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October has arrived, and with it, plenty of exciting things. For our school children (and that now includes mine, since my eldest has officially started primary school), that means half-term. We’ve selected a few special half-term activities in the area which I hope you will find inspiring. We have also taken part in an autumn fashion shoot at the beautiful Peckover House in Wisbech and visited the Priestgate Vaults, all of which you can read about in this issue. October has another important event for me and a few fellow members of THE FENS team, because finally the Perkins Great Eastern Run is here. I’ve roped in columnist Joe, and our talented photographer Chris is taking part in the fun run. So on Sunday 8th October, spare a thought for us, and the other runners taking part in this year’s half marathon. Setting yourself a challenge, whether it’s 3 miles or 13, can be daunting and the training can be draining and overwhelming. But I know the moment I cross the finish-line, running or limping, I’ll feel prouder than words can say. I’m also raising money for Defibrillators for All, so if you would like to help support this great charity, please feel free to donate at www.justgiving.com/ fundraising/natasha-shiels1 I hope you enjoy the issue and keep an eye on us on social media to see how we get on at the Fenland Enterprise Awards!
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THIS month 10 Visiting Priestgate Vaults 13 Half-term activities 16 The secret to finding the right accessories for your home
23 Why you should wear a helmet 27 Women’s autumn fashion 32 Local Fenland nature
19 Jobs for this month in the garden
34 Taking a stroll with the guide dog puppy walkers
20 Find the best Christmas markets
38 Walk of the month
46 Local artist and poet join forces to launch new Fenland book 52 What’s on guide
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Whittlesey Neighbourhood Plan Following Whittlesey Town Council publication of the Neighbourhood Plan Survey, results showed some very interesting feedback where residents responded enthusiastically to give their views across a wide range of issues, including housing, transport, community, leisure, environment and heritage. Neighbourhood Planning gives local communities the chance to shape potential development of all types within their area. The most important part of the process is to engage with residents. A meeting has been arranged ‘Vision and Objectives Workshop’ on Friday 13th October at the Whittlesey Christian Church (23 Broad Street) with three sessions to choose from: 12:00-14:00, 16:0018:00, or 18:00-20:00, all sessions will cover the same content but anyone is welcome at any of the times. The meetings are not just passive listening, rather engaging with others, speakers and local Councillors – there is no such thing as a bad idea or silly question, understanding what may be possible and making others aware of your concerns and desires could be a very productive meeting. This will be your chance to contribute – the more residents attending the planned workshops above, the better the Parish of Whittlesey Neighbourhood Plan can reflect the wishes of the people who matter most: You – The Parish of Whittlesey People. This is your opportunity to help influence decisions that will have a lasting effect on our town. The 'Vision and Objectives Workshops' are open to all residents, local businesses, voluntary organisations and local groups. Remember, those who take part make decisions! No booking required – just turn up, refreshments provided. This is your opportunity to ‘Have your Say.’ Whittlesey Town Council, Neighbourhood Planning Group Cllrs: Mrs Dee Laws, Alan Bristow, Eamonn Dorling, Ray Whitwell & Robert Wicks
PETERBOROUGH REVELLERS REVEAL FORTHCOMING PANTOMIME, GEORGE AND THE DRAGON OH YES SHE WILL.........Whittlesey make-up artist, business owner and mother of two young boys, Sarah Goodman will be smelling the greasepaint and hearing the roar of the crowd close up as she takes on the role of principal boy in the Peterborough Revellers, forthcoming pantomime GEORGE AND THE DRAGON. She is really excited to be playing the thigh-slapping Prince George, her first principal role, and as well as a lot of practising and rehearsing, Sarah is taking singing lessons with Whittlesey-based singing teacher and fellow Revellers member, Joanna Linford, who is also starring in the panto as one of the ‘squabbling’ sisters. GEORGE AND THE DRAGON, written by Peterborough playwrights Clive and Sue Read, and directed by Helen Linford, is being staged at the end of October. Why? To get in first before the Dick Whittingtons, Aladdins etc and avoid the Christmas rush.
And it’s one that the vast majority of panto lovers will have never seen as this will be only the second time it has been performed since it premiered thirty years ago in 1987, oh yes it did! The play includes all the essential ingredients; the traditional panto dame played by a male, the principal boy played by a woman, a beautiful princess, an evil villain and his wicked sisters, a befuddled fairy and a non fire-breathing dragon. There’s audience participation, oh yes there is! it’s fun for all the family and there is the obligatory happy ending. George and The Dragon runs from October 24th to the 27th, starting at 7.30pm at the Peterborough Indoor Bowls Club in Burton Street, where there is ample parking and a licensed bar. Tickets cost £8 for adults and £5 for children under 12. To get yours please phone 01778 349534.
AWARD GIVEN TO WHITTLESEY CHURCH At a recent happy service, Whittlesey Methodist United Reformed Church was given a "Child Friendly Church Award". The Award was presented by Mrs. Jane Henderson, on behalf of the Children's and Youth Work Committee of the United Reformed Church, in acknowledgement of the " high standard of provision for children and young people within the church". You can find out more at www. whittleseyqueenstreetchurch.org The Fens | October 2017
FUN AT THE WHITTLESEY FESTIVAL Organisers of the Whittlesey Festival were once again delighted with the success of this year’s event, which took place on Sunday 10th September, and would like to thank everyone who took part including the stall holders, sponsors and the thousands of visitors who came on the day. The festival started with a colourful and musical parade, and was officially opened by the Deputy Mayor of Whittlesey, assisted by the Lord Lieutenant and 10-year-old Kacey Green, who had designed this year’s front cover of the Programme. Children were then free to enjoy free face painting, puppet shows and fairground rides, amongst many other activities. There was plenty to do for the adults with numerous stalls to visit and everyone enjoyed watching the various dance and music presentations including the Rug-Cutters Lindy Hop dancers, The Solas school of Irish Dance, and the awesome sound of the Romford Drum
and Trumpet Marching Corps and the Peterborough and Bedford Highland Bands. The streets were lined with over 120 spectacular vintage vehicles, adding a touch of nostalgia to the day. A spokesman added: “We are delighted to support the Whittlesey Festival year on year, as it is by far our favourite event – we simply love the atmosphere and the visitors are always genuinely interested and passionate about us being there – we wouldn’t miss it.” The Festival Schools Art Exhibition was held at the Whittlesey Christian Church in Broad Street, with some incredible work on display from local schools including Park Lane, Alderman Jacobs, New Road, Coates and Sir Harry Smith Community College (SHSCC). Prizes and trophies were awarded on Festival day by the Deputy Mayor of Whittlesey. Once again a huge thank you to everyone, and we look forward to seeing you at next year’s festival on
Sunday 9th September 2018. If you would like more information as to how you can get involved, please contact Brian Smithyman on 01733 752093 or Jenny Parker on 01733 351005. Pictured above: Ellie Boughtwood, winner of the first prize in the senior art competition, with Deputy Mayor . Photos courtesy Robert Windle - RWT Photography
UPDATE FROM THE ‘IN BLOOM’ TEAM As announced back in August 2016, the Whittlesey in Bloom team decided not to be part of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Anglia in Bloom competition due to the considerable amount of behind the scenes work – not gardening, but the logging of everything being done throughout the year, taking photographs and the development of a portfolio to be sent to the judges prior to their arrival to judge the town. On top of that the preparation for judging day is immense and judging day itself is very stressful. We promised that Whittlesey in Bloom would continue and that we would strive to make the town look its best for residents and visitors. We hope you will agree that the town has looked really good again this summer. 8
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This year we have purposely concentrated on improvements in the Garden of Rest, an important feature of the town centre. A lot of work has been put in and we have appreciated the co-operation of the ISS Contractors who mow the grass weekly, also picking up and disposing of the cut grass. The improvements have been welcomed by many and we have an increasing number of visitors, particularly families. This was the objective of our hard work and we are pleased that so many people are enjoying this amenity. We would like to express our appreciation to Mick Cooke, who tends our War Memorial daily on behalf of the Royal British Legion. A dedicated volunteer, although not officially part of the In Bloom team, he
maintains our small island in Market Street to perfection. As you know, the Friends of the Cemetery are part of the In Bloom team. They would like to thank Ian Larter and his team at H E Bull, Funeral Directors, for volunteering to help clear some of the paths at the Cemetery. Ian has offered the Friends more assistance at a future date. The Friends extend their sincere thanks to the whole team and look forward to seeing them again soon. If you would like to help out, please contact Kay Mayor, Chairman of Whittlesey in Bloom / Friends of Whittlesey Cemetery on 01733 204944 or firstname.lastname@example.org
NEWS FROM THE U3A Whittlesey U3A continues to meet at Childers on the third Thursday of each month and nonmembers are welcome to join us and enjoy the entertainment and talks. The number of groups open to members continues to grow and this month we will look at the Singing group, and the Gardening group. SINGING GROUP “I was persuaded to go along to the singing group at Queen Street Church, although I was very nervous as I can't read music, I don't 'do' karaoke, and whenever I start to sing in the car, my husband immediately switches on the radio. ‘Just come along,’ they said. ‘It's a good laugh.’ “I wasn't the only newbie and we were made very welcome by the regulars. The song sheets soon appeared. It didn't actually matter that I didn't know some of the songs. We were taken gently through them, step by step. The group started at 2.15, and, with a little break for tea and biscuits, it was 4.00pm all too soon. I can honestly say that the time just flew by! There are a couple of things which could help make this group even better: a pianist would be very useful, so if you play, or know anyone who does, and is free on Wednesday afternoons, please let Theresa know. Secondly, the group is very low on male voices, so if you are a man reading this, PLEASE come along, we would love to see you! And to all of the group 'regulars', you were absolutely right, it really is good fun! “Speaking personally, this is another group which perfectly sums up the U3A motto, I learnt, I laughed, and I came away thinking that my life has become that little bit richer.” Val Chapman. For more details about this group, contact email@example.com GARDENING GROUP The Gardening Group have enjoyed a summer of visiting garden centres and each other’s gardens and allotments. They have swapped plants and tips, as well as sharing ideas over a cup of coffee. Some have large gardens, others work on a smaller scale, sometimes just a few pots. They meet in Wetherspoons fortnightly on a Tuesday, unless they are on a visit, and membership is £10 a year. This money goes into planting and maintaining the big planter on High Causeway, (near Alice’s) for all the town to enjoy. For further details contact Christine on 01733 208741. WHITTLESEY FESTIVAL The U3A stand at this year’s festival attracted a lot of interest, with several people taking an application form with a view to attending the next open meeting, and potentially joining us in the coming weeks. Wendy Fletcher, Publicity Officer, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
ME AND MY HYBRID by Eamonn Dorling
Many of my journeys are shorter than 10 miles at a time, for example a trip from Whittlesey to Peterborough, Whittlesey town centre, March and villages. Usually I go to Peterborough 4 or 5 times a week. Average annual mileage about 13,000 and my wife about 6,000 miles. We considered an allelectric car – when replacing our faithful old diesel workhorse, unfortunately the choice of demonstrators was limited so we bought a petrol car for my wife. I decided to upgrade my diesel saloon for a plug-in hybrid (battery electric plus a petrol engine). This means I can charge up the battery, drive to work and back without using any petrol at all, if my journey exceeds the electric range – the petrol engine cuts in automatically and takes over, on odd occasions when I need some extra acceleration the electric and petrol motors work together. People watching me plugging in at one of the many Peterborough charging points ask what the running costs are. The petrol engine is the most expensive but 70% of my mileage is electric, where day rate power costs me about 4 pence per mile, followed by charging on night rate at about 2p per mile – of course cheapest of all is the free electricity provided by most charging points, you don’t get cheaper than zero! In the first 1,500 miles, I have spent £60 on petrol for the 438 miles powered that way, plus £25 for the 1,062 on electric. There is a hidden parking benefit – when charging in
a designated bay parking is free for up to 3 hours in Peterborough! ‘What’s it like to drive?’ the silent setting off is strange to begin with, driving towards a main road can all be completed on battery power, if some brisk acceleration is needed, it automatically engages the petrol engine then disengages it once a steady speed is achieved. Mine is an automatic gearbox so it sorts itself out. When slowing down the electric motor acts as a brake, converting motion in to electricity charging up the battery like the Formula One cars do, again it all happens automatically extending the battery range. If the battery power dips too low, the petrol engine powers the car and charges at the same time. Why did I choose a hybrid? I wanted to reduce emissions that I am responsible for, driving a car is partly about converting one energy source in to motion. Fossil fuels are likely to decrease in availability and desirability, cost of petrol and diesel is likely to increase, while generation of energy from renewable sources will increase. I am sure that electric vehicles are not ‘the finished article’ yet, but they are improving significantly year on year and battery storage improves all the time. I am not convinced that a single all electric vehicle would suit my needs yet, but having the choice of both technologies currently works for me. The Fens | October 2017
Considered the most haunted building in the area, and with a colourful history, Peterborough Museum makes for a really interesting visit. This month we were invited to explore the Priestgate Vaults WORDS NATASHA SHIELS IMAGES CHRIS BRUDENELL 10 The Fens | October 2017
I’m not usually one for getting frightened, although that’s not to say I don’t consider the possibility that ghosts might be real or that other people have experienced spooky encounters, but there was definitely something about the atmosphere in Peterborough’s Museum basement. We arrived on a particularly blustery, autumnal day - the weather outside almost a precursor for the dark of the vaults inside. Opened in 2015, the Priestgate Vaults are the result of a lottery grant which allowed the museum to open its basement for visitors to learn more about the building’s history. Those unfamiliar with its past might be surprised to learn that the Georgian building we see today is built upon an old Tudor mansion, with later Victorian extensions further extending it. Originally a home for Thomas Cooke, it then became a Victorian infirmary (to this day there is still a room in the museum which displays the operating theatre, with original tiles on the floor and walls), before being bought and donated as a private museum in 1931. The Priestgate Vaults celebrate the building’s colourful past, reminding visitors of what life was like for its predecessors. Each room in the
basement, dimly lit, tells a different story. More than the usual tour, our guide Kevin was interrupted in each room by ‘ghosts’ which cleverly appeared on the wall (through a projection) and told their own history, interacting with our guide on occasion. Here the real magic happens, because it’s one thing to hear the history of a building, but quite another to see a ghost from the past talking about their own life and how the world was evolving. More than just the history of the building, the characters also explain how Peterborough was changing as a city. We met several of these ‘ghosts’, from Ethel, one of the nurses who lived and worked in the hospital, to a little girl in the air-raid shelter. We even experienced the sounds and noises of war-time Britain, as the war once again changed the use of basement. I already knew a little of Peterborough Museum’s history, but experiencing it in such a way was haunting (and that’s before Kevin went on to tell us about a few of the ghosts that have been spotted in the building). Each tour of the vaults can last anything from 45 minutes to over an hour. Afterwards we enjoyed a brief exploration of the museum itself, including the theatre room at the
very top. I was beyond impressed. The cost of the tour was minimal and yet it was incredibly engaging, not only for us but for children too. And to steady your nerves afterwards, there’s a really lovely tearoom in the building, where I’ve been assured they sell delicious sandwiches and cakes.
Tours run at 2:30pm, Tuesday to Friday (or Monday to Friday during school holidays) and at 11:30am and 2:30pm on Saturdays. You can explore the Priestgate Vaults for just £4 (or £3 for under 16s) and entry into the museum is free. You can find out more by calling 01733 864663 or email museum@vivacity-peterborough. com. Please note that visiting the cellar involves some steep steps, so is not suitable for wheelchair users. The Fens | October 2017
LOCAL AUTHOR’S BOOK LAUNCH ANNOUNCED Local author, Eva Jordan’s second novel, All The Colours In Between, is being released on the 19th October. To celebrate, Eva will be holding a book launch at Waterstones in Peterborough on the 26th October. Entry is free, there’s wine and nibbles and the chance to have your book signed. We had a quick Q&A with Eva ahead of her book launch, to find out what inspired her second novel: How long did it take you to write your new novel? With edits and rewrites, approximately 1 year! How do you think it compares to 183 Times A Year? It's definitely a lot grittier, focussing on some rather dark themes, however, like 183 Times A Year, it is still full of lots of laugh out loud moments. What are you most excited and nervous about your book launch? Like a lot of authors I can be a bit of an introvert, so I suppose I'm always a bit nervous about public speaking, however, by the same token, I'm also really looking forward to seeing everyone again. Plus, it will be a great opportunity for any real book lovers as there will be a few other authors in attendance. All the Colours in Between follows Lizzie, who we met in Eva’s first novel. Gritty but tender, thought provoking but light-hearted, dark but brilliantly funny, this is a story of contemporary family life in the 21st century. A story of mothers and sons, of fathers and daughters, of brothers and sisters, and friends. A tale of love and loss, of friendships and betrayals and a tale of coming of age and end of life. Life is never straightforward when you see all the colours in between! You can pre-order All The Colours In Between from all good bookshops or from Amazon at http://amzn.eu/2NcwAqx Don’t miss Eva Jordan on the 26th October at Waterstones, 38-40 Bridge Street, Peterborough at 7pm.
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Just because it’s autumn doesn’t mean there isn’t a wealth of fun things to do outside with our little ones. Here’s our selection of some fun activities that should keep kids entertained, whatever their age
The Wizard’s Express PUMPKINS AND CAMPFIRES AT SACREWELL What better way to get into the Halloween mood than to pick your own pumpkin at Sacrewell? Enjoy the farm by roaming around the field and scouting out the best pumpkin for yourself! Once you’ve chosen yours, you can take it to their ‘Painta-Pumpkin’ workshop where friendly staff will help you design your own work of (pumpkin) art. If you’re feeling a little chilly, you can warm yourself by the campfire and toast a marshmallow (or two), or build a den big enough for your family and friends to huddle inside. And those with a love of being outside will also enjoy searching for creepy crawlies at this time of year with bug hunting sessions! New for 2017, Sacrewell are launching their Young Farmers Apprentice. Visitors can get a taste of farm life with some hands on experience at Sacrewell. You might
be fixing broken fencing or tidying the stable yard, feeding and mucking out the animals, or learning how to ensure the animals at Sacrewell get the best treatment. The very nature of farm life means that you really could be doing anything in the session, so wearing suitable clothing is a must. The Young Farmers sessions will be led by an Animal Manager and her team, and are suitable for children aged between five and 16. The slots last two hours and are available from 10am until 12pm, or 2pm until 4pm on certain days during the half term week. You will need to reserve your session online for £10 a child, there are eight places available per session! The pick and paint a pumpkin session costs £3.50 per child. Find out more at sacrewell.org. uk/events/autumnal-activities/
On the 27th and 28th October there is a very special train pulling into the station at Wansford. Nene Valley Railway invites you to join Harry the Wizarding Trainspotter and his friends on The Wizard’s Express. All aboard as the train awaits at Wansford, departing from platform 2 and a bit! A treat for Harry Potter fans, visitors can view the Wizard’s Waiting Room, travel on the heated steam-hauled “Wizard’s Express” from Wansford to Peterborough, enjoy halloween treats and see some special guests. Arrive for 6.15pm (not before or you will be changed into a frog) for a 7.00pm departure. Tickets cost £16.50 per person and need to be booked in advance at www.nvr. org.uk/events/wizards-express
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HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHT You’ve read about our visit to Priestgate Vaults on page 10, but this month, there’s a special event happening at the Museum. Prepare to be entertained, enthralled and downright scared in this special dramatised tour of Peterborough's most haunted building... Hear some of the Museum's ghostly stories by candlelight... but watch your backs for any ghosts who may materialise in front of you. Set to be one of our scariest events this Halloween season, and as such not recommended for under 14s, the nervous or unwary, tours set off every half hour from 6:30pm and last just under an hour, strictly pre-booked in advance. The special halloween tour will be held on Saturday 28th October between 6:30-9:00pm. Entrance is £7 for adults or £5 for children. To book, call Peterborough Museum on 01733 864 663 or visit www.vivacitypeterborough.com/heritagebooking/
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DISCOVER A MAGICAL PARK Just because the nights are drawing in, doesn’t mean that staying indoors and watching television is the only option. Get outdoors and have fun with Nene Park’s brand new interactive app, Magical Park (www. magicalpark.net). All you need to do is download the app at home, wrap up warm, grab your mobile phone or tablet, and turn your imagination up full blast!
Children are introduced to gaming apps from a young age! The objective of these games is to keep players engaged whilst learning and having fun. There are, however, a few negatives that can be associated with online gaming such as third party interference, violent content and laziness. Did you know that on average, children sit for 8.5 hours per day and spend only one hour playing outside? So why not combine the two? And that’s exactly where Ferry Meadows and their brand new app comes out to play… “We are so excited to be bringing this interactive app to the Park,” Nicola Read, Information and Communications Officer at Nene Park Trust, explained, “which aims
to keep children healthy with a combination of outdoor exercise and digital entertainment. The themed app enables children to earn virtual rewards by completing challenges. Whilst progressing through the game, a world of imagination opens up where a Magical Park can be built right here in Ferry Meadows, as the app enables you to see real Park views by accessing the camera function. There is also a chance to engage with the community by completing challenges alongside others to reach spectacular milestones.” The Halloween themed app, where you can spot ghosts and ghouls, will be available from Saturday 30th September to Sunday 5th November – just right for keeping the kids entertained throughout the October half-term. In addition, kids can play in additional surprise worlds filled with dinosaurs, aliens, fairies or robots. Keep an eye on their website and social media for more information. The app will be available to download from Apple app store and Google play, enabling you to play for free.
GET OUTDOORS AND VISIT FERRY MEADOWS TO EXPERIENCE A BRAND NEW INTERACTIVE APP THIS AUTUMN
Magical Park Magical Park is a Halloween themed app where a world of imagination will open up before your eyes. Spot ghosts and ghouls in the Park, earn virtual rewards and engage with the community.
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IN THE UK, BETWEEN 12 AND 19 YOUNG PEOPLE DIE EACH WEEK AS A RESULT OF AN UNDIAGNOSED HEART CONDITION WHICH CAUSES THEM TO GO INTO SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST. “You may be aware we recently held a screening weekend for 200 young people,” says Deborah Slator of Defibrillators For All. “We expected to have two referrals (the average in other areas) but we actually had 25 referrals from Whittlesey.” Defibrillators For All is committed to making Whittlesey as heart-safe as possible. “We have already 16 The Fens | October 2017
placed 40 defibrillators into the town and surrounding villages. Now our immediate plan is to raise £30,000 to place two echo cardiograms into our GP surgeries; these can then also be used for other patients. We are in negotiations with both surgeries and things are progressing well. If we are unable to secure the equipment or this plan cannot take place for any other reason, we will host the screening days in the same way we have before.” “If you see an event we have planned, we really need YOU to support it in any way you can to help us to achieve this for our town. Thank you.”
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YOUR GARDEN IN October
Autumn is officially here! October, in all its golden glory, gives us a wonderful display of colours. The trees are beginning to lose their leaves in abundance as they become dormant for winter, telling us that the change of season is in full swing LOOKING GOOD THIS MONTH...
WHY SHOULD YOU PLANT THEM?
THREE ESSENTIAL GARDENING JOBS The days are much shorter and cooler and we can feel an autumn chill in the air. Although trees are the stars of the month, October is the time to think about how our garden will look when it wakes from hibernation. There are plants to be cut back and left tidy for the winter, shrubs to be planted or moved, summer plants to be removed and replaced with winter hardy bedding, bulbs to be strategically placed in borders and the lawn to be fed and given its final mow…….. October may bring with it the beginning of quiet times for the garden – but not for the gardener.
Perennials are not difficult plants to care for, but trimming them after flowering finishes in autumn helps to improve their appearance and give a boost to next year’s flowering. Using a knife, shears or secateurs, cut stems close to the ‘crown’ or dormant base of the plant. Any over crowded clumps of perennials can also be lifted, divided and replanted. Take the opportunity to remove weeds as you prune before applying a light mulch to protect from any hard frost.
PLANT TREES AND SHRUBS
October is the ideal month to plant trees and shrubs. Although container grown plants can be planted at any time of the year they are easier to care for if planted in the autumn or winter. The ground is damp and still warm which gives perfect conditions to allow roots to become established before winter sets in.
PLANT AUTUMN BEDDING
Any remaining summer bedding will be looking very tired by now and is best cleared and replaced for a fresher display. Autumn bedding such as pansy and primrose will give an instant lift to the garden and they look great planted between the shrubs in the border. Myosotis, which produces masses of small flowers with little white eyes and Sweet William, which provides a colourful carpet of flowers from spring through to summer are both ideal for over wintering if planted now.
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CHRISTMAS MARKETS New columnist, JADE HAWKINS, takes a look at great destinations for festive shopping It’s time to start thinking about CHRISTMAS!!! So let’s talk about those all-important short breaks at Christmas time.
and variety around every corner. Also, if you were to do a weekend break, there is plenty of time for spot of shopping, to help you sort all those last minute Christmas presents. This year Manchester’s markets provisionally run from the 10th of November to the 20th of December, and a weekend stay in a 4* hotel is around £170 per night.
During the winter months, many people like to try and travel somewhere, just for a weekend break, to enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas from another beautiful city. Christmas markets are extremely popular and that includes those within the UK as well as across Europe. They are usually last minute bookings as they don’t have to cost the earth, and as so many cities offer the Christmas market experience of mulled wines and ciders, usually alongside their own local delicacies, you have your pick of places to visit.
many other things to do in all of the cities which have Christmas markets, so taking in some of the other sights is a great idea, as who knows when you will get a chance to go back.
When looking for the perfect hotel, one of my top tips would be to find out exactly where (or which) areas the Christmas market stalls will be in, as although you will want to be close by, I would look to choose a hotel a few minutes walk away - otherwise it might be extra noisy and crowded just outside the hotel.
In the UK we have some amazing Christmas markets, from Lincoln which is lovely for a ‘closer to home’ day trip, with its wonderful cobbled street and a relatively large Christmas market. To Manchester with the market spreading generously over 10 different areas and squares within the city centre - there is so much choice
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If you are thinking about going into Europe, some of the most renowned options are Bruges, Prague, Vienna, Stockholm and Hamburg. Most of these Christmas Markets open in the last week of November and continue through much off the festive period. Depending on hotels and exactly when you plan on going, you can pay anywhere from about £250pp. With this, as always, I am able to offer personal recommendations of restaurants to visit and activities to book. I hope you enjoyed what you’ve read and if it has sent your brain into overdrive thinking about your next break, then I’d love to (if you’ll have me) help you plan the perfect holiday for you! Jade Hawkins is a Travel Counsellor, offering a personal service. 01406 308030 | 07923 279164 email@example.com www.travelcounsellors.com/jade. hawkins
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USE YOUR HEAD
WHY WE SHOULD WEAR HELMETS How often do you see people on their bicycles without a helmet? Are you one of them? Do you tell your children to wear a helmet but refuse to wear one yourself? We spoke to Rutland Cycling about the importance of helmet safety, and why you should change your bad habits today! Last month I took a ride out on my bike as part of my half marathon training. I love my bike and the feeling of freedom it gives me. Last year I completed a charity bike ride and fell in love with cycling all over again. At the time, I didn’t own a helmet but my uncle insisted that I wore one, since I would be spending many miles on the roads. I’m so grateful he did, because last month I took an unfortunate fall in the middle of the city and hit my head on the pavement. Luckily for me, I was wearing my pink and white helmet and I stood straight up, a little bruised, but otherwise fine. In a report by the Department for Transport, it was concluded that “the effectiveness of helmets in singlevehicle collisions was estimated to be 50%”. A study was also incldued of 100 police fatality reports which led them to say that helmets could prevent 1016% of cyclist fatalities. It goes without saying that a helmet is one of the most essential cycle accessories you can buy. These days, helmets are meticulously designed to offer the best possible protection and comfort, a far-cry from the comedic polystyrene lumps of the past. There are many different varieties of helmets, each designed for their own specific purpose, from children’s, road, MTB and commuting. A good helmet will balance safety, ventilation, comfort, fitting and style. SAFETY - As with everything in the modern world, all helmets are required to meet a basic standard of safety no matter what type of riding you do. In Britain this number is BS EN 1078 and is accompanied by a kite mark that tells you that the helmet has
been tested and approved by the experts. Standards can vary between countries and continents, helmets in the USA must be CPSC approved whilst those in Europe require the CE sticker. Many helmet manufacturers now offer MIPS (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System) on some of their models. This is a low friction layer (sheet of plastic which sits between the shell and the liner of the helmet) and claims to reduce rotational forces that are common in many impacts. VENTILATION - Most helmets have vents, and generally those with more vents will keep you cooler and therefore more comfortable. With some road helmets the focus is now more on aerodynamics and these often have fewer but very carefully positioned vents to assist the flow of air through the helmet for cooling, but without compromising the rider’s speed as much as a more vented helmet. Some commuting helmets compromise on vents in favour of a more stylish look. COMFORT - Most helmets will also contain interior padding to protect your head from pressing on the shell of the helmet. FITTING - All helmets have a fastening system that utilises straps under the chin to hold the helmet to your head. Some helmets come in different sizes whilst others are just one size. Most helmets also have fitting systems (either a dial or ratchet at the rear) that adjusts the internal cradle which is designed to ensure the helmet is accurately set to the circumference of your head. It is worth trying on more than one brand or model to find the best fit for you. A properly fitted helmet will reach about halfway
down your forehead and will cover a good proportion of the back of your head. The more it covers the better protection it offers. How long will a helmet last? Helmets don’t last forever; they decrease in strength and subsequently their level of protection over time. This can obviously be due to crash damage that significantly reduces the protection the helmet offers you, so always replace a helmet after an impact. Ultra violet light will also cause the helmet to degrade over time. You should look to replace a helmet every three years, even if it hasn’t been damaged, in order to maintain a consistently high level of safety in the event of an accident.
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THE LITTLE SCIENTISTS
When a baby looks at you with a look of astonishment, what are they thinking? When they drop their fork on the floor, what are they doing? We now know the answer is experimenting!
WHY DIET IS AS IMPORTANT AS EXERCISE For all of my adult life I have worked in the fitness industry, developing workouts for people who want to lose weight. Exercise is just about one of the best things you can do to improve you health, but about five years ago, I discovered that for losing weight, exercise is just not very effective.
I DISCOVERED THAT FOR LOSING WEIGHT, EXERCISE IS JUST NOT VERY EFFECTIVE Our bodies have a great demand for energy, the biggest requirement being resting metabolism, this covers all the body’s functions over which you have no control, brain function, heart beat, perspiration etc. These require around 60-70% of your daily energy intake. Then there is the thermic effect of food, this is the energy the body needs to break down food into fuel. This is a smaller figure - around 10-20% of your daily energy intake. Finally we are left with physical movement and exercise, this figure will vary from person to person, but in extreme cases, for say an athlete, it only accounts for a maximum of 30% of daily fuel intake, the average
is closer to 10%! So you can see there are other factors over which you have little control that actually have a much greater demand for fuel than physical movement and exercise. We then have to consider adaptations that can happen when we exercise, for example you may find you eat more, as the body demands more calories to replace the ones burnt off during exercise. This can immediately and very quickly negate a gym session. It’s also a fact that exercise decreases resting metabolism, meaning that the massive 60% portion of your energy output is cut to preserve energy for the much smaller physical movement portion. Exercise is still vital for overall health and shouldn’t be overlooked for weight loss, but is best used as a supplement to a good diet, I put the ratios at 80% diet, 20% exercise. Getting your metabolic functions running correctly and efficiently through a nutrient rich diet of quality food will have a greater effect on burning fat than exercise alone ever will.
Robert Bull is a boxing coach and self confessed food nerd, currently setting up a digital nutrition advice service. You can contact him on firstname.lastname@example.org 24 The Fens | October 2017
Babies, from the moment they are born, are experimenting. Their experiments take on the same logical format as any experiments scientists would perform, i.e. ask a question, research, construct a hypothesis, test the hypothesis, analyse, draw conclusions and finally reconstruct or consolidate their hypothesis. The difference is that our babies questions are far simpler than that of our molecular biologists. They enter this world with little knowledge of how the world of humans works. In fact their understanding of the world is similar to your understanding of Gliese 667Cc (a NASA identified potential habitable planet 22 light years away). But what they do have is a set of genes that provides them with the tools and desire to learn, and a group of guardians to teach them. They observe their guardians interacting with the world and develop a set of rules based on what they see. They then test and retest these rules through little experiments, analysing the results as they go. This builds up a bank of data which either agrees or disagrees with their set of rules. If it agrees with the baby’s idea of what should happen, they generally look happy with themselves (like we would too), but if it goes against their hypothesis then they look baffled (again like we would). [Interestingly this is why magic shows are so popular with both adults and children because it goes against what we believe to be true.] Based on the data, they modify their set of rules. Following which they ask themselves another question and then the process starts again. Let’s run through a basic example. A baby moves its hands over its eyes and the world disappears! Where did it go? The hypothesis is that the world has disappeared, the question is how did that happen? The baby now tries to answer this question with a series of tests. Test one shake my head and maybe the world will come back. Test two - wiggle my legs and maybe the world will come back. Test three - move my hands. Test four - open and close my eyes and maybe the world will come back. With each test there is an outcome. The baby records each outcome and repeats each test multiple times to ensure the outcomes are reproducible. The baby then analyses its findings and draws its conclusion, the world disappeared behind my hands and eyelids. It then revisits and modifies the original hypothesis that the world cannot disappear on its own but my hands and eyes can make it disappear. Cue, the next few days of peek a boo! This methodology ensures their understanding of the world is constantly evolving and it is through experimentation (we call it creating havoc!) that babies and children learn how the world works. They are inquisitive enough to experiment, accept the outcomes and ultimately are open to changing their mindset. Something we adults could learn from.
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With the seasons officially changing from summer to autumn, we also need to change our make-up bags. Whether you want to know the latest autumnal makeup colours or the best products, here’s a few of my favourite autumn make-up, beauty and hair go-tos: • Hydrate everything! Not only your skin, but your hair feels the effects of seasons changing. With colder and windier months, your favourite hydrating hair mask and facial moisturiser will become your best friend. Use your hydrating products every day on your skin and whenever you wash your hair. • Tone down the colour! In summer we all love to use bright colours in our makeup but autumn is the time to move to coppers, bronzes and deep burgundies. • Treat your hair to a chop! Cutting off those dead ends in autumn ensures no more damage is done to your hair. Let’s face it, healthy hair is a trend that’s staying no matter what! • If you suffer from dry skin, try foundations that are oil-based to help hydrate the skin even when wearing makeup. • Think before you take a plunge to the dark side! During the autumn/winter months, so many of us choose a much darker hair colour than in the summer. Make sure if you are thinking about doing this, that you are prepared for the mission you will put your hair through to get it back lighter for the summer next year. • Gentle exfoliants are great to use in the colder months as they help remove any dry/dead skin, but aren’t gentle on the skin. New services are coming to TIA Hair & Makeup Artist this October including Balmain Hair Couture Hair Extensions. Go to www.tiahairandmakeupartist.com or find us on Facebook to find out more!
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Little trapeze artists WORDS David White, RSPB We are very fortunate in the Fens to have some sizeable areas of reedbed in the area. As I am sure I have said before, this habitat is home to a wide variety of rare wildlife. One of the most sought after species of bird that lives in reedbeds in the Fens is the bearded tit. As October is one of the best months of the year to see these charming little birds, I thought I would take this opportunity to tell you more about them. One of the main reasons why bearded tits are so sought after is because of the extravagant appearance of the males. They are around sparrow sized with a long tail and when they fly, they have distinctive whirring wingbeats. Males have an orange body and a powder blue head. Their most distinctive feature is their Edwardian-esque moustache markings below their beaks which make them look rather comical. The similarly sized females are orangey brown all over and lack the male’s impressive “facial hair”. Both males and females have a very distinctive metallic pinging calls, which always remind me of listening to a pinball machine!
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Bearded tits can be difficult to see during the breeding season. However, in the autumn, they flock up and begin to feed on the seedheads and the top of the reeds like little trapeze artists. They also perform “eruptions” at this time of year. This is when a flock will climb up to the top of the reeds and all fly high up into the sky simultaneously. It is thought that the reason why they do this is to disperse after the breeding season to find other reedbeds nearby where they can feed and breed. At this point, it is important to note that bearded tits only tend to show themselves well in certain weather conditions. The best conditions to go looking for them are on sunny and still days as they tend to keep low down in windy conditions. Although in appropriate conditions they do show themselves at any time of the day, they tend to be easier to see in the mornings. If you would like to try and see bearded tits this autumn, there are several RSPB reserves in the Fens where you can see them. One of the best places to try is RSPB Ouse Fen, which is near Needingworth. Once
you have got to the reedbed, listen out for their pinging calls and look for the reeds swaying from side to side as they clamber up the reeds. You could also try RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes, which is near St Ives. This reserve is easily accessible from Cambridge, as it has its own dedicated request stop on the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway. If you fancied a trip further afield, you could also try RSPB Lakenheath Fen, which is just over the border in Suffolk. We have several grit trays for bearded tits on the reserve. They digest grit to help them to grind down the reed seeds that they feed on. There are grit trays near both of the reserve viewpoints and on the approach to Mere Hide. If you would like to find out more about when and where you can see bearded tits, please ring 01842 863400 or email: lakenheath@ rspb.org.uk; I hope this article has inspired you to come looking for one of our most sought after reedbed dwelling species. Best of luck and we hope to see you on one of our reserves soon!
This issue, Whittlesey Veterinary Centre looks at the implications of fireworks on our pets
FIREWORKS Animals have much more heightened senses than us humans. Their eyesight, hearing and awareness are vastly increased, depending upon the species and age of the animal. Many people don’t like sudden loud noises, such as fireworks, but an animal has no idea what makes any loud noise or bright light, so just imagine how scary that could be? This can greatly increase stress levels and lead to anxiety. With this in mind, a loud bang or bright flash of light from a firework can be very frightening to your pets. Working gundogs are used to loud noises on the shooting field, but even they can be startled by fireworks as they often have an additional ‘whizzing’ sound that occurs after the initial bang and flash of light. It is not just cats and dogs that get scared too, birds, small furries, and rabbits can be frightened. Fish can also suffer as the noise is magnified through the water. In the ‘good old days’, firework night was confined to one or two nights around the actual date for bonfire night, but now, with the advent of fireworks
for any and every occasion, it is difficult to predict when to be ready for the noises. There are several items on the market to assist in lowering the anxiety of your pets, such as neutraceuticals for cats and dogs to help keep them calm, along with special coats that work on a swaddling principle to comfort them. Rabbits and small furries can be brought into the garage at night and covered with a blanket or piece of carpet to help deaden the noise, or if this is not possible, just cover them outside and give them extra deep bedding to bury themselves in for comfort. All of the above methods have varying degrees of success, depending upon the temperament of your pet and other factors such as the proximity of the bangs and flashes.
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IN THE PARK
You might have seen a guide dog walking in your local park, but did you know that there are volunteer puppy walkers, and that it can be an incredibly rewarding thing to do? We found out more WORDS NATASHA SHIELS IMAGES CHRIS BRUDENELL
This is Sparky. She’s not even 10 months and yet she has been in training since she was seven weeks old. Sparky is a guide puppy, destined to become either a guide dog for the blind or a breeding mother to the future generation of guide dogs. But you wouldn’t think that she has such an important job by looking at her. Enjoying the smells of the park (and the odd stick or two), Sparky is like every other dog, with a few special important differences. When she’s out wearing her distinctive blue and 34 The Fens | October 2017
white coat, Sparky is in training and effectively working. If you see a guide dog wearing their coat, it’s really important you don’t approach them and fuss them. It might seem harsh, but when Sparky and her fellow guide dogs are with their new owners, it’s really important they are able to control themselves and not look for comfort from people in the street. “You can say hello to the walkers,” explained Sue Jordan-Tubbs, and we’d be happy to talk about the dogs, but because Sparky is in
training, there are a few rules we have to follow.” As well as not encouraged to play with balls, guide dog puppies aren’t supposed to climb on furniture either. These rules are essential if the dogs are going to go on and support a person with impairments. So why become a puppy walker? “There are so many reasons,” Sue added. “It’s great meeting new people and a real social boost. It’s also incredibly rewarding and great for getting out and exercising.
You also get a brand new puppy every year!” But it can be difficult to let them go, and whilst Sparky is Sue’s third guide dog puppy, she knows it will still be a really emotional goodbye. “Saying goodbye to them is ultimately the hardest thing, but knowing they’re going on to help the visually impaired, makes it so worthwhile.” Puppy walkers are fully supported throughout, from supplying the dogs with their food and paying for all veterinary bills, to giving training and
support during the dog’s time with you. “Puppy walkers are ideal for people with a little bit of extra time, such as part-time workers or those who have retired,” Sue explained. And you don’t need to have a quiet house either - other cats and dogs are fine in the household, including children, as they all help the dogs get a great foundation for their future life as a guide dog. Ultimately, the aim of puppy walking is to produce a puppy that is socially well behaved, friendly
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1. On a low heat in a medium saucepan, soften the shallots for 3-4 minutes. Then add the garlic and finer and cook for another minute or two. Add the galangal, Kaffir lime leaves, coconut milk and peppercorns. Cook for around 5 minutes. 2. The sauce should be very soupy and thin. The magic will happen when you add the fish sauce and sugar. Once added, allow it to infuse for 2-3 minutes before tasting, you may need to add more of both, but always use fish sauce first as it will enhance the sweetness. 3. Keep warm until ready to serve. This dish is on the Dog in a Doublets autumn menu and is served with salt and pepper Miso aubergine fritters. 36 The Fens | October 2017
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• Sugar snap peas (trimmed) • Aubergines (sliced thinly) • Coriander leaves (roughly torn) 1. Heat the coconut and peppercorn sauce and add the peas and ginger. 2. On a plate, place the rice and fish. Then pour over the sauce. Finish with the coriander.
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gatehouse before venturing through a walled herb garden and out onto open parkland where the priory sits. Here you can scramble up crumbling stone staircases and peer out from the tower above for a view over the extensive remains. It’s a spectacular sight and the ruins are surprisingly well preserved -
there’s a chapel, malthouse and brewery. I climb high up a second set of spiral steps and yank open a heavy wooden door to reveal an old drawing room. It’s cool as I enter, the ceilings are beamed and there’s a huge fireplace - it must be cosy, even the pigeons have decided to make it their home. I head back into the village past idyllic
Castle Acre Priory, Norfolk
Bailey Gate is one of two 12th century stone gatehouses built to protect early settlers
cottages expertly made from flint, a material widely used across Norfolk by stone age settlers to make tools and weapons, helping to create the handsome homes and churches we see across the county today. The scent of lavender hangs in the air as I make my way down High Street, passing the Ostrich - a reputedly haunted 16th century coaching inn with a tasty lunch menu. Just opposite, the medieval gatehouse arch, also known as Bailey Gate, perfectly frames the winding street beyond where multicoloured houses perch along the road. A little east of the village lies another ancient earthwork. Originally founded by William de Warenne shortly after the Battle of Hastings, Castle Acre castle (free entry) is a ruined medieval motteand-bailey fortress. It’s a short climb to the top of the keep, but bridges and handrails make the trail easy for all and the views are well worth it, especially on a clear autumnal day like this. There’s
plenty of nooks, crevices and alcoves for a game of hide and seek too, or you can grab some wooden swords from the priory gift shop and have your own jousting battle beside the stone walls. From here I venture onto a somewhat wilder path which joins the ancient Peddars way through forested undergrowth rich with wildlife. I’m now headed for the River Nar, a tributary of the Great Ouse and I’m told, a great place for a paddle and a sit down. Following dirt tracks and grassy banks in the much needed shade of great oak trees I meander down to the river. The water is still and calm and the surroundings peaceful, that is until I turn the corner and hear the joyous splashing of tiny feet. I’ve reached the ford where both adults and toddlers are sat dipping their toes into the icy stream and screaming with delight. Even the dogs are having a paddle. Here, there’s the option to head straight back to the village and dry off but I extend my route with a further stroll beside the Nar - only this time as I reach a mile or so beyond town there’s no one around. Tractors roar in the distance, a gathering of gulls in their wake waiting to jump out and catch the wriggling worms raked up in the soil. I follow an offshoot of the path which takes me closer to the water’s edge, along a series of wooden beams lying just inches above the river. The sun casts a golden light through the canopy above, illuminating wild lilac blooms. I sit on the bank, my feet making ripples in the stream below. In the stillness of the moment I wonder if our ancestors took time out of their bloody battles to simply sit and appreciate the land they fought so hard to protect. Let’s hope so.
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The Sister by Louise Jenson; Bookouture The Sister, a psychological thriller centred on childhood best friends, Grace and Charlie, is author, Louise Jenson’s, debut novel. From the outset the reader is made aware that Charlie has passed away and Grace is haunted by her best friend’s last words, namely, “I did something terrible Grace. I hope you can forgive me”. Struggling to come to terms with the loss of her friend, Grace numbs her pain in a haze of prescription pills and alcohol, adding further strain to what appears to be a crumbling marriage to husband Dan, with whom she has also been a friend with since childhood. The circumstances as to why or how Charlie met her demise is not clear but Grace needs answers to some obviously unanswered questions. The opening chapter sees Grace digging up an old memory box belonging to Charlie, buried by both girls ten years earlier in a nearby forest, on the day of Grace’s fifteenth birthday, “Stepping out of my car with heart-break heavy legs, I zip my jacket and pull on leather gloves before hefting my spade and bag from the boot: it is time”. As Grace pores over the contents of the box, keepsakes and old
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Did you know that the Attendance Allowance is paid at two different rates (currently £55.65 or £83.10 per week) if the patient is aged 65 or older? Payment of this allowance may affect other benefits, but it is tax free and is paid to the patient. If you care for someone for more than 35 hours per week, you could be entitled to £62.70 per week. If the patient has savings and/or investments valued above £23,250 then they pay for their own care, below that amount care may be paid fully or on part by the relevant local authority. Funds belonging to a spouse are not included although joint holdings may be deemed to be owned equally – this may not be a satisfactory situation in all cases, therefore it is important to consider both lump sums and income streams such as pensions so that those left to look after the family home have the financial security to do so. Indeed, they may require care themselves later, so preserving the value of an estate is important. Matters can be made much easier if Power of Attorney has been given to a responsible individual. It is important that an Attorney understands what is required of them in law as well as the patient’s wishes. This is a good example of an Independent Financial Adviser needing to have good professional links with the legal profession to combine these important planning tools for the benefit of the patient and those potentially left behind.
Our verdict… The story unfolds between two time frames, namely the past ‘then’ and the present ‘now,’ and the main protagonist throughout is Grace, although the voice of Charlie also comes through loud and clear. Easy to read, The Sister is slow to start with but picks up pace half-way through. An enjoyable read with enough twists and turns to keep you turning the page to the end.
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ON THE FARM Words by Philip Bradshaw
As I wrote my last article here we had literally just started our combinable crops harvest, our earliest start for many years. Initially, it looked like a dry and early season, and we looked forward to hopefully an easy harvest... Unfortunately, it turned out to be a long drawn out affair, and we have literally only just finished! The Winter Barley was cut first, and yielded ok, Oilseed followed, and was better than expected. This season we established almost all our crops with no tillage such as ploughing, and simply ‘Direct Drilled’ the seeds into the ground. This is a relatively new concept for us, and I had some concerns, especially with the Oilseeds. Happily, they fared well, and we got a reasonable yield. We then moved on to our wheat crop. The autumn sown wheat did well, achieving generally over 10 tonnes/hectare, and happily with good quality meaning much of it will be used for bread or biscuit production. Our shared combine also harvested
malting barley, and some mustard. Later, after many rain enforced stoppages, it finally harvested the spring sown wheats and beans. The yields of these were a little below average, reflecting the dry early summer. In all, the yields for Harvest 17 were ok, but the season was very stressful with lots of rain stoppages. I should say a thank you to our harvest helpers who worked hard, and a well done to other farmers who had an equally challenging time – I hope you all kept safe. Farming is a potentially hazardous occupation, especially in harvest. I always enjoy early autumn, with preparations for establishing new crops, nurturing of the Oilseed crops sown in late summer, and for many the harvesting of root crops such as Potatoes, Onions and Sugar Beet. The early summer sunshine, and late summer rainfall does seem to have helped the sugar beet crop and early indications are that it should yield well this season.
Before anybody is offended, I must state that I absolutely detest any harm that is done to animals of any kind. I can’t even kill a wasp because I know how guilty I’d feel wondering if mummy wasp would wait up all night waiting for wasp junior to return home to regale tales of how he’d terrorised those stupid humans, threatening them with his ‘danger bottom’. However, my anger levels are increasing towards a particular four legged fiend, and that would be the furry crapping machines that are the unfriendly neighbourhood cats. Cats in general I find to be altogether very arrogant creatures. Am I the only one that thinks a cat is looking down on me even though I tower 6 feet above it, and what other animal proudly displays its bottom in such a fashion when it has a tail that could easily cover it! But the worst character trait of a cat by far is its nonchalance regarding where it decides to leave its, well, leavings, and it would seem in my area, prime location number one is in my garden. I do enjoy waking up in the morning, making myself a coffee and sitting on the sofa perfectly positioned in my kitchen so I can watch the birds, only to find I have the front row seat to the seemingly daily ritual of every cat within a 2-mile radius taking a dump on my lawn. Honestly, I don’t condone cruelty to animals, but rather than spread orange peel around my garden which is supposed to have some sort of magical anti cat property, I feel more like chucking said oranges at the cats which I might do if only (as anybody who remembers me playing cricket or rounders at school will testify) I could throw anything more than two feet in front of me. Anyway, my war with felines must go on hold for the time being as those who follow THE FENS on Facebook will know, Natasha, the creator and editor of this very magazine and the slightly lesser known me, are attempting the Perkins Great Eastern Run, which will be both of our first half marathons. I’m not raising money but Natasha is for a very good cause so please, if you have any spare change, support her, and if the thought of me dribbling in exhaustion over a 13-mile span remotely amuses you, also feel free to donate to Natasha’s cause. Hopefully, I’ll see some of you at the finish-line. I’ll be the one in the ambulance probably.
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STANDING HIGH OUT OF SHRUNKEN PEAT New book launched which celebrates the beauty of the Fens, by local artist Nick Tearle and poet Becky Owen-Fisher Fenland painter Nick Tearle and Peterborough poet Becky OwenFisher have joined forces this year to launch a brand new book. Standing High out of Shrunken Peat is a unique collection of beautiful paintings and brand new poems, all inspired by the landscape of the Fens. The idea of a collaboration came to life several years ago when Nick and Becky realised their mutual love of the flat fenland landscape. “I first met Nick when he came to see a play of mine which was set in Fenland,” Becky explained. “He approached me afterwards and suggested we work together. When I saw his paintings I realised we had to collaborate on something. It’s been a sheer joy to produce a series of poems about an area so close to my heart and an absolute pleasure to work with an artist that feels the same. I see this book as our love letter to the Fens.”
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for the flattened landscape that reflected my own,” added Nick. “Her description of its aesthetic beauty painted the scene in my mind, each sentence like gestures of paint from a brush. “This collaboration is an embodiment of the Fen landscape which we both treasure. It is a coming together of painter and poet, sharing a dialogue concerning the precarious nature of life in this reclaimed area of eastern England.” Standing High out of Shrunken Peat contains ten original poems and a collection of stunning paintings. This exciting debut publication was launched on 13th August at John Clare Cottage in Helpston with an accompanying exhibition.
You can purchase the book from Nick’s website for £14.99 including postage and packing https://nicktearle.net/product/ standing-high-out-of-shrunken-peathardback-book Look out for the exhibition at local galleries in the coming months.
Fen Tigers Becky Owen-Fisher
Look to the west, to the red setting sun, See the shadows it casts on the ground, Brush strokes of pink wash over the view, Hear the birds end the day with their sound. The horizon it beckons, bright disc dropping down, And you know very soon its end's met. Keep watching it burn as it reaches the line And you'll see it, even after it's set. How far can you see? To the edge of the earth? A patchwork of fields, all fenced in. Only churches and trees puncture the view, It is still like it always has been. Drive from the mountains, back to the east, The road tumbles in front of your eyes. The land opens out, uncrinkled, smoothed down, And you'll know then that we stole the skies. For years we have lived here and worked in the mud, Learnt the mists and the waters since then. We are monks, and hermits, and farmers and thieves, But most of all, we are tigers of the fen. For years we have lived here and worked in the mud, Learnt the mists and the waters since then. We are monks, and hermits, and farmers and thieves, But most of all, we are tigers of the fen. Fenland House near Thorney Oil on panel - Nick Tearle
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SHOT THROUGH THE HEART MUSIC NIGHT Friday 6th October
Defibrillators For All are hosting a music night to raise money for the charity. The music night will be held in Childers, Whittlesey and will feature The Fedz plus Dale Diamond and Lisa Collier. Tickets are £10 and available from Deborah Slator on 07843 383368 Times: 7:30pm - 12am
A PENNYLESS APPEARANCE Saturday 7th October The popular folk group, Pennyless, will be appearing on Saturday 7th October in Whittlesey Library at 7pm for a prompt 7.30 start. Tickets are £6 each which include complimentary interval refreshments and are available from Whittlesey Library. There will also be a raffle. All proceeds will go to support the local Library. Don’t miss it - this event is a must for all ‘folk’ lovers, especially Straw Bear fans!
WHITTLESEY LADIES WHO LATTE Tuesday 10th October Join the Ladies Who Latte for a free networking morning at The Falcon Hotel, Whittlesey from 9:30am-11am. Our speaker will be discussing ways to ensure you’re accountable in your own business. Free to join in
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At a marquee on Cathedral Green, Oxjam is a music festival organised by volunteers from the local music scene, raising money for Oxfam. Alongside other events in the city, a marquee on Cathedral Green is the venue for the family orientated Community Jam. Ticket details at www.oxjampeterborough.com
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Ye Olde Redtail Falconry Display brings the ancient art of Falconry to the modern age, with a comprehensive and thrilling display that is guaranteed to thrill audiences of all ages. Watch it, be amazed, join in… Suitable for: All ages Meeting point: Discovery Den, Ferry Meadows Cost: £5 per person Find out more at www.neneparktrust. org.uk
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10.30am – 12.30pm The witch has lost her belongings in the trees in four different locations around Nene Park. Find the trees, find the items and she’ll reward you with your very own broom stick to fly away home on. Children will make their broom stick from wood resources in the Park. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear for a woodland walk. Suitable for: 7yrs+ Meeting point for 24th: Badger play area, Ferry Meadows Meeting point for 25th: Thorpe Meadows car park Meeting point for 26th: Orton Mere car park Meeting point for 28th: Milton Ferry Bridge, Ferry Meadows Cost: Free – this event has been funded by Heritage Lottery Fund Find out more at www.neneparktrust. org.uk
THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT FAMILY EVENT Wednesday 25th October, 1pm-3:30pm What happens when the sun goes down? Discover animals of the night at Great Fen. Refreshments on sale. Activities include: Leaf owls, Cobwebs and spiders craft, Owl pellet dissection, Skull identification, Fox
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“Great Nights Entertainment” Soul, Motown and Disco from the 60s, 70s & the 80s returns to the Ivy Leaf Club on Saturday 28th October with their “Halloween Night”. So it’s time to dig out your “spooky” impressions of “Halloween” etc and get set for another Great Night! Dressing for the occasion is completely optional, but prizes on the night will be given for the best dressed adult male and female. The music policy remains the same, Soul, Motown and Disco. featuring DJs Ian Gray, John Bradley, Andy Coulson and Mark Reveley. Food, real ale and cocktails will be available via the Ivy Leaf throughout the evening. Don’t forget your can now pay for your tickets can be paid in advance via www.paypal.me/GreatNights Once payment has been received, e-tickets will be sent direct to your inbox. You can also purchase tickets from 7th October at Larry’s Heel Bar, Broad St, Whittlesey; The Ivy leaf
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RAMSEY RURAL MUSEUM WINTER FOOD & CRAFT FAIR Sunday 29th October Don’t miss this local food and craft fair at the Ramsey Rural Museum, Wood Lane, Ramsey. From 11.00am to 4.00pm, come along and see some of the best local suppliers and producers
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Larry’s Heel Bar
Larry’s Heel Bar has been in its current location in Whittlesey since it was opened in 1981 by Larry Green and now over 30 years later three generations are involved in the running of the shop. We interviewed Larry’s son Brendon, and grandson Jack, to find out more about this family business
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WHAT INSPIRED YOUR FATHER TO OPEN HIS OWN BUSINESS? My father, Larry, was a cobbler and was working as an area manager for another firm, but aspired to open his own business. In 1981, he bought our current building and opened his own shop, I started helping here whenever I could after school and once I had finished my education, I joined the business full-time in 1991. Larry trained me to be a cobbler and I am now training my nephew Jack, he has been here since his grandad became semi- retired. But Larry still works on Saturday mornings! WHAT HAS KEPT YOUR BUSINESS THRIVING?
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I think our customers appreciate our personal service; whilst we have updated the shop with new stock and services, the core of our business is still shoe and leather repairs. We use our 100-year-old Singer sewing machine every day for the majority of repairs and I feel our traditional skills and attention to detail have kept our customers returning. On a daily basis, we can repair between 10-15 pairs of shoes and we both enjoy making them look as good as new. Every day we have a new challenge and we really relish the more unusual jobs we see. WHAT SERVICES DO YOU PROVIDE THAT WE MIGHT NOT REALISE? We offer much more than just shoe repairs and key cutting; we can repair all types of leather goods, such as handbags, briefcases and belts. We also stitch on patches onto leather jackets and repair vintage shoes and military re-enactment boots. We can repair press studs and poppers on clothing and jean studs. We still provide an engraving service, so have pet tags, lighters and other products such as watch batteries instore. Larry specialises in original
Church keys which have to be cut meticulously by hand and usually take a full day to complete. WHAT ARE YOUR BEST PRODUCTS FOR CHRISTMAS? We have extended our in-store ranges with walking sticks, slippers and leather goods including belts and wallets. For Christmas, we tend to do a lot of personalisation with engraving and we can engrave jewellery, iPads, lighters and watches to name just a few. WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS FOR THE BUSINESS? With Jack keen to learn more, the future for the shop is looking good. We are still increasing our shop stock and hope to keep extending our ranges. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT LIVING IN THE AREA? It’s great being able to work in a family business as we get on so well. I really enjoy seeing our regular customers and building up a good rapport with them, and it is nice to see people you know on the streets and be part of a community. Outside of work I enjoy playing pool and Jack plays bowls for Whittlesey Manor Bowls Club. LARRY’S HEEL BAR can be found at 22 Broad Street, Whittlesey PE7 1HA. You can contact them on 01733 202722. Follow them on Facebook for up coming offers, new products, competitions and some of their finished work.
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