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May 2011

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Dear Neighbours, Welcome to your May edition of ‘The Viewer’.

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I hope you had a good Easter break and enjoyed the Royal Wedding. If you have children to entertain in the half term break, or looking for something to do in general, then look no further, we have listed lots of fun things to do on ‘Your Local Events’ page - see page 60, or page 48 for a list of Green events in aid of The Green Festival starting 30th May. If you are looking forward into the school summer holiday, see page 13 to book a week of fun activities at the Churchill Summer Camp. Once again, we have another competition to win a family ticket to the East of England Show - a rural life spectacular - to be held on 17th, 18th and 19th June. To enter please go to page 50. Good Luck! Also, if you would like to join UK’s Race for Life this summer and help make this year’s event the biggest ever, see page 14 for details.

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Andy Harding Personal Training The Haycock Hotel Hallmark Carpets and Flooring Oakwood Financial Services

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Regular Articles Gardening: May Beauty Tips: Brighten up your skin Recipe: Asparagus Bruschettas Humour: Don’t you know who I am Motor Review: Most Profitable Cars Computer Tips: Avoid Computer Scam Monthly Tips for your Pet: Rabbits Poets Corner: The Birdies in my Garden Travel: Cappadocia Book Review: Books you must own! Health: Late onset Diabetes Monthly Horoscopes

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Local Information Local Information Your Local Trades Local Information East of England Show Useful Contact Nos. Your Local and Library Events

Puzzles 12 Children’s Puzzle Page 40/41 Adults Puzzle Page/Sudoku 53 Fun Quiz

I hope you all enjoy the interesting articles and promotional features this month. As always we welcome any feedback you may have and don’t forget to send details of events happening in your area that may be of interest to your neighbours.

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Gardening May by Pippa Greenwood


elcome to May, one of the fastest moving months in the gardening year. May is the month when plants just keep on and on growing and developing. New transplants, recently allowed to enjoy the ‘great outdoors’ after an early start in a greenhouse, wait a week or two and then POW! they’re off, and showing you their potential. Old established garden friends, their roots well down in the soil, put on new leaves, stem growth, flower buds maybe even flowers and enjoy the fact that whilst the weather has warmed up, they’ve not yet been hit by growth restricting drier conditions of summer. It’s a month when it is hard not to feel a regular desire to grab a trowel (or perhaps a fork, spade or cultivator) and get out there and enjoy yourself while at the same time giving the garden and its plants the TLC that’s deserved. What better way to spend an hour or two…. or perhaps even a day or two? With the massive surge of interest in growing your own vegetables, vegetable plants and seeds are available just about everywhere, so there are no excuses for not giving it a go. Even if time is short or space at a premium, it really is worth growing a few crops – the feeling of selfsatisfaction when you make that first harvest is just SO GOOD.... not to mention the taste of the crops themselves. At this time of year you can sow seeds of many vegetables direct into the soil or large pots of multi-purpose compost. Try your hand at climbing French beans, dwarf French beans, runner beans, carrots, salad leaves, spinach or peas. I also adore home grown sweetcorn; this too can be sown direct now, but make sure you sow the seed in a square e.g. four rows of four seeds, formed in to a square (it is a wind pollinated crop and this is the way to get good, well-filled


cobs). It is a bit late to raise your own courgettes, squash, tomatoes or peppers from seed, but there should be plenty of young plants available in local nurseries or garden centres – just make sure you buy a variety of tomato or pepper suitable for growing outdoors if you don’t have a greenhouse (the label should make this clear). It is worth spending a few minutes to check flower beds and borders, however small or large, as at this time of year they are a hive of activity. I just have masses of twiggy pea-sticks (well branched prunings will do) and have driven them in around the edges of several herbaceous perennials. So many of these lovely plants are inclined to flop disastrously later in the year, but supported subtly now, they’ll remain upright. As I do this I always spot a few other things that need seeing to as well. All the lovely lush growth means that (in my garden at least) slugs and snails are having a fantastic time devastating the tender new leaves. When I put new plants in the ground I scatter oyster shell around the soil beneath the plants. It is readily available from local suppliers of chicken feed, and is by far the best barrier to slugs and snails that I know.... and bought in this way, it does not cost a fortune either. Early

aphid (greenfly and blackfly) infestations are also likely to be building up now, and dealt with promptly they are unlikely to cause too much damage – a gentle but firm squash between finger and thumb works a treat, or for those less partial to direct action like this, spray with a fattyacid or soap-based spray late in the day when bees are no longer about. With most of the gardening year ahead feeding makes sense too. So whether you have a well-stocked compost heap, or prefer to use fertilisers from the garden centre, apply them now so that your flowers, fruits and veg have a chance to make best use of them. Golden Rules: • Make sure that seedlings and young plants get enough natural light. • Gradually harden off young plants before planting them out. • In warmer areas, start to plant out more tender crops, but protect with cloches at first. • Tomatoes in containers need regular feeding with a liquid tomato food. • Treat yourself to some summer bedding for a really lively terrace-container, but check the forecast carefully before planting them out.

Pippa Greenwood our new Gardening Writer, is a journalist and regular panelist on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Gardeners’ Question Time’. Visit www.pippagreenwood. com and sign up as a ‘Friend of Pippa’ to receive a free e-book and regular updates and bulletins. Up until early June you can also order ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ – garden ready veg plants plus weekly advice emails from Pippa.

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Botolph Green Festival 11th & 12th June 2010


he festival on the Green to celebrate St. Botoph’s Day will this year be held on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June. The committee has already arranged some 25 stalls on both days, offering you a choice of wares including handmade jewellery, personalised gifts, sweets, Indian food, cakes, jams and chutneys, vintage clothing and craft items. Do you have an interesting stall? Contact Carrie Bye at to book your space. There will be a Taekwondo display, belly dancers and a street hip hop group as well as live music - but we still have more slots to fill. So if you run, or are a member of, an organisation, group or band that wants to come and put on a performance on the Saturday please let us know. The time slots can be from 10 to 30 minutes so if you have something you want to promote to your local community please get in touch with Tina Miller at or on 01733 391441.

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the popular Football Skills, a rounders game and a Small Pet Show with prizes. Gary Raffray and Crystal Racing’s amazing 1969 Marcos GT car will be there on both days. On Saturday evening from 7.30 there will be, in the marquee, family entertainment with supper. Compere/Comedian Ade Rollason will be supported by the Motown Miracles. The evening will finish with disco dancing until 11pm. Details on We are hoping to find a sponsor to hire a mobile climbing wall, guaranteed to add an element of real excitement to the Festival. Anyone can have a go, even wheelchair users! Raffle ticket will be on sale - prizes already include a fridge and a freezer.

The popular Family Dog Show will have 7 classes, and the Giant Rabbit will take entries for the Small Pets Show on Sunday. Rides include Funfair, Horse & Cart, and the fabulous Walk on Water will be there on both days. On Sunday at 10:15am the Family Cycle Ride will set off, then at 12 noon a live band will open, with food and drink available all day. In the marquee will be indoor games, story time, free play, a Magic Show with Aidan Heron and Wayne’s Games for the smaller children. There will be a roundabout, inflatables,


Supporters so far: Peterborough City Council, Ringway Highway Services Ltd, Budgens of Sugar Way, Fisherprint, Anglia Water, Chroma Sport & Trophies, Howden Joinery, BGL, ACE School of Motoring, P&S Electrical, Oakleigh Drive, Pioneer Caravans of Eye, Pedigree Pet Foods, Orton Hall Best Western Hotel and Marriott Leisure Club.

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COURT LANDSCAPES All Types of Garden Work Patios Laid or Re-Laid Garden Clearance for Total Re-Vamp Fences and Decking or Total Maintenance

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Patio’s and Driveways Decking and Fencing Turfing and Planting Tree Work Brickwork Commercial and Domestic

Professional, Affordable, Reliable Gates Fencing Decking Plumbing Plastering Guttering & Fascias

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MULTI-ACTIVITY HOLIDAYS FOR CHILDREN AGED 4 – 14 Our OFSTED registered Camps, which have been running in the area for over 20 years, provide a wide range of over 30 activities to keep your child entertained in the school holidays. All staff are CRB checked and have the necessary experience and training to deliver the wide range of activities we offer.


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Join the girls! Simply walk, jog or run to help save lives. Enter the local 5k race for life this summer 12th June 2011 Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life is more than an incredible day out - it’s helped fund major breakthroughs in cancer treatments across the UK for the last 17 years. Thanks to people just like you, more people are beating cancer than ever before. So, help us make this year’s event the biggest one ever. Sign up to Race for Life 2011 today and help save even more lives. or call 0871 641 111

Pupils develop environment projects for Eco Awards


upils from around 30 primary and secondary schools in Peterborough are busy developing projects demonstrating their commitment to preserving a healthy environment. Their projects will be judged and the best chosen for Peterborough Eco Awards at a celebration event at Hampton College, Hampton, Peterborough, on Tuesday 5 July 2011. The awards – supported by world-leading diesel engine manufacturer Perkins and the Caterpillar Foundation – are organised by green charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) to help young people understand and respond to the environmental issues facing the world. Green Teams from each school have been working with fellow pupils over the year on a range of environment-related projects,


such as energy reduction, encouraging biodiversity, developing gardens and growing spaces and promoting healthy snacks in tuck shops. “So while pupils are improving their life prospects the schools benefit from reduced overhead costs and better pupil commitment.” Nearly half of all Peterborough schools are already participating in the Peterborough Eco Awards programme, which contributes towards the city’s growing reputation as the Home of Environment Capital. It also links in with an international Eco-Schools scheme, which is administered in England by the Keep Britain Tidy group. For more information about the Eco Awards contact Jill Foster at PECT telephone (01733) 866440 email: or visit

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Brighten up your Skin At last! The weather has warmed up and we can shed our winter layers and expose our bodies to the fresh air. Only, all these winter months with no natural light and under layers of clothes may have left your skin looking dull and dry. This needs more than a quick rub of body lotion. First of all, you do need to exfoliate. Your body sheds skin cells all the time, but without some friction to remove them, many dead cells will just cling to the surface. Body scrubs are aplenty in your nearest chemist or supermarket, along with body brushes. Allow yourself a good 10 to 15 minutes in the shower or for even better results book yourself in with your beautician. On the subject of beauticians, as you move down your body it definitely becomes easier and more efficient to ask someone else to help with the


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skin maintenance. You can shave the hair off your legs, but it’ll be much smoother – and last longer – if you wax, particularly if someone else is doing it for you and has a better view of what needs doing. Likewise with your feet; unless you are a contortionist, a home pedicure is always going to be a tedious and back-aching job. Having prepared the surface, a good moisturiser will not only make your skin glow, but will immediately make you feel more summery. If you are naturally very pale, buy a body lotion that also offers a light selftanning ingredient.

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I used to be overweight at 16.4 stones, I’m now 12.3 stones, an experienced runner, and took part in this year’s London Marathon. With this experience, and being a fully qualified level 3 advanced personal trainer, I’m in a perfect position to train and help people towards their running goals, or help and advice you on how to lose weight and tone up.

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I can help you to lose weight, get fit/ fitter for a sporting event or special occasion, get healthier, feel and look better in yourself, look and feel better for a holiday, after pregnancy, after an injury, tone up etc. You will be measured, weighed and re-checked after every 4-5 sessions. You will be amazed at the results that can be achieved. Sarah is an ideal example, she has been t r a i n i n g Before with me for 7 months and has lost over 2 stones. She feels and looks great! (check out the pictures).


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Recipe of the month Enjoy the wonderful flavour of fresh British asparagus with these deliciously simple topped toasts. To make them more substantial add some flaked smoked mackerel or ruffles of Parma ham.

Makes 6 Ready in 20 minutes

Asparagus Bruschettas 12 fresh asparagus spears, trimmed 6 thin slices crusty bread (such as sour dough)


Half fill a large frying pan with water and bring to the boil. Add the asparagus spears and simmer for 3-4 minutes until just tender. Drain well and refresh under cold running water.


Brush the slices of bread on both sides with some of the olive oil. Place the slices on a hot cast-iron griddle pan and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side until just crisp and lightly charred in places. If you don’t have a griddle pan then simply grill the toasts.


Rub the cut garlic cloves all over the hot toasts (this imparts a mild garlic flavour to the toasts). Spread the goats’ cheese over the toasts.


Arrange the asparagus spears on top of the cheese and add a few rocket leaves to each. Drizzle over the rest of the olive oil. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and serve immediately.

6 tbsp good quality olive oil 1 large garlic clove, halved 225g (8oz) goats’ cheese Handful of rocket leaves Salt and freshly ground black pepper



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The Granary Café Senior Citizen Days: Wednesday & Thursday - Main Meals £5, Pudding £2.50 Group Bookings Available for up to 30 people Excellent location for walking parties - Tel: 01780 749483

Willow Brook Farm Shop Better for your pocket

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he Haycock Hotel, nestled in the village of Wansford, is the perfect setting for a leisurely lunch. You can choose from a variation of menus all cooked by our AA Rosette award winning chefs. During the summer months you can dine alfresco in the lovely gardens or historic courtyard as well as the lounge and the Orchards restaurant, a lovely conservatory overlooking the walled garden which backs onto the river Nene. The current set lunch menu is very reasonably priced from £14.95 for two courses using locally sourced, seasonal British produce wherever possible. There is also a range of traditional pub foods and sandwiches available and traditional English afternoon teas served in the warmth of the lounge with it’s open fires in the winter and enjoy the glorious sunshine in the gardens through the summer. We also do a traditional Sunday lunch from £16.95 and can offer various sized private dining rooms, all in keeping with the historic look and feel of the building for that special occasion.

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Andrew and Judith Jacobs Moor Farm, Decoy Road, Newborough, Peterborough.PR6 7QD

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Humour Don’t you know who I am by Chris Russell


f you are in a band, were once in a band, or are in any way into bands, the chances are you’ve seen the excellent Rob Reiner mockumentary,‘This Is Spinal Tap’. For those who haven’t had the pleasure, the film charts the highs and lows (but mainly lows) of a long-haired, leather-trousered rock band whose star is rather tragically fading. Musicians love Spinal Tap. It is our Bible. And we see that it is good. The sentence ‘How Spinal Tap is this?’ would be printed on page one of The International Touring Rock Band Phrasebook, if such a thing were ever written. Finding oneself hopelessly caught up in the midst of a Spinal Tap Moment (let’s coin the abbreviation ‘STM’ for convenience) is pretty much an occupational hazard for our species. Basically, if it causes acute embarrassment, exposes the fundamental absurdity of trying to act like a rockstar - or otherwise just makes you look like a twit - it’s an STM. One of my favourite Lightyears STMs occurred shortly before a gig we played at Wembley Stadium in Spring 2010. I had been asked by the production team what size stage we required and had responded with a lovingly-constructed diagram featuring meticulous footnotes and little pictures of all the band members. When we arrived on the pitch for our soundcheck, however, we were directed towards a tiny white podium roughly the size and shape of an upturned bath-tub. Turns out that the headline act, Right Said Fred (I know, you couldn’t make it up), had demanded a stage of those precise dimensions and there was basically nothing we could do about it. Never mind that there’s only two of them (and four of us) and they were using just one guitar (whilst we had a drum-kit and a piano, amongst other things). It is at times like these that the exclamation ‘Don’t you know who I am?!’ rises like a terrible bile in your throat. And when that happens, you know you’re having an STM. Last year, whilst on tour in South Africa, we turned up in Cape Town and checked into the city’s finest hotel, The Table Bay. As we were waiting for our rooms to be prepared it was brought to our attention that,


following our debut visit to the city the year before, the Table Bay had erected a ‘Lightyears stayed here’ plaque in our honour and positioned it on the Golden Seal statue in the hotel grounds. My oh my, did we milk that baby dry. We sauntered around the city with massive, smug grins all over our newly-tanned faces, telling anybody who would listen that our name was emblazoned across Cape Town’s famous Golden Seal just a few small inches away from such luminaries as Michael Jackson, Barack Obama and the England football team. But hubris is a cruel mistress and, of course, we turned up the following year to discover that we now ‘weren’t famous enough’ to stay at the Table Bay and, whilst our name remained on the statue, the hotel manager had been ‘unable to accommodate us at the current time’. What a kick in the teeth! Don’t they know who I am?! So please, if you ever see a lone musician in your local pub nursing a pint and looking sorry for himself, give him a biscuit and tell him he has nice hair. He’s probably just exhausted from years of trying to maintain the charade that he is a maverick trendsetter who lives every single day on the edge of existence. And take it from me, that’s extremely hard work indeed. Chris plays piano in South London power-pop 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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Motor Review: Most Profitable Cars


ar companies turn over billions of pounds every year and bank millions in profits – but which cars are the most profitable? It’s a question we’ve been pondering for some time. All car manufacturers can flog a car, but what makes the difference between a bumper profit margin and a tiny one? Well, we asked a host of industry experts, professors and insiders to help us come up with this list. They told us cutting costs and maximising returns in the automotive world is all about sharing expertise and platforms – do that and car manufacturers can dramatically increase their profits. Here are some of the cars that our experts believe are real cash cows for their makers. BMW 3-Series It’s the salesman’s mile-muncher, but its premium price and relatively cheap production costs mark the 3-Series out as a winner for the marque. Our experts said it was mostly down to excellent cost control, the fact cars are often highly specified and usually sold for a premium over similar-sized cars like the Ford Mondeo. McLaren MP4-12C One of the shock cars to emerge from our research was the new McLaren. Although development costs are high, the actual car is relatively inexpensive to make in relation to the high retail price. Our experts said the carbon chassis could be the cheapest to produce ever while many physical components have been replaced by more cost-effective electronics. If they sell the numbers forecast at between £160-170k it could be one of the most profitable cars ever! Range Rover Sport The Range Rover Sport benefits from all factors that make a model profitable: It’s based on an existing chassis (Defender)


which keeps build costs low. It’s sold for a premium with lots of added extras. And it’s been kept on sale for a long period of time without a major redesign. All these add up to a holy grail in terms of profitability. VW Golf Described by our experts as ‘the daddy’ of platform sharing, VW isn’t one of the most profitable makers without good reason! The Golf is responsible for two million units a year and currently provides underpinnings for a huge array of Seat, Audi, Skoda and other VW models. Many are sold for a premium but cost no more to make, adding a healthy balance to VW’s bottom line every year. Aston Martin Cygnet Ok, we know this hasn’t arrived yet, but the baby Aston has the potential to be a real profit centre for the maker. Essentially rebadging a Toyota iQ and charging £30k-plus for it – and that’s before buyers have shelled out on extras – could spell happy times for the marque. However, despite its potential, our experts warned this would only be possible if buyers like it… Ford Transit It’s not just cars that add substantially to a manufacturer’s bottom lines – vans do too! The Ford Transit is sold in markets around the world and our experts believe it is one of the most profitable vehicles on sale in Europe. Low production costs and decent volumes help keep the cash flowing for the Blue Oval. By James Baggott, editor of Car Dealer Magazine (

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Many flooring companies offer a big and sometimes dull showroom along with a lack of the personal approach but the staff at Hallmark Carpets and Flooring thrive towards offering every one of their customers the red carpet treatment with the customer’s satisfaction at the foundation of everything they do. To achieve this they operate from their home and offer the Home Chose Service, this is where their expert fitter brings the samples relevant to your wants and needs to you in the comfort of your own home at a time convenient for you. Not only does this make life far more convenient for you, the consumer, it also allows the financial savings to be passed onto you too, you’ve got nothing to lose! Hallmark Carpets and Flooring offer an impartial objective, they provide honest, expert advice from carpets to wood floor, laminate, karndean to vinyl. There is no job too big or too small that they cannot complete to an excellent standard and at a very accessible price.


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Monthly Tips for your Pet Insights into Rabbit Behaviour


mazing rabbits still have most of their natural instincts, making it really important that we understand and consider their natural habitat and behaviour so we can make sure that they’re as happy as they would be in the wild. It’s a common misconception that rabbits are very easy to look after and all they need to do is to be popped into a hutch, then feed and clean them when needed. Nowadays, we have a far greater understanding of rabbits and there are a few things we need to recognise in order to keep them happy and rabbits expressing aggressive behaviour toward you and/or other pets, often indicates they are in distress and suffering emotionally.

How to Keep Your Rabbit Stimulated In the wild, rabbits have plenty to keep them occupied, from foraging to reproduction to territorial defence. Captive rabbits, on the other hand, often lack stimulation, which can lead to behavioural problems and poor health. Much like humans, they need to be kept physically and mentally active. You can replicate a rabbit’s natural environment by providing some of the below: - Tunnels - Twigs (which can be hung in their runs) & other suitable toys - Planter filled with potting compost for digging - Large tubes and platforms for climbing - Places to hide such as cardboard boxes - Games, such as food items in brown paper, which they have to unwrap Digging is an innate and favourite pastime of rabbits, both domestic and wild. By providing digging substitutes, such as a sand or earth pit, your pet rabbits will be able to dig away without damaging your garden or escaping. Being active also reduces the risk of rabbits


becoming overweight and even obese, as well as providing the physical and mental stimulation they need.

Keeping within Your Rabbits Comfort Zone Just like humans, rabbits become bored if their environments remain the same, so consider an occasional change of scenery. However, be careful as too much change can have adverse effects. A wild rabbit’s survival depends on an intimate knowledge of its surroundings in order to escape from predators, so structural changes to a pet rabbit’s “warren” should be kept subtle, such as changing their toys and regularly providing new ones. It’s incredibly beneficial for rabbits to start interacting with people, other rabbits and also other pets such as cats and dogs from an early age so they become part of everyday life and not stressful encounters. Familiarity with other species will help them develop into friendly and confident adults. Exposing them to normal everyday sights and sounds is also important, so they remain relaxed and happy in their environments as they mature. As always we hope readers find this article helpful and interesting and should you have any questions or concerns about your pet please contact your Vets for assistance.

The Birdies in my Garden In my garden, I hear birdies, they’re all singing in the trees, Jumping from the branches, feathers ruffling in the breeze, I always fill their bird bath, but to make their life complete, I nipped off to the shops today and bought them birdie treats. A luxury pack of bird seed and some little suet balls, A bird feeder to feed from – yes, my birdies had it all, I made a cup of tea; I sat and watched them with a smile, They loved their little treats; I must have sat there for a while, Contented, I went back indoors; I needed to do more, A little bit of polishing; perhaps mop the kitchen floor, Then I noticed it was getting late, and really it was time, That I brought my nice white washing in, still out there on the line, I ventured back outside again and off the birdies flew, Full of seeds and little nuts and feeling good as new, It was clear to see they’d loved my gifts, it really wasn’t hard ‘Cos across my nice white washing they’d all left their calling card..... ©Jan Jack’s Perfect Verse 2011

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Travel: Cappadocia


ramed by the Taurus mountains to the south, the high plateau of Cappadocia lies in central Turkey, a land bristling with volcanic features, known as ‘fairy chimneys’, and ca rved wi th a nci ent underground cities and rock churches. For early Christians and others who farmed the surrounding land, living underground was safe, cool in summer, warm in winter and whenever you needed extra space, you could just dig another room in the relatively soft stone. Stables were near the top, accessed down a ramp, while further down was a network of communal kitchens, sleeping quarters, stores, niches for oil lamps, wine cellars and chapels. The cities ran seven floors deep, often more, with air shafts, wells and millstones (complete with peepholes) which could block the tunnels in time of danger. Many such cities remain undiscovered but 36 have been identified, a few partially opened to visitors who file through narrow passageways, stooping right down at times with the occasional moment of panic but rarely a chance to turn back. The largest city is Kaymakli, the deepest Derinkuyu. Both are on the tourist trail. Meanwhile above ground, nature has shaped the most fantastic fairyland, eroding the soft tufa layer left by eruptions to uncover tall columns of hard rock marching through the countryside like a giant army. Some, capped with basalt, look like overgrown mushrooms, others come to a point like pixies’ hats, many are pierced with the dark holes of troglodyte dwellings. Large or small, these so-called fairy chimneys come in twos or threes, or family-sized groups, while here and there sculpted ridges cling to curving slopes the colour of cappuccino. At over 1000 metres, the little town of


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Ürgüp is a convenient place to stay, with its share of fairy chimneys, its rock-hewn houses turned into cave hotels and on the doorstep, a whole flotilla of hot air balloons offering the ride of a lifetime. Every morning, they rise above Red Valley, packed with wide-eyed tourists, gliding high above it all or dipping down for a close-up view. Back on land, the astonishing moonscape stretches as far as you can see, Pigeon Valley, Hunters Valley, Uchisar, and when you reach the best viewpoints, cameras clicking all around, you almost forget to browse the souvenir stalls brimming with pottery, turquoise and pashmina. But there is more to this land than caves and fairy chimneys. Not so far away among the vineyards, the Göreme Open Air Museum preserves some of Cappadocia’s finest rock-cut monasteries and churches, dating back to the early days of Christianity. Footpaths and steps lead you from one chapel to the next where wall paintings and frescoes in earthy tones depict scenes from the New Testament, or St Theodore and St George slaying the dragon. Most decorations are from the 11th to 13th centuries but there are earlier examples. Carved into rock or cliff, every chapel has a story to tell. Sandals is named after mysterious footprints, the Dark Church was a pigeon house, and you find a Snake Church, home of the dragon, an Apple Church, once near an orchard, Santa Barbara, where red lines were drawn on the vault to imitate brick, and the beautifully restored Tokali, with gleaming lapis lazuli in its newer section. At the entrance to the complex, the Nunnery rises on several floors, church and cells cut into the towering rock and just like in the underground cities, connected by tunnels with millstone doors. Cappadocia is indeed like nowhere else in Turkey, equally stunning above and underground..

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e all love a handy tip or some specialist advice from someone in the know. Here, we’ve put together seven must-have titles – with guidance on everything from domestic cleaning to how to perform the Heimlich manoeuvre. Reader’s Digest Forbidden Advice This fantastic tome of advice features pearls of wisdom from the ‘people who know’: doctors, dentists, solicitors, shopkeepers and more. With categories including food, health, homecare, social life and education, and featuring every topic under the sun, you won’t want to miss a word. Did you know that chillies can relieve arthritis? That HMRC can see what you’re up to on eBay? And having a landline can improve your credit rating? You’ll be amazed at what you can pick up from this great book. Everything You Need to Know, from Kingfisher Books Every home needs a good encyclopedia, and this one is perfect for satisfying the curiosity of young readers. With ten core topics and subjects including dinosaurs, space, animals and the human body, this single-volume title is full of interesting facts, story boards, activities and useful web links. Beautifully presented with over 2000 colourful illustrations, it’s a musthave for any enquiring mind. Auto Repair for Dummies by Deanna Sclar This collection wouldn’t be complete without a title from this hugely-popular range of ‘how to’ books, and if you don’t like calling your mechanic every time a windscreen wiper falls off or a light comes on the dashboard, this will arm you with all you need to diagnose and repair a number of problems on your own driveway. Jargon-free and easy to follow, every car owner should own a copy.


You Can Do it: The Complete Step by Step, from B&Q An essential item for any homeowner, this breeze-block of a book explains how to do all those jobs both inside and outside the house, from painting windows and grouting, to fixing the cat-flap. Presented with clear step-by-step images and easy to understand instructions, this is the only book for DIY enthusiasts. The Gardener’s Pocket Bible by Roni Jay Can’t remember when to trim that hedge or how deep to plant the bulbs? Want to know how to treat greenfly without nasty pesticides? This little treasure trove is compact and concise, telling you all you need to know without requiring the removal of wellies each time you need an answer. The Doctor’s Book of Home Remedies for Women by Sharon Faelten This book may be over ten years old, but the contents remain just as effective. None of us like pill-popping for every ache and pain, and this huge collection of natural remedies provides a range of cures for a variety of niggles and ailments - from oily skin and warts to chocoholism and anxiety. NEW RELEASE First Aid: The Step by Step Guide for Everyone, from St. John Ambulance, St. Andrew's Ambulance Association and British Red Cross Society Featuring the very latest advice on what to do in an emergency, this book gives straightforward guidance on everything from basic first aid to performing lifesaving procedures. Clearly written and presented with step-by-step images, this book will provide all you need to feel confident that you can act fast in any situation.

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Local Information — Local Information — Local Information Peterborough Green Festival 2011 – celebrating 20 years!


eterborough gets ready for two weeks of fun-filled, green-themed events between Saturday 28th May and Sunday 12th June. This year’s Peterborough Green Festival is set to kick off on Saturday 28th May and will mark the 20th anniversary of the event in the city. Run by Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT), most events are free to take part in and whilst the full line-up is still being confirmed, organisers from the charity are aiming to provide something for everyone. Each year there is a theme for the Green Festival and this year PECT is partnering with Travelchoice to encourage everyone to car share, walk, cycle, and use public transport to save money, get fit, and help the environment. The launch event on Saturday 28th May, held in Cathedral Square, will feature a host of stalls, stands, activities, entertainments, music, games, competitions, and give-aways. There will also be a stage-bus (a working bus that will transform into the main stage), pedal powered Scaletrix, a bike simulator that lets you cycle the world, plus healthy food sampling, and the UK’s

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s the junior section of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northampton and Peterborough Wildlife Trust. The group is for 8-13 year olds wanting to learn about the wildlife found in their local area. Apart from field studies the children will actively be involved in the wildlife garden, go bug-hunting and pond-dipping, take part in Wildlife


greenest cars will be on show. After the launch day there are two weeks of green events and activities held across the City, including: Cycling Treasure Hunt on Tuesday 31th May Swish (recycling at its most glamorous with a posh frock swap) on Wednesday 1st June Free Bikeability training on Thursday 2nd June Evening bike ride with BBQ at Willowbrook Farm on Friday 3rd June A solar power fun day at The Eco Innovation Centre on Saturday 4th June Bee Wild at Nene Park on Sunday 5th June Trashion Show on Thursday 9th June featuring book-signing with Julie Hill, author of ‘Secret Life of Stuff’ Springwatch Fun Day on June

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games and Arts and Crafts. We meet usually on the 4th Sunday of the month from 2pm-4pm at the Farcet Village Hall Main St Farcet ( between Yaxley and Stanground). The cost is £2 per child to cover costs. The next meeting is on 27th May.

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Late Onset Diabetes Late Onset (or Type 2) diabetes is a serious but controllable disease. There is a strong genetic link and any individual having a parent with the condition is at risk, significantly more so if both parents are sufferers. However, other factors will elevate this risk and even cause diabetes without the genetic factor. Of particular note is that of obesity, with around 55% of patients being obese when diagnosed. A sedentary lifestyle, a poor diet and high blood pressure can increase the likelihood of becoming diabetic. The symptoms are common to both early and late onset diabetes but typically appear much more slowly with type 2. Classic symptoms include frequent urination, increased thirst, fatigue and weight loss. Prevention is, of course, better than cure and if you know that several of the risk factors

apply to you, action sooner rather than later can make a difference. Unfortunately ageing is an additional cause so the longer you leave it the greater the possibility of developing a problem later on. However if you do develop diabetes, good management of the condition is critical to your longevity and quality of life. Without management the condition can have serious health consequences including heart disease, kidney failure, blindness and a stroke. Management, particularly in the early stages, is by eating a healthy diet, increasing exercise and monitoring your blood glucose level. It is only if the condition worsens that you will need to take insulin usually in tablet form.

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East of England Show The rural life spectacular returns for 2011


he region’s leading countryside and lifestyle show - The East of England Show – is returning to the East of England Showground in Peterborough on 17th, 18th and 19th June 2011. This Show will be a celebration of British farming and rural life. The livestock classes will be building on last year’s success and hoping for even higher levels of entries this year. The Show always attracts some of the country’s finest livestock and the standard just seems to improve every year. This year’s beef cattle classes will be hosting both the Longhorn National Show and the Beef Shorthorn National Show. Sheep classes will include Blue Texel Sheep for the first time. The very finest horses will be competing in the equestrian classes, including in-hand ridden and scurry classes, and all breeds will be present, from Shetlands to Shires. Show jumping will also feature, and the huge range of classes will see some of today’s best riders competing for glory. Food remains at the heart of the Show and children will be able to come along and cook a delicious, juicy fruit crumble, and along the way find out how their food gets from the farm to their plate. On Friday the finalists in the School Food Challenge will be battling it out for this prestigious trophy. There will be musical entertainment throughout the three days, plus plenty of ac-

tivities for children and adults alike to take part in. A fabulous display of vintage tractors, and farm machinery under the theme of Sugar Beet will stir up the nostalgia among visitors, as will the steam and classic car displays. The Country Sports Arena will once again have a wide range of displays and demonstrations of all aspects of rural life. The Peterborough International Orchid Show will be returning for the fourth year, and will delight visitors with spectacular blooms from all of the UK and the World. Chief Executive of the East of England Agricultural Society, Paul Wallwork, said: ‘This year’s Show will continue to entertain and inform people about farming, food and all things rural. It is also a fabulous day out for the whole family, with something of interest for all ages. We hope you will join us for what is promising to be a wonderful weekend.’ For further information contact Tel: 234451 or Email:

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Time of Year - May


sn’t May wonderful? Not just one bank holiday, but two! Yes, two opportunities to sit for hours on the A303 on the way to the West Country, with heavy skirmishing breaking out on the back seat, Radio Two’s travel news telling you every half an hour that the A303 isn’t moving, and your dreams of arriving at the holiday cottage in time to unpack and eat a leisurely dinner, before strolling down the village pub to start the weekend in earnest beginning to look less and less likely. But why two such un-missable opportunities for traffic jams in the same month? Well, 1st May has been a holiday since time out of mind. Known to pagans ancient and modern as Beltane, it’s one of the few ancient festivities that can be accurately tracked down: add a few apparently supernumerary letters and it’s the Irish Gaelic for May (the month). And various manifestations of “maying” – maypoles, May garlands, May queens, May fairs, bringing in the May – have been well-documented in England since medieval times. Robin Hood plays were traditional in some districts, complete with Merrie Men, Maid Marian, a hobby-horse, bowers decked with fresh greenery and wildflowers, dancing, drinking, and, as the day wore on, the inevitable outbreaks of immorality. Outlawrelated behaviour was not confined to the peasantry, either: on one occasion Henry VIII and a group of courtiers, all dressed as the greenwood gangsters, burst in on Queen Katherine of Aragon and were generally rowdy in a Bullingdon Club sort of way. The tables were turned on another May Day when Henry himself, out a-maying on Shooter’s Hill, was similarly accosted by men clad all in Lincoln green and, in a mock kidnap, escorted to a rather luxurious Robin Hood’s bower for much feasting and a (doubtless somewhat erratic) archery display. Spring Bank Holiday, by contrast, is an almost entirely modern invention in that it was introduced only in 1971 to replace Whitsun Weekend. Whitsun, of course, falls seven weeks after Easter and was therefore


a hugely movable feast, migrating from late May to mid-June. This was much to the annoyance of tidy-minded people who liked things regular. So they changed it, and thereby killed off a centuries-old Christian feast-day. How this increases the happiness of the nation is anybody’s guess. But why should May be the focus of all this feasting and merrymaking and not, say, July, when the weather is more likely to be suited to the purpose? The answer, as some old TV gardening expert used to say – was it Percy Thrower? – lies in the soil. To agrarian peasants down the millennia, May has always been a month of comparative idleness. The heavy ploughing had been – or should have been – completed in April. Haymaking wouldn’t start until June. The biggest job for May was breaking last year’s fallow land and preparing it for more serious ploughing later on in the year. Other than that the work was mainly maintenance, especially hedging and ditching; it was also when the cattle were turned out after winter, so milking, churning butter, and cheese making all started up for the duration of summer. This, to us modern-day softies, might sound like back-breaking labour; but it was the true horny-handed son of the soil’s idea of nothing to do. So what better time for tippling, wenching, carousing and generally making merrie? Beats stationary Saturday on the A303, that’s for sure...

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For May 2011- By Astrologer Christine Chalklin TAURUS APRIL 21 - MAY 21 After the 15th the Sun is joined by three other planets in your sign – Mars, Venus and Mercury are now in full force. The focus is on you as you question old belief patterns while expanding horizons and learning new things. Your cosmic gifts of practical creativity come to the forefront. Gemini MAY 22 - June 21 May suggests that sweeping change is imminent as a ‘new you’ comes into focus. So many planets occupy the deeply introspective part of your chart that you question the use of your potential. Seize your chances and use your intellectual and communicative talents in new ways. CANCER JUNE 22 - JULY 22 May holds the greatest potential for expanding your social networks into areas where you can flourish. The full moon on the 17th challenges you to take up creative projects and make fresh starts. Feelings of doubt and inadequacy can be put to one side as you develop and grow. LEO JULY 23 - AUGUST 23 May draws your attention to your goals and ambitions. With so many planets occupying the highest point of your chart, you are ready to explore all angles and possibilities. Follow your enthusiasm and curiosity and you’ll find doors are suddenly opening for you. VIRGO AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 22 May brings many unanswered questions and the chance for a total reorientation. You’ll be asking ‘where am I going and where do I feel securely rooted?’ Don’t be in too much of a rush to sort things out; the full moon on the 17th brings opportunities and offers you hadn’t thought of. LIBRA SEPT. 23 - OCT. 23 The maverick planet Uranus, in your opposite sign for the next 7 years, brings uncertainty and challenges to your normally balanced way of life. Don’t be afraid to explore the alternative world views presented by those around you. You are entering a new chapter of your life.


SCORPIO OCT. 24 - NOV. 22 Relationships hit the spotlight during May, the Taurus new moon on the 3rd triggers a deep need for an indepth review and your urgent sense of purpose and direction has you questioning many things. Wonderful opportunities for growth and development are available to you this month. SAGITTARIUS NOV. 23 - DEC. 21 May puts the emphasis on your work and your career. Action packed April brought many changes to your life and now you are ready to put them in to place. Your generosity of sprit has much to offer and you should feel more confident and powerful than ever before. CAPRICORN DEC. 22 - JAN. 20 Love and creativity feature strongly during May and you are being asked to question your purpose and your values. The 21st brings a positive aspect between transformational Pluto in your sign, and productive Mars in Taurus. This is the chance that you have been waiting for! AQUARIUS JAN. 21 - FEB. 18 May continues to be action packed for Aquarians. Communication is emphasised and involvements with new networks and new study programmes will fire your enthusiasm and your interest. Remain open to all possibilities and utilise your talents to the full. PISCES FEBRUARY 19 - MARCH 20 May asks Pisceans to be open and alert to all possibilities. Monetary activities are volatile until mid month when Mercury and Venus join Mars in the financial sign of Taurus. You are more attuned to who you are and where you are going and exciting opportunities begin to appear. ARIES MARCH 21 - APRIL 20 After the 10th, energetic Mars moves to the financial sector of your chart and heralds the need for a review. You can now put your excess energy into productive activities and money making schemes. Stern Saturn in your opposite sign of Libra keeps you in touch with reality.

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Across: 1 Path, 3 Clashing, 9 Oppress, 10 Chaos, 11 Encyclopedia, 13 Repair, 15 Asleep, 17 Contribution, 20 Photo, 21 Villain, 22 Treasure, 23 Gems.

Riddle: A Clock Missing Nos. 5, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42, 48, 54, 60, 66, 72, 78, 84, 90, 96, 102, 108, 114

Magic Number:

Down: 1 Pioneers, 2 Topic, 4 Lesion, 5 Successfully, 6 Imagine, 7 Gasp, 8 Descriptions, 12 Openings, 14 Promote, 16 Silver, 18 Irate, 19 Spit

Row 2: 18, 14, 27, 40, 26, 11 Row3: 32, 41, 67, 66, 37 Row 4: 73, 108, 133 103 Row 5: 181 241, 236 Row 6: 422, 477 Magic Number: 899

Fun Quiz: On the Road 1. Probationary, 2. The Left, 3. Give Way, 4. Berlin, 5. A Deer, 6. Heather Mills, 7. 60 miles per hour, 8. The stop sign, 9. The M6, 10. Mr. Bean


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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 The Co-Op Pharmacy, Tel: 0845 7740740 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



2nd May Day at Sacrewell Farm Mark the start of summer - the farm will be flourishing with activities and May Day Celebrations. For more details call 01780 782254 or visit

28th May to 12th Junes Green Festival Two weeks of fun filled events See page 48 for more details

10th Ferry Meadows Teddy Bears Picnic for children upto 10 years accompanied by parents. Come along to Ferry Meadows and enjoy a picnic with Barney the Bear. Please bring your own lunch and Bear. Booking required - call 234193 (Free).

11th Nene Valley Railway Family Fun and Real Ales Day See for more details

14th & 15th Sacrewell Farm The Fleeces are off for our Shearing Weekend. Visitors will be able to come and see sheep shearing demonstrations. Call 01780 782254 for details.

19th Nene Valley Railway Dads Drive Thomas Treat Dad to fulfil his life long dream to drive a steam locomotive. For more details call 01780 784444 or visit

22nd Nene Valley Railway Thomas’ Big Adventure - come and join THOMAS as he takes the main line to Peterborough with his special train for one trip only. For more information call 01780 78444 22nd @ 7.30pm The Broadway Theatre Ladies of Country This fabulous, nostalgic show features the muchloved singing star Billie Jo Spears direct from the USA. To book call 0844 850 0850 31st @ 8pm The Broadway Theatre The Blues Brothers The legendary Original Tribute to The Blues Brothers is back in the UK at last! 31st Ferry Meadows Pond Dipping - Find out what lurks in the water, you may be surprised by what you find. For ages 6 to 15 years. Please call for details on 234193 (Free).


19th Dragon Boat Festival held at the Embankment (in aid of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices). For more details call 01780 470718 or visit

21st @ 7.30pm 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 22nd @ 10am to 12.30pm Ferry Meadows Walk through Lynchwood to Alwalton meeting at Visitor Centre - FREE For further information call 234193 26th Nene Valley Railway Thomas’ Birthday Party is always a big occasion and you are invited. Advanced Bookings Only. Tickets available from 17th May

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What’s on at Orton Library in May

Your Local Library Times & Regular Events

Food Glorious food! Join us in May for our food themed storycraft but watch out for a hungry caterpillar! For children aged 3 – 8 Stories and a craft activity to take away (Free), no booking required Saturday 21st 11am - 12pm

Orton Library, Orton Goldhay Opening Times: Mon., Tues. & Wed. 9.30 - 5.00pm Thursday 9.30am - 7.00pm Friday 9.30am - 5.00pm Saturday 10am - 3.00pm

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Computer Taster Session Every Wednesday and Friday 10.30am - 12pm Everything you need to know to get you using a computer including how to email and surf the web. Junior Reading Groups Meet monthly at 3.45pm various dates. For further information call Tel. 864296 Adult Reading Groups Meet monthly on the first Wednesday of the month at 10am and last Thursday at 5.45pm. Rhymetime Every Mondays at 10.30-11am Story-Times for under fives Have fun listening to stories, sticking and colouring. Tuesday & Thursday 10 am to 10.45am, Saturday 11am -to 12am

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9th May 11am – 12pm Do you have a laptop but don’t know where to start? Join us to learn the basics. To book your free place call 01733 864287 or visit Orton Library Don’t forget to bring along your fully charged laptop!

Regular Event at Orton Library Working 4U Job Club Meets every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month 10.30 – 12.00 The job club is an informal and friendly club which helps with your search for employment as well as enabling you to meet other people who are currently in the same position. Each session will help you with setting goals. The job club offers help with: • Curriculum Vitae (CV) writing

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Completing application forms Preparing for interview Searching for jobs on the internet In work benefits and whether you are entitled to this

Police surgery Get help and advice from your local Policing team who are available to speak to on Wednesdays between 3pm – 4pm at Orton Library For more information contact 01733 864296 or visit

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Fashion Fusion Financial Services/Insurance HR Insurance Brokers Oakwood Financial Services Funeral Services: Co-Operative Funerals Furniture The Real Wood Furniture Wicker World Garage Doors: Ridgeway Garden Nurseries & Services A World of Pots Court Landscapes Durable Fencing Olive Grove Nurseries ProLawnCare Ramsey Fencing Scenic Gardens Tom Smith Garden designs Wyndham Landscapes Glazer: RA Baker Glaziers Hair & Beauty Oxygen Hairdressing Root 66 Sapphire Smooth The Eden Rooms The Garden Retreat The Garden Room The Tanning Lounge Health, Fitness & Lifestyle Andy’s Personal Training Ashwood Chiropractic Clinic Santosha Yoga Sport Physio & Back Care Hobbies Trains 4 U Kitchens, Beds. & Bathrooms Hurford & Tebbutt Kits & Beds Lagrove Kitchens Lighting: Wrights Lights Motor Services PNP Autofix Thompson Service Centre Opticians Carl Love Optometrists Westgate Optical Pet Services Vet Nurses 4 U

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