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Welcome to our March issue! Which means spring is around the corner (she says hopefully), Easter is upon the horizon and we have an issue bursting full of information and inspiration. In this issue we have taken we have taken the British tradition of afternoon tea very seriously. To celebrate Mothering Sunday, we rounded up some of the best places to enjoy a fine cup of tea. Honestly, I don’t always get to sit and eat cake - but when I do, I do have to pinch myself! Also in this issue Anthony Shiels had the privilege of interviewing ‘Mock the Week’ comedian Gary Delaney, ahead of his appearance at Peterborough’s Key Theatre. Finally we have contributions from the Wildlife Trust, a look at some great youth groups in the area and some fascinating interviews with Jan Neville, NFU Mutual and the local First Responders. There’s also important information inside about the Whittlesey Neighbourhood Plan, Mayor’s Duck Race and the free Fenland Older People Outreach Service. On a final note, we would like to dedicate this issue to a special little girl, Effie Hadman, who sadly lost her battle with Batten Disease at the beginning of February. In her short time she had touched so many people in our community, and I’m in no doubt that she will be forever remembered.

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19 Interviewing NFU Mutual 20 Can fitness gadgets help? 22 Body fat facts

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25 Local news including the Mayor’s Duck Race

16 We explore the tradition that is afternoon tea

31 History - the Quakers in the Fens

18 Phil’s farming column

36 A trip to the Fens’ coast

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Hi Gary, thank you so much for taking the time to talk to THE FENS. Can you tell us a bit about the tour that you’re currently on? It started last year and it will probably carry on until the end of this year. I’m not honestly sure how many we’ve done so far, around 100 odd. If it keeps selling, then we keep adding. How did you get into comedy. It seems your career has really taken off over the last two or three years? I’ve been around for ages but it’s only since being on ‘telly’ that I began to get noticed by anybody around 2012. I started properly in 2000, and I dabbled a little before then. I always thought I was funny but never really had the nerve. My actual first gig was back when I used to work on the sound desk at a comedy club. You think you’d get inspired by the really good comics, but truthfully mostly I got inspired by the bad ones. I’d watch it thinking, ‘I could do better than that.’ I did my first few gigs in 1997 but then I lost my nerve. I remember then, because an old college buddy of mine, Martin Lewis, who’s now on TV all the time as the ‘Money Saving Expert’, used to dabble in comedy and I used to help him with his jokes. So I’d come along to his gigs and sit at the back, and it was really nice to see people laughing at jokes that I had written. I remember I wrote him this joke about nurses. I said: ‘Mate, do this joke, It’s the best I’ve written, this is going to smash it!’ He did it a couple of times and said: ‘Yeah mate, it’s not as funny as you think, I’m not doing that.’ So I said: ‘Yeah it is a good joke, you’re just not doing it right.’ So I showed Martin how I thought he should tell the joke and he said, ‘Well, if you want it done that way, do it yourself.’ So one night we were at one of his gigs at a little venue in London, and after the show he bet me £20 that I wouldn’t have the nerve to do a gig myself. He wasn’t being mean, but trying to motivate me to do it. It was something I always wanted to do, but just never had that nerve to walk up on stage for the first time, that’s the hardest bit. Most comedians aren’t naturally confident. People who are naturally confident don’t tend to be funny because why would they need to be? So I did it. But Martin being Martin, I never actually got the £20 as there was a sub-condition attached that the gig had to take place within six weeks of the bet. Unfortunately, it took me seven weeks to get a gig. The gig went well and people

laughed. I thought: ‘Oh this is it, this is the thing.' It was an amazing experience being my first time on a stage with people laughing at something I’d written. I thought, ‘Crikey, I like this.’

What’s your favourite thing about THE FENS? Well, I think they’re a lovely couple. It’s always great to visit them and they’re great fun to see for cheese and red wine.

A lot of your show is based around one-liners. How on earth do you remember so many jokes? I’m not sure if you watch ‘Sherlock’, the BBC remake with Benedict Cumberbatch? Sometimes he’ll talk about his memory palace, which is a remembering system. It’s an old Greek and Roman system. They were brilliant at remembering things because they didn’t have the facility to print things or write things down. So poets and authors had to memorise their work. Those systems are still around and they work. It’s actually very simple. The human memory is a caveman memory. We’re relatively quite new to language and words for how long humans have been around. Language is really only roughly 8000 years old, or something like that, and we haven’t quite got to grips with it. That’s why we find it difficult to remember names, phone numbers and things like that. Your brain is designed to work best with pictures and spaces from back in the times we needed it to hunt, or find our home. That’s the way we work effortlessly. For example, if there’s a power cut at night you could still find your way to the toilet, you’d know where your bedside table is. And that’s the way we’re built. So I take the things I want to learn. In this case, 200 jokes and attach them to the things I know. So my jokes are scattered all over my house with a visual representation for each. So, the opening joke to my set is lying next to me in my bed, and it’s the first thing I see when I wake up. The last joke to my set is attached to the front door, so it’s the last thing I see before I leave the house.

If you had to say one joke to save your life, what would it be? My favourite joke for a while was ‘I’ve got a new job playing the triangle in a reggae band, and ting. That’s a nice clean joke that gets me out of trouble in moments like this.

How long does it take you to prepare for a tour? It will take me around a year and a half to get ready for a tour. My first tour was easier as I’d already had 10 years of jokes saved up. It’s sometimes compared to the second album syndrome that bands have when they release albums. I’d like to say I’ll have a new show in a year’s time, but realistically it’ll be a year and a half. {We start talking about music and I suddenly realise I’m not interviewing any more and just having a natter...}

Who’s funnier, you or Sarah (Gary’s wife is Sarah Millican)? Ha ha, I’ll give you an honest answer to that. If any comic is being honest with you when asked who is the funniest comic… and they’re being really honest, they would always say themselves. Because (and it’s not because I’m arrogant), it’s because your own sense of humour is a 100% match with yourself. When I find an old note book of mine and I look through some old jokes that I’d forgotten I’d written, I’ll make myself laugh reading it because it’s my own sense of humour. What can an audience expect from your show in Peterborough? Well, hopefully loads of jokes with no boring bits. There’s no need for anybody to hear about my opinion, or my life story, my family, my childhood or all that sort of stuff. So there’ll be very little in the way of political content, but an awful lot of jokes. You will learn absolutely nothing from me, except possibly how much water I drink on stage. If you love jokes then it’s a great show for you, and if you’re looking for a show with content and meaning, it might be worth seeing what else is on. What’s next after this tour? Well…. the next tour. I’m also working on a format for a panel show called ‘Panel Beaters’ which we’re currently testing out in Northern comedy clubs. We’re working on making it in a really fun format and looking to make it into a podcast. We’re focussing more on the gags, as I feel a lot of panel shows cover a lot of boring stuff, so we’re just trying to make it loads of funny jokes! Gary Delaney will be appearing at Peterborough’s Key Theatre on March 11th at 8pm. For tickets please visit www.vivacity-peterborough.com To find out more about Gary’s new project, please visit www. panelbeaterscomedy.com, www. garydelaney.com The March2017 2017 TheFens Fens|March

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INGREDIENTS

• 750g beef shin or good quality stewing steak • 40g beef dripping or vegetable oil • 1 tbsp plain flour • 1 tsp of mustard powder • 4 small onions, peeled and diced • 900ml water * 1 Beef stock cube • 4 carrots, peeled and cut into 4 chunks • 2 swedes, peeled and cubed • 2 sticks of celery, diced finely • 3 bay leaves • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

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• 125g self-raising flour • 60g shredded suet • 1 tsp of baking powder • 1 tbsp of dried mixed herbs • A good pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black or white pepper

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• Cut the meat into neat cubes. Spoon the flour and mustard powder into a bowl, and drop in the meat, coating it with the seasoning. • Heat the dripping or oil in a pan. Brown the beef, then add the onions until both take on a good colour. Season with salt and pepper, and stir in the tbsp of plain flour. Combine the stock cube with the water, add to the pan and bring to the boil. Season again to taste, cover and gently simmer for 20 minutes. Add the carrots, celery, swedes and bay leaves and simmer for a further 20 mins. • Transfer this to the slow cooker on a high setting, and continue to cook for 4 hours. • Meanwhile, sieve the flour and baking powder for the dumplings into a bowl and add the suet, salt, pepper

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As the warmer weather promotes fresh growth, a general garden fertiliser should be applied to help boost roots, green foliage and encourage more fruits and flowers from your plants. It can be applied around the base of plants by scattering straight from the box and left to be watered in by the rain. Unfortunately, the warm weather will also see weeds start to grow as well. Weeding isn’t the most popular of jobs but it is best to pull any that start to appear while they are young to prevent spreading.

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1. EMERALD GREEN That wonderful deep emerald green is being welcomed back into the house. You could paint a feature wall (possibly painting a bright yellow underneath as an undercoat – so as to give it a rich depth), upholster your sofa in a sumptuous velvet, or if you are feeling a little less brave, you could bring some luscious greenery into your home with house plants choose plants, palms or fig trees - all have that big expanse of green that would really bring the outdoors in. You could even look to adorning your walls with bold botanical prints in frames, or even tropical wallpaper. If you don’t have much space but 14 The Fens | March 2017

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2. NATURAL MATERIALS Natural terracotta in matt finishes are emerging once again as the flooring of choice, perfect for any area of a home from hallways, living rooms, kitchens or bathrooms. Bringing a subtle warmth to the home, it’s also great if you have animals as the flooring is easily washable. Equally on trend is exposed natural brick, bringing a light industrial feel. The other natural product that is coming back is cork. Cork tiles can be applied to a whole wall in a kitchen, child’s room or office space to be used as a pin board. You can even have cork flooring (though make sure you seal them well – they’re not so easily cleaned but very warm underfoot). 3. UPHOLSTERED BED HEADS Upholstered bed heads are no longer the reserve of the luxury hotels. They are now more widely available, and can provide not only the colour, but somewhere that you want to rest, read and enjoy. They can be made in all manner of styles; floor to ceiling, shaped, channelled, buttoned or very simple, and add a true reflection of

your own personality. For the men, how about an upholstered pinstripe flannel? They can also cleverly conceal storage, on the sides or the end of the bed (think about side drawers if you are having a bed side table though, as you may have to move the table to open the drawer). A TV can be built into the foot if you are addicted to late night viewing, and lighting can also be incorporated to either behind, or under to give you a silhouette, or reading lamps on adjustable arms. 4. BRASS Bringing a warmth to the metal aspects of an interior, brass adds a fresh modern look to lamp fittings and studding, fretwork and hinges. And it’s usually lacquered so that you don’t have to spend hours polishing. This traditional alloy hasn’t been seen for quite a while but it looks great in neutral settings! Whilst the above are trends for this year, it is your home, so explore the market, touch the products and see what appeals to you. Ensure that you feel comfortable – after all, you are going to live with it!

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Do you know where the tradition of afternoon tea came from? And where are the best places locally to visit? We enjoyed a trip down memory lane at Sophie T’s WORDS NATASHA SHIELS IMAGES CHRIS BRUDENELL 16 The Fens | March 2017

There are fewer things better than a nice cup of tea and slice of cake. And it is perhaps this reason why we, as a nation, seem to love our afternoon teas. Apparently, we Brits drink 165 million cups of tea every single day - that’s 60.2 billion per year! Now that’s a lot of tea bags! Afternoon tea however, that most quintessential of English customs is, surprisingly, a relatively new tradition. Whilst tea itself dates back to the third millennium BC in China, it was not until the mid 19th century that the concept of ‘afternoon tea’ first appeared. Introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford in 1840, as a solution to her hunger at around four o’clock, the tradition of enjoying a sandwich, cake and tea quickly took off. Before long the afternoon tea became a fashionable social event - as it still does to this day. Good enough for the Duchess, we


Local tea rooms • Sophie T’s Vintage Tea Shop, 183 Main Street, Yaxley. 07768 351227. sophiets.co.uk Perfect for: Traditional 1940s themed tea room • Peckover House (Reed Barn Tea Room), North Brink, Wisbech, PE13 1JR. nationaltrust.org.uk/peckover-house-and-garden Perfect for: Visiting a National Trust house and garden at the same time

took ourselves off to visit Sophie T’s Vintage Tea Shop. Nestled amongst the pretty buildings on Main Street in Yaxley, this 1940s tearoom has something really rather special. In the hunt for an authentic afternoon tea, we didn’t have to travel far at all. “Customers come in to enjoy our freshly made cakes, and a bit of peace and quiet where they can talk to each other,” explained owner Lynne Terrell. “What makes us special is that our cakes are made here, everything is homemade.” Named after their daughter Sophie, this 1940s inspired tea shop is truly authentic to both the era it has adopted (there are pretty cups and saucers, WWII memorabilia, and even music from the decade playing in the background), and also to the wonderful tradition of afternoon tea. We enjoyed fresh sandwiches, delicious scones (though we couldn’t decide in which order the clotted

cream and jam should go), and each chose a cake. We didn’t leave a crumb behind! I was told that Sophie T’s enjoys visits from regular customers as far afield as America and South Africa - why? I imagine it’s a mixture of the 1940s theme, the hospitality from Lynne, Emma and her helpers, the homemade cakes, sandwiches and of course the delicious tea. It’s the whole experience! So why should you consider an afternoon tea this month? Notwithstanding that it is Mother’s Day, and frankly what mother wouldn’t want to be treated to tea and cake, places such as Sophie T’s can also host special events such as baby showers and birthday parties, or just be a wonderful place to visit and put your phone securely in your bag. As Henry James so perfectly summarised: “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” With special thanks to Sophie T’s Vintage Tea Shop for hosting us and feeding us so well. If you’re looking for somewhere special this month, we would highly recommend paying Lynne and her team a visit.

• Skylark Garden Centre, Manea Road, Wimblington March, PE15 0PE. 01354 741212. skylarkgardencentre. co.uk Perfect for: Homemade scones with the finest jam from East Anglia’s own Tiptree Preserves • Johnson’s of Old Hurst, Church Farm Oldhurst, Huntingdon PE28 3AF. 01487 824658. johnsonsofoldhurst.co.uk Perfect for: The whole package. See the animals, buy their own produce from the on-site shop and relax with an afternoon tea at their tea shop (plus there’s even some crocodiles to be found....)

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ON THE FARM Words by Philip Bradshaw

The sugar beet harvested late last year is now all delivered to the factory. Yields were decent for most, and happily the lack of very hard frosts caused few storage worries. Occasionally we get a serious frozen period which can damage sugar beet still in the ground, or even in the heap which can have serious financial consequences. Here on the farm I have been busy repairing and modifying machinery for the year ahead. Much of our modest fleet is at least 10 years old and needs a bit of service and therapy to keep it in good working order. Our oldest tractor is 41 years old, and although it only does a few lighter jobs on the farm, we like it to be in order, ready to go! The winter is also a season of meetings and courses there is a good culture of ongoing development and training among farmers and most is done in the colder months. The change here last autumn to ‘No Tillage’

establishment of crops has brought with it a substantial learning curve, and I have been gleaning knowledge this winter from people that have more experience, while also helping others who have yet to get started. I always enjoy the approach of the spring season on the farm, and we are now looking for some dry weather with light winds to apply fertiliser to feed the hungry crops ready for spring growth, and when the soil conditions allow, the new drill will be busy establishing wheat, barley and beans for harvesting with a combine. The sugar beet will be planted by a contractor later in March with a specialist precision seed drill, that plants the seeds in wider rows to suit the harvesting machinery, and to allow the potential of mechanical weeding between the plants. The challenge in spring, is to plant new crops when the soil is warm enough, but still moist enough to support the small seeds.


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NFU Mutual - Not just for Farmers! We caught up with the team behind the local NFU Mutual branch to find out why there’s a lot more to insurance than first meets the eye NFU Mutual was originally started in 1910 by seven farmers in the Midlands, who launched a scheme to encourage new members to join the National Farmers Union by offering insurance at a cost price. Since then NFU Mutual has grown to over 325 branches nationwide and over 900,000 customers. Our local branch of NFU Mutual has been established in Whittlesey for over 20 years and is run by Catherine Little and James Skelton. Catherine and James have been in a business partnership for 23 years, and their expert knowledge and welcoming personalities have made the business thrive. They invited us to meet their team and find out more. SO WHAT IS NFU MUTUAL? NFU Mutual is an insurance company that originally started out by servicing the farming community, by 1998 it had expanded to individuals and businesses outside of the farming industry. Now they not only offer insurances, they have increased their products to include pensions, bonds and ISAs. As a mutual, they have no shareholders, allowing them to

reward customer loyalty by passing on an annual discount when renewing existing insurance policies. WHY SHOULD POTENTIAL CUSTOMERS USE YOUR BRANCH? We are passionate in our quest to provide excellent customer service. We have an in-house team of nine members of staff, all of whom provide a friendly face-to-face service in our offices. Unlike other providers, we are available either at the end of the phone or in branch. We give

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protection packages to include family protection, life insurance and critical illness cover. HOW DOES NFU MUTUAL HELP THE LOCAL COMMUNITY? NFU Mutual collectively raise funds for the charity RABI (Royal Agricultural Benevolent Fund). Locally our branch is keen on fundraising and each year we raise money for various charities through our annual dinner dance and ball. We also sponsor the local Thorney Rugby Club, as well as Ramsey Young Farmers Club. We are happy to support our clients through their own fundraising events as well. NFU Mutual Branch 24 Queen Street, Whittlesey, PE7 1AY Email whittlesey@nfumutual.co.uk Visit nfumutual.co.uk/branches/ whittlesey Contact 01733 203 274

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Fitness

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GADGETS HELP? In the myriad of the technology sector, do you know your GPS watches from your heart rate monitors? We bring you an introduction to some of the best fitness gadgets

Back when I was the editor of a national running magazine, we had a page dedicated to the latest technology launches in the fitness market. You would be surprised how many different watches, monitors, apps and machines you can buy which claim to help improve your fitness. So where do you begin in such a crowded market? And which ones can actually help you? SUPER SCALES Want something that will tell you how much body fat you have? Whilst it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, it can be a really useful tool to help map your weight loss and fitness gains. Brands such as Fitbit and Garmin work with your phone via Bluetooth, to track your fitness as well as body fat. The benefits are they allow the user to track progress, but be warned, they’re not so good if you’ve had a few too many slices of cake... CHANGE OF HEART Once upon a time, heart rate monitors meant an uncomfortable strap around your chest. Nowadays you can get a heart rate reading from a variety of sources, from wrist 20 The Fens | March 2017

straps, to ear buds. Whilst these are much more convenient (and comfortable), they’re not always as accurate. That said, they do give you an idea of how hard you’re working out. Look out for brands such as TomTom (which offer watches that track heart rate as well as your GPS, excellent for runners). You can pick up a basic model for around £40-50, or invest in a top of the range integrated GPS model and expect to spend anything up to £400.

THE TRACKER Perhaps the most popular mainstream gadget for the fitness sector, is the tracker. Made popular by Fitbit, these clever little wristbands are multifunctional. The Flex 2 is a wristband version of the award-winning FitBit One.

Like its predecessor, it measures steps taken, distance travelled, calories burned, hours slept and quality of sleep. Over time, you can also use the app to create improvement goals for yourself - 12,000 steps each day, say, or eight hours of good sleep - and the Flex will tell you in real-time how you’re doing, helping motivate you to strive for your daily goals. The Fitbit Flex 2 is swim-proof, has interchangeable accessories, reminds you to move, and even gives call and text notifications. THE APP There are many fitness apps out in the marketplace. They all offer lots of different things; for example there are plenty of free running apps which offer support to achieve different distances or measure your runs. And it’s unsurprising that many brands have created their own. One such group is New Vision Fitness, who launched its own app in the New Year, giving its customers instant access to class bookings, latest news and promotions. Sadly, it doesn’t make you any heathier, but it does make getting fit and having fun so much easier. Check it out at the App Store or on Google Play.

THE FUTURE So what does the future have in store for gadget fans? Look out for advances in wearable technology, more amazing apps and ways in which we can track our sleep, exercise and calorie intake. Sometimes it can feel a bit overwhelming, but the key is to decide what would benefit you. And remember, there are lots of free apps to try out first!


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IS TECHNOLOGY CHANGING OUR BRAINS?

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Starting in the 1950s and lasting two decades, American scientists conducted extensive studies to determine that it was in fact dietary fat which was causing people to gain weight and have an increased risk of health problems. Despite five major studies that found nothing, and a sixth that cost $100million alone, they failed to find any link between dietary fat, heart disease and obesity. In 1977 they pushed through massive diet changes anyway, leading to a complete dietary shift in the western world, one that remains to this day: the low-fat diet. Since these changes came into play in the late 70s, obesity rates have rocketed, hand-in-hand with cases of heart disease and diabetes which are now at unprecedented levels. THE SCIENCE A quick bit of nutritional science. Insulin is the

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This article is a summary of the article published in the BBC Science and Technology Focus magazine, November 2016, titled ‘Is technology changing our brains?’ We have chosen this because it clearly and succinctly summarises the current research in this area. Please read on and be intrigued. The reality is that our brains do change when we use the smartphone, computer, screwdriver or any other tool for that matter. So the real question is, ‘How are our brains adapting to living in today’s screen-first, always online, networked world?’ We are a long way from definitive answers, but research has been conducted to start to understand how our brains are being affected in certain key areas: ATTENTION: Many believe that the incessant bombardment, and the need for instant answers, has eroded our ability to focus. MOOD: Heavy use of the internet, particularly social media, has been linked to depression. Social media can be linked to people feeling inadequate due to a high consumption of idealised images. MEMORY: We use our devices to tap into information as diverse as facts, routes, and phone numbers. We are therefore becoming less reliant on our memory. It has been said that those addicted to the internet or gaming have shown shrinkage in the brain’s grey matter. More research needs

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to be carried out on ‘real’ as oppose to ‘addicted’ internet users. SLEEP: Technology keeps us awake for two reasons; first, by the stimulating content. Secondly, the blue light emitted by the LED screens prevents the brain from producing the sleep hormone melatonin. READING: More research is needed in this area, but it is said that when reading on a screen, we tend to skim read, scan and click on hyperlinks, rather than ‘deep reading’. Therefore, we don’t take as much from the text. MULTITASKING: Our ‘always on’ culture has made us more skilful at multitasking. However, when we multitask, the knowledge acquired is less deeply embedded in our memories. NAVIGATION: GPS users have less grey matter in the hippocampus then those who navigate without GPS. So although more research needs to be carried out in this field, there is growing evidence that our brains are adapting to living in an online world.

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Whittlesey – NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN Whittlesey Town Council is at the start of the process to deliver a Neighbourhood Plan. A Neighbourhood Plan will supplement Fenland’s Local Plan, and allow the Town Council and its residents to: • Have a greater say in the development of the town, and a greater influence over planning decisions. • Have more say on detailed matters than the Local Plan. • Have possible influence on other Council activities. • Give an opportunity to specify which sites will be developed. • Encourage community projects and self-build initiatives. Your Council is in the early stages of this

Project, which is likely to take about two years before a Neighbourhood Plan is finalised. One of the early steps is for a Residents Questionnaire. This will be delivered to every house within the Parish of Whittlesey. The aim is for this to be delivered during the last two weeks of March. There will be a link to the Questionnaire on the Town Council website. The Questionnaire will be supported by Public Exhibitions in Coates and Eastrea Village Halls, and in the Christian Church, Broad Street, Whittlesey. Dates for these have not yet been finalised. This is YOUR OPPORTUNITY to help shape the future of Whittlesey and its villages.

Please complete the Questionnaire and return it to your Council. Whittlesey Town Council Contact details: Mrs Susan Piergianni Town Clerk Whittlesey Town Council Grosvenor House Grosvenor Road Whittlesey PE7 1AQ Telephone: 01733 351296

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MEN UNITED IN SONG 2017: SUPPORTING PROSTATE Looking for a fresh challenge which takes you out of your comfort zone, with a great social scene to boot? Then look no further… Following its phenomenal success last year, Men United in Song is back for 2017, once again raising money for Prostate Cancer UK. Launching in April, the project will sign up a minimum of 40 local men with a range of previous singing experience (including none!) to rehearse over 12 weeks for a gala charity concert on Saturday 24th June. Such was the popularity of the project last year, that over 100 men participated, raising many thousands of pounds for the charity – a really fantastic result! Men United in Song is not all about the singing, or even about the fundraising, there’s a fantastic social scene, too - after all, rehearsals are at the Broadway Theatre with its very own bar! Ultimately, the project is about a group of men getting together in a shared enterprise, which of course is the idea behind Men United, and why the charity seemed such a good fit! William Prideaux added: “It’s a real privilege to work with such a cracking bunch of blokes. They take their music making as seriously as their socialising. There’s a real camaraderie among them and a tight-knit aspect to the group makes them a force to be reckoned with.” Men United in Song kicks off with introduction sessions at the Broadway Theatre on Wednesday 29th, Thursday 30th and Friday 31st March (7-9pm). Absolutely no previous experience is required to join, just a willingness to get stuck in and give it a go. Will Prideaux, director of the project, explained, “We’re not looking for a Gary Barlow or an Alfie Boe, just guys who want to come along and enjoy singing together. Until you’ve tried it, you can’t understand the buzz singing can bring. We’re not looking for 100 per cent in musicality, but 100 per cent in enthusiasm. Come along to an introduction session and find out more, we’re convinced those who do will enjoy themselves and discover how great singing can be.” l For further information contact Jo on 01733 425194 or email info@ peterboroughmvchoir.org.uk l Introduction sessions will be at the Broadway Theatre, Peterborough, on Wednesday 29th, Thursday 30th and Friday 31st March (7-9pm). l Rehearsals will be on Thursday evenings from 7.45-9.45pm, starting on Thursday 6th April. l The Men United in Song concert will be on Saturday 24th June 2017.

Roadway to ‘Field of Dreams’ Whittlesey Town Councillors have received many complaints about speeding motorists on the road that leads to the Field of Dreams. This road leads to the Route 63 Cycle Path and is used by many cyclists and pedestrians. We are determined to make sure that this road and Cycle Way is a safe area for cyclists and pedestrians. So, we intend to install Speed Cushions along this road, to deter motorists from speeding. Whittlesey Town Council Contact details: Mrs Susan Piergianni, Town Clerk Whittlesey Town Council Grosvenor House Grosvenor Road Whittlesey PE7 1AQ Telephone: 01733 351296


On-call with the Community First Responders Community First Responders (CFR) are people who volunteer their spare time to attend 999 calls on behalf of the ambulance service, whilst an ambulance is on its way. The first responder scheme is valuable to rural areas, such as Whittlesey and the surrounding area. Currently there are only two CFRs, can you help? “As CFRs, we don't attend all calls an ambulance would go to, such as road traffic collisions,” explained Whittlesey CFR co-ordinator, Laura Philpott. “We are dispatched to diabetic emergencies, bleeding, breathing difficulties and cardiac arrests. An ambulance is dispatched at the same time, and we hand over to the crew when they arrive. It means that we can reach people in those first vital minutes before the crew arrive.” Currently, Whittlesey First Responders cover Whittlesey, Eastrea and Coates. Occasionally they go as far as Turves and Pondersbridge, depending on how far away the nearest ambulance is and what the call is for. The group is made up of volunteers or unpaid workers for the East of England Ambulance Service (as they are fondly called by their trainers). “We receive funding through public donations,” added Laura. “We are

supplied with a defibrillator, oxygen tank and various other items through the ambulance service, but extra equipment such as pulse oximeters, the insurance for our kits and uniforms, has to be paid for from our funds. As our group grows, we will need more funds to pay for all of this.” So how can we help? “You can help by spreading the word about what we do,” explained Laura. “‘Like’ and share our facebook page and you can also donate to and share our Just Giving page (www.justgiving.com/ fundraising/whittleseycfrs).” INTERESTED IN BECOMING A VOLUNTEER? If you are interested in becoming a Community First Responder, you can register on the East of England Ambulance Service website www. eastamb.nhs.uk/join-the-team/ interest-form-community-firstresponder Or contact the team via Laura Philpott. All that is asked is that you are: • Physically fit • Aged between 18-70 • Agree to a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS). This was previously known as criminal records bureau disclosure or CRB.

• Have a sympathetic, caring nature • Agree to undertake training, which we provide • Have a full driving licence and access to a road worthy car. Come and meet the Whittlesey Community First Responders at their next open evening at The Fresh Pizza Co & Cookhouse (upstairs) on Tuesday 27th March from 5:30-8pm. It’s a great opportunity to have a nosey at their kit and ask any questions you might have. For more information about CFRs, please contact Laura Philpott, Whittlesey CFR Coordinator, on 07894 276459 Or visit: www.facebook.com/whittleseycfrs www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ whittlesey-cfrs IMAGES Andrew Harwin

Amazing support for Indoor Sports Hub Open Day

Wally, Ron, Mayor Alex and McCain’s representative Melanie

On Saturday 11th of February, the Whittlesey Mayor along with a representative of McCain Foods, stood beside project Manager Don McCarthy, to officially open the new Whittlesey Indoor Sports Community Hub. And what excellent support they received!

The new hub, which allows various sporting groups such as table tennis, kurling, bowls, walking football and much more, has clearly been restored with an awful lot of love and care. It took almost a year to raise funds, which Don took upon himself to get through various grants. But the hard work has clearly paid off, and his legacy is an impressive space which can be used for almost anything from dance groups to fitness classes. “We now just need to ensure the hub is used,” Don explained to me. “It’s warm, has a brand new floor and is really cost-effective to hire out.” Melanie Gowler, QA Manager and Community Champion at McCain Foods, said: “It was fantastic to see so many people and friendly faces at the open day. It’s clear that the Complex is going to be of huge benefit to the

community. There’s something on offer for everyone – whatever their age or ability. “McCain has been in Whittlesey for 40 years – so supporting the Complex is a wonderful way for us to celebrate our milestone Birthday with the rest of the community.” There is no doubt that the new community hub is an excellent asset for Whittlesey and the surrounding area! Whittlesey Indoor Sports Community Hub can be found at 196-198 Station Road, Whittlesey. 93x275mm AW.pdf

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Meditation and Mindfulness Course in March: Detox your mind Discover the power of meditation and mindfulness in March: reduce stress and tension, and increase positivity and inner good qualities. There are two one-hour sessions with a coffee break and an opportunity to chat and ask questions. The course will be taught by Sue Leeks, who has been teaching and practising meditation for 17 years. The course is being held on Saturday March 4th at 10.30am 1pm. The cost is £15 per person and is being held at March Podiatry Practice, High Street, March, PE15 9JJ For more information please visit meditateinpeterborough.org.uk

Whittlesey Extravaganza NEEDS YOU! The Whittlesey Extravaganza is in crisis! The Christmas Extravaganza Committee hope that you have enjoyed the annual event they organise for the second Friday of December. We have organised it for 21 years now, and although the members of the Committee have changed over the years, the current organisers have given a lot of years. The whole idea of the event is to give the community at large a fabulous, festive family evening. However, it takes a lot of unseen hours of form filling, emails and phone calls for a three-hour event. As we are all volunteers, the majority of the Committee are not prepared to continue in office. So, at our Annual General Meeting in March, the Extravaganza Committee hits

a problem: we will have no officers - no Chairman - no Secretary no Treasurer - no form-fillers - no organisers! Which means = no Extravaganza! If you have enjoyed our evenings of festive fun and have time to spare, do you want to take on the organisation? Our Annual General Meeting is on Wednesday 15th March 2017 in Whittlesey Town Hall, Market Street at 7.30pm. Interested parties please attend! If you want to see the Extravaganza in December, you need to stand up and do the work. Bystanders are not required. Yours sincerely, Shirley Wright.

Raising Money for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Dan Swan is busy this month with two events he is hosting, both of which aim to raise as much money as possible for Sue Ryder’s Thorpe Hall Hospice. And if that’s not enough, he’s also running the London Marathon in April for the charity! So why Thorpe Hall? “My dad was born at Thorpe Hall in 1969 when it was a maternity unit,” explained Dan, “so we have a family affiliation to it. We have had some close friends use Sue Ryder Hospice unfortunately in the past, so a personal ambition of mine was to run the London Marathon, and Sue Ryder was an easy choice for my charity.” This month Gary is hosting two events. The first being a Charity Quiz Night on Friday 10th March at Childers, Station Road, Whittlesey starting at 7:30pm. For just £8.50 you can enjoy a fish’n’chip supper and test your knowledge in teams up to six. There will be raffle prizes on the night, tickets can be obtained on 07736 387469 or 07745 318172. If quizzes aren’t your thing, how about cakes? Dan’s second event on Saturday 18th March is a Coffee Morning from 9am until noon, also at 28 The Fens | March 2017

Childers, Station Road, Whittlesey. Everybody is welcome for tea, coffee and cake, and once again there will be raffle prizes on the day. We asked Dan what he was most excited about in taking part in the London Marathon. “Adrenaline rush on the start will be my biggest feeling ever,” he explained, “but my focus is to get sub 4 hours, enjoy the moment, and raise any amount of money I can to help the cause of Sue Ryder. This April I will achieve my ambition.” Fundraiser Nilesh Patel said: “We are so grateful for Dan’s efforts on our behalf. It costs us £2.8 million a year to run our hospice services at Thorpe Hall and in the community we have to fundraise £1.5 million of that - quite simply, without people like Dan we wouldn’t be here to provide incredible care to people at the most difficult time of their lives. “Dan is hoping to raise £1,750 - that could pay for a hospice bed for three days for a patient at the end of their life plus a uniform and a mobile working bag for one of our Hospice at Home nurses who care for patients in their own homes.” You don’t have to run a marathon

to support Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough, which cares for patients from across the Fens. You could sign up for the Great Eastern Run and join Thorpe Hall’s #TeamIncredible raising money at our local half marathon. Or for the less energetic, how about organising a Eurovision party, a neighbourhood Easter Egg Hunt or a coffee morning? If you’d like to find out more about Thorpe Hall Hospice and ways you can get involved please email thorpe.fundraising@sueryder.org or call 01733 225999. Can you support Dan, with either taking part in the quiz, coffee morning or supporting his marathon journey? www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ Daniel-George-Swan01?utm_id=13


COUNCILLOR SURGERIES Will be held in Grosvenor House from 09:30 to 10:30 on the first Saturday of every month throughout 2017. Saturday March 4th Councillors present will be: Councillor Chris Boden (District, and Town Councillor) Councillor Martin Curtis (Town Councillor) If you have any matters of concern and wish to discuss with a Councillor, then please come along and let us know.

Birthday Celebrations This month sees us celebrating our second birthday! My word! How time has flown since that initial exploratory meeting at Childers Club, when so many Whittlesey folk came along to express their keen interest in Whittlesey and its surrounding parishes having their very own U3A. I am happy to report that the organisation goes from strength to strength, and the party we are holding, with the return of the very popular “Upwood Ukuleles” to entertain us, will be a fun afternoon of celebration! If you are not yet a member, why not come along to help us celebrate? You are permitted to have a “taster” before committing to membership, introduce yourself at the door and you will be made to feel very welcome! If you like what you see (and I feel sure that you will) then a year’s membership costs only £16. In January our ArtApp (art appreciation) Group travelled to the National Exhibition Centre in London to view the “Beyond Caravaggio” exhibition, enjoying a good day out with a relaxing rail journey. A coach load of our Theatre Group members headed off down to the “Big City” last month to see the fabulous “Cirque Du Soleil” at the Royal Albert Hall. Maureen, who runs this Group, has also booked another London trip to see “Motown Magic” in April. This was quickly sold out and other theatre visits are being planned for later this year. Tickets for these trips are first offered to those “signing up” to the Theatre Group, and then to the membership in general, with guests permitted if all places are not taken up. Our most popular group, Table Tennis, has settled into its new superb venue in the Sports Hub at Whittlesey Indoor Bowls Club in Station Road, and meets three times weekly! This month I draw your attention to some of our smaller interest groups which meet at regular intervals, often in members’ homes. All of them welcome newcomers and, again, a “taster session” is allowed before joining the U3A: Bridge, Colouring for Fun, Flower Arranging, French, Gardening, Italian Language & Culture, Papercrafting, Rummikub & Board Games, Sewing, Spanish for Fun and Woodcraft - although this is not an exhaustive list. With best wishes, Tony Wright, Publicity Officer

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A thank you Sudbury Court (Stonald Road, Whittlesey) residents committee holds a fund raising Christmas bazaar every December for the benefit of the residents during the year i.e. the Christmas dinner, Christmas party and the general comfort of the residents thoughout the year. Local businesses are asked to donate a prize to the Christmas bazaar raffle and this year, 1st Call Furnishings of High Causeway, Whittlesey, who have contributed in the past, donated a suite of bedroom furniture. The winner of the raffle ticket could either choose £100 cash or the bedroom suite, as the residents had already decided that if the winner did not require the furniture, it would then be donated to the Court’s guest room. As the winner chose the £100, the furniture is now in place at Sudbury Court. Everybody at Sudbury Court would like to thank all businesses in Whittlesey who donated to their Bazaar.

Our next meeting is Wednesday the 29th March at the Falcon Hotel, 6pm for 6.30pm. The speaker will be Cllr Michelle Tanfield who is the Portfolio Holder for Tourism & Leisure at Fenland District Council. Come along to hear how increased tourism could bring more business to the town. Don’t miss it. Steve Hodson, 01733 203064

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The Quakers in the Fens

For those of you who are not familiar with the Society of Friends, more commonly known as the Quakers, they are a religious movement that emerged in the mid-17th Century following the leadership of George Fox, who travelled widely throughout the country preaching in opposition to the hierarchical organisation of the established Church of England. If I can put it simply, Quakers believe that God has a personal relationship with each of us, that the idea of having priests and bishops is unnecessary and that the best way to hear his message is to be in quietness and wait for Him to speak. They have a deep binding commitment to peace and non-violence. All of those beliefs were anathema to the church authorities and Quakers were widely persecuted. During the English Civil War, they were thought to be too close to radical politicians and movements like the Levellers and the Fifth Monarchy Men. The Levellers, in the mid-17th Century, advocated a parliamentary democracy much on the lines that we have achieved today. The Fifth Monarchy Men thought that Jesus would return, possibly in 1666, and establish the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. At the same time, George Fox thought there was a real possibility of sweeping away the Church of England, as God was everywhere and anyone could preach. In 1660, upon the death of Oliver Cromwell, Charles ll was crowned and the persecution of Quakers and other non-conformist sects was increased. There had been “divers Anabaptists and other Conventicles”

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in Whittlesey for some time and it is possible that George Fox or one of his fellow preachers had visited the town. Whittlesey had numerous episodes of rioting during the 1640s and 1650s in opposition to the draining of the Fens, and must have been an attractive place for radical preachers. Whether the increased suppression drove the Quakers from the town, or they simply preferred to live more openly than was possible in Whittlesey itself, by the 1670s there were Quakers at Turves, Coates and probably Eastrea. The Quakers themselves, in 1658, mentioned two Justices of the Peace at Whittlesey, Francis Underwood and George Glapthorne, neither of whom actively persecuted them. The Episcopal returns for 1669 record; “At the house of John Gates (probably in Claygate). And at a hamlet called Coates and in ye fennes. Divers of Anabaptists and Quakers. At Gates house about 20 (the Anabaptists). At ye others about 100 from divers places. Quality most very mean.” Very few of the records of Quaker meetings have survived, but in 1668 at Coates, Robert Smith, John Mason, John Chapman, Edmund Bull and John Ffardell are listed. As you can see from the 1st Edition of the Ordnance Survey, they had left a memorial of their presence in Quakers Drain (later Quakers Drove) in Turves. In Coates, they had a graveyard at North Green on the site of the present Coates Primary School. Ninety-Six Dissenters were recorded in Whittlesey in 1676, but this would have included other Nonconformists such as Thomas Speechley, an Anabaptist

preacher, who had a congregation of 160 at Whittlesey and March. The numbers of Quaker families were small, but they were linked to other communities at Warboys, Bluntisham, Earith, Fenstanton, Huntingdon and Chatteris. The settlement at Turves seems to have been on Quakers Drove and some thatched cottages survived here till the 1930s. But the centre of the area’s community was at The Fold in Coates. Here there was a cottage used as a meeting room and an adjoining garden used as a graveyard. Burials here were occasionally recorded in the first Register Book of Whittlesey St. Marys that survives, from 1695 to 1721 as: 21/12/1701 - Robert Smith of Coates an old Quaker. 8/4/1707 - Stephen Bishop in ye Quakers Yard. In 1718, John Steel transferred the graveyard in Coates to Thomas Legge of Whittlesey, John Ayres of Chatteris and John Robinson of Chatteris, all four of them Quakers and farmers: “One rood of land next to land of Edward Hunt in trust for the burial of Quakers.” This was the site that, by 1841, was described as a pygtle, or a small plot of enclosed land, owned by Adam Hall. In 1843 the graveyard was used to build Coates School (see photograph), which still exists today. I am sure that, with their humility and their practical desire for goodness, those ghosts of 17th and 18th Century Quakers would be pleased to see it used for the education and wellbeing of children.

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Exploring the FENS

A Garden with a View With Spring finally in the air, now is a great time to explore some of the beautiful gardens we have in the Fens and further afield. We’ve selected a few of our favourite places to visit. PECKOVER HOUSE AND GARDENS Peckover House is a National Trust property in the heart of Wisbech. Whilst the Georgian house is definitely worth a visit alone, the beautiful walled garden is truly a beautiful sight. At this time of the year you may see snowdrops, aconites, irises and winter flowering shrubs. To escape the cold outside you could head for the glasshouses: the Orangery is home to three very old fruiting orange trees, while the Prop House contains tender plants which wouldn’t survive outside in the winter. From March onwards, the garden is open daily apart from Fridays, from 11am. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/peckoverhouse-and-garden

tree-lined avenues, explore the dahlia, hyacinth and semi-circular herbaceous gardens and look out for Lord Fairhaven’s impressive collection of statuary dotted around the grounds. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ anglesey-abbey-gardens-andlode-mill

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RAMSEY’S WALLED GARDEN Discovered by chance almost 20 years ago, the Walled Kitchen Garden is now an enchanting secret in the heart of Ramsey. It’s free to enter, open from April to October inclusive, on Sundays and Bank Holiday Monday between 2.005.00pm. www.ramseywalledgarden.org ELGOOD’S BREWERY AND GARDEN This traditional 18th century family brewery has a 4-acre garden and many delightful features. Opening from April 25th, the gardens are located behind the North Brink Brewery, a classic 200 year old brewery situated on the banks of the River Nene. The garden incorporates trees as old as the surrounding buildings, herbaceous

BURGHLEY HOUSE Burghley House opens its South Garden from March 18th, and visitors can view magnificent seasonal displays of Narcissi and spring bulbs! Find out more at www.burghley.co.uk/events/southgardens-open/

ANGLESEY ABBEY, GARDENS & LODE MILL Thousands of people flock to Anglesey Abbey, Garden and Lode Mill each January to March to witness the wonderful Snowdrop Festival that takes place annually in the Winter Garden and on the Woodland Walk. The 100-acre garden, created from 1926 onwards by the first Lord Fairhaven, is a grand blend of 17th century French style and 18th century natural landscaping. Wander down

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PET CORNER | There are many different birds kept as pets, from the humble omnipresent Budgerigar and Canary to the more exotic parrot like the Amazon Grey, all the way up to the stunning Amazonian Macaw. As well as the stunning parrots, there are an amazing array of Birds of Prey kept as pets/ working birds from little Scops Owl up to the grandeur of the Golden Eagle, all very beautiful in their own right. This article will focus on Budgerigars, Canaries, Finches and Parrots, as birds of prey are a completely different entity and again require specialist husbandry. Caged birds can be a very emotive topic. Some say that they should not be kept as pets due to the fact that they cannot behave normally and fly around, and also that the majority of types kept are sociable in the wild but mostly kept solitary in captivity. Whatever the reason for them being kept, it is vitally important that we give our birds the best life that we can, so we must endeavour to provide, at least, the bare essentials that they need. The first ‘need’ to consider with caged birds is light. All of the common kept species come from areas of high

This issue, Whittlesey Veterinary Centre looks at everything you need to know about looking after caged birds

sunlight, therefore high ultra violet. Ultra violet (UVA + UVB) is part of the electromagnetic spectrum along with X-rays and sound waves, and is the part of sunshine that gives us a tan. UV is essential to birds as it initiates the production of vitamin D which is needed for the absorption of calcium from food. This in turn is necessary in the production of healthy skin, bones, beak, feathers etc. A lack of these elements can shorten the life of the bird, or put undue pressure on the birds’ organs. If a bird is allowed to be loose in the house and sit in the window, the glass doesn’t allow the UV rays to pass through, therefore having no benefit. The bird needs direct sunlight, so being stood outside in the cage on a nice day is the way to go. The correct diet is equally as important. Too much chocolate and we feel ill, not enough fibre and our digestive tract doesn’t work well. This is the same with birds, because they don’t get the amount of exercise that they would in the wild, they can lay

down fat, and given too much choice in a mixed diet, they will pick out the bits that they like best. As well as that, you cannot feed an African Grey the same food that you would a Cockatoo or a Scarlet Macaw, there are specific diets for each family. If a bird is allowed to be free in the house, be aware that there are items around the house that a bird could pick up and ingest, including beads, coins and nibbling at pencils. Birds are very different from cats and dogs in almost every way and this necessitates going to a specialist vet for many treatments. Any vet should be able to offer very basic husbandry advice and maybe clip their nails, but because they are widely different and there are many different types, they are fed differently and have different health issues. It is only a specialist vet that knows all of this. Your local vet will be able to refer you to one if necessary. There is a lot of information on each species on the internet or your local library. It is always good to research your bird either before you get one or after, just to learn more, in order to give them a good life and also to prolong it.

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Walk of the month

GIBRALTAR POINT Leanne Hyland travels to the edge of the Fens to discover rugged beauty by the coast

Gibraltar Point features a variety of landscapes, from scrub to sandy beaches

On the far north eastern tip of the Fenland region lies a large, unspoilt length of coastline known as Gibraltar Point. Stretching from the outskirts of Skegness to the mouth of the wash where the Great Ouse and Nene rivers join the North Sea, this dynamic landscape is characterised by over a thousand acres of sandy shorelines, rugged grasslands, mudflats and salt marsh. I reach the reserve by late morning, and already it’s proving popular. My first point of call is the newly refurbished visitor centre, a modern, eco-friendly structure built on stilts to reduce flood risk from rising tides. On the top floor, there’s a viewing platform from where you can gaze out to sea, and below, a small cafe serving hot pork rolls and roast dinners. Today’s wildlife sightings have been plentiful so far, and are handily marked down at the centre for all to see. Brent geese, merlins, marsh harriers and a barn owl have all made an appearance, even a harbour porpoise was spotted offshore. Armed with my trail map and keeping my eyes peeled for my own wildlife encounters, I head down South Marsh Road, a long straight path which takes me towards the beach. On either side, tall swathes of marram grass reach up from the 36 The Fens | March 2017

salty marshland below, with hidden lagoons peeking out among the towering reeds. At the crossroads I take a right. Frequent waymarkers make the reserve easy to navigate, no OS maps are needed here. Ahead there’s a winding path, with sand underfoot and a set of staggered steps which take me to a viewpoint atop the East Dunes. These impressive sandy formations have been around for a very long time, with the oldest having formed more than 500 years ago. Now covered in a thick layer of scrub and buckthorn, the two parallel ridges of Dunes, East and

Gibraltar Point is a Site of Special Scientific Interest


West, help to shape the reserve, with half a kilometre of salt marsh between them. It’s approaching lunchtime and the blue skies of this morning have given way to heavy cloud cover. I hop down from the dune and onto the beach, where a white skeleton fence leads me towards the sea. I pass what appears to be a small ramshackle hide, but on closer inspection I learn it’s the Shorebird Warden’s Hut and in peak season, a ranger is stationed here to keep visitors from disturbing nesting seabirds. The path splits once more and I walk along the empty beach. Few places are as a freeing as the coast and even in late winter, only the gentle crash of waves against the shoreline can be heard. I soak up the stillness, a rarity amongst the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With the tide out I’m forced to venture forward for a few hundred metres and do the mandatory toe dip in the ocean, even if I am still wearing my wellies - it is winter after all. Gibraltar Point itself marks the spot at which the North Sea coast turns southwest towards the town of Boston. At high tide, a large part of the reserve is flooded, with the water covering part of the marshland and with it the plants and grasses which have adapted to cope with the saltwater. I head back inland and follow a forest path through the newly created Jackson’s Marsh, an area dedicated to providing extra habitats for breeding migratory waterbirds. Quirky little bug hotels are dotted along the path, made from collections of dead wood and loose bark to create miniature nooks, crevices and tunnels - all of which make cosy beds for our tiny insect companions. The diversity of landscape and wildlife at Gibraltar Point is impressive to say the least, and with each passing season there’s something new to see. In spring, you can spot skylark performing their song flights,

A fishing boat stranded at low tide

Salt marshes are situated between land and open salt water, and are regularly flooded by the tides in summer, sea lavender coat the marshland in a sheet of purple and autumn plays host to huge flocks of waders on the high tides. I’ve really enjoyed my time at Gibraltar Point, and I know this will be a place to which I’ll return again and again. Find out more at: www.lincstrust. org.uk/gibraltar-point

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Nature

Life on the wing at the Great Fen WORDS Caroline Fitton, The Wildlife Trust

A secluded 14 square mile area between Huntingdon and Peterborough is a real bird watcher's paradise - the Great Fen has a patchwork of habitats, home to a wonderful array of wildlife – but especially birds Regular seasonal visitors, short-eared owls - Asio flammeus - arrived again this winter, with at least 16 birds regularly seen, an increase on last year’s number, which is very exciting. These wonderful owls can be seen as late as April before they leave for Scandinavia. Largely nocturnal and crepuscular (hunting at dusk and dawn) they are often spotted in colder months hunting by day, swooping low to the ground on their spectacular tapestried wings. The owls and other raptors can best be seen from places such as Trundle Mere Lookout, near Rymes Reedbed – a superb wetland area now rich in wildlife since being

restored from agricultural land. New Decoy Information Point (with good parking area) has a wonderful straw bale bird hide across the fields, Jon's Hide, a unique place from which to bird watch. A range of raptors might be seen here from the more familiar kestrel and sparrowhawk, to the much rarer merlin peregrine and hen harrier; the natural repopulation of the area by common buzzard means they are now a familiar sight, as are the reintroduced red kite. A couple of hours before sunset is a great time to observe the Great Fen, an ideal time to see the birds moving back and forth hunting, some looking for places to roost at night.

As the light diminishes, barn owls join the scene, quartering the fields in search of a meal. Ducks and geese head in to roost and tawny owls start to call. Water rails sneak out from the cover of the dense vegetation to investigate the evening’s offerings, their long, red bills poised to winkle out an unsuspecting invertebrate. Winter's wet weather topped up the various wetland features from ditches to pools, important for a whole variety of birds, including waders such as snipe which use the soft ground around the pools and meres probing for food, with their long, sensitive bills. Birds travel from far and wide to visit the Great Fen - some of the tiniest

Short-eared Owl by Henry Stanier

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Trundle Mere Lookout by Josh Hellon species put in an appearance, the yellow-browed warbler, a diminutive visitor from Siberia, which passed through on migration. Even smaller are goldcrest and firecrest - one recent record was of a goldcrest which travelled over 100km, from northern Lincolnshire to the Great Fen, a bird which weighs about the same as a 20p coin! As spring unfurls the air will gradually become full of the dawn chorus of bird song and from April onwards, summer migrants start to arrive. Look out for swifts, swallows and martins which appear in the skies, as warblers seem to fill the woods. USEFUL LINKS www.wildlifebcn.org/great-fen-living-landscape www.greatfen.org.uk/visit/places/RymesReedbed www.greatfen.org.uk/news/jons-hide

The creation of a trust can place assets under the control of trustees. On first glance it makes no sense giving up ownership of something for the benefit of others – why not just give it to them and bask in their gratitude? Life is seldom that simple. Giving something to an individual might, with the benefit of hindsight be a mistake. Maybe they are not mature enough or capable of making best use of it. Perhaps someone close to them would take it from them, maybe the individual has a liability that your gift might end up settling. Even the tax man might be interested in obtaining a share of the value. A gift might result in a loss of benefits, local authorities may include such a generous action in a financial assessment of the individual. In some circumstances a gift needs to be with no strings attached – otherwise it may not qualify as a gift. A regular question involves the gifting of a family home but continuing to live in it – there may be several legal and practical issues depending on the aim of such an action, my advice is to seek professional advice first. With the correct advice and a well drafted arrangement benefits may still be delivered when and where it will do most good. It may be possible to change who the beneficiaries are if circumstances change. Putting assets in to trust can remove value from an estate that would otherwise be subject to Inheritance Tax – a trust can help assets ‘skip a generation’ when this would be helpful, this might be achieved by a deed of variation but that is another subject. Estate management is potentially a complex area of financial planning, independent advice from a qualified and experienced specialist can provide valuable benefits. If any of these ideas suggest to you that a review is in order, please contact me for a free initial consultation.

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Youth

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Girls in the lead at Girlguiding

Girlguiding Groups • 1st Whittlesey Rainbows; 3rd Whittlesey Brownies (both meet on Wednesdays) • 2nd Whittlesey Brownies; 1st Whittlesey Guides; 1st Coates Brownies (all meet on Thursday)

Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK. “With the support of 100,000 volunteers, we are able to give girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun and gain valuable life experiences,” Charlotte Cook, District Commissioner for Whittlesey and Coates, those involved. “For the explained.  past two years I have And Whittlesey is no exception. With volunteered to be the thriving Rainbow, Brownie and Guide District Commissioner for units, girls aged five and above meet the local area (Whittlesey weekly and can challenge themselves, and Coates). Watching go on adventures and make lifelong these units grow is fantastic friendships.  and makes giving back to “I've been an Adult Guide Leader in the community even more Whittlesey for six years, and involved in special, but these units do guiding for 16 years. I have loved every not run themselves.” minute of it! From remembrance parades, So, if you or your daughter campfires and camping, bin bag fashion would like to be involved and themed nights, to trips to the zoo or Wicksteed park; not to forget international in Guiding, please visit the website below and register opportunities and musical gigs. Quite your interest:  simply, we as leaders, get as much out of www.girlguiding.org.uk guiding as the girls - friendships, support, training and a chance to be a big kid!”  Guiding is a great opportunity for all

The RAF Air Cadets Are you up for fun, adventure, incredible experiences and making new friends? Are you looking for something to give you the edge in life? Then you need to join the RAF Air Cadets! We’re a UK-wide cadet force with more than 40,000 members aged between 12 and 20 years. Activities include flying and gliding, adventurous training, shooting, Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, training and education, sports, parade and drill and music. Ramsey Squadron meet twice a week on Tuesdays 40 The Fens | March 2017

and Thursdays from 7pm to 9.30pm. Uniform is provided and the monthly subscription is currently just five pounds. If you are interested in joining the Air Cadets, Ramsey Squadron are currently recruiting and if you are aged 12 or over, and in year eight or above, you are invited to join us for our recruitment week on the evenings of 14th and 16th March 2017. Should you wish to join before or after these dates the Squadron can be contacted on Tuesday and Thursday evenings on 01487 710776 or by emailing adj.511@ aircadets.org


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This month’s book review What we’re

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My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry; Penguin An intense psychological thriller, My Husband’s Wife, will keep you gripped to the very end. As with most good thrillers, the short prologue teases the reader by beginning with the end of the story: Flash of metal. Thunder in my ears… My head is killing me…The pain in my chest is scary. So, too, is the blood…Can a marriage end in murder?...So it’s true what they say about dying. The past comes back to go with you. This is then followed by several sentences of a newspaper article reporting the death of the artist, Ed Macdonald. Stating he has been found stabbed to death, we are left in no doubt that this is a tale of murder… or could it simply be a case of self-defence? Full of suspense, including chilling insights into the human psyche, Corry skilfully leads the reader down a slippery path littered with intrigue and dramatic twists. We are told from the outset that this story ends with the death of one of it’s characters, but by whom, and most importantly, why? A tale of two halves, the story then begins 15 years prior to the prologue, where we are introduced to the two central characters: Lily, a fledgling solicitor and Carla, a young school girl and only child of her Italian single mother. Lily, narrated in the first person, is newly married to Ed, an artist, but it is immediately apparent, despite having recently returned from honeymoon, there are problems within the marriage. Lily, having recently been consigned to criminal law, is then assigned the management of an appeal case of a convicted murderer, where Lily, despite her better judgement, finds herself strangely drawn to her client. In the meantime, acting as well meaning neighbours, Lily and Ed befriend Carla, written in the third person, and her mother. The young married couple agree to babysit Carla from time to time when her mother has to work, and Carla finds herself becoming Ed’s muse for his artwork. The story then jumps forward 12 years. Lily is a successful solicitor specialising in criminal law, Ed is the efficacious artist of the painting of The Italian Girl and Lily, now a young woman studying law, is hell bent on revenge. However, as with all good thrillers, all is not as it seems. Our verdict… This is a classic “whodunnit” with many surprising twists and turns. Corry’s characters are well rounded and believable. At times I found myself liking and disliking them all in equal measure, despite their flaws and bad deeds, because they are all typically human and as we all know, given the right circumstances, good people are capable of bad deeds just as bad people are capable of good ones. Corry also provides some well-researched insight into autism as well as some thought provoking observations of suicide, adultery, unknown paternity, and adoption and, of course, murder. Definitely one I’d recommend.

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Run Joe Run About a year and five months ago, I decided I had spent enough time sitting on my bottom watching re-runs of Only Fools and Horses and promptly put on my shorts and t-shirt and went for a run. A month and half into this I got shin splints and couldn’t run again for six weeks. When I recovered from this set back, I went and got a proper pair of running shoes specific to the way my foot lands when I run, and since then I haven’t looked back. When work heard about my new running exploits, they enlisted me into a challenge. In 12 months I agreed to run 1,008 miles, half of 2016 with two other people running the other half between them. Now, many of you may remember me from school. I was the one who was always picked last for the football team, quite rightly since, thinking it was a safe bet my team once put me in goal only for me to score an own goal because I caught the ball and then promptly stepped back over my own goal line with it by mistake. I guess what I’m saying is, I’m no athlete, but I am proud to say that on the 1st February, on the 365th day after I started the challenge, I completed my 1008th mile. Unfortunately, I forgot to turn on my mile tracker and so I went and did the last three miles again and then, officially I completed my challenge. It might not sound a lot to others, but to me, being able to run that far, roughly from where I live to Vienna, Austria has been the hardest and best thing I’ve done. A lot is said about exercise and running, often in this magazine as I know the editor Natasha is also a keen runner, but as an ordinary guy I can’t stress enough, if you have even the slightest inclination to get fitter, start running, or even fast walking. Start slow and if you start covering more distance, do get a proper pair of running shoes because my God, will it destroy your ankles/shins otherwise! Next time, I promise less ‘tooting my own horn’, as in a couple of days I’m off to Amsterdam on a stag weekend. Hopefully, there will be at least a couple of publishable stories from that!

§ Joe Ferridge is an occasional writer who has the legs of Greg Rutherford and the body of Greg Wallace


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Independent of the month

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J Neville Opticians have been a familiar face on our local high street in Whittlesey for the past 11 years. With an eye for the latest style in frames and over 30 years experience as an Optician we visited Jan in his store to hear his story

WORDS AMY CORNEY IMAGES CHRIS BRUDENELL WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT RUNNING YOUR OWN BUSINESS? Once I had left university I started helping in a local Opticians, which I enjoyed. This led me to return to college and train to become an Optician. WHY DID YOU OPEN YOUR PRACTICE IN WHITTLESEY IN 2005? After working in Peterborough City Centre for another firm for 20 years, I decided to branch out and open my own business. I decided on Whittlesey as it was a respectful distance away from my previous employer whilst allowing me to target a new audience. I also found Whittlesey to be a charming town not too far from the City. YOU OFFER RETINAL PHOTOGRAPHY, WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO PHOTOGRAPH THE EYE? We offer retinal photography completely free as part of our

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routine eye test. I feel that this advance in technology is a great advantage as it allows us to take high definition photographs of the back of the eyes. This enables us to keep a record and monitor any changes, which assists us in detecting conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and agerelated macular degeneration. WHAT CHANGES HAVE YOU SEEN OVER THE 30 YEARS? As well as new advances in the technology we use, glasses have become more popular and fashionable. There is now a huge number of brands producing frames, for the glasses wearer. This gives them the opportunity to have multiple pairs for different occasions. WHAT IS YOUR TOP TIP FOR CHOOSING EYE WEAR TO SUIT YOU? I advise our customers to try on a wide variety of frames, as certain frames and colours will suit some and not others. It is important to take in consideration a person’s face shape as generally a round face will suit a more angular frame and vice versa. HOW OFTEN SHOULD WE VISIT THE OPTICIANS? You should visit every two years unless you have an underlying condition that requires monitoring. There are no rules though, and you’re welcome to visit and purchase new glasses more frequently. YOU’VE BEEN IN THE BUSINESS FOR OVER 30 YEARS - WHAT’S YOUR RECIPE FOR SUCCESS? I think our success is based on the fantastic customer service we provide, which encourages our clients to return. I am enthusiastic about

finding new brands and designers, and have many exclusive and limited brands making my store unique. For those wanting to start their own business, I would advise them to do their market research and try to find a niche product or service that cannot be replaced by the internet. WHAT DO YOU PREDICT WILL BE THE GLASSES TREND FOR 2017? Personally, I feel that the retro 1950/60s influence on frames will increase in popularity, with preppy, round, tortoise frames selling well. We’re also thrilled to be exclusively selling Giorgio Valmassoi. • J Neville Opticians can be found at 18 Broad Street, Whittlesey PE7 1HA. 01733 208578


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The Writer's Corner Local author and mother of two

Jordan shares her musings

Eva

J.K. Rowling Is My New Best Friend!

NEW ARCHITECTURAL MODEL OF PECKOVER ARRIVES Visitors to the National Trust’s Peckover House this season will be greeted by an impressive new exhibit. Gracing the Museum Room on the first floor is a large architectural model of Peckover, which has been so accurately made that, when peering into a room, it’s easy to forget its size and believe you are looking at the real house! The model is something that staff and volunteers at Peckover have wanted for some time, something which could be shared with visitors to show the architectural details which make Peckover special. General Manager, Teresa Squires, could not be more delighted with this work by Tim and Angela Hartnall of Anglia Dolls’ Houses. “The quality of their work is second to none,” said Teresa. “They were an absolute delight to work with and worked tirelessly to make sure every detail and measurement was just right.” Tim and Angela seem just as pleased with their reproduction of Peckover House. “We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of working on the project,” said Tim, “It was quite a challenge. The walls of Peckover are of varying thicknesses, for example, and the door cases and stairs all involved a lot of work to ensure a good likeness. Staircases are always an important and challenging part of any project and the main staircase is very visible in this house.” The model shows the main ‘cube’ of this lovely Georgian town house, from a time before either of the side extensions was added. Its modelling is extremely skilful and shows clearly the grace and elegance of the house’s architecture. Anyone who loves models and anyone who enjoys looking at very special dolls’ houses will be delighted with this new exhibit. The architectural model will be on display throughout the season at Peckover House. Full details of opening times can be obtained by phoning 01945 583463 or visiting www. nationaltrust.org. uk/peckover.

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March is all ready upon us and Wednesday 8th of this month is International Women’s Day. With its humble beginnings going as far back as 1911, International Women’s Day is regarded by most as a way to celebrate the economic, social and political achievements of women. And, although the world has made great strides toward gender equality, especially during the last several decades, major disparities between men and women still exist. Women from all walks of life still face disadvantages. Around the world women will earn on average only 60 to 75 per cent of men’s wages, and are 65 per cent more likely to work in informal, and often unpaid, work. However, although there is still some way to go, women in more developed countries have come a long way. Sadly, this is not the case for those living in countries still developing. Activists for women in developing countries tend to focus on more basic issues, like combating violence against women, and providing equal access to vaccines, basic healthcare, and primary education. Therefore, as both a woman and mother of a daughter, I feel compelled to acknowledge such an important day. I hope this article will help draw attention to some of the on going issues still experienced by women, and eventually lead to a change in attitudes that find us living in a more gender inclusive world. Unfortunately, the World Economic Forum predicts that the gender gap won’t close entirely until 2186, and I for one don’t believe this is acceptable. I implore anyone who wishes to help bring about change to do something. It doesn’t necessarily have to be anything big or grand, we all live busy lives, but even the smallest gesture can make a difference. And you might surprise yourself, like I did last year! To mark IWD last year, I posted a tweet on my Twitter account of a quote by Malala Yousafzai: “Extremists have shown what frightens them most: A girl with a book.” Malala was shot in the neck and head by the Taliban in October 2012 in the Swat Valley of Pakistan. She was attacked because she advocated a girl’s right to an education; an idea that the Taliban fervently opposed. Malala was only 14-years-old at the time and amazingly, Malala survived. The extraordinary thing about my story though is how quickly my tweet was retweeted. I’d like to say it was all down to me for posting such a poignant message, but the brilliant truth is it was mostly due to J.K. Rowling – and yes I do mean the writer! J.K Rowling retweeted my tweet and thanks to her, that particular tweet now has 8,363 likes and has had 6,159 retweets, which only goes to show how far reaching even the smallest contribution can be.


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What’s on guide FAMILY-FRIENDLY March 18th

Wildlife Watch “Marvellous Mammoths”. Come along and discover Wildlife Watch! Packed full of wildlife activities, crafts and celebrations. 10am-12pm, £2 per child at The Wildlife Trust Countryside Centre.

March 18th

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March 2nd

Great Fen local group talk Spitfire Film. The Great Fen Local Group organises a programme of entertaining talks, walks and events every year. From 7:30pm. £3 per person at The Wildlife Trust Countryside Centre

Voodoo Lounge Stamford open Acoustic Session 8pm

March 4th

Mikki Jons at Conservative Club

March 8th

The Railway Ramsey “Back Room” open Acoustic Session 8pm

March 10th

Charity Quiz Night raising money for Sue Ryder at Childers, Whittlesey. Starts at 7:30pm. £8.50 (which includes fish’n’chips). Tickets from 07736 387469

March 12th

Afternoon Tea Dance, ballroom and sequence at Eye Community Centre, 70 High St, Eye. 2pm-4:30pm proceeds to St. Andrews Church Fabric Fund. Tickets £5 pp (include refreshment). Contact Chery 01733 359450 or Roger 01733 202884.

March 11th

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March 18th

Thomas Jay at Conservative Club

March 21st

The Boat Inn Whittlesey Open Mic (Powered) Session 8.45pm

March 22nd

The Railway Ramsey “Back Room” open Acoustic Session 8pm

March 13th

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. £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 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 Ukulele ‘strum for fun’ Every second and fourth Wednesday, The Ram, Whittlesey 7pm to 9pm. Call Chris 07960 316724 for details Weekly meditation class in March Fridays 10.30am - 11.30am. £5 per class. March Podiatry Practice, High Street, March, PE15 9JJ meditateinpeterborough.org.uk 50 The Fens | March 2017

Roger Negus will talk about ‘The Carry On Films’ at the Whittlesea Society, which meet at 7.30pm in the Town Hall in Market Street, always on the second Monday of the month

March 17th

The Friends of the Whittlesey Library are holding a Quiz Night at the Whittlesey Hub. Tickets will be £8 per person, which includes a fish or chicken and chips supper, and will be available from the library. A maximum of 6 people per team and you are invited to bring your own drinks. Doors open at 7pm to start at 7.30pm. There will be raffle.

March 18th

Coffee morning from 9am until noon at Childers, Whittlesey. Raising funds for Sue Ryder

March 19th

Arts & Crafts Fair at The Hub, Hall Street, Crowland from 10:30am3:30pm. Free entry

March 24th

Acoustic Night at the Falcon Hotel (Function Room). Doors open at 7:30pm and is just £4 per person. Don’t miss songs from Golden Bantic, The Candle Thieves and Steve Gibbs

March 25th

Marty Wilson at Conservative Club

March 31st

The Boat Inn Whittlesey “The whisky Bar” Acoustic Session 8.30pm April 1st The Three Degrees with support by Holly & the Boatmen at Peterborough’s Key Theatre at 7:30pm

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