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MAY 2011

Your local magazine about your city



INSIDE THIS MONTH Community News Latest in Hair, Beauty & Fitness Storage Solutions Green Wheel Cycle Route


Summer Fashion Sports Update


Reviews: Travel, Books & Motoring

Why Play G lf?




Book a poet for schools Deepings Raft Race Peterborough Lions Showtime East Anglian Air Ambulance Foster Care Fortnight Phoenix School playground opens Wittering Primary School Peterborough Green Festival 2011


Golf is a unique all round sport which can be:

Played by people of all ages

Adaptable to fit your lifestyle

Played alone or in groups




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HEALTH, HAIR & BEAUTY HEALTH, HAIR & BEAUTY Beauty Barbie – exfoliating Fitness Myths

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There are very few other sports that can provide all of the above, so it is hardly surprising that there are an estimated 1.7 million regular golfers in Great Britain.

A1 cosmetics review Susan’s Nails review Freya North’s book reviews Motoring

What is golfing etiquette? The manners and customs in golf are known as etiquette. The idea

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behind etiquette is to give everyone a chance to play their best,

Haycock Hotel competition Book giveaways – Teen Scene East of England Show tickets

compete fairly and have fun. Golf etiquette is a mixture of common sense and courtesy. Every golfer regardless of experience or level of play will be expected to abide by the same code of behaviour.

Can you play golf without joining a club?

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You do not have to be a golf club member to play golf - due to changes

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in society and lifestyle, golf club membership is no longer for everyone.

You can ‘pay and play’ and take lessons with no commitment.

I think golf is elitist and male dominated - is this true?

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Family Scene Business Scene

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EVENTS EVENTS FEATURES FEATURES Green Wheel pages – Celtic Causeway 28 & 29 Interiors – storage 36 & 37 Garden Scene 39 Teen Scene 40 Fashion - Spring Wardrobe 42 & 43

What’s on

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SPORT SPORT Ryan’s Football preview Peterborough Panther’s Thorpe Wood Golf Course

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It may have been in the past but not anymore. Peterborough Golf is open to everybody to come and try golf and see if you love it as much as we do. Golf is a stimulating challenge combined with getting out in the fresh air in pleasant surroundings. A round of golf is not only enjoyable, it is an excellent way of exercising, as an average 18 holes usually involves walking between three to five miles.


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Your local magazine about your city

£1 million fund now available for literacy projects

Welcome to the May edition of the City Scene!

The Clore Duffield Foundation has launched a new £1 million programme to fund poetry and literature initiatives for children and young people across the UK.

What glorious weather we’ve been enjoying and let’s all hope it continues. Our Garden Scene this month (p.39) is all about getting those vegetables planted, combating bugs & your ornamental garden.

The aim of the Poetry and Literature Awards is to provide children and young people with opportunities to experience poetry and literature in exciting and compelling ways, in and out of school.

The local community is continuing to flourish; we have updates on the Peterborough Lions (p.5), The Green Festival (p.13) and Foster Care Fortnight (p.7). With so many other features this month including Health & Beauty, Fitness, Motoring, Interiors (decluttering time!) and Travel you really must pull up a chair (in the garden on a beautiful Spring day!) and give yourself some ‘Scene time’.

The Awards will run from 2011 to 2015 and will allocate amounts up to £10,000 in two funding rounds a year. Schools, FE colleges, community groups, libraries and other arts / cultural organisations are eligible to apply. For a free guidance leaflet and how to apply visit www. The first round of funding closes for applications on 20th May 2011.

We are also online, so have a look through our website Where you can read current and past editions and share them with friends and family, including the new Wedding Scene magazine too!

If your school has ever wanted to have a poet or writer in residence, or host a workshop for pupils now is their chance. Be sure to let your child’s school and any teacher friends know about the funding opportunity. Perhaps the school would like to run a creative writing class, a poetry slam or a book club as an extracurricular activity to really enthuse and inspire pupils …

Everyone at the Scene team X p.s. Don’t forget ‘what’s on’.. p(44-47)

Scene Team Heidi Semple - Head Honcho

Naomi Hand – Numbers & Words

Charlotte Charlesworth – Buying & Selling

Sarah Wright – Pretty Pictures

Contributors Leandra Graves, Ryan Semple, Beauty Barbie, Tim Barnes-Clay

View magazines online via; Scene Marketing, The Old School House, Great North Road, Wittering PE8 6BX

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Once the school has secured funding, or if there is a budget already available, Peterborough-based Book a Poet can provide you with poets, spoken word artists, creative therapists and much more! Tailor-made packages available. Get in touch with your requirements and budget on

Energy-saving project shortlisted for top European award An energy-saving project that has helped hundreds of Peterborough families escape from fuel poverty has been shortlisted for a top European award. The ‘Warm Homes Peterborough’ project – run over two years by green charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) – has delivered energy-saving advice and practical help to 1,500 households in Dogsthorpe, Central Ward, Paston, Ravensthorpe and East Ward. For more information about the PECT Warm Homes Peterborough project visit:

Travel Choice on Twitter Residents who want to make their journeys more sustainable can find out more on a new Twitter feed set up by Peterborough City Council’s Travelchoice team.

The Rotary Club of the Deepings Charity number: 1031334 Deepings Raft Race Sunday 7th August 2011 The Raft Race for 2011 is being organised by the Rotary Club of the Deepings. Building on previous years’ successes, the traditional and important part of The Deepings calendar will be hosted on Sunday 7 August. The Raft Race dance will be taking place on Friday 5 August. Visit our website: The Rotary Club of the Deepings

The feed will be updated daily with information about cycling, walking, public transport and car sharing. It will also be used to share local transport information including changes to bus services or new cycle routes. You can follow @pcctravelchoice on

Online appointments for births & deaths This 24 hour service with Peterborough City Council gives you greater confidence in making an appointment to register a birth or a death. Contact the registration service if you need further guidance on 01733 864646 or email:

Peterborough Lions Showtime 2011 Peterborough Lions Showtime is the biggest public social annual event for the club. It will be held again at the Parkway Club, Peterborough on 24 – 26 May 2011. This year’s presentation will be the 25th two hour show. The Harlequin Musical Drama Society will be making their very welcome 3rd appearance at Showtime where they received standing ovations in 2009 and 2010.

performed non-stop hit songs of the 50s and early 60s. The Parkway Club, Maskew

Songs and dances that boosted morale during WWII was the theme of 2009. Last year they

Avenue, Peterborough is the venue (formerly BRSA Club). Peterborough Lions’ Club serve

tea, and run a raffle during the twenty minute break. Showtime is free to visitors.

wheelchairs but cannot provide caring services. Qualified First Aiders will be in attendance. There is adequate car parking in Boulevard Retail Park. Peterborough Lions welcome enquiries from retirement homes, disabled groups, social groups and housebound people from Peterborough and surrounding villages.

Please arrive early to be seated for the show at 7.30pm. The Lions club can accommodate

Please book your place with Lion Gaby on 07969 915614.

Enquiries about Lions’ membership 0845 833 9534 (local rate call), or visit us at Telephone: 01780 783613 | May 2011



More lives to be saved with extended flying hours

People living and working in the East of England will soon benefit from an extended daylight hour Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) thanks to the operational partnership of two air ambulance charities based in the East.

Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST), work in partnership with East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) and Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) to ensure the six counties they serve (Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk) are covered for a longer period.

The helicopters are tasked by the EEAST Clinical Coordination Desk located at Broomfield Hospital to attend incidents where patients require expert clinical care at the time they need it the most. Specially trained HEMS Doctors, Paramedics and life-saving support equipment feature on all four aircraft operated by the two charities and can be rushed to the scene of an incident, effectively bringing the hospital to the patient and enabling life-saving procedures to start at the earliest opportunity. All three organisations will work together to provide extended flying hours (from 7am to 9pm or sunset whichever is earlier) ensuring coverage of the Eastern region.

The move to cover the extended daylight hours during the summer months will see the East of England

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT FOSTERING DURING FOSTER CARE FORTNIGHT People can find out more about fostering at a special event being hosted by Peterborough City Council during Foster Care Fortnight at the Town Hall, Bridge Street, Peterborough, on Thursday 19 May 2011 between 5pm and 7pm. Foster Care Fortnight takes place from Monday 16 May to Sunday 29 May 2011 and is the annual UK-wide campaign co-ordinated by the Fostering Network. It aims to raise awareness of fostering and encourage potential carers to come forward. The theme of this year’s event is ‘fostering: time to care’. People are invited to go along to the information evening and chat to Peterborough City Council’s fostering team and foster carers to find out more about fostering.


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Simon Green, children in care services manager for Peterborough City Council, said: “Foster carers have a vital role to play in giving children in care the best possible start in life. If you have time to care and are able to help a child develop both emotionally and physically, you can experience the best rewards by giving a child or a young person a home. Training and support is provided on an ongoing basis. We will also need part-time carers for children with disabilities.” Foster carers receive support from the city council including regular visits from a dedicated fostering worker for ongoing information,

support and guidance and identify training and development needs. Training is also provided for new carers as part of their induction. Foster carers also receive an allowance for each child they foster which goes towards the care of the child. There is also a 24-hour staffed helpline where foster carers can talk to experienced fostering staff. There will also be two further events on Wednesday 29 June 2011 between 5pm and 7pm and on Thursday 28 July 2011 between 2pm and 4pm.

For an information pack or to find out more about foster caring call freephone 0800 0850 713 email: visit: Telephone: 01780 783613 | May 2011


COMMUNITY Wittering Primary School

Wooden Spoon makes playtime fun for Phoenix School in Peterborough Playtime has been transformed for youngsters attending the Phoenix School in Peterborough with the opening of a new playground thanks to some determined fundraising from charity, Wooden Spoon. Phoenix School in Orton Goldhay, Peterborough has over 100 pupils and students from two to 19 year old who have a range of abilities and needs, not catered for in mainstream schools. With many of the School’s youngsters dependent on wheelchairs for mobility the

layout and equipment of the new playground was going to be costly. As a charity, Wooden Spoon’s mission is to improve the quality of and life prospects for children and young people who are physically and mentally  disadvantaged and so its Eastern Counties’ branch stepped-in to help with £25,000. The donation from Wooden Spoon meant that specialist equipment makers, GL Jones designed the new play area which includes swings and a roundabout to which wheelchairs can be fixed.

in March by Wooden Spoon President and founder member, Peter Scott MBE. Money raised by Wooden Spoon in the Eastern Counties goes to benefit local schemes. Other recent projects include new furnishings for Acorn House, which provides residential support for families with children receiving treatment at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and refurbishment work to the kitchen of Little Haven’s Children’s Hospice in Benfleet, Essex.

The playground took two months to build and fit and was opened

New Academy in Peterborough Greenwood Academies Trust has been chosen as the preferred partner to run a new academy on Reeves Way at the former Hereward Community College in Peterborough. The trust will work closely with Peterborough City Council to put together a bid to the government to open the school as a Free School from September 2013. Greenwood Academies Trust was selected because of its strong history of improving outcomes in challenging schools, its experiences of working with multiethnic groups and for its overall vision for the school.

The new school will be co-educational and will cater for up to 850 pupils aged from 11 to 18 years. It will have a city-wide catchment, a strong community focus and will work closely with post-16 education providers such as Peterborough Regional College, City College Peterborough and a future STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Centre to ensure young people can access post 16 courses relevant to their learning needs and career aspirations. An application to run the Reeves Way school as a Free School is expected to be submitted to the government by mid-May. The final decision rests with the Education Secretary Michael Gove and is expected in the autumn.

Wittering Primary is a good school where children flourish, behave outstandingly and achieve above the national average in English and maths, according to Ofsted inspectors. Inspectors visited the school on Church Road, Wittering, Peterborough, in March and rated it good overall with a good capacity for sustained improvement. Of the 31 categories the school was inspected in, 20 were judged to be good and 11 outstanding. The school’s early years foundation stage was rated outstanding as well as the behaviour of pupils, the extent to which pupils feel safe, and the care, guidance and support pupils receive. Inspectors found that there is a positive atmosphere at the school which is borne out of good relationships between adults and pupils. Overall the quality of teaching was rated good. Consistently good teaching ensures that by the time pupils leave the school attainment is above average in English and maths. Inspectors noted that this is good considering most pupils arrive at the school with skills below those expected for their age. The Ofsted report in full is available at

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COMMUNITY USEFUL NUMBERS UTILITIES ELECTRICITY - Emergency number: 0800 7838838 GAS - Transco Emergency Service: 0800 111 999 n ANGLIAN WATER - Water and sewerage service queries and emergencies: 08457 145 145 (24 hours) Reporting a leak: 0800 771 881 (24 hours) n CONSUMER DIRECT - Clear, practical consumer advice 08454 04 05 06 n n

COUNCIL Peterborough Direct Call Centre: 01733 747474 n Peterborough Museum: 01733 864663 n Library Service: 01733 864280 Automated renewals line: 08458 505 606 n n

SPORTS CENTRES Werrington Sports Centre: 01733 576606 n Bushfield Sports Centre: 01733 234018 n

POLICE For all non emergency enquiries: 0345 456 4564 n Emergencies: 999 n Police information: n Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111 n

HELPLINES Childline: 0800 11 11 n Parentline Plus: 0808 800 2222 n Samaritans: 08457 909090 32-34 St John’s Street, Peterborough PE1 5DD n Phone lines available 24/7, open to visitors 12pm-9pm n Citizens Advice Bureau: 0844 499 4120 / 01733 558383 16 – 17 St Mark’s Street, Peterborough PE1 2TU n Peterborough Rape Crisis: 01733 317899 Helplines: Weds 7pm – 9pm & Sat 10am – 12pm n Gingerbread: 0808 802 0925 For lone parents and their children n

HEALTH NHS Direct: 0845 4647 n Peterborough City Hospital: 01733 678000 n Dental Access Centre: 01733 295854 5 Midgate, Peterborough Mon – Fri 7.45am – 7.00pm, closed 12.30pm – 1.30pm each day Service available to anyone not registered with a dentist. Appointments are booked on a first come, first served basis. People seeking urgent or out of hours treatment can call the dental emergency service on 01223 471798. n


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Peterborough Green Festival 2011 Celebrating 20 years! Peterborough 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),


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pedal powered Scaletrix, a bike simulator that lets you cycle the world, plus healthy food sampling, and the UK’s 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 31st May n Free screening of critically acclaimed ‘Sharkwater’ at the John Clare Theatre on Wednesday 1st June n Swish (recycling at its most glamorous with a posh frock swap) at Westgate House on Thursday 2nd June from 6pm to 9pm n Free Bikeability training on Thursday 2nd June n Evening bike ride with BBQ at Willowbrook Farm on Friday 3rd June n A solar power fun day at Notcutts Garden Centre, Oundle Road, on Saturday 4 June n Bee Wild at Nene Park on Sunday 5th June n Trashion Show on Thursday 9th June featuring book-signing with Julie Hill, author of ‘Secret Life of Stuff’ n

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Springwatch Fun Day on Saturday 11th June Arts and cultural events throughout the fortnight in the: ‘Green Festival Pop-up Shop’ in Peterborough City Centre

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HEALTH, HAIR & BEAUTY Tony and all the staff at Hair Xclusive would like to welcome back Amii to the team. Amii has returned to the salon as their new hair designer, now with over 4 years experience.

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Hi Beauties, Now that summer is officially here, it’s time to get that body buffed to perfection, say bye bye to dull skin and hello to smooth glowing skin. Follow my head to toe exfoliation tips and you’ll be showing off that skin in no time.

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Although our skin may look fine from a distance, look up close in the mirror, you may see tiny black dots, normally found on either side of the nose and T section. I use The Body Shops Tea Tree Blackhead eliminating scrub a couple times a week and apply it using an exfoliating face sponge to really get that dirt out. RRP £5

Keep those lips in top kissable condition with one of my favourite products – Lip Scuff from The Body Shop. This moisturising lip care product gently exfoliates the lips to help remove dead skin cells, leaving the lips feeling smooth, soft and conditioned. Use once or twice a week. RRP £8



My favourite body scrub is the delicious Flake Away Scrub by Soap & Glory, not only does this smell divine on your skin, but it makes you feel so moisturised, use in the bath or shower on wet skin to get smooth silky glowing skin. Available in a small travel size too, just keep it away from your other halves, mine seems to have emptied by itself??? RRP £6.64 from Boots

The best time to tackle your feet is at the end of a bath or shower when the skin is softer, try using any good foot scrub and a foot file, once out of the shower, smother in a rich foot cream and slip on some cosy socks, your feet will be revived in no time. I recommend the Sanctuary Luxury Foot Polish RRP £5.10 from Boots

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This month I noticed a rival to my favourite YSL Perfect Touch foundation brush RRP £32, L’Oreal have brought out it’s new Infallible foundation brush, boasting 24 hour coverage and at a snip at a third of the price of the YSL version RRP £12.99

Garnier Ultra Lift Firming Mask I picked this up on my weekly trip to boots as it was only £1.28 and it’s a 2 pack. It goes on just like a normal face mask and then you wash it off, straight after my skin felt soft and firmer, perfect if you want to revive tired looking skin before a night out and a bargain price!

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Simple - Kind to Eyes Make-Up Corrector Pen

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Make-Up Corrector Pen Meet the UK’s first eye make-up remover pen from Simple, this innovative product is a magic wand which erases makeup mishaps so wonky eyeliner flicks or smudged mascara will be things of the past. Keep it in your handbag for on-the-go makeup perfection! RRP £4.99 from Boots

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Susan’s Nails Pointed Gel Nails - £30 a set £25 overlay and £15 for infill

A friendly, relaxing salon with a sense of luxury my new cat like claws!

won her a nail art competition

At first it was quite hard to do

by the I would

normal things like apply make up,

highly recommend her, especially

type etc, but the next day they

if you love creative nail styles.

were fine, if it’s good enough for Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Katie Perry, its good enough for me!!!

Experience rating 8.5 / 10

Gel Twinkle Toes - £20 When Susan asked me to review

Add me on my Facebook page:

Gel Tinkle Toes, I didn’t really

Being a more simple styled nail

understand why people wanted


enthusiast I opted for the french

gel on their toes, now I know

pointed gel nails. Normally being

why, lasting 4-6 weeks, the gel is

a loyalist acrylic pink and white

applied as normal like when doing

girl for the last 10 years, ouch, it

nails, however glitter is added,

was nice to try something new.

hence the twinkle effect, with 50

Gel nails work differently than

colours to chose from, I opted for

acrylic, as in the name a gel

a peach colour. I love it, perfect

liquid is applied to the nail which

if your going on holiday as nail

is hardened under a UV light, the

varnish tends to chip in the heat.

white nail tip is built up in white

Definitely would get this again…

gel and then the main part is in a pink gel, the whole process took

Susan is a talented gel nail

roughly 2 hours and voila, I had

technician; her amazing skills even




I headed along to Susan’s Nails on Fitzwilliam Street to try out the new trend sweeping 2011, the pointed nail is back, originally popular in the 70’s, nail technicians across the world are embracing this past trend and modernising it up with colour changing gels, crystals, nail art and more.



Susan’s nails beauty begins with nails

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Long time friends Samantha and Victoria would like to welcome you to their new hair dressing salon Sa Vi, located at the top of Oundle Road, Peterborough, with customer parking at the rear.

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The two ladies have combined experience of over 30 years in the trade and have a wealth of expertise and knowledge to offer. Sa Vi opened its doors in April, and have already taken on new clients who have been very pleased with the service they have received. With a cut and blow dry priced at just £28, a full head colour £31 and full head plus foils at only £37, the prices are excellent value too. The interior is modern and contemporary and the welcome you get makes you feel immediately relaxed. Samantha and Victoria would love to meet you, and clients are encouraged to pop along for an informal chat and for any advice on the condition or style of your hair. The salon is open 6 days a week with two late nights where they are open until 8pm (Wednesday and Thursday).

To book an appointment

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A1 Cosmetics & Beauty So the summer has arrived!!! It’s time to put the Ugg’s away and get the Birkenstock’s out. I cringed at the thought of getting my trotters out of their warm winter hibernation, so I booked an emergency appointment at A1 Cosmetics and Beauty to see Gina Whomes at the Park Inn Hotel, opposite ASDA. When I arrived, Gina made me feel instantly relaxed, I think the heated foot spa and the nice warm heated- bed helped too! Gina gave me a foot and leg exfoliation after a luxurious soak in the foot spa. You just cannot beat having your feet massaged; it makes you feel like you are walking on air. After more gorgeous creams and lotions to moisturise my stems, Gina then wrapped my feet in warm booties to make sure the lotions really penetrated my skin. Then a trim, file and shape and off to the rack of OPI varnish to choose my colour. I went for a French polish for the spring...... Oh what treat and all for £30!! Thank you very much Gina, I will be back.

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FITNESS MYTHS I’m sure that you have had heard lots of conflicting exercise tips over the years,

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Myth 1 – If you want to reduce the size of your hips, backside or stomach, then you should exercise that area

Myth 3 – Lifting lighter weights will tone and define my muscles

Unfortunately body fat is reduced from all over the

new to exercise or starting a new lifting programme.

body and not a specific area. You maybe making

Eventually you need to overload your muscle with

things worse in some cases, by exercising that zone

more weight. Muscle responds to overload and

(i.e. squats will add size to your backside). Body fat

once you overload the muscle, it will become tighter

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Myth 2 – Lots of running, cycling, x-training and rowing is the key to losing body fat (all known as Cardio)

Whilst starting with a lighter load is advisable, if you are

Myth 4 – The best way to lose body fat is to eat very little calories Whilst reducing your calories intake steadily will enhance weight loss. Decreasing the calorie intake

I’m not going to fault anybody who is committing

drastically will make your body revert to starvation

to the above regime, as it is a form of exercise. But

mode. Survival in this instance is the body’s number

too much will have a negative affect on your overall

1 priority, to prepare for survival the body will go into

physique. Basically too much cardio will eventually

emergency mode and hold onto your fat stores.

put your body into a calorie deficit and then start to

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Your menu + Haycock Chef + Waitron + Wine = Great Night in

Design your favourite menu and have it cooked by the executive chef from the Haycock in your own home for 4-6 people! This is an amazing prize for all you foodies out there. Just tell us your favourite starter, main and dessert that you would love to see on a menu and answer the following question:

What date is the Haycock Summer Ball?

All correct entries will be put into a hat and a winner selected at random. Please post your entries to: The Scene Magazine, The Old School House, Wittering. PE8 6BX. or email to: by the 15th June 2011. The date for the dinner party would be at a convenient time for The Chef and to be discussed with the winner. No cash alternative is available.


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Paul Bray Executive Head Chef

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Cycling the Bronze Age Arc The Celtic Causeway Route takes in Flag Fen, which is a Bronze Age Centre and Archaeological Park. The Shanks Millennium Bridge and

On your bike for charity

Stanground Wash Nature Reserve also feature on the route.

Flag Fen

If you are already established

This is the home of a unique ancient wooden monument. It was built

as a cyclist and you’re looking

3,500 years ago and was used by the Celtic fen people as a place of

for a new challenge, then a

worship and ritual.

charity cycle ride may be just the incentive you need.

Moreton’s Leam

On the national website

The local gates at Moreton’s Leam are located on the South Bank there are tips

of the route. As you are cycling along here, look out for the unusual

and advice for you on your bike

sculptures including a ‘Bird in Flight’. Rare species of birds have also

specification and training.

been seen in this area, including the snipe, redshank and sandpipers.

The top tips are; 1. Get a bike that fits you 2. Pedal – don’t push 3. Reduce drag 4. Cycling shorts, with built

in cushioning!

5. Set yourself up to carry

things properly.

6. Regular riding. 7. Ride with other people

Useful websites

Peterborough Leisure Route Guides are available

Local and national websites can provide you with inspiration on two wheels, whether it’s you on the saddle or a sprinting professional!

through Travelchoice in Peterborough and also via

8. Reduce the stress and

The Celtic Causeway

be prepared

9. Join an organisation for

This map shows route 2, The Celtic Causeway,

starting from the Key Theatre car park. Follow the

more advice and tips

cycleway along the Great Eastern Cycleway along the River Nene. The total route is 7.4 miles.

For national sponsored cycling events visit;

Cyclists and the law - remember it’s against the law for cyclists to:

Jump red lights, including lights at pedestrian crossings; Cycle on pavements, unless there’s a sign showing otherwise and ride across pedestrian


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Route planning Primary Cycle Network Other websites

crossings, unless it’s a toucan crossing. Telephone: 01780 783613 | May 2011



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REVIEWS Riding high in the bestseller charts with her new novel, Chances, author Freya North tells us what she’ll be reading this month.

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THE PILE OF STUFF AT THE BOTTOM OF THE STAIRS by Christina Hopkinson Hodder & Stoughton


I met journalist and fellow author Christina Hopkinson recently and liked her enormously, partly because her life seemed even more chaotic than mine. She’s bright, funny and seemingly unflappable. She was about to go on live TV but had her small sticky children clambering all over her off-stage - as she had a childcare crisis on her hands. I love the title of her new novel – and was

100’s of carpet Rolls & Remnants delighted to find the content of the book just as entertaining yet insightful too. A completely relevant read for all working mums. Mary Gilmour, the heroine, senses her life is going down a plug hole clogged with cornflakes and Play-Doh. She works part time, housework appears to be a second, full time job and she finds she has no time for her sons or husband Joel. In fact, she



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by Hilda Leyel Square Peg


Peter Ackroyd’s previous books London: The Biography and Thames: Sacred River have quite rightly won various awards and sold in the zillions. You really don’t have to be a Londoner, or even a city-dweller to be captivated by them. Now, with all the zeal and eloquence of a passionate tour guide, Ackroyd takes the reader deep under the city – somewhere he astutely describes as “a second earth… it elicits sensations of wonder and of terror. It partakes of myth and dream in equal measure.” The book is fantastically atmospheric – digging deep into what goes on underground when an age-old city lies above it. Fascinating, eerie and compelling reading.


thinks a lot of the mess – in the house and in her marriage – is his fault. So she hatches a plan – star charts worked for her children so she designs the equivalent for Joel. And she gives him six months to redeem himself. Essentially, the novel is a love story – very funny yet sensitive too. It’s about families living happily in the unitidily-ever-after. You’ll laugh, you’ll nod – and you’ll feel a bit better of your own pile of stuff at the bottom of your stairs.


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Everyone’s heard of Mrs Beeton… yet many foodies and top chefs credit Hilda Leyel’s recipes as their inspiration to cook. Born in 1880, she wrote The Perfect Picnic in 1936 but it’s as relevant now as it was then: inventive recipes championing local, seasonal ingredients. Heading in to picnic season, this is a lovely book to read - where recipes are delicious yet practical. Who hasn’t tried to overdo it with complicated dishes that result in a sticky mess and a smorgasbord for pesky ants and wasps? Try menu 25 – sausages with French mustard, beetroot salad, goats cheese with wholemeal scones and apple flan for dessert. Or no 43 – chicken pate, pork chops with apple puree, salad, Madeira cake for pud. As Mrs Leyel says in her preface: “No one is too old to delight in such a simple pleasure as a picnic in lovely surroundings.”

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Don’t get them off on the wrong foot According to a recent study four million British children are wearing the wrong-size shoes. It’s a shocking statistic – and one that heralds a generation of millions of adults with foot problems in years to come.

Podiatrists say that 70% of adults suffer from foot

Footprints are fitting specialists for ladies and

expert advice and proper fitting, this is actually false

health problems brought on by the wrong footwear

children, with all six members of staff trained by the

economy, according to the SSF.

in childhood – problems like blisters, pressure sores,

Society of Shoe Fitters (SSF) – the organisation set

The shoes fall apart and parents end up buying two or

in-growing toe-nails, hammer toe and knee and

up to ensure that shoppers get the right shoes and

three more pairs and paying just as much as if they’d

posture problems.

the right advice. Footprints manageress, Rosemary

invested in good quality shoes in the first place. And

The study found that less than half of parents took

Gray, actually teaches the SSF trainers.

because the cheaper shoes don’t come in half-sizes

into account whether their children’s new shoes

They stock most of the top brands for children –

and a variety of width fittings, they don’t fit properly.

fitted correctly, when buying them.

including Start-rite, Ricosta, Geox, Lelli Kelly, Kickers

Take a step in the right direction for your children. Buy

James North, proprietor of the Footprints shoe store

and Primigi.

their next pair of shoes from Footprints at 10 Westgate,

in Peterborough’s Westgate, says that simply buying

And such is Footprints’ reputation for getting it right


shoes by top brands will not solve the problem.

for their customers that they have become Ricosta’s

“Parents come in to us and say that they have

largest UK independent stockist.

bought well-known brands but their children are still

The Footprints range also covers width fittings C, D,

having problems – and that’s because the shoes

E, F, G and H – so there’s a huge choice of children’s

aren’t fitting properly.

footwear and no need to settle for second best. Two-fifths of parents who took part in the study

“What they don’t realise is that the shoes must be fitted by a shoe-fitting specialist, who knows what they are doing.”

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also admitted to buying shoes too big so that their children would grow into them over time, saving

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Storage Solutions A place for everything and everything in its place; how hard can it be? Over the years we collect an unbelievable amount of clutter. Some things we hang on to for sentimental reasons, others we keep hold of – ‘just in case’, and sometimes it’s simply a matter of family growth. But how do we contain it all, especially now minimalist is the new trend? New houses never seem to offer enough storage space, whilst older properties offer space that is awkward and hard to utilise. So, what can be done? Start by looking around your home to consider the amount of storage space you realistically need.

Identify your problem

areas and be honest; would a clear-out help to free up storage space or is it definitely a matter of having to accommodate more? If it’s about accommodating more, look at updating single-functioning pieces of furniture with multi-functional ones to provide quick fix solutions. If updating furniture is not an option then simply decide what items need to be hidden away in order to generate more room.


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shampoos etc. Purchase a hammock with suckers,

Hallways are notorious

or invest in some string bags with hooks – these

as dumping grounds.

are terrific for storing kids’ toys or individual bits and

No matter how small

pieces. If space allows, opt for a mirrored cabinet



– these come in various shapes and sizes and

should find a way to

provide excellent storage areas. Add over the door

accommodate visitors

coat hooks to house spare towels, laundry bags, or


individual wash bags.




Designs for coat and shoe racks can range from multi-functioning free standing ones, to slim line ones


that attach to the wall – choose ones that work with

If you haven’t got floor

your space as these need to aid the situation, not

to ceiling wardrobes,

add to it. If you have no carpet on the stairs, consider

consider investing in

getting the bottom steps made into pull out drawers



and if you have available space underneath your

think about internal fitments. Most wardrobes can

stairs, consider converting it. Pull out storage works

accommodate two hanging rails. Install a pull-out

great if your hallway is wide enough, if not; add

trouser rail and you may even find you have enough

shelves or use it to store household items such as the

space to install some shoe racks underneath.

vacuum cleaner and ironing board.

Purchase some hanging pockets that hook over the top of a door for housing shoes, scarves and belts


and if you haven’t got a bed with drawers, make

Think about how you can utilise the space more

full use of the space underneath by investing in

effectively. Do you really need all those gadgets on

durable storage boxes or vacuum bags for seasonal

show? Think about a drop down TV, or a pull out/drop-

storage solutions.

leaf table that will help to maximise minimal space. Stacking storage systems are available for internal

Living Room

cupboard areas that really help to maximise them to

As the main room of

the full. Keep utensil and cutlery drawers in order by

the house, this can get

investing in drawer dividers and organise the space

a little messy if items

under the sink by collating all cleaning materials

do not have a defined

together. If you are big on recycling then stay on

space. Kid’s toys can be

top of it by having designated areas for each of the

stored in blanket boxes,

materials you recycle.

wicker boxes and storage pouffes or hidden behind multi-functional screens.

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Large multi-storage units are available that will house



all game consoles, gaming equipment, audio


a bath panel that

equipment, CD’s and DVD’s that you have.


pulls down as these

Whatever storage solutions you need, don’t be afraid

are great for storing

to think outside the box, you may think space is an

bathroom items like

issue but there are lots of different storage ideas


available and with a little imagination you will be



surprised at what you can achieve.

Polypropylene fibres offer greater stain resistance and are bleach cleanable. Quality underlay will not only improve the underfoot comfort, but will add life to the carpet. Regular vacuuming will extend the life of your carpet by removing grit & dirt that can damage the fibres. Deal with spillages as soon as possible, and dab the stain, do not rub! Have wool carpets ‘Guardsman’ Treated (similar to Scotchguard).

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Bees a buzzing, birds nesting... it must be May With spring bulbs fading, bees buzzing and birds nesting, the glories of summer will soon be upon us! May is a beautiful and busy month full of blossom and scent, just keep one keen eye on the weather forecasts and a little fleece handy in case Jack Frost decides to pay us one last visit!

Ornamental garden • Damp down glass houses to increase humidity • Now is a good time for the first batch of shrub cuttings in the softwood stage eg Fuchsia, Buddleja and Hydrangea. This soft growth lasts till about mid June and has the ability to root more successfully but is harder to look after once rooted. Take 3/4cm long cuttings just below a leaf joint and pinch out the tips. Bottom heat from a propagator is the single best way to increase chances of rooting. • Divide your Hostas as they come into growth.

On the veg patch • Carry on hardening off plants ready to be planted out in their final positions towards the end of the month. • Plant all main crop potatoes early in the month, also get sweet corn and runner beans going early in modules.

To avoid the dreaded carrot root fly cover your carrots with Enviromesh. This fine mesh prevents the fly getting to your precious roots and laying her eggs. Leave enough mesh either side to allow the carrots to grow, thin and harvest early in the morning or evening replacing the mesh as you go.

Pest and disease watch! • Watch out for little green Gooseberry Sawfly caterpillars that can defoliate a bush in a weekend! Pick off and feed to your garden robin. •

As lilies romp skywards beware of pretty red Lily Beetles. The beetle’s larvae have a nasty habit of covering themselves in their own excrement to resemble a bird dropping whilst munching leaves! Pick off beetles if spotted and blast off larvae with a hose pipe.

The Chelsea chop Not an annual cull of any dodgy gardening presenters, but a pruning method used to control flowering time and size of tall herbaceous plants that can flop and be difficult to support eg Anthemis, Echinacea, Sedums, Phlox and Achillea. At Chelsea time (end of May) cut back plants by half, water and feed to produce shorter bushier plants with more flowers.

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Teen Scene

Book a Poet have risen to the challenge this month and pulled two books out of the bag for all you teen readers, straight from Templar Publishing. ‘Swim the Fly’

is a laugh-aminute novel from Hollywood screenwriter Don Calame. Meet Matt, Coop and Sean whose goal this summer is to see a real-live girl... naked! Published in the US last autumn to critical acclaim, this is not to be missed.

Get running... It’s a way ahead yet, but what about taking part in the Great Eastern Fun Run? Eeekk?! It’s just 4k (a snip under 2.5 miles so you can translate for the oldies) so there’s plenty of time to get a training programme devised and some sponsorship in place. The race is just £5 if you are 16 years old or under on the day of the race, and £7 if you’re over 16, and the website is full of information and downloads.

£6.99, out June 2011.

‘A Small Free Kiss in the Dark’ by Glenda Millard is the tale of Skip, an outsider, who takes to the streets making friends and living on love and imagination. Thoughtprovoking, poignant and a sure smash-hit.

£6.99, out May 2011. Thanks to Templar Publishing we have a copy of each novel to give away to one lucky reader. Email with your name, age and address by the 25 May 2011


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Britain’s Got Talent meets Knight Rider This is a definite, ‘ask your Dad’ moment. Who was Knight Rider?? Well if you’re tuned into Britain’s Got Talent and see one of the new judges, David Hasselhoff, that’s Knight Rider. Back in the 80’s, television was awash with fast cars and chases through downtown US cities. The car in this one was KITT (Knight Industries Three Thousand), the coolest car ever created (at the time) equipped with AI capable of getting almost anyone out of any sticky situation, particularly it’s driver Michael Knight. In 2008 TV series in the US bought KITT back, with more gadgetry, this time staring Justin Bruening from Cold Case and CSI; Miami. It’s worth a Google to just hear the intro music to the 80’s series! Telephone: 01780 783613 | May 2011








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Get your wardrobe ready for Spring! After a cold, grey winter, what is more welcomed than a cheerful, colourful spring? Blossoming trees and pleasantly warm days, this is the most appropriate time for a ‘spring clean’ of your wardrobe to help you feel comfortable and full of life this season. On the catwalk, we were presented with a whole

Keep bags and shoes neutral, your lips either bare

new feeling of optimism, colours, romanticism, and

or brilliant, and hair minimal. It all adds up to a very

flirty, cheerful fashion trends which have been filtered

colourful new you.

down to the high street for you to buy! Romantic girls around the world, unite! Girly, Vivid, strong, colours of neon green, orange, and

romantic style is “in” for spring/summer 2011,

yellow were spotted at Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Jil

expressed through large floral prints and sweet,

Sander, Max Mara, Prada, and Gucci. Forget any

bohemian dresses. Topshop has a selection of long,

shade that is dusty or muted - spring is all about the-

flowing maxi-dresses – if you do buy one of these

bolder-the-better brights. But what really sets these

summer essentials, make sure it suits your body

colors aglow are the unexpected combinations:

shape. For the larger lady, get a dress which goes in

pink, orange, and deep purple; turquoise and taxi

just underneath your bust and flows outwards as this

cab yellow; lime and emerald green. The easiest

will mask your stomach; similarly, go for jewel block

way to wear this trend, though, is to go tonal, by

colours rather than large prints. If you’re smaller, go

pairing a neutral vest with a bright fluorescent skirt

for a dress that cinches in at the waist to create

or spin the colour wheel and work with opposites:

those desirable curves, with a halter neck and

cobalt and aquamarine is this season’s biggest

bright colours! Ditsy prints are back, so get some

partnership and stores like Debenhams have lots of

flowing blouses and skirts this summer and you’ll look

versions to suit all ages and shapes.

bang on trend.


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The most successful and best known tribute act to Led Zeppelin, recently featured in Classic Rock magazine.

Age Concern Day Care Centre - Coffee morning 10am - 12pm Free Admission Bric a brac, plants, books & cakes

12 MAY International Midget 50 Burghley House Celebrate the Golden Anniversary of these cars, a classic example

13 & 14 MAY Hamlet: Prince of Denmark Key Theatre, Peterborough £16 evenings, £15 matinees 01733 207239

14 & 15 MAY Sheep Shearing Demonstrations

of great British motoring heritage. The MGOC, MASC and the MGCC are organizing a day of fun and activity at Burghley, totally in character with these popular and cheeky little sports cars.

21 MAY Car Boot sale and Car Wash

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Nene Valley Railway 01780 784444

20 MAY Letz Zep

28 MAY – 12 JUNE Green Festival

Key Theatre, Peterborough Tickets £16 (£14 concessions) 01733 207239

Sacrewell Farm 01780 782254

BMF Show East of England Showground

15 MAY Race for Life Burghley House

18 MAY Evening walk around Bainton Pits Meet at 8pm, at Torpel Manor Field


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19 MAY Meet the Author: John Boyne 1-2pm Central Library, Broadway £3 (£2 concessions and reading group members) Tickets from Central Library and Waterstones Bridge Street

The Friends of St Botolphs School

22 MAY Thomas’ Big Adventure

Meet John Boyne, bestselling author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. John will be talking about his new novel The Absolutist, and about life as a writer. The Absolutist is a novel about the Great War from the perspective of two young privates, a story of emotions, friendship, and deep secrets. After the War, Tristan takes a train to deliver some letters to the sister of the man he fought alongside. But all is not as it seems. John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971 and is the author of seven novels. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas was made into a Miramax feature film.

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EVENTS 28 & 29 MAY Modified Nationals Car Show

Support your local zoo

East of England Showground 08444 15 14 13

Colchester Zoo is teaming up with other leading zoos across the UK to support the first ever “Love Your Zoo Week”. The event at Colchester Zoo will be running from the 28th May until the 5th June, and is being co-ordinated by the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) to encourage people to visit their local BIAZA zoo.

Hamerton Zoo

01832 293362 28 MAY Think Floyd Key Theatre, Peterborough £17 01733 207239

Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 May Badger Watch Ferry Meadows Country Park Join our Park Rangers for a talk on the life of a badger followed by a silent vigil at a badger set to try and catch a glimpse of these shy creatures. Times: 7:15pm-11:00pm Meet at: Location to be confirmed on booking. Cost: Free Booking: Essential. Please call the Nene Park Trust on 01733 234193 or e-mail:

Friday 20 May Guided Cycle Ride

Dubbed the definitive Pink Floyd experience, this tribute act are renowned for their stunning celebration of the music of the supergroup.

Ferry Meadows Country Park Blow up your tyres, dust off the saddle and join our Rangers on a gentle cycle

within Nene Park. This 8 to 10 mile cycle ride will explore the network of Rights of Way with regular stops to ask questions about the places and things we see. Times: 10:00am-11:45am Meet at: Location to be confirmed on booking. Cost: Free Booking: Essential. Please call the Nene Park Trust on 01733 234193 or e-mail:

Bank Holiday Monday 30 May Green Festival Cycling Treasure Hunt Ferry Meadows Country Park Fancy a fun, family event, whilst cycling around the beautiful Ferry Meadows? This 5km route is perfect for families as you cycle around the lakes and through the woods answering questions, solving riddles and hunting for hidden treasure! Numerous prizes on offer as well.

Times: 10:00am to 3:00pm (last registrations at 2.30pm) Meet at: Our stall just outside the Visitor Centre Cost: Free Booking: No need to book; just turn up. For more information please call Travelchoice on 01733 747474 or e-mail:

Tuesday 31 May Pond dipping Ferry Meadows Country Park Children’s pond dipping and animal identification. Find out what lurks in the water, you may be surprised by what you find! Times: Morning Meet at: Location to be confirmed on booking. Cost: Free Booking: Essential. Please call the Nene Park Trust on 01733 234193 or e-mail:

29 & 30 MAY Game & Country Show Burghley House

29 & 30 MAY National Garden Scheme South Gardens Open Burghley House

Don’t forget to send local event information to the City Scene team. Include general information plus dates, venue, prices, contact details and images (high resolution).

Get a team together and make a splash at the Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival! Now in its 13th spectacular year, the Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival is proving as popular as ever, as companies, organisations and clubs from across the city and surrounding area, sign up what they hope will be winning teams. This much celebrated annual event returns to the Embankment in Peterborough on Sunday 19th June 2011 - so don’t miss this opportunity to be part of it! To take part, all you need to do is raise a team of up to 17 people (squads can be larger) and you will be ready to ‘race the dragon’! All the dragon boats, qualified helms and racing equipment are provided, each team gets a minimum of three races and no previous experience is necessary, just plenty of team spirit and enthusiasm!

To make sure your company, club or group of friends is on the start line in June, call Gable Events on 01780 470 718 or visit Photographs courtesy of Satalight Photography


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Family & Craft Scene Potato planting with the children You don’t need a allotment or large space in the garden to grow potatoes. Bags or sacks are ideal and fun for the kids too! You can buy a kit from the garden centres which includes a few bags and the tubers (see potatoes).

• • •

In each bag, place five tubers on top of 15- 20cm of good quality compost. Then cover with a further 10cm of compost. As the shoots start to appear through the compost, add most compost on top to keep the potato covered. Repeat this until the compost is a few centimetres below the top of the bag. Keep the soil moist, but not saturated.

There are many varieties available now, but if you’re growing in just a few bags then the first earlies may suit you best. They are best harvested in small quantities & eaten straight away.

Lets go fly a kite

Super easy Playdough recipe • • • • •

1/2 cup of salt 1 cup of flour 1 tablespoon of cream of tartar 1 tablespoon of oil 1 cup of boiling water mixed with a little food colouring

East of England Show Preview The 2011 East of England Show will once again see the Showground filled to the gunnels with horses, cattle, sheep, pigs, food, music, attractions, trade stands and much, much more. The event will see livestock of the highest quality being shown over all 3 days, and this year will be hosting both the Longhorn National Show and the Beef Shorthorn National Show. The very finest horses will be competing in the equestrian classes, including inhand 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.

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 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. There will be a diverse and exciting range of trade stands with products to suit all tastes and budgets. Food will feature strongly and the Food Hall will be brimming with delicious local provisions for you to fill your

pantry with. Visitors can also enjoy the delicious variety of catering, all sourced under the Food Direct from the Farm scheme. The City Scene is delighted to offer three family tickets for the East of England Show. Email your details to by 31 May for your chance to win. Title the email, East of England Show tickets and include your contact details.

For alternative colouring, try glitter, leave some fruit teabags in the hot water for a natural colour. Put all the dry ingredients in a bowl and then mix vigorously with the hot water. Store in tubs or food bags to keep it soft.

The Annual Peterborough Kite Festival is on Sunday 12 June at Ferry Meadows. Even if you don’t own a kite, the children can make one at a workshops on the day or small, medium and large kites will be on sale. With amazing displays from display teams who travel the world, pack a picnic (and the suncream) for a day of flying fun.


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REVIEWS Aficionados of Subaru performance motors will love the

(Driver’s Control Centre Differential) system. The WRX

Subaru WRX STI saloon

sound the car makes when it starts up; a new exhaust

STI also incorporates Multi-Mode VDC (Vehicle Dynamics

system, with a bigger centre muffler and larger diameter

Control) – Subaru’s version of electronic stability control

By Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Writer

piping, enhances the engine’s iconic boxer ‘burble’. And at

(ESC), allowing you to modify the point of intervention of

the core of the WRX STI beats the heart of a champion —

this electronic driver aid to suit your own tastes. Subaru has

the turbocharged 2.5-litre Subaru Boxer engine. The lump

further tuned its three-mode SI-Drive (Subaru Intelligent

propels the car from 0-62mph in just 5.2 seconds and the

Drive) system, which can be used to adjust the engine’s

smooth 6-speed manual transmission lets you savour every

characteristics to best suit a variety of driving conditions.

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sweep of the glowing red rev counter. As you match revs to extract the most of the engine’s charitable torque curve, you

You may have noticed during this review that there has

feel the 158mph performance potential of the WRX STI

been very little mention of the name ‘Impreza’. Well, there’s

firmly within your grasp.

a reason for that – it seems those six letters (WRX STI) are so synonymous with automotive exhilaration that the

But the fun isn’t all about being first off the lights because,

moniker has been dropped and the new model is now

unlike most cars, with the WRX STI you control the set

simply known as the ‘Subaru WRX STI’. But whatever it’s

up. The Subaru features a default setting of 41 / 59 per cent

called, the car will continue to be a superstar – certainly in

front / rear torque distribution for optimum balance, and

the hearts and minds of speedy Subaru purists.

you can adjust this while on the move using the four-mode

PROS ‘N’ CONS THE SUBARU WRX STI is like nothing It




precision performance









practicality, putting it in a class of its own.

• Exciting drive 4 • Great looks 4 • Expensive to run 6

engine. But, unlike most performance cars, the Japanese motor manufacturer’s WRX STI doesn’t just excite while in motion. Its styling, both inside and out, is geared towards making petrol-heads drool. New bumpers, enlarged rear quarter panels and a lower ride height give the car a more muscular presence than ever before. Inside, the quality of the cabin materials has been upgraded, and the driver and passenger are assured of a secure and

Introduced at the end of last year, the 2011 Subaru WRX STi

comfortable seating position thanks to the introduction

is a substantial upgrade to the high performance version

of all-new RECARO bucket seats. Behind the wheel, your

of the Impreza. And it is a welcome comeback, because it

feet settle easily onto the drilled aluminium pedals and you

sees a four-door saloon rejoin the range after a three-year

instantly feel at one with the car. The thick, leather-wrapped

absence from the UK.

steering wheel gives you easy access to audio switches and cruise control buttons, meaning you can concentrate on the

The major difference between Subaru and other brands

road ahead without taking your hands off the wheel. The

begins with the balance and control that comes from

only thing left is a quick press of the push-button engine

its permanent Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Boxer

starter to bring the vehicle to life.


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FAST FACTS • • • •

Max speed: 158 mph 0-62 mph: 5.2 secs Combined mpg: 26.9 Engine layout: 2457cc 4 cylinder 16v turbocharged petrol

• • • •

Max. power (bhp): 296 at 6000 rpm Max. torque (lb.ft): 300 at 4000 rpm CO2: 243 g/km Price from: £32,995 OTR

Telephone: 01780 783613 | May 2011



SPORT Businesses save money

by investing in the environment

Peterborough based Architects and Care Home specialists Portess and Richardson Architects were successful in winning the Pinders Healthcare Design Awards in the Best Restoration/Extension category for the design of The Royal British Legion’s Care Home, Halsey House in Cromer. An audience of over 550 packed into Lords’ Cricket Ground for the annual celebration of care home design. They gave a warm welcome to Sir Michael Parkinson, who presented the awards and talked passionately about his role as the Government’s Ambassador for Dignity for the Elderly. Portess and Richardson Artchitect’s winning design encompassed a 60 bed extension to the existing home and a new 16 bedroom Dementia Care Wing. Employing best practice principles for dementia care the 16 bed unit provides secure accessible gardens and a variety of resident facilities, including quiet lounges, therapy rooms, activities spaces, resident kitchen dining spaces and a hairdressers.

Jeffersons Commercial merge with Carter Jonas

Twelve Peterborough businesses that are cutting running costs while protecting natural resources were presented with prestigious Investors in the Environment accreditation awards in April. The unique Investors in the Environment accreditation scheme is one of many projects managed by green charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) in support of Peterborough’s growing reputation as the Home of Environment Capital. Green awards were presented to: Anne Corder Recruitment, whose paperless office processes have become a blueprint for adoption by other businesses Bakkavor Freshcook, which achieved zero waste-to- landfill last year Kerry Foods of Spalding, which has set up an ‘Eco Pilot office’ to showcase its reduction in energy consumption

Regional commercial property agency firm Jeffersons Commercial LLP – which is based in Cambridge - is to merge with property consultancy Carter Jonas LLP whose commercial work across the eastern region is carried out from its Peterborough and Cambridge offices. The merger is effective from 1 May 2011. The Jeffersons team, led by Will Mooney and Ben Oughton will relocate to Carter Jonas’ Cambridge office. Mooney and Oughton will become Equity Partners with immediate effect. They will be responsible for running the agency and professional departments for the eastern region.


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Digital print specialist Mister Vinyl, which now re-uses and recycles most of its materials Queensgate Shopping Centre, which won its second year accreditation and has saved over 26 per cent on energy since 2006, recycled 64 per cent of waste, reduced waste going to landfill by a further 11 per cent in 2009 and another eight per cent in 2010.

And also to; Cross Keys Homes, The Environment Agency, IKEA distribution centre, Mars Petcare, PCL Energy Services The Investors in the Environment scheme is unique because, to secure the green accreditation, businesses must achieve a minimum two per cent improvement in resource efficiency over an agreed baseline figure. Other essential criteria include having a recycling system in place, adopting a travel plan, calculating the organisation’s carbon footprint and setting targets for carbon reduction. Main sponsors of the IIE scheme include the Environment Agency, waste management company Donarbon and renewable energy products provider Lark Energy.

Ryan’s Football Preview

This month brings an end to what has been a truly special domestic football season. We’ve seen some great games, some fantastic goals and results that nobody would’ve really predicted. From the likes of Tottenham’s valiant Champions League

out of trouble and teams all the way up to Newcastle in 9th will

exploits (pictured) and Ian Holloway’s colourful interviews

not feel they are out of it just yet. One thing is certain though,

to Birmingham City’s shock Carling Cup win and Stoke

the twists and turns of this season are nowhere near over yet.

City’s great run to The FA Cup final. Also lest we forget the

POSH Preview

emergence of youngsters like Arsenal’s Jack Wilshire, Javier ‘chicharito’ Hernandez and the elevation to global superstar of Gareth Bale, this year has certainly been a memorable one. In the Premiership we’ve seen the most open League since it began 19 years ago with almost every team still with plenty to play for heading into this month, for many different reasons! Both Arsenal and Chelsea will no doubt continue to breathe hard down Man United’s necks until the bitter end, especially with them both having the chance to take 3 points from the red devils, (Arsenal v Man United, Sun 1st, Man United v Chelsea, Sun 8th). Man City and Tottenham are fighting it out for that 4th Champions League spot and their match

With a 10 point advantage on 7th placed Rochdale at the time of writing, and only a possible points









games, are


Darren all


guaranteed a playoff berth come the middle of this month. Their one


comes and











will sure to be a special affair too, (Tues 10th). You then have


the Merseyside bragging rights at stake with Liverpool and


Everton wanting to top each other to finish in the top 6 and


at the time of writing probably only Bolton Wanderers have

a 2 leg semi final and then

what you may call ‘nothing’ to play for as the 10 point buffer


they have is almost certainly enough to keep them safe from


relegation. After that we have a huge battle to avoid the drop.

we can all celebrate a third

In my opinion no fewer than 12 teams are still walking the

promotion in 4 years!!

tightrope to Premier League survival with only 5/6 matches




fixture, be


(fingers Wembley.


confidence After


crossed) Here’s



final hoping

remaining. Normally we have at least 1 team miles adrift at

Email me your thoughts to

the foot of the table but this year there is none. All 3 current occupiers of the relegation places, (Wolves, West Ham and and visit

Blackpool) rightly believe they have every chance of getting

where I will post all my responses. Telephone: 01780 783613 | May 2011



Lively season ahead for Panthers fans! Gomolski. Make sure you pop down to the East of England Showground for a great evening of entertainment to watch the Panthers team mount their challenge for the title. It’s the perfect family friendly sport, so bring the children along to grab a few autographs! You can Peterborough Panthers have roared into action for the start of the 2011 speedway season.

After challenge

matches against Coventry, the eagerly

also catch the local side live on Sky Sports this month with a televised appearance at Eastbourne on Monday 23rd May at 7.30pm.

awaited British Elite League matches have commenced. Three-time World Champion Nicki Pedersen has made a strong start with the club, as well

Prices: ADULT - £16.00 CONCESSION - £12.00 (Senior Citizens/Full Time students & Registered Disabled)

JUNIOR - £5.00 (12 to 15 years)

CHILDREN - FREE (11 & under) (Provided they are accompanied by a paying adult)

Family Ticket - £38.00 Upcoming fixtures 7.30 pm start. Thursday 12th May vs Poole

as fellow new riders’ Swedish star

Thursday 19th May vs Lakeside

Linus Sundstrom and Pole Kacper

Thursday 26th May vs Birmingham

(2 Adults & 2 Juniors)

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THORPE WOOD DRIVES FORWARD The team at Thorpe Wood Golf Course are celebrating news that planning consent has been granted from the city council to construct a brand new state of the art driving range at the popular Peterborough facility. And they are not hanging around as work has already begun on site to reposition the 14th hole of the course in order to make space for the


new building which it’s hoped will be constructed between September and November of this year for an opening in early December.

whether you are total beginner, an enthusiastic amateur or budding professional golfer.

The 20 bay driving range with custom fit room and dedicated teaching area will offer golfers of the city and beyond a modern facility not currently available at any other location in the area. Once the project is complete Thorpe Wood Golf Course will be able to offer a full range of golfing facilities to the public with two 18 hole golf courses, a 12 hole pitch and putt and a driving range which means there truly is something for everyone

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