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February 2011

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Dear Neighbours, Welcome to the February 2011 edition of ‘The Viewer’. Well, Christmas is well and truly over and we are well into 2011. Our next event we are looking forward to is St. Valentine’s Day. If you are wondering what you can buy for your loved one. There are lots of ideas in this magazine. There are unusual gifts, such as Flying Lessons (p.21), a Personal Styling voucher (p.13), Beauty Treatment, a beautiful handbag, a gift voucher for a complete astrological reading or a book on the connection between Football and Astrology for the football fans ‘Football aims for the Stars’ (see page 53). Not to mention, maybe a lovely dinner out at one of the restaurants in the magazine. Please do have a look through. We start the new year with changing our Travel article. Over the past months we have covered some of the best places to visit in the UK. We thought it was now time to visit some exotic places abroad. This month we have Taiwan, with the exotic culture and lush scenery. There’s lots more to come. Hope you enjoy the read and that it inspires some of you to visit these fascinating and interesting places.

Contents Page Business Feature 27 Dietcare - Fat, Fertility & Problem Pregnancies 42 Sapphire Smooth 46 ComForcare Senior Services 48 Safelocaltrades - The Digital Switchover 6 10 12 14 17 22 24 28 34 40 43 52 56

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Home Improvement - Bathroom Book Review: Ultimate Chick-Lit Poet’s Corner: Be My Valentine Monthly Horoscopes Monthly Tips for your Pet: Heart Failure

Local Information 8/20/30 Local Information 31-35 Your Local Trades 36 The Shire Horse Show - East of England 44/50/54 Local Information 58 Useful Contact Nos./Local Information 60/61 Your Local and Library Events Puzzles 18 Children’s Puzzle Page 38&39 Adults Puzzle Page/Sudoku

There is another competition to win a family ticket to the Shire Horse Show held on 18th, 19th and 20th March at the East of England Showground. To enter please go to page 36. Finally, I would like to thank you all, advertisers and readers for your continued support and wish you all a happy and successful 2011. Until next time!

Regular Articles Computer Tips Humour: The Day David Beckham…. Beauty Tips: Red Lipstick Gardening: Crocuses Health: Gum Disease Motor Review: Hyundai i30 Recipe: Five Spice Chicken with Soy & Honey

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s your computer running slow? Slow computers are one of the most popular queries I get from people. It can be frustrating and sometimes you feel you just want to throw the computer out of the window. The problem is that over time computers get slower. There are things you can do to speed it up. Firstly a slow PC is confused with a slow internet connection. If the internet is going slow it does not necessarily mean it is a problem with your computer. Generally slow computers are not caused by having lots of files on your PC such as pictures, music and documents. They generally go slow because they have too much to do. Every time you


install a new program it will usually slow your computer down. To speed it up again you can remove programs you no longer use. There are also dozens of things working away in the background which can also be stopped. Finally you can upgrade your computers memory, called RAM. Never download software such as registry cleaners that claim to speed up your PC, they won't and could contain a virus. Always ensure your anti-virus software is up to date and working. You can get free anti-virus software from the internet.

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COMPLETE 2011 CENSUS, URGE FAMILY HISTORIANS amily history researchers are urging Peterborough residents to complete their 2011 Census forms correctly to ensure their descendants can compile an accurate picture when detailed information is made public in 100 years.


been invaluable,” said Mr Kennelly, who was head of English at Orton Longueville secondary school and headteacher at Eye primary school before becoming an education officer and then working in a teacher training college.

The 2011 Census takes place on Sunday 27 March when every household is required by law to complete a census questionnaire. The information gathered will help plan and prioritise resources and public spending on housing, education, health and transport services for years to come.

“Once census records are published online they become a valuable resource to family history enthusiasts who may now live all over the world,” he added.

However, Anna Sexton, archivist at Peterborough’s Central Library, said: “Census records are also an essential source of information for people researching their family histories. By filling in their 2011 Census form correctly people will be leaving a valuable legacy to future generations who want to research their ancestors. “The information recorded on census forms will be added together to provide total numbers of the make-up of Peterborough’s population, leading to the allocation of government funds. Specific family details will remain confidential for 100 years.” Anna’s comments have been echoed by two local family history enthusiasts. Retired teacher and local authority education officer Michael Kennelly is a frequent user of census records as he researches his family history. He said: “I became intrigued by my own family history around 50 years ago as a result of listening to family stories as a child.


The Peterborough archives service provides a wide range of resources for family history researchers, including free access to specialist databases. In addition, it provides training courses – usually consisting of five, three-hour sessions on successive Monday evenings – for budding researchers. A national census has been held every 10 years (except in 1941) since 1801, with names of individuals introduced in 1841. Forms, complete with an individual barcode, will be mailed to each household and, for the first time, people will be able to complete their details via an online form. For more information about the 2011 Census visit: For information about temporary census jobs visit: For information about the Peterborough and District Family History Society visit:

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“In those days, of course, we didn’t have the benefit of online resources and I spent many hours examining written records in dusty volumes filed in buildings, usually in London.

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Humour The Day David Beckham Bought Me A Suit by Chris Russell


nder normal circumstances, when you apply for a job that involves extended communication with foreigners, you’ve probably completed some appropriate training beforehand. However, when you join a touring rock band, there’s a good chance you’ll find yourself crashing about in far-flung countries with absolutely no idea of how to a) speak the language and b) interact with the locals in such a way that doesn’t deeply offend their religion, culture or moral code. It’s a bit of a minefield. One of my band’s first ever international tours took us to Seoul, South Korea. Korean is a notoriously difficult language to learn and this is compounded by the fact that, culturally speaking, our two nations don’t have a great deal in common. However, as a man who has now visited South Korea five times, let me tell you this - the Koreans are pathologically obsessed with David Beckham. He is, without doubt, our greatest export to Asia. Sod car engines and pharmaceuticals - if there’s one thing keeping the UK economy afloat in the far east, it’s Mr Beckham. If you’re going to Seoul, waste no time poring over your phrasebook trying to figure out how to pronounce ‘Ch’oum poepgetsumnida’ (this means ‘How do you do?’, incidentally). Instead, just arm yourself with the words ‘Beckham’, ‘World Cup’, ‘Manchester United’ and, in case you get desperate, ‘Posh Spice’, and you’ll go far in this town. I once negotiated about £30 off the price of a suit in a South Korean market simply by miming the action of scoring a goal and repeatedly shouting ‘David Beckham’ at the chap behind the counter. He copied my mime, replied with the enthusiastic chanting of ‘Beckham Beckham Beckham!’ and, hey presto, I was the proud new owner of some nicely-tailored cut-price threads.


As British culture slowly infiltrates the city of Seoul, however, it is becoming more and more common to see examples of the English language appearing in the city’s shops, bars and so on. Back in 2006 we passed a particularly hysterical evening in a Korean restaurant, childishly giggling over the not-entirely-accurate translations that came with every dish. Highlights included a starter described in English as ‘spawnfood’, something called ‘a chicken boom’ and the intriguing-sounding local delicacy ‘old slices of boiled pig meat’. Feeling intrepid, I ordered something called a ‘chicken gamble’ for my main course and was slightly disappointed when the serving of my food wasn’t accompanied by a smiling female gameshow assistant in a sequined bikini spinning a Wheel-Of-Fortune type device that would determine whether or not the meat in my dinner was in fact chicken, or whether the gamble hadn’t paid off and I’d ended up with something altogether more suspicious. Drummer, who is a vegetarian, wisely stuck to noodles that night. However, a few days later he faced his own linguistic challenge when, on the afternoon of the gig, he found himself (as the band’s technical expert) having to explain to the non-English-speaking Korean sound engineer that he needed him to ‘heighten the threshold and resolve the compression ratio to below 3.5’ and then ‘set the near-field proximity with a slightly slimmer EQ setting’. Cont’d ….

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To Tony’s credit, he was successful, although based on what I know to be his scant grasp of the Korean language, he must have achieved this via some clever combination of the phrases ‘Hello’, ‘Thank you’ and ‘Does this dish contain meat?’. He’s a resourceful chap that Tony. Sadly, though, I never could convince him to take the Chicken Gamble…

The Lightyears, backstage at Wembley Stadium

Chris plays piano in South London powerpop band The Lightyears. The Lightyears, voted the UK’s BEST POP/ROCK ACT at the Indy Awards, have played Wembley Stadium, toured across four continents, worked with Sting’s producer and starred in a T-Mobile advert. Chris is currently working on his first novel, “Mockstars”. Read more of Chris’ blogs and tour diaries at

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If you feel the red you’ve bought isn’t quite right, try blending in another lipstick you know does suit you so it’s nearer to your Nothing says sexy quite like red lipstick and usual colours. the colour is as popular now as it has ever Thirdly, don’t overdo it. Red lips, red been. Although many women say they clothes, red nails and red accessories will won’t wear it because it doesn’t suit give you entirely the wrong sort of them, it’s usually the rest of allure. The lips need to be the their makeup that is wrong. main feature and as far as Firstly take it really easy on practical everything else should both eye makeup and be neutral. blusher, otherwise you’ll Fourthly, red lipstick does risk looking like a clown. have a tendency to bleed so Don’t use eyeliner and take using lip liner or a lipstick care that your mascara isn’t sealer is a must. giving you an over the top Finally, if you are older you’ll false-eyelash effect. Dust find that your lips are narrower your face with a blemish than they once were and strong smoothing powder and your dark shades of red can accentuate that. cheeks with a soft blush in a fairly If you had thin lips even in your youth, you neutral colour. might find that red really doesn’t work for Secondly not all reds are equal. Tone your you. If that is the case stick to a neutral lipstick choice to your complexion choosing lipstick but work on making more of your a plum shade if you have pink tones or a eyes, and use fluttering eyelashes instead of warmer red-brown if you look more sallow. a pout to get the message to your Valentine.

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Gardening Crocuses by Ursula Buchan


rocuses, like Hamlet’s sorrows, come not as single spies, but in battalions. And stealthy battalions at that. One day, there is no sign of them, while the next they have popped up everywhere. Anyone who walks across a public park daily to get to work and suddenly, one morning, comes across a veritable carpet of plump Dutch crocuses, purple and yellow, will know what I mean. That jack-in-the-box character is only part of the fascination that crocuses have to offer us. For me, their appeal lies as much in the way they open their petals out when the sun warms them as in their colours. It may be a no-nonsense bio-chemical reaction to sunlight, but it still reminds me, the way I feel like stretching my arms out to enjoy the February sunshine, it always makes me smile. Nor is that all, for the styles (that is, stigmas and stalks inside the flowers) exhibit an intriguing variety of form, depending on the kind of crocus it is. I really enjoy going round the garden on a sunny day, peering into crocus flowers to observe the branching of the golden or red styles. In fact, this is one way that botanists identify different species. The styles of the well-known spring-flowering Crocus chrysanthus, for example, are orangered and divided into three, while those of Crocus sieberi are fringed. The styles of Crocus imperati are so divided that they look like masses of fine orange threads. The styles of the autumn-flowering Crocus sativus - believe it or not - provide the culinary spice and yellow dye that we know as saffron. It seems remarkable now that saffron was once commercially grown and harvested in this country; indeed, it was so important to the prosperity of one part of Essex that there is a town named after it – Saffron Walden. It would be nice to think that such a benign industry could be resurrected, especially since saffron is the most expensive spice you can


buy, but the summers would have to get a bit hotter and winters appreciably colder before it was viable again. And I rather doubt you could get people to pick the flowers. It would be back-breaking work, which we would not appreciate; after all, it takes 100,000 flowers to make just a kilo of dried culinary saffron and the harvest has to be done very quickly. Crocus sativus is grown for profit in central Spain, Iran, Greece and Kashmir and has been cultivated for more than 3,000 years. As well as its culinary use, it is a textile dye and also in the past was also used in medicine. Indeed, there is some recent evidence that it has anti-cancer properties. What really tickles me about the crocus is that it is one of the few plants which can correct my shortcomings as a gardener. It has the capacity to draw itself down to the right place in the soil, using what are called ‘contractile’ roots. So even if I get the planting depth wrong, the crocus ends up in the right place in the end. Indeed, I really don’t see how further evolution could possibly improve on the crocus. Except perhaps to make the bulbs taste unpleasant to mice and squirrels. Yes, and make the flowers more weatherproof in February, provided it did not detract from their unique beauty.

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Gum Disease The world’s most common noncontagious disease is periodontal disease - disease of the gum, bones and connective tissue around the teeth. Its symptoms can range from simple gum inflammation to a serious infection which causes damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. In severe cases, the sufferer can even lose teeth which are otherwise healthy. The early signs of problems include bad breath, bleeding when brushing your teeth and tender or swollen gums. If you already have all these symptoms and also find it painful to chew or feel any of your teeth are loose, then you need immediate treatment from a professional. Whilst you might think the causes of gum disease are obvious - poor dental hygiene - this isn’t always the case.

There are many other factors that can make an individual predisposed to developing the problem. Smoking is the most easily preventable cause, with hormonal changes (teenage years or pregnancy), diabetes or genetics being unavoidable conditions. It is a condition that occurs later in life - from mid 30s onwards hence the phrase ‘long in the tooth’. Whatever the cause, preventative treatment will prevent the problem occurring in the first place. First has to be regular brushing and flossing or using interdental brushes; but regular visits to your hygienist are a must. Although mild disease (gingivitis) is reversible, serious conditions (periodontitis) will cause permanent damage.

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he project to create a youth football club/academy in the Park Farm area of Peterborough kicked off in concept from January/February 2009 but did not actually come to be realised until April 2010 when Park Farm Football club/academy was formed. The club was founded by Ciaran McAuley and states, “we are a young football club formed to act as a vehicle for local children to take part in physical activity that provides them with an opportunity to learn valuable life skills such as teamwork, sportsmanship respect and discipline, while at the same time taking part in fun, playful sporting activities with their friends in a safe and controlled environment”. The club has a wealth of coaching experience with several senior coaches being FA qualified, with assistant coaches working towards attaining FA qualifications. Since the club was founded the management have built up firm & lasting relationships with

the local primary school Heritage Park Primary, which will be maintained and nurtured in the years to come. The management have also canvassed local businesses, councillors and the wider community to support resulting in funding from Peterborough City Council and a sponsorship deal with Marshall Honda. The club currently trains every Tuesday providing activities and learning for children from all over Peterborough aged between 5 and 9 years and we also organise matches against other clubs both in the Peterborough area and beyond in the wider Cambridgeshire & Huntingdonshire area. We currently have over 50 players registered with the club and our age ranges will expand with the continued growth of the club in the coming months and years. If you would be interested in your child (boys & girls) joining our club and taking the opportunity of working with our FA Qualified coaching staff please contact our Chairman Ciaran McAuley on 07713106898. Please take the opportunity to view our website http:/pi parkfarmpumas/ and learn more about us and our club. If you would like to be a part of our club please come and join us.

Players Wanted Park Farm Pumas Football Club are seeking to add to our excellent crop of Players at Under 7 (School Year 2) & Under 8 (School Year 3) If you would be interested in your child (boys & girls) joining our club and taking the opportunity of working with our FA Qualified coaching staff please contact our Chairman Ciaran McAuley on 07713106898. Please also take the opportunity to view our website and learn more about us and our club


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Motor Review:

Hyundai i30 Road Test


icking a new family car used to be pretty easy. You’d walk into a Ford or Vauxhall dealership and order the generic, popular hatchback they were shifting in the thousands and be very happy. But not any more. Now there are some new kids on the block, or should we say some old kids that are seriously upping their game. We’re talking, of course, about the likes of Kia and Hyundai. The Korean pairing really are producing cars that rival the mainstream marques these days - now all they need is to convince buyers to see past the badge. To see just how far Hyundai has moved the game on we got behind the wheel of the latest i30. Aimed squarely at the Ford Focus, the Korean contender certainly looks the part. This is the facelifted model - not that you’d notice - a few bits of trim have changed, but it looks smart. Before you climb behind the wheel you need to throw away any preconceptions of what you think it will be like. The latest breed of Hyundais have taken a dramatic leap on from the quite woeful cars that came before them and this i30 is a great example of that. It’s actually really rather good to drive. Our test car was fitted with a 1.6-litre CRDI diesel engine that’ll hit 60mph in 11.5 seconds and go on to a top speed of 117mph.


Nothing earth shattering there, but the 62.8mpg economy does mean you only have to visit petrol stations every 735 miles. The diesel lump is punchy, if a little on the loud side and, when combined with the decent six-speed manual box, it’s even quite good fun to drive. Complaints? Well, the steering isn’t as good as the Ford’s and on the road it can feel a little disconnected. But inside it’s a pleasant place to spend time. The build quality is impressive and it’s here that the difference to Hyundais from five years back is really apparent. Our test car came in the top-of-therange Premium specification and was packed with kit. The list of toys you get as standard is frankly ridiculous. It includes climate control, alarm, immobiliser, electric everything, half leather seats, enough airbags to cause the car to float if they all went off at the same time, and a decent CD player with a plug in point for your iPod. In fact the only option worth having that isn’t fitted as standard is metallic paint – which is £395 more. And we haven’t even got to the best bit yet - the price. This range topper will set you back just £16,450. Compare that to a similar specification Focus and you’d need to find at least another grand more. Cont’d …..

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Add in the fact that all new Hyundai models come with an unlimited mileage, five-year warranty and things really start to stack up in the Korean car’s favour. There are some buyers that still won’t be able to see past that badge, but they’d be silly not to at least try the i30. Hatchback buyers will be missing out if they don’t. By James Baggott, editor of Car Dealer Magazine (

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here has been much written in the press about the growing problem of obesity in the UK; adult obesity has almost quadrupled in the last 25 years, and it has been estimated that one in four of the population will be obese by the end of the decade. The health issues that this creates are also well known; heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, cancer and problems with joints and mobility. Perhaps less well known are the effects on fertility. Obesity in women can result in an irregular or infrequent cycle, with an increased risk of infertility. It has an impact on ovulation, conception and implantation, with reduced success rates for fertility treatments and an increased risk of miscarriage. Obesity also reduces male fertility levels. The number of couples requesting fertility treatment is set to double during the next ten years, but treatment on the NHS is usually denied to women with a BMI of over 30. If you are concerned about your weight, Dietcare offer a free lifestyle and diet check, which includes BMI calculation and healthy eating advice. Special diets are available for women with PCOS. Getting your body into the best possible shape before pregnancy will help you cope with the demands of labour and the early days of parenthood.

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Travel Taiwan

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ouch Your Heart’ is Taiwan’s logo, an enticing invitation to discover the island, beyond the usual T-shirts and computer chips. Exotic culture or lush scenery, Taiwan has much to offer and with new nonstop flights from London, getting there is easy.

Barely the size of Holland, the island claims 200 peaks above 3000 metres, the highest density on earth, glorious beaches, gorges and cliffs, a bustling capital and colourful year round festivals. Most spectacular is the Chinese New Year in February when on the last day of celebrations, thousands of paper lanterns are released into the night sky, carrying good wishes and prayers to the stars. There are fireworks and temple offerings, lucky red envelopes filled with cash and traditional dumplings shaped like the full moon. Up north, in the cusp of the hills, Taipei shares in the festivities among chaotic traffic, green cycling lanes, sizzling food stalls in the night market and red and gold pagodas nestling below the tower blocks. But the capital’s pride and joy is Taipei 101, towering 508 metres above the city. Named after its 101 floors, it houses a financial centre, glamorous boutiques and the world’s fastest lift whizzing visitors up to the viewing platforms, at 1010 metres a minute. It’s a showcase of Feng Shui design, including a 660 ton golden pendulum to keep the tower straight in typhoons and earthquakes. Taiwan sits on a fault line which on the positive side, means an abundance of hot springs, highly popular in the winter months. Most developments are found around Taipei and the western plains where bullet trains rush towards the tropical south. On the other side, the east coast is rugged and wild with precipitous cliffs plunging into the Pacific and tribal lands heading into sparsely


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populated mountains. Fourteen aboriginal groups are officially recognised, accounting for just 2% of a mostly Chinese population, but each one preserving a unique culture. Among them are the Truku who live around Taroko, one of eight national parks, where a dramatic gorge digs its way down to the ocean. There are meandering trails and turquoise pools, marble rocks, caves and cliffs, exotic birds, butterflies the size of your hand, red-faced monkeys and the occasional black bear. You can stay in luxurious tribal venues, eat glutinous rice and bird’s nest fern, bargain for local craft or watch children dance ‘over the rainbow’ to honour their ancestors. South of the romantic Sun Moon Lake and close to the Tropic of Cancer, the district of Alishan is another lovely spot, home to the Tsous who grow tea and coffee in green rolling hills. Here red-roofed villages shelter in the hollows, ornate temples splash colour on lonely hilltops and veils of mist drift through whispering bamboo. Taiwan’s highest peaks beckon all around. At nearly 4000 metres, Jade Mountain is the ultimate challenge but in the shivering dawn, most visitors opt for the nearby Celebration Mountain, conveniently close to rail and road and the best place to enjoy a magical sunrise. When the first golden rays sweep across the sea of clouds at your feet, Taiwan is sure to touch your heart, just like the Chinese lanterns glowing after dark.


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lans for Orton Longueville School in Peterborough to become an academy in partnership with Swavesey Village College in Cambridge – possibly as early as April this year – have been approved in principle by the Department for Education. It will be one of the first academies opened under new legislation encouraging high performing schools to partner with, and sponsor, satisfactory schools as academies. The city council, trust and both schools are now working together to manage the transition arrangements to ensure that the current improvements and momentum at Orton Longueville School are maintained and that the new academy reflects strong community partnerships. This brings to an end, a period of uncertainty within the school and its local community. In December 2009 an interim executive board (IEB) replaced the governing body with responsibility to research and propose the right structural solution to secure the long term success of the school. In April 2009, Mark Woods, deputy principal at Swavesey Village College, took over as interim Headteacher of Orton Longueville School. The partnership with Swavesey began in June 2009, when the city council requested advice and guidance from the National Support School. The level of involvement increased steadily during the academic year and, in April 2010, Swavesey was asked to take over the interim leadership and management within the school.

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his year’s Shire Horse Society Spring Show will be held over three days, 18th, 19th & 20th March 2011. The Show is a spectacular display of this majestic breed at their finest and a fabulous day out. The event, held in the exec Peterborough exhibition hall, at the East of England Showground in Peterborough, will feature over 200 Shire horses and is the largest Shire horse show in the World.

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You can marvel at the skills of the farrier, as the show hosts the largest farriery competition on heavy horses in England. There is also a display of vintage tractors and farm machinery and the fast and furious activity of dog agility. There is fun for all the family, including the Victorian funfair and a wide variety of trade stands. David Ralley-Davies, Deputy Secretary of the Shire Horse Society, said: ‘It is vital that as a nation we continue to support the Shire horse. The Spring Show is a fantastic way to do that, all in the comfort of the wonderful exec Peterborough exhibition hall. Whatever the weather you can enjoy the majestic and nostalgic sight of these wonderful animals looking their best.’

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Book Review - Ultimate Chick-Lit


ince Bridget Jones came along, chick-lit has become one of the most popular kinds of fiction. With great characters, an engaging story and the odd bit of romance thrown in, it’s easy to see why these light reads are such a hit. Here’s a selection of the best. P.S. I Love You by Cecilia Ahern A weepy, lovely story which lingers long after you finish the last page. When Holly’s husband dies tragically, she wonders how she’ll ever survive. Luckily love of her life Jerry has already thought of a way to help her with her grief, through a series of letters and planned activities. This heartbreaking yet uplifting book shows that there is life after death, though love will always live on. Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes After an accidental drug overdose, Rachel’s family decide it’s time she had a dose of rehab. But instead of drying-out rock stars, spas and plenty of R&R, Rachel is greeted by the reality of addiction, the agony of group therapy and the realisation of the damage done. Though addressing a serious topic, this is an enjoyable read – deep, whilst still retaining a sense of humour. One Day by David Nicholls Recently winning Popular Fiction Book of th e Year at th e esteemed Galaxy awards, One Day is a compelling read suitable for both sexes, following the lives of two people w h o b e c o m e inextricably involved, purely by accident. The story uses the anniversary of their meeting to catalogue the events of the years in this unusual, realistic, moving and witty read.


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don’t know if you remember a few months ago, I wrote about my visit to Sapphire Smooth for a consultation for hair removal laser treatment. At the consultation we discussed what the treatment would entail, I knew I was in good hands when told the clinic retains a CQC regulation (Care Quality Commission). I felt re-assured and at ease with my clinician as he told me all about the laser treatments. The laser works by heating the unwanted hair, but not damaging the surrounding skin to eventually remove the hair permanently after six treatments and at intervals of four to eight weeks. Now I was ready for the actual treatment to commence. I made the appointment and went along feeling very nervous and apprehensive. However, when I arrived, I was met by the same clinician with a reassuring smile and was shown into the comfortable room. We then went through a thorough medical questionnaire to ensure I was suitable for the treatment. I also had a few questions of my own that were all answered by the clinician which settled all my apprehensions.


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ENJOY COOKING? Volunteers are desperately needed to help prepare and cook basic meals for older people at our Friendship Clubs in Orton and Werrington For further information, please contact: Miriam Pullinger, at Age Concern Peterborough Tel: 564185 or 07970 282944

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Friendship Clubs to meet friends in your Local Community Age Concern Peterborough has helped several individual communities in Peterborough and villages to set up Friendship Clubs, where older people can meet on a weekly basis during the day, and at Lunchtime to enjoy each other’s company and a hot meal. The clubs, when established, run independently from ACP and engage in various social activities, talks, outings and other enjoyable pastimes. Please see the list of the local Clubs listed below. For further information on helping as a volunteer at the Clubs please contact the Clubs Development Officer on Tel: 01733 564185 or 07970 282944 Central Friendship Club Meeting Place: The Lindens, 86 Lincoln Road Time of Meeting: Thursdays 10.30am - 2.30pm

Orton Friendship Club Meeting Place: Napier Place, Sheltered Complex Time of Meeting: Thursdays 10.30am - 2.30pm

Hampton Friendship Club Meeting Place: The Moorhen, Hampton Vale Time of Meetings: Tuesdays 10.45am - 1.00pm Coffee morning only

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The Digital Switchover

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he way you watch your favourite TV programmes is changing. The government will turn off the traditional analogue TV signal, region by region, between 2008 and 2012, to allow all TV services to go digital. Traditional analogue is where you can only receive BBC1, BBC2, ITV, Channel 4 and possibly Channel 5. If you receive Anglia News, you are in the ‘Anglian Region’ and the analogue transmitter will be switched off in April 2011. If you receive Central News, you are in the ‘Central Region’ and will be switched off in May 2011. Any TV that is not converted to receive digital when the digital switchover happens will no longer be able to receive TV programmes. Why is the digital switchover happening? At the moment, some households still cannot access Channel 5 and around one in four homes cannot get digital TV via their aerial as the reception in their area is poor. The digital switchover, which is a government initiative, aims to make it fairer for everyone, as only by switching off the old analogue signal will it be possible to increase the digital signal to cover parts of the country that cannot receive it at the moment and to deliver additional services such as HD TV. Going digital means a lot of great benefits for everyone: •Better picture and sound quality •Extra TV channels at no extra cost, plus other channels available on subscription •The provision of terrestrial HD TV channels •Digital radio channels •Access to a range of interactive services (via the red button on your remote) •On-screen TV listings including a guide to the coming week’s TV programmes What do I need to do? To get digital TV you will need to have Satellite, Cable or a set-top box such as Freeview or Freesat. Whichever option you choose to go with you will not be forced to replace your existing TV, unless of course you just want a new TV! If you bought your TV after 1996, it will probably have a SCART socket on the back, which allows it to be connected to a digital set-top box.


A Freeview digital set top box is the most costeffective solution. Although you may not have to buy a new TV, in most circumstances you may need to get a wide-band aerial installed (which is required for this region) particularly if your existing one is old. Most of the Freeview boxes claim to provide you with a wide array of channels but please be aware that you may not be able to receive all these unless you have the right aerial fitted; this will then allow you to collect all the programmes available in your area. If you have multiple TV sets in your home then you must convert all of them, so you will need a set top box for each. The digital switchover in your region will occur overnight on a set date. Don’t panic, you will be informed of this date well in advance. Once the region has switched over, equipment that is designed to receive only analogue signals will no longer receive TV pictures. If you currently have a VCR and wish to continue taping your programmes onto tape, then this can be achieved if your set top box has two scart sockets. With two scart leads you connect one to attach the TV to the set top box and the other to attach the set top box to the VCR. If you have a DVD Recorder (also known as a PVR - Personal Video recorder), this can be attached to the set top box in lieu of the VCR. Digital recorders offer many more features than a VCR or DVD Recorder such as far superior picture and sound quality (as good as the original broadcast) it easy to use and browse your library and with the press of one button you can set it up to record an entire series.

I can’t get Freeview at the moment, what does the digital switchover mean for me? The digital switchover is happening so almost everyone will get Freeview. By switching off the old analogue signal, the power for digital signals can be increased; so all households that can get analogue will be able to get digital.

If I don’t do anything, what will happen? If you do not have digital TV when your area switches over, you won’t be able to watch TV. You must make sure every TV, including those in bedrooms or the kitchen, is connected to a set top box or replaced with a TV that has a digitaltuner.

What features does digital TV offer for those with sight and hearing problems? Some digital boxes have special access features such as subtitles, signing and audio description for people with sight or hearing problems. For more information you can contact the RNIB on 0845 766 9999 or the RNID on 0808 808 0123.

Will switching to digital affect my TV licence? No, the TV licensing requirements for digital television are the same as for analogue; you will continue to pay it as before.

What if I live in a block of flats? If you share an aerial then this may need to be converted to receive digital television, but this is the responsibility of your letting agent or landlord.

Will analogue radio be affected by digital switchover? The analogue radio service is unaffected by the digital TV switchover. But the digital switchover does mean that everyone with a television will be able to benefit from digital radio which they can listen to through their television set.

I have a HD TV; will I be ready for digital? HDTV provides a sharper screen image than standard definition pictures. An HD-ready TV does not necessarily include an integrated digital TV and vice versa, so look for the ‘digital tick’ logo. HDTV services are already available via subscription satellite and cable and may be available in the future on other platforms, including Freeview, but this would require you to buy a new box.

I would like to go digital so what do I do now? The “Switchover” process may generate opportunities for doorstep crime. This can include bogus workmen, unsolicited sales call, rogue tradesmen, mis-selling, as well as distraction burglary methods such as “I need to tune your television” or “your aerial won't work”. Digital UK has included crime prevention messages in all of their publicity, which includes stating that noone representing their company will call on a householder without an appointment so please be vigilant and do not become a victim.

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fake it, love it, hate it. This is one of my favourite Sue Ryder Care challenges because so many people get really creative, and it has always raised a large amount of vital funds for our local Hospice.” So, why not host a bad hair day, get a group of friends or colleagues to wear a crazy wig, take part in a sponsored leg wax or head shave, or even organise a beard or moustache competition? These are just some ideas people can choose from. And be sure to let us know if you come up with any different ideas of your own. To get involved in Sue Ryder’s Febru-hairy month in February 2011, contact Mikey


nce again, Sue Ryder Care is asking local supporters to fire up their imagination and fundraise around the theme of hair. The charity has renamed the month of February as ‘Febru-hairy’, where you’re encouraged to participate in hair-related fundraising challenges throughout the month to raise vital funds for Sue Ryder Care at Thorpe Hall Hospice. Fundraiser, Mikey Clarke said; “We’d like as many people as possible to get involved in Febru-hairy as this campaign caters for everybody. You can fundraise as part of a company, school or college, at your local pub or if you want to do something on your own. You can do anything… Cut it, grow it, wax it, trim it, curl it,



ork has begun to create a multi-use games area on land at Celta Road recreation ground in Woodston. The games area will be marked out to enable local youngsters to use the site to play team games such as cricket, football and basketball.


Clarke on 01733 330060 or email

Also for further information or to download a Fabru-hairy pack (which includes a Poster, Sponsorship Form, and Cut-out Moustache) then visit

The work, costing £52,000, has been funded by a Big Lottery grant and has been welcomed by Peterborough City Council's cabinet member for recreation, Cllr Matthew Lee. He said: "This is a great new year gift to the young people in the area who I am sure will make full use of this development. It will provide an excellent facility that is much-needed in the neighbourhood. I am very pleased this

lottery funding has been used for something the whole community can use."

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For February 2011- By Astrologer Christine Chalklin

PISCES FEBRUARY 19 - MARCH 20 With renewed confidence and enthusiasm you should be able to find exciting new ways to plan an amazing 2011. Your ruler, the mysterious Neptune, moves into your sign in April and you can now start to plan ahead. Already deeply intuitive, spend time enhancing your special gift.

LEO JULY 23 - AUGUST 23 Relationships are high on the agenda this month as the Sun, Mars and Mercury all illuminate the partnership sector of your chart. Close associations could now become even closer and those that are not working could very well end. Trust your instincts and you can’t go wrong. VIRGO AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 22 Daily routines and health and fitness matters are the focus for this month. You want change & seek possibilities for new directions and exciting new ventures. A new diet and fitness plan could be very productive as your ruling planet Mercury moves into innovative Aquarius on the 4th.

ARIES MARCH 21 - APRIL 20 The new moon is activating the social sector of your chart, and with so many other planets there, this is a good month to go out and enjoy yourself. Reaching out to others is a priority for you right now, new groups, clubs and networking meetings should all have great appeal.

LIBRA SEPT. 23 - OCT. 23 Love, romance, fun and games are highlighted during February for lucky Librans! Abundant creative energy is also at a peak and new ideas and inspiration are all yours. Your ruling planet Venus moves into Capricorn on the 4th, this could bring financial rewards your way.

TAURUS APRIL 21 - MAY 21 Professional goals and ambitions are the focus for February. Even if you don’t have a career, you will feel the need to organise yourself and focus on something very worthwhile. Venus, your ruler, changes sign on the 4th emphasising the call for more stability in your life.

SCORPIO OCT. 24 - NOV. 22 Home and family are on the agenda this month. Jupiter has moved into Aries and your optimism and energy should be at an all time high. You may be looking at sudden moves or renovating and decorating where you reside. The Pluto Jupiter clash on the 23rd may bring surprises.

AQUARIUS JAN. 21 - FEB. 18 Your birthday month is looking very lively as the warrior planet Mars is joined by communicative Mercury in Aquarius on the 4th. Innovative plans and ideas spring into action. You’ll be looking at different ways of accomplishing goals as interesting opportunities come your way.

Gemini MAY 22 - June 21 Learning, travel and gathering wisdom are all hot topics for versatile Gemini during February. Mighty Jupiter enters the social sector of your chart, emphasising a need to expand your circle. Mercury your ruler, moves into Aquarius on the 4th new and unusual friendships could start now! CANCER JUNE 22 - JULY 22 Finances loom large during February. Cancer is a lunar sign and the new moon on the 3rd illuminates the need for a restructure in this area. Money could come in from a new career opportunity or a new enterprise. Either way, abundant Jupiter shines on you bringing new insights.


SAGITTARIUS NOV. 23 - DEC. 21 Mighty Jupiter, your ruling planet, is now moving swiftly through inspirational Aries, favouring creativity and romance. Your communication style is also greatly influenced this month as dynamic Mars and curious Mercury stir up totally new ways of thinking and planning ahead. CAPRICORN DEC. 22 - JAN. 20 Organised Saturn, your ruling planet, makes a productive aspect to motivational Mars this month. Take advantage and review strategic areas of your life. Career is highlighted, with opportunities for advancement and increased earning potential becoming possible after the 4th.

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ork started in January 2011 to create a 60-metre by 30-metre allweather sports pitch at the Ormiston Bushfield Academy in Peterborough – the first stage in the construction of the new £20.6 million premises for the school. The one-third size pitch, suitable for seven-aside games, will maintain all-weather sports facilities for school use when new buildings are constructed on the existing all-weather pitch starting in early March. The new pitch will be expanded to full-size later in the project. Academy principal Eric Winstone said: “This is the start of an exciting project for existing and prospective pupils, their parents, staff and the whole community. We are working closely with construction company Kier on what promises to be a truly inspiring land-

mark building.” The new 9,713 square metre academy will accommodate 950 students, an increase from around 730 currently. The design features a curved, double height, fully glazed entrance opening on to a public plaza with a colonnade link to Orton sports centre. Once the new premises are completed in summer 2012 the existing 8,500 sq m buildings will be demolished.

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Ormiston Bushfield Academy was created in September 2009 in partnership with sponsor Ormiston Trust and currently uses the buildings of the former Bushfield Community College.

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A new footpath/cycle route will also be constructed to replace an existing route adjacent to the Bushfield sports centre.

The Court Badminton Club are looking for new players to join them. The Badminton Club play every Wednesday and Friday from 8pm to 10pm at the Bushfields Sports Hall

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Monthly Tips for your Pet Heart Failure This issue we felt that as well as frost, love is also in the air with Valentines just round the corner. So we are sticking with this theme and putting the spotlight on the causes of heart failure in cats and dogs, what if anything can be done to prevent it and how it is treated. Who Can Develop Heart Disease? As with many illnesses any cat or dog can contract this problem, although some animals are more likely to be affected: - It is 1.5 times more common in males than females - Its prevalence is higher in dogs under 20kgs, however it is also found in many larger dogs

- Finding exercise hard and/or have difficulty breathing - Losing weight and/or losing interest in food

Breeds commonly found to have heart failure include; Boxers, Cavaliers, Chihuahuas, Cockers, Dobermans, German Sherperds, Great Danes, Irish Wolf Hounds, Newfoundlands, Poodles, Scottish Deerhounds and Terriers.

What is the Treatment for Heart Failure?

What Causes Heart Failure?

Thankfully we can treat the symptoms though which will need to be done lifelong, but with the right combination of therapies pets can live longer, happy and healthy lives.

There are many types of heart disease that can lead to heart failure, the main common attributable factor is predispose by breed as well as being passed on from parents genetically. While excess weight can worsen the symptoms of heart failure as the heart has to work harder to pump blood round the body, there is currently no evidence to suggest that this is a contributing factor to the cause of heart failure in cats and dogs. What Are The Symptoms? As the heart muscle becomes less and less efficient at pushing blood round the body cats and dogs may display symptoms such as:


- Coughing, retching and throat clearing

Treatment will depend on the pet, specific symptoms, their severity and stage of failure, however heart failure is irreversible and not curable in pets at present.

As with many illnesses the sooner it is diagnosed the better and so our practices are offering Free Heart Checks until the end of February, so if you have a breed found commonly to suffer from heart failure or are just concerned about your cat or dog, please do not hesitate to book an appointment to see your local Vet.

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unding for up to 75 electric vehicle plug-in posts across Peterborough has been given the go-ahead by the Government.

The posts are part of a regional project to install 600 double-headed plug-in points across the East of England. Peterborough City Council has been working closely with the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) to develop the £7 million plan, named EValu8. This plan successfully bid for match funding and was awarded its full £2.9 million target by the Government. The first recharging posts could be installed as early as spring this year and will form a key element of the UK's roll-out of electric vehicle

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recharging points. EValu8 will provide individuals and businesses with the confidence to purchase electric vehicles for everyday journeys both within cities, between cities and for commuting. The bid for Peterborough has been led and managed by the city council’s transport planning team and central funding unit. Transport planning team manager Mark Speed said: “We are delighted that the full £7 million plan has been approved and that we can now start work on implementing Peterborough’s part of the infrastructure project. "This is an exciting project that puts Peterborough at the forefront of emerging electric vehicle infrastructure developments, while supporting the city's reputation as the home of environment capital."

Useful Contact Numbers Local Services: Thorpe Wood Police Station Tel: 0845 4564564 Peterborough City Council Tel: 01733 747474 Noise Complaint 01733 4534571

Stagecoach in Peterborough Tel: 01733 554575 National Rail Enquiries Tel: 0845 7484950 Citizens Advice Bureau Tel: 01733 558383 Samaritans Tel: 01733 312727

Anti-Sociable Behaviour Tel: 01733 385099

Child Line Tel: 0800 1111 Peterborough Central Library Sue Ryder Fund Raising Tel: 01733 864280 Tel: 01733 330060 Post Office Customer Local Chemists: Helpline Tel: 0845 7740740 The Co-Op Pharmacy, Stanground. Tel: 01733 343678 Peterborough Tourist Information Tel: 01733 452336

Odedra Chemist, Fletton Tel: 01733 342081/342003

Anglian Water Tel: 0845 7145145

Lloyds Pharmacy, Orton Goldhay Tel: 01733 235026 / 234244

Stagecoach Viscount Tel: 01733 554575


Halls the Chemist, Orton Wistow. Tel: 01733 233666

Halls the Chemist, Peterborough Road, Farcet Tel. 01733 311611

Local Doctors: Botolph Bridge Comm. Health Centre. Tel: 774500 Bushfield Health Centre, Orton Goldhay. Tel: 01733 391022 Nene Valley Medical Practice, Orton Goldhay Tel: 01733 366600 Old Fletton Surgery, Rectory Gardens. Tel: 01733 343137 Stanground Surgery, Whittlesey Road. Tel: 01733 568569 Walk-In City Care Centres Thorpe Road. PE3 6DB Tel: 01733 293800 Alma Road. PE1 3FG Tel: 01733 758388

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Your Local Events A guide to what’s on in your area



3rd to 6th East of England Showground Holiday on Ice - Energia For further information call tel. 0844 581 1315

4th The Haycock Hotel, Wansford Quiz night at bar with a curry supper Find out more on 01780 782223

4th @ 8pm The Cresset The Cresset Got Soul Again. Northern Soul and Motown memories with Tony Dellar and Ian Gray. For further information tel. 265705

5th Peterborough Museum Historic Peterborough Tour - find out more about the fascinating and often undiscovered history of Peterborough. For more details call 864663

10th St. Andrews United Reformed Church, Ledbury Rd. The Wildlife Trusts Illustrated Talk Tel. 01733 237278 12th @ 7.30pm Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre Company The Ultimate Queen Tribute - Tickets £15 Box Office 01780 766455 15th @ 7.30pm to 9pm Peterborough Museum Ghost Walks - Explore the City’s spooky side! This date is only a guide, there is usually a walk every month. Please call 864663 for up to date information 19th to 27th @ 11am to 3pm Ferry Meadows, Ham Farm House, Ham Lane Scavenger Hunt Collect a list of items to scavange from visitor centre. Complete the hunt and return for your prize. To confirm times tel. 234443/234193 19th @ 7.30pm Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre Company Back to Broadway - Tickets £15.00 A brand new classical musical theatre show with a contemporary edge. Tel. 01780 766455 19th to 27th Nene Valley Railway, Wansford Station Thomas’ Half Term Event For further information call 01780 784444 21st The Cresset Psychic Sally: On The Road Sally Morgan stars Psychic goes on national tour. Tel: 265705


5th The Cresset Roy Chubby Brown is back in town… Get ready for a barn-storming night of jokes. For further information call 265705 14th The Cresset Ed Byrne - Master of observational comedy 14th The Haycock Hotel, Wansford Valentine’s Dinner in the Orchard Restaurant. To book call 01780 782223 15th The Haycock Hotel, Wansford Let’s Do Lunch ‘Soup & Bread. To find out more call 01780 782223 18th The Cresset Back for Good - Recreating the Magic of Take That! Call 265705 to Book 19th @ 10.30am to 12.00pm Ferry Meadows - Walk in the Woods A walk through Bluebell & Lynch Wood stopping at point of interests. Tel. 234193

Please mention ‘The Viewer’ when contacting any of the above Whilst every care is taken to ensure details given on this page are correct at time of going to print, please always check with the venue before attending an event.

Your Local Library Times & Regular Events Stanground Library, Lawson Avenue Opening Times: Mon. & Fri.1pm - 5pm Tues. 10am-1pm/2-5.30pm Wed. & Sunday Closed Thurs. 10am - 1pm/2 - 6pm Saturday 10am - 2pm

What’s on at Stanground Library in February? Who will you discover? Beginners guide to Family History. Tuesdays 2pm – 3.30pm or Thursdays 10.30pm – 12.00pm Free sessions

What are our Reading Group reading?

The Devil’s Acre

Silver Surfers for over 50’s Thursday 10am-11.30am Computers can be used free of charge

Recommended as the TV Book Club’s Summer Read A novel of intrigue, violence and conflicted loyalties. The second title from Matthew Plampin, author of The Street Philosopher, the novel captures the atmosphere of Victorian England perfectly.

Reading Group for Adults 1st Tuesday of each month 3.30-4.30pm Chat over a good look with good company, ask staff for details.

Our Reading Group meets again on Tuesday 1st February 3.30 – 4.30 and thereafter 1st Tuesday of each month. We are now looking for new members.

Events: Story Time for under 5’s Thursday 2.15 - 2.45pm Family History Group Last Thursday of each month 4-5pm Meet like minded folks to forage for your roots

Beginners’ Computer Lessons 2 sessions of 1.5 hours over 2 weeks

Woodston Library, Orchard Street Opening Times: Mon. & Wed. 1pm - 5pm Tues.& Thurs. 9.30am - 1pm Friday 2pm - 5.30pm Saturday 10am - 1pm Events: Reading Group for Adults Last Wednesday of each month 3-4pm Story Time for under 5’s Tuesday 10am - 10.15 Rhyme Time Fridays 2.15pm - 2.45pm Silvers Surfers for over 50’s Every Tuesday 10.00-12.00 computers used free of charge

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE For Stanground Library call 01733 864302 or email

Junior reading group for ages 6 – 12 Next meeting on Thursday 3rd February 3.30pm – 4.30. Fun games and activities based on your favourite books.

Half Term activities Green Balloon club present Pond Life. Ever wondered where frogs go in winter, do fish sleep or how does a toad cross the road? Meet some giant pond creatures and have a go at making a frog puppet. Don’t forget to wear your Green Balloon Club T-shirt! Tuesday 22nd February 11am to 12pm Ages 3 - 7 £2 per child Please call or drop in to book a place

Contact the library for more information by calling 01733 864296

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Stanground College Tuesday 6.00pm to 7.30pm

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