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Fens Issue 7 | December 2016

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Contents The

Fens Issue 7 | December 2016

A FREE lifestyle magazine with the heart and soul of the Fens

Lions Christm as Window Comp WIN £25 p. 15


World Champion


Jody Cundy

• Make a snuggly snowman • Lions Carol Float Timetable • December Events

Prize Giveaway 3 Great Competitions to enter

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Issue 7 | December 2016

Front cover - Chelsea Smith, Coates Primary School

6 On the sofa with Jody Cundy

20 Recipe of the month - Irish Cream

31 Revisiting the old local buses

10 Our round-up of Christmas activities

22 Discover the benefits of kickboxing

13 Your garden in December

24 The Little Hair Shop welcomes a new addition

34 Learn how to make a snuggly hand snowman

14 Simon looks at Christmas decorations 17 Aboard the Nene Valley Railway

25 Whittlesey joins together for the Remembrance Parade

19 Fontanella’s Reopens

26 Local news including festive fairs

37 Finance advice 38 A secondhand record shop arrives in town 42 Fancy a walk alongside the Fen waterways? 44 WIN a signed book


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Jody Cundy MBE is a world and paralympic champion cyclist. If that wasn’t impressive enough, he also won 23 medals representing Great Britain at world swimming championships. Born with a deformed right foot, Wisbechborn Jody proves that disability doesn’t have to label or restrict you. Natasha Shiels caught up with the athlete, to talk about his greatest achievements, and what’s next for this inspiring and all-round nice guy

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You first dipped your toes in a local swimming club in Wisbech, and by the age of 10, was swimming for Kings Lynn Swimming Club. What drove that young boy to train, and did you believe that you could make a future out of sport? Initially I trained just because I really loved swimming, and competing in galas at the weekend for my local swimming club. But things changed once I found out about the Paralympics, it was then a goal of mine to be good enough to make selection for the team. I never would have imagined that almost 30 years later, sport would still be such a major part of my life. What did you enjoy most about swimming competitively? And were there any negatives? I enjoyed the thrill of racing most, being able to test yourself against your peers and against yourself, and on top of that I got to see some amazing countries in the process of racing. Negatives would have to be the early morning sessions, it takes a certain kind of person to be able to jump in a cold swimming pool at 5:30am in the morning and say they enjoy it! What was your swimming highlight? Swimming highlight would have to be Sydney 2000; I’ve never had the

kind of form I showed there. I got a personal best (PB) in every event I raced by huge chunks, and won two golds and a bronze. Had I not got an infection in my knee and had to be admitted to hospital, it would have been the most perfect of games. In 2005 you took to the bicycle and rode around the Newport Velodrome. It was here that you were spotted by a coach, and then later in 2005, you entered the National Championships and broke a British record. You were then selected to join the 2006 Paralympic world cup team. What was the appeal to you for cycling? And why did you decide to hang up your trunks and goggles for the last time to focus on cycling? Essentially I’d reached the end of my swimming career, and had maybe one more major competition left in me. Once I rode at the Paralympic World Cup and was part of a WR breaking team sprint squad, I was offered a slot on the cycling squad. If I took the place this meant I would have to retire from swimming, as I was unable to do both together. Also as I was so new to cycling, the challenge and reward aspect of it was very appealing. How different is the discipline of cycling versus swimming? And do

you have to keep a really strict diet? They’re night and day different, but there are core elements of fitness that cross over. There are days I’ve been on the bike, though, when I feel I’ve got wetter than I ever did in a swimming pool! As for diet, it’s not really strict, but I do have to look after myself to make sure I’m adequately fuelled for the week’s training, and depending on the workload, adapt how much I eat, as the nutritional demands in an endurance block compared to strength block need to be looked after. You became the fastest solo Paralympian on a bike and were made an MBE in 2009 for your services to disability sport. Tell us about receiving your award? It was a real honour to go to the Palace to receive my MBE. All the people receiving awards are gathered together and briefed as to what to expect for the ceremony, and then you basically wait your turn and chat to all the other awardees. This was pretty special as I picked up my MBE the same day as Lewis Hamilton. I loved the formality of the whole event, and it was a special moment for me. You also competed in London, and most recently, Rio (winning gold

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Interview at both). What is competing in these events like? Do you get really nervous? They’re huge events that get coverage the like of which we only get every four years, so there’s a lot of pressure on us to perform, but that’s what all the training is for. I get nervous like any of my fellow competitors, worried about whether you’ll ride as fast as you have been in training, what others are going to do etc, but once again, that’s what the training is for, the preparation so there is no doubt about the performance that you can do. As for pre-race rituals, I always used to have a few, but once things don’t go the way you hoped, you realise they’re all silly little superstitions that don’t affect the outcome, and the best pre race ritual is to commit 100% to your training and do everything that’s asked of you. What is the stand out moment in your competitive career?

My team is a little bit of me putting something back in the sport. So what’s next for Jody? Any new sports you’re keen to take up? No new sports for me, and post Rio I’m on a bit of down time and recharging the batteries before embarking on the next four year cycle. Hopefully before the new year I’ll have got back into the swing of training again and start setting my four-year goals. And finally, what are your top tips to encourage people to start - and continue - exercising? Find something you enjoy, it’s a lot easier to keep doing something if you enjoy it, especially when you have to push yourself to improve, as those bits are never the most fun. Once you make that breakthrough, the benefits of being fit and leading an active lifestyle far out weigh all those elements.

QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS How many medals in total do you now have? Good question, and I’m not sure in total, but if I just count World and Paralympic medals it’s 22 Gold, 3 Silver and 6 Bronze! And where do you keep them? Got a few on display, but most are in boxes and cupboards all over! Should really show them off a little more, but I end up having to take them places to show people.

Tough question, and I don’t think I could pinpoint any moment. But if I had to, I’d say the whole of Sydney for my swimming career, and the World title I won in Mexico in 2014, as it was my first major international medal after London, and it felt as exciting as winning my first World title. It was at the crazy altitude in Mexico that I set a ridiculously fast WR en route to the title. In 2011 you set up “Para-T” to help promote disability in sport. Is it important to you that other gifted individuals get the same opportunities to train? Of course - I worked hard and have my parents to thank for allowing me the opportunity to do what I love and get the most out of my sport.


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When you’re not competing, doing charity work or training, what’s your favourite thing to do? I love catching up with the MotoGP, F1 and Downhill MTB. I also try and get out and do some mountain biking too. Who is your greatest inspiration? In cycling it was Chris Boardman seeing him win gold on the Lotus bike in 1992 and then go on to battle out the hour record, was one of the reasons I wanted to ride in a velodrome. But growing up I played a lot of basketball and was always a fan of Michael Jordan, as he was in his prime when I was getting into sport, and he was just a huge megastar.

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Don’t miss all the fun of the Christmas Fayre on Whittlesey Market Square. Whittlesey Town Mayor, Alex Miscandlon, will open the festivities at 5pm, followed by the New Road Molly. Brian Smithyman will take his role as the brilliant Master of Ceremonies again. The Whittlesey Christian Church will be busy face painting, plus a balloon modeller will be moving through the crowds producing amazing free models. Whittlesey Tangent Club have been busy creating a fabulous grotto, with thanks to Hubs Place, for Santa to come along and listen to your last minute requests. Don’t miss the fair with rides for the children and hot dogs available, plus a new Punch and Judy show. Lots of the local charity groups have been encouraged to come and do a little festive fund-raising, and the local shops will be open for the evening, to give you a bit more Christmas shopping time. The steam engine, Thursford Organ and Whittlesey Fire engine, are all ready and waiting to come to add to the atmosphere. There are also Enchanted Princesses and Enchanted Heroes, as well as Marshall from Paw Patrol. The evening comes to a festive end with carol singing supported by the Salvation Army Band and singers from St. Mary’s Church choir and the Whittlesey Singers. This is certain to be one fabulous, festive community evening, so please come along.

WHITTLESEY AND DISTRICT CHURCHES TOGETHER CHRISTMAS SERVICES FOR 2016 Roman Catholic Church, St Jude’s, 3, Station Road Whittlesey Father Michael Vulliamy Christmas Eve 9.30 p.m. for 10 p.m. Midnight Mass Methodist / United Reformed Church, Queen Street, Whittlesey Revd. L. Moseley 01733 751681 Sunday, 4th December 10.30 a.m. Advent Communion Sunday, 11th December 4pm Messy Church 6.30 p.m. Blue Christmas Service Sunday, 18th December 10.30 a.m. Morning worship 6.30pm Christmas Carol Service Christmas Day 9.30 a.m. Christmas Family Service Salvation Army, Church Street, Whittlesey Captains Rob and Georgina Symons 01733 240130

Friday 9th December - Peterborough Citadel Band Playing Carols In The Market Place (Late Night Opening) Saturday 10th December 10.00am -12pm - Coffee Morning including Display of Nativities Sunday 18th December 4pm - Corps Carol Service followed by Tea, Coffee and Mince Pies. Hall open from 2-4pm for Display of Nativities Church of England Revd. N. Whitehouse 01733 203676 St Andrew’s, Church St, Whittlesey Wednesday 21st December 7.00 p.m. Carol Service Christmas Eve Communion 11.00 p.m. With Queen Street Congregation No Christmas Day Communion Please note changes to services.

St Mary’s, Station Road, Whittlesey Sunday, 11th December 6.00 p.m. Carol Service Christmas Eve Children’s Service: Come and Sing Christmas 5.00 p.m. No Christmas Eve Holy Communion Christmas Day Communion 10.30 a.m. Holy Trinity, North Green, Coates Saturday, 17th December 7.00 p.m. Carol Service Christmas Eve: Crib and Christingle Service 5.00 p.m. No Christmas Eve Holy Communion Christmas Day Communion 9.30 a.m. St Thomas’, Oilmills Road, Pondersbridge Sunday, 18th December 4.30 p.m. Carol Service Christmas Eve Communion 10.00 p.m.

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It’s finally here, Simon Parr-Black explains the best way to deck your home out ready for Christmas - and you can leave that tinsel in the loft!

As a child, the run up to Christmas was always a magical time; not just searching the house to see what you might be given, or the amount of food that we seemed to get through on the day, but the hours we would spend as a family decorating the house. Looking back, my poor Father must have looked on in horror as garlands of brightly coloured paper links were taped or pinned to the ceilings! Every piece of tinsel in the box had to be used to adorn whatever it was we could find to bind. By the time the tree was erected, the glee of deshrouding the collection of baubles and tree ornaments started in earnest, producing piles of discarded newspaper wrapping. I am sure this kind of family decorating still happens, but more often we see that we opt for a

somewhat more controlled approach to decoration. If you are looking for a more natural and somewhat foraged approach to your decorations, you may find a suitably sized branch that has fallen from a tree in your garden, or local parkland or walkway. Leaving it to dry for a few days, you could then look to spray it in a colour or of your choice (or leave natural), and place the branch in a pot (with some sand and gravel), wrapping the pot (partly to protect your home from dropping sand). Moss could be added to the base of the branch, before decorating the branches with baubles, or maybe clove studded dried orange slices, star shaped biscuits, dog treats or whatever takes your fancy. You might be surprised at what you can achieve.

If you are really after some colour and want an impact, there is nothing to stop you going wild. Take a look at a colour wheel on the internet - it is easy to select one or two contrasting colours to the walls of your dining

or living room. With these at hand, the shops are full of ribbons and other decorations that you could use to create your masterpiece. Old baubles could even be painted if you are looking to recycle last year’s decorations. Of course it is not just about the tree, the dining table may want to receive some attention and I think the balustrade and fireplace are also great opportunities for you to show your personality and flourish! You could substitute baubles for fruit or sea shells….

Fir cones and candles are a simple but very effective approach, and they can add a very elegant effect that will last the season. The front door can also have a twist of your own, a shop bought wreath, one made by your local florist, or maybe something to hint as your musical taste may be a great surprise for your guests. An old scratched vinyl record in the house could become a base, decorating around the record label so that it remains readable for who ever comes knocking. However you choose to dress your home, have fun doing it, be creative. I wish you all a wonderful festive season and the very best in all that you do in 2017.



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ALL ABOARD! What better way is there to see the beautiful rolling countryside around us, than to hop aboard a steam train? Natasha Shiels took a ride one Beautiful autumn Sunday morning, to take a journey back in time, and rediscover the importance of keeping this mode of transport alive IMAGES Chris Brudenell A BRIEF HISTORY

Steam power was one of the most important and key aspects of the Industrial Revolution. The invention of the steam engine created many changes and additions to the technology of the time, including steam powered locomotives. Steam locomotives are vehicles that run on rails or tracks and are powered by steam engines. They were historically used for moving freight and other materials, as well as passengers. Although a popular method of transportation for a large part of the 19th into the 20th centuries, they were eventually replaced with more modern methods of transportation.

The creation of steam locomotives began with the development of the steam engine. The invention of the steam engine dates back into the late 17th century. In 1698, Thomas Savery, an English inventor, patented a device that allowed for the use of steam to pump water. The steam engine that he created was used to remove water from mines. This design was improved upon by English engineer, Thomas Newcomen, in 1712. Later, further and more significant improvements to the steam engine were made by a Scottish engineer and inventor by the name of James Watt starting in 1763. It was Watt's improvements to the steam

engine that opened the door to the invention of steam locomotives. Britain was a major force in the development of the steam engine and steam locomotives. Although prototypes had previously been created, the first full scale steam locomotive was built in Britain by British engineer, Richard Trevithick, in 1804. Unfortunately, his steam locomotive was not well received. In 1814, the first successful steam engine locomotive was built by the British Engineer, George Stephenson, called BlĂźcher. Later in 1825, Stephenson also created the first public railway for steam locomotives.

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We began our journey at Wansford Station, the headquarters of the Nene Valley Railway. The station brings together three forms of transport in one location, with the River Nene being separated from the railway by the "Old Great North Road”. Beside the station is the rather impressive Wansford signal box, which was built in 1907 by the London and North Western Railway to replace three smaller boxes. The signal box is one of the largest preserved signal boxes in its original location. Past a quaint booking office and through a delightful gift shop, we hopped onto the rather aptly entitled ‘The Fenman’ carriage and waited for our tickets to be collected. After a short wait, the familiar and evocative sound of the steam train purred into action and we were off.

picnic area. We were fortunate enough to catch the last steam train before the Santa Specials began in late November. But if you don’t fancy a train ride with Santa himself, Nene Valley Railway is back to running their usual engines after Christmas, with their train operating days getting back into full swing in the new year.

delight in catching a working steam train doesn’t seem to ever lose its magic. Moreover, this mode of transport is part of our glorious history and to lose it would be a terrible shame. Will I be riding the steam train again? Of course I will, but this time I’ve been told I can’t go without my three-year-old son, or else there will be trouble!

FURTHER INFORMATION APPRECIATING OF THE PAST The Nene Valley Railway steams 7.5 miles through the picturesque Nene Valley, using the route that in 1845 was built as a link between the Midlands and medieval Cathedral City of Peterborough. Today the line’s emphasis is very much more about leisure than industry. From Wansford our journey took us through stations such as Orton Waterville, (which some of you will recognise as the station on the edge of Nene Park), and Peterborough Nene Valley (home of Railworld), before we turned around and headed back. You are welcome to alight the train on any of the five stations, and the handy timetable you receive on your arrival allows you to plan your return. Here you can choose between a rural walk, children’s adventure trails, or simply to go shopping. Wansford Station itself is well worth a visit, if merely to take a look back in time. There’s also a cafe, toilets and a 18 The Fens | December 2016

Would I recommend a visit to Nene Valley Railway? Yes, for many reasons. It’s a wonderful day out for any age. I shared my carriage with men and women ranging from their late 80s, to a toddler and his dad. The pure

To find out more about Nene Valley Railway, including their train operating timetable, please visit Their Santa Specials run from 26th November to Christmas Eve. These must be booked in advance. You can call the office for further information on 01733 784444.


A sleek new


Along Market Street in Whittlesey, a little piece of Italy is waiting for you. Fresh from its recent expansion, we paid the father and son duo a visit to sample its delights Next February will mark six years since Luca, and his father Enzo, opened the doors at Fontanella’s. “At just aged 20,” explained Luca, “I had a vision of opening a place where you could eat the best homemade food, cooked by my brilliant chef dad.” That vision quickly became a favourite destination for many locals. Encouraged by their customers who insisted the duo should expand, Fontanella’s briefly closed in October in order to more than double in size. Now comfortably able to seat 30, the perfectly formed cafe/restaurant is better able to meet the demands of its loyal and much-loved customer base. “They’re great customers,” explained Enzo, “but we don’t call them that - to us, they’re friends,” and it’s easy to understand why after spending just a few minutes in the company of the pair.


IMAGES Chris Brudenell

A clever move to shift the kitchen further back has allowed Enzo and Luca to transform the previous cooking area into a second dining space. The seating area has now more than doubled, but much more than that, the floors, walls, chairs and tables have either been decorated or replaced. The new scheme is clean, bright and cleverly styled with old family photos and images reminiscent of sunny Italy. The additional space has also

allowed for a better equipped deli range, offering cheese, meats, olives and more. The team have opened the cafe, but retained the cosy and intimate feel that its customers loved. As Enzo perfectly summarised, “We feel comfortable now.” As well as offering superb value on paninis, pastas and salads, Fontanella’s launched a Saturday night evening meal in 2015. The popularity and demand of which, gave Luca and Enzo the initial dream to expand. For just £19.95, diners can choose between four starters, four mains and a dessert on the night. But

be quick - these special nights only happen a couple of times a month and usually get booked up as soon as the dates appear on the chalkboard or Facebook page! Then of course there’s always the option of a takeaway service - here you can order anything from the menu and enjoy it from the comfort of your home or place of work. And for those of you looking for your next outside caterers - Fontenella’s can also take care of that. Whether it be a wedding, christening, work party or just an occasion, Luca and Enzo can fully cater for your guests, adding their Italian charm and well balanced palate.

Fontanella’s can be found at 10 Market Streer, Whittlesey, and opens its doors Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm, and Saturday 9:30am to 2pm. Their special evening meals currently run twice a month until late. For further details please call 01733 203587. The Fens | December 2016 19



Christmas Cocktails Real Irish Cream

Once you have tried the real thing, branded versions will never be the same By John McGinn, Dog in a Doublet Makes about 1ltr Prepare Less than 30 mins Cook No cooking required


• 250ml single cream • 1x397g tin of condensed milk • 350ml Irish Whiskey (it must be Irish! Trust me nothing else works the same) • 1tsp Camp Coffee Essence • 3tsp chocolate sauce • 1tsp vanilla essence • 1tsp almond essence


1. Sterilise the bottles for the liqueur by first washing them in very hot water, and then placing in an oven at 160oC/325f/Gas 3 for 10 minutes, then leave to cool. 2. Pour all the ingredients into a blender and blend on high for 30 seconds. 3. Pour into the sterilised bottles and store in the fridge. It will keep for a good two months (if it lasts that long!) 4. Shake well before pouring. 20 The Fens | December 2016

The Cranachan Cocktail Ingredients

• 50ml Irish Cream Liqueur • 25ml Jack Daniels Honey • 25ml Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur • 100ml milk • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream


1. Place all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with a couple of ice cubes and shake vigorously. Pour into martini glass and decorate with a cherry.

The Twists

• Chocolate Irish Cream Omit the almond essence and triple the amount of chocolate sauce • Amaretto Irish Cream Omit the chocolate and double the amount of almond liqueur • Non-alcoholic Replace the whiskey with milk

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KICKBOXING Following on from last month’s article about the many benefits of joining a fitness class, this month we took our own advice and joined Pro Martial Arts Kickboxing class Words Natasha Shiels Images Chris Brudenell

When THE FENS were invited to join Eston Dalby’s Kickboxing for Beginners class, I was slightly dubious. Will I look out of place? Will it be intimidating? Will I feel silly? But spurred on by a sense that it’s good to push yourself outside of your comfort zone and try something new, I turned up at the Manor Leisure Centre (along with my husband), and was made to feel instantly at home. After a quick warm up session, we were straight into learning some basic moves. PMAS train men, women and children the discipline of non contact kickboxing for fun, fitness or selfdefence. “We have people that come in and want to get involved



for various reasons,” Eston explained, “from boosting self confidence, meeting new people in a relaxed atmosphere, to getting rid of excess stress and improving co-ordination. You can also learn how to defend yourself if you are ever in a position where you might need to.” Kickboxing is also an excellent way to tone the entire body, improve your fitness level and burn fat. But if you think that I was surrounded by a room full of muscular fighters, you’d be mistaken. Beside me were a range of ages and fitness levels, from one lady who is

is a champion kickboxer, to juniors who are looking to move up to the next level, and those like me who are new to the sport and want to learn the basics. Everybody is made to feel welcome, and everybody can do it (trust me!). I caught up with Eston, Area instructor for Pro Martial Arts schools, recently awarded with Instructor of the Year. “I’ve been training with Pro Martial Arts for 13 years,” he explained, “and have some students with me who I’ve been training alongside for over 10 years. I’ve seen tears and frustrations, and some incredible successes. Everyone can achieve their own personal successes and nobody is excluded.” A true testament to this statement is the fact across the room from me was Zak Soan who is legally blind, and yet who trains alongside able-bodied members of the class. Eston explained that he had been turned away from other Martial arts clubs, but made to feel welcome at Whittlesey. So whether it’s fun, fitness or social, why not try a kickboxing class this month? Eston is able to take you from beginner level to competition fighter and instructor level for those aiming high. And if you need that bit more encouragement, new students can train for 4 weeks for free in December!

Kickboxing for Beginners runs three sessions a week at Manor Lesire Centre: Tuesdays 8-9pm women only, Thursdays juniors at 7-8pm and adults at 8-9pm (with optional sparring at 9pm). In each group you will be taught the basics to work your way through the belts. For more information contact Eston on 07899 938390

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Coates Primary School, The Fold, Coates PE7 2BP 5:30pm and 7:30pm Call Anna on 07539 229365

Childers (function room), 1a Station Road, Whittlesey 9:30am and 11:30am Call Gemma on 01733 350091 or 07984 683681

Childers (function room), 1a Station Road, Whittlesey 5:30pm and 7:30pm Call Tanya on 07713 596171

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Manor Leisure Centre FIRST CLASS FREE! Tuesdays (ladies only) 8-9pm IDEAL FOR BEGINNERS Thursdays (Juniors) 7-8pm NON CONTACT (Adults) 8-9pm FOR MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN AGED 6+

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Health & Beauty



THE LITTLE HAIR SHOP . got bigger!

It’s been seven years since I first walked through the door of Emma Flanz’s Little Hair Shop, which is unique in that it’s a salon converted from her garage. In those years an awful lot has changed, but Emma’s welcoming smile and ability to put you instantly at ease hasn’t. I caught up with her to celebrate the latest addition to the team, and find out why now is the right time for a change




or are concerned that their hair has lost condition. Another exciting new addition is the Keratin Revolution treatment, ideal for hair that has been damaged or requires lots of straightening; this product straightens and leaves locks so smooth that a simple blow dry is all that is needed. Stuck for ideas for Christmas? You can now purchase gift packs or Christmas vouchers - what better way to treat somebody this year? The team are also offering 20% off first bookings with Gary, plus giving away a free set of hair extensions on their Facebook page (but hurry, you have to like and share their page before December 18th to be in for a chance. The winner will be announced on Christmas Eve.) “We’d like to thank all our current customers for your continued support throughout the years,” Emma added, “you’ve all helped us to make it the success it is. Finally, we’d like to wish


The Whittlesey-based salon is delighted to welcome Gary Lee McIntosh, who brings with him a specialism in both hair extensions and colouring. Having previously worked in a leading Peterborough salon, Gary has joined the team looking to develop a loyal client base that he can enjoy getting to know. For him, this is as important as ensuring the very best cut and colour. Gary joins current colourist and stylist, Kayleigh Greenhow, who is also specialising in ladies and gents cuts, as well as offering traditional to modern colour techniques. The three strong team can ensure that whatever you desire for your hair, they can cater. Alongside this, The Little Hair Shop is offering the latest in hair treatments and techniques, including the new MATRIX BOND Ultim8 protecting system, which is especially suited to those thinking of having a radical colour change






all current and new customers a very Happy Christmas and New Year.” So whether you’re looking for a restyle for Christmas and the New Year, or just ready for a change, why not give The Little Hair Shop a call today on 01733 200445.

Gary Lee McIntosh joins the team!

Specialising in six different methods of hair extensions, Gary also brings his colour expertise from Balayage to Ombre, and fabulous highlights. Book your appointment with Gary in December or January and receive 20% OFF YOUR FIRST VISIT


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• Keratin Revolution Closes 18 Dec Nono-intense - a multi-use 3-in-1 keratin treatment The Little Hair Shop, offering the same top salon quality which gives controlled, treatment but in a relaxed and friendly atmsophere manageable and super sleek straight hair UNISEX SALON • OCCASION HAIR • CUT, COLOUR • Matrix BOND Ultim8 AND RESTYLE this bnd protecting system GIFT PACK AND XMAS VOUCHERS NOW AVAILABLE boosts your hair when LIMITED PRE-XMAS APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE colouring

THE LITTLE HAIR SHOP, 34 BELLMAN’S ROAD, WHITTLESEY PE7 1TY Call us today on 01733 200445 or find us on Facebook Open Monday-Saturday; CLOSED Sunday; Late night Thursday and Friday NOW OPEN ALL DAY SATURDAY 24 The Fens | December 2016

Out in the Fens

Every month, we explore the Fens to bring you news of the people, places and exciting goings-on that are worth knowing about in our area

WHITTLESEY REMEMBERED Last month the streets were lined with men, women and children, all wanting to show their respect and remember all those who had fallen in the war. The Remembrance Parade left the Ivy Leaf Club at 1:45pm, and followed the bagpipes through the streets of Whittlesey. “I think the people of Whittlesey should be congratulated for their organised

parade and wonfearful attendance on Armistice Parade,” added Joe Jennings, Deputy Chair of the Whittlesey Business Forum. “The town showed its true character.” Whittlesey Mayor, Cllr Alex Miscandlon, added: “With the advancing years of the veterans it’s encouraging to see all the youngsters coming along to pay their respects to their forefathers. Some of the little

ones in the parade were only around five years old.” The poppy was adopted as a symbol of Remembrance following a Canadian doctor, who shortly after losing a friend in 1915, was inspired by a field of poppies in a battle-scarred field. His poem, ‘In Flanders Fields’, lives on to remind us.

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Whittlesey Police Station 1857 - 2016

The opening of the Queen Street Police Station on October 3rd, 1968 by Alderman T.W Anthony (J.P. and Chairman of Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely County Council) was a day to celebrate. The total cost of the building, which included demolition of the old one, was £30,560. The first station, which included a lock-up and a house, was built on the present site and completed in 1857, just prior to a riot which took place in the town after an election. The police force at the time was inadequate to cope with the disturbance and assistance had to be brought in. Retired Sergeant Dennis Ellingham spent most of his career within

Whittlesey, and during that time no murders occurred, there were two sergeants and six constables. There was just one cell but no toilet. The sergeant had the use of the ‘Ford Anglia’. The current Police and Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite, decided in conjunction with Cambridgeshire Police, that the Whittlesey Police Station is no longer required for operational purposes. The Police Station had only been opened for limited periods for some time, and closed officially at the end of October. In liaison with other interested groups, Fenland Policing have said that there will be coverage of Policing in and around Whittlesey and district.

GREEN WHEEL / ROUTE 63 CYCLE PATH UPDATE We are determined to make sure that this Cycle Way is a safe area for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders, and that the route is a traffic-free way for people to get safely and scenically between Whittlesey and Peterborough. As part of our ongoing work, a new gate will be installed at the Stonald Road end of the Cycle Way early in December. A central gap will be provided for pedestrians, cyclists, and horse riders, to allow their free passage. It is our intention that this gate will be locked from December 17th, and so preventing unauthorised vehicles having access. Keys will be issued only to individuals 26 The Fens | December 2016 26 The Fens | December 2016

who can demonstrate and prove that they have a lawful private vehicular right to access land from the path registered as Public Footpath No. 29. Any individual issued with a key will be required to pay a deposit and sign a declaration as to its allowed use. If you feel that you have a private vehicular right over this land, and require a key, then please contact Whittlesey Town Council. You will then be asked to a meeting at the Council Offices where you will need to provide proof and your request will be discussed. We will work with the County Council to determine whether proof produced is acceptable.

Unfortunately, our town has also lost our long standing PCSO Ian Moll – who has moved to be based in Peterborough. Written and researched by Roy Gerstner, Chairman Whittlesey Neighbourhood Watch, with thanks to Whittlesey Museum. Would you like to become a better neighbour? Why not join Whittlesey Neighbourhood Watch. For more information please contact Roy Gerstner at roy.gerstner@ntlworld. com or Robin Sutton at robin55@ Images above: Police Station 1930 (left); Dennis Ellingham (bottom right); Police Station 1968 (top right) Town Council: Mrs Susan Piergianni, Town Clerk, Whittlesey Town Council, Grosvenor House, Grosvenor Road Whittlesey PE7 1AQ. 01733 351296 Whittlesey Community Car Scheme Christmas Closures Whittlesey Community Car Scheme will be closed for journeys from Wednesday December 21st until Tuesday January 3rd, 2017 inclusive, while the drivers enjoy at welldeserved break with their families. We would like to wish you all a Happy Christmas and very best wishes for 2017. We look forward to helping you again in the new year.

NGNPUK RAISING MONEY FOR SYRINGE DRIVERS It’s been a busy few months for NGNPUK; we had a stall at the Whittlesey festival, dressed our men up as giant fluffy dogs and entered them in a human hound race, attended our first school fete, car boot sales, applied for grants wherever we could, grown and sold lots of plants and anything else we could do to make a few pennies. We have been truly amazed by the support we have received, and had some very kind donations from local clubs, pubs and individuals. We also had four lovely ladies run in the Great Eastern run for us, it all makes a massive difference.

SO WHAT IS A SYRINGE DRIVER? A Syringe driver is a small machine that gives a patient a continuous stream of pain relieving medication and other medication, in end of life care. They can help patients remain comfortable at home with their families, instead of having to go into hospital or a hospice. We found when a family member desperately needed a syringe driver in 2013, that many local towns and villages only have one or two to cover large areas. Some patients may require more than one machine as certain medications cannot be mixed, this increases the strain on numbers further. We are trying to change that by increasing the numbers to ensure everyone who needs one, can have access. On October 14th, we handed over a total of eight more syringe drivers, and nine lockboxes to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust to be used in the local communities. Seven of these drivers will be used in the Whittlesey, Thorney, Eye and Stanground areas, and one will be used in the Wansford area, covering Wansford to Laxton, Tixover Wittering, Collyweston, Stibbington, Barnack, Sutton, Castor and Ailsworth. This whole area, like Whittlesey, only had two Syringe Drivers to share. This is the first Syringe Driver we have been able to deliver to a neighbouring area, and it was

made possible by a grant from the Burghley Trust. We hope in time to be able to raise awareness in other local towns and villages about the small number of drivers out there, and try to help them increase their numbers. Sonia Ciriello from Eye, is just one of the grateful recepients, who sadly lost her dad earlier in the year. He was able to be at home in his final days with the use of a Syringe Driver which helped manage his pain. “We couldn’t have managed without one,” Sonia added. She is now running a Christmas Fayre on behalf of NGNPUK on Sunday December 4th at Manor Farm Community Centre in Eye, from 1pm until 4pm. CAN YOU HELP? As well as the drivers, we also handed over 74 handmade cotton reversible bags to put the drivers in while they are with a patient. We have been told that these make a great difference to patients and their families. We put out a plea on our Facebook page for willing volunteers, and soon had a small army of ladies helping to make them. These will be given to patients when they have a Syringe Driver in their home, as they are something more personal to have next to the them, rather than a driver in a plastic box. Each bag is donated to one person, but they are not transferable due to the possibility of cross infection. Sadly, this means there is a constant demand. We are still on the lookout for more people to help make bags as they are used very quickly, so if anyone would like to help, please contact us. Since we started fundraising back in March 2015, we have now managed to handover a total of 12 Syringe drivers - which is amazing. We have noticed that more people now know what a syringe driver is and what it does, which is fantastic. We need to keep sharing this information, how much they cost, what they do and also how many people one little machine can help in its lifetime. Everyone who needs a Syringe Driver at that time should have one. 60 seconds is a minute too long. So we’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has helped, and please keep spreading the word. Louise, Sam and Lee Team NGNPUK

Harrison, End of Life Care Facilitator; Diane Carpenter, Community Staff Nurse Whittlesey; Lee NGNPUK; Eileen Nixon, Neighbourhood Team Interim Area Manager for Peterborough and Borderline; Angela Stevens, District Nurse Sister for Whittlesey, Thorney, Eye and Stanground; Andrea Layton, Deputy Manager at Aliwal Manor (who will also benefit from these additional drivers); Louise NGNPUK, Karen Saberton, Manager at Aliwal Manor Care Home; and Sam NGNPUK. Thank you to the ladies at Aliwal Manor for letting us take over your garden for the photos.

CONTACT DETAILS Email: Telephone: 07751 141005

RECYCLED TEENAGERS What a wonderful group of 65-80 years old the "Healthy Hearts" people are, both male and female. Every Monday morning at the Manor Leisure Centre, they arrive to enjoy an exercise routine for about an hour. The mutual feeling of respect they have for the two fantastic instructors is immense, as they have to put up with our antics in trying to get a bit fitter for all the effort we put in. There are more laughs than you could possibly imagine from this great group of people. Music is played as exercise is undertaken, the quips and banter know no bounds, laughter is the key to our enjoyment. Our theme tune could well be "YOUNG AT HEART". We are all going for our annual Christmas dinner on December 19th, and will be back in the New Year raring to go and continuing with our weekly Monday morning ritual. So why not come along and initially see if want to join in with our happy group? You would be made most welcome.

Pictured above from left to right: Katy

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Exploring the FENS

Festive Fairs in Fenland


Stretching to an area of around 200 square miles, it’s not surprising that there is a vast choice of festive fairs to tempt you. Why not visit a different Fenland town, soak up some Christmas cheer and explore? We’ve picked a selection of Christmas Fairs happening this month across the Fenland towns.

MARCH CHRISTMAS MARKET, Sunday, December 4, 9-4pm

There can be no more truly festive events in Cambridgeshire at this time of the year than the Christmas Market in March. Visitors will find everything they need for Christmas including decorations, traditional foods and presents for friends and loved ones. The atmosphere is truly festive with carol singers, holly wreaths, Santa’s grotto, activities for children, Christmas trees and much more besides! For those who love the festive season, this event is not to be missed.

ELGOOD’S CHRISTMAS OPEN WEEKEND 2016 Saturday and Sunday, December 3-4, 11-4pm

Whilst Elgood’s is now closed until the Spring, the brewery opens its doors every year at Christmas for an open weekend. Here you can enjoy a free Brewery tour, free garden entry, browse local crafts, order your Christmas beer, and indulge at a licensed bar. Parking is free, so why not come and visit the home of Elgood’s Award Winning Beer.

Closer to home is the Whittlesey Christmas Extravaganza, which promises to bring the fun of a Christmas Fayre to the Market Square. There will be plenty of stalls, rides for children, music, hot food, a steam engine and carol singing. For more information about this true community event, turn to page 20.

WISBECH CHRISTMAS FAYRE Sunday, December 11, 10-3pm

Visitors to the Fayre can look forward to indulging their senses in all things festive, from roasted chestnuts, to hot chocolate Baileys liquor, to a live brass band. There are a wide range of stalls offering quality gifts and seasonal food. Look out for Santa and his real reindeer stabled in the Horsefair - until they are needed for more pressing matters on Christmas Eve.

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Sing your heart out with U3A Not all our monthly meetings have speakers, and at last month’s get together, members were entertained to Trad Jazz, provided by “The Jazz Beens” septet. All the latest news was given out and teas, coffees and biscuits enjoyed as usual. As I write, our annual Christmas Party Extravaganza is being planned with musical entertainment, lavish buffet tea, prize raffle, games, licensed bar, etc. Maybe now is the right time to join Whittlesey U3A, as members get a discounted rate of £3 for tickets for this event? Our Theatre Group enjoyed a marvellous day in London recently, going to see “The Lion King”, and last month went to the amazing “Thursford Spectacular”, incorporating some time to explore the lovely town of Holt. Next year, other trips are being arranged, including a February visit to the Royal Albert Hall to see “Cirque de Soleil.” Often seats are available to non-members; so get in touch if you are interested in going along, but not yet ready or eligible to join U3A!

With a Song In my Heart! This month’s group for promotion is our singing group, known as “The Warblers”, who meet weekly at Queen St. Church from 2.15 to 4pm. Currently a motley bunch of around 12 men and women, (although more men would be good!), enjoy a fun time of practising two or three part harmonies and some “rounds.” For the uninitiated, a round is a simple short song broken down into parts with the singers commencing at different points. Sounds complicated? It isn’t at all and the end result makes for a very satisfying harmony! We are presently practising some songs for our annual Christmas party. You may have seen us at this year’s Whittlesey Festival where we performed a few ‘numbers’ at St Mary’s Church, which appeared to be well received, and have also entertained residents in a local care home. We sing for fun and nobody is persuaded to sing publicly if they choose not to! We would dearly love to increase our numbers and welcome you calling in at Queen St. Church to casually listen to us on Wednesday afternoons. You’d even be welcome to a cuppa and biscuit at the break! To join us fully though you would need to become a member of Whittlesey U3A. Our leader is Theresa Shiels, who can be contacted at or via the Publicity Officer, details below. Whittlesey U3A wishes all staff at THE FENS and all readers a very Happy Christmas, and send our best wishes for 2017, hoping you will come and join us! Tony Wright Publicity Officer, Tel. 01733 701628 or


The tale of TWO ploughs Plough 1. Located at March Road, Coates, on the A605, this plough has recently enjoyed some TLC from our members and was returned to its former glory (THE FENS issue 3) for the Summer/Autumn months. The flowers and the repainted plough gave a good display. This site currently does not have a sponsor, but initial dialogue has taken place to secure a new business venture, and we hope to be in a position to proceed for the start of Spring 2017. In the meantime however, we will make some more detailed attention to this site. If you can help in any way, we would welcome support from willing local residents to assist, and contact can be made to either of the telephone numbers below. Plough 2. Located at Plough Road, Whittlesey, also on the A605 (opposite the St. John Ambulance building) this plough is sponsored by Blinds in Harmony, and we are extremely grateful for the support we receive. The site has recently undergone some remedial work before the planting of winter flowers took place. It has now been identified that a particular tree on this site has a disease and will have to be felled in the very near future. While all this has been happening, our litter picking at various venues around town has continued, and at our first outing in November, we were supported by 15 of our regular team members. On NEW YEAR'S DAY, Jan 1st 2017, we will be at the Buttercross, Market Square, for 10.00am. Why not come and join us, bring your dog for a walk, enjoy a stroll, celebrate the New Year with us, and meet some new friends? • Contact telephone numbers: Chairman 01733 202874; Secretary - 01733 204041.


Great turnout for Whittlesey Library Last month, Whittlesey Library, as part of the Alice in the Libraries Scheme, aired the film Goosebumps. A prize draw was held for the children who came in fancy dress, and young Evie Grimwood won a £10 gift voucher. Photographed with Friends of The Library Chair, Marilyn Gregory, Evie looks spectacular. You can find out more about the Friends of Whittlesey Library at whittleseylibrary

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WHITTLESEY BUSES Not so long ago, Whittlesey had its own local bus service, Morleys. This month we take a look back at the different buses that operated in the area

Today Whittlesey’s bus services are provided by Stagecoach, but as many of us remember, it wasn’t always so. Last year, Judd’s buses ceased operation (which was a very sad day), but they were a continuation of Morleys who closed in 2005 - a firm I am sure plenty of our readers will recall. I wonder how many of you will also remember Canham’s buses who ceased trading in 1983 with their distinctive blue or orange and cream coloured buses

and coaches? Well, I thought it’d be nice to pay a tribute to all three of our independent, and well-loved, local bus companies with both a brief history, and some pictures to stir your memories! Both Morleys and Canhams commenced bus services around 1922; Morleys trading as the West End Bus Company, or W.B.S, from their depot in Whitmore Street/West End; and Canhams from Scaldgate. Morleys offices have been recently demolished, but their garage still exists, as does Canhams. Both companies used a wide range of both single decker coaches and double decker buses, almost all of which they purchased second hand from as far apart as London Transport and Western Scotland. Morleys most iconic single deckers traded the hills

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late night to enable us to go to Peterborough at night on the bus for the cinema or a meal and then to come home on the bus as well, was the fact that their fares were cheap and ensured that their competitors, Eastern Counties, then Cambus, and lastly Stagecoach, kept their fares lower than the comparable distance on routes where they had no competition. I am sure I’m not the only one who noticed that coinciding with the demise of Judds and the dramatic fall in fuel costs, Stagecoach actually increased their fares. Canhams bowed out of the scene, their last bus service running at 5.30pm from Queensgate to Whittlesey, on Friday the 21st October 1983, and more recently, Morleys closed at the end of October 2005. Fortunately, their routes were taken over by Emblings Coaches and then Judds, who lost their licence from the Transport Commissioners in 2015. I hope you enjoy looking at the pictures and I look forward to seeing you all soon.

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Method: 1.

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Make a cut at the heel. Take the bottom half of the sock (this will be the body and head), fill up with rice, give it a little tap to fill firmly, and remember to leave room to tie the end. Tie it off with string or elastic, nice and tight. Now

squeeze the neck and tie it up to make a head and a body section.


It would be a great idea to glue the knots with a hot glue gun, or sew them in, but it is not essential, we didn’t.


6 3 7 6.

Now using the top half of the sock, turn it inside out and tie the rough end. Turn it the right way again and pull it over the head of your snowman. Roll the open end to make the rim of its hat, glue this to the snowman’s head if you wish, (we didn’t because Moo wanted to be able to swap and change the hats as she pleased). If you do use glue, be sure to hide the glue under the rim, and be aware that if you do use glue, it could melt during the microwaving process. Be careful.


Now decorate your snowman, eyes, nose and mouth are worth doing with marker pens, as this will not cause burning when microwaved, like buttons and beads might.


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Tie on a scarf using scrap material or ribbon.


Pop your snuggly snowman in the microwave, put water into a cup or bowl, just 1/3 full, and stand your snowman NEXT TO the bowl, NOT INTO THE WATER.


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VINYL SHOP OPENS IN WHITTLESEY Music fans and collectors have a great reason to celebrate this month - there’s finally a local shop to browse, buy and sell records. Bob’s Records opened its doors at 2b Broad Street at the end of November, and has quickly become a destination in its own right. Inside the eye-catching orange and black facade are shelves of second-hand and vintage records, reasonably priced and starting from around £4. “You won’t find new records,” explains Bob, who is clearly full of enthusiasm and passion, “but classic albums that sound far better than anything new.” And with the growing popularity of vinyl, including those looking to buy record players and gramophones, we’re sure that Bob will become a welcome addition to our high street. Bob’s Records is open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. He will also be available during the evening for appointments only. For further information, to either buy or sell, please call Bob on 07802 354220 or 07711 873435.



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Cholesterol has a bad reputation in the media as it is associated with arterial disease. But what is the whole story? There has to be some benefits of having cholesterol in our system, otherwise why would our bodies expend energy digesting it, synthesising it and transporting it around our bodies? This article will give you that background story, albeit a simplified version. The first thing to appreciate is that the molecular structure of cholesterol puts it into a group of compounds termed lipids, i.e. fats. Lipids are insoluble in water because of their molecular structure, and so are insoluble in our blood. However, if they attach themselves to certain proteins (termed lipoproteins) then they become soluble. Our cells require two main types of lipids: cholesterol and triglycerides. Triglycerides contain fatty acids which the body uses in our muscle cells, and any excess is stored in our fat (adipose) cells. Cholesterol is used mainly in the: • Construction of our cell walls; • Formation of a number of steroid based hormones, (e.g. testosterone, estrogen, the stress hormone cortico-steroid and a number of others); • Building block of bile that enables us to digest lipids. Triglycerides and cholesterol can enter our bodies through our digestive system (termed the external pathway), or synthesised internally within our liver (internal pathway). Whichever pathway they come from, they need to be transported and here we need our lipoproteins. The lipoproteins are like the lipid buses. They pick the lipids up and then drop them off wherever they are needed via the medium of our blood. The triglyceride and cholesterol that enters through the external pathway are picked up by the chylomicron lipoprotein bus at the small/large intestines. It first stops at the muscle cells and then the adipose cells. In both cases the triglyceride units get off and are absorbed, whilst the cholesterol units stay on. They get off at the liver stop, where they are either used to make bile or steroid based hormones, or they meet up with their triglyceride and cholesterol friends from the internal pathway and await the departing Very Low Density (VLD) lipoprotein bus. The first stop again is the muscle and adipose cells, where again the triglyceride gets off. The cholesterol stays on, but the bus changes its name to the Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) bus and off it goes. The next few stops are to all the cells it encounters, where one at a time, the cholesterol units get off and those cells use the cholesterol to either build their cell walls, or with certain cell types, make steroid-based hormones. At the end of the stops there may still be some cholesterol units left on the bus. The LDL bus driver should now return back to the liver and drop the cholesterol off. The majority do, however a small minority of drivers are irresponsible and choose to dump the remaining cholesterol units in the arteries, before returning back to the liver. Those units are now stranded. Fortunately for them, the liver is aware of the LDL drivers irresponsible behaviour and so has commissioned another bus, called the High Density Lipoprotein bus, to pick up any stranded cholesterol units within the body and return them back to liver where the cycle repeats. The irresponsible behaviour of a small minority of LDL bus drivers is the reason LDL is seen as the bad cholesterol, and HDL seen as the good cholesterol. The main message however, is that all components are important in maintaining our body’s health.

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The Writer's Corner Local author and mother of two

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… Well, here we are, December is already upon us, and for those who celebrate it but have failed to notice, Christmas is well and truly on its way. Traditionally popular for gift buying, December is the month Christmas shopping begins in earnest. It is also a time for other traditions; the trimming of trees, the hanging of lights, the writing of Christmas cards, letters to Santa, turkey and mince pies, absurdly silly knitwear and mistletoe and woe in soapland. Therefore, as a writer and lover of history, I thought it would be interesting to explore some of our Christmas traditions and where they originate. Medieval times brought us the Holly and the Ivy. The tradition of decorating the home with evergreens is an ancient one stretching back to pagan times. Evergreens were valued for their ability to retain life in the middle of winter and holly, traditionally thought to be masculine and ivy, feminine, were believed to bring stability to the home. Elizabethan times brought us sugar and spice and all things nice. ‘Eat, drink and be merry’ epitomised Christmas in Elizabethan England. Spectacle was of great importance and those households that could afford it, would indulge in a Christmas feast concluding in a banqueting course of sweet and colourful delicacies. Beautifully decorated sweetmeats were accompanied by hot drinks including ‘lambswool’ – made from hot ale, cider or sherry, apples and spices, which, when hot, would explode to create a ‘woolly’ top. Victorian times brought us the Christmas tree and the Christmas cracker. The image of a glittering tree, its branches illuminated by twinkling lights and decorations, is one of the most powerful and recognisable images of a ‘traditional’ Christmas. The introduction of such is said to be credited to Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s husband – both great advocates of Christmas – however, he simply popularised an already existing custom originally introduced to England much earlier. The story of the Christmas cracker is down to one man’s ingenuity; Tom Smith, a confectioner’s apprentice working in London in the early 19th century. After a trip to Paris in 1840, he admired the French sugared almond bon-bons wrapped in coloured tissue paper, and introduced them to London. Some years later, after watching logs crackle on a fire, he imagined a bon-bon with a bang. Adding a strip of paper – infused with chemicals which, when rubbed, created enough friction to produce a noise – inside a coloured paper wrapper containing mottoes and poems, the Christmas cracker was invented.

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Downham to Denver on the Fen Rivers It might be getting colder outside, but that didn’t stop columnist Leanne Hyland from taking a five-mile trek along the beautiful Fen Rivers. Will it inspire you to take a wild walk this month? Sitting on the banks of the River Great Ouse, Downham Market is one of Norfolk’s oldest market towns. In the centre, an ornate victorian clock tower peers above the rooftops, overlooking the Fenland landscape. Downham also skirts the edge of a little known walking route - the Fen Rivers Way, a 50-mile stretch of path between Kings Lynn and Cambridge. Today I am tackling just a small section of this route on a 5.7 mile circular walk taking in the impressive Denver Sluice Complex - a series of flood management structures which protect the people of the Fens and their property from rising water levels. I set off from Downham Town Centre and follow the high street towards the railway station, passing brightly coloured cottages and a large working flour mill. As I stray further from the town, I clamber over a turnstile and emerge in a large field atop a raised floodbank. With each step the scenery becomes more rural. To my left are

A scenic spot on the Fen Rivers Way

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newly ploughed fields and trees harbouring the last of Autumn’s leaves, on my right the River Great Ouse, gently curving its way through the landscape. I push forward, always keeping the water to my right and round a sweeping corner. Ahead of me there’s a large mechanical structure, peeking out from a cluster of trees: Denver Sluice. Due to the low-lying nature of the Fens, it’s crucial to ensure water levels remain shallow enough to prevent flooding. Denver Sluice helps to achieve this by controlling tidal surges. I head towards it

through long grass as the sun breaks through the cloud, it’s turning into a warm October day, but there’s still a chilly wind out on the flat exposed fen. I pause to explore the giant structure and continue down a small country lane to Jenyns, a cosy riverside pub with a garden that backs onto the water. From here I watch boats drift past from the nearby marina. Inside there are wooden beams, fireplaces made from old railway sleepers and plenty of historic relics, it’s full of character. With rested legs I head back to the path and follow a well-marked route past the Great Ouse Relief Channel - which runs parallel to the main river for more than 10 miles - and head in the direction of Denver village. From here I leave the Fen Rivers Way, Funds are being raised to help restore Denver Mill

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The Great Ouse flows for 143 miles from Syresham in Northamptonshire to the Wash

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Hire a boat and explore the Fen waterways instead keeping to the road, passing farms, cottages adorned with ivy, orchards hanging on to the last of the season’s apples and even a crowd of friendly alpaca. White lattice window boxes piled high with pansies stick out onto the street and fallen leaves line the path as I walk through Denver Village. Ahead there’s an old wooden cart with a sign pinned to the top: Fresh Walnuts. I shuffle through my change, pop a pound in the tin and pick up a bag. I push on, stopping to feed a group

“As I near my starting point once more, I feel grateful to have the Fens as my backyard, knowing that even staying local I can find serene spots, open vistas, wildlife, country pubs and winding rivers” of hungry ponies who nuzzle me from behind a wooden gate as I wander by. The tip of Denver Windmill rises up before me - a grade II listed, six storey tower mill with a long and grueling history. Built in 1835 - but currently closed for refurbishment - the mill has been struck by lightning, battered in a gale and suffered a part collapse, but it still stands tall. At the junction of Denver centre - a small square with a few shops, village green and a church I follow signs left and head back towards Downham. As I near my starting point once more, I feel grateful to have the Fens as my backyard, knowing that even staying local I can find serene spots, open vistas, wildlife, country pubs and winding rivers - and even a little autumnal sunshine. What more could I ask for.

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The Christmas Promise by Sue Moorcroft; Avon ‘Hats off to Ava Bliss.’ The Christmas Promise promises, and delivers, a lovely Christmassy read with a little more to boot. Curl up with your favourite hot drink, or better still – a glass of wine, and settle down to the ups and downs of Ava Blissham in this modern, romantic festive tale. Ava Blissham, milliner by trade, is struggling to make ends meet with her fledgling, bespoke hat making business. Christmas is fast approaching and as an only child, with both parents now retired and living abroad, Ava isn’t particularly looking forward to the festive season. Luckily Ava has a couple of good friends and a night out with them sees her being introduced to a possible love interest. However, the path to true love never runs smoothly, especially when there is a vengeful ex-boyfriend on the scene. Throw a spotlight on the pros and cons of the ‘instant sharing’ world of today’s internet based society, add some cyber bullying and revenge porn, not to mention the dazzling world of celebrities, including Ruby, the savvy wife of a famous footballer, plus an interesting insight into the cut and thrust world of viral marketing campaigns, and The Christmas Promise makes for a very modern day romance. Set between London and the fictional Cambridgeshire town of Middledip, the narrative flows at a steady pace as does the storyline. As well as the two main protagonists, Ava and Sam, the author also introduces some other lovely, well-rounded characters, and Wendy was, without a doubt, one of my favourites – her strength of character and eternal optimism, despite the dark cloud hanging over her, at times reminded me of my own lovely mum. Clearly well researched, The Christmas Promise also provides a fascinating insight into the craft of hat making. Add to that a liberal sprinkling of festive good cheer, despite Ava’s obvious dislike for Christmas (she has her reasons), readers will not be disappointed with a tale about romantic love, of family love, of friendships, old and new, and most of all, hope. A modern day cautionary tale gift wrapped in a traditional love story.

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Having seen off the trick or treaters with chocolate covered brussels sprouts and survived the colourful bombs of November 5th, now the ‘Christmas season’ is very much upon me. To be fair, it’s been creeping up for some time since it would seem the shops have been stocking Santa-shaped products since the beginning of October. I still enjoy Christmas but it doesn’t quite have the same effect as when I was a child. I remember looking forward to Christmas pretty much from September 1st and counting down the days. Now I don’t even think about Christmas until December 23rd, when every year the panic sets in when I realise my present options for loved ones will once again need to be purchased from the local SPAR and Esso garage. Receiving presents is also less interesting these days. I recall excitedly opening all the ‘box’ feeling presents knowing that these would be the best ones. It might be a book or video game (until the infamous Christmas of ‘95 when knowing I thought this, mum wrapped a box of socks, therefore completely destroying my theory). These days, I almost dread the inevitable question from my parents: ‘What would you like for Christmas?’ Although there are items I’d like, instead of the latest Mario game, I will this year be asking for a corded power drill. Thrilling. I also miss the Christmas games. As a family we would have our annual Christmas BINGO session, in which it was 10 pence a game with prizes for first to a line and then ‘big money’ (about one pound ten) for the full house. Sometimes we would branch off into charades, in which mum would almost certainly do ‘Batman’ by flapping her wrists uncontrollably and making ‘buck teeth’, while I would invariably try to act out ‘Free Willy’, which led to some uncomfortable family moments. All this being said I still enjoy Christmas, they’re just different, and this year for the first time Christmas dinner is my responsibility, (fire extinguishers on standby please). So I hope all readers get some lovely gifts from Santa, and Merry Christmas to all. I will be having a few beers to celebrate, even if it’s just a warm up to a certain festival next month ...


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December 1st

Christmas Lights switch on at Willow House, Duncombes Road, Turves at 5pm until 9pm

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Fossils Galore will be opening their Santa’s Grotto, in aid of Sue Ryder. Every child who meets Santa will receive a present and a certificate. For a price list and dates available, simply contact Fossils Galore on 01354 278089, via email fossilsgalore@ or pop into 60 High Street, March, PE15 9LD.

December 4th

Christmas Favourites Concert by the City of Peterborough Concert Band at 3.00pm at St Andrew’s Church, Ledbury Road, Netherton, Peterborough, PE3 9RF. Tickets are £5 each, free for accompanied under 16s, available from Hilary Lewis on 01733 265877 (email:, Peterborough Visitor Information Centre, 41 Bridge Street, Peterborough (01733 452336) or on the door. A donation will be given to EACH and Little Miracles

December 16th

Christmas Family Sing-A-Long, raising money for Defibrillators for All. A variety of popular and festive music, Christmas Quiz and Children’s Bingo, starting at 7pm at Childers, Whittlesey. Tickets £4 for adults and £2.50 for children. Ticket information on page 45 December 17th Fossils Galore will be holding its Christmas fun day, with Christmas drawing and colouring, Christmas fancy dress competition, Children’s Prehistoric activities plus lots more. Keep an eye on Facebook or

December 22nd

Christmas Tree Decoration Making from 10am - 12pm at Nene Park. Join Rangers to make a Christmas tree decoration from clay which can then be taken home to hang on your tree. Suitable from 3 years up

December 23rd

Children’s Christmas Party at Ivy Leaf Club, from 6pm-10pm, £5 per child, includes present and goodie bag from Santa. Adults free. Tickets to be purchased before event from the Ivy Leaf Club


December 2nd

Defibrillators for All awareness session. Come along to hear all about the defibrillators, and how to use them. Tea and coffee will be provided. St. Andrew’s Hall from 7pm-9pm. For more information see page 40

December 3rd-4th

The Angel Fair at Thorpe Hall Hospice, Peterborough. Lots of craft and various stalls, raising money for Sue Ryder. For more information see page 10

December 4th

Military Fair Ivy Leaf

December 8th

Whittlesey Conservative Branch of North East Conservative Association will be holding an afternoon tea with Christmas music by “The Boatmen” at Whittlesey Conservative Club, between 2pm and 4pm. Tickets are £5 per head and are available from Julie Windle on 01733 204445

December 9th

Whittlesey Christmas Extravaganza from 5pm to 8pm. Watch as the Whittlesey Market Place comes alive with all the fun of the fair. Stalls, children activities, hot food and Santa will even make an appearance.

December 12th

Neil Mitchell will speak on ‘The Life and Achievements of John Thompson’. 7.30pm in the Town Hall as usual. Whittlesea Society meeting

December 22nd

Christmas Trail 10am - 2:30pm at Nene Park. Collect a sheet from the Visitor Centre and hunt for clues as you walk around Ferry Meadows. It’s suitable for all ages and each sheet is just 50p


December 2nd  

Soul & Motown Night Ivy Leaf. 7:3012:30, £5 on the door

December 3rd

Thomas Jay at Conservative Club

December 10th

Johnny Lodge at Conservative Club

December 11th

Xmas Lunch at Conservative Club

December 13th

Ploughman Open Mic, Werrington, with Stacey 9pm

December 14th

Railway, Ramsey acoustic sessions with the Boatmen, 8pm

December 16th

Xmas Raffle Draw 8.30pm at Conservative Club

December 17th

James Courtney at Conservative Club

December 20th

Boat Inn, Whittlesey, Open Mic with Dave and Phil 8.45pm

December 24th

54321 at Conservative Club

December 31st

Dale Diamond at Conservative Club

December 26th

Singer in the function room at Ivy Leaf Club

December 30th

Whisky Bar acoustic sessions, the Boat Inn, Whittlesey, with the Boatmen, 8.30pm

December 31st

Rock & Roll New Year’s Party at Ivy Leaf Club, pay on the door

For Christmas Fairs happening this month, see page 28

REGULARS 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, 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 Hot Food every Friday lunchtime. at Conservative Club Whittlesea Society meet on the second Monday of each month at 7.30pm in the Town Hall and always have a speaker Members Bingo starts at 7.30pm every Sunday, Monday & Thursday at the Ivy Leaf Club

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