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September 2010

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Dear Neighbours, Welcome to the September edition of ‘The Viewer’. I thought it was time I added my photo to the editor’s letter. I hope it doesn’t frighten anyone!!! Now you all know that it isn’t the little elves publishing this magazine and making sure they are delivered through your door. It is in fact little me, sat at the desk as busy as a bee, making sure it all gets finished in time ready for the printer, and organising all the distribution. Well, surprisingly, we have had a few sunny days amongst the rainy days. I hope you all enjoyed the summer and have had lots of fun. If you have been to any of the places or activities listed in The Viewer it will be interesting to hear from you. How did you get on? Would you go again? What did you think? Also, I did start an article last month re. Leisure Cycling Guide round Peterborough by Travel Choice. I hope some of you tried this out, if so, please email your experiences to If you enjoyed the cycling route, there is another one to try on page 6. I got a new bike for my birthday in June, so I promise, I will give it a go this month, so go on everyone, if I can do it so can you!!! I will keep you updated with my experience, please don’t forget to let me know how you got on. This month we have another competition to win a family ticket to the East of England Autumn Show held on 10th October. Go to page 56 to enter. Good Luck!!! Now the summer is almost over and the children are back at school. We can look forward to a few relaxing days and some time to ourselves. But don’t forget it is only 16 weeks to Christmas. So while you are relaxing, why don’t you start by looking through the magazine for some gift ideas for your loved ones. Happy reading! Until next time!

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Contents Page Business Features 16 42 46 50

Athena Holistics - Zambrozza anti ageing drink Halls the Chemist 1A Dental Vet Savers

Regular Articles 6 10 22 24 26 30 38 44 52

Cycling for Leisure Working from Home: Next Door’s Parcles Gardening: Picking & Storing Tree Fruit Recipe - Plum & Almond Tart Book Review - Books for Foodies Motor Review: Alfa Romeo Mito MultiAir Finance & Business Travel: Anglesey Monthly Horoscopes

Local Information 8 & 12 14 28 31-34 36 40 & 58 56 60/61

Local Information Ride for Ryder East of England Autumn Show Your Local Trades Ortongate Fair 2010 Local Information Useful Contact Nos. Your Local Events and Library Events

Puzzles 18 Children’s Puzzle Page 48/49 Adults Puzzle Page/Sudoku

Special Features 20 Teenage Book Review - Cherry Crush 54/55 Joe Pasquale - Questions and Answers

Ride for Ryder 19th September See page 14

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Cycling for Leisure


ere we have another cycling route you can enjoy with your family, a great way to get to know Peterborough. ‘The Nene Park Loop’ is a 7 mile route that starts in the city centre and follows the Nene Valley Railway before meandering through the Woodston Ponds Nature Reserve and entering Ferry Meadows Country Park. The return route takes you across Orton Mere, before cycling through the Sculpture Park and the Boardwalks Nature Reserve. This route is completely off-road and therefore suitable for families and inexperienced cyclists. This should take approx. one hour at an average speed of 8mph. See map and directions below. We will feature a new cycle route every month from the Leisure Cycling guides by Travel Choice.

Directions: 1. Start on the foot and cycle bridge by Viersen Platz and turn RIGHT signed the Wellingtonia cycleway for Woodston and Orton. 2. Continue alongside the River Nene and the Nene Valley Railway. 2. At 1.4 miles cross the Nene Valley Railway. Pass the first wooden Nene Valley Railway bridge on your right, before turning RIGHT over the second bridge, signed Orton Mere and Ferry Meadow. Turn left immediately after crossing the bridge. 3. After passing Orton Mere Railway Station make a LEFT and then a RIGHT turn signed Nene Park and Ferry Meadows 4. At end of the cycle path turn RIGHT onto Goldie Lane and cross over the Nene Valley Railway. Keep LEFT alongside the Nene Valley railway. 5. At 3 miles cross Ham Lane and turn RIGHT signed Ferry Meadows and Bretton. Arrive at Ferry Meadows Visitor Centre. 6. Before Ham Bridge turn RIGHT signed Riverside Walk and Bluebell Wood. Continue alongside the river before crossing the Nene Valley Railway and turning LEFT back down the cycle path. At the end of the cycle path turn LEFT over Orton Mere before turning RIGHT and going under the Nene Parkway. Pass alongside the Rowing Lake. Footbridge across the River Nene 7. Pass the Boathouse Pub, turn RIGHT over the bridge and follow signs for the Workhouse cycleway. Turn RIGHT as the route takes you back towards the River Nene. 8. Continue alongside the River Nene and arrive back at Viersen Platz.

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Local Information — Local Information — Local Information Kit out the kids for next to nothing Nearly New Sale in Peterborough on 9 October


hanks to the Peterborough branch of the National Childbirth Trust (NCT), Mums and Dads can kit out their children with virtually brand new clothes and toys at a fraction of high street prices. A Nearly New Sale of clothes, toys and accessories for babies and toddlers will take place on Saturday 9th October at The Fleet, Fletton, between 10.30 and 12 noon. Admission is just £1. Be sure to arrive early for the best bargains. Parents are welcome to come along as buyers or sellers with just one condition that the goods they bring must be 'nearly new'. If you would like to sell please contact the NCT beforehand on 0844 243 6240 or email: to receive a sellers pack. Sharon Raymond, Chair of the Peterborough branch of the NCT, explained: "All parents want the best for their children but many of us simply can't afford the latest 'must have' item as well as the everyday clothes an active child can get through.” “The cost of kitting out a child for the first five years can run to thousands of pounds. Our NCT Nearly New Sales are the perfect solution - high street quality at knock-down prices." NCT Nearly New Sales give parents the


chance to buy everyday necessities like vests, jeans and T-shirts for their children. They can also find items such as coats and clothing for special occasions as well as toys and other accessories - all for a fraction of their retail price. The sales are intended to ease the strain on the childcare budget of the average family by offering parents a more economical alternative to buying new. All proceeds raised from the sale help fund NCT charity services and campaigns. The NCT is the UK’s leading charity on pregnancy, birth and early parenthood. Every year the charity supports thousands of parents through an incredible life-changing experience, offering relevant information and mutual support through a network of over 300 local branches, UK wide helplines, antenatal and early days courses, breastfeeding counselling and peer support schemes.

Saturday 9th October 10.30am - 12 noon (Members 10.15) Fleet Centre, Peterborough. PE2 8DL Admission £1 (in aid of NCT Charity). All items for babies & preschoolers! We sell your items. For details or to volunteer: 0844 2436240 or email No shopper’s pushchairs please

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Working from Home Next Door’s Parcels by Ted Bruning


t’s a hangover from the days when most households had one spouse who went out to work while the other – the one who did the really hard labour – was at home most of the time that parcels are generally delivered during the day. It follows that nowadays, when most couples both have to work to pay the mortgage, deliveries are generally made when no-one is in. Logically, Parcelforce and DHL and FedEx and whoever ought to do their rounds in the evening, when there’s likely to be somebody at home to sign for whatever it is they’re delivering. But they don’t seem to have got their heads round this obvious truth yet; so the duties of every worker-fromhome include acting as neighbourhood delivery depot. This never used to be a big deal – in fact, it was a positive pleasure to be able to do a little favour for a neighbour, especially one that involves so little time and effort. Answer door, sign docket, leave package in hallway until neighbour comes to collect. In return, huge moral leverage. So when the neighbour storms round to complain apologetically about the son and heir’s electric guitar, a hurt look and a wounded tone are all it takes to defuse the situation. But lately, what with that interweb shopping and all, the volume of home traffic has soared. The net has turned into a global shopping mall, and vans laden with everything from smoked eels to flatpack furniture clog up our little street throughout the day. It seems to be a case of “Recession? What recession?” for my neighbours, whose houses must be absolutely stuffed with brand-new consumer goods of all shapes, sizes, and descriptions. They all work hard to pay for it all, mind, because they’re never at home; and I seem to spend half my day standing at the front door trying to scribble something that looks vaguely like my signature on one of those electronic notepads while the van driver stands there fretting impatiently as if I was wasting his time!


Some days my hallway looks like a warehouse, and I have to fight hard to resist the temptation to tease loose a corner of each parcel to see what’s inside. Especially the ones in plain wrappers. Whatever has that homely-looking woman from just down the street ordered this time? And why does she always look so shifty when she comes round in the evening to collect? Unbidden and unwanted mental pictures form….. Mind you, they’re all so thickly bound in parcel tape that there’s no chance of copping a surreptitious peek. The volume of waste generated by all this home shopping is enough to make an ecologist weep. I suppose that in order to protect all these fragile goodies in transit, they have to be swaddled in enough bubblewrap and cardboard to make them virtually bombproof. But given that most of the electrical goods you buy these days are so shoddily constructed that they break within days anyway, going to such lengths to stop them getting scratched seems a bit of a forlorn effort to me. Anyway, I’m so fed up with acting as the street’s unpaid storeman that from now on I’m going to start charging a small fee. It might not make me popular, but hey – every street needs at least one cranky old curmudgeon, and from this day forth it’s going to be me.

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Raise Money and Have Fun taking part in these sponsored events by Sue Ryder Care in aid of Thorpe Hall Hospice Ride for Ryder Now in it's forth year, Ride for Ryder Peterborough is once again offering you the chance to ride one of our five different cycle routes. Catering for all abilities, our routes take you around the city and out to its surrounding villages, allowing you to enjoy the countryside at your own leisure, whilst raising money for Thorpe Hospice. You can choose from 5 miles, 18 miles, 35 miles, 55 miles or even 83 mile routes that start and finish at Sue Ryder Care - Thorpe Hall Hospice on Sunday 19 September and we'd love to see you there. Don't forget if cycling is not your thing, then you can set your own Ride for Ryder challenge; balloon, buggy, bus - the choice is yours!

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GER - Fancy putting on your running shoes for Sue Ryder Care this year? Well go ahead and dig out your trainers now, because we'd love you to take on a sponsored run to raise funds for us! We'll be with you and support you every step of the way - no matter what distance you decide to tackle -so what are you waiting for? Perhaps this could be the year for you to rise to the challenge of a marathon or maybe a half marathon. The Perkins Great Eastern Run takes place in just over a month time at 10.10am on 10th October 2010, and last year our runners helped to raise an amazing ÂŁ18,000 for Thorpe Hall Hospice. How about starting here and helping us smash this target in 2010, to provide vital care to those who need it most.

Spooktacular - Join us at our family friendly Halloween Walk on Saturday 30th October at Ferry Meadows. This is a chance for the whole family to dress up in fancy dress and walk to raise money for Sue Ryder Care, Thorpe Hall Hospice. If you would like information on any of the events above please call the fundraising team on 01733 330060 or email


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Two great superb events - not to be missed Thomas hauls the Mail Train September 4th/5th. Children can sort letters in the Royal Mail coach as Thomas takes the Travelling Post Office to Yarwell – demonstrations of dropping and collecting mail at speed whilst children watch theSpectacle from alongside the apparatus at Yarwell! A superb entertaining and educational spectacle! The NVR is one of only three heritage railways able to offer this experience. Booking essential as places limited. Adults £10, children £5.

1940s Weekend September 25th/26th The clock is turned back 70 years – singers on the platform, trains patrolled by German and British soldiers, spam and rabbit pie service in the café, exciting battle re-enactments staged each day including a train ambush! Train ticket gains you entry – come along in period costume! Plus evening events: Fri 24th – Bier Kellar with oompah band (£8); Sat 25th Spitfire Ball dance – singers/comedian £10, Sun 26th Wartime Railway Films – free.

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Teenage Book Review By Lisa Melillo

Cherry Crush Cathy Cassidy “My world has opened out, filled up with challenges and complications and possibilities.” Cathy Cassidy is a successful and very talented author of Dizzy, Indigo Blue, Driftwood, Sundae Girl, Scarlett, Gingersnaps, Lucky Star, Angel Cake and now Cherry Crush; the first book in the series of ‘The Chocolate Box Girls’. Cherry Costello and her dad move to Somerset with the quirky and unique Charlotte – Cherry’s dad’s new girlfriend; and her four daughters. Cherry feels finally accepted and part of a real family with Coco, Summer and Skye, but it’s obvious that the gorgeous and outgoing eldest sister - Honey; doesn’t want anything to do with her. What makes matters worse, however hard Cherry fights it, she’s slowly falling in love with Honey’s boyfriend - Shay, can she really compete with her stepsister and is the feeling mutual between Cherry and Shay? This enchanting book really captures the motives behind Cherry’s stories and wild imagination to come up with a few white lies to make herself fit in to this new family. Their lives seem pretty much perfect, but with spiteful Honey, love sickening Shay and so many heavenly chocolate truffles thrown into the mixture, life isn’t all sweet. Released on the 2nd September this delightful book will capture your imagination and have you on a whirl wind tour!

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Gardening Picking & Storing Tree Fruit by Ursula Buchan


ardeners are often uncertain about how best to harvest and store the fruit from their trees. A further complication arises if you have inherited fruit trees at a new home without knowing exactly what varieties you have. Fortunately, you can deduce a lot from the fruit itself. Dessert apples tend to be smaller than cooking apples, with more highly coloured skins. ‘Tend’ is the operative word, because there are always exceptions to the rule. Bramley Seedling, the commonest ‘cooker’, is very distinctive – a big, round, green apple. Early dessert apples that are ripe in August, such as Discovery, are picked when they start to colour and drop, and eaten immediately. They do not store well because they are already sweet enough to eat. If you have too many to eat at once, put them in perforated clear plastic bags and store them in the fridge. The same can be said of mid-season eaters, which are picked in September, such as James Grieve and Scrumptious, but you will have to pick on several occasions, as they ripen. With a cupped hand, lift the apple and twist gently; if it comes away with its stalk intact, it is ready to be picked. Never force apples off a tree, Pick later-maturing varieties before they are completely ripe, from late September to late October, depending on the variety. You must store them to sweeten and soften enough to be palatable. The right moment to pick is when the odd, unblemished fruit drops off the tree. Take the utmost care not to bruise them. Apples must be picked by late October: frosts and winds will threaten them after that. Examples of late-maturing dessert apples include Ashmead’s Kernel (pick early October, eat from December), and Sunset (pick late September, eat from October). Culinary varieties, which you can


store, include Bramley’s Seedling, Newton Wonder and Annie Elizabeth. To enjoy harvesting and storing apples, you need some equipment: a bladed fruit picker, to obviate using a ladder, and a wooden storage rack. The important thing with storage is that each fruit must be segregated from the others, because if their skins touch, brown rot spreads like an epidemic through the crop. Twist newspaper into thin rolls and lay it on the racks to segregate the apples in their rows. Or wrap apples in glossy magazine paper and store them in cardboard boxes or shallow trays. Don’t store any damaged fruit. Note the name of the variety, and when it is likely to be ready, in the rack. Checking frequently is especially important with dual-purpose apples, like Newton Wonder, which you cook initially, but which soften into eaters by Christmas. To keep your apples as long as possible, put the rack or boxes in a dark, airy, frost-free place, at about 4 C. Pears should not generally be left to ripen completely on the tree (except the earliest-maturing varieties, such as Beth). They are best picked when still hard, when the first windfalls drop and the skins have just begun to yellow. Store pears unwrapped, on racks, in a dark place at about 7 C. Most won’t take long to ripen, so check often. Pears are ready to eat when there is a bit of give as you press the pear near the stalk with your thumb.

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Book Review -


t’s harvest festival time, so for all the foodies out there, we’ve compiled a list of books to celebrate all that is edible. Enjoy! The History of Food by Maguelonne Toussainte-Samat Rivalling the Yellow Pages for weight, this fantastically detailed story of food was first published in France in 1987, where it was met with rapturous applause for being a fascinating, entertaining and remarkable read. Full of chapters following the journey of individual foods, featuring incredible anecdotes and facts, this is a must-have for anyone who’s interested in what they eat. The Food Doctor: Healing Foods for the Mind and Body by Vicki Edgson and Ian Marber You don’t have to be a holistic therapist to know that what you put inside your body has a big impact upon what you get out of it. Looking at a range of ailments and properties of ingredients, The Food Doctor is packed with nutritious knowledge, featuring the definitive list of the top 100 foods for health. You’ll buy this if you know what’s good for you. Hugh Fearlessly Eats it All: Dispatches from the Gastronomic Front Line by Hugh FearnleyWhittingstall Now a huge TV personality, this collection of articles harks back to the preRiver Cottage days. Known for being passionate about where our food comes from, Hugh describes Japanese adventures involving a fishy Russian-roulette, as well as delving into the ethics of fast food and battery chickens. Desperate for readers to explore with their taste-buds whilst understanding the implications of what they buy and eat, the musings of this culinary crusader are well worth a read.


Books for Foodies

Toast: The Story of a Boy’s Hunger by Nigel Slater We all have those favourite recipes we loved (and hated!) so much as a child. Smells of a Christmas cake baking, burning toast and the frighteningly modern (and unmanageable) spaghetti bolognaise takes the reader back to their own childhood, as well as it Nigel’s Past - to the times and the people, and the plates of food which preserved every memory. Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan Following on from his bestselling ‘In Defence of Food’, here we have sixty-four golden rules which cut through the science, nutritional jargon and trend, to tell us in simple, common sense terms: how to eat (and enjoy it). This pocket-sized manual is sure to change what you buy and eat, without a trace of a faddy diet or the need for a glossary. The Flavour Thesaurus by Niki Segnit For anyone who loves to experiment in the kitchen, this is a unique collection of flavour combinations, providing information and inspiration for any creative cook. Detailing 160 popular ingredients and exploring all the ways they might be combined in the kitchen, this book is educational, full of practical advice - and funny too. NEW RELEASE Swallow This by Mark Philips There are a thousand books out there for winebuffs, but what if you simply like a drop every now and then and fancy knowing a bit more about it? This American title aims to provide a ‘progressive approach’ with practical information such as the four golden rules of buying good (not necessarily expensive) wine, why you shouldn’t store it in your kitchen and how to make it taste better with the use of a microwave and ice cubes.

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njoy a day of fur and feather at the East of England Autumn Show on Sunday 10th October 2010, at the East of England Showground in Peterborough. Organised by the East of England Agricultural Society, visitors to the show can expect to see thousands of animals of all shapes and sizes, from small livestock exhibits including mice and fancy rats to special displays of rare and endangered livestock breeds. Returning for it’s second year, the East of England Giant Vegetable Competition will show the fruits of a season of hard work by the region’s vegetable growers. We are pleased to announce The London Championship Small Livestock Show will be joining the East of England Autumn Show in 2011. In anticipation of this they will be appearing at this year’s show to give us a taste of what to expect. Be sure to visit their stand for more information. There will be many displays of traditional country life, including country crafts, as well as large animal exhibits. Magnificent Shire horses, incorporated as part of the Wisbech Shire Horse Show, will be dressed in their traditional glory. There will also be the chance to see Pony Club show jumping competitions, donkey driving and harness goats.


For those who prefer their animals with a bark, there will be plenty of dog displays and classes including ‘Scruffts’ (the Kennel Club’s search for the crossbreed of the year), the final of the Burgess Supa Dog Agility Stakes, and Terrier and Lurcher championships. There will be an exhibition of poultry and waterfowl featuring all major breeds, and a poultry sale of over 2,000 lots. Birds will also be represented by pigeons (display and competitive classes). Discover the ideal opportunity to make an early start on some Christmas shopping with a wide variety almost 200 trade stands to choose from, alongside a Craft Fair showcasing creative designs and a Food Hall offering the very best in regional food and drink. There will also be plenty of attractions to keep children amused including a traditional Victorian funfair. Advanced tickets are priced at Family (2+2) £12, Adult £6, Senior (65+) £4.50 and Children (5-16 years) £3 and can be purchased in advance via the ticket hotline on 0845 600 5445. Tickets will be available on the gate priced at: Family (2+2) £15, Adult £7.50, Senior (65+) £5.50 and Children (5-16 years) £3.50. Gates open from 9am-4.30pm. Car Parking is FREE. Please visit to discover more about the exciting events at the East of England Showground.

Michaelmas Daisy - Aster Michaelmas falls on 29th September each year and heralds the start of autumn, the time when your garden starts to fade into quiet sleep. But there is a flower that comes into full bloom now; the old-fashioned Michaelmas Daisy. These pretty, simple daisy-like flowers come in all shades of purple, with blue, pink, white and red varieties. Asters provide glorious patches of colour and their flowers last for many weeks, brightening up rapidly dwindling flower beds. These plants come in sizes ranging from 60cm to 150cm. The bright yellow centres attract insects and are loved by bees and butterflies. Asters are also excellent cut flowers. As fully hardy perennials asters return every year. Asters can be propagated by dividing clumps every couple of years in spring. Over the years, plants can become leggy and spread via runners and self-seeding. Watch out or they may become weeds! Cut back after flowering to prevent powdery mildew. If this isn’t a problem in your garden, leave the dead flower heads to provide food for winter birds and insects. As these plants are not fussy about soil conditions, they are a wonderful plant for all gardens, providing welcome colour at a time when other flowers are dying down.

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Motoring Review: Alfa Romeo MiTo MultiAir


lfa Romeo is a brand that conjures up all manner of images in the average car buyer’s mind: Passion, flair, beauty – it’s the stuff motoring dreams are made of. But on the flip side of the coin are the less attractive connotations – reliability woes and trouble-prone electrics are reputations dealers are still struggling to overcome. With that in mind, news that the most complicated engine ever to grace an automobile is being fitted to the latest MiTo might send a shudder down the spine of some retailers. But the new MultiAir powerplant isn’t something to be feared. Yes, it might be more complicated than quantum physics, and the last thing you EVER want to do is get involved in a fullblown conversation about how it works, but the fact remains it is still a dramatic leap forward. All you really need to know are three key facts: MultiAir is more fuel efficient, it’s greener and, most importantly, more powerful than a standard engine. It does all this in an extremely clever way too. It’s something to do with pistons, valves and springs. Or something, however it works, it’s seriously complicated and impossible to explain here without sending you to sleep, so I won’t bother. Google it if you’re interested. What’s far more important is how it drives. And boy does it excel here. The MultiAir 1.4-litre, turbo-charged engine is available with two power outputs: 135bhp and 170bhp. The latter is the most exciting of the duo, hitting 60mph in 7.5s, topping 135mph and it’s got that evocative Cloverleaf badge of days gone by too. On the road, turbo-lag has been all but eliminated producing a driving experience that really stirs the soul. Power is almost instantaneous and the MiTo feels beefy, belieing its size. This is, after all, the Italian’s rival to the Mini and with this unit under the bonnet will be a true contender for honours against a Cooper S. The MiTo MultiAir also features a host of other tech for the car maker including ac-


tive suspension, fuel saving stop-start and DNA. That last one is utterly superb – it’s an electronic system (don’t grimace) that communicates with the engine, braking, steering, suspension and transmission to alter the ‘feel’ of the car, depending on circumstances. Derived from racing, it’s dramatic in the way it alters the MiTo and with the ‘Dynamic’ setting engaged, makes it feel positively sporting. The throttle response is crisper, steering sharper and the car hunkers down, gripping harder in bends. The other two settings stand for ‘Normal’ and ‘All weather’, which again alter the car’s feel accordingly, but are rather less exciting. Another debut in this Mito is the six-speed gearbox. This has been developed in-house by Fiat and offers a swift, direct shift. It’s not as good as some rivals, but is a huge improvement over the five-speed found in the 135bhp variant of the MultiAir. Specification for the MultiAir is reasonable. It comes in three trims – Lusso, Veloce and Cloverleaf – with the base model featuring 16-inch alloys, electric windows, air conditioning, that all-important DNA switch and a CD player. That costs from £15,165. But the biggest talking point really has to be that ground-breaking engine. MultiAir is a dramatic step on for the brand. You only have to look at the figures to see that: CO2 is reduced by 10 per cent, fuel consumption cut by the same amount – while power is boosted 12.5 per cent. For those buyers forced into downsizing to save money, but not wanting to lose any performance, the MultiAir offers a unique opportunity. By James Baggott, editor of Car Dealer Magazine (

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Redecorating is the single most effective way to give your home a makeover. As well as refreshing your home, altering your colour scheme can boost your mood. Colours can make your rooms inviting, calming, stimulating or sophisticated, depending on your choices. When choosing your main colour, think about the atmosphere you want to create in a particular room. In general, light or cool tones give the impression of airy space while warm or dark shades make a room cosy and inviting. A monochromatic or ‘tonal’ scheme is easy on the eye, stylish and tranquil. This means you use a single colour, but in varying tones. A good balance is to choose three shades. Use the deepest tone near the floor and the lightest on the ceiling to make the room appear more spacious. This scheme can look a little bland, so use texture and patterns to lift the design. Putting wallpaper on a signature wall is one option. Perhaps make one of the shades a more intense or deeper colour. Use splashes of a bright colour in soft furnishings, rugs, art or other accessories for emphasis. So, get out your paintbrushes, gather plenty of swatch cards and decide on the mood you’d like your room to convey to revitalise the ambience of your home.

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alls the Chemist are an independent family run company and have been established since 1966. They dispense all NHS and private prescriptions including veterinary. A pharmacist is available for advice without the need for an appointment.

Through our continuous work, we have actively looked to provide additional services under the NHS, these have included, quit smoking support, minor ailment prescribing, medicines MOT just to name a few. We continue to discuss with the NHS about further new services to bring to the pharmacy for the benefit of our patients. Our Services • • • • • • • • • •

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We have a prescription collection service from all the doctor’s surgeries in Peterborough (including Orton Medical Centre, Bushfield Medical Practice, Botolph Bridge Surgery, Stanground Surgery, Nene Valley Surgery just to name a few). You could either drop off your repeats at the pharmacy or contact the pharmacy to tell us that you have ordered your medication from the surgery. We will then collect the prescription on your behalf when it is ready from the surgery and have it dispensed ready for you to collect from the pharmacy at your convenience. If you have had your medication dispensed from us you may telephone and tell us over the phone what items you require reordering. We also offer a free prescription delivery service to your home or work. All the Halls Chemist branches have consultation rooms, which allows patients the opportunity to discuss matters privately with the pharmacist or members of the pharmacy team. Halls have been providing free blood pressure testing for its patients for many years and later this year we are due to be extending the free diagnostic services available. This early detection of medical conditions allows for appropriate lifestyle changes or medical intervention by your GP, to improve your health for today and tomorrow.


Within the last few years pharmacy has changed considerably and in Peterborough we have a scheme in place, Pharmacy First, where for certain minor ailments, medication is available on a pharmacist's prescription so long as you are registered with a GP in Peterborough. This is available without the need for an appointment. Some of the minor ailments include cough, dry skin, hay fever, headache, pain relief, conjunctivitis, diarrhoea and blocked nose to name a few. The pharmacist prescription works in the same way as a normal doctors’ prescription and if you are normally eligible for free prescriptions, then you will also be entitled to free prescriptions under the pharmacy first scheme.

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The Untouched Coastline by Lorraine Mace


ith its coastline designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, historic Anglesey is a delight for walkers and nature lovers. The superb sign-posted Coastal Path is 220 km long (124 miles) and follows virtually the entire coastline, taking in or passing near many of Anglesey’s top sights; but there are many other attractions. The island is located off the northwest coast of Wales and at around 720 square kilometres (278 square miles) is one of Britain’s largest with a population of some 70,000. It is connected to Wales across the Menai Strait by two bridges. Holyhead is the largest town; it has a wide range of shops, a maritime museum and the award winning Ucheldre Arts Centre. St Cybi’s Church, overlooking the harbour, is noted for its stone carvings and stained glass windows. The historic town of Beaumaris on the Menai is best known for its 13th century castle, but also has a famous 1614 courthouse and a grim gaol (now a museum). Visitors can take a cruise to Puffin Island with its many bird species; there are grey seals to be seen and occasionally, bottlenose dolphins and harbour porpoises. Located on the northeast corner of the island, Amlwych is the former exporting port for the open-cast copper mine at Parys Mountain; this can be entered free. The small tidal Llanddwyn Island lies off the west coast and is part of the National Nature Reserve of Newborough Warren. It can be reached on foot except at the highest tides and the neighbouring beach has blue flag status. Landdwyn, also has an interesting lighthouse marking the entrance to the Menai Strait. Anglesey has numerous other beaches which include Rhosneigr, Red Wharf Bay, Moelfre, Llandona, Penmon, Benllech,


Traeth Lligwy, Borth Wen and Porth Trecastell/Cable Bay. Situated on the Menai Strait at Brynsiencyn, the Anglesey Sea Zoo is the largest marine aquarium in Wales and has over 150 species. You can enter a shipwreck containing conger eels, walk the shark pool grids and visit the newly built No Bone Zone with octopuses. Other attractions include an adventure playground and you can fish for your own Japanese pearl to have set as a jewellery item of your choice while you wait. Close to the Menai Bridge is the Butterfly Palace where hundreds of butterflies from all over the world can be seen in a tropical environment and there is also a reptile house and many more attractions. Cribinau, a tiny tidal island off the southwest coast, can be reached on foot at low tide and has the 13th century St Cwyfan’s church. Also in the southwest is the village of Malltreath, a centre for bird life and home of the wildlife artist Charles Tunnicliffe (1901-1979). The island has a number of prehistoric sites of which the best known is Bryn Celli Ddu with a burial chamber which can be entered. It is close to the Menai Bridge and the villages of Llanddaniel and Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllll antysiliogogogoch, which has the longest official place name in the United Kingdom.

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Oral health Care Advice for Adults

eventually leading to removal of the tooth.

• Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, this removes the plaque from the teeth. Plaque is the main cause of tooth decay. • Limit the sugary sticky snacks. The more often you snack in between meals, the higher the chance of tooth decay. • Visit your dentist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.

Mouth Cancer - early signs of mouth cancer can be something as simple as an ulcer that does not go away. If you are over 40 a heavy smoker or drinker you are more likely to be at risk. If you have a mouth ulcer, a red or white patch, a swelling or growth in your mouth that lasts for more than two weeks, go and see your dentist. It may be nothing, but a simple checkup could just save your life. Remember, half those diagnosed with mouth cancer die from the disease because it wasn’t caught early enough. Your dentist will have a good look at your face and neck, as well as around your mouth and tongue. You can reduce your risk of mouth cancer quite simply:• Stop smoking • Cut down on alcohol • Eat a healthy diet (at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetable’s every day)

Flossing – this removes the plaque from between the teeth and under the gum line. Take about 45cm (18inches) of floss and pull it tight, slide it up and down against the tooth surface and the gum line. When you move onto the next tooth, wind the floss on to expose a fresh piece. If you find holding floss difficult, you can buy ‘flossers’, which hold the floss for you, enabling you to guide the floss easier. When you first start flossing your gums may bleed. Don’t worry too much about this, as you get better at the technique the gums will become healthier, and this will reduce. Interdental brushes can be used as an alternative to flossing. For further advice consult with your dentist or hygienist.

Dental Abscesses – these can occur when decay is left untreated, it eventually reaches the nerve of the tooth causing infection and death of the tooth. The bacteria then spreads into the root and forms an abscess. Dental abscesses are easy to diagnose, pain on chewing on a particular tooth, if the pain is less easily defined the dentist may tap the tooth, and take an x-ray. To treat an abscess the dentist will need to deal with the infection first, either by draining the abscess, or through a process called root canal treatment (removing the dead tissue and nerves from inside the root of the tooth). The dentist may also prescribe antibiotics. By avoiding treatment, it may be one of the reasons for abscesses starting.

What issues should I be aware of as an Adult?

Aching Jaw – this is often related to stress, tiredness, or anxiety. It is caused by the increased tension of the muscles surrounding the jaw. Painkillers and sedatives may relive the symptoms short term. You may also need to consider relaxation techniques. If you grind your teeth at night you could also wear a ‘biteguard’ to limit the damage.

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t is important to continue a good oral hygiene regime through adulthood. Even adults can get cavities, as well as gum disease which can lead to serious problems.

Gum Disease – if plaque is not removed by the brushing and flossing techniques previously described it can harden into tarter. Tarter can only be removed by professional cleaning. Thus it becomes a vicious circle more plaque adheres to the tarter, it can get under the gum line, the acids in the plaque will attack the gums and make them red, and puffy, you may also notice some bleeding. If left, the gum disease can cause serious problems. The gums may start to come away from the tooth, creating ‘pockets’, this allows even more plaque to gather. Over time the plaque will begin to eat away at the bone which supports the tooth,


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Is it time to Neuter?


nce your pet is 6 months of age it is a good idea as part of a preventative health care scheme to get your pet neutered. Why neuter your pet? Neutering is mainly recommended for medical benefits and should not change your pets’ character, but may help with certain undesirable traits such as aggression, dominant behaviour and the desire to roam. Your female pet’s risk of mammary cancer is very low if she is spayed before her first season, and she will be spared the risk of post season complications such as life threatening womb infections that can occur after any season. The hassle involved with bitches when they are in season is also taken away, as well as the mess. Some bitches even need to be kept house bound due to the unwanted attention from male dogs when out which can be frustrating for both dog and owner. Male dogs become less interested in

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bitches in season once they themselves have been neutered. Castration can also dramatically reduce the risk of certain types of cancer including testicular and prostate cancer. And of course neutering is the best way to prevent any unwanted pregnancies! So what does having your pet neutered involve? If your pet is female it is spayed removing both ovaries and the uterus. If your pet is male it is castrated removing both testicles. Both procedures require a general anaesthetic, which carries a very small risk of complications at a young age. The length of time the operation takes will depend on whether your pet is a cat, dog or rabbit, as well as what breed and size it is. These procedures require a days’ stay at the Vets, your pet is admitted in the morning and discharged the same day. They may need to return to the Vets for post-operative checks and for stitches to be removed, but recovery usually takes just a few days to a week.

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For September 2010 By Astrologer Christine Chalklin Celestial movements during September - After the 13th of September communicative Mercury moves direct again, so things should start to run more smoothly. By mid September relationships and love affairs get a boost as the love planets Venus and Mars are both closely aligned in intense and passionate Scorpio. Mercury is in hard working and practical Virgo, autumn is on the doorstep and our thoughts turn to learning and education, and of course its back to school for some. September is always the best time for reorganisation and bringing some order back into our lives. The Sun moves into balanced Libra at the Autumn Equinox on the 23rd. This is also a full moon and the mood changes as we all strive for more beauty and harmony within or lives. VIRGO AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 22 September brings three planets to the money area of your chart. A total financial restructure can now take place. Are you using your money wisely and more importantly, are you placing enough value on your skills? With Mars and Venus travelling together in artistic Libra, you could find new talents that increase your cash flow.

LIBRA SEPT. 23 - OCT. 23 September sees serious Saturn now firmly entrenched in your sign and he’ll remain there for the next two years. Rather than seeing this as a grim and serious time, use this cycle wisely, build new structures and plan ahead. You’ll finally understand what’s really important in your life and your relationships.

SCORPIO OCT.24 - NOV.22 September may see many Scorpios seriously contemplating a total change of direction on many levels. Dissatisfaction may have crept in during the year and now, as three planets occupy the deeply introspective area of your chart, it’s a time to look at all the new potentials and possibilities.

SAGITTARIUS NOV. 23 - DEC. 21 September brings your goals, ambitions and your career into the spotlight. No less than five planets are occupying the highest sector of your chart and you’re in for some action this month! Keep major decisions until after the 13th. Generous Jupiter at the base of your chart stimulates your vitality.

CAPRICORN DEC. 22 - JAN. 20 September suggests that Capricorns will have itchy feet this month. The Sun and Mercury occupy the travel area of your chart and there are three planets activating your goals and ambitions. Take extra care with any travel plans before the 13th but after that it’s all systems go for new horizons.

AQUARIUS JAN. 21 - FEB. 18 Aquarians may need to view money matters during September. This won’t necessarily be a difficult time, as benevolent Jupiter has just moved back into the financial area of your chart. Indeed money may come your way and you’ll want to be sure you know how to manage it properly.


PISCES FEBRUARY 19 - MARCH 20 Generous Jupiter is back in your sign during September and although moving retrograde, this is still a great month for you to review all aspects of your life that need adjusting and improving. Your resources and possessions also need attention and as the month progresses you should feel a new sense of stability emerging.

ARIES MARCH 21 - APRIL 20 September brings action on the work and relationship front. Brace yourself for change and keep an open mind as interesting and exciting opportunities can come your way now. The full moon in your sign on the 23rd brings a conclusion to projects that you started earlier this year.

TAURUS APRIL 21 - MAY 21 September turns your attention to love and romance. Now is the time for you to question all your relationships and sort out what is working and what needs to go. Major decisions should be left until Mercury turns direct on the 13th of the month, but you can prepare the ground work earlier.

GEMINI MAY 22 - JUNE 21 Home and family life come into focus during September. Mercury, your ruler, demands that you make certain decisions that you have been putting off for a while. With the love planets Mars and Venus both occupying the romance area of your chart, there is some sorting out to be done there too.

CANCER JUNE 22 - JULY 22 September puts the spotlight on your home, revamping and rejuvenating your living space is very much on your mind. Saturn says take care, there’s no spare cash, but with Venus and Mars both in creative Libra you’ll find a way to beautify your home whilst staying well within your budget.

LEO JULY 23 - AUGUST 23 Funds, assets and cash flow loom large for Leos during September. Both Uranus and Jupiter have moved back into the financial area of your chart, causing you to review all your plans. Things may seem rather difficult at the start of the month, but as Mercury goes direct on the 13th you’ll find that problems ease.

Would you like to know more about yourself by understanding your very own cosmic map? Your personal astrology chart can help you to find out how to make the most of your potential by tuning into the most productive times for starting new ventures.

Find some answers to your questions around romance, career change, partnerships and business decisions.

Contact me now for a personal forecast I can provide you with a framework for making more sense of your life by working with energising and productive planetary cycles. Gain insight on how to handle situations more effectively and turn challenges into positive experiences.

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Joe Pasquale on his Autumn ESP Tour


s comedian Joe Pasquale prepares for his Autumn ESP tour I took the time to catch up with the man referred to as a ‘national treasure’ to discuss life, the universe and everything!!! You’re a big reader, aren’t you? What turned me on to reading was English O’ Level at school and the book that changed my life about wanting to read was Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, then Lord Of The Flies. As a teenager, they had an impact on me of how enjoyable a book can be, and I carried on reading. Since leaving the Jungle you have taken up quite a few hobbies – are there any new ones that you have taken up? Well, I still go boxing four times a week, and of course I’ve got my pilot’s license, but I’ve now taken up running and am planning on taking part in next year’s Marathon. I’m currently running ten miles 3 or 4 times a week, building up to eighteen miles a week. I also go to the gym to work out with the pro boxers. Boxing’s a great thing, it teaches you how to deal with your aggression; let it go, and then stop. But I’m not an aggressive person at all; If I’m sparring with someone at the gym I find myself apologising to people, even though you shouldn’t say ‘sorry’ in a boxing ring! In October, I’m starting an Open University course in Geology; I wanted to be a geologist, but I got run over when I was 13. I had plans to go to university and be a geologist, but then I had the accident and lost a year’s school and was in hospital for about six months. I missed the year when you chose your options, and never caught up again.

You worked your way up in showbiz through working as a comic at Pontins, but you also appeared on New Faces. What do you think of TV talent shows? I think they’re a gift but it depends which way you look at it. Richard Holloway, the producer of Britain’s Got Talent, was the producer of New Faces when I did it, and executive producer when I was doing The


Price Is Right. People like Richard and Simon Cowell have discovered that there are as many nutters around now as there were 20 years ago, and I was one of them, and there was just as much entertainment value in watching the auditions as the actual show. BGT isn’t that different from New Faces or Opportunity Knocks, in that they turn it round and show you the audition process.

What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done? I think jumping out of a plane into the jungle, possibly, but I suppose going out onstage in front of an audience is considered brave too, but I’ve got balls - if someone says go out and do half an hour, I’ll do it. I went to Iraq two years ago and we were mortared in a helicopter, so bravery is all relative! Some people think it was brave to give up my day job to become a comic but I soon realised that I was not cut out for a 9-5 lifestyle . I thought I wanted to be an actor, but couldn’t afford to go to drama school, so I ended up being a wrestling referee at a holiday camp. Being who I am, the old girls used to wet themselves laughing as I’d play it for laughs, and wear stockings and suspenders under my tracksuit, and we’d set it up with the wrestlers that they’d pull my trousers down and it would bring the house down!

Do you still like touring? I love the gigs, but the travelling is horrendous. We were playing Dudley, which is a two and a half hour drive from my house, but got stuck on the M25 and took 11 hours instead. The travelling and hotels can be a nightmare - you are up until 2am driving to the next gig, which is great, but the travelling there isn’t. The old fashioned landladies used to be weird; there was one in Bristol that had a fat, mangy old dog, and she used to insist on feeding you egg and bacon before you went off to a gig; the bacon was disgusting and the egg was so rubbery it was like a Superball. So when her back was turned, I’d put it all in a plastic bag and put it under the bed and forgot about it. Then one night I heard the dog snaffling around my bedroom, eating all the awful food - no wonder it was in such bad shape.

Who are your big comedy influences? I was lucky enough to know Bob Monkhouse, and was close to him at the end. He was a great influence in my life and my attitude to the business. He was a gentleman, with not a bad word to say about anyone. I did New Faces, and he asked me around and helped me get onto other shows. Like him, I’d rather be liked. But you still enjoy performing… Yes, and if you don’t, you have to remind yourself why you came into the business in the first place - the answer should never be money, but just for the job. Nobody ever starts doing it just for the money. When I started as a comic, I never thought about the money, but when you get to a certain level of success you start thinking ‘how many people were in tonight?’, thinking about paying people and money, but once you start thinking that, you have to remember why you did it - showing off, I suppose. But I intended to be an actor, really, and I did a play recently with Stephen Berkoff for two nights at the New End Theatre in Hampstead. Berkoff had re-written the Bible, and wanted me to play David in David and Goliath, which he’d done like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, it was quite sweary, and I never swear on stage, so it was quite exciting just swearing in front of an audience!

Berkoff is quite an intimidating person with a big reputation, and when I was reading for him he said ‘That voice you‘re using - do you have another one?’, and I said ‘To be honest, no.’ So he asked me to play it harder, and it was fine, one of the best things I’ve ever done. I liked doing the show with Jason Manford. My daughter said that her friends at school said I was a legend; to her I’m probably just a bit of a div. It was a fantastic bill to be on, and I’m really pleased that Jason’s got the gig presenting The ONE Show.

Any more memorable career moments? I got to host a BAFTA comedy event in Hollywood, and there were some great names there. One of the guests was Billy Connolly, and afterwards he came and found me, saying ‘I’ve been looking for you for ages’, and we had a great chat. I’m not the sort of person who goes around seeking the company of big stars like that, and wondered why he wanted to talk to me, but we had a great time. Tell me about the new tour? Well it’s called the ESP Tour and it features all sorts of craziness and a bit more of the ESP stuff. I’ve always been quite intrigued by that sort of thing and the way mind readers use it – but I just take the mick out of it and people love it. My favourite bits of the show are always the bits with the audience. To be honest, it’s not something I really believe in, though. When I was in the Scouts, we used to go round collecting jumble, and we’d sort through it for the good stuff before we handed it over. From one lot, I got a lava lamp and a Ouija board, and me and my mate Kevin and some others went into the church and contacted a ghost called Colin, but we don’t know if it was real or just somebody pushing the board around. We got rid of the board and put it back into the jumble!

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n Wednesday July 28th 2010 I decided like a mad fool to jump out of a plane strapped to another human being, in order to raise funds for Jake’s Appeal.

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Jake Storer-Hamm lives in Peterborough and started life like any other child happily running around and playing and enjoying his family and friends, however he was diagnosed with Late Infantile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis also known Batten’s Disease in September 2009 just as he was turning 4 years. Late Infantile Batten Disease is a fatal, inherited disorder of the nervous system that begins in early childhood. Symptoms of the disease begin appearing in children as young as 2, but may have a delayed onset, and may strike a previously normal child as old as 10. The disease is progressive causing developmental delay, cognitive


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9th @ 7.30pm Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre Company Robbie Williams Banned is the final word on tributes to the great man himself. Not to be missed. For more information call 01780 766455

2nd @ 7.30pm Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre Company Joe Pasquale - Extra sensory Pasquale is honing his psychic skills. See page 54 & 55 for Questions & Answers. Call 01780 766455

11th @ 7.30pm Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre Company Rave On - Marc Robinson, founder member of ‘Rockin On Heavens Door’, with the Counterfeit Crickets gives an accurate performance to show the music did not die. 11th & 12th Nene Valley Railway Autumn Steam Event - Join the fleet of Steam Locomotives for an exciting event Call 01780 784444 for further information

2nd East of England Showground Peterborough Festival of Antiques For further information call 01664 812627 or see 9th @ 2.30pm and 6.30pm Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre Company Sleeping Beauty - The Vienna Festival Ballet Call 01780 766455 for further information

11th & 12th Sacrewell Farm Festival of Country Life - The autumn show is a Harvest Festival themed event with something for all the family. Tel. 01780 782254

10th The Perkins Great Eastern Run Fancy putting on your running shoes for Sue Ryder Care this year? If so call tel. 330060 for more details.

17th @ 8.15pm The Cresset - Comedy Club Join in the fun. Tel: 01733 265705

15th @ 7.30pm Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre Company The Walk Right Back Show Relive the magic of the Everly Brothers Tel: 01780 766455

19th Sue Ryder Care Thorpe Hall Hospice Ride for Ryder Peterborough is once again offering you the chance to ride one of our five different cycle routes. For further information email or call 01733 330060 (see page 14) 19th - The Cresset Wedding Show Live Free Entry No Ticket Required 24th The Cresset Shakin all Over - Feel-good show is a non-stop evening of pure undiluted music and fun For booking your ticket or more information contact tel. 01733 265705 25th & 26th Nene Valley Railway 1940’s Weekend - see page 19 for more info.


16th Sue Ryder Care - Thorpe Hall Hospice Light Fantastic Auction and Champagne Evening. Tel: 330060 20th Sue Ryder Care - Thorpe Hall Hospice Peterborough Local History Society Presentation. For more information call 01733 330060 23rd to 31st (Not 25th October) Nene Valley Railway Thomas’ Half Term Special Time to bring the children down during their school holidays. Tel: 01780 784444 29th Sue Ryder Care - Thorpe Hall Hospice Greetham Valley Golf Club Charity Dinner. Tel: 01733 330060

30th Nene Valley Railway Thomas Halloween Train Join Thomas for a spooky Halloween Night Advance booking only For further information call 01780 784444 20th @ 7.30pm The Cresset Psychic Sally on the Road Britains best loved celebrity psychic Sally Morgan on the road again. Tel: 265705 22nd The Cresset Waterloo - A sensational night out with Europe’s largest Totally Live ultimate Abba Show. Tel: 01733 265705 23rd Sacrewell Farm - Pumpkin Festival Pumpkin carving and lots more family fun 23rd to 31st Sacrewell Farm The Spooky Spectacular Halloween Half Term Ghostly fun is the theme this half term. Tel: 01780 782254 29th @ 9pm Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre Company The Stones (Rolling Stones Show) ‘The Stones@ bring to the stage all the energy and excitement of a live Rolling Show Concert. Tel: 01780 766455 Please mention ‘The Viewer’ when contacting any of the above

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