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Contents The

Fens Issue 4 | September 2016

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

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8 Time to join a new group?

20 Find out all about hypnotherapy

32 Writing workshop part 1

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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 September 10th and Saturday September 24th. Saturday September 10th Councillors present will be: Councillor Dee Laws (District, and Town Councillor) Councillor Alan Bristow (Town Councillor)

Time to join a Garden Group? U3A members have continued to enjoy a variety of activities throughout the summer months, some such as cycling and walking out in the lovely sunshine, and others with more sedate interest groups in the comfort of living rooms and lounges, accompanied by coffee and biscuits! At last month’s open meeting, Pastor Brian Smithyman provided members with a most illuminating talk on Whittlesey Emergency Food Aid Scheme, and was able to take away with him a selection of needed food items for the “bank,” brought along to the meeting by members. Although most had heard of the scheme, several folk were unaware of the depth of need right within our community, so it is to be hoped the shopping trolleys situated at stores in town will be regularly supported by U3A members in the future. As autumn moves in, the U3A has much to look forward to, not least our second Christmas party which is in the process of being planned. Folk last year were richly entertained with music and singing, accompanied by a wonderful buffet tea and licensed bar! Now’s the time to enquire about membership, call 01733 701628 if you may be interested!! In an effort to inform others of our activities, small pieces from leaders of some of our “Activity Groups” will appear in this column. This time around it is the turn of Min Mean who writes below:

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The Garden Group meets on alternate Tuesdays in The George from 10–11.30am. At present, we number seven members and possibly our enthusiasm exceeds our expertise! We share tips, ideas, seeds and plants, and the shared knowledge of seven very keen gardeners is the key to our success. Our gardens vary with most of us clearing, designing, creating and planting new gardens or areas; one keen member maintains a garden and an allotment, whilst another has mostly pots. We enjoy visits to local nurseries and garden centres, where we enjoy a good look around and often stay for lunch! The FDC planter by Alice’s Shop, which we hope is a good advert for our U3A, is now in our enthusiastic care. We welcome new members to our group – so why not come along for a “taster” session before you commit to joining our U3A? Contact Min Mean on 01733 208095. Tony Wright, U3A Publicity Officer

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Saturday September 24th Councillors present will be: Councillor David Mason (District, and Town Councillor) Councillor Eamonn Dorling (Town Councillor) If you have any matters of concern and wish to discuss with a Councillor, then please come along and let us know.

GREEN WHEEL/ROUTE 63 CYCLE PATH Whittlesey Town Council, along with other agencies, are determined to make sure that this cycle way is a safe area for cyclists and pedestrians, and that the route is a traffic-free way for people to get safely and scenically from Whittlesey to Peterborough. Over the last year we have fought many battles in an attempt to achieve this, and now feel that we are making some progress. This, in spite of the actions of certain individuals who try to jeopardise our efforts. Over the past few months the gate at the Stonald Road end has been deliberately vandalised on a number of occasions, to such an extent that the gate has been removed from its hinges. We have put up signs, which have been removed and stolen. Funthams Lane, north of McCains to the Cycle Path, has recently been repaired and re-surfaced. It is now in a very good condition. So, there is no excuse for people with legal access to land, to use the Stonald Road access and travel on the Cycle Path. In the next few weeks we will put up new signs, hopefully making it impossible for them to be removed. We will also be installing a new ‘vandal-proof’ gate, which will be locked. Only landowners who have a lawful reason to access their land will be given a key. All other vehicles will have to use the access along Funthams Lane. Cllr Ray Whitwell, Stonald Ward Whittlesey Town Council Email:

WHITTLESEY NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN Whittlesey Town Council proposed the whole parish of Whittlesey be designated as a neighbourhood area. As an established administrative area, the town council feels that it is a logical area for designation as a neighbourhood area.

only adopt a neighbourhood plan if it meets the basic conditions and if it receives a majority vote at referendum (there is no minimum turnout needed for the referendum) – therefore it is essential to effectively engage with the community.

Furthermore, the area proposed: • Does not infringe on other areas outside of the parish; • Falls entirely within Fenland District; • None of the area, in whole or part, has already been designated as a neighbourhood area, nor are there any outstanding applications to designate any part of the area proposed.

Typical things that a neighbourhood plan might include: • The development of housing, including affordable housing (affordable housing is housing that is normally for sale on the open market), and bringing vacant or derelict housing back in use. • Provision for business to set up or expand their premises. • Transport and access (including issues around roads, cycling, walking and access for disabled people). • The development of schools, health facilities, places of worship, leisure, and entertainment facilities, community and youth centres and village halls. • The restriction of certain types of development and change of use, for example to avoid too much of one type of use. • The design of buildings. • Protection and creation of open space, nature reserves, allotments, sport pitches, play areas, parks and gardens, and the planting of trees. • Protection of important buildings, historic assets such mud walls and archaeological remains. • Promotion of renewal energy projects, such as solar energy and wind turbines sympathetic to the surrounding landscapes.

Whittlesey Town Council’s planning application to pursue a neighbourhood plan has been approved by Fenland District Council’s Planning Department and Committee. The Local Roadmap Guide will be helpful: resources/neighbourhoodplanning-roadmap-guide/ A few key things to note about neighbourhood planning are: • The process is very much led by the respective Town/Parish Council, not Fenland District Council; through they do offer support throughout the process. This support may include providing advice on the legislation, how to undertake consultation, or policy writing for example. • Fenland District Council can

Whittlesey Town Council Neighbourhood Plan Members will be at the Whittlesey Festival on Sunday September 11th, your input is essential and consider what would you like to see in your Town and Villages. We look forward to discussing the Parish of Whittlesey Neighbourhood Plan with you.

A neighbourhood plan could be detailed, address several issues and feature numerous policies, or it could be very simple and feature only a few policies. The most important part of the process is to engage with residents. In the future information will be available at public exhibitions (hopefully Whittlesey, Eastrea & Coates Village Halls) and we are in the process of creating a questionnaire which will be delivered to every household in the Parish of Whittlesey asking for residents’ input. This will be your chance to contribute and have your say – the more responses to this questionnaire Whittlesey Town Council receive, the better the Parish of Whittlesey neighbourhood plan can reflect the wishes of the people who matter most: You – The Parish of Whittlesey People. A neighbourhood plan will be subject to examination and referendum and then form part of the Local Plan. This statutory status gives neighbourhood plans far more weight than some other local planning documents, such as parish plans, community plans and village design statements. It is necessary to gain a more than 50% ‘yes’ vote in a public referendum to bring these plans and orders in force. • Whittlesey Town Council. Neighbourhood Plan Committee Cllrs: Mrs Dee Laws, Alan Bristow, Eamonn Dorling, Mrs Rita Jolley, Ray Whitwell and Robert Wicks.

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Cycling as a leisure pastime is becoming increasingly popular, and the Cambridgeshire Fens is an ideal place to pursue this activity with many miles of safe, scenic and, perhaps most importantly, flat roads. With no hills to climb and plenty to see, there is no better place to begin. In our July edition of THE FENS magazine we included a feature on how to start out cycling. Here we offer the personal experiences of one ambitious cycling novice. Fenland District Councillor Mark Buckton has just completed the Lap of Anglia - 400 miles in four days, on a bicycle. I have just undertaken what has probably been the hardest thing I have ever done. Like so many things, it seemed like a good idea at the time. I had bought a bicycle to get fit, but it had languished unused in the garage for many months. Then someone mentioned the Lap of Anglia, a supported cycle ride around the region aimed at raising money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. A very worthy cause, I thought. The distance? A mere four hundred miles in four days. What could be easier? As it turns out, just about everything, but I hit the 'take part' button on the website and that was that, with a whole four months to prepare. The event itself was challenging and painful. Averaging a hundred miles a day on a bicycle that has not been designed for comfort is an experience never to be repeated, and if anyone ever tells you Norfolk is flat, don't believe them. Four days of riding

up and down hills across six counties would test the most experienced of cyclists and for a novice like me was excruciating...until the last day when we hit the Fens. The ride entered Cambridgeshire just south of Peterborough, the last hills and then the bliss of riding through Whittlesey, Thorney, Parson Drove, Wisbech and beyond towards King's Lynn without a hill in sight. Beautiful long straight roads running alongside watercourses and fields, the end of this epic journey became like a Sunday afternoon family cycle ride. Hearing the birds and experiencing country aromas in the warm August sunshine, it was very much a homecoming. For, truth to tell, before I started the Lap of Anglia I had barely cycled up a hill. All of my training had been done on the Cambridgeshire Fens. I had visited March, Chatteris, Whittlesey and Wisbech on my travels and all of the beautiful countryside and villages


in between. This is, without doubt, a wonderful and interesting place to cycle around, and very easy on the legs. Would I do the Lap of Anglia again? I think not, but it has given me a great appreciation for the ease and enjoyment of cycling on the flat roads of the Cambridgeshire Fens. And the bicycle? Well, it’s back languishing in the garage for a bit, but it will return to the flat Fenland roads once again when I have recovered.

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Whittlesey Festival – Don’t Miss it! With just days to go before the Festival on Sunday September 11th, excitement is building as the Market Square and surrounding streets and buildings will be buzzing with fun and laughter. Starting at 9.55am with a spectacular, colourful and musical parade from the Whittlesey Christian Church in Broad Street, we would love as many people as possible to line the streets to see this wonderful display. The parade will make its way to the Market Square for the official opening by the Mayor of Whittlesey at approximately 10.30am. The air will be filled with music, song and dance as there is a full programme of activities throughout the day, with a musical finale by the Romford Drum and Trumpet Corps and Peterborough Highland Band finishing at 4pm. Children can enjoy free (or subsidised) rides and amusements, puppets shows and face painting, and there are numerous stalls for you to visit. Take a walk back in time with a display of over 100 Vintage vehicles cars and motorcycles. Visit the schools’ Art Exhibition with students’ work from local schools on display at the Whittlesey Christian Church in Broad Street. This really is a day not to be missed here is a summary of just some of the things that you can experience on the day:

• World War II Flypast (Spitfire and possibly a Lancaster) • Peterborough Highland Band • Romford Drum and Trumpet Corps • Vintage Vehicle display (over 100 cars and motorcycles) • Puppets Shows • Craft Fair (in Childers, Station Road) • Dance Displays – including Street Dance, Lindy-hop, Flags, Pig-Dyke Molly • Fairground Rides • Free Face Painting – Market Square • Numerous Stalls • Singers and Musicians • Majorettes – Farcet Dance and Twirl • Schools Art Exhibition – Whittlesey Christian Church, Broad Street • Football Speed Cage - test your football skills • Climbing Walls , Bungee • Stocks, Gladiator Challenge, • Pony Rides (for nominal charge)... ...and so much more. We really hope you can join us on the day - with so many people and groups from the local and surrounding communities getting together, we are confident this will be an event not to be missed. If you would like more information about the Festival, please contact Brian Smithyman on 01733 752093 or Jenny Parker on 01733 351005.

Members of Norwich and Peterborough Building Society supported Street Pride members at a recent litter picking event, to whom we wish to thank for their valued support. Having met at Crossway Hand, they proceeded along the footpath to the Millennium Bridge at North Bank, collecting litter and avoiding all the dog mess left by those inconsiderate towards other walkers. Other events during August included Morton’s Leam and King’s Dyke, two notorious “hot spots” where we always find plenty of litter and fly tipping material, even though a large NO TIPPING sign is clearly visible. The grass cutting around the town and surrounding locations has been causing some concern of late to local residents, so Street Pride were able to do some cutting and strimming with their own recently acquired new purchases. This enabled grass at Ramsey Road to be cut, along with our “gateway” sites to make things a bit more presentable. We will be out again during the Whittlesey Festival on the 11th of this month, please come and visit us on the day, hear about our next plans, and maybe volunteer for a future litter pick with us. We are proud to keep the town clean, are you, and can you help? Please contact Fred Mills (Chairman) on 01733 202874, or Peter Davies (Secretary) on 01733 204041.

Rotary Club welcomes Joe As someone who has lived and worked in Whittlesey most of my life, I was very proud to take the reigns as Whittlesey Rotary Club President. To follow in the footsteps of many great Whittlesey people, including my father, is a real honour. Taking the job was the easy bit, and now the work of raising as much money for deserving charities and individuals really starts. The club will be taking part in the Whittlesey Festival, where you can come and throw a wet sponge at some local figures.

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Summer is coming to an end with the month of September generally being a cooler month than August and the days becoming noticeably shorter. The weather is, however, usually warm and calm, giving us the ideal conditions to plant trees and shrubs and enjoy the last of the summer sunshine. It’s a great time of the year to appreciate those long lasting plants that flower into autumn and if you have a fruit or vegetable patch you’ll be busy reaping the rewards of a hopefully successful harvest. Don’t forget - if you look forward to a great spring display of colour then now is the time to buy and plant your bulbs.

Three Essential Gardening Jobs for September Divide Herbaceous Perennials

September is a good month to lift and divide summer-flowering herbaceous perennials. Most perennials need to be divided every three to five years as the plants can become too big for the border and become congested. Dividing will invigorate the plant and help to improve flowering and overall shape for next year. Gently dig out the plant you want to divide, being careful not to damage the roots. Use a garden fork to separate the plant into two then shake off any excess soil and replant in your chosen spot as soon as possible.

Take Perennial Cuttings

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that you’ve created yourself. Find some strong growth that hasn’t flowered this year and cut a 5-10cm stem just below a leaf joint. Strip the leaves from the lower stem and leave one or two pairs at the top. Dip the end in hormone rooting powder and plant in pots of compost mixed with grit. Leave the pots somewhere bright and warm until rooted then re-pot into larger containers. Overwinter in the greenhouse or conservatory.

Plant Spring Flowering Bulbs

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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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MUST FARM ARCHAEOLOGY At the edge of a working brick quarry on the outskirts of Whittlesey is the location of one of the most significant recent archaeological discoveries in Britain: the Must Farm settlement Words Chris Wakefield Images Dave Webb, Cambridge Archaeological Unit


he site contains the remains of five houses, dated between 1000 – 800BC and complete with contents, enclosed by a series of wooden stakes known as a palisade. The discoveries found at the settlement are helping archaeologists to understand the Late Bronze Age in greater detail than ever before. In 1999, a local archaeologist noticed a few wooden posts emerging from the quarry’s edge, which led to a small evaluation in 2006. This excavation gave a tantalising glimpse into what would turn out to be some of the most complete Bronze Age archaeology ever found in the country. Complete pots, metalwork and even textiles, which are incredibly rare, were uncovered. However, the small scale of the dig made it difficult to determine the precise context of these objects. Were they from a settlement or perhaps a more unusual, more “ritual” site like the nearby Flag Fen? Rather than excavate more of the material, a decision was made to rebury the site while monitoring the

soil conditions so the archaeology could be preserved. After a number of years checking the ground conditions, there were some concerns over the water levels, important to the survival of the material, and it was decided to carry out a new excavation. This project began in the summer of 2015 and has revealed material that archaeologists can usually only dream of.

MUST FARM SETTLEMENT Arguably the most striking aspect of the Must Farm settlement is the houses. The homes at the site are unusual for Britain, they are built on stilts above a river: something previously only known from elsewhere in Europe. These are also substantial buildings, measuring approximately 8m in diameter with wattle panelled walls and floors. The roofs too are unusual, being made of a mixture of turf, thatch and clay to create a waterproof covering for the structures. Archaeologists are fortunate enough to have large amounts of the

timber used in the houses preserved, including the woodchips from the construction of the settlement. The pieces of wood are often complete with mortise and tenon joints, as well as the individual axe markings from the tools used to create them. Very few excavations have ever revealed this level of detail about the homes of people during the Late Bronze Age. So, why is the material this well preserved? Not long after the houses were built and lived in, perhaps only a matter of months, a catastrophic fire broke out which burnt down the structures. Any of the objects inside the raised buildings fell into the slow moving water below before the wooden debris sank on top. This combination of charring from the fire, and waterlogging from the river, meant that almost all of the material from the settlement survived for over 3000 years.

A RARE DISCOVERY The process of the destruction has essentially created inventories of The Fens | September 2016 17


each of the houses at the settlement. As the water below was so slow moving, artefacts have not travelled far from their original locations inside the structures. This means the archaeologists can understand what objects would have been inside each household, alongside their numbers. Such a level of detail is almost unheard of in this period of prehistory. Overall, the settlement has yielded dozens of complete pots, ranging from the tiny all the way up to large grain storage containers. There is a sense that these pots represent an entire kitchen including drinking cups, delicate food bowls and cooking vessels. Other domestic items include querns, for grinding grain, metal tools such as axes and sickles and wooden platters and storage containers. One of the rarest finds from the excavation are textiles, which are exceptionally scarce during this period. Must Farm’s textiles form the largest collection of fibres and fabrics from Britain, and the Bronze Age linen is the finest woven fabric discovered in the country. Every stage of textile production is seen at the site, with delicate balls of thread only a few centimetres in size being recovered from beneath some structures. The textiles really show the skill of the people who lived here, with the finest fibres being the width of a coarse human hair. CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE Woven textiles; a small pot; an axe haft; sword fragment; a complete wheel; an axe in situ

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The excavation itself finished at the beginning of August, before a lengthy series of scientific examinations of the finds and evidence begins. The artefacts and wood will begin to be conserved for the future, a process which is very delicate and can take some time. Once investigation and conservation are complete, the finds from the site will be displayed. At this stage, it is not known where or when this will take place but efforts are being made to ensure the objects will be on display locally. In the meantime it is possible to keep up-to-date with the excavation via the website: Facebook www.facebook. com/MustFarmArchaeology and Twitter @MustFarm

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Believe the hype Hynotherapy is a safe and drug-free way of addressing many common conditions. This month we spoke to Lisa from Cambridgeshire Hypnotherapy to find out why gastric band hypnotherapy is one trend you can trust in

Gastric band hypnotherapy is a procedure used to suggest to the subconscious that you actually have had a gastric band fitted around your stomach. Many people report feeling fuller quicker after the procedure, as if their stomach has really been constricted. Gastric band hypnotherapy, or having a ‘virtual gastric band’ fitted, does not require surgery. It is a technique used by hypnotherapists to get the unconscious mind to believe it has had a gastric band fitted. The aim is that on an unconscious level, you will accept that you have had the procedure and that your stomach has reduced in size.

Gastric band hypnosis

Lisa uses a two-pronged approach. Firstly looking to identify the root cause of your emotional eating. Under Hypnosis the subconscious is encouraged to change the way it thinks about the event or events that happened in the past which

are affecting your life now. These things can be “laid to rest” freeing up the conscious mind not to act in a negative way, eg overeating in this case.

How it works

Using relaxation techniques, a hypnotherapist will put you into a state of hypnosis. In this relaxed state, your subconscious is open to suggestion. At this point hypnotherapists use specialist techniques to make suggestions. With virtual gastric band hypnotherapy, this suggestion is that you’ve had a physical gastric band fitted. The mind is powerful, so if your subconscious accepts these suggestions, your behaviour will change accordingly.

How will I feel after?

The overall aim of gastric band hypnosis is to curb your appetite and

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encourage a healthier relationship with food. Unlike gastric band surgery, the virtual gastric band does not have any physical side-effects. The procedure should be a pleasantly relaxing experience, with most people reporting a feeling of calm when they come out of hypnosis.

Will it work for me?

Hypnotherapy helps people with a range of concerns, but is particularly useful when it comes to changing habits. For this reason, it is often successful in helping people develop healthy eating habits and lose weight. If you are committed to making a lifestyle change, believe in the procedure and trust your hypnotherapist, gastric band hypnosis will work. Lisa Garrard, Cambridgeshire Hynotherapy. Tel: 07715 367154


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More and more of our customers are telling us that they keep getting phone calls about their computer having a problem. These phone calls are a scam. The scammer will use any sort of tech jargon to try and convince you they are genuine. They will say things like: “We have detected your IP address has been hacked”, or “Your computer has been hacked and needs to be cleaned”. The scammers on the phone will say that they are phoning from “Windows”, “Microsoft”, “TalkTalk”, or any big technology company or provider. They normally ask you to go to your computer, then they get you to navigate to the system administrative tools by giving you step by step instructions. Once you are there, they get you to open the system event viewer and show you errors on the system. This is normal, from when your turn your computer on it will log all major events from logging you into the computer and detecting your home internet. The scammer will then tell you that these problems are caused by viruses on the system and they will throw lots of technical jargon at you to convince you they know what they are talking about, and your computer has got a problem. Once they have gained your trust, they will then take you to a website which will give them remote access to your computer. Once they are in your computer, they will be free to use software to find any faults on your computer. The scammer will then talk to you about the support packages they offer, which start at about £300 and will go up and down depending on your response. They then get you to fill out a fake payment form, which will then send them your card details insecurely over the internet to their servers. If you ever get a phone call from “Microsoft” or “Windows”, it will be a scam call, “Microsoft” will NEVER phone the general public. If you get a call from someone claiming to be from your internet provider, such as “TalkTalk”, hang up and phone the provider yourself and ask them if there is a problem. You are the only person who knows what’s on your computer, no one over the phone can detect if your computer has a problem. If you are unsure, speak to your local tech guy and they will advise you accordingly.

Imagine this scenario. You are lost in the desert and spend the day wandering around aimlessly in the hot sun with no food or drink. Fortunately at dusk you stumble across a settlement. What is the first thing you will ask for on arrival? Water, not tea, coke or other stereotypically flavour-some beverage. The body can survive a few weeks without food, but only a few days without pure water. There are a number of properties that makes water indispensible for human life. The first is that it is a strong fluid. This is due to its polar nature. A polar molecule is one that has a slightly positive and negatively charged ends. This means that if you put lots of water molecules together, they arrange themselves in a manner where the positive end of one is facing the negative end of another. This creates an attraction force called hydrogen bonding. This attraction force alongside the bonding within the water molecule itself, is what stops one water molecule being pulled, or pushed, away from its neighbour. We therefore say, water has a high surface tension which explains why a 50 tonne boat can float on water! Water is within and surrounds all our cells, and having a high surface tension provides a resistance to all the compressive forces placed on our bodies. Secondly, water is a strong polar substance. So when we add a weaker polar compound, (let’s say salt [sodium chloride denoted NaCl]), it attracts the opposite ends of the salt molecule (in a similar manner to the formation of hydrogen bonding described above). The strength of the attraction, between the positive part of the water molecule and the negative part of the salt molecule, rips the salt apart into its base components. The process we have described is dissolution, and is what allows our bodies to break compounds down and recycle them into more useful products for our cells. Thirdly, water is great at helping our bodies regulate itself. It prevents large swings in acidity / alkalinity in our blood, as well as helping us regulate our body temperature. Our cells are very sensitive to change, they have narrow operating parameters and if we fall outside of the operating window, they malfunction. As an example, if our body temperature rises by just 1.5oC, we become feverish! Water regulates our temperature because it has both a high specific heat capacity, and a high heat of vaporisation. Simply put, water requires a lot of energy to heat up and to evaporate. An average human can tolerate a 0.5oC body temperature rise before we initiate cooling methods such as sweating, seeking shade, etc. Not much really. But if we have a fluid inside of us which can absorb a large amount of energy before it shows signs of heating, we can survive. This is why our bodies crave water in warmer weather, it’s our cooling blanket. Water is also an integral part of our second defence against overheating, sweating. As sweat forms a thin film over our skin, it contacts the heat energy from the environment first. The film acts as a heat sink, absorbing the energy until it evaporates. The more energy it can absorb, the less energy penetrates into the body. The less energy penetrating our bodies, the cooler we remain. It is for these reasons that staying hydrated is so important. Our bodies crave water not tea, coffee, squash, alcohol, etc. Why give it an inferior substitute when water is easily available and cheap? Various studies from across the globe estimate that between 50 – 75% of the population are dehydrated! This is crazy when water comes out of our taps! We hope this article has gone some way towards convincing you to swap that mug of tea for a glass of water.

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You’ve heard that swimming is a great activity for any age, shape or fitness goal - but what’s the best way to get started? THE FENS dips its feet in the water to find out why it really is one of the best forms of exercise You couldn’t escape the Olympic Games last month. Whether it’s cycling, running, gymnastics or rowing, there’s plenty of inspiration out there to get you out and exercising. Swimming, it turns out, is one of the best ways to build core strength and endurance, and activate and strengthen forgotten muscle groups. There’s no better way to build cardiovascular fitness without pounding the pavement or maintain fitness whilst injured, than to swim. In fact, it’s one of the preferred methods of exercise for elite athletes as the risk of injury to muscles, ligaments or joints is low.


Everybody! Swimming is a lowcost workout for the whole body. It’s also a good way to exercise if you’re overweight, pregnant or have joint problems as the water helps support your weight and



can reduce the pressure on your joints. Children and adults alike can all take up swimming at any age. There’s also lots of research which supports the benefits of taking young babies into the pool.


For some of us, the idea of going swimming for the first time in years, can seem daunting. But there’s really no need to feel nervous. With just a few bits of basic kit (a swimming costume or shorts, towel and goggles if you prefer), you can start straightaway. Your local New Vision Fitness pool has a selection of different swimming sessions to help you pick the best one for your ability or preference. For example, there are ladies only sessions, lanes for those looking to clock up lengths, family-friendly swims and casual swimming times.

Swim memberships are available with New Vision Fitness, and the whole family can enjoy a session for just £10. You can find out more information, including timetables, at or call 01354 622399

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If you still feel a bit nervous to dip your toe in the water, try these tips below: • Start small. Two sessions of 20 to 30-minute workouts per week • Begin by developing balance and being streamlined • Don’t worry about speed or distance - this will improve in time as you build fitness • Swim frequently if you can • Be patient - don’t give up after a couple of weeks. If you persist, rewards will come • Enjoy it. Swimming can not only help to build fitness, but it can be a great way to meet like-minded people, or bring along a friend and swim together.


Swimming need not just be doing lengths in the pool, most centres offer a range of classes in the water which offer added benefits, such as aqua fit. This class is taught at the Manor Swimming Pool in Whittlesey, and offers a great, low impact workout for for all levels of fitness. Sessions such as these are great for people (like us), who sometimes lack motivation. Attending a class where you can be encouraged helps to build confidence, and is a lovely way to meet new friends.

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Whittlesey Dental gets a makeover Whittlesey Dental, in Blunts Lane, Whittlesey, is now the owner of a shiny, brand new surgery room. We popped along to meet the team and see for ourselves the result of their hard work Images Chris Brudenell The team at Whittlesey Dental are rightfully proud of their new consultation room. Set up to the highest standard, the new room allows Dr. Gali and her team to treat patients in a comfortable and stylish surrounding, whereby she can offer a variety of dental treatments and cosmetic enhancements. From general dentistry, to straight teeth in six months and dental implants, Whittlesey Dental is your one-stop place for all things tooth related. Now, if only we could have such a beautiful room to work in.... Whittlesey Dental, 1a Blunts Lane, Whittlesey. You can contact the team on 01733 202587 or visit their website at Find us on 

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Cambridgeshire’s Secret Garden You don’t have to travel far to see beautiful architecture and stunning gardens. And this month, editor Natasha Shiels spent the day at one of Wisbech’s most famous buildings - Peckover House Words Natasha Shiels Images Chris Brudenell Less than thirty minutes from home, nestled amongst the Georgian town houses on the edge of the river, sits Peckover House in Wisbech. From the outside the building looks impressive; its three stories hint at grandeur and the carefully maintained foliage sets the scene for an oasis of plants, lawns and trees in the back garden.

entered into partnership with the well-established Quaker bankers, and opened the first official bank in the town. Known for their philanthropy, the Peckover’s purchased the house that is now named after them, in the 1790s. In 1943, Alexandrina Peckover handed it over, along with the estate

of 48 acres, to the National Trust. The Peckovers’ donation means that today visitors can explore the house and grounds and reflect on Georgian life. The house itself is as elegant as you might expect; rare paintings hang on the wall and

Historical Background

Unsurprisingly, this elegant Georgian town house belongs to the National Trust, having previously been occupied by the Peckover family. Jonathan Peckover moved to Wisbech in 1777 and established a small grocer’s business. Respected for his honesty, he soon began holding his customers’ money for safe-keeping. After a while, he The Fens | September 2016 25

fireplaces dominate rooms. Once you’ve taken in the atmosphere of the rooms, visitors can step outside and be transported away. In an instant you forget that you’ve just left a busy town, such is the beauty and established grounds.

The Garden

The garden, as it is seen today, has a decidedly Victorian character and is celebrated as one of the most important town gardens surviving from this period. Its two acres have hidden corners, paths and occasional touch of the exotic. There are places to sit and watch the birds, an orangery and an abundance of roses. On any day it’s an impressive sight, but when the sun is shining, I can’t believe there’s a better place to be.

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After your stroll through the grounds, there’s a pretty tearoom with an indoor and outdoor seating area to enjoy a cup of tea or cake, or both. Hours could pass, as the hum of nature filled your ears. I discovered that couples could get married at Peckover House, and standing at the bottom of the stone steps, with the house standing proud behind me, I could see how you could fall in love with that idea, after all, you’d be hard pushed to find a prettier English garden. Peckover House would appeal

to all sorts of visitors; from keen garden enthusiasts, to those who enjoy a spot of history. I would say however, that smaller children might not be the ideal guest. My three-year-old would give me heart palpitations if I took him inside the grand house (he’d definitely make a beeline for the most expensive painting on the wall.)

The Details


Peckover House can be found at North Brink, Wisbech PE13 1JR. There’s a wealth of information on the National Trust website about the estate, including details about what you can find or ways to get more involved. There’s also a free car park (just follow the signs as you approach).

Friday). The house opens from 12:00 until 4:00pm and gardens from 11:00am-5:00pm (including the shop and tea-room).

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Serves 4 Ingredients

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1. Heat oil and brown the meat a few pieces at a time, take out and place in an ovenproof dish. 2. Add a bit more oil if needed and fry the onions in the same pan to pick up beefy flavours. Add the spices, stock, garlic and tomatoes and mix thoroughly. 3. Pour over meat, stir, cover with lid or foil, and place in pre heated oven 150oC or gas mark 2, for two to three hours until the meat is really tender. 4. Add the kidney beans for last 30

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Breaking some of the Financial Myths In no particular order: Myth: The State Pension is tax free. (It is paid Gross without any tax deduction) The Reality: All pension income is treated as earned income and taxed according to your personal circumstances with just a few inherited exceptions. Therefore your state pension will be added to any other income even though it is paid gross – if your total income exceeds your personal allowance (currently £11,000 in tax year 2016/17) you are liable for tax. Myth: Invest in Gold. (It is a safe physical asset when times get bad) The Reality: Gold is highly volatile, consequently it could be worth less than you paid for it. Also if things get bad – would Gold be your priority? Myth: Invest in what you know. (Better the Devil you know) The Reality: Just because you know an industry does not protect you from becoming over exposed in a particular sector. If you select professional advice – they should be providing a balanced portfolio that will help protect you if a specific sector of the economy under performs, and will provide some exposure to a better performing sector. Myth: The Bank is where you should hold your money. The Reality: In the past inflation beating interest rates and high security were important attributes. Now with a lack of professional advice and staff tethered by a restricted range of solutions, there are many opportunities to make your money ‘work harder’ for you than blindly trusting an international banking organisation. Myth: Bricks and Mortar is always best in the long run. (They don’t make land any more) The Reality: Property prices can go down as well as up, valuations are dependent on many factors including other developments, the area it is located in and the condition of similar properties. Property can be illiquid; in other words it can be difficult to sell at the value you think it is worth within a short time scale – neither can you sell off a room or two to gain access to some of the equity that may have built up over time. Rental properties are subject to tax on growth and income, insurance, maintenance and treatment by tenants – associated costs will reduce the net financial benefit of being a landlord. If you wish to discuss a straightforward way forward, contact me for a free initial consultation.

Eamonn Dorling Dip PFS, Senior Independent Financial Adviser. Brooks Wealth Management Tel: 01733 314553 Mob: 07767 795816 Email: Brooks Wealth Management is a trading style of Ampris Limited who are an appointed representative of Wealthline Limited, Registered in England 08761632 (Registered office: 8a Cowgate, Peterborough) Wealthline Limited are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority 684319

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and its lost Hall Words by Anthony Austin


Originally we were called the Cambridgeshire Regiments Old Comrades Association, which was formed after the First World War. Its H.Q. we believe was the “Angel” pub that stood on the Market Square. Over the years, the Cambridgeshires, along with the Suffolks, the Norfolks, and also the Northants, have become the Royal Anglians. The association however, is still alive, known now as The Whittlesey & District Old Comrades Association. We are all ex-servicemen from various regiments of armed forces. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at Childers in Station Road at 7:30pm.

What do we do? Eastrea was once as large as Whittlesey. A local legend that was still being told as late as the 1930s, said that a great fire in the 18th Century burnt down so many houses and cottages that the place never recovered and remained a village to this day. The story goes that a villager was boiling tar, when it overflowed into the fire and the resultant flames destroyed his house. The flames spread rapidly to nearby plaster and thatched cottages, and practically the whole place was destroyed. While it seems doubtful that Eastrea was really ever the size of Whittlesey, it clearly must have been a disastrous fire to have given rise to such a long lasting memory. However, that’s not quite the end to the interesting story of Eastrea. Besides having its own Chapel, dedicated to Holy Trinity, and a medieval Pilgrim’s Hall on the site of the old Windmill Inn, it also had a mansion known as Eastrea Hall. This was, in the words of an old Cambridgeshire historian, a seat of considerable local importance. It stood on the site of 62 to 86, Wype Road. Judging by the course of the road which deviated around the site, it was probably originally a medieval house either rebuilt, or added to in later centuries, and was surrounded by high brick walls, some reduced 30 The Fens | September 2016

portions of which survived till modern redevelopment. In 1649, the Wiseman family lived at the Hall and farmed some 300 acres in Eastrea; the house remaining in the family till at least the death of William Wiseman in 1714. His daughter Ann married Thomas Moore, gentleman of Whittlesey, and they lived in 7/9 Market Street, opposite the Town Hall. Eastrea Hall was either pulled down in the 18th Century, or suffered the same fate in the disastrous fire, but even in the 1860s the site was being sold as: “All that site situated at Eastrea with the close of land whereon a dovecote once stood, now used as an orchard with the yards, gardens and premises thereunto belonging formerly known as the site of Eastrea Hall.” It was at this time that the dovecote was reconstructed and rebuilt as 62, Wype Road. This house was known as The Dovecote. It has more recently been demolished and new houses built on the site of Eastrea Hall. Image top left: Eastrea c1890. At extreme left is Windmill Inn; middle right: Old cottages in Wype Road close to the site of Eastrea Hall c1920

Throughout the year we organise several sausage and mash evenings, plus occasional carvery meals at local venues. We also arrange visits to places of interest. At our meetings we are all involved in discussions and ideas, so why not pay us a visit for a cup of tea and a chat? You will be made most welcome by our members and our chairman whom you all know, Ivan Ayres. If you were a member of the R.C.F and wore a Cambridgeshire Regt Cap badge, then you may attend. The group welcomes any service.

• Further information can be found by contacting Frank Gabriel on 01733 204148.

The Conservative Club

through the years

Image shows Whitmore Street in 1920

This building was a large converted farmer's house, with plenty of off road car parking spaces to the rear. THE MODERN CONSERVATIVE CLUB The club now has comfortable seating and is pleasantly decorated throughout. On Saturday evenings you can enjoy live music provided in the bar area, and a small dance floor for the more energetic. There is a function room linked to the main building with its own bar, and it is here that regular Sunday lunches are served, usually once a month. This room is available to hire through a member at reasonable rates for weddings, birthday parties, wakes, or just family occasions. On Friday lunchtimes there are several menus on offer, all of which are handmade in their own kitchen, which has a five star rating.

It is the large car park that is used in the summer for at least one hog roast with live music,

and very good food. Go upstairs and you will find two full sized Snooker tables in this quiet area of the club for the serious player. The club has two teams that play in a local league. Images by Chris Brudenell

The Town Hall in Almshouse Street, Whittlesey, was erected in 1857 and is a plain structure of brick. The buidling was magisterial but other meetings were held here. It also served as a fire engine station. After the Town Hall was built, The Conservative Association and the Constitutional Club occupied the premises in Almshouse Street, comprising a news room and committee rooms. There was also a social club for gentlemen with billiard and reading rooms at the Public Hall, Station Road. At that time there were 40 members. Formally called the The Conservative Association, it was later to be changed to be known as The Conservative Club some 70 years ago when at the time, the group met at Scaldgate, before moving to The Limes, and finally reaching its present location in Whitmore Street.

JOINING THE CLUB Club membership is available throughout the year, and can be applied for along with more information and membership forms at the bar. The current membership stands at 413, and a warm welcome awaits anyone who wishes to join on the understanding that this private members club has a Conservative Party affiliation. For more information, please contact the club on 01733 202381. The Fens | September 2016 31

The Writer's Corner Local author and mother of two

Jordan shares her musings


So you want to write a novel? Part 1 You’ve had an idea rolling around in your head for months, perhaps even years, and now you’re just itching to get it down on paper and have the world read your story. Having recently written and published my first novel and now working on the second, I learned quite a few things along the way. Here are the first 5 of my 10 of my top tips. 1. Have an outline. Write a plan, a rough guide, for what your story is going to be about, where it takes place, who your main characters are and a chronological order of events. You won’t stick to it but it helps to start with some structure. 2. Word Count. Start small – many of you writing your first novel will perhaps be working full-time or you may be a busy parent or carer. Whatever your situation, it’s highly unlikely you can spend all the hours of your day totally devoted to writing – so have a goal. I aim for 1000 words every day. Sometimes I manage 2000 words in one day, on other days I only manage 500 words. It’s fine if you don’t always hit your daily target but if you have one it helps to keep you motivated. John Grisham began his writing career whilst still working as a lawyer. He got up early every morning and wrote one page – we can all manage that. And Jodi Picoult said, “You might not write well every day, but you can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.” 3. Give yourself a weekly deadline. It can be a word count, percentage of progress, number of pages, whatever. Have something to aim for, and someone who will hold you accountable. 4. Have a set time to write. Be strict with this and try and stick to it. After a bit of experimenting I’ve discovered that writing in the morning works best for me. Work out what’s best for you and don’t let yourself off! 5. Choose a place to write. It doesn’t really matter where it is, your spare bedroom, the kitchen, your study (if you’re lucky enough to have one), wherever, just make it unique to your writing. I personally need to work without interruption so I always make a point of letting others know when I’m working. Next month, read my next five tips. Happy writing everyone! 183 Times a Year by Eva Jordan is available from Amazon

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“AND I WOULD WALK 192 MILES…” Jason is set for a mammoth 192-mile trek cross country to raise money for a charity close to his heart. We caught up with him before his journey begins


ith the aim of covering nearly 200 miles, Jason Osborne hopes to raise over £1,500 for Defibrillators For All. And we’re in no doubt that he’ll smash both targets. The 35-year-old father of two chose the 192-mile route as it was by the famous explorer, Sir Alfred Wainright. The route crosses the country from west to east, crossing the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors. It’s both a scenic and isolated route across the country. Giving himself 14 days to complete the challenge, Jason explained that he hopes to complete it in a maximum of 12 days. “It’s not a race,” he explained, “I want to take in the scenery and enjoy the walk as much as possible.” But the route will be a challenge, especially when you consider the steep gradient in places such as the Lake District, and the fact that he will be carrying over 40lb on his back!

Starting on September 10th, Jason’s motivation behind the challenge is to raise as much money as possible for Defibrillators for All. “I wanted to raise funds for this great local charity because I remember the first cabinet being fitted, and I believe it’s something that could benefit us all at one stage.” And how will Jason celebrate when he completes the 192 miles? “When I arrive in Robin Hoods Bay, I will have a quiet pint and book into the nearest B&B and have a well earned, and much needed shower!” “A special thank you must go to everyone who has donated so far,” added Jason, “and particular thanks to William Boardman from GCE Hire Fleet Ltd for his kit donations and

logistically helping me.” Pictured left: Jason’s kit for his ‘Coast 2 Coast Trek’. Pictured above: Jason is no stranger to pushing himself beyond his comfort zone.



If you would like to support Jason’s ‘Coast 2 Coast Trek’, and help him to reach his target to raise much needed funds for Defibrillators for All, please visit: The Fens | September 2016 33



A day at the park… well, 21 minutes anyway I am told having children is a real highlight of life. Enter, my girlfriend’s nephew, who every now and then we take out for a couple of hours. What I didn’t realise is on this occasion, he is undergoing potty training, somewhat unsuccessfully. Before we left the house, we asked him if he needed to go to the toilet to which he said ‘no’. We got to the park and he started to run gleefully towards the swings until he stopped, turned to us with a look that said ‘I’ve soiled myself’ written all over it and burst into tears. Now, with a three year old screaming at me, my initial reaction was to get away quickly from it as he was no longer a child to me, but a fifty percent chance of a brown and sticky problem. Fortunately, I saw liquid running down his leg and mercifully, my girlfriend took him to the car and sorted him. Off he went towards the swings again. All was peaceful for exactly 17 minutes when, this time on an ‘adventure’ climbing frame, he stopped while crawling through a tunnel and started again to cry. We rushed over like he was a bomb about to go off, knowing full well that it probably already had, (and boy had it). Unfortunately, he was in a tunnel halfway across the climbing frame. I couldn’t grab him, and I couldn’t fit in the tunnel, and so for the next 5 minutes, I watched my much smaller girlfriend traverse the children’s climbing frame, desperately trying to part the children in front of her like the red sea only to grab him and hold him like you would a mouldy watermelon. She passed him to me where I was using a carrier bag to cover my hands and I rushed him like you would a president under fire back to the car while my girlfriend used a wet wipe to disinfect the area of the climbing frame where he was now replaced by a splodge of very runny, well, you know. We took him home and declared we might give ‘days out’ a miss until we had a signed declaration he had completed potty training.

§ Joe Ferridge is an occasional writer and is not available for babysitting. 34 The Fens | September 2016



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A fresh approach by Lily Rose In construction since the age of 17, Whittlesey-born Tony Sharman met up with THE FENS to explain why now was the right time to start his own company and why for him, his job is his passion


or me, customer care and satisfaction are paramount,” explained Lily Rose Construction Ltd Project Manager, Tony. “I take care of all of the stress of the job, and ensure my clients have the best service.” And it is this philosophy that is the backbone to Lily Rose, a family-run company which includes Tony’s father and younger sister. Lily Rose Construction is a family run carpentry and building company that specialises in supplying all the different trades to complete any project (and any size). They specialise in home, office, business, and commercial premises work, including carpentry, building, garage conversions, kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, extensions, church restoration, and internal/external property maintenance. In fact, as Tony explains, there isn’t a job too small: “Lots of people call me up and ask if I can quote them on a job, but they’re worried that we won’t do it because it’s just hanging a door, or fixing something. But we’re always happy to help - and we’ll always give 100%.” Tony, who has been working in the trade for almost twenty years, prides himself on his local roots and using as many local companies as possible. He explained that not only does it support fellow businesses, but that he wants to use the very best materials for the job. And what about those tradespeople who you ask for a quote, and weeks later you haven’t heard back? Lily Rose pride themselves on getting an honest, competitive price for your job as quickly as possible - even if it does mean working until late at night!


“Another question we often get asked about is why we use sub-contractors. For us that’s an easy choice - it allows us to use the very best tradesmen to deliver our customers the very best service. Our carpenters, builders, plumbers, plasterers, electricians, tilers and painters and decorators are extremely skilled in their field of work,

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FOR ME, CUSTOMER CARE AND SATISFACTION ARE PARAMOUNT which means we can offer the most competitive prices and best quality of work.” Tony explained that whilst having sub-contractors means more work for his company, he’d rather take care of the stress of organising different people for different jobs, in order to ensure his customers are happy.


In today’s climate, it’s more important than ever to support local businesses. It’s independent companies and services that help to make our town thrive. So next time you have a door hanging off its hinges, or an extension you would be putting up, consider calling Lily Rose Construction Ltd. They’re trustworthy, hardworking, honest and reliable. What more could you want? Pictured above: Tony, Demi and Anthony. Pictured below and middle: Tony receiving his entrepreneur award

Whilst Lily Rose has only been trading for around six months, the company have already won its first award. At a ceremony last month, Tony received the Ignite Peterborough Entrepreneur 2016 award from BBC’s The Apprentice winner, Joseph Valente. It’s a great achievement for a local businessman, and a huge boost for the company.



You can contact the team on 01733 590121 or Alternatively visit their website where you can find testimonials and a full list of work they can offer for domestic or commercial premises. The Fens | September 2016 35


Books, music, film and games What we’re

reading The Long Weekend, Jane E. James; Matador This is a dark tale that tells the story of a mother and her two estranged daughters who agree to meet over a long weekend in a bid to reconcile their differences. The backdrop, a remote lighthouse (if it looks familiar, the lighthouse in question is the one that stands in Old Hunstanton) set against a foreboding Norfolk coastline, provides the perfect setting for this Gothic and at times, supernatural, story to unravel. Heard through the voices of three main protagonists, it quickly becomes apparent just how flawed these individual women are and none more so than Hazel, the mother. Although not particularly fast paced, the author does a brilliant job of taking the reader back and forth through time so that one is gripped, and desperate to put the pieces of this complex puzzle together. As with a lot of best laid plans, Hazel’s hopes to build bridges with her daughters are thwarted by the revelation of something terrible. Jane E James is a beautifully descriptive writer and although for the best part of the book I disliked the three main characters, I also found myself uncomfortably drawn to each of them. The writer has the uncanny knack of making the reader feel sorry for the three women concerned and I often found myself sympathising with their decisions and dark deeds. This is a story about mothers and daughters, good and bad, light and dark, all wrapped up in a familiar seaside town that I will never quite look at in the same way again! A brilliant debut novel and I look forward to more from this writer.

Our verdict...

Although, as already mentioned, this is not a particularly fast paced story it is nonetheless thrilling with several twists and turns along the way. The Long Weekend is a chilling, supernatural tale exploring the darker side of human nature and one I would highly recommend. By Eva Jordan, author of 183 Times A Year 36 The Fens | September 2016

New releases


“Wild World”, BASTILLE Release date: September 9th

New releases

cinema Bridget Jones’s Baby Release date: September 16th The movie everyone will be talking about this month is Bridget Jones’s Baby, the long awaited sequel to Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. Bridget has split up with Mark Darcy and has a new love interest, but finds herself in a predicament when she discovers she’s pregnant. Bridget Jones’s Baby is out on September 16. For full details and to book tickets, go to


The Light Cinema (Wisbech’s own independent cinema) and THE FENS are giving away two free cinema tickets this month. To be in the chance of winning, all you have to do is email with the subject ‘WIN FILM’, along with your contact details. You can also enter on Facebook. Competition closes on September 10th.


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What’s on guide CHARITY


September 1st Voodoo Unplugged

September 4th

Mama Liz’s 8pm With Dave B

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 2nd Rippingale Beer

Festival Holly & the Boatmen + Support from 7pm

September 3rd

Johnny Lodge at Conservative Club

September 3rd

September 4th

Charity Quiz at the Letter B, 3:30pm start

September 4th

Charity raffle and music by Dave Smith at the Boat Inn, starting at 2pm-4pm

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 at with Alzheimer’s Society

FAMILY-FRIENDLY September 11th

Whittlesey Festival. For a full schedule see page 11

September 17th

Family Bingo night at St. Andrew’s Hall, eyes down at 6:30pm. Bring your own food and drink. All proceeds to St. Andrews Church

September 25th

Churchfield Have a Go show, arena eventing - mixture of cross country and show jumps from 9am at Churchfield Farm. More information from

Whittlesey Business Forum’s next meeting is Sept 7th at the Falcon Hotel, London Street. Meet at 6pm for a 6:30pm start. Email the team at hello@thefensmag. to be included in our events guide. Information is correct at time of printing. Please check with the venue/ organiser directly. 38 The Fens | September 2016


September 9th-11th

Funfair at the Ivy Leaf Club car park. Featuring both large and small rides, a tombola all weekend and food available on the Saturday and Sunday at half price. Fair opens at 12noon over the weekend and from 4pm on Friday. Great for the whole family.

September 9th

Race Night at the Ivy Leaf Club. Starts at 8pm until late, followed by disco. FREE entrance.

September 10th

The Tribute Show (which includes music from ABBA to Queen) performing at the Ivy Leaf Club. Tickets are £8 advance or £10 on the door, and available to purchase from the club or by calling 01733 202579. Doors open at 6:30pm until late.

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, 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 Hot Food every Friday lunchtime. at Conservative Club

Rippingale Beer Festival - Various Bands midday - 11pm

September 6th

Barnack Acoustic sessions at the Millstone P/H 8pm with Claude Domino

September 10th

Alison at Conservative Club

September 16th

The Mesh Band at Quinn’s Club

September 17th

Mark Josef at Conservative Club

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 18th

Nick Corney & The Buzz Rats playing at Glasshouse Acoustic Sessions, Key Theatre from 3pm

September 20th

The Boat Inn Open Mic, Whittlesey, 8.45pm with Dave & Phil

September 24th

St Mary’s Church, Whittlesey. Music night for Jenner PPG and St Mary’s Friends 7.30pm. Various Acts £5 I/c refreshments

September 24th James Courtney at Conservative Club

September 24th

Sing for Life, supporting Sue Ryder’s Thorpe Hall Hospice. Women join forces with Peterborough Voices in this concert hosted by BBC Radio’s Jane Smith, performing choral favourites, ballads and songs from the shows. The Broadway Theatre at 7:30pm. Tickets cost £16 from www. or call 0333 666 3366

September 25th

Matt Ford returns with his Kings of Cool show at Key Theatre, Peterborough. 7:30pm. Tickets from the Key Theatre on 01733 207239

September 30th

Whisky Bar Acoustic Sessions The Boat Inn, Whittlesey, 8.30pm with the Boatmen

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