashions of the 80s. Clothes and accessories evoke memories of special occasions for people and the project has been a great success for everyone involved.”
TOPSITE The History’s Mirror website is
During the project, students from Ken Stimson Community School designed outfits influenced by the fashions of the 1940s to 1980s and wrote poems inspired by the experiences of older residents living through the war years and the impact it had on their lives. Students took the opportunity to read their poems live on air on a local radio station which was a great experience for them.
Your Heritage and Culture
Understanding their body’s action and capturing the ‘moment’ in a fragmented form.
Peterborough’s Treasured Chest He rocked the London 2012 Olympics on the pommel horse, bringing home bronze and silver medals to our fair city. He thrilled the crowds in August from the top of a red double-decker, reminding us all that with heart, tenacity and a lot of pizazz, everyone has a chance of winning.
Since September he’s lit up the dance floor with Flavia Cacace, proving time and again his flair for making what might seem impossible, look entirely effortless.
I wanted to create a series of sculptures which honour and celebrate their achievements and reflect their individual commitment and excellence within their sport.
So what now for Louis Smith, home-grown superstar and people’s champion?
“The sculptures hold something of the power zone of each individual athlete, which I see as pivotal to them being the best in the world Well he’s about to bare it all just for us to celebrate the acquisition of the city’s monument at what they do. As such each work is a to our Olympic and Paralympic heroes - a bronze collaboration between athlete and sculptor, understanding their body’s action and capturing cast of the body beautiful, Louis Smith’s chest! the ‘moment’ in a fragmented form.” In 2013, in conjunction with sponsors from The final venue for the artwork has yet to be across the city, the council will be unveiling a decided, but we’d love to hear your thoughts! brand-new piece of artwork to celebrate the legacy of 2012 and act as a constant reminder for people young and old to reach for their dreams. The sculpture was created by Ben Dearnley for his exhibition Avenue of Champions, which opened at Salisbury Cathedral this summer. Dearnley describes the exhibition saying: “My work here is an exploration into the world of some of the UK’s top Olympic and Paralympics athletes. 1
ponsorship opportunities for the S sculpture are still available email: Lucy.Dines@peterborough.gov.uk for more details.
1. Louis rehearsing for Strictly Come Dancing on BBC 1 Photo courtesy of BBC. 2. Louis undergoing the plaster cast process for the sculpture Photo courtesy of Ben Dearnley.
Strictly Come Dancing is on Saturdays at 6.30pm on BBC 1.
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Commissioner outlines plans for being ‘voice of the public’
capable person with a good history of public service”.
Sir Graham pledges to represent views on policing.
Sir Graham said: “When I put Brian forward for the role it was because of his experience in the public sector and his head for business. The skills we each bring are complementary and I think we will work very well together for the people of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.”
Cambridgeshire’s first Police and Crime Commissioner, Sir Graham Bright, was elected by the public on 16 November and immediately pledged to be the voice of the public, representing their views on policing and community safety. He said: “I am looking forward to working with the Chief Constable and I am confident that, working together we can address the concerns of the public. I have committed to ensuring the views of all my communities, from Peterborough in the north of the force area to South Cambridgeshire, will be heard. I will be looking at how I can use the new posts I’ve proposed to co-ordinate engagement with the public and partners to ensure I am hearing everyone’s views on community safety - from the large urban areas to the small rural areas.” Sir Graham launched the Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner website www.cambridgeshire-pcc.gov.uk on his first day in office and outlined how he sees face to face public engagement working alongside digital communication to reach as many people as possible, in the way in which they prefer to engage. “The website will be a crucial tool to complement the face to face activity I have already widely spoken about and I would invite people to visit the site and get in contact in the numerous ways it offers. I will be using it to invite comments on the many decisions that need to be taken over the coming weeks and months”, said Sir Graham. 6
The website will be used alongside other forms of public engagement to receive feedback on
some of the key urgent decisions that need to be taken in the coming weeks, including the proposed level of the policing part of council tax and Police and Crime Plan objectives.
Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner appointed Sir Graham Bright has welcomed the Police and Crime Panel’s response to his proposal to appoint Brian Ashton as Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner. The Panel’s Summary of Reasons for Approval states that Mr Ashton is “a confident and
Visit the Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner website at www.cambridgeshire-pcc.gov.uk or follow @PCCCambs for the latest news and information. Sir Graham Bright
Sir Graham Bright
The summary goes on to say that the Panel particularly noted Mr Ashton’s sound commercial experience and that he is “adept in dealing with budgets and these skills will inevitably add value to his role”.
Mr Ashton will now support Sir Graham in his full range of duties and functions as Police and Crime Commissioner. Mr Ashton said: “I am delighted to have been approved for this important role to support Sir Graham with a broad and varied agenda. I am committed to public service and am looking forward to working with Sir Graham and for the public.”
Plans for ‘surgeries’ outlined Sir Graham has outlined plans to hold regular ‘surgeries’ for members of the public to raise issues or concerns relating to policing and community safety. The Commissioner will offer one to one appointments with members of the public. The surgeries will be by appointment and will take place at locations around the county and Peterborough. Sir Graham said: “In order to be the voice of the public I am keen to meet and listen to as many people as possible. The surgeries will ensure members of the public can raise any concerns they have so I can work with relevant agencies to respond to these.” Sir Graham is also considering how he is best able to link with other communities during his term in office. He said: “I am keen to engage with Neighbourhood Watch and other volunteer groups and parishes. I am currently exploring how my office can best link in with all these meetings, including the existing 120 police and council-led public meetings. My surgeries will complement this activity and mean that people do not have to wait until one of these local meetings to raise an individual matter of concern.”
In order to be the voice of the public I am keen to meet and listen to as many people as possible. The surgeries will ensure members of the public can raise any concerns they have so I can work with relevant agencies to respond to these.
Details of the planned surgeries are available on the Commissioner’s website, or by contacting: Telephone: 0300 333 3456 Email: email@example.com Write to: Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner, South Cambridgeshire Hall, Cambourne Business Park, Cambourne CB23 6EA.
Sir Graham Bright
I am currently exploring how my office can best link in with all these meetings, including the existing 120 police and council-led public meetings. 7
Your Heritage and CultURE
Lest we forget It’s been a memorable year as Peterborough paid tribute to its Armed Forces. The city saw the unveiling of a new war memorial to commemorate the men and women of Peterborough who sacrificed their lives serving their country. The memorial received a religious dedication in June by The Dean of Peterborough, the Very Reverend Charles Taylor and was given the royal seal of approval by HRH The Duke of Gloucester in September. The memorial was paid for entirely by generous donations from members of the public, school children and local businesses among others and takes pride of place in Bridge Street. It includes a bronze plaque with the following inscription,
If you’re interested in find out more about joining Her Majesty’s Armed Forces visit www.mod.uk/defenceinternet/defencefor/jobseekers/
It’s Panto Season...
“A memorial to the men and women of the city of Peterborough who have sacrificed their lives in the service of their country, and whose names are recorded in the books of remembrance in Peterborough Cathedral”.
...Oh yes it is!
A visit to the pantomime is as much a part of Christmas as decorating the tree and giving presents. And Santa is also spoiling us this year by offering Peterborough residents two pantos as well as an ice skating extravaganza to choose from, so why not spoil yourself and go for all three!
Over at The Cresset, they have the enchanting tale of Dick Whittington who goes to find his fortune. Starring Eastenders favourite Ricky Groves and singer Andy Scott Lee, this panto runs until 30 December. To book, contact The Cresset Box Office on 01733 265705 or visit www.cresset.co.uk
Mother Goose is the Key Theatre’s eggciting Christmas production and runs until Sunday 6 January. This year’s tale of the goose that lays golden eggs is written and directed by panto veteran Michael Cross. With a score of great songs and some special effects it’s certain to be a couple of hours of good, clean fun for all the family. To book contact the Key’s Box Office on 01733 207239 or visit www.vivacity-peterborough.com.
Or is it Chico time? The TV pop personality and ice celebrity Chico is one of the many stars coming to Peterborough Arena in January for the amazing Celebrities on Ice Show. This exciting mix of music, ice dancing and sequins performed by professional skaters and celebrities is compered by national treasure, Christoper Biggins. To book, call 0844 581 4910.
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Get fit in January
Your HEALTH AND FITNESS
A new year often stirs a desire to be more healthy and active during the coming 12 months. This is usually followed by the usual, and often unfulfilled, resolution to sign up for a gym membership or start jogging around the local park. Instead why not consider joining a local sports club or another more active hobby? This way you can achieve your healthier lifestyle and maybe make some new friends along the way.
Celebrates Paralympic Stars Today’s role models are a mixed bag of different backgrounds, status and social standing. For some, it might be celebrities facing down their fear of spiders, whilst others are full of admiration for David Beckham.
Peterborough Harriers train and play from September through to June and are always looking for new players to come along and try the sport. Venue: Voyager School, Mountsteven Avenue, Walton, Peterborough PE4 6HX. Times: Tue, Weds, Thurs – 7.30pm to 9.30pm Website: www.peterboroughharriersvolleyballclub.org.uk Contact: 07948 400369 or 07719 193111
What role models do is influence, inspire and ignite our own visions of success and achievement. That’s why our Olympic and Paralympic athletes of 2012 are all worthy role models. Some of our city’s young people were lucky enough to come face-to-face with two medalwinning Paralympians - Harriet Lee and Matt Skelhon – who were in Peterborough in November. Both athletes were invited to celebrate their success, courtesy of Vivacity Culture and Leisure, in partnership with Peterborough City Council. The pair began their day visiting Vivacity venues, Bushfield Leisure Centre and Jack Hunt Pool & Gym, and spoke to students from Ormiston Bushfield Academy and Jack Hunt Swimming Pool about their experience at the games as well as answering questions from pupils. Speaking about the day Harriet said:
We really want to keep the spirit of the Paralympics alive. Hopefully we will now inspire more children to take part in sport. 10
Peterborough Harriers Volleyball Club
2 Matt Skelhon spoke about how much he appreciated the support he had received from Peterborough: “Any support is really good, but when the people close to you and nearby where you live are behind you, it really helps.” The celebrations concluded at the Embankment Sports and Athletics Arena where the pair were presented with civic gifts by the Mayor of Peterborough, Councillor George Simons before taking part in sports with pupils from local special schools. Councillor Simons said: “This was the perfect opportunity for the city of Peterborough as a whole to thank our local athletes for representing the UK in the Paralympics this summer.” Vivacity has been successfully delivering disability sport in Peterborough since 2010. More than 250 people in Peterborough currently participate in disability sports weekly. For more information about the range of disability sports Vivacity offers visit www.vivacity-peterbrough.com
Fenland Clarion Cycling Club
Venue: Most rides start from Helpston Times: Social rides on Sunday at 9am Website: www.fenlandclarion.co.uk
Kings School of Martial Arts
The KSOMA offers classes in Jujitsu, Eskrima and Tai Chi with classes taking place on weekdays and weekends, they also have special discounted classes for beginners. Venue: Units 3 & 4, Mancetter Square, Peterborough, PE4 6BX Times: Monday to Saturday, daytime and evenings Website: www.ksoma.co.uk Contact: 07732 465763
The Equilibrium Centre provides a variety of different Yoga classes taught in an inspirational, peaceful and serene space. There are special beginners classes held on a regular basis, pre-booking is required and this can be done through the website. Venue: 31-32 Aston Business Park, Shrewsbury Avenue, Peterborough, PE2 7BX Times: Monday to Saturday, daytime and evenings. Website: www.equilibriumyoga.co.uk Contact: 01733 370002
This local cycling community is based in Helpston and holds weekly social rides ideal for beginners as well as offering tougher competitions for the more experienced cyclist.
Equilibrium Yoga and Well-being Centre
A fun and friendly dance school offering a range of classes including ballroom, latin American, ballet, and street dance all taught by professional teachers in a modern fully equipped dance studio. With a new term starting in January why not book onto one of the beginners courses. Venue: Newark Road, Peterborough, PE1 5YD Times: Classes take place throughout the week, booking is required. Website: www.tudanse.co.uk Contact: 01733 553830
These activities are a selection taken from the Community Groups pages of the Peterborough City Council website. If you would like to find out more about the many community groups in Peterborough you can visit www.peterborough.gov.uk/CommunityGroups
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The 2012 Perkins Great Eastern Run was a winner in every sense of the word. The half marathon attracted its highest number of competitors with more than 4,400 people and the fun run and wheelchair race were equally well represented.
It was the Kenyans who completed a one-two finish. Winner Luka Rotich crossed the line in 62mins 25secs, which was just outside the Great Eastern Run best of 62.16 set two years 12 ago, and was the second fastest half-marathon ever seen in Peterborough.
1. Luka Rotich clocks a winning time
A new route was also introduced, giving people better spectator views and runners a chance to improve on their previous personal best times. Entries came in from all over the UK and overseas with runners coming from Italy, France, Sweden, America, Hong Kong and Kenya.
It was the first time the Perkins Great Eastern Run started and finished on the Embankment (previously started on Long Causeway) and this made it more spectator friendly with entertainment, a market and refreshments all on tap.
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You don’t have to be a ‘runner’ to take part – just being a spritely jogger is enough – and for those of you in wheelchairs, this is a race worth entering too. Online entry for the Perkins Great Eastern Run 2013 is now open. The event isn’t until October so there’s plenty of time to build up your training programme. In the meantime, here are the top ten reasons why you should enter the half marathon or fun run now: 1. Be proud: Everyone should be able to say they’ve ran a half marathon. We promise your sense of exhilarating accomplishment will be on a par with becoming a parent, landing that top job or passing your driving test. 2. Get fit: Running and training for a race promotes a ‘healthy mind, healthy body’ ethos.
Not far behind was Benson Olenakeri in 63.01 and third placed man Paul Martelletti finished in 65.46.
3. No hills: The Perkins Great Eastern Run is one of the flattest routes in the country. It’s also one of the fastest.
The 2013 Perkins Great Eastern Run will take place on Sunday 13 October with the same start time of 10.30am. It will be a 10am start for the fun run and the wheelchair race will once again commence before the half marathon.
4. Be part of something big: The race is also the biggest event in the city’s calendar. As countdown approaches there’s a buzz around it that will be all the more infectious if you’re one of the 4,000-plus entrants.
Well, it’s nearly 2013 and you need a new challenge - don’t you? One challenge worth considering is taking part in the 2013 Perkins Great Eastern Run. 5. Enjoy the glory: The crowd support along the route and at the finish will make you feel like an Olympian. 6. A worthy cause: You can get sponsored and raise money for your favourite charity. 7. Reduce your waistline: A mile generally burns about 100 calories. Increasing your mileage will take your running fitness to the next level and boost your caloric burn. 8.Daydream believer: Taking part will give you the confidence to take on other life goals. You’ll dream bigger and set higher benchmarks for yourself. Suddenly you’ll realise you can always do more than you think you can do. 9. Do it for the medal! It’s a nice bit of bling and would look great hanging from your mantelpiece. The goody bag isn’t too shabby either. 10. Prove someone wrong: They’ve laughed in your face at the suggestion of running a half marathon? Time to set about proving them wrong then... There are no excuses. Lay down your 2013 challenge and enter now at www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk
Your economics, business AND Government
e h t y b n w o D 1 1. Peterborough Cathedral 2. Vista development
The regeneration of the city’s South Bank has long been wanted by the city council and residents alike – and this year the process to make that a reality began. The South Bank along with other sites, including the Vista housing development and the Community Stadium project at Peterborough United’s ground will now make up the Riverside Opportunity Area – creating the city’s largest regeneration project since the days of the Development Corporation. The council’s vision for Riverside is for the area to become a thriving high quality quarter that reconnects the area with the city centre: • A mix of new homes and businesses • Leisure facilities • Tourist attractions • Vibrant and diverse urban neighbourhood • An active quarter during the day and in the evening
To make this regeneration project possible the city council is now in the process of appointing a private development partner that would invest in and work with the council on the project. The partner, who is set to be appointed at the end of 2013, must also share the city council’s vision to create the UK’s Environment Capital through sustainable development. Once a partner has been appointed we will be able to display plans of what the site could look like in the future and to hear your views on Riverside. The regeneration of Riverside will be vital to how the city develops and grows over the coming decades. Construction is set to be underway by the beginning of 2016.
...to become a thriving high quality quarter that reconnects with the city centre.
Your economics, business AND Government
The changing face of Peterborough Since 2001, Peterborough has seen a population increase of over 16.6% due to significant increases in immigration, people living longer and a birth rate in the top 10 in the country and one of the highest outside London. This makes us the 9th in the country in terms of growth.
Our population is surprisingly young in comparison to other areas – with over 40% of people under the age 30. However, we have also seen a 12.2% increase in the number of people over age 65 and a large 38% increase in those aged 60-64. • O rton with Hampton saw the most significant increase of 288.8% (10,147 residents) from 2001 • S econd was Fletton and Woodston, with a rise of 45% since 2001 • F ive wards noticed a decrease in population (Bretton North, Orton Longueville, Werrington North, Werrington South, Bretton South) The 2001 census showed that 9.8% of Peterborough’s population was born outside the United Kingdom. That figure in the 2011 census is 20.6%. That change puts significant pressure on our infrastructure. As a result, we are investing in schools, recognising that many children in the city have English as a second language.
When faced with such a radical change in the make-up of our population, Peterborough City Council felt it was crucial to tell the Government how these changes needed to be reflected in our annual financial grant.
As a result, Council Leader, Marco Cereste met with Brandon Lewis MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, personally to state the case for our city. Through these meetings and other representations, the city council has been lobbying government to recognise the impact that population change of this magnitude has on our services. The results of this lobbying will be seen in the upcoming financial settlement around 20 December 2012. In the next issue of Your Peterborough, we will have a full Census Results feature, but if you would like further information now on changing face of Peterborough, check out. www.peterborough.gov.uk/census.
Peterborough in a Nutshell
Your economics, business AND Government
It certainly got us all feeling patriotic for the Olympic games in the summer.
Diamond Jubilee, Olympics and lots more It’s been a pivotal year for Peterborough By Marco Cereste, Leader of Peterborough City Council “I’d like to start by welcoming you to the latest edition of Your Peterborough. In this edition you can read how to save money on your energy bills, find out more about events taking place in the next couple of months and learn about the multi-million pound improvements we’re making in our schools. There’s also a great feature on the little things we can all do to make a big difference to the environment.” I am sure you’ll agree that it has been a pivotal year, not just for Peterborough, but the whole of the UK. A packed programme of events has helped to put our great city on the map. In April we hosted a dress rehearsal for the Olympic Torch Relay - the only rehearsal I hasten to add – which was a resounding success. This was swiftly followed in May by the Halfords Tour Series and the return of The 18 Willow Festival, both of which were very well supported.
June was a very exciting month for the whole of the UK as we marked our Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. It was really heartening to see so many of our communities organising celebrations to mark the momentous occasion. It certainly got us all feeling patriotic in time for the Olympic Games in the summer.
1. Christmas Lights Switch On 2. Halfords Tour Series 3. Perkins Great Eastern Run 4. Paralympians Celebration 5. Italian Festival
5 One of my personal highlights was the Olympic Torch Relay in July. The public support was tremendous and it was amazing to see so many residents enjoying the celebrations. July saw the return of the Peterborough Festival which offered a packed programme of events and entertainment. Soon afterwards, the city joined together to cheer on our Olympic and Paralympic athletes, who did the city proud by bringing home a plethora of medals. There was a real feeling of togetherness as we cheered on the Olympic athletes, particularly those with a Peterborough connection. During Autumn, the pace of activity showed no sign of slowing down and in the past few months we have seen the Italian Festival, which took place across two days for the first time, the Perkins Great Eastern Run, which attracted record numbers of runners, and then there was the inaugural Eid festival. As the year started to draw to a close it was time once again to flick the switch on our Christmas lights. I happen to think that the decorations in our city centre this year are the best ever. We have invested a lot of time and money in improving our city centre so it is vital we complement this with some eye catching decorations. I’m sure you’ll agree they look wonderful.
That is just a whistle stop tour of a few of the exciting events Peterborough has hosted this year. I’m pleased to tell you we have another packed programme for 2013. But before we start to think about next year, let’s enjoy the rest of 2012 first. I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas. I hope you and all your friends and family are able to enjoy the festive season. Of course there will be some of us who have to work on the public holidays; I hope you also enjoy time off during the holiday period. Finally, I’d like to wish all our residents a happy and prosperous New Year. I am excited to see what the year ahead brings for the city and each and every person who lives, works or spends time here. 2013 may not be an Olympic year or a monumental Jubilee, but together let’s make it another corker.
Your economics, business AND Government
The Cabinet makes decisions about the way the council is run and how it spends its money. The Cabinet includes a leader, deputy leader, seven cabinet members and three cabinet advisors. The Cabinet is selected by the leader, who is chosen by members of the political group with the majority of councillors on the council and then voted for by all councillors at the annual council meeting in May. The current leader is Councillor Marco Cereste.
Councillors, council meetings
how does it all fit together?
Understanding how your local council works can be tricky. Who makes the decisions? Can I attend council meetings? How can I contact my ward councillor? This guide is designed to answer a few of the basic questions you might be pondering about the city council and the way decisions are made.
How many councillors are there?
The area covered by the city council is broken up into 24 areas, known as wards.
Contact details for all councillors are available on the council’s website – www.peterborough.gov.uk/ yourcouncillors. Alternatively call 01733 747474.
Your ward councillor can provide help and advice on any concerns or problems relating to council services or the area where you live. They can also represent your community within the council, at other organisations and campaign on local issues.
What is the political makeup of the council?
Councillors can arrange themselves into political groups. Currently there are 32 Conservative, 11 Labour, 10 members of the 20 Independent Forum and four Liberal Democrat councillors.
Scrutiny committees, which are made up of councillors from across the political groups, are advised of every decision which is made. Councillors who sit on these committees decide if they wish to receive further information on a particular decision and whether it should be brought before a scrutiny committee meeting for in-depth discussion. In exceptional circumstances, where members of a scrutiny committee have evidence which suggests that the Cabinet or Cabinet Members did not take the decision in accordance with the procedures in the council’s constitution, the decision can be called-in. Scrutiny committees can also comment on draft policy items prior to a decision being made by Cabinet.
57 24 wards councillors
council meeting 1. The council chamber in the Town Hall, Bridge Street.
What’s the difference between a councillor and an officer?
Councillors are politicians and elected by the public to represent them on the council and to make or influence decisions which will affect them. A council officer is not elected or political and is employed by the council.
What can my ward councillor do for me?
Who checks the decisions that Cabinet and Cabinet members make?
There are 57 councillors who represent the residents in these wards. The number of councillors per ward is proportionate to the number of residents in the ward.
What is the Cabinet?
Q Help us balance our books In January we will be launching a consultation on our budget proposals for 2013/14. We will be working with the local media to explain our ideas and they will also be on our website www.peterborough.gov.uk. If you want to get involved email firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on Twitter or Facebook and you will receive an email or update when the consultation opens
Are Cabinet and Scrutiny and other council meetings open to the public?
Yes, the majority of council meetings are open to the public. For details of meetings visit www.peterborough.gov.uk/ committeemeetings
When do I next need to vote in a local election?
In Peterborough local elections are held on three out of every four years. A third of councillors are elected each year for a four year term. On the fourth year (2013), there is no election, unless there is a need to hold a by-election – for example if a councillor resigns or dies.
50 Shades of green! No, this is not about the mysterious Christian Grey from the best selling trilogy, but how you can make some green New Year’s resolutions. Saving the planet and increasing your bank balance doesn’t have to be hard work, just take a look at these 50 tips and decide on how you will turn over a new leaf for the New Year.
I pledge to...
1 Only boil the amount of water I need for my cup of tea. 2 Install a low flow showerhead – it will be just as forceful as my fancy power shower but half the amount of water will be going down the plughole. 3 Change to energy efficient light bulbs – they last ten times longer and will cut my energy bill. 4 Put my vegetable peelings and half eaten meals in the Hungry Harry food waste bin to be turned into compost. 5 Sign up to the Peterborough car share scheme to find someone with whom I can share journeys with: www.carsharepeterborough.com. 6 Turn off my electrical appliances at the wall – those little red standby lights mean I am sucking out energy. 7 Make sure my car tyres are properly pumped up to save on fuel consumption, emissions and wear and tear. 8 Eat more local, seasonal food to reduce the energy needed to grow and transport the food I eat, as well as support the local economy. 22
9 Buy in bulk to save on money and packaging.
10 Not lose heat through my roof by insulating or topping up my insulation in my loft to the recommended 11 inch depth www.peterborough.gov.uk/heatloss. 11 Borrow a free Energy monitor meter from my local library to show where I am using the most energy in my home so I can see where I need to cut down usage. 12 Keep old envelopes as scrap paper for shopping lists, use online banking and sign up for paperless billing from phone and utility companies. 13 Wash my clothes at 30 degrees and only have full loads. 14 Buy more sustainably – look for products that have been made with respect for the environment, for example FSC wood products. 15 Recycle all my waste. One recycled tin can would save enough energy to power my television for three hours. 16 Adopt a tree – for £15 I will get to plant my very own tree in the city and get a personalised certificate – call 01733 866431. 17 Put a lid on it. Saucepans with lids on heat much quicker, using less energy in the process. 18 Recycle my grass cutting, prunings, weeds and leaves and put in my brown bin to be used for composting. 19 Dress my hot water tank with a snazzy lagging jacket to save on the heating bill.
20 Buy Fairtrade for better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. 21 Make the most of the 45 mile Green Wheel cycle network and get on my bike as well as get healthy at the same time: www.travelchoice.org.uk 22 Turn lights off. Lighting an empty office overnight is equivalent to boiling water for 1,000 cups of coffee. 23 Take my unwanted and broken electrical items to the WEEE electrical waste facility in Fengate to be refurbished and recycled and passed to charities www.enterprisepeterborough.com/WEEE. 24 Unplug my mobile phone, shaver and electric toothbrush once charged – they keep using electricity even when the battery is full. 25 Turn down my thermostat by 1°C and set timers – saving 10% on my fuel bill and 300kg of CO2. 26 Not have scalding hot water by setting the cylinder thermostat at around 60°C. 27 Hang my clothes on the washing line to dry rather than use a tumble dryer. 28 Draw my curtains, close room doors when I’m not in them and use draught excluders to keep the cold air out. 29 Use public transport more www.travelchoice.org.uk 30 Clean the car with a bucket and sponge instead of a hose pipe. 31 Place a small plastic bottle filled with water in my toilet cistern, reducing the 15 litres of water it takes to flush the loo. 32 Fix that dripping tap and save myself as much as 5,000 litres a year. 33 Sign up to free Greeniversity classes to learn some green skills – from knitting to bike maintenance, from healthy
cooking to insulating my own loft www.greeniversity.org.uk. 34 Collect rainwater in water butts and use it to water my garden plants at dusk so less water evaporates. 35 Turn off the tap when I brush my teeth and spend less time in the shower. 36 Keep the temperature of the fridge at 2°C to 3°C and the freezer at -15°C and defrost regularly. 37 Reduce unwanted junk mail by joining the Mailing Preference Service www.mpsonline.org.uk 38 Donate unwanted items to jumble sales or charity shops. 39 Turn off my car engine if stationary for more than two minutes. 40 Re-use shopping bags or use cloth bags. 41 Go to my local library instead of buying new books. 42 Not pour my leftover cooking fat and grease down the drain but dispose of it in a small container and put in my black bin. 43 Join Peterborough’s new collective energy switch scheme: www.readytoswitch.co.uk. 44 Make my radiators more efficient by placing reflective panels or sheets of aluminium foil behind them as this will bounce the heat back into the room. 45 Get a mug instead of using disposable plastic or paper cups. 46 Switch my oven off before its finished cooking as it will still finish cooking the food. 47 Visit my local green open space more regularly and enjoy nature in action. 48 Build a bug hotel and provide a refuge for local creatures - www.buglife.org.uk. 49 Use rechargeable batteries instead of disposable ones. 50 Calculate if I live on more than one planet’s resources and receive a personalised action plan www.oneplanetliving.net.
We’re hungry for Harry!
Switch together and save on your energy bill Residents will soon be finding out how much money they will save on their energy bills after registering for the council’s first Ready to switch? scheme. The collective switching initiative uses the combined buying power of residents to drive down gas and electricity prices with energy companies. Households switch energy provider as a big group at the same time - and everyone saves on their own bill. The more households that sign up the bigger the savings – but on average we expect residents will save between £60 and £200 a year.
How does it work? • R egistration. Households register for free giving details of their current provider and energy use.
• A uction. Once registration has closed an auction will be held with energy providers. The one that makes the best bid will be selected to supply energy to those that have registered. • Y our individual offer. Offers will then be sent out informing how much you could save and you decide whether to make the final switch. There is no obligation to switch – it’s completely up to you!
Don’t worry, Ready to switch? is coming back for 2013! We plan to launch a scheme for small and medium enterprises in the New Year, and in early spring we’ll launch the next round of the Ready to switch? scheme for residents who didn’t sign up this time. In total we plan to open the Ready to switch? scheme for registration four times a year to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to save on their energy bills.
Our new weekly food waste collection service has got off to a really great start, with Enterprise Peterborough collecting nearly 300 tonnes of uneaten food in the first month! The new service is designed to help the environment by turning your food waste into fertiliser and green electricity. With the average household wasting up to £500 per year on uneaten food, it could also help save you money. Food waste currently represents as much as 40 per cent of the weight of your black bin. By working together we could all save up to £300,000 per year on landfill costs; money that can go towards important front line services.
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Options for Recycling
The Peterborough scheme is one of the first in the UK to accept people on pre-payment meters, however you must be less than £500 in debt to be able to switch. For more information visit
spruces up the city Spotted lots of activity in the city’s parks and open spaces this winter? That’ll be the Enterprise Peterborough team out and about making sure our city’s looking its best. Here are just some of the things that the Fengate-based team is doing in and around the city at the moment: • C utting back shrubs now that the nesting season has finished • S trimming the undergrowth along the parkways 24
, Don t forget to recycle your food waste this Christmas
• Installing more than 130 litter bins to help keep the city tidy
• P lanting thousands of winter flowers for a splash of colour • P lanting thousands of spring bulbs ready for 2013. So when the sun shines, do get out and about in the city and enjoy our open spaces and Green Flag award-winning parks, including Central Park and Itter Park. You’ll be surprised how lovely they look in the winter.
Toaster-sized ‘Hungry Harry’ caddies, biodegradable liners and larger, locking boxes have been sent to all households in the city and we hope to introduce the service to residents living in flats in due course. To find out more, go to: www.hungry-harry.co.uk • Cut into pieces that fit loosely in the brown bin • T ake to the Household Recycling Centre, Welland Road, PE1 3TD. Open 7 days, 8am till 4pm • T ake to Notcutts Garden Centre, Oundle Road, Peterborough, PE2 5UU. 4 - 14 January 2013
Don’t forget to Recycle Holiday this holiday season Collections Waves of wrapping paper, piles of polystyrene, oodles of oddments. But what goes in the bin and what can you recycle in your green bin? Here’s a quick overview: n Yes please Christmas cards Cardboard packaging Wrapping paper (not metallic please) Glass and plastic bottles and jars Cans, tins, aerosols
n No thank you! Metallic wrapping paper Polystyrene Plastic food packaging Christmas tree lights or decorations Tin foil or cling film Old clothes
For further information on how to recycle items such as clothes and electrical items, please go to: www.peterborough.gov.uk/recycling
Normal collection days Tues Wed Thurs Fri Tues Wed Thurs Fri
NEW collection dates
25 December* Mon 24 December 26 December Sat 29 December 27 December NO CHANGE 28 December NO CHANGE 1 January 2 January 3 January 4 January
5 January NO CHANGE NO CHANGE NO CHANGE
*PLEASE NOTE: Collections falling on Christmas Day will be collected the day BEFORE. Brown bin collections will be SUSPENDED from 24 December 2012 until 11 January 2013.
Your people and places
a Smile Amanda always knew she wanted children. But when she reached her 40s, was single and the desire to have children increased, she looked into adoption.
“I hadn’t thought about adoption before because I’d always assumed things would work out in the more traditional way,” explained Amanda. “I started giving it some real thought when I reached my early 40s and was still single.” A friend advised Amanda to speak to the adoption team at Peterborough City Council. She said: “They were definitely the most positive team I’d spoken to and conversations led to me moving to Peterborough. Immediately afterwards, I received a call from the city council inviting me to an information evening.” At the beginning of the year Amanda adopted nine-month-old Jacob. The whole experience has been life changing for Amanda and her family.
Adoption for me was a complete leap of faith but it was completely worth it. He’s wonderful, absolutely wonderful.
To find out more about adoption, call 01733 317448, email email@example.com or visit www.peterborough.gov.uk. “You don’t expect to be able to adopt a child of such a young age,” said Amanda, “I’ve been lucky enough to see his first steps.” Amanda acknowledges that adopting a child is scary initially and life changing, but since adopting Jacob her life has changed for the better. “I think you have to go in with a totally open mind. The thing which really struck me is there seems to be a perception that you can’t adopt beyond a certain age or if you’re single or in a same sex relationship, but this is absolutely not the case.”
27 NB: Names have been changed.
Your people and places
1.City of Peterborough Academy
2. Stanground Academy 3. Nene Park Academy
Every secondary school
in the city rebuilt or refurbished in the last decade 2
It’s incredible to think, but in the last five years alone, the city council has spent £190million on rebuilding and improving schools. But the investment doesn’t end there, with plans in the design stage for four further projects: • T homas Deacon Junior Academy £7million to build a new school on the grounds of the Thomas Deacon Academy • O ld Fletton Primary - £650,000 to refurbish and extend the school • Q ueen’s Drive Infant School £1.2million to extend the school to provide more places.
School Investment Next September students will walk through the doors of brand new buildings at Nene Park Academy, Stanground Academy and City of Peterborough Academy. On this day, the final piece of the jigsaw, which is the completion of the Secondary Schools Review, will be slotted into place. In 2003, the city council made a commitment to invest in every secondary school in the city. Since then, millions of pounds have been spent on refurbishing or rebuilding secondary schools to make sure children are able to attend a modern school with facilities fit for the 21st Century, regardless of where they live. Nene Park Academy, which is sponsored by the Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust, is currently being rebuilt, costing £14.25 million. The project includes a grassed amphitheatre at the front of the brand new academy building. The existing sports hall will remain alongside the dining area and changing facilities, and two teaching blocks will be remodelled and refurbished.
Mark Woods, Headteacher of Nene Park Academy, said: “I would like to thank the city council for seizing the initiative after the collapse of government funding. We had been stranded with a facility designed in the 1950s, and patched together in the 1970s. It was not fit for the demands of a modern educational environment.
We are already benefitting from the investment made and look forward to receiving our new building next summer.
The city council is spending £22.4 million rebuilding Stanground Academy, which is run by the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust. The new buildings will increase the academy’s capacity to 1,770 pupils. There will also be a new six-lane 25 metre swimming pool. Ged Rae, Acting Principal at Stanground Academy, said: “These facilities will transform our teaching and learning environment and aid all of our students to reach their full potential.” The City of Peterborough Academy, also run by the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust, will be based on the former Hereward Community College site. It will be co-located with the City of Peterborough Academy Special School which opened in September. The £13.8million building programme, including £5million from the city council, will include new and refurbished buildings. Jonathan Lewis, Assistant Director for Education and Resources for the city council, said: “One of our biggest priorities in the last decade has been to improve, refurbish and rebuild every school that needs investment. “In the last five years alone, we have pumped £190 million into our schools and that investment is continuing.
• A new primary school, adjacent to and run by Hampton College will open in 2013. It will be part of a larger £10.25million facility delivering community sports and library facilities.
“We want every child and young person to have a first class education in buildings which are modern and fitted with facilities that will give them the best possible start in life. With the investment the council has made, we are well on the way to realising that dream.”
million spent refurbishing and rebuilding schools since 2007
additional school places to be created across the city
NEW schemes in the pipeline to accommodate growing pupil numbers
We asked you on Twitter to tell us your favourite thing about Peterborough, here’s what you said: Kate @katemasters67 Nov 19, 6.46pm via Web eum is @PeterboroughCC The mus in the cafe worth a visit, tea and cake afterwards a must!
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mark ellam @mark_ellam 9.22am via Twitter for iPhone @PeterboroughCC As a resident of Stoke working in Peterborough my favourite thing about Peterborough has to be the Bombay Brasserie ;-)
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Young and old Advice column Pearls of wisdom on managing your budget It doesn’t matter how you do it - unless you have stacks of cash, budgeting is a way of life. If you do it right by watching the pennies, shopping wisely, and postpone splurging on that one thing you’ve wanted for ages, you may just have money left over when you finish paying all your bills. We talked to two local people to find out what nifty things they are doing to stay in the black. “Selling items on ebay is a great way to make money. We’ve all got things lying around the house, stuffed in cupboards, garages or sheds. Have a clear out and earn extra cash at the same time. “Limit the number of takeaways you have. We treat ourselves once a month. “My husband cycles to work which saves us a fortune in petrol.” Megan, aged 24, secretary, Woodston “When we were young, money was very short. I came to learn that when we got egg and chips for tea it was near the end of the month. So even now I don’t waste food. “Keep in mind that supermarket shelves extend up and down and that expensive items are at eye level. Alter your shopping times to coincide with when the store marks down its perishable stock. “A penny pot is a good idea. Mine is a large coffee jar with a slit in the top and yields about £30 a year.” Peter, aged 63, retired engineer, Yaxley
Changes to education for 16 to 18 year olds The government is increasing the age at which all young people leave education. Called Raising the Participation Age (RPA), it comes into effect from summer 2013 and it will be a legal requirement for all young people to remain in some form of learning or training for a further year after Year 11 (up to 17 years old). This will increase to 18 years of age from 2015. Evidence shows that giving all young people aged 16 to 18 the opportunity to develop skills and qualifications will open doors to future employment, help them make the most of their potential, and earn more over their lifetime. Remaining in learning doesn’t necessarily mean remaining at school or going to college, but also work-based learning such as apprenticeships or part-time education or training. If your child is in Year 11 and has not yet started applying for 6th form or college, or is considering employment after Year 11, encourage them to seek advice from careers staff at school or visit www.peteyouth.com.
One person’s trash saves another some cash Save yourself some pennies and take to the shops… charity shops to be precise! There’s nothing better than walking past a charity shop and something catching your eye, whether it’s a hidden treasure, vintage treat or a budget buy. If you’re keen to get more for your money, charity shopping could be the answer. Whether you’re an avid charity shop punter or a complete novice, these tips will help you get the most out of charity shopping:
Unwanted Christmas presents? Donate to charity and help support a cause.
When shopping for clothes, check the condition and the label carefully. Don’t get carried away - no matter how inexpensive, it’s pointless splashing the cash on something that looks like it’s poor quality.
Spectacular items won’t just fall at your feet, it’s all about persistence and determination. Shop around, and regularly… charity shops receive new stock daily.
Charity shops are a haven for vintage items. Keep your eyes peeled for collectables and one-off pieces; there are always new collections of antiques and retro goodies to get your hands on.
If you’re not a fan of buying second hand, remember some charity shops also sell new items.
Remember, charity shops are not just about clothes. Why pay £10 for a new book when you can pick one up second hand for 50p?
Charity shops have themes like any other shop. So if you’re looking for a Halloween fancy dress costume or Christmas decorations, chances are your charity shop will be a good place to look.
Your people and places
up to the Cause Local gents put best foot forward against domestic violence
White Ribbon Day, 25 November 2012 There is an old saying…
You can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. That’s exactly what 13 men did last month in support of the national ‘White Ribbon Campaign’. The SaferPeterborough partnership asked for willing male volunteers to step forward and step forward they did! Men from all walks of life put on a pair of women’s heels to ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ to raise awareness of domestic abuse.
The participants attracted a great deal of attention from passers by which was exactly the kind of response they wanted! Information about domestic abuse was distributed throughout the walk and people were encouraged to show their support for the campaign by wearing a white ribbon. The White Ribbon Campaign is unique as it is the first male oriented organisation to oppose violence against women. One in four women and one in six men experience domestic abuse at some stage in their lives. Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and each year men and boys are urged to wear a ribbon for one or two weeks, starting on Sunday 25 November, the international day for the Eradication of Violence against Women. Every minute of every day the police in the UK receive a call for assistance with a domestic abuse incident. If you, or someone you know, is experiencing abuse in a relationship please contact Peterborough Women’s Aid 01733 894455, or the National Domestic Violence helpline on 0808 2000 247.
TOPSITE For more information visit: www.saferpeterborough.org.uk
Your people and places
Neighbourhoods in Focus Operation CAN-do is a long term community-led programme to transform and revitalise Gladstone, Millfield and New England. Organisations working in partnership are focusing on creating jobs and supporting vulnerable families to tackle issues of poverty and deprivation. There are numerous concerns which are already being handled such as reducing anti-social behaviour and crime, safeguarding adults and children and improving education and skills. A recent campaign was launched to encourage local residents to apply for a voting member position on the Operation CAN-do Community Board. The community-led board has been formed to ensure that the three areas are truly represented and the board membership reflects the diverse community. After receiving a fantastic response, the successful applicants were notified in November and attended an initial monthly members meeting on 4 December to find out more about their role on the board.
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The board’s purpose is to integrate and inspire residents of the neighbourhood, including community organisations, residents associations, and voluntary and public sector agencies. Members of the board give their community a voice through participation in the decision-making process and bringing about positive change to where they live and work.
TOPSITE To find out more about the programme or how to get involved, please contact the Central and East Neighbourhoods Management Team on 01733 317497 or visit www.peterborough.gov.uk/ OperationCanDo.
Car parks get safety award City centre car parks have been given a safety seal of approval by the Association of Chief Police Officers’ Safer Parking Scheme, which is managed by the British Parking Association. Safer parking status, Park Mark® is awarded to parking facilities that have met the requirements of a risk assessment conducted by the police. These requirements mean Peterborough City Council has put in place measures that help to deter criminal activity and anti-social behaviour, thereby doing everything it can to prevent crime and reduce the fear of crime in its car parks. For customers, using a Park Mark® Safer Parking facility means it has passed stringent examination in the following areas: 34 • Quality management • Appropriate lighting
• Effective surveillance • Clean environment
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Car parks that have been awarded Safer Parking status are: • Bishop’s Road
• Wellington Street
• Brook Street
• Pleasure Fair Meadow
• Car Haven
• Trinity Street
• Riverside Car Park The level of vehicle related crime has plummeted as a result of the well managed parking facilities. In 2012 only eight vehicle-related crimes were reported across all seven car parks with 535,000 vehicles passing through them. Three other car parks - the Wirrina, Market Street and Regional Pool – will be undergoing improvement works in 2013 to meet the necessary requirements needed to achieve Park Mark Status.
“This time next year Rodney, we’ll be millionaires!” It took quite a few years in fact but Del Boy and Rodney did eventually become millionaires. It might have been by chance (a valuable pocket watch from a house clearance) but Derek always believed they’d hit the jackpot someday. Peckham’s local market was where the Trotter brothers earned their living in TV’s ‘Only Fools and Horses’. Stall holder Derek was always thinking big and there was a sense of entrepreneurism about him, even if he wasn’t your conventional Alan Sugar. The market was a place where small ideas had big potential – and Peterborough’s very own market is no different when it comes to starting your own business. Peterborough City Market is offering attractive start-up packages to budding entrepreneurs who are looking to launch their businesses. It’s home to more than 150 independent traders who sell everything from fruit to furniture and offer a wide range of services from a cobbler to a barber. The market is currently on the lookout for a delicatessen and traders who can offer household goods, carpets and rugs and craft ware. Most of all market manager Steve Woolley
encourages anything different someone has to offer. “Aside from the conventional products and services, I’m also keen to bring new businesses to the market that have something unique to offer – something you wouldn’t necessarily be able to purchase anywhere else in the city. “I’m open to any ideas that will enhance the visitor experience and buzz the market creates. Having your own stall is a low cost way of entering into the world of business and we are able to assist new traders with marketing support to help promote their products and services.”
INTERESTED? If you’re interested call 01733 343358 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A taste of the continent on St John’s Square People will be able to buy food made famous from a whole host of European countries at a continental market in St John’s Square on 7, 8 and 9 March. A tasty selection of crepes, bread and cheeses from France will be on sale and Italy will be represented by a wide variety of olives and biscuits. German barbecue sausages will be sizzling away alongside garlic prawns and there will be hot paella from Spain too. German dessert will be in the way of fudges and sweets and profiteroles from Holland will also be on sale. Other than food, the market will be showcasing jewels from Paris and fashion and crafts from Finland.
January – March 2013 Volunteer Days January 9 – 23 Learn new skills in a series of fortnightly days at Ferry Meadows Country Park. For times and further information contact 01733 234193 or www.neneparktrust.org.uk
Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival January 12 For further details contact: 01733 204055 or www.strawbear.org.uk
Peterborough Museum Society Lectures January 9 A series of dates to cover a wide sphere of interests held at Peterborough Museum, Priestgate, Peterborough from 7.30pm. For a full list of dates and further information go to www.peterboroughmuseumsociety.org.uk
Mayor’s Coffee Mornings January 18, February 26 and March 25 Students from Peterborough Regional College are raising funds for the Mayor’s charities, The Rudolf Fund and Supporters of Combat Stress in the Reception Room, Town Hall, Bridge Street, Peterborough between 10am and 12 noon
Holocaust Memorial Day January 24 There will be events on Cathedral Square from 11.45am and then a short service at 12 noon in St John’s Square, Peterborough. For further information contact the Mayor’s office 01733 452319.
Katharine of Aragon Festival January 25 – 27 To celebrate the life of the first wife of Henry VIII at Peterborough Cathedral, Peterborough. For further details 01733 355315 or www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk
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January 25 – 27 The skating extravaganza will be held at the Peterborough Arena, East of England Showground, Peterborough. For further detail and tickets contact 01733 363500 or www.peterborougharena.com
Dial M for Murgatroyd January 29 – February 2 Wacky winter theatre at the Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough. For further details and tickets contact 01733 207237 or www.vivacity-peterborough.com/venues/ key-theatre
Wildlife Week February 9 – 17 Wildlife themed activities at Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre, Thornhaugh, Peterborough. For times and further information contact: 01780 782254 or go to www.sacrewell.org.uk
UK Pink Floyd Experience February 22 The Cresset, Bretton, Peterborough from 7.30pm. For further details and tickets contact 01733 265705 or www.cresset.co.uk
Lambing Time March 2 – April 16 Hands on experience during lambing time at Scarewell Farm and Country Centre, Thornhaugh, Peterborough. For times and further information contact 01780 782254 or go to www.sacrewell.org.uk
Magic of Motown March 7 Celebrating 50 years of number one songs at The Cresset, Bretton, Peterborough from 7.30pm. For further details contact 01733 265705 or www.cresset.co.uk
Mayor’s Charity Ball March 15 Dinner and dance to raise funds for the Mayor’s charities The Rudolf Fund and Supporters of Combat Stress at the Holiday Inn, Thorpe Wood, Peterborough from 7pm. For further details and tickets contact the Mayor’s Office on 01733 452319
The Shire Horse Show March 15 – 17 The Shire Horse Show will be at The Peterborough Arena, East of England Showground, Peterborough. For further details contact 01733 363500 or www.peterborougharena.com
For more events and information go to www.peterborough.gov.uk/events
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