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December 2020 – January 2021

See competition details on page 7 St Ives in Bloom against Rubbish! How you can help

What’s New Updates from around the town

What’s Happening at Christmas and the Snowman Festival

St Ives Christmas Love St Ives radio show Carols & songs for one day only

December 2020 – January 2021

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December 2020 – January 2021

What’s in the latest issue of St Ives NOW! There is an initiative in progress to provide St Ives with a one day radio station you can join in with. With Christmas carols and festive songs, it is a wonderful idea, especially now. See page 4 and our what’s happening at Christmas feature on page 6. Find out how ancient our woodlands along the Thicket are, as well as the uses some of the resident trees berries were once used for. Tales from the river bank is on page 11. On page 5 are details of St Ives in Bloom’s latest litter picking project. See how you can help keep the town rubbish free. Pages 6–7 is a comprehensive round-up of activities for the festive season, and yes Santa will be here! It’s great to see our seasonal snowman starting to appear around the town. You can find out more about the Snowman trail competition on page 7. We hope everyone has as normal and enjoyable Christmas as the current situation allows. Stay safe and well.

The St Ives Now! Team


A Christmas surprise for children under 8 accompanied by a parent.

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St Ives NOW! is published bi-monthly by The Artworks • Publisher: Jerry Hills Tel: 01487 842687. Email Say you saw it in• St Ives NOW! replying to advertisers Editorial: Gilly Jackson. Email Advertising sales:when Pat Morgan Tel: 07413 130354. Email


December 2020 – January 2021

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St Ives in Bloom is planning for a brighter New Year, determined to run our usual successful New Year litter pick – socially distanced if necessary – from the Park and Ride on the morning of Saturday January 9th. We are joining with EcoAction and other community groups to launch St Ives Against Rubbish (STAR). This is a new town-wide initiative to help keep our local public spaces clean and litter free and we look forward to seeing all who would like to come and help. At last year’s litter pick we managed to clear the whole area around the car park and the lakes, and we hope this year to clear Meadow Lane and Harrison Way as well! Litter can cause tremendous problems for wildlife as well as distress to our community and visitors. We will be meeting at the Drop Off point at the St Ives Park and Ride on SATURDAY morning 9th JANUARY, at 10am. Dress up warm and encourage your family and friends to come with you! We will have litter pickers and bags available. For more details or information about how to get involved please email: or stivesecoaction@gmail. com.

Hope to see you there!

In Bloom litter pickers joined with Rotary Club members in autumn 2019 – in those far off days when we could group for a photograph!

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December 2020 – January 2021

What’s happening... at Christmas Norris Museum: The Friends Christmas Card 2020 The Friends of the Norris Museum have produced an annual Christmas card for 40 years and their 2020 card features the

Quayside in snow, by Ray Houghton. The price of the cards is 5 for £2.50 and they are available now. The Curious Creations craft packs have been selling like hot cakes and a new Christmas range will be on sale soon. Retailing at £5, the pack contains everything needed for crafting fun at home including materials, fact cards, stickers and a mystery gift.

HE WILL BE HERE! Santa’s Workshop in St Ives Thursday 17th December 10 am – 12 noon Santa will be in his Workshop down on The Quay St Ives. Children can say hello by knocking on his workshop window!

AND HERE! On his Sleigh

If the St Ives Rotarians have anything to do about it, Santa and his Sleigh will be out around December. Following 6

full Covid-19 safety protocols, the Rotary Club of St Ives plan to run a programme of their Santa Sleigh fundraising visits within St Ives and our surrounding villages. The routes will be shorter this year with the Sleigh staying on the larger roads, moving slowly and so all can see Santa. The Rotary Club will urge people not to congregate and to observe the social distancing rules in force at the time. The Sleigh will start from 3rd December, first in St Ives, then onto Needingworth, Somersham, Bluntisham, Fenstanton, Earith, Colne, and back to St Ives.

The Courtyard at Christmas and late night shopping The Courtyard has a fantastic range of ‘businesses in a box’ and hopes it will have been able to reopen on December 2nd. As soon as they can, they will have at least 4 late night open evenings a week to help us all catch up on our Christmas shopping!

Ignite Christmas Radio Show – Sunday 20th December, one day only! Due to possible restrictions on socialising, Christmas is going to look and be quite different for many individuals and families this year. One of the defining things about Christmas for many people is the communal singing of Christmas Carols and songs. So, Ignite, a group of volunteers from churches in St Ives, were struck by the experience when we were all together clapping for the NHS. They

are planning to similarly bring people together by broadcasting a Christmas Radio Show. It will be on FM radio, and over the internet via a link on the website, live on Sunday 20th December from 10 am to 8 pm. The Bridge church is underwriting this venture, but they hope to cover costs with donations. See advert on page 4 for contact details.

Church Services – with hope that restrictions will have eased No services have been allowed to take place during the 2nd Lockdown, but they can be broadcast. Places of Worship can hold funerals, and open for individual prayer, formal childcare, or essential services such as blood donation or food banks. It is hoped that restrictions will be eased following the lockdown period.

The Mayors Charity Time Capsule 2020

The Town Mayor Councillor Jonathan Pallant is launching the St Ives 2020 Time Capsule in order to raise funds for his chosen Charities - Pinpoint, St Ives Day Centre, CalmTown, and the St Ives Food Bank. Along with a donation, The Mayor has collected contributions reflecting the thoughts of the community and experiences living in these strangest of times. These will be sealed within the capsule, along with work from local School Children and publications, which will be ceremonially buried in the Norris Museum Garden to be re-opened in 2050! The Mayor will be burying this Time Capsule on New Years’ Eve, and this can be viewed on line. Once finalised timing details, and how to log on to zoom to watch, will be on their website. www. 01480 388929, so if you are interested, please check this or give them a call nearer the time.

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December 2020 – January 2021

2020 Snowman Festival

YES IT’S HAPPENING! November saw the launch of ‘2020 St Ives Recycled Snowman Festival’ and a new Facebook page where lots of information is available about this year’s Festival. Four schools in St Ives - Thorndown, Wheatfield, Eastfield and Westfield, are taking part in a Community wide event for children to draw, paint and make Snowmen to decorate their windows at home. FESt (Festival Events St Ives) has kindly donated 50 books to each school, 30 to be held in the school libraries for all children to enjoy and 20 to be given to winners of the best designs/ drawings etc. - this will be judged within the individual schools and prizes distributed as appropriate. Once again, within the town centre there will be a ‘Best Dressed Snowman Christmas Window’ with a prize of £200 donated by Ellis Winters Estate Agents and all retailers are encouraged to enter. There is also a ‘word search’ Snowman Trail where 18 shops are displaying Snowman Elves with letters (watch out for the blank snowballs to keep you guessing!) which will make up 3 words for children to find. Parents are asked to direct message the Facebook page with their answers (giving their child’s first name and age). Ten correct answers will be randomly selected and the winners will receive vouchers of £20 each to be spent in St Ives shops. This prize money has been donated by St Ives Town Team.

18 shops have a poster, each with letter, which make up 3 words!

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December 2020 – January 2021

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December 2020 – January 2021

Tales from the riverbank A regular series of stories from the Great Ouse Valley Trust

The restaurant is currently closed as our chimney has become unsafe. As most of you know Manor House is one of the oldest buildings in St Ives and is a grade 2* listed building. It will take time to sort out, however, although the restaurant is closed our kitchen is open and we are providing a delivery service for orders. OPENING TIMES: Closed Monday Tues - Thur - 5.30pm - 10.00pm Fri - Sat - 5.30pm - 10.00pm Sun - 5.30pm - 10.00pm

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Ancient Woods How old are the woods along the Thicket Path? There are signs that they are very old indeed, possibly between 300 and 400 years in fact. How do we know? Because there are plants that can be seen there that grow only in places that have never been cultivated. In other places Bluebells are the clue. Along the riverside here we are fortunate to have two very different distinctive plants that are easy to spot. The first is the Spindle Tree with its shocking pink, four-lobed berries. As they split a bright orange seed protrudes – they could almost be tiny Christmas tree decorations! Instead the seeds were once dried, ground to a powder and sprinkled on the heads of small boys to kill their lice. The girls must not have had itchy scalps! The hard Spindle wood was used to make skewers, toothpicks, pegs and knitting needles – a very useful plant.

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The second ancient wood ‘indicator plant’ is Spurge Laurel, with characteristic glistening black fruits. This too was useful – in some counties it was gathered and sold as a horse medicine. It is a member of the Daphne family and sometimes crops up in gardens and is welcomed for its delicious honey scent. See for yourself At the time of writing (early November) both plants were putting on a show. Head down the Thicket Path and turn right up the steep footpath into the woodland by the information board. Along this path there are at least three Spindle Trees, but many more Spurge Laurel bushes. You are now in a very old wood! We are lucky to have such opportunities. If you are interested in the activities of the Great Ouse Valley Trust to protect, conserve and enhance our beautiful surroundings you can follow us on Facebook and visit

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December 2020 – January 2021

What’s New... • Norris Museum

The next exhibition for January and February next year will feature objects from the Museum collections not currently on display. If you have any favourites or requests of things that you would like to see, the Museum staff would be pleased to hear from you.

If you’re passing along the river or out and about on Holt Island you may have spotted a new sign for the Norris Museum. It’s on the south facing wall behind the shed housing the fire engine. The Young Carers Group led by Susan, Communities Officer, created one mosaic for the name and another for the logo of the Museum. Susan says it was a considerable challenge to cut the complicated shapes depicting some of the artefacts in the Museum collections – but what a stunning and stylish job the young people have made of it. The Museum was closed in lockdown but continues to support the community and children’s learning. Schools may not be able to visit, but the museum has Artefact and Activity Loan Boxes containing real museum artefacts, information, images, books, games and craft activities which can be delivered to them. For more information please email learning@ If your community group would like to hear one of the museum local history talks, they are available via Zoom for a live presentation followed by Q&A session. Check the website or email Facebook: The Norris Museum Twitter: @TheNorrisMuseum Instagram: the_norris_museum

• St Ives Library

Cambridgeshire Libraries have stayed open during the second lockdown but with reduced hours and services. As lockdown eases please check their website for the latest news on library opening times and services https://www. libraries . Visit Library.Live They are still open for collecting reserved items, Select and Collect, and PC use. 12

• FESt Regrets

Festival Events St Ives (FESt) are very sad and sorry indeed that due to coronavirus concerns and restrictions, they are unable to hold their annual December events. They have had to cancel the ArtsFESt exhibition, and the arrival of Santa By Boat, and Santas Grotto in the Corn Exchange. But they know Santa will still find his way into all the children’s homes as usual. He will just miss the fun of the River and the Grotto. Poor old Santa, he will need more nibbles left out this year!

• New business

Local resident Rachel has taken up a new opportunity as a consultant for The Body Shop at Home. For gifts, or some pampering for yourself, contact Rachel on 07812 150830. Facebook ‘Be Radiant with Rachel’.

• St Ives Methodist Church

At the moment, the refurbishment of the church is still ongoing but hopefully will be open for Christmas and the New Year. More details in our next issue.

• What’s happening with the Census?

The Census is taking place in March 2021 as planned, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has reviewed the Census plans in light of COVID19 and they are confident that everyone will be able to provide their information safely and securely.

• New road layout into Huntingdon

The link road from the A1307 (old A14) is now open, bypassing the medieval bridge and connecting to the ring road near the bus station. However at the time of writing, the signage is not fully in place, and the route to Hinchingbrook Hospital can be confusing. The work demolishing the viaduct by the railway station is ongoing and the link roads not yet complete. So take care!

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