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Ed’s letter Three issues down and we’ve increased our pages to 40 this month! This couldn’t have been possible without great readers and advertisers alike - so thank you. Some of you might recall that I’d signed myself up to the B2B Chairty Bike Ride last month. Well, through rain, wind and sun, I trained on my bicycle and took part in the 53mile ride on a Saturday in July. You can read about my adventure on page 17. This month we had the privilege of speaking to Hayley Sanderson, the singer of BBC ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. We also took a delve into the classic car scene and spoke to local business, J Jones Butchers. Don’t miss our ‘What’s on’ guide for some great events in our area this month, plus our regular gardening, fitness, home and mother and baby column. THE FENS relies on its advertisers, so please show your support and shop local wherever possible. And if you see something in our magazine, please let the businesses know. Finally, if you have any questions for our team of experts or even a suggestion for the editorial team, please do drop us an email at, or call us using the number on the left hand side.

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Contents The


9 Music on the square

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INTERVIEWED BBC ‘Strictly Come Dancing’

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10 Exploring the Fens 11 Whittlesey in Bloom report


13 Your garden in July


14 Inspiration for your home

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16 Find out why Yoga is not just for girls 17 Charity bike ride report

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27 Helpful advice for taking children abroad 29 Things to do this month 30 Hayley Sanderson from ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ talks to us 32 The final piece in our Market Place series 34 Fall in love with classic cars

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NEW FLAG at WHITTLESEY WAR MEMORIAL Last month, a new flag pole was erected at Whittlesey War Memorial, thanks to the RBL

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Whittlesey Music on the Square Don’t miss the final day of live music on the Market Square in Whittlesey on Sunday August 21st from 2pm. Performers include DJs Andy and Mark, and the popular Motor City Vipers. These events have been supported by Whittlesey Town Council, and are a great afternoon for music fans.

PLANS TO CELEBRATE 10 YEARS During the past two months (June – July), the Street Pride team of volunteers have been extremely busy and achieved a great amount of satisfaction in servicing all of their ‘gateway’ sites and projects. The ‘Plough at Coates’ has had a complete make-over, and has been restored to its former glory. Old plants have been removed and replaced with new spring/summer flowers and shrubs; metal fixtures have been painted; woodwork has been creosoted, and general maintenance tasks have all now been completed. We also assisted Cllr. Julie Windle in her project to clean and paint the five bench seats along the Bower near Ashline Lock; this was co-ordinated for us by our enthusiastic maintenance member on behalf of the Street Pride members. Our lead team on horticulture matters have guided the group in all of the planting programme, including purchasing, which we hope will go some way to help our friends at Whittlesey in Bloom who we regularly work with. Litter picking continues throughout the year, and our volunteers thrive in the work they do, but we cannot achieve the results we aspire to without our fantastic sponsors, and our sincere thanks go out to each and every one of them. In January 2017, it will be 10 years since our formation, and we plan to have a project in place to celebrate the event. We are currently pursuing some options, but this will, of course be subject to a suitable site and obtaining planning permission. Finally, we do enjoy ourselves and we will be having our annual BBQ and Christmas party later in the year. We always welcome new members to join us, and if you feel you can help, please contact Fred Mills (Chairman) on 01733 202874. or Peter Davies (Secretary) on 01733 204041.

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Defibrillators For All is a local charity. Celebrating three years old in November, they have placed 31 public-access defibrillators (PADs) into our local area, with more in the pipeline. Why do we need to do this? • If someone collapses and stops breathing, CPR needs to be performed without delay but this alone doesn’t fix the problem. They also need a defibrillator to be applied quickly (within 3-5 minutes). For every minute a defibrillator is not used, a casualty’s chance of survival drops by 10%. • Not just older people suffer from cardiac arrest. At least 12 young people between the ages of 14 and 35 die every week due to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). The 30th defibrillator installed at Dog in a Doublet

We now need to move into the second phase of our work. We need to screen our young people for undiagnosed heart conditions. The cost of a screening bus is £5000 per day – this can screen up to 100 young people. To allow us to do this and continue the good work, we need to raise more funds. I am so very proud of the people of Whittlesey for rallying to support Defibrillators For All, we still have more work to do but my hopes and expectations have been far exceeded. We continue to ensure as many areas are covered and that all units are easily accessed. In the last month alone, at least six of our units have been taken in emergency situations. We need to concentrate now on the plan to screen as many of our young people as possible. Jason Osborne (a local electrician), will be undertaking a mammoth task starting September 20th. His plan is to walk from the west coast to the east coast of the UK, and wild camp along the way to help raise money for the screening. Deborah Slator, (Chair Defibrillators For All)

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COUNCILLOR SURGERIES This month’s councillor surgeries will be held in Grosvenor House from 09:30 to 10:30 on Saturday August 13th. Councillors present will be: Councillor Kay Mayor (District, and Town Councillor) Councillor Rita Jolley (Town Councillor) If you have any matters of concern, and wish to discuss with a councillor, then please come along and let us know.

Working with Whittlesey Methodist UR Church, this totally non-religion based holiday is designed for anyone who is left at home unable to holiday with family or friends, and who would like more company. Others may enjoy the activities too. The holiday would suit those with mobility and sensory problems. People with mild dementia enjoy and benefit from our activities. Individual support will be offered to those who have particular needs. Some of our participants are active and just come along for a few days of fun! Transport can be provided to collect you from home if required. Lunch is provided each day.

Tuesday and Thursday - soup/roll/sandwich and dessert, with afternoon tea and home baking. Wednesday - lunch at Van Hage. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided on arrival and prior to close each day. On Wednesday, an outing to Van Hage and shops at the Garden Park is arranged with transport provided. It’s a chance to take a break whilst returning to sleep in your own bed.

The fine detail August 9th, 10th, 11th Cost £20 for all three days Activities: You are welcome to join any or none of the activities provided, including listening to stories, dominoes, jigsaws, Scrabble & Rummikub, craft, reading newspapers, listening to music. nail painting, chairbased exercise, film, singing, thought for the day. Closing date for applications is very near, so please contact without delay, Lyn Wright on 01733 701628 or Elaine Blackburn on 01733 202470.


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Did you know you don't have to have grey hair and dodgy knees to be a part of U3A?  Granted, some of us do, but it's not a requirement. There is a place for younger people too, as long as you are no longer in full-time employment.   The U3A motto is: "Live, Laugh & Learn," and we currently have over 25 active interest groups, ranging from art appreciation, singing, bridge, or for the more energetic among us, there is table-tennis, walking, or cycling. We have just introduced a new drama group too, for those of us who dream of being a Judi Dench or a Michael Caine!    But it's not just about the interest groups we have to offer, every month at 2pm on the third Thursday, we have a meeting for all our members (and prospective members), where we have either a speaker, or some entertainment, and a get together for our latest news, a chat, and a cup of tea and biscuits. It’s held at Childers Club in Station Road, anybody is welcome to come along once before joining to see what we are about!    We celebrated our first birthday in March with a party naturally, and have been thrilled with the response from the lovely people of Whittlesey, Eastrea, Coates and district, but we have plenty of room for more, so if you think something like this could appeal to you, or you want to know more, please get in touch with our Publicity Officer, Tony Wright, on 01733 701628 or via whittleseyu3a@, through our website or on our Facebook page. Val Chapman, Groups Coordinator, Whittlesey U3A.

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Exploring the FENS Big Skies, Big Dreams The Cambridgeshire Fens is renowned as one of the few places in the country where you can see the horizon in all directions – from sunrise to sunset and beyond it completely captures the imagination in a way that it has done for millennia, inspiring generations of dreamers with its breath-taking beauty. The crowning glory of the Cambridgeshire Fens is undoubtedly the big sky…so big that it is often possible to see different weather systems at the same time – curtains of rain in the east, bright blue sky and sunshine in the west and gloriously complete rainbows in between, heavenly arches with both ends touching the ground and almost in reach…but never quite. Swathes of pink sunlit clouds greet the dawning day and fiery sunsets bid it goodbye, leaving a mesmerising harvest moon hanging in the dusky sky. All possible in a single day.


Go for a drive, get the bike out of the garage, pump up the inflatable boat, put the walking boots on…in fact do anything, just get out there and enjoy the view. Pack up a picnic and pick a spot out in the middle of nowhere and simply watch the sun go down…you will be amazed.

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Living in a town has many advantages but light pollution from modern life hides one of the greatest free spectacles that nature has to offer – the night sky. Just a few minutes from home on a clear night the greatest show on earth can be revealed. With no buildings, hills or ridges to interrupt the view, the universe can be seen in all its panoramic glory. Revolving around the pole star, constellations and galaxies provide a spectacular backdrop to the expansive landscape that is the Cambridgeshire Fens. Why not share your experience by taking a picture of the Cambridgeshire Fens sky and posting it on social media?

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views. I should like to thank the guys at Premier Pizza’s in High Causeway for supplying our volunteers with drinks while they are busy weeding the sponsored area adjacent to Alice’s greengrocers, and also to everyone that has taken the time to stop and tell us what a great job we are doing. Once again, on behalf of the small dedicated ‘Whittlesey in Bloom’ team of volunteers - thanks for your support

The ‘In Bloom’ volunteers, very ably assisted by Street Pride volunteers, worked tirelessly to ensure the town looked its best on judging day, Thursday July 7th. To you all, I give my very sincere thanks. The itinerary for the afternoon started with a presentation to the judges at Grosvenor House. The pre-arranged route then took in Grosvenor Road and the Roundabout display by Fenland District Council and the new planters, Eastgate and Inhams Road to the Manor, where the judges were very complimentary about the floral displays at the entrance to the Leisure Centre. Next we went to The Pound where, on learning about the work to transform the overgrown area that started in 2013, the judges were very interested to discuss the work and see for themselves the beautiful display designed and planted by Gill. They had their photo taken with Bob Ollier (FDC), Gill Lawrence and Daisy (our mascot), and myself. We continued our journey to the allotments on New Road and Lattersey Nature Reserve, before travelling along Bellmans Road to Sir Harry Smith Community College. Next stop was the Cemetery, where the judges were met by David and Pauline, our Friends of the Cemetery; this was a whistle stop as the Cemetery has its own category and was visited again later last month. Driving along the A605, we took in the doctors’ surgery area, and the new project at the end of High Causeway, sponsored by R. J. Warren Ltd. Turning into Church Street, the garden maintained by Street Pride was seen, and then we went along to Park Lane

School to meet up with Liz Hughes and members of the Eco club. We met up with Bernard Grey-Esson, Vice Chairman of Street Pride, at the Plough project at the end of Plough Road, before travelling into the town itself where the judges walked around the Market Square, viewing the planters and hanging baskets. We finished their tour in the Garden of Rest, where they admired the transformation of the area at the eastern end. We all returned to Grosvenor House after two and a half hours of inspections, and were greeted with a delicious afternoon tea courtesy of our members Gill, Gerry and Alison. The judges spoke with most of our guests before heading back to their homes, tired after a full day of judging in March and Whittlesey. The results of our endeavours will be announced on September 6th at the Anglia in Bloom presentations at The Ocean Rooms, Gorleston. At this point, I have to announce that at our meeting on June 21st, members voted unanimously that we would not enter the Anglia in Bloom competition again. This decision has been reached due to the lack of support from the FDC contractors. As many of you are aware, this year’s growing season has been difficult – especially for the grass, and it has resulted in a very stressful time for us to ensure everything was right for the judging. An example of this was the St. Mary’s Church Gardens, that 24 hours prior to judging, looked awful, the grass was uncut and the borders were overgrown. The contractors appeared as if by magic on the morning of judging. Suffice to say we did not, on this occasion, take the judges into the gardens. We will continue as ‘Whittlesey in Bloom’, and do what we are currently doing to enhance our town and make it inviting for everyone. We will continue to work throughout the year to ensure the town always looks its best without a deadline for a judging day. Our judges will be yourselves; please let us know your

• If you would like to help our town/environment and make new like-minded friends, everyone is welcome. Please contact Kay Mayor (Chairman ‘Whittlesey in Bloom’ and ‘Friends of Whittlesey Cemetery’) on 01733 204944 or email

Happy 1st Birthday Anna Foster, whose Slimming World group in Coates celebrated its first birthday last month, was thrilled to announce that at time of printing, her members had lost a staggering 392 stone between them! Anna, who was previously unhappy with her weight, joined Slimming World to get trimmer and regain confidence. “I have helped many members get to target to achieve their dream weight,” she explained, “I’m so proud of each and every one of my members, and I’m so glad I became a Slimming World consultant. I have the best job in the world. To get people who come to group unhappy and trapped by their weight, and see them blossom each week as the weight drops off, is the best feeling.” • Anna’s group meet on a Monday at 5:30pm and 7:30pm at Coates Primary School. For more information, you can contact Anna on 07539 229365.

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Your garden in August

Traditionally holiday-time, high summer is the best time to get out and just enjoy the garden. Don’t worry too much about doing endless jobs – just remember to keep everything watered. If you are going away, you may need to enlist the help of friends and family to look after the garden. If you are at home, take the time to deadhead or prune summer-flowering shrubs and cut back foliage of herbaceous plants that have already flowered.

Three Essential Gardening Jobs for August WATER, WATER, WATER We all love the summer but hot days in August can really take it out of plants. Soil can quickly dry out so a regular watering regime is a must. Hanging baskets will need watering every day with the hosepipe attachment set to shower to prevent damage to the plants. Look out for signs of dryness in your border plants – tips of plants bending and leaves wilting mean your plants are telling you they need a drink. Remember to give them a thorough soaking – little and often doesn’t allow the water to soak deep into the soil. If your water butts are full, make good use of this free supply to keep everything looking good.

Maintain Garden Structures Take advantage of the dry weather by painting fences, sheds and other wooden features with a preservative. It’s also a good idea to check the guttering around greenhouses, sheds and conservatories for blockages. Deadhead Plants Deadheading your plants is a simple but important gardening job – and not too strenuous for those long hot days! Deadheading plants not only removes unsightly flowers that have finished, it also encourages the plant to produce more blooms helping to prolong the display of colour. Enjoy your garden!

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Home & garden


Looking to decorate your home and seeking thematic inspiration? Simon Parr-Black looks to help identify the core aspects of eight interior design styles. From here, you can blend different elements to create a style that really suits you 1. Mid-Century Modern

The mid-1900s produced some of the most iconic pieces in modern design; it is characterized by clean lines and natural shapes. From Saarinen, Niemeyer, Eames, Noguchi, Jacobsen and beyond, the midcentury modern masters defined creative ways to use new materials like molded plastic, plywood, and aluminum in interior design. Its pieces are highly versatile and can complement a myriad of design styles. I would recommend mixing in elements from other design styles to keep your home looking fresh. A purist approach when decorating your home can make your interior design look a bit staged, but this could be great if that is what you’re after.

2. Industrial

This look has a turn-of-the-century industrial era feel. It emphasizes liberal use of exposed steel with distressed wooden elements, frequently complemented by exposed brick walls. The modern variant commonly includes coppertone accents. In terms of general feel, industrial decor is often rustic and mature. Industrial decor ranges from modern rustic, with cleaner lines, to rugged vintage with elaborate ornamentations. 3. Nautical Warm, relaxing and positive. Nautical decor reflects the New England beach house spirit. This interior design style is based on white or sand colored foundation, with blue as the primary accent color. Nautical decor incorporates unfinished wood, combined with chic linen upholstery. Try adding seashells in clear jars, jute ropes, rowing oars, sailboats or navigational maps. 14 The Fens | August 2016

4. Scandinavian An off-shoot of the mid-century modern movement, Scandinavian design introduced a popular minimalist look to the interior architecture field that lasts to this day. Although most people associate it with IKEA, there are a variety of subset looks within Scandinavian design itself. Featuring gentle contours, playful accent colours, and a balance of engineered and organic materials, Scandinavian furniture is simple, contemporary, and functional. Often designs employ Bauhaus principles, and is characterized by fluid lines and focus on object proportions. A great majority of Scandinavian interiors use white with gray tones. 5. Bohemian Bohemian decor captures the care-free and adventurous spirit of the avant-garde lifestyle. It features creative application of rich patterns and vibrant colours, especially those with red or purple tones. The key is to carefully present a purposefully “messy” look. Layer on textiles (throws, pillows, rugs, tapestry) for a warm ambience. When furnishing, look for pieces that possess ethnic or nomadic vibes. Boho-chic loves textile, wood, animal hide, and metallic accents. 6. English farmhouse English farmhouse aesthetic should transport your imagination to the country. Source some dried lavender bunches and other greenery – careful arrangement of vases and planters can really help style your home. English farmhouse furniture is often well upholstered with the wood being Mahogany or Walnut in reception rooms, but quite likely to have lime washed simpler timber in a kitchen environment. Colour-wise, it is most

likely to be quite neutral in the base with fresh garden colours for accent. 7. Urban Modern Urban interior design stems from the modern designer lofts in major cities. Taking cues from its cosmopolitan environment, urban modern is a fusion of various opposing and complementary traits. Minimalist modern, glamorous chic, ethnic heirlooms, and edgy experimental designs, all colliding in a distinctively 21st-century setting. Larger furniture tends to be uniformly sleek with low-profile. Feel free to bring home trailblazing modern furniture designs. Decorative accents (pillows, mirrors, end tables, etc.) in urban decor often demand artistic and creative expression – add some elegant geometric designs, or vintage items with traditional embellishment.

8. Shabby Chic Shabby chic decor emphasizes vintage elements to recreate the antique flea market look. The furniture often has an aged appearance. Decorative accents for shabby chic decor, should be soft and opulent in order to bring the overall interior design to a contemporary standard. Generously introduce linen textiles for added style. Although shabby chic colors are white, ecru and pastel, don’t be afraid to apply some vibrant colors. Remember that the best interior architects will frequently bridge different styles together, so liberate your mind and approach your design through your eyes.

§ Simon Parr-Black is an interior designer. Get in touch at; or call 01733 688235 or 07789

Help to save a life If you find someone: • With chest pain? • With breathing difficulties? • Having a seizure? • Who has collapsed? • Has stopped breathing?

• Call 999 • Collect the nearest defibrillator quickly (or get someone else to) You may not need to use the defibrillator but it is better to have it close by just in case. You can always take it back later if it is not used!

During the last two years we have provided Whittlesey with more public access defibrillators than any other town in the country. Yet people still seem afraid to collect them. They can cause no harm and talk to you telling you what to do. Early defibrillation and CPR saves lives. Just waiting for the ambulance to arrive costs lives. Remember 999, and grab and go!

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JUST FOR GIRLS Covering far more than just the physical postures (Asanas), a regular yoga practice can help with many aspects of modern day life. From strength, stamina and fitness, to focus, calm and spirituality all these and more can be found within yoga. Simon Parr-Black explains Most men (and some women), come to yoga with injuries and pain, particularly in the back, knees and other joints. Over a period of time, using controlled movements, attention to alignment, biomechanics and your breathing, yoga allows your body to open efficiently while minimizing the risk of injury. The poses are powerful and specifically designed to open and strengthen your entire body. Yoga will make you more flexible, lighter and, in many ways, stronger than most other exercise – without putting stress on your body! With patience and steady practice, you will become more open than you’ve ever imagined. The right combination of strength and mobility is key; whether you’re a professional athlete, or just trying to age gracefully. Yoga helps you to tone and strengthen muscles that you didn’t know you had.

“Yoga helps you to tone and strengthen muscles that you didn’t know you had” 16 The Fens | August 2016

Sunshine and Cheers at B2B Bike Ride by Natasha Shiels

The small muscles in your back that have been deteriorating from that desk job, will be getting a long-awaited wake-up call. With a commitment to yoga, you will become a lean, mobile, strong and physically fit yoga machine!

Learning to regain balance

Not sure? Don’t forget that yoga started its journey about 4000 years ago! For something to stay around for that long, there has to be more in it than an exercise routine. The physical Asanas are just the tip of the subject, from there you learn to discover your breath, relaxation and meditation. Moving forward, you will come to understand the need for balance in your life. As with all aspects of yoga, there must be balance for us to achieve harmony; be that in our physical form, which can of course be needed in order to alleviate pain or discomfort; or in our mental state, in order to focus on the present rather than to worry over the past or the future. There are four instinctive urges in our lives: food, sleep, sex and self-preservation. In order to achieve our balance, these all need to be achieved in moderation. I’m sure you would agree that, in order to maintain a life of minimal sleep, we tend to eat more to maintain our energy. This can lead to us gaining weight, leading to other problems. Lack of sleep, or at least good quality restful sleep, can lead us to suffer with anxiety, anger and other fears. It’s all about balance, and that’s not just about standing on one leg… And breathe The other key benefit you will get from yoga is a better breathing technique. Breathing may seem like a no-brainer, but so few of us actually think about it while we’re moving around, let alone actually exercising. Yogic breathing teaches you to use the lower portion of your lungs where there’s plenty of blood capillaries to transport oxygen. This in turn, is believed to improve lung capacity. Ready to take on the ‘Downward dog’? Simon runs various yoga groups at St. Andrew’s Hall and New Vision Fitness Centre in Whittlesey. To find out more, see his listing in our ‘What’s on guide’, or you can contact him on 07789 885825 or

At 6:30am on a Saturday in July, I started to regret my decision one evening at the pub when I signed up for the annual Letter B to Letter B charity bike ride. I questioned my ability to complete the 53 mile course over an early breakfast of beans on toast, and as my daughter pulled my hair and snuggled in for a cuddle, it would have been all to easy to have a lazy morning instead. But I’d been sponsored by friends to complete the course, and I wasn’t going to let anybody down. As I opened the door and took in the sight of a sea of men and women in their blue shirts, standing proudly by their bikes and in front of the Letter B, I quickly forgot my reservations. After a quick photo opportunity, we set off at 8am and before I knew it we were at our first stop. I was amazed how the camaraderie had got me through 11 miles without hardly noticing them. The same thing happened with each stretch of the course, and each time we waited for every cyclist to arrive at the designated stop before we set off again. The sun was shining, but so were the spirits of all 50 plus people taking part. From the guys who drove the vans with our bags and refreshments, to the chaps who organised the ride and encouraged us each step of the way, there wasn’t a negative word spoken. By the time we all came cycling into Whittlesey, there was a brilliant crowd to cheer us on. Bruce, the landlord of the Letter B, had organised a wonderful reception for us on our homecoming, and that night there was music, food, and plenty of drinks (well, we had cycled 53 miles!). Aside from the personal achievement we all felt for completing the course, we’d raised funds for two wonderful local charities. The final totals will be printed in September. Will I do it next year? Without hesitation I would!

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Devilled Lambs Kidneys and Porcini Mushrooms on Brioche with Pea Salad By John McGinn, Dog in a Doublet

Serves 4 Ingredients • 8-12 lambs kidneys (depending on size) • 500g fresh porcini mushrooms (or any mushrooms will do) • Buttered brioche (sliced 1inch thick) • 1tsp vegetable oil • 200ml double cream • Handful of flat leaf parsley (chopped) Devilled Butter • 40g butter at room temperature • 1tsp caster sugar • 1tsp English mustard powder • 1tsp cayenne pepper • 1tsp paprika • 1tsp ground coriander • 2tbsp red wine vinegar • 1tsp ground black pepper • 2tsp sea salt Pea Salad • Handful each of pea shoots, sugar snap peas, fresh peas • A few fresh garden mint leaves Salad Dressing • 1tsp wholegrain mustard • 1tsp cider vinegar • 3tsp extra Virgin rapeseed oil • 1 slither of garlic • Salt and pepper


Method Devilled Butter Combine all ingredients thoroughly. Set aside. Salad Dressing Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake well. Set aside.

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This dish is also great with just one kidney per person as a starter or remove the kidneys for a great vegetarian dish

Devilled Kidneys and Mushrooms Trim the kidneys to remove the sinew. Cut the mushrooms to half kidney size. Heat a large frying pan until very hot. Add the vegetable oil, then the mushrooms and kidneys. Move around the pan to colour, then add a good knob of the devilled butter (the rest will keep for a week or two in the fridge). You don’t want to burn the butter, so move it around quickly, and have a little water to hand to prevent it from burning (the water will soon evaporate). When the kidneys are just cooked, add the cream

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here are fewer butchers in our highstreets, and yet Whittlesey has one of the best. As well as serving homemade burgers and sausages from locally sourced produce, Jones Butchers also sells a wide variety of speciality ready-made meals. There’s also homemade meat pies, sweet treats and chutney and cheeses. But that’s not all, in addition to their shop, Simon has created new opportunities with his Sizzling Grills, Jones Buffet, Hog Roasts and their fabulous new online shop.

J. Jones Butchers of Whittlesey In the heart of Whittlesey on Broad Street, J. Jones Butchers welcomes customers from all backgrounds. On hand are an experienced team who can guide you from choosing the finest produce, to how best to prepare and cook your meat. • Vast choice of locally sourced meat and poultry • Homemade pies, stir-fries, curries, etc • Local produce from ethical-sourced farms • Friendly and welcoming staff with over 70 years of experience between them

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BBQ Events Sizzling Grills is the perfect partner for your BBQ events. • We offer a fully catered BBQ service for corporate and private events covering all occasions • Serving anywhere from 50 to 1500 guests • Offering a choice of over 30 different items and 20 types of salads • Additional extras include desserts and canapes • Condiments and plates included

Jones’ Buffet The buffet option is great for any social gathering and customers can choose from a wide range of menus, suiting any pocket and fancy. • Freshly prepared onsite • Delivered to a location of your choice • Perfect for weddings, funerals, christenings and parties • Menu starting from just £4/per head • Includes plates and serviettes

Hog Roast Specialists Still a firm favourite for most, the hog roast is a great option as it provides delicious food, served in theatrical way. • Locally sourced meat • Fully catered hog roasts, freshly cooked onsite by an experienced chef • Includes selection of salads, potatoes and condiments, plus freshly baked rolls. Optional extras include desserts - or combine with a BBQ for the complete package

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1. You’ve been running Jones Butchers now for five years, what was your five year plan? My five year plan was to expand on a brand that was already very popular, and to offer much more than just fresh meat. While ensuring that the shop continued to deliver the highest standard of product, I began creating other offerings, such as a buffet service, hog roasts and our latest brand, Sizzling Grills. My final goal was achieved in year five, taking the business online. 2. What has helped your success? Having worked for a multi-national company at a senior level, I gained plenty of business experience, marketing knowledge and how to drive a business forward. However, my biggest success came from having such a great team, I owe a lot of the credit to them. 3. What does the future hold for you? It’s very important that we continue to grow, improve, and offer new products, and services. There will always be a place in the market for good quality produce, and the service to go with it. Internet shopping is becoming a very big part of the marketplace, and it is important to keep investing in this area. 4. Do you think your catering background has made a big impact? Very much so. Having trained as a chef for many years and worked in several catering industries, I understand the importance of good fresh local produce. We are always on hand to offer advice, from techniques to inspiring ideas. 5. Why shop at a butchers rather than at a supermarket? Having a team of six highly professional guys, with over 70 years of experience between them, we are able to offer so much more than any supermarket. Time and attention to detail is the biggest advantage we have. It is the common misconception that butchers are more expensive, but I disagree. In most cases our products are cheaper, and our customer service is second to none! The Fens | August 2016 21


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HOW DO I SPEED UP MY COMPUTER? There are many reasons why your computer can run slow. The best upgrade you can do to your computer is to upgrade the traditional Hard Disk Drive (HDD), to a modern Solid State Drive (SSD). Every new computer sold in over 20 years has been using a traditional HDD, and these drives have got faster and faster as the years have passed, however, they struggle to run modern day operating systems efficiently. This is because HDDs are mechanical devices, they contain spinning platters and a head moving across the disk to read and write the data. SSDs are becoming more and more popular because of their speed; SSD drives are faster than HDDs because they are flash storage and have no moving parts. At the present time, a 250GB* SSD costs the same as a 2000GB* (2TB**) HDD, this means cost per GB is more, however, you will benefit from the speed increase. Once you switch to a SSD, you will never use a traditional HDD as the main drive to run your computer. Typically, a HDD PC can boot up in about 90 seconds, whilst running an SSD on the same PC can operate in about 30 seconds. Running a SSD is not just about how quick your PC boots, all of your programs will launch faster and run smoother. Technical part Not all SSDs are the same; read and write speeds vary depending on make and models of drives. Do your research before investing in an SSD. Due to the nature of SSDs over HDDs, it is harder and more expensive to recover data from a SSD if it was to fail. As such, we always recommend that you do regular backups of your data. Key terms *GB (Gigabytes) **TB (Terabytes) 1000GB per 1TB

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The difference lies in how they attack us and how we defend ourselves from them. Let us explain... Bacteria are living organisms, i.e. a simple cellular being. They survive in most environments whether it’s in a larger organism (i.e. a human), on a work surface or in a volcano. They (all living creatures) replicate when in an environment that suits their needs, which in the case of an infection could be our respiratory system. Virus, on the other hand are a piece of genetic coding. They can only survive within other organisms and do so by hijacking their cells. Once inside the cell, they change the cell’s function to suit their needs and then replicate, thus creating an army of deranged host cells! Bacteria are a brave and bold foe because when they invade our bodies they do so in plain sight. There is no attempt to hide from our immune system. Virus however are devious, they conceal themselves within our cells before turning them against us. Our defence against the bacterial invasion is simply a case of attack whilst the viral invasion requires some intelligence gathering i.e. we need to work out which cells have been turned before the attack can begin. This is why (generally speaking) viral infections last longer. It gets tougher still as medication is of little help due to the concealment of the virus in our cells. Currently, our pharmaceutical knowledge in this area is in its infancy. Fortunately, where human technology is struggling our bodies have devised a way. When a virus take over a host cell it will make a number of changes which invariably leaves a mark. In a similar way, if I were to drive your car I would alter your seat position or mirrors to suit my needs thus leaving a mark. Viruses are smart in that they only make changes to the inside of our cell, therefore they look the same from the outside. Fortunately, all our cells have little windows on the cell surface (they are called class I major histocompatability complexes) which enable special cells (cytotoxic T cells) in our immune system to look inside and see what is going on. If they do not like what they see, they kill the cell. Some viruses have wised up to this trick and blackout the windows. Hence, evading the cytotoxic T cells. However, humans have not lasted millions of years without a backup plan. Natural killer cells are immune cells that count how many windows each cell has. If it detects a cell with a few windows blacked out, it will kill it, no questions asked! Fighting a bacterial infection is a simpler process. The bacteria does not conceal itself and so it is a straight out fight between them and us. We have antibodies which float around and are trained to recognise unwanted bacterial cells. Once they find a bacteria, they attach themselves on it thereby marking it (a process termed opsonisation). At the same time they: a) kick start a series of chain reactions which results in the production of chemicals designed to severely damage or kill the bacterial cell it is clinging on to; b) send out a distress signal to another branch of our immune cells (called phagocytes). These cells recognise the antibody and thus eat it and the bacteria that is attached too. Once it has chewed on its meal, the phagocyte displays a piece of its meal on its outer surface. The reason is to attract another immune cell (T helper cells) which in turn kill the phagocyte. This way the body makes doubly sure the bacteria is well and truly dead! The symptoms of bacterial and viral infections can be similar but because they attack us differently we attack them differently. Therein lies the difference.

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Referendum Special Life of an ordinary guy In past months, me and colleagues have discussed subjects such as the intricacies of flight travel and the questionably more trivial, who would win in a fight between Judith Chalmers and Angela Rippon. More recently, the topic of our most memorable childhood moments came up. I have lots of fond memories from childhood, like my first cinema experience of seeing Bambi (slept all the way through), and attending the Disney Parade in Florida (slept through that as well). However, two memories prominently spring to mind. The first was back in the days when you could take your child out of school without the threat of the education police beating you with a copy of the national curriculum, and indeed my parents did, meaning that my last day at primary school was a week earlier than everyone else’s. At the very end of this day, I lifted my chair onto the table as asked and waited patiently for our teacher to dismiss us. ‘Great’ I thought, not only was I finishing this school but I was off to Portugal the following day. The world was my oyster, as much as it can be for an eleven year old anyway. The teacher was about to wish us all a good weekend when, out of nowhere, somewhat uncontrollably, I did what I have since termed the ‘unfortunate body function combo’, of sneezing and farting loudly at the same time, prompting my very last memory of primary school, to be one of the class laughing at me. The second involves a beloved video tape of a school trip to Penlan, Wales. The VHS tape was a recording of moments from said trip, and so, a year later, when I came to relive these memories, I was horrified to discover that my parents had decided to record Heartbeat over it. When quizzed about this, my mother responded with a smile, saying: ‘well, it was a bit boring’, and so now Nick Berry lives where my Welsh adventure once was. It never occurred that all these years later, I’d still be telling these stories and laughing about it, but it’s memories like these that made my childhood, a great one.

§ Joe Ferridge is an occasional writer and owner of possibly the last ever copy of an episode of Heartbeat on a VHS tape.

The UK population has voted. 28% were ambivalent, 34% voted remain and 38% voted exit. So by no means a clear vote as the country is obviously in three camps. But, we are where we are so what next? Well, the next two years will be a succession of EU discussions and meetings, with a date for the real exit, some time away - some pundits speculate it will take five years. What can we guess will be likely to happen now? • The pound will weaken and imports will be dearer, causing inflation. • Banks will toughen up on lending, as the housing market that was strengthened by overseas investors, will become less clear. On face value, UK property will look cheap if the pound weakens, but as we will have uncertainty in our economy, our political position and our currency, then there will be those who look to reduce exposure to the UK. • Mortgage lending will most likely be harder (and more expensive). • Food, other consumables and even holidays, flights and spending money, will be more expensive. This will hit UK based provider companies, and all companies will look hard at where they spend money on self-investment and growth, so recession is likely. Overseas companies with UK subsidiaries will be looking at the situation closely. What impact will be seen in our pensions and investments? The markets hate uncertainty, so we will see volatility and it will not be restricted to equities. Cash will suffer due to inflation risk. Gilts and Fixed interest (the safer investments), will be hit by down valuations. Property, either commercial or residential, will become more volatile in pricing. Commodities and currencies will be up and down like London Bridge… What action do we take? • If our plans are diversified, we will hold global exposure, volatility can be positive as well as negative. With inflation being a real possibility, holding actual assets rather than cash, can be an effective strategy. • Your time scale and need for access to invested assets becomes important, a comprehensive review of your options with an experienced planner becomes important. • Paper losses, in the short term, become real losses when cashed in. • There could be a valid case for adding more funds while ‘markets’ are weak. • Prioritising your individual assets could reveal another option or a more tax efficient strategy. So what’s next? France may be the next to vote on an exit from the EU, and the whole of the EU is now under threat, as France and the UK are two of the biggest EU supporters by head count and contribution. Scotland and Ireland may seek to remain in the EU which will divide the UK further. For the medium term investors (eight years or more), we will have to deal with the uncertainty and just accept that we need more strategic planning from a financial point of view. Everything we buy or sell, up to and including our own homes and rental properties, will need to be carefully cash flowed and each decision will have to be made carefully. We cannot leave ourselves over exposed to cash, or with less than we need to cover the short term. The positives and negatives will exist, and we just need to run the middle road and not become over exposed in any one area. For longer term investors, now looks like a good time to buy as asset values are under-priced (excepting property which will tend to move slower). If you wish to discuss a straightforward way forward, contact me for a free initial consultation.

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Great Fen Cambridgeshire’s Great Fen is a unique and serene place, where vast open skies blend into a panoramic landscape, endowed with a distinctive special atmosphere. It’s also now one of the most ambitious and visionary nature restoration projects in Europe, where work has been underway since 2004 to recreate and restore natural fenland. The Great Fen is a collaborative partnership between The Wildlife Trust BCN (Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire), Natural 24 The Fens | August 2016

England, the Environment Agency, Mid-Level Commissioners and Hunts District Council, with the aim of restoring and creating rich grasslands, meadows, reedbeds and wetlands to provide habitat for declining bird species such as corn buntings, linnets, skylarks, lapwings, snipe. Rarer species such as cranes, avocets, spoonbills and blacktailed godwits have started

visiting in recent years, already demonstrating the success of the project, and potential for future breeding. It is also a place rich in history with an illustrious pedigree, where Charles Rothschild pioneered the movement which was to become the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts in 1912, and where he constructed a ‘bungalow’


warblers, bearded tits, cuckoos and cranes, a huge amount of dragonflies, not to mention otters and water voles. An elevated hide, Trundle Mere Hide, allows panoramic views over the reedbed: in winter short eared owls were seen regularly, their vast tapestried wings spread wide while gliding low over the reeds hunting prey, plus rough legged buzzards and marsh harriers. Another unusual species to see are Chinese water deer which roam most areas of the Fen these deer Hydropotes inermis are between muntjac and roe deer in size and there are thought to be upward of 100 in the herd. Bucks do not have antlers, but long canine teeth which they use when fighting rivals. They prefer the open grassland to the woodland areas and, as their name suggests, like vegetation in wetland areas.

(more African safari lodge – thatched and on stilts) from where he and daughter Miriam could explore natural history at close range - Woodwalton Fen was the first national nature reserve and the bungalow can still be visited today. Among the elegant birch trees of Holme Fen stands a tall metal pole - the Holme Post is a unique piece of fenland history, plotting the drastic depletion of peat since the drainage of the Fens in the 1850s. To the north was once the great Whittlesey Mere – largest lake in England outside the Lake District – which not only provided a haven for wildlife, but dominated the social and economic intricacies of fenland life. Catching fish, shooting wildfowl and harvesting reed provided a sustainable source of income for the area, however, in

The Great Fen is fascinating to visit year round – and becoming increasingly photogenic both for the transformation from flat arable land back into a mosaic of true fen and for the vast range of species now in proliferation. A visitor centre is planned for future years and sightings of wonderful bird life, mammals and rare plants will be available for all.

1850, amidst great disapproval from fenland inhabitants, the Mere was drained. Pumps were installed, and after a few months, the waters of Whittlesey Mere - and the wildlife and social activities it provided for - were gone. As the land dried out, the peat began to shrink; to mark this ‘success’, the Holme Post was delved into the ground with its top flush at the level of the soil. During the 150 years that have passed, the peat has shrunk to expose more and more of the pillar - it now stands four meters high.

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Nearby is Rymes Reedbed – an area which has seen the recreation of a vast new reedbed, with pools and wet grassland on the edge of the former Whittlesea Mere. Reclaimed from arable fields, this new area is already providing a home for bitterns, yellow wagtails, grasshopper

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It’s that wonderful time of year where many of us are heading off on our summer holidays. For the majority of holiday makers, it’s an exciting time where relaxation is the only thing on the mind. For those of us travelling with babies or toddlers however, the thought of three hours in the airport, several coach journeys, and two weeks away from the comforts of home, might be more than a little daunting! Thankfully there are many things you can do to ensure the whole experience is as stress free as possible. Words by Bryony Mezzatesta Travelling with a small baby is actually easier than you might think. They require a lot less entertainment than an older child, so as long as you pack a couple of new, exciting toys and plenty of spare clothes (take simple outfits to change - especially helpful for the confines of an aeroplane toilet). The majority of family-friendly resorts abroad have a supermarket nearby which will stock well known branded nappies and wipes. You will also find that many hotels will happily provide a cot, high chair, bottle warmer, steriliser etc, for you as well. Be sure to do your research before you go, to find out what might be available. It is also important to research your airline to find out the rules regarding carrying expressed breast or formula milk. They are all slightly different, so check before you fly. You may find that feeding on the plane is an excellent way of calming your little one if the experience is overwhelming for them. The action of sucking will also help to protect their ears from the discomfort during takeoff and landing.

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You might also want to take a stroller that lays flat with you to use whilst you are away, if the weather is hot, your toddler may sleep in the daytime more often than they usually do, and the last thing you want is to have to leave the pool or beach and go back to your room, so they can go to sleep. For a younger baby, then a sling or carrier would also work well when travelling, particularly in the airport where you will have luggage to carry too. Finally, the best piece of advice I can give is to relax and go with the flow. You might not be able to stick to a rigid routine when away from home, but with a little creativity and flexibility, it will be stress-free and great fun for everybody.

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If you have a toddler or preschooler, you might have to think a little more creatively when you pack! Travelling is long and often quite boring, with plenty of waiting around, so ensure you have a wide variety of new toys, colouring books, sticker books and snacks readily available. Boxes of raisins, rice cakes, bread sticks and dried fruit are ideal for throwing in a bag as a quick snack to grab. For those of you who prefer your little ones to avoid screen time where possible, I would recommend throwing out the rule book when travelling and bring your iPad! It’s calm, quiet (bring some toddler headphones!) and won’t make a mess. The Fens | August 2016 27


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Things to do this month It might be August, but there’s no guarantee of sunshine. Whatever the weather, you can be sure that our pick of events below will keep you entertained

LISTEN TO LIVE ACOUSTIC MUSIC They say that music is good for the soul, so indulge this month in a little musical therapy and join The Candle Thieves, Nick Corney and Holly Jean as they entertain at St. Andrews Hall on Friday August 19th. Doors will be open from 7:15pm and your ÂŁ5 entry will get you one free drink. Tickets are available on the night at the door, and further drinks will be served as a discretionary donation. This event is sponsored by THE FENS. DRINK BEER! (Well, why not? It is the summer!) For many of us, August means only one thing - the Peterborough Beet Festival! Now in its 39th year, the CAMRA Beer Festival begins on Tuesday August 23rd to Saturday 27th at the Embankment. Not just for beer lovers, the festival shows off an impressive range of ciders and wines, plus an incredible musical talent, including local talent Austin Gold. http:// peterborough-camra.

BECOME A NATURE EXPLORER Calling all Nature Explorers! A passport is waiting, an expedition is set and a summer of adventure starts at Welney Wetland Centre! Not far from home is WWT Welney (near Wisbech); the wetlands site is home to all kinds of wildlife from butterflies to swans in September. Over the summer holidays, between 9:30am and 5pm, young explorers can try a variety of nature activities and collect stickers for their Nature Explorers passport. The activities will keep your kids amused for hours and include making a bird feeder to take home, spotting dragonflies and damselflies and hunting for creepy crawlies with fantastic explorer backpacks. The whole family can join in exploring the pond dipping stations, diseccting owl pellets and meeting some magnificent moths! Becoming a nature explorer is included in the price of admission, and free for WWT members and under 4s. The Fens | August 2016 29


Strictly about the music

Hayley Sanderson is generally considered to be one of the finest vocalists on the London scene today. The Peterborough-born singer/ songwriter has worked with artists such as Will Young, Gloria Gaynor, Bonnie Tyler, Ellie Goulding and Barry Manilow. She is also the regular singer on the BBC’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. Anthony Shiels speaks to Hayley about her wonderful successes and what the future holds As teenagers at Peterborough College, I remember you casually belting out Whitney Houston and Maria Carey melodies. What struck me was how soulful and in control of your voice you sounded. Was this a conscious thing or a natural development?

Both. After I left college I joined a band, and I had the pleasure of working with amazing people like Nile Rodgers, Naranda Michael Walden, and various other producers. They were so well listened and encouraged me to look past what was popular, and focus on the artists that create the foundation for all the music you hear today. I started listening to Donny Hathaway, Mahalia Jackson. My uncle had forced me to listen to people like Billie Holiday which led onto people like Sam Cooke and Louis Armstrong. I also joined a Pink Floyd Tribute Band and began listening to Prog Rock, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell. During our college years I had a heavy obsession with Bowie too which has never left me. I feel that you have to expand your collection of music to become good at what you do. It was lovely growing up with Whitney and Mariah, but there’s a big world of music out there and your ears are your greatest friend when it comes to improving your own sound!

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just didn’t stop singing. Ever. Playing instruments and singing was all I ever knew. I wouldn’t say anything led me, it just was.

How did you make the move from Peterborough social clubs, to performing in the world famous Ronnie Scott's Jazz

Club? To then being the lead vocalist in the house band in TV’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’?

I was gigging from the age of 12 and performing at the local theatre. This creates such a good foundation for all the jobs I’ve had since. The more you work, the more people you meet. You have to put yourself out there as

the strongest and most disturbing memory I have is Ann Widdecombe f lying over our heads to the Titanic theme! There are things you expect to happen in life and things you don’t!

much as possible and not be fearful of change. Pretty much ALL my work comes from word of mouth, so I’d suggest getting yourself a big repertoire of songs and start working with, and meeting, lots of other musicians. You can’t build a house by yourself and it’s the same with music. Go and see some gigs in London and see what’s out there. Go to jam sessions and mix with people! The level of talent is crazy, so you have to push yourself to your limits to get noticed!

How much work goes into each performance on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’? Does a lot happen behind the scenes? The actual time the band has together is very short. The rhythm section get together Friday nights, and then we’re on set rehearsing with the dancers and full band on Saturday morning. Then you’re live to millions by 6pm. You get sent the Audios of the cut up/slowed down/sped up tracks during the week and we’re told what leads we’re doing. There’s no compromising on key or style, and the phrasing has to be exact to the recording the couples have been rehearsing to. The celebrities can get confused if you improvise, so you have to try and make it sound as natural as possible - even if it’s not your style. The harmonies are learnt from what you hear on the audio. It’s best to learn all the parts you can hear, especially from the modern tracks like Beyonce, where there are hundreds of tracked vocals, then we work out on the day what’s the most important sections to use for the dancer’s choreography. Only having one lead vocalist and three back up singers can be a nightmare when you’re having to do Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, but we don’t really have a choice!

Do you get nervous before a performance? If so how do you overcome this? Always. If I’m tired I don’t get as nervous, so it’s best to exhaust

yourself with fear throughout the day. Obviously that’s terrible advice and I’m sort of joking! I’d suggest breathing and quiet focus is good, but when there are pyros going off, lights, audience cheering and cameras, that can be quite difficult!

As well as your successful cover of Thunderclap Newman’s 'Something In The Air’, you have also written and recorded a number of your own songs. Some of these feature on your album ‘Just Songs’. Do you still write your own songs and do you have any plans for another album? I love being creative! I still love to write! I also love doing backing vocal arrangements, drawing, writing storyboards for music videos and everything imaginative. In my job, you spend a lot of time singing other people’s songs. I find that a great foundation for learning how to construct a song, so in my spare time, I try to be as creative as possible! I’m currently working on a project which allows me to to all these things, and I can’t wait to get it out there!

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How in the world did you wind up sharing the stage with keyboard and prog rock legend Rick Wakeman? What was he like to work with?

A manager I used to have knew Rick, and I desperately wanted to sing, ‘Life On Mars’ on the ‘Just Songs’ record. Obviously, who else could do it justice! Luckily he was a fan of my voice and we’ve worked together ever since. We re-recorded his albums ‘Journey to the Centre Of The Earth’ and ‘King Arthur’, and have toured the country and played the most amazing venues. He’s a pleasure to work with once you’ve got your head around the 12 key changes and 15 different time signatures in each song!

What’s next for Hayley Sanderson, and can you tell us about The Stylophones?

The Stylophones are my band. It’s my creative mind let loose. I didn’t just want to write songs and release them this time. I love stories, film, theatre, rock music and live performance, so I’ve combined all of these to create The Stylophones Trilogy! Part 1 of the Trilogy is based in 1971, where we see how the band formed in an underground club in Soho. Each single is based on a character we meet at the club. It’s a bit interactive, a bit different, and I can’t WAIT to get it out!

Who’s the most famous person in your phone book?

I’ve never thought about it! If I used all the contacts in my phone, I could create a supergroup, radio presenting party, bake a cake, become an entrepreneur, put on a theatre show, have great lawyer representation, go to the set of Eastenders blah blah blah… Lots of fabulous human beings who I would be friends with, whether they were famous or not!

Could I borrow your phone? Only if you fix my iPhone screen!

What’s the funniest moment you’ve encountered on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’? Can you tell us any juicy gossip? The good stuff is not for print, but the strongest and most disturbing memory I have is Ann Widdecombe flying over our heads to the Titanic theme! There

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The history of the

Part three by Anthony Austin

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ith the passing, in 1540, of the great Abbeys of Ely and Thorney owning the vast majority of the town and villages, the Market Place lost its more spiritual aspects, like the religious plays and the saints days parades. Instead, it became purely a commercial market as it would remain until its decline in the last few decades. Slowly the town centre changed, as buildings formerly associated with the Abbeys were confiscated and sold cheaply to Court favourites, who in turn sold them at a much higher price to local people. Chapels, Guild houses, and monastic official’s houses were all sold and either demolished, or converted, into tenements. Fifty years or so later, in the 17th Century, Whittlesey town and market had changed both in appearance and modernity. Gone were the medieval gatehouse, buildings and wall surrounding St. Mary’s Manor; instead a large plaster and thatched farmhouse stood on the corner of Market Square and Eastgate, with other stone or plaster built houses and shops, similar to the still existing thatched building on the western side of the square. Soon after the Town Hall was rebuilt in Market Street, the High Cross on the Market Place was demolished and replaced by the present Butter Cross. Of a design similar to many others being put up at this time, it shows how town officials were keen to encourage their local markets to greater success. In the early 18th Century, the Market Rights were re-affirmed, but with the betterment of communications with Peterborough, the market declined and by the middle of the 19th Century, it had become little more than a few stalls each week. The Butter Cross was neglected and fell into a sorry state, as can be seen on the picture. Fortunately for us, a local businessman funded a restoration programme and the building survived. 32 The Fens | August 2016

The George showing its original frontage before the left hand part was demolished

The 19th Century saw the Market Place achieve much of its present layout, with the exception of the realignment of Station Road, and the removal of a butchers shop attached to the George Pub. During the Second World War, an Air Raid Shelter was built on the Market Place, as is shown in this surviving photograph. More recently, and more controversially, the bus stop was removed from the Market Place and

The Second World War air raid shelter on the Market Place being demolished

it was turned into a sort of plaza in front of Wetherspoons. We should be grateful that our market is still with us, and support our local traders who keep this ancient tradition going. They may not know it, but they stand in the footsteps of nearly 1,000 years of Whittlesey markets. Long may they continue!

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This month’s blast from the past is three farmers harvesting celery in 1945. It’s nice to know that our lovely flat countryside still provides a livelihood for farmers. Image provided by Whittlesey Museum, Market St, Whittlesey. Open Friday 2.30-4.30pm, Saturday 10am-12, Sunday 2.30-4.30pm. Entrance is £1 adults, 50p for children. The Fens | August 2016 33


Whittlesey Festival September 11th, 2016

Close to home is the Whittlesey Festival, now in its ninth year. This family-friendly festival has plenty to offer for the whole family, including free rides for the children and an array of stalls selling everything from homemade jam and fudge, to cakes, cheeses and more. On September 11th, the Whittlesey Festival will attract over 7,000 visitors from far and wide. One of the highlights will be the Vintage Vehicles, where approximately 120 cars and motorcycles will be on display. With such a variety of models, ranging from the 1920s Morris Oxford Cabriolet, Austins and Fords from the 30s and 40s, together with more modern ‘specials’ ( Hot Rods), there’s guaranteed to be many people reminiscing about the cars their fathers or grandfathers used to drive. Some of the vehicles are unique to this event, and there’s the rare opportunity to see the Gilbern, which has been totally restored by retired racing mechanic, David Nicholson. John Sharpe, who organises this aspect of the Festival, said: “The display is enjoyed by both the public and the exhibitors, who get immense satisfaction in showcasing their pride and joy. We thank them all for their support and look forward to seeing everyone in September.” For more information about the Festival please contact Brian Smithyman on 01733 752093.

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Classic and Vintage Vehicle Show September 3rd-4th, 2016

The product of one woman and her partner’s love of classic cars, the Classic and Vintage Vehicle Show is held at Peterborough’s Embankment on the 3rd and 4th of September. More than just a collection of vehicles, the show is great fun for the whole family with hot food stalls and entertainment. Attracting over 500 vehicles and more than 3,000 spectators, the show, which is now in its third year, donates all profits to two charities; this year they will be Pancreatic Cancer and Magpas Air Ambulance.

Classic Car Q&A More than just cars, the weekend attracts motorcycles, stationary engines, commercial and military vehicles. This year, they’ve started welcoming modified classics. The show has so far attracted several owners clubs representing Jaguar, Triumph, Volkswagen, MG, Mini and Ford. The variety of vehicles confirmed range from Ferraris and Rolls Royces, to Morris Minors and Ford Anglias. Several classic fire engines, vintage caravans and trucks will also be in attendance. Entrance is free all weekend, and anybody looking to exhibit their vehicle can do so by visiting the webiste below, or pop along on the day. There’s also stands available for traders. Visit

Ben at Peterborough Classic Cars answers your questions. 01733 270227 | Q. What makes a classic car, a classic?

In my opinion, a brand new car could be defined as a classic. Striking, innovative and the ability to stand out. Age is just a by-product (everything’s getting older, but not necessarily becoming a classic). The Jaguar E-type for example, instant classic status and has remained that way for well over 50 years. But yes, 99% of classics are historic.

Q. What’s so special about owning a classic?

Having to drive the car, not having the car drive you. Standing out from the crowd and not being another blending blob on the road. Oh and girls dig them!

Q. What should you look out for when buying?

One word really...RUST. Either visible, or badly repaired, is something I deal with every single day. You’ve got to be prepared to take a blanket and a torch at least, and spend some time underneath inspecting the car. Or have it inspected by a professional. Money spent on inspections is seldom wasted.

Q. Tell us your top tips for looking after a classic

Basic maintenance is the key. A good workshop manual, basic tools and weekly checks should give you peace of mind for long journeys. (A few spares in the boot wouldn’t go amiss either.)

Q. Drive your classic or keep it in the garage?

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reading The President’s Hat, Antoine Laurain; Gallic Books Some years ago I was invited by a colleague to join a book group. How privileged was I? Hob-nobbing with people who seemed so more intellectual than I! It felt a little intimidating, as I wasn’t particularly well-read. There had been the staple diet of Dickens and Shakespeare during school years, followed by teenage mags, then the mumsie progression to Good Housekeeping, but little time for novels over those years. I should have read the signs, though - the venue was a local pub, and looking at the names of the other members of the group, I realised this wouldn’t necessarily be a high-brow affair. I love going to my book group. We now meet at a member’s house and share lovely food, lovely wine and good conversation sometimes we even talk about books! At the last meeting, someone passed me a copy of “The President’s Hat”, a short novel by Antoine Laurain and translated from French. Set in 1980’s Paris, it follows the journey of President Francois Mitterand’s hat after the President inadvertently leaves it behind in a restaurant. Daniel Mercier, a diner at a neighbouring table, realises what has happened and, acting on impulse, he takes the hat. The story follows the changes in attitude, confidence and fortune of Daniel and the three other people who subsequently take ownership of the hat. You’ll have to read the book yourself to find out who ultimately takes possession of the President’s Hat!

Our verdict...

It’s a quick, light read, not too demanding, but one of those books that keeps you pondering weeks after you’ve put it down (or, even better, passed it on to someone else to enjoy). By Theresa Shiels 36 The The Fens Fens | | August August 2016 2016 36

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literature Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee; Harper Fans of To Kill a Mockingbird have one very special reason to be excited about this month’s new books: Harper Lee’s highly anticipated new novel, Go Set a Watchman.

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Summer Fete at The Elms. Come and join in the fun, there will be entertainment, raffle, tombola, cake stall, hook a duck, and more. 2-4pm. All welcome

September 4th

Charity football match and family fun day for James Overland at Whittlesey Athletics Ground, Drybread Road from 10:30am. Show your support for this local cause. Entrance £2 for adults

September 17th

Peterborough Memory Walk 2016. Walk for a world without dementia at Ferry Meadows, arrive from 10:30am to start at 11:30am. Sign up for a 2km or 9km walk at with Alzheimer’s Society


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Green Meadows Festival. A three day gathering of music and fun with friends and family. See local band The Candle Thieves, plus headliners Craig Charles and Space. Tickets and info at

August 13th

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery performed by Matthew Dexter at Whittlesey Library. Doors open at 2:30pm for a 90 minute performance (20 minutes interval). Suitable for 7 year olds plus. Tickets are £1 per child, available in advance from the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult

August 29th

St. Andrew’s Summer Fete, 1-4pm at Church Hall and grounds, Parkinson Lane. There will be music, stalls, a side-show, PlayBus, bouncy castle, BBQ, and much more. Stalls are £10 each, contact Cheryl for more information on 01733 359450


August 24th-27th

Little Shop of Horrors. The Youth Key Theatre are back for their summer musical. Tickets £17 full price Whittlesey & District



Whittlesey Business Forum’s next meeting is Sept 7th at the Falcon Hotel, London Street. Meet at 6pm for a 6:30pm start.

Hatha yoga, for all levels, £6 each, some mats available. Monday - 6pm Wednesday - 6.30pm, Thursday 9.30am. St Andrew’s Parish Room, Parkinsons Lane, Whittlesey Power Yoga, based around traditional Sun Salutations, lively music, intended to raise your heart rate & increase your flexibility & fitness - you don't have to be a gym member to attend! £6.10 to non members, bring water & small towel. Wednesday - 8pm. New Vision Fitness, Manor Leisure Centre, Whittlesey Painting group, we meet in the Eastrea Centre every Tuesday 1pm to 4pm all are welcome, for details contact Sue on 01733 205241 Jim’s Bingo, every Tuesday and Thursday. Doors open at 7pm. Eyes down at 7.30pm at Conservative Club

August 10th

The Railway Inn, Ramsey. Acoustic sessions from 8pm

August 13th

Marty Wilson (new to the Club) at Conservative Club

August 16th

Boat Inn, Ramsey Road, Whittlesey Open Mic from 8.45pm

August 20th

Michael Knight at Conservative Club

August 21st

Music on the Square presents Motor City Vipers with DJs Andy and Mark. The entertainment starts at 2pm. Event supported by Whittlesey Town Council

August 24th

The Railway Inn, Ramsey. Acoustic sessions from 8pm

August 26th

Boat Inn, Ramsey Road, Whittlesey, Acoustic sessions from 8.30pm

August 27th

Ryan at Conservative Club

August 28th

Hog Roast with Mark Josef at Conservative Club

August 28th

Grumpy Old Men at 9pm at The Letter B Pub

September 17th

Terry Dash Music presents ‘Twisting the Night Away’ at Key Theatre, Peterborough. Show commences at 7:30pm. Tickets can be obtained from the Key Theatre box office on 01733 207239 or buy online

September 25th

Matt Ford makes a welcome return with his Kings of Cool show at Key Theatre, Peterborough. Show commences at 7:30pm. Tickets can be obtained from the Key Theatre box office on 01733 207239 or buy online

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