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Inside this month 59th Burghley Horse Trials Advice on buying your 1st car What’s on in your area Sailability at Ferry Meadows

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Behind the scenes We are at that time again for the Scene HQ inside scoop; time goes by so quickly when you’re being beaten to an inch of your life to work harder as we are so busy. So what have I to tell you all this month? Let’s get the boring work stuff out the way first. All the magazines are going really well and we have had a massive interest in the Wedding Scene I told you all about last month, so if you are looking to get married, it will be the perfect way to find everything you require, locally – it is out in September. Our office move went very well, with just a few hiccups with our broadband connection, it’s very slow out here - must be all the “airwaves” from Wittering airbase! Fingers crossed we have got that little trauma sorted now. We are loving it here with us being together (the fridge is always full). I also have some shocking news for you all.......I have decided to ..... wait for it.......DIET. I hate that word so much, so in true ‘me’ style, I have decided that I am NOT calling it a diet because my body is way too clever for me to use such a word, as things never happen when I do the ‘D’ word thing. So, I am tricking it by telling it that we, as in my body and my brain, are on a “Portion Control Management Programme”. This means I can have what I want, which I normally do anyway, but only eat half of it. So I buy a chocolate muffin, and I just cut it in half and share. This, I figured out, is halving my calorie intake. It is going to go one of two ways..... I get thinner to a level of acceptance to the shops that only cater for size 12’s down, OR, everyone else around me gets bigger, so in turn I feel smaller. To me, both ways I win so things are good. So

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now when the kettle goes on, I just have two custard creams and instead of four. I’ll let you know how it works... might patent the idea and start a club, the “Share your fat management system” July: still no house keys ARRRRRRR! Can’t actually tell you what the holdup is ‘cause I really don’t know myself. O well, it will happen when it happens I suppose. It’s worse than waiting for Christmas!! The next list of importance on the list of world news is that my sister had a baby boy on the 15th July @ 8lb 13.5 oz. His name is Theodore James Frost. Congratulations to you both. Then of course, there was the scene BBQ. It was ace, had a massive get together round the gaffas, loads of tasty food (mostly made by my good self), a huge punch bowl of some fancy cocktail was on our table with long straws which ensured things got messy from there on! We were going to put some pictures on our Facebook pages but decided they weren’t pretty! You all need to add us as a favourite page as well!! August: the 33rd beer festival is happening, so you lot who like a beer should defo go. There are loads of local breweries there with their finest,, plus loads of ace bands. There is info on pages 33 – 35 along with interesting info on how beer is made. If you see me at the PBF, come and say hi, that’s if you recognise the thin me on the PCMP plan! See you next month. xxx

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August 2010

Health, Hair & Beauty

Community pages

Hair today....gone tomorrow Hair make-over Healthy eating tips Sunglasses for sport

Macmillan coffee morning A safer Peterborough Useful numbers Q&A from CAB Hampton college Green Queen Sailing for the disabled

Reviews Ortongate shopping Books – latest summer reads Barnsdale – wedding venue Travel - China Motoring – first car Holiday Inn restaurant


Semples footie Peterborough Town update Nike comes to Springfields


Features Selling your home Cleaning tips Finance advice Peterborough Photographic Society Business clubs


33rd Beer Festival Burghley Horse Trials What’s On listings Music Scene Help for Heroes Ball Flowers Crowland Abbey Events

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Retirement talk. The government is abolishing the rule forcing pensioners when to purchase an Annuity. In doing so, it will re-write the rules governing buying a pension - but is it right for you? Currently, you can use your pension fund to buy a flexible income each year. But because your fund remains invested and as there is no guarantee to future performance and value, this Drawdown arrangement is known as an unsecured pension (USP). Or you may buy a set lifetime’s income (an Annuity). At age 75 – age 77 from 22 April 2010 to 06 April 2011 – people in Drawdown must move to alternatively secured pension (ASP). A main difference between USP and ASP is that if someone dies under USP there is a 35% charge on drawn down funds whereas under ASP the charge rises to an eye watering 82%. Under the proposed new rules this charge will move to 55%. However, there are other important differences. Drawdown income is limited according to the annual income that may be bought by an Annuity. The maximum that can be taken in any one year is 120% of what the same pension fund would have bought as an Annuity. A danger is that poor investment returns combined with drawing too much income early in retirement means that when it comes to buying an Annuity later on, the fund is too small to live off.

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An Annuity provides a set income for life. Your money is invested (in low-risk bonds, gilts etc), but low interest rates and increasing life expectancy mean Annuity rates are at an all-time low. But because to beat Annuity rates Drawdown money may still be exposed to riskier investments, it represents a riskier option. However, Drawdown could buy not only more pension but also valuable time before Annuity rates improve. Those in Drawdown avoid being locked into a poor Annuity rate, they retain control over their income and investments, and gain an opportunity to grow their pension fund further before they buy an Annuity. Investing in funds, shares and so on might also deliver higher returns. However, the fact remains that Drawdown is potentially an expensive and complex proposition and presents a risk for those who have enough funds to consider Drawdown but not quite enough money to afford to make any mistakes. If you are about to enter retirement, or wish to plan for it, we offer a completely Independent perspective. For a complimentary and obligation free consultation in Peterborough, please contact Alastair Rush on 01572 768879. (see advertisement below)



Be part of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan Cancer Support’s biggest fundraising event. Host a coffee morning on Friday 24 September, inviting friends, family and colleague and raise money for Macmillan whilst enjoying an Americano, Cappuccino or Latte. Last year 43,000 people registered to hold a coffee morning, raising £7.9 million. How did it start? The event started in 1990, when a local fundraising committee decided to hold a coffee morning where people came along to meet and mingle - as they might ordinarily do - but donate the cost of their coffee to Macmillan in the process. The idea seemed such a simple, yet effective one that they suggested the model be taken up nationally. The first National World’s Biggest Coffee Morning was in 1991, when 2,600 people registered to hold coffee mornings across the country. Since then it has raised over £60 million in total for Macmillan Cancer Support.

When you fundraise for your local charity, don’t forget to ask them if they are part of This website allows you to set up a dedicated fundraising page for your event or activity. Ask friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you via this page. The donations are processed online, saving you the need to carry round a paper form whilst allowing donors to quickly support you. Ask for donors to make a Gift Aid declaration too – it boost funds even further!

NHS Peterborough, Cambridgeshire Constabulary, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, Cambridgeshire Police Authority and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Probation Trust. Links to these organisations are available along with contributing and voluntary authorities. NEW WEBSITE SHOWING YOU HOW CRIME IS TACKLED IN PARTNERSHIP A new community safety website is now available, where you can access information on what is being done to tackle crime where you live. The new SaferPeterborough website provides information about the partnership’s nine areas of focus that residents have identified as making the biggest impact on communities. Visitors to the website can discover more about safety and crime prevention work around anti-social behaviour, serious acquisitive crime, road safety, domestic abuse, sexual offences, substance misuse, arson, hate crime and violent crime. SaferPeterborough is a partnership of organisations that work together to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, to ensure that Peterborough is a place where people feel safe. The partners include Peterborough City Council,

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A news section keeps users up-to-date with latest announcements and partnership working initiatives and there are pages dedicated to community payback, neighbourhood watch and community crime fighters. The home page includes an interactive police crime map that illustrates the level of crime in neighbourhoods. There is also an opportunity to complete an online questionnaire about crime and community safety concerns and the work of the partnership. Online reporting The new website also includes an online reporting facility for victims of anti-social behaviour. People are asked a series of brief questions before submitting their complaint for an anti-social behaviour officer to deal with.

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Useful numbers and websites Police For all non emergency enquiries – 0345 456 456 4 Emergencies – 999 Police Information Crimestoppers 0800 555 111

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

Utilities Electricity Emergency number 0800 7838838 Gas Transco Emergency Service 0800 111 999 Anglian Water Water and sewerage service queries and emergencies 08457 145 145 (24 hours) Reporting a leak Ring asap 0800 771 881(24 hours) Consumer Direct 08454 04 05 06 Clear, practical consumer advice.

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Community Support Home-Start 01733 315087 Family Action Peterborough Children & Family Services, St Barnabas Community Centre, Taverners Road, Peterborough PE1 2JR. 01733 892858

Education Peterborough Regional College 01733 767 366 Peterborough College of Adult Education 01733 555197

Health NHS Direct 0845 4647

Hampton Childrens Centre, St Mary’s Church, New Road, Peterborough PE1 1TT 01733 566380

Peterborough Hospitals (switchboard, non emergencies) 01733 874000

Paston & Hampton Well Family Honeyhill Centre, Chadburn, Paston PE4 7DR 01733 579025

Dental Access Centre 5 Midgate, Peterborough 01733 295854 Mon-Fri: 7.45am to 7.00pm closed between 12.30pm and 1.30pm each day.This service is available to anyone who is not registered with a dentist. Appointments are booked on a first come, first served basis. People seeking urgent or out of hours treatment can telephone the dental emergency service on 01223 471798.

Salvation Army Peterborough Citadel, 1203 Bourges Boulevard, Peterborough PE1 2AU 01733 564540   Peterborough Council for Voluntary Service (PCVS) 01733 342683 / 311016


Council City Council Peterborough Direct Call Centre 01733 747474 for information on housing, education and schooling, local council, community, leisure and culture, planning and building, rubbish, waste and recycling and traffic, travel and parking in Peterborough. Peterborough Museum Priestgate, Peterborough PE1 1LF 01733 864663

Beavers, Cubs & Scouts in Peterborough National Information Centre 0845 300 1818

Sports Centres

Library Service Automated renewals line 08458 505 606 Information enquiries 01733 864280

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Rainbows, Brownies, Guides & Seniors Contact the County Office for your area unit 01487 773211

Werrington Sports Centre 01733 576606 Bushfield Sports Centre 01733 234018

Community These are a small selection of useful numbers and local websites in the Peterborough area. Please do contact us with information about your club via or calling 01778 345875

Sports Badminton Peterborough City Badminton Club 01733 572663 Bowls Peterborough & District Indoor Bowling Club - 01733 566709 Whittlesey Indoor Bowls Club 01733 202209

Peterborough Mixed Netball Rugby Peterborough Rugby Union Football Club 01733 569413 - Peterborough Lions Rugby Academy www.peterboroughlionsrugbyacademy. Running

Bridge Peterborough Bridge Club 01733 342885

Yaxley Runners & Joggers 01733 810033 or 07880992014 www.

Football Peterborough & District Junior Alliance League

Werrington Joggers 01733 350930

Peterborough & District Football League

Thorney Running Club 01733 270868 www.

Gymnastics Sims Gymnastics 01733 235003 City of Peterborough Gymnastics Club 01733 573017 Netball Peterborough Netball Club

Nene Valley Harriers 01733 260716 www. Eye Community Runners www. Bushfield Joggers www.

Charities & Community Age Concern Peterborough 01733 564185

Alzheimer’s Society 01733 893853 Bridgegate Drug Services 01733 314551 DIAL (Disablement Information and Advice Line) 01733 265551

Peterborough Association for the Blind 01733 703570 - Peterborough Dial-A-Ride 01733 394545 Peterborough Women’s Centre 01733 311564 / 311568 Relate Peterborough and District 01733 568551 Royal British Legion 01733 748122

Drink sense 01733 555532

Royal British Legion Womens Section 01733 242322

Family Mediation Service 01733 347353

The Royal British Legion (welfare section) 01733 757082

HARP (Help and Advice for Relatives of Prisoners) 0800 389 3003 Leukaemia Research Fund 01733 572236 Peterborough and Fenland Mind 01733 768211

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RSPCA 24-hour animal cruelty emergency line 0300 1234 999. SSAFA Forces Help 01733 314267 - Sailability 07956 940981

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Swimming Jack Hunt Swimming Pool 01733 264 644 Regional Swimming Pool 01733 551474 Thorpe Wood Health and Racquets Club 01733 892289 Horse Riding Lynch Farm Equestrian Club Ltd. 01733 234445 Hockey, Tennis, Cricket and Squash Peterborough Town Sports Club 01733 262202 Walking Peterborough Younger Walkers 01733 247275. Watersports Ferry Meadows Watersports Centre 01733 234418 Peterborough City Rowing

Salvation Army Good Neighbours scheme 01733 892013 St Theresa’s Family Centre 01733 898424 St Theresa’s Charity for the adult homeless and other needy people in Peterborough 01733 894989/893762 Sue Ryder Care, Thorpe Hall Hospice 01733 330060 Young Lives 01733 341345 Rotary Club of Peterborough Peterborough & District Round Table Mark Wells 07837 482136 Peterborough Lions



Refinement and Relaxation - Sunday Lunch In the restaurant Before going for Sunday lunch with my husband at the now four star Holiday Inn West at Thorpe Wood, several people told me what their expectation would be of having lunch there......carvery, silver service, expensive......varying opinion...... and now I can speak with firsthand experience and say they are all wrong! We arrived early (for a change) and sat in the pleasant reception area watching guests come and go, until just after 12 when we went into the restaurant. Greeted by the bar and restaurant staff we were shown to our table where we chose our starters and main courses of Salmon and Prawn Parfait and Deep Fried Mushrooms with Garlic Mayonnaise followed by Roast Rib Beef and Roast Turkey with Bacon. The Parfait was beautifully chilled, wrapped in salmon and served with a light salad. There were more than enough of the mushrooms, not that I remember being one offered more than one though! The main courses arrived with a selection of perfectly steamed vegetables for us to help ourselves to at our table and a stunning sized Yorkshire Pudding – clearly ‘homemade’ and cooked as superbly as the meats. A further accompaniment to dinner was a glass of excellent house wine each; Pinot Grigio and the recommended Merlot. We were both pleasantly full after the main course, so had a small break whilst listening to the resident pianist in the restaurant. Seasonality plays a part in the Sunday lunch menu at the Holiday Inn West, so I had a simple dessert of strawberries and cream whilst my husband had the lemon tart with clotted cream – I can speak from personal experience that they were both delicious desserts having had a sample of both! With main courses from £7.95, starters from £3.95 and children’s lunch half price, a four star lunch is certainly not expensive and offers good value for money with the atmosphere, service and staff helping to bring the whole experience together.

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On this day August ... 12th - The Glorious 12th; start of the Grouse season in Britain

14th The Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany was completed after 632 years of rebuilding (1880) d n pect a ‘focus on res ’ viour positive beha 17th Births, Deaths and Hampton College has been rated outaverage number of students achieving Marriages registrations standing for the second time by govern- the highest grades. were introduced into ment Ofsted inspectors. The school on Britain (1836) Eagle Way, Hampton Vale, Peterborough, The report particularly praised the was inspected IN June, with one day’s notice, and rated outstanding overall with an outstanding capacity for sustained improvement. The school opened in 2005 and was rated outstanding at its first Ofsted inspection in 2007. The report said the school continues to provide very high quality education and experiences for students with an above

school’s values, which focus on respect and positive behaviour, whilst acknowledging that teachers work hard to make learning fun. Inspectors found that a strong community spirit exists among students in the sixth form and students act as excellent ambassadors and role models to their peers in the main school.

24th Mount Vesuvius erupts near Pompeii, Italy (79AD) 30th The vacuum cleaner was patented (1901)

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Sophie Antonelli-The Green Queen! by Anna Ruggiero

So, what would make a person give this up, move back home, and, embark on a green quest, with no financial gain? “I couldn’t be happier now”, beams Sophie, “It is a reward in itself seeing all the fruits of our labour suddenly grow into a place that has given people hope, and, inspiration to follow their dreams”.

Anna Ruggiero meets up with Sophie Antonelli, Peterborough’s very own Green Goddess, to find out exactly why Sophie left a well paid city job to embark on a green crusade, and, turn a derelict part of the city into an urban calm. The Greenback Yard was founded a year and a half ago by Sophie’s father, Renny Antonelli. The aim was to turn a forgotten piece of land into an area that can be enjoyed by all and everyone, a place of education, and, the opportunity to go back to basics.

The Greenback yard, which, in a previous life was a former allotment, has over 100 volunteers that can do as much or, as little as they wish. It boasts solar power, a large pond, beehives, and, numerous vegetable beds. From painting, to growing Spinach, this sanctuary offers, whoever would like it, the opportunity to be creative. It also runs workshops, and, hosts many inspiring and educational events for adults and children. Not only will you find yourself amongst down to earth people, you may even find that your life can be changed in a positive way.

I was not surprised to learn, that, loving and respecting the environment is something that Sophie has grown up with. As a youngster, she enjoyed many camping and walking holidays, and, a love for the outdoors has grown from there. Sophie has a Geography degree to her name and whilst the seeds were being sown for The Greenback Yard, she was working in Brighton and enjoying the rewards of a well paid job.

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“One of our volunteers was suffering from stress due to an extremely demanding job. He decided to join us on one of our open days, and he enjoyed it so much, he is now a fully qualified gardener, and a lot less stressed!” explains Sophie. “If you see a place that looks unused, and you, like us, feel that you would like to inspire your local community to come together, then find out who owns the land and have a genuine conversation with them on how you could improve it”. Sophie is a determined young lady and is also very modest with her success. “The Greenback yard’s movement is not just down to me, this could not have been achieved without our dedicated group of volunteers”. They have all done a remarkable job, and this is now getting recognised. The local council have given The Greenback Yard another three’s year licence, and, Sophie and her father even picked up The Green Volunteer’s of the year award held by The Peterborough Evening Telegraph. I asked Sophie what the future held for The Greenback Yard. She would love to see other communities join the green scene and turn their local land into a growing community.

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The lovely thing about The Greenback Yard is that it is all based on human

goodwill; people give up their time to be there because they want to improve the city and create a green dream. For more information on what The Greenback Yard can offer you, visit


NIKE TO OPEN AT SPRINGFIELDS Springfields Outlet Shopping and Festival Gardens in Spalding, is delighted to announce that Nike, the world’s leading sports brand, is taking a 8,000 sq ft unit for a Nike Factory Superstore. Nike is the world’s leading supplier of athletic shoes and apparel and a major manufacturer of sports equipment. They sponsor the worlds leading sports personalities like 2010 Wimbledon champion Rafeal Nadal and Tiger Woods. The new unit, set to open in autumn 2010,

represents a major coup for Springfields, underlining underlining its position as the region’s premier retail

and leisure destination. Shop fitting is now set to begin ahead of the opening. The store will stock authentic Nike products including footwear, clothing, and accessories for men, women and children. As at other stores at Springfields, shoppers will benefit from very significant savings on RRPs. Ian Sanderson, Springfields Centre Director, said: “Springfields is delighted to have secured Nike as a major tenant, especially given the substantial size of the unit. The Nike Factory Store further underlines our ambition to continue to provide visitors with a first class shopping experience.

For further information on Springfields visit: www.springfieldsshopping. com or .

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EXTRA SUMMER FUN AT SPRINGFIELDS Springfields, is hosting its very own ‘Through the Decades’ fun and entertainment, with themed Saturday afternoons from the 1960s to the 2000s in July and August. All the extra entertainment on offer is free of charge – great news for visitors to Springfields who can also pick up a bargain with up to 75 per cent off at famous stores such as Marks and Spencer Outlet, Game, Animal & Reebok. The entertainment will be on site between 12-3pm every Saturday. The journey through time will end on 21 August with the visit of Metallican, whobrings the dawn of the 21st Century to Springfields with an entertaining show of music, voice synthesizers, robotic moves and cheeky chatter.

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Hair Today... Gone Tomorrow Seeing as we finally got some decent British sun, it’s time to get your legs out and those bikini lines prepped for your holidays. Shaving my legs isn’t, if I’m honest a everyday occurrence, let alone a weekly activity, generally it revolves around my social life and what nights I’m going out, luckily my re-growth is blonde so I can get away with it and the man in my life doesn’t notice! However the one thing I hate is armpit hair; there’s no excuse to do a Julia Roberts – yuck! Top tip: if you get shaving rash under your armpits after using a razor & shave gel, try ditching the shave gel and have a dry shave, works for me…. Here are my best tips for the best hair removal products around: Epilator’s For those of you that don’t know, an epilator is an electrical device used to remove hair by mechanically grasping multiple hairs simultaneously and pulling them out, its similar to waxing. I highly recommend them for your bikini line, especially as waxing can be expensive if you go to a salon. Epilators never need to be replaced so they are definitely a good investment.You can pick one up from about £35 and they range up to over £100. New to the epilator world is the Braun Silk-epil Xpressive Pro Wet & Dry Rechargeable Epilator, which comes with close grip technology which lifts, loosens and removes hair short as a grain of sand, it’s quite pricey, but you get what you pay for!

Nad’s Ingrow Solution & Facial Wax Strips I use this product regularly as it’s perfect for using after shaving and waxing, the solution helps to maintain clear, irritation free skin. After using the product I noticed that my bikini line (which is prone to a few ingrown hairs) remained clear. The

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solution contains Aloe Vera and it is really quick and easy to apply. Their waxing strips are also really good they are easy to use and only need warming up in your hands. Perfect to get rid of those little hairs on your face without causing redness.

Gillette Venus Spa breeze 2 in 1 razor plus shave gel bars The first disposable razor with built-in shave gel bars, combining the simplicity of Venus Breeze with the convenience of a disposable! Simply add water for skin-loving light lather and a smooth shave without the need for separate shave gel, what a time saver?

Veet’s new hair removal range The new Veet Suprem’ Essence range, with its new formula has been enriched with a blend of essential oils and velvet rose fragrance to leave your skin moisturised, delicately scented and luxuriously smooth. The range includes: wax strips, hair removal cream, shower hair removal cream & a spray on hair remover cream which are all delicately scented, meaning they won’t smell of that yucky hair removal aroma. The range seems to be quite well thought out, however spray on hair remover cream for me is messy and time consuming; I’ll stick to shaving my legs.

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Xclusive Hair Makeover Tony, the owner of Hair Xclusive, based at Thorpe Wood Health & Racquets Club invited me to come along to his salon as he wanted me to see firsthand how much time and attention his staff give to each client and how important every hair style and colour they do, is professionally carried out.

From the start to the finish I am creating something personal and unique for my clients” Nick enthused. “it is really important to me to keep up with the latest techniques and fashions, so I regularly attend courses and artistic demonstrations to keep me fresh. As I really enjoy chatting to people, and listening to what my clients have been up to, this really is my ideal job”. After the colour had been washed out, I was given

When I turned up, Tony introduced me to his new stylist Nick Varone who had just started at the salon. I joked about how I have been thinking about a hair make-over and what advice he had for me. Before I knew it I was sitting in his chair having a full consultation on cuts and colour. He asked me about my lifestyle, my like’s and don’t like’s, previous hairstyles and we also talked about my skin tone and face shape. I was feeling pretty relaxed and felt confident that Nick knew what he was talking about as we discussed colour options and the latest style techniques. We decided that a traditional short Bob with a twist, would suit my oval face shape. The colours Nick chose for my hair, complimented my hazel eyes and olive skin tones, the vibrant red and gold tones are perfect autumnal colours and are the latest trends on the catwalk, and theXn a chocolate wash throughout that would cover my natural highlights.....whatever that is supposed to mean!!! As for style, I needed one that was going to be easy to manage as I have a very hectic lifestyle, publishing 6 monthly magazines, and will not grow out quickly. As you can imagine, I am now really excited and I am looking forward to my new look, and decided to take some, before, during and after photo’s, so you can all see what a difference a good cut and colour can make.

the most amazing head massage by Alice, which was very welcome and then she added a deep conditioning treatment to my hair, to ensure a great feel and shine. Now I am experiencing the cutting style Nick has, he needs to add texture and dimension to my hair and felt that is required a lot of thinning out, so using his blade, he took all the weight from my hair, which, Nick explains, will lift my hair and give it more style.... Once the final touches had been made, I had two members of staff and also another client come over to inspect my new look – it got the thumbs up from everyone, especially from me. I felt completely different and it was just what I needed. As it is important to take care of colour treated hair, I bought some specialised Paul Mitchell products to make sure I keep my new look for longer. All in all, the whole experience was very relaxing and enjoyable, the staff really welcoming and Nick was great. The finished result?.... well, maybe you should be judge of that?

Before Whilst my colour it taking, I grab the opportunity to really talk to Nick and find out all about him and why he has always wanted to be a hairdresser? “Hair dressing is about passion and really is a labour of love, I cannot tell you the satisfaction I get from every hair style I do!

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Quiz night in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust Every cause is good cause, and sufferers of Cystic Fibrosis and their families receive a lot of help and advice from the trust. The Ramada Hotel at Thorpe Meadows have kindly stepped up and donated their premises for the quiz night, which starts at 7.30pm on September 3rd. The evening will also include a raffle with prizes donated by the likes of John Lewis, Boots, Sainsbury’s and The Ramada Hotel. For just £3 per person, teams (up to six maximum) can challenge their brains, and hopefully have a good evening. If you would like further information, please contact Kerry Ann on 01733 705300 or email her on Here are some previous quiz questions to wet your appetite

Which wife of Henry VIII is buried in Peterborough Cathedral? Name Harry Potters cousin? What is the main vegetable ingredient in Moussaka? Where is the 2011 Rugby World Cup being held? Who won the 2009 MotoGP title? Answers: Catherine of Aragon Dudley Dursley Aubergine Sport: New Zealand / Valentino Rossi

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I am a couple of years off retirement age. I know I won’t now get my state pension at 60 but I’m unclear about exactly when I’ll qualify and whether I’ll be entitled to a full pension when I stop work. Can you help?

State Pensions are changing from 6 April 2010. If you reach State Pension age on or after that date then you will get a State Pension under the new system. For most people the changes will happen automatically, but you may need to take action to make sure you get everything you are entitled to. To get a full basic State Pension, currently around £95 per week, you will only need to build up 30 qualifying years of National Insurance contributions or credits. Under the current system, women normally need 39 qualifying years and men 44 qualifying years. To start getting some basic State Pension, you will only need one qualifying year of National Insurance contributions or credits. Under the current system, you need to build up a minimum number of qualifying years to start getting some basic State Pension – 10 years for women and 11 years for men. Changes to State Pensions will also make it easier to get a full basic State Pension for many people with caring responsibilities. If you are a woman, the earliest age from which you can start getting your State Pension will increase from the current age of 60. The State Pension age for women is rising gradually between 2010 and 2020 to make it the same as for men, currently 65.Your own State Pension age depends on your exact date of birth. You can get a forecast telling you how much State Pension you may get when you reach state pension age from the Directgov website.You can also find out what information you’ll need before you apply. Go to: 16-17 St Mark’s Street, Peterborough Monday – Friday, 9am – 12.30pm and 1pm – 4.45pm 08444 994120 / 01733 558383


The problem for many people is how to fit a workout in to an already busy schedule, so the lifestyle benefits of personal training don’t always jump to the fore. When every second counts, it becomes increasingly important that the workouts you do are effective - that’s where an Esporta Personal Trainer comes in. A Personal Trainer is an expert in their field, they will be able to design a workout for you that not only enables you to reach your goals, but does so in the most efficient way. With a custom-designed workout programme, you know that every minute spent working out is time well spent. There are other benefits as well - the fact that you know that your personal trainer will be at the gym waiting for you motivates you to always be there for your workouts and more importantly because they’re monitoring what you’re doing, they can constantly adjust your workouts to maximise the benefits for the time you have. In an ever changing hectic world if your time is precious, and you have trouble fitting in a workout, consider using the expert services of an Esporta Personal Trainer - it might be just what you need. All new members who join in August will receive a Free consultation and a Free one hour personal training session. To find out how we can change your life call: 01733 892289 or come into the club Thorpe Wood Health and Racquets Club Peterborough PE3 6SB Terms & Conditions apply

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Simplify. Instead of being overly concerned with counting calories or measuring portion sizes, think of your diet in terms of colour, variety and freshness—then it should be easier to make healthy choices. Focus on finding foods you love and easy recipes that incorporate a few fresh ingredients. Gradually, your diet will become healthier and more delicious.


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Think smaller portions. Serving sizes have ballooned recently, particularly in restaurants. When dining out, choose a starter instead of an entrée, split a dish with a friend, and don’t order supersized anything. At home, use smaller plates, think about serving sizes in realistic terms and start small. Visual clues can help with portion sizes—your serving of meat, fish or chicken should be the size of a deck of cards.

Start slow and make changes to your eating habits over time. Trying to make your diet healthy overnight isn’t realistic or smart. Changing everything at once usually leads to cheating or giving up. Make small steps, like adding a salad to your diet once a day or switching from butter to olive oil when cooking. As your small changes become habit, you can continue to add more healthy choices to your diet. Every change you make to improve your diet matters. You don’t have to be perfect and you don’t have to completely eliminate foods you enjoy to have a healthy diet. The long term goal is to feel good, have more energy and reduce the risk of cancer and disease. Don’t let your missteps derail you—every healthy food choice you make counts.

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Eat breakfast, and eat smaller meals throughout the day. A healthy breakfast can jumpstart your metabolism, and eating small, healthy meals throughout the day (rather than the standard three large meals) keeps your energy up and your metabolism going.


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Community Sailing experiences for disabled people in Peterborough For over four years, Ferry Meadows in Peterborough has been the home to a quiet but industrious group of volunteers providing sailing experiences for disabled people from the area. The Peterborough Sailability Group, linked to the Rotary Clubs of Peterborough and Whittlesey, was founded in April 2006 principally through funding from these Rotary Clubs. In its infancy the group met for three hours a week using a borrowed boat. Now the group operates two days a week, Tuesday and Thursday and owns seven boats. The driving success behind maintaining the service levels is the volunteer group. In a typical week, over 35 volunteers over two days operate boats, maintain equipment, take bookings, demonstrate to new sailors and continue to keep the safety standards necessary for such an operation.

The boats used are Challenger-class Trimarans, designed especially for safe disabled sailing. In a sailing session, experienced sailors and helpers are on hand to assist with all aspects of getting in and out of the boat and also sailing and learning new skills. The club has a hoist for use where necessary and all safety wear and clothing is provided including buoyancy aids. Thanks to the significant funding by the Rotary groups, costs are kept to a minimum for sailors, with the annual membership being £15 and daily sailing charged at £4 per day. This charge goes some way towards the insurance costs, maintenance and operating costs. Sailability needs your sea legs.....(or you can stay on dry land) To continue to support the sailors, more volunteers are needed to join. Just a few hours a week during the sailing season will mean that further sailing days can be considered and even more disabled people in Peterborough can access the club. Watersports Centre, Ferry Meadows from April to October Tuesday - 10am - 5pm Thursday - 10am – 5pm For sailing, volunteering or sponsorship opportunities, contact the Chairman James Hopgood on 07956 940981 or email

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Peterborough’s Destination Centre The new Destination Centre is a one stop-information-centre for businesses, residents, shoppers and visitors in the city centre and combines the previously known Tourist Information Centre. Over 2,500,000 visitors came to the city in 2008, from the latest figures published by the East of England Tourist board survey, and for many visitors and likewise residents, a one-stop information point is the most efficient way to understand the area. Run by nine members of staff, full and part time, the Destination Centre is not just for visitors to the area, but for anyone in Greater Peterborough needing signposting. As well as information about bus, cycle and train routes accessible from the city, the centre can also direct you to the attractions the area has to offer and an easy way to book conference facilities and accommodation. Tickets can also be purchased for the Key Theatre and other theatres nationally, with the

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2 FOR £12.00 MAIN COURSE Offer 2 Main course for the price of £12.00 chosen from selected menu.



Served between 12 – 2pm, 5.30 – 7.00pm Tuesday – Saturday Risotto With leeks & parmesan cheese £7.95 Pie of the day: £9.50 Served with seasonal vegetables & hand cut chips Seasoned Chinese spiced pork steak £9.00 with sautéed new potatoes, green beans & pack choi Breaded wholetail scampi £9.00 Dressed salad leaves, tartar sauce & hand cut chips Lasagne £7.95 Served with hand cut chips & dressed salad Chargrilled Chicken Salad £9.50 With avocado, smoked bacon & dressed salad

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Events THE BANDS Tuesday 24th Dr A’s Blues Consortium On stage 8:50–9:35 and 9:55–10:45 A great blues band to kick off this year’s entertainment. I know it’s early in the week, but they’re not to be missed.

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Peterborough CAMRA holds the biggest festival of real ale in the country (apart from the nationally organised GBBF). It is held in massive marquees on the River Embankment, Bishops Road from 24th to 28th August. The festival will make available over 350 different draught real ales, 80+ traditional ciders and perries (like cider but made from pears), 100+ foreign bottled beers, a range of country wines, grape wines from British vineyards and soft drinks. There will also be a wide range of foods available including German sausages, French Crepes, Biltong, Australian pies, Oriental foods, Cornish pasties, cheeses, pork pies, hog roast and the ever popular burgers. Other stalls offer T-shirts, brewing memorabilia, glass engraving, books and pub games. Live music is provided in a separate marquee every evening and Saturday afternoon, plus a funfair (and soft drinks at just 50p) ensure that the kiddies don’t miss out. For More information call - 01733 896555 or 07900 056940 - E mail: Website:

Wednesday 25th The Whisky Jax On stage 7:45–9:00 A talented, young four piece local up and coming Indie band, with a rapidly increasing fan base craving their unique sound and stage presence. Wednesday 25th Shake Hands Eric On stage 9:15–10:45 Mixing tight harmonies with the lyrical inflections of The Kinks and Merseybeat era pop classicism, Thursday 26th Albany Down On stage 7:30–8:55 The sound of Albany Down is stripped-down-to-the-waist no nonsense rhythm and blues with a bit of jazz-funk to mix it up. Thursday 26th The Contrast On stage 9:15–10:45 The Contrast’s sleek, edgy, chiming guitar pop embraces influences spanning folk, rock & roll, country, surf, and, 60s pop, but garage rock is perhaps the closest fit. Friday 27th The Replicas On stage 8:00–9:30 Friday night at the Peterborough Beer Festival is undoubtedly the place to be with one of Peterborough’s best live band “THE REPLICAS”

Friday 27th The League of Mentalmen On stage 9:45–11:15 Following an amazing performance at last years Beer Festival we had so many requests to invite these boys back again this year. Like many bands LoM try and take a song and make it our own – in their case taking a standard pop song or ballad and making it faster and rockier than the original. Saturday 28th Nimming Ned On stage 8:00–9:00 “It’s infectious high energy folk” says Spiral Earth. “It’s gutsy acoustic folk rock” says Folkwords. Saturday 28th WHO’s WHO On stage 9:15–10:45 Widely recognised and respected by their musical peers and acknowledged within ‘THE WHO’ hierarchy as a band that most interprets the songs of THE WHO with honesty and integrity. Saturday Afternoon PBF Supporting Local Bands Fallen Breaks On stage 3.00-3:30 ‘A power trio, fusing Muse tones with Foo Fighters energy under catchy Beatles melodies’. Catch this band on a big stage where they belong.

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The brewing process – in a nut shell Water and Malted grains are MASHED in a vessel called a MASH TUN at 62 – 68*C for about 90 mins.


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This year see the 33rd year of the Peterborough Beer Festival, so in the spirit of all things beer related we have done our home work on one of the areas local breweries who will be exhibiting some of their ales at the event. We clearly wanted to know what all the fuss is about with the real ale “scene”, so we went to see Simon Rains, the head brewer at Ufford Ales to find out more, and to help you all out while at the PBF. Beer is brewed from four ingredients Water, Malted Barley, Hops and Yeast. The variations in beer styles come from the use of different varieties of these ingredients which contribute to colours, flavour, aroma and most importantly alcohol content. Here are some examples Bitters – These are generally pale to amber in colour with ABV (Alcohol by volume) below 4%. These can be either hoppy or malty in flavour depending on the brewer’s recipe. Best Bitters – Tend to be stronger 4.0% ABV – 4.5% ABV with colours ranging from straw to ruby red. As with standard bitters these can be either hoppy or malty. Strong ales – Are stronger still from 4.6% ABV upwards. Stouts and Porters are very dark, almost opaque, though it should be clear. The aroma and flavour usually contain notes of roasted grains, chocolate, toffee, coffee or Liquorice. Mild is a low strength beer with a predominantly malty flavour. Modern mild ales are mainly dark in colour though there are lighter examples, as well as stronger examples reaching 6% ABV and higher. Barley Wines and Strong old Ales typically reach an ABV of 8% to 12%. It is called a barley wine because it can be as strong as wine but since it is made from grain rather than fruit, it is, in fact, a beer. Most barley wines range in colour from amber to deep reddish-browns. All are rich and full-flavoured.

The WORT (brewers name for unfermented beer) is run off into another vessel called a COPPER leaving spent malt grains behind. At this point the wort is boiled and hops are added at various stages throughout the boiling process which can be anywhere from 1hour to 90 minutes. The wort is then left to stand for 30 minutes before it is passed through a HEAT EXCHANGER (to chill the wort) and then into a FERMENTING VESSEL. Once in the fermenting vessel at between 18 and 27*C yeast is added. Then we wait….. 48 – 60 hours later the process of fermentation has completed. The yeast has converted air in the beer into CO2 and converted the sugar into alcohol. The beer is once again chilled to 8*C to stop the yeast fermenting and then the beer is RACKED into CASKS ready for sale.

So get yourself along to the embankment for the Peterborough Beer Festival 2010 24th - 28th August to try as many as you can.

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Go Compare! There it was, my passage to freedom, only it wasn’t what I had quite imagined. On the build up to my eighteenth birthday I had envisaged it as a sporty coupe, a hot hatchback maybe, something even a bit more classy, an Audi perhaps, with the right wheels and exhaust it could look like Jason Statham’s get away car in ‘The Transporter’, it was these sorts of ludicrously embellished imaginings and delusions that had not prepared me for the gravity of the situation which was to unfold in front of me. In almost comedic fashion my first car was a Fiat Seicento sporting in … yellow. Not only did it look like the offspring of Tweetie Pie but it was also the car that days previous had became the talking point in all sixth forms and colleges around the country after being featured as the embodiment of all things uncool about first cars in the hit series ‘The Inbetweeners’. To all intensive purposes it was the single most embarrassing and unmistakably vibrant car that could possibly have been imagined. In hindsight the car was a blessing in disguise, with insurance premiums for 17 to 20 year olds rising 34% in the last year alone, motoring is a very expensive option for the young driver. The average premium for young drivers now sits at an astronomical £1800 per year. Insurers cite the high percentage of accidents occurring within this age group as being accountable for such unrealistic premiums. The little fiat only had a 1.1 litre engine and came in at group three insurance. But being eighteen, male and working part time as a barman, marked me out as being as high risk as investing in northern rock. Yet because of the low insurance group my first year’s premium was £1300 dropping down to £ 900 in my second year. With high miles per gallon and low insurance, it seems the bumblebee of a car was actually the right choice, despite what I may have thought upon receiving it. Now with the oh so familiar ramblings of my soon to be 17 year old brother ringing in my ears, here are some top tips on how to approach the whole process of buying a first car.

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Reviews Motoring First and foremost, choose a car with a smaller engine; look no higher than a 1.2 litre, as premiums seem to skyrocket for engines over this capacity. Remember the ideology behind the small car; they are practical, surprisingly good to drive in that they are lightweight and responsive but most important of all they are affordable and cheep to run which for those of you who know the feeling of trying to make £30 EMA pay for three nights out, a gym membership, a phone etc, this fact is very important. Outlined later are a few small cars which won’t break the bank but still offer the thrills and character which many more expensive cars lack. When searching for insurance quotes, do use comparison websites, to insure you are getting the best deal, but beware these websites are in business because they are in essence acting as the middle men, find a competitive insurance quote but be sure to contact the company directly, in doing so you may gain further discounts, conversely you may find the cover being displayed is actually far more expensive in reality. When providing your details, don’t pretend to be a choir boy who drives six miles a year, be truthful and if the inevitable, unfortunately does occur, there is nothing you need to confess when claiming. At this point it is also worth considering your priorities, you can lower premium prices by increasing excess charges or by gaining pass plus qualifications, an optional extra which most driving schools will offer. Once upon a time being named third party on a relatives policy promised appealing reductions on premium prices, but insurance companies have cottoned on to the fact that dad who drives an executive 4x4 by day is probably not weekending in the little yellow fiat. Opt to gain your own no claims and big reductions will follow in years to come, a longsighted view for people who can’t see past their next party or gig, but planning now means big savings in the future. This knowledge has merely been gained through experience of having to go through the whole ordeal myself, and maybe with a slight obsession with all things automotive, below are a whole range of small cars, from the utilitarian Citroen C1 to the achingly middle class daddy’s girl Mini Cooper, there is a perfect match out there for you somewhere.

The Fiat 500

Fashion seems to follow a cyclical pattern, the moment you find that the polo you just went out and bought is actually identical to the one that has been in an upstairs cupboard for 20 years usually acts as the sharp reminder. With the 500, Fiat have played the same trick, re-inventing an old classic and in turn have came up with an effortlessly modern and minimalist re-envisioning of the old Italian Icon. Fully customisable, the 500 can be tailored to suit anyone’s needs and can be as individual as you are. With an Abarth variant being available, the car also has some racing credentials, a factor which may persuade anything 17 and male. Recently fiat have announced the introduction of a 0.9 litre two cylinder engine in the cars, line up, with increased efficiency and impressive performance the 500 blends an intoxicating mixture of economy, performance and most important of all character.

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The Citroen C1 This Citroen is actually produced in conjunction with Peugeot and Toyota; they all sell this enticing car in a slightly different package. This car much like Ronseal does exactly what it says on the tin, it is small, economical and will ensure low cost motoring with the 1.0 model only costing £35 to tax a year. The cabin is surprisingly spacious with interior styling being a notable high point. The dials look like something taking out of the lunar module, whilst the exterior is probably as eye catching as the person you intend to take out and ‘impress’ in it. Prices start very low for the Citroen and good second hand bar gains can now be found. A midget gem of a car, cheep and always enjoyable.

The Mini If your name is Arabella or Garth, then undoubtedly this car is for you, The BMW produced mini offers everything you could possibly need in a first car, funky retro styling, go-cart like handling, and for you enthusiasts, pedigree. The Mini like the Fiat 500 is a successful re-interpretation of a much-loved classic car.Very safe, surprisingly responsive and utterly cool, the Mini is the first car everyone wants, previously the Mini Cooper and the Mini 1 have been an expensive prospective first car, due to their large 1.6 engine and so have only really been viable to the type of people already outlined, I’m imagining a big set of oversized sunglasses and a toy dog in a Mulberry, but with the new Mini First, the car can really appeal to the masses. The Mini is all the car you could ever need and more.

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co-ordination skills this class is great fun for both girls and boys.

Mummy & Me This class will encourage and inspire your little ones imagination and physical movements through story telling and dance. From 18 months old - 3 years, it will also be a great opportunity to share some quality fun time with mummy, daddy or a grandparent! Nursery Ballet classes will encourage and improve coordination, balance, self-control, rhythm, musical ability, posture and to a higher TU DANSE SUMMER SCHOOL Aconfidence MUSICAL IN Alevel. WEEK! TU DANSE SUMMER SCHOOL -- A MUSICAL A WEEK! These classes are welcoming, fun and a fantastic way to learn newIN dance skills If you love to perform, then this is the workshop for you. Through the week you will have the the If you love to perform, then this is the workshop for you. Through the week you will have and make new friends. opportunity to to work work with with professional professional actors actors && singers, singers, many many who who are are currently currently in in West West End End opportunity shows, who will be helping you to improve your performance techniques. On Friday evening you shows, will Studios be helpingwe you to improve your performance techniques. evening you At Tu who Danse have many classes for children age 4 +On andFriday Adults will perform perform for your your parents and friends. An Theatre. intensive but but fun way of of spending spending week of of your will for An intensive way aa week your including Ballet, Tap,parents Streetand andfriends. Musical Forfun a September timetable, please holidays. Both weeks will be different! see the website on 01733 553830 for details. holidays. Both weeks willorbecall different! 9.30am-5pm Monday-Friday. Monday-Friday. Performance Performance 7pm 7pm Friday Friday 9.30am-5pm Cost £90 per week. (£20 discount if you do both weeks) Open Day Cost on£90September 10am-3pm per week. (£20 discount4th if you do both weeks) Age 7-16 2nd-6th August & 16th-20th August Many taster classes held throughout the day. Please come along and view the Age 7-16 - 2nd-6th August & 16th-20th August

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Your favourite read...... With a world of books out there, sometimes we just don’t know where to start. Bestselling author Freya North recommends her reads each month and to sit alongside this we would like you to recommend a read too. Tell us the title, author and a little write up on why you would recommend this book. Fiction, non-fiction and children’s books too – email us at

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FREE TRAINING for 18-24 year olds unemployed for more than six months Including Forklift training, warehouse booster skills and work placements 12 week programme

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A GOOD EGG AWARD Efforts made by Peterborough City Council’s catering team to use only produce which is ethical and sustainable in school meals and civic catering have led to them being named a ‘Good Egg’. The ‘Good Egg’ awards have been developed by Compassion in World Farming to celebrate the commitment of companies and organisations to stop using eggs from battery caged hens. The council‘s move to ensure all the eggs used by its catering service are cage-free will ensure more than 170 hens producing 45,600 eggs each year will be spared a life of misery in a cage.

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Anna Ruggiero spent 11 days releasing her inner calm and absorbing a culture that is captivating and full of charm. Here she explains what makes China so unique. I’m struggling to put it into words. How could this huge country captivate me and stay in my mind ever since? This is the fast-moving, ever-changing wonder that is China. It’s not every day you find yourself at Heathrow Airport, alone, and awaiting a flight to Beijing where you will meet up with 20 or so other travellers from the UK, all of whom you have never met before. But I needed to do something different, do something that would challenge me. I wanted to leave my comfort zone and see what I had inside me. Don’t get me wrong, this was not a back packing holiday through the Amazon, eating horrible stuff and sleeping on and with mud. No, this was a holiday taken in style. Kuoni style. £2,000 worth of style to be exact. This was a personal journey that was enjoyed in luxury. The tour includes a visit to four major Chinese cities, Beijing (Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Great Wall of China), Guilian (river cruise), Xian (Terracotta Army) and Shanghai (old town). Flights are with British Airways and all hotels are four star. The package also includes at least one meal a day and in some cases, two, and entrance to all tourist attractions plus all internal flights. I took £600 spending money which was more than enough to eat, drink, and thoroughly enjoy myself and come home with a suitcase full of46 goodies friends and families. The for Scene 01780 783613

Reviews Order! Order! Arriving in Beijing at 9am, Chinese time, I was already humoured by the noticeable differences. Order would be the first word that springs to mind. Order. Order. Order. You could almost describe China as an entire country suffering from mild OCD. The airport staff all donned face masks, but I guess, given the history of bird flu, you couldn’t blame them. At first I felt like the diseased European that was, under, no circumstances, to be touched. We even walked through a strange disease detecting device. Now was not the right time to cough. Once we made it through the meticulous Beijing airport and the paranoid airport staff, my journey began. Heaven, I’m in heaven I would definitely advise packing in your hand luggage, baby wipes and a travel toothbrush with toothpaste as the tour literally kicks off as soon as you land. Our first destination was the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. En route to the Temple of Heaven, I gazed, open mouthed out of the coach window. People, people, people everywhere; so many people riding bikes, all seemingly heading in the same direction. The Temple of Heaven was built in 1420 AD during the Ming Dynasty to offer sacrifice to Heaven. The temples themselves were radiant in their colour, emerald greens and piercing blues and although nobody had slept for well over 24 hours, we all stood in awe of the beauty. The Temple Of Heaven also boasts a spectacular park, with an equally spectacular human show that goes on all day and every day with dancing, singing and playing games. People would form line after line and dance to music from their mini sound systems. Tribal dancing, ballroom, Chai Chi, and people singing opera, playing instruments, or just dominoes. It made me realise what England was missing. The innocence of life. When would you ever walk through a park in England and witness elderly people smiling and dancing with all the innocence of youth? You quite simply, wouldn’t. Vast, great... Each place we visited had its own charm and unique differences but each was vast. The Chinese do not appear to engage with anything half heartedly. The remaining time in Beijing was spent visiting the Great Wall of China. It is a couple of miles out of Beijing leaving the grey, looming, smog, behind. We then flew to Guilin, a mountainous area of China, for a river cruise, marvelling at the triangle hills. Shanghaied... Shanghai was the part of the tour I was most excited about. Neon and fast. Electric and captivating. Shanghai was everything I had imagined with a little sprinkle of extra. I joined forces with two of my travelling companions to go forth and do battle with Shanghai. This is one hell of a city, so energetic, so alive. The old part of Shanghai was a total contradiction to the new city. Then we headed to the harbour for a moment of pure delight and complete satisfaction... Well, this is how I felt sat in a restaurant, watching the boats, eating oysters and supping champagne. Bond - China bond... I felt a bond with China. The eastern way of life is a lot more spiritual than in the west. I am not ignorant to the human rights of Chinese people. I appreciate that as a tourist you do not witness, and are not allowed to witness, the wrongdoings of this country. The young of China are changing as they look to the West. Traditions that were deep rooted in China are slowly disappearing and it is vital that they keep hold of them to keep hold of the charm that makes this country unique.

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Local Photographic Society Beginners to experienced photographers alike

The first meeting of the Peterborough Photographic Society (PPS) was held in May 1887 at the Bedford Coffee Tavern, Queen Street, Peterborough. The society still meets regularly, over 120 years later, enjoying a programme of guest speakers, practical demonstrations, competitions foĂĽr club members, an annual exhibition and photographic trips. The first meeting of the 2010/11 season starts on 7th September, 7.45pm at the Parkway Sports & Social Club, Maskew Avenue, Peterborough (off the Bourges Boulevard Retail Park). See how you can improve your photographic skills , with no obligation to join for the first few visits, and meet like minded keen photographers.

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August Events in Nene Park Nene Park Trust hosts a range of events for visitors all year round. With the school summer holidays well underway this month a range of events have been designed to keep the kids entertained in the great outdoors. Saturday 7 August Picnic on the Meadows Ferry Meadows Country Park Join the Trust’s staff, tenants and friends at Ferry Meadows for this family fun day to include: Heart FM stage and presenters, Take 4 That & Girl’s R Aloud tribute acts, Children’s fairground rides Helicopter pleasure flights, and much more besides!! Times: 11:00 – 17:00 Meet at: Ferry Meadows Cost: free – car park charge applies and some attractions are charged. Booking: Not required – just drop in. Wednesday 11 August Make a kite – Family Discovery Event Ferry Meadows Country Park Join Nene Park Rangers and learn how to make your own simple kite from reusable materials found around the home. They you can fly it on the wide open spaces of Coney Meadow, as long as we have a breeze. Times: 10:00am – 12:00noon Meet at: Ferry Meadows visitor centre Cost: free Booking: Not required – just drop in. Suitable for children only aged 8 – 12 who must be accompanied by a parent / guardian.

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Thursday 19 August Environmental Sculpture – Family Discovery Event Ferry Meadows Country Park Join a Nene Park ranger and using natural materials we will be having fun creating our own environmental sculptures. Times: 13:00 – 15:00 Meet at: Ferry Meadows visitor centre Cost: free Booking: Not required – just drop in. Suitable for children only aged 8 – 12 who must be a ccompanied by a parent / guardian. Monday 23 August The Wild Man of the Woods – Storyteller Ferry Meadows Country Park Barry Patterson, otherwise known as the Wild man of the Woods, brings his unique story telling skills to Ferry Meadows. Times: 11am, 1pm or 3pm Meet at: Ferry Meadows visitor centre Cost: £2.50 per child Booking: Essential. Suitable for children aged 7 – 11 who must be accompanied by a parent / guardian.

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Great shopping and Great opportunities for local businesses Ortongate has gone through a major transformation to improve and extend the shopping facilities. No money has been spared to update and upgrade the whole centre. Large well-known stores have already settled into the centre such as QD Stores, Wilkinsons and the Co-operative, and with local businesses to include Lloyds Pharmacy, Tote Sport Bookmakers, Newsagents, furniture, home and garden and food takeaways the centre is already a one-stopshopping experience. The centre has 2 hours free parking, plus it is on a local bus route, making it convenient too! Ortongate has many opportunities for local businesses that might be looking to expand, or maybe you are looking for a location that offers a wider customer base and higher foot-flow rate. So, if you have an existing business or you are looking to launch a new business but are feeling a little cautious, Ortongate Centre manager, Paul Chippington, would like to discuss with you the various options available. There are outlet units of different sizes to accommodate all types of retail options, you can call him on 01733 367560.

Crowland Abbey Flower Festival Crowland Abbey’s Annual Flower Festival (on the B1073 between Peterborough and Spalding) takes place on August Bank Holiday week end, when a band of extremely talented ladies from the local and surrounding areas will be putting on a magnificent display of flower arrangements that will delight amateur and professional arrangers alike. The wonderful backdrop of Crowland Abbey lends itself to a variety if arrangements including pedestal, floor and window ledge displays. Refreshments ranging from cups of tea and coffee through sandwiches and cakes up a two course plated lunch will be available each day. Other features include a variety of stalls and a grand raffle. Friday 27- Monday 30th, 2010 10.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. (except Sunday 12.00 noon - 5.00 p.m.) Admission: Free For further information please contact Mrs V Capes on 01733 210093

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The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials Each year for four days of September the Lincolnshire landmark of Burghley Estate becomes home to The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (2-5 September) – one of the Worlds’ top international threeday events attracting the very best horses and riders from around the globe. Since the trials humble beginnings in 1961, increasing numbers of spectators have been drawn to the event set in the Capability Brown parkland that surrounds Burghley House,. The occasion is now considered one of the greatest in the sport and Burghley has been a five times winner of the ‘best event’ award, promoted by the international equestrian year book L’Annee Hippique and voted for by riders. As well as the four days of top class competition there is also the prospect of watching the next generation of the country’s leading event horses in the finals of the hotly contested Burghley Dubarry Young Event Horse Finals as well as the popular Pony Club inter-branch show jumping, the SEIB racehorse to riding horse qualifier, a parade of the country’s best sport horse stallions and grand prix dressage displays. Those interested in history and architecture can treat themselves to a visit round the spectacular house designed and built by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I and considered one of the largest and grandest houses of the first Elizabethan age

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The Perfect Day Out – Burghley Ladies’ Day This year The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials presents its inaugural Ladies’ Day. To be held on the opening Thursday 2nd September, Burghley Ladies’ Day offers the complete package that make for the perfect day out; a picturesque setting, stress-free shopping, refreshments and a delicious lunch. This unique day at Burghley supported by Archant Life, publishers of magazines including Royal Ascot Magazine and the County Life series, will be based in the President’s marquee, which enjoys the beautiful backdrop of Burghley House and has easy access to both the car park and the main shopping avenues. On arrival and with priority parking, coffee will be served before guests head off for a morning amidst the avenues and pavilions of over 500 selected retail outlets. There will also be the opportunity to watch the world’s best horses and riders taking part in the dressage phase of this international three-day event. A delicious lunch hosted by The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials and Archant Life will be served in the marquee, followed by our guest speaker, and later, afternoon tea will be served before heading home. For more information on Ladies’ Day and The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials visit To book your tickets for Ladies’ Day please telephone Jacqueline Stevens on 01780 752 131 before 13 August 2010.

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Ring 2 Thursday – Pony Club Team Jumping all day Ring 2 Friday – Burghley Dubarry Young Event Horse Finals and there is a Stallion Parade at lunchtime Ring 2 Saturday – becomes the start and finish of the 3DE Cross Country phase of the competition Ring 2 Sunday - Ponies (UK) competitions all day. Main Arena Thursday – 3DE Dressage Main Arena Friday – 3DE Dressage Main Arena Saturday – Cross Country phase of the 3DE competition. This course was designed by Captain Mark Philipps Main Arena Sunday – Horse Inspection at 9.00am, followed by Show Jumping, the lunchtime displays (including the much-loved Donkey Driving Display) and then the top 25 horses jumping at around 2.30pm. All this will be followed by the ever popular Hound Display, Prize Presentations and we very much hope to see the return of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight to close proceedings. The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials has many unique areas, such as the Food Walk, over 500 trade stands, Cross Country course to walk, two arenas with numerous displays. The trade stands offer art, sculpture, jewellery, crafts. interiors, clothing, furniture, travel – the list goes on


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Events American singer/songwriter Josh Ritter has come a long way since he took to the stage solo in Ireland performing at Open Mic nights and selling copies of his self-released first CD. Now he regularly sells-out concerts at big venues with his band and has recently performed his music in Minneapolis with the 100-piece Minnesota Orchestra.This year has seen the release of his sixth studio album, ‘So Runs the World Away’, which was typically released in Ireland first before its worldwide release. “It happened for me first in Ireland. I will never forget that.” Josh told me recently. We met in London for a chat during a break in his current tour dates in Ireland and ahead of his UK appearances this September. He was born in the city of Moscow, Idaho in 1976 and admits to not experiencing much music until he was 17. After hearing a song on one of his parents’ records, Bob Dylan’s duet with Johnny Cash on ‘Girl from the North Country’ from the ‘Nashville Skyline’ album, he decided that writing and performing music was for him. He bought himself a guitar from the US supermarket chain of K-Mart and began writing his own material. After college, he attended the School of Scottish Folk Studies and gained his respect for the dark side of life as portrayed in the old folk traditions. Back in the States he came to the attention of Glen Hansard of The Frames, who invited Josh back to Ireland, where the success story began to take root. He has worked hard ever since and never takes his success for granted, while being deeply appreciative of all those who have loyally supported him over the past decade. Josh now tours with the Royal City Band, which consists of musicians he has been happy to work with: “Some for ten years and nobody less than five.” They will accompany him when he tours here in September, while the ‘guest’ act for the dates will be Dawn Landes & the Hounds. This reflects another close working relationship as Dawn and he got married a couple of years ago! “Both of us grew up on just travelling and playing so it works out very well.”In addition to working hard creating material for his albums and live shows, Josh has also been writing his first novel, ‘Bright’s Passage’, which will be published in the summer of 2011.As anyone who has listened to Josh Ritter’s albums will tell you, his songwriting and performing skills continue to grow and impress and the opportunity to experience this live should not be missed. The six dates in September include Nottingham Albert Hall on Sunday 19th and London’s Barbican on Thursday 23rd. Closer to home, they’ve got a strong line up of performers in store for the Music at the Barn in Baston series to keep us tapping our toes into the autumn and winter months ahead! On Thursday, September 23rd they feature Sam Sweeney & Hannah James from Kerfuffle who will provide fiddle and accordion music, songs and step dancing. They are in fine form following the release of their debut album ‘Catches and Glees’ and their recent nomination for the Horizon Award at the BBC Folk Awards 2010. Tickets cost 310 and are available from Alan or Maggie on 01778 560497, email: Alan Wood also presents the Traditional Music sessions at The Red Lion, West Deeping on Tuesday, September 28th. Shakedown have dropped their usual ‘Blues’ suffix for a concert with a difference when Claude Bourbon appears at St Kyneburgha Church, Castor, Peterborough on Thursday, September 16. Claude is a classically trained French guitar virtuoso who performs an eclectic mix of jazz, blues, Spanish and Medieval music. Tickets cost £15 in advance, £16.00 PayPal and £17.00 the box office telephone 01780 766455. On the following Saturday, on the door. For further details of this and the blues artists appearing at September 25, The Bon Jovi Experience appear at the Corn Exchange Castor later in the year visit the website: Theatre, re-creating all the hits live. See also the website: www. The Roxy Magic performance originally There’s rock & roll nostalgia galore planned for Bourne Corn Exchange on July 3, will now take place on when the lively musical ‘That’ll Be The Day’ cruises into the Meres Saturday, September 18. With the real Roxy Music now reformed and Centre, Trent Road, Grantham, on Friday, September 24. Tickets for touring in 2011, here’s a chance to refresh your memories of the sounds this show are available via the Stamford Arts Centre Box Office, teleof Bryan Ferry and band. Tickets are available via the box office telephone 01780 763203. Lesley Curtis has a new album out called ‘Soul phone 0782 803 2241. Also visit the websites: Dreamer’ which she describes as featuring: “ten original songs of suband lime music for our time”. This project began as a collection of poetry by Sally Lawrence and has been crafted, produced and performed into If music of the swing era, such as Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and song by Lesley Curtis and Lindsay Barn. For further information and the Dorseys is more your thing, The Johnny Harris Big Band appear at to listen to the album visit the website: ‘Soul Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre on Sunday, September 19, in a CharDreamer’ is now available to buy on-line at ity Gala Performance in aid of the Masonic Charity01780 & the Nightingale Whatever sounds you prefer, enjoy your 59 The Scene 783613 Trust for Nutritional Support. Tickets cost £15 and are available from music! David Brown

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Back to Business Club Through a partnership agreement between Job Centre Plus, The Greater Peterborough Partnership, EEDA, Peterborough College of Adult Education and Peterborough Council for Voluntary Service, the Back to Business Club is aimed at providing a supportive networking environment. Professionals and managers can familiarise themselves with the possibilities open to them following their change from being employed to unemployed. Seminars on training opportunities, self assessment, self employment, job hunting and interview techniques are hosted to complement the networking sessions. Sessions run on a Thursday afternoon at Peterborough College of Adult Education, Brook Street, Peterborough Contact us Back to Business Club, 25 Priestgate, Peterborough, PE1 1JL. Tel: 01733 207348 - Email:

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NEW SURGERIES TO HELP BUSINESSES THRIVE IN THE CITY City businesses who would like to expand or who have issues they need to resolve are being invited to attend new monthly surgeries being organised by Peterborough City Council Leader, councillor Marco Cereste and Opportunity Peterborough. The surgeries aim to assist established city companies to cut through the red tape and overcome those issues that are hindering their development plans. Panellists including councillors Cereste, cabinet member for business engagement Gavin Elsey and cabinet member for housing, neighbourhoods and planning Peter Hiller, city council chief executive Gillian Beasley, executive director of operations Paul Phillipson, head of planning Simon Machen and Opportunity Peterborough’s director of economic development Neil Darwin are among those who will attend the monthly sessions to offer advice to businesses. Whether a planning issue is stunting your expansion plans, you are looking for new premises or need to change or add differing usages to your planning consent, these sessions are there to help you discuss and resolve any issues you have in a timely manner allowing entrepreneurship to be free flowing through the city. The two-hour sessions will be held once a month, at Stuart House. The first session is on Tuesday 10 August 2010 between 12noon and 2pm. To book an appointment at the first surgery or for further dates, please call Sally Goulden on 01733 452481.

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Business Watch branches out into environment security! City security and guarding specialist Business Watch (UK) Ltd have taken steps to secure the environment as well as your business, by being amongst the first businesses to sign up to the city’s Investors in the Environment Scheme and achieving the highest “green” award! The initiative which has been developed and delivered by PECT (Peterborough Environment City Trust) and has been heralded by the City Council, Opportunity Peterborough and the Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce amongst others; it is a voluntary scheme for all businesses to become investors in the environment, by reducing the environmental impact of their business and to strive to achieve on going improved environmental performance. Commenting, Richard Olsen Managing Director of Business Watch said: “This is an initiative which is extremely important and is very dear to my heart. As a business, we had already taken steps to ensure our carbon footprint was continually falling and looking for ways to improve our environmental awareness throughout the company.”

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For a wedding venue that offers first class quality and countryside charm on a realistic budget, look no further than Barnsdale Lodge Hotel, Rutland - a beautiful 17th Century converted farmhouse formerly part of the Exton Estate. Consistently one of the area’s most popular wedding venues and recently voted Hotel of the Week by a leading National Newspaper, Barnsdale Lodge has a licence for Civil Ceremonies with 4 rooms to choose from for up to 160 guests. The hotel is within easy reach of Peterborough, midway between Oakham and Stamford off the A606, with ample accommodation for guests to enjoy the stunning views and relaxing enviroment.

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Reviews The hotel’s Personal Events Organiser, Jane Hales, who has over 20 years wedding co-ordination experience, will be on hand to offer her support and expertise from start to finish. Jane will listen to your ideas, offer her guidance and give you an inclusive drinks and food package in order that your final account will hold no hidden suprises, she can also help with sourcing live bands, fireworks and any other entertainment you would like to make your day special. The choice of a stunning barn conversion, light and airy conservatory or smaller more formal function rooms means you will find something here that is perfect for you. In fine weather the fantastic courtyard and croquet lawn provide a beautiful backdrop to photographs and for reception drinks. Barnsdale Lodge has an excellent reputation for high quality, good value dining. Menus can be tailored to suit your own taste - from a 5 course gala dinner to a summer BBQ. As much as possible of the hotel produce is sourced locally and all is freshly prepared.

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It’s nearly 3 long months since the last ball was kicked in vain on May 16th to when the Barclays Premier League 2010/11 season kicks off on August 14th. Some of you will have been somewhere nice on holiday, I for one had an unforgettable time in Vegas! some of you will now be nervously awaiting your exam results, (good luck!) & almost all of you will have seen massive optimism turn to depression when it came to a certain footballing event that happens every 4 years - I haven’t the strength to talk anymore about that! The league season is just around the corner and I for one cannot wait. There will be the surprise package like Birmingham showed last year, the usual manager scrap, who can forget Everton’s David Moyes & Man City’s Roberto Mancini’s scuffle? The mesmerising battle at both ends to reach Europe and to avoid the drop, made even more important due to the huge financial rewards of staying up. No doubt the usual suspects will be up there, Chelsea, having won their first ever league & FA Cup double will be desperate to continue their success. They’ll have to be wary of my team Man Utd, who will be gunning for the title they’ve won 11 times, not to mention overtaking Liverpool as Britain’s most successful club with 19 titles overall. Rooney will need to get over his lacklustre World Cup and try and reach the heights of last season with his 34 goals. Arsenal have already boosted their squad with the signing of Marouane Chamakh. Cesc Fabregas, the midfield maestro and current skipper, is still undecided whether to stay. Surely success or lack of it this year is pivotal on this issue being resolved. Roy Hodgson, newly appointed Liverpool manager has a big job on his hands after the mess of last season (a mess I thoroughly enjoyed) and a top four finish, as well as trying to keep both Fernando Torres and Mr Liverpool, Stevie Gerrard, would be seen as a job well done. Man City, with their billions in the bank, (I’m not jealous honest!) and new signings Yaya Toure and Jerome Boateng not to mention a few more by time this goes to press, will feel a title push is not beyond them. We then have last seasons 4th placed Spurs, Martin O’Neils Aston Villa and the ever impressive Everton all fighting for 4-6 places. It promises to be HUGE! The battle to beat the drop this season will be highly entertaining too. Championship winners Newcastle will be looking to make an instant impact back in the Premiership and West Brom look to have finally assembled a squad capable of not being the yo yo team they once were. Let’s not forget Blackpool who, after beating Cardiff City in the play off final will be playing at the top for the first time in 39 years. This is a huge achievement for a side that were tipped for relegation a year ago but for them to spend a 2nd season in the top flight, it will take a mammoth effort. That leaves 3 of 8-10 sides who know a tough season and relegation awaits come May 2011. I hope you enjoyed reading my first article in the City Scene. Please get in contact on to post any questions/feedback on this piece or visit where I will post all the questions asked along with answers from myself.


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Since our last message things have taken a turn for the worse for our cricketers. Two consecutive losses that have led to a bit of a slide from their lofty perch at the top of the table. On the ladies hockey front, after years of talking about it, have agreed to merge with the men. It is not clear yet what this will achieve but it will certainly mean one committee less which is always a good thing. City of Peterborough Hockey club is now a formidable unit, running 13 teams each week plus several age group teams in national competitions. There is an air of anticipation and optimism this year for the first time for a while as new player coach, Gareth Andrew, starts to build a side that will hopefully take the men back to the National League. Training starts in earnest in August on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the men and Wednesdays for the women. Tennis is in full swing with teams competing in the local leagues at various levels. The former Peterborough City members, who are now playing out of Bretton Gate, are still looking to develop their old Park Crescent home but, as yet, have not been successful in putting together a proposal which finds favour with the planners. They are still optimistic that an accommodation can be reached which will free up funds to develop an affordable yet meaningful tennis facility on our site. Let us hope that this is the case as a tennis facility of this type is well overdue in the City. We have capacity in all categories for new members. If you are interested in joining the club contact the Club Manager, Peter Lambert, on 01733 262202 or e-mail

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August City Scene  

latest City magazine about local inerest and information

August City Scene  

latest City magazine about local inerest and information