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Issue 38 | July 2019
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AYSCOUGHFEE HALL The Fens | July PEOPLE | FOOD | HOME & GARDEN | NATURE | WHATâ€™S ON | PLACES TO2019 VISIT 1
FARM TO ….. A family run farm for over 100 years. Ten minutes from St Ives & Huntingdon. Visit a variety of traditional and some more unusual animals from cows, pigs, deer to parrots and crocodiles.
50ft fresh meat counter oﬀering one of the largest selections of home produced meats in the country. With our own deli celebrating a wide range of home produced products and ﬁfty British cheeses.
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ED’S letter We had some fantastic feedback following our June issue; thank you, it really means the world to us. Small companies such as ours rely on feedback (and positive feedback is my favourite). So we’re now looking ahead to July. Typically it’s a busy month, children are getting excited about finishing school for the summer and grownups are wondering what they are going to do to keep them occupied! Hopefully we can inspire you over the next few issues if you, like us, have little ones to think about. This month we took a visit to Ayscoughfee Hall, as recommended by The Friendlands in our June issue. I hadn’t heard of this little gem, which just goes to show, three years in and there is still so much to explore! We were thrilled to interview Nick Tearle also in this issue. I’ve long been a huge fan of his art, in particular the way he captures the changing skies and how it affects the landscape. You can find his interview on page 18. We’re also saying goodbye to one of our popular and interesting columnists, David White who writes on behalf on RSPB. David is moving on to new pastures, but hopes to continue to write for us from time to time. We wish him all the best. Until next month, have a wonderful month.
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THIS month 11 Your garden in July
32 parkrun phenomenon
12 Visiting Ayscoughfee Hall
36 Falling in love with the Fens
18 An interview with a Fenland painter
38 Amy’s walk of the month
23 Fancy trying an electric bike? 26 One giant leap - 50 years on from the Apollo 11 mission
40 Dress to impress 46 Independent of the month Orlando Interior Design 48 Events diary 50 Recipe of the month
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FREE MUSIC FESTIVAL SERIES RETURNS A popular festival event which brings live music and entertainment to the centre of Whittlesey returns for a triple treat of shows this summer. Hosted by Whittlesey Town Council with support from Fenland District Council, Music on the Square brings together hundreds of music lovers for a series of free concerts at the Buttercross in Market Square every year. Kicking off on last month was The Fedz, who headlined the opening concert of the summer. The six-piece band returned to the Square with their mix of soul classics, and was supported by soloist Stevie H. On Sunday, July 21, good-time
covers band High Rollers will take to the stage with a huge repertoire spanning the decades and genres, supported by soloist Dale Diamond. Finally, The Contacts will play an afternoon of Motown and Soul on Sunday, August 18. The event will be supported by DJ Steve Walsh and has been sponsored by Forterra. All three events are being backed by Boon Brothers Transport, which is providing the music stage (trailer), and McCains, which is sponsoring the St John Ambulance support. The concerts take place between 2pm and 6pm and are completely free of charge. People are being encouraged to invite their family and
friends, bring chairs and a picnic to relax and enjoy some live music on a (hopefully) warm summer’s afternoon. Cllr Kay Mayor, Chairman of the town council’s Community Projects Committee and Chairman of Fenland District Council, said: “Following the success of previous Music on the Square events, we are delighted to be hosting more this year. I hope as many people as possible come along to enjoy these free of charge concerts.” For more information contact Whittlesey Town Council on 01733 351296 or email: whittleseytowncouncil@btconnect. com
JOHNSONS OF OLD HURST OPEN NEW TROPICAL HOUSE It might have been a month full of wet weather, but that didn’t stop Johnsons of Old Hurst, near Huntingdon, from completing their newest attraction at the family farm. The Tropical House, which they hope to open mid July, already houses resident crocodiles Romeo, Cuddles and Sherbert, plus their two new juveniles. As well as the crocodiles, the building will have ponds and pens for snakes and a board walk entrance. Once opened, visitors will be able to visit the tropic house and discover exotic inhabitants, right in the heart of Cambridgeshire. Johnsons of Old Hurst already has an excellent set up for visiting families, with a woodland walk, play area, reasonably priced cafe and a shop selling everything from home-grown meats, to vegetables, local gins and gifts. Better yet, there’s no entrance fee so everyone can enjoy a great day out for only the cost of lunch (or an ice-cream or two). Keep your eyes on Johnsons Facebook page for regular updates on the opening of their Tropical House, plus other events and special days throughout the year. Find out more by visiting www. johnsonsofoldhurst.co.uk or calling 01487 824658. Johnsons of Old Hurst are at Church Street, Old Hurst PE28 3AF
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SLIMMING WORLD AT THE EASTREA CENTRE CELEBRATES ITS 4TH YEAR! Anna opened her Slimming World group originally in Coates four years ago and moved the the Eastrea Centre two years ago where she runs the Monday evening at 5.30 and 7.30pm, and the Thursday morning at 9.30am. Anna looks after just shy of 200 members per week, but still has plenty of space in all her sessions with the 7.30pm the quietest of them. Slimming World fits in with members with dietary needs such as gluten and dairy free, vegetarians, vegans, diabetic members and pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. "I love my job! Its a joy to go to work and see my members each week,” Anna explained, “and I feel privileged they have chosen me to help and support them throughout their journey. I know what its like to struggle with your weight, and the highs and lows, but I also believe that it helps me become a better consultant as I can relate. I truly know how it feels and I make that promise I will do everything I can to help them achieve their target weight and stay there. “I wanted to share with you some of the things my members had to say about our groups:” Kera - “I have never been to a Slimming World group before joining this one. I have to say, I don’t think I would ever want to go anywhere else. The social team are always friendly and welcoming, Anna is always willing to go above and beyond to help and support her members and finally, the people in the group are extremely kind, friendly and helpful. They all seem to share in your success and want to try and help you through the bad weeks. There is such a warmth and caring atmosphere that it makes 8
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me actually want to stay (which says a lot). Without the support of Anna and the rest of the group, my journey would have ended a long time ago, but knowing I have such incredible support makes it so much easier to keep trying week in, week out. There is never any reason to go hungry. With the brilliant food optimising options, you can always find something to eat, be that at home or out for a meal somewhere. The only limitation is your own imagination. I was very unsure at first if Slimming World really was for me, the group and the plan has fully changed my mind.” Alison - “Our group is awesome, very friendly and full of encouragement. Food optimising means I never have to go hungry because there are so many free foods to choose from.” Elaine - “Such a lovely friendly group at Eastrea, from being a new member, you’re quickly given a very warm welcome and within a couple of weeks you’re part of the SW family. Thursday mornings wouldn’t be the same without the help, guidance and friendliness of this brilliant group.” Shelley - “It’s more than a group, it’s a family, it’s people who are all going through a journey of weight loss. It gives you support when you’re down and fills you with joy when you’re doing well. No judgments just friends. Food optimising gives you freedom with food and makes you learn your limits to give you a happier, healthier you.” To find out more either just turn up or call Anna on 07539 229365.
CAMBRIDGESHIRE REGIMENT ASSOCIATION (WHITTLESEY BRANCH) We would like to share with everyone that Memorial Benches are coming to Whittlesey and surrounding villages. We as an organisation have been successful in our application to the Tesco plastic bag fund for a grant of £4,000 to purchase the benches pictured above. Along with this grant we have had a donation from the March Branch of the Grenadier Guards Association and an offer from a Whittlesey Company to purchase a bench. Once all the required administration actions are completed, enabling us to place an order we will give details of the locations the benches will be installed. On behalf of the Association may I thank all the shoppers at Tesco's in March for selecting us as their most preferred worthy cause in the recent people’s vote. Bob Wicks, Chairman.
The Friends of St Mary’s Church Whittlesey would like to thank everyone who was involved in our annual Arts and Crafts exhibition earlier in May. Once again the event was a huge success with a grand total of £1,300 being raised over the days this event took place. There was no shortage of exhibits which were outstanding as well as a lot of creativity being showcased. We would also like to say a huge thank you firstly to Reverend Nigel and the staff for allowing us to use the church to hold this annual event. Also a thank you to everyone who helped set up as well as take down the event, a thank you also is extended to all the local shops that donated prizes for the raffle which was held. The Friends of St Mary’s Church would like to thank everyone for their support both during this event as well as all the events that we have taking place throughout the year.
CALLING ALL CONTRACTORS WHITTLESEY TOWN COUNCIL – The contract for the planting of the Town Council’s 85 Hanging Baskets is due for renewal on 1 October 2019. Intentions of Interest for details of the Contract should be forwarded to the Town Clerk by email at whittleseytowncouncil@ btconnect.com or by telephone on 01733 351296 to arrive no later than 0900 on Monday 8 July 2019.
ALIWAL MANOR’S FETE OPEN TO ALL Aliwal Manor, Turners Lane, Whittlesey would like to invite you all to our Summer Fete to be held on Saturday, 27th July 2019 from 1.30pm. Please join us for a full afternoon of fun and entertainment with a BBQ, raffle, stalls and musical entertainment provided by Pip and Luke. If anyone is interested in holding a Stall (Pitch priced @ £10.00) or a pitch for our Car Boot Sale (Pitch priced @ £7.00) please contact Deborah or Michelle on 01733 203347. We look forward to seeing you all there and it is all in such a great cause - Aliwal Manor Residents’ Comfort Fund.
THE INDEPENDENT COUNCILLORS The three successful Independent candidates for Whittlesey Town Council would like to take this opportunity to convey a very big thank you to all constituents who supported us. We will be working very hard to represent you all and have already hit the ground running. We represent you in the Bassenhally Ward by Eamonn Dorling, Saint Mary's South ward by Roy Gerstner and in the Coates, Eastrea and Turves ward by Bob Wicks who is also the District
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BRASS AND VOICES WITH FODEN’S BAND The Cresset, Peterborough - 7.30pm Saturday 14th September
The world-famous Foden’s Band will be in Peterborough for one night only on Saturday 14th September, performing at the Cresset with the city’s award-winning choirs Peterborough Male Voice Choir, Peterborough Voices and Peterborough Youth Choir who - over the last few years - have established a track-record of bringing some of the world’s top brass bands to the city, including Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Black Dyke Band, and Brighouse and Rastrick. A household name in the world of brass bands for over a hundred years, Foden’s Band continue to thrill audiences with their virtuosity and flexibility in a huge range of styles,
far beyond the boundaries of the usual brass band concert repertoire. Their performance is characterised by the sophisticated orchestration which contributes to their magical brass band sound. "Foden's Band is a musical Magic Carpet” says conductor Howard Snell “It continually takes the listener to places that few other ensembles rarely even approach". Voices and Brass with Foden’s Band will be at The Cresset, Peterborough at 7.30pm on Saturday 14th September. Tickets from £18.50 at the Cresset box office, by phone on 01733 265705, or at www. peterboroughsings.org.uk
LOCAL SCHOOL PUTS SAFETY FIRST At Alderman Jacobs Primary School, the safety of our children is very important and our aim is to keep a safe environment for our children. Every day we deal with issues around parking in our drop off zone to parking on junctions which becomes a problem and our children and families are put at risk. Friends of AJS have helped by raising funds and purchased two road safety students. We decided to ask our children to name the students in a competition. After much thought and discussion we picked our winner, Chloe year 6. Her chosen names are Sally Stay Safe and Peter Park Well. These names are great and fit well with the issues we currently have and will hopefully encourage drivers to stop and think. The police came to support our campaign and presented
our winner with a £10 Amazon voucher in the school’s assembly. You will see Sally Stay Safe and Peter Park Well around the school on the morning drop off and afternoon pick up. The aim is to put a reminder out there to all drivers to think where they park, are you parking on double yellow lines or blocking access for an emergency service vehicle? Are you putting our children at risk? Arriving a little earlier to find a safe place to park will help reduce the issues we have and to help traffic around the school run smoothly. Our drop off
zone should be used to drop children off safely at the school gate. Article by Michaela Southwell and Kelly Rudd Secretaries, Friends of Alderman Jacobs. Image: Richard Darracott Chair friends of Alderman Jacobs school, Chloe year 6 winner, PCSO Dawn Rae. The Fens | July 2019
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3 ESSENTIAL JOBS FOR JULY FEED, WEED & DEADHEAD Adding a liquid feed to your weekly watering regime will give a much needed boost to hanging baskets, containers and borders helping them to produce more flowers and, in some cases, encouraging a second flush of flowers later in the season. Bedding plants, roses and many other perennials will also benefit from regular deadheading. This will prolong the flowering period, making the garden more attractive, and will also prevent the plants from putting their energy into seed heads. Simply pinch off the fading flowers, or for tougher branches use secateurs. Don’t forget to keep weeds down – they steal vital moisture and nutrients. Kill them by regularly hoeing borders and vegetable patches. Larger weeds should be dug out or pulled up.
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Ayscoughfee Hall’s FENLAND ROOTS WORDS NATASHA SHIELS IMAGES CHRIS BRUDENELL
Situated in Spalding, nicely between Peterborough and Wisbech, Ayscoughfee Hall is a surprising find. Built in the 1450s by Sir Richard Aldwyn, a wealthy merchant, the Hall was built entirely in brick in one building campaign making it almost unique in Britain. The early house had a ‘H’ plan, with two wings and a central hall, which would have then be the centre for family life. Over the years as you would expect, Ayscoughfee Hall had many different residents, including probably the
most well known of which was the Johnson family. The Johnsons owned the house for 160 years, with six generations of males all called Maurice Johnson. Significant changes were made to the house in the 1800s, most significantly by moving the main door to the centre and adding a porch. In 1898 the Johnson claim on the hall ended when Isabella Johnson sold it to a committee of Spalding citizens for benefit of the town’s inhabitants. In 1902, it was transferred to the Spalding Urban District Council. During the World War, the hall was commandeered by the army to house Belgian refugees. Its use evolved, at one stage it was a private school, before later housing council offices. In 1974 it was passed to South Holland Council and renovated for use as a museum, which opened in 1984. In 2004 it
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was refurbished again and the new museum opened two years later detailing the history of Ayscoughfee and Fenland. Today the Hall is free to visit. Its beautifully landscaped gardens include a formal lake and pavilion, plus many unexpected features such as the 1925 aviary which houses finches, cockatiels and canaries, a kitchen garden and play park and two war memorials, one of which has been newly erected. There is also a Peace Garden, planted in 1995 to commemorate 50 years since the end of the Second World War. The landscaped gardens certainly provide a peaceful area to walk around. There are quiet spots and stunning vistas across the lake beside the onsite cafe. Despite visiting in June, nobody had told the weather man and it was threatening rain all morning. Thankfully the hall itself provided a warm respite from the outside chill, and we enjoyed our stroll through Fenland history in each of the rooms. I was pleasantly surprised to see that much of the hall is open to the public, providing plenty of space to provide information about the hall’s
history as well that of the area. There was even a Fen room! Those interested in the history of the area, from agriculture to Fenland skating, would find a visit to Ayscoughfee fascinating. Thereâ€™s also plenty of medieval architecture on display to give a real sense of the heart of the building. Interactive displays and the added bonus of an outside play area, makes Ayscoughfee Hall the perfect museum and gardens to visit with children in tow. Equally the historical artefacts, well signposted rooms and mature gardens make it a destination for all ages. The museum is open Wednesday to Sunday (plus Bank Holidays) between 10:30am and 4pm. The Cafe is open April to September, every day from 10am to 5pm, and then between October and March until 3pm. The Gardens are open Monday to Saturday from 8am and Sunday from 10am. They close 30 minutes before sunset.
To find out more please visit www. ayscoughfee.org or call 01775 764555. Ayscoughfee Hall is on Churchgate, Spalding PE11 2RA. Donâ€™t miss the Ayscoughfee 1940s Weekend on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th August between 10:30am and 4pm. Entry is free. Further events can be found at the above website.
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A PORTRAIT OF A FENLAND PAINTER Nick Tearle is well known for his paintings which capture the breathtaking Fenland landscape. We caught up with him ahead of his solo exhibition this month to find out why the area inspires him
WORDS AMY CORNEY What is your background and why did you become a professional artist? I studied Fine Art, Art History, Photography and Graphics at Stamford College and got a degree in Music Technology at Leeds Beckett University, so the desire to work in the arts was always there. I worked in Special Education for three years and set up a music accessibility club before going back-packing in Asia. I taught English in Singapore and did graphics work on the side for a local arts magazine and Tiger Beer. After that I moved to the Philippines where I worked in a marketing office for Australian clients. I have always drawn and painted, but after returning to landscapes in the Philippines I knew I was at a stage in my life that I felt I had both the skill and the life experience to go full time and set up my own business. Four years later I have held or been a part of 12 exhibitions, sold over 60 original paintings, completed 10 commissions, won four awards, published a book and I’m an exhibiting member of both the Lincolnshire Artists Society and the Welland Valley Art Society.
about 15 years old, painting various subjects and in many styles until 2014 when I settled on landscape. My father taught me some fundamental drawing techniques as a child, but as for painting, I have basically taught myself. In hindsight, the art education I received at college lacked any real technical value and focused far too much on studying the biographies of artists dead and gone or the 1% of contemporary artists that grab headlines. There was really nothing realistic about a career as an artist; by that I mean how to produce consistent work, price it, market it and sell it, interact with gallery owners and set up your own events.
How long have you been painting? Are you self-taught or did you study? I really started painting at GCSE level,
What are you currently working on? I’m always working on several paintings at once; some small pieces are finished in one go in the space of an hour, but
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Which medium do you use for your paintings and why? I use premium artist grade oil paints. If used correctly there is literally no other medium that can produce the depth and range of visual effects in paint. The paints I use have no filler or extender in and are very powerful, you only need the tiniest bit to completely change a mix. I feel I’m a long way from reaching my potential as an oil painter.
larger pieces can have many layers and take months. My most ambitious project at the moment is a 42 x 38 inch painting of a white willow tree in the sunrise. It has already been in progress for months and it could take a year in total, but I hope once it’s finished it will be something special. How does the Fens, its landscape and wealth of wildlife inspire you and your paintings? Although it is flat and seemingly devoid of features the fenland landscape is undoubtedly a beautiful part of the country, but perhaps to understand it you have to live here or at least spend a bit of time here. Due to the unobstructed horizon we get huge skies, amazing sunrises and sunsets. It’s also easy to see super moons and blood moons when they occur. If you venture out into the agricultural landscape you can lose yourself in miles of endless perfectly straight roads that seem to stretch on as far as the eye can see. The isolated houses and farms
out there, lopsided with subsidence usually at the end of a line of crooked telegraph poles, seem to tell their own story. There’s a kind of subtext or narrative of mystery and intrigue that can be found and this relates well to my love of Edward Hopper’s work and the drama of romantic landscape painting. That said, it is not an easy landscape to paint. Besides being windy and cold most of the year the experience of being in that landscape is easily lost inside a frame, my goal is to overcome that. What is your daily routine: how much of your day do you spend painting and where do you paint? It’s not easy to make a living as an artist but it’s not impossible. I’m an independent artist meaning I have no contract with a publisher or a particular gallery so my time is spent not only making paintings but also designing and producing limited edition prints, and promoting these via social media, my own website and events. I do my own framing and also offer this service to the public and other artists as Fenland Frames (www.fenlandframes. com). Painting is the goal but it’s just one part of what I do. Everything else I do is there to support a lifestyle that allows me to paint as much as possible. The thing I love about working for myself as an artist is that no day is typical. One day I’m working all day on a huge painting in the studio, the next I’m chasing a storm across the Fens taking photographs, another day I’m painting en plein air and another I’m stood in front of lots of people talking about the paintings and the landscape or setting up an exhibition. How do you feel when you are outside in the elements painting in the midst of the Fens countryside? Painting outdoors is really when I feel most free. I don’t worry too much about creating a perfect painting. The act of being out there, enjoying the environment and doing what you love is perfect. It’s a great excuse to be in nature at times when you wouldn’t normally. Some days you wake up and you just know it’s an outdoor painting day, something about the light. I grab my backpack with all my equipment ready to go and head out for the sunrise.
How do you start a painting? I start with a sketch, in loose paint on a panel or canvas. Then I work from large simplified shapes with soft edges towards smaller more detailed elements with harder edges. I also work dark to light. That’s the general idea but every time I start a painting I try something different you have to remember to have a sense of play; I try to experiment. What is you most important artist tool? Is there something you couldn’t live without in your studio? Music, a great sound track really helps. I usually start a painting session in silence whilst I work out where I’m at and where I want to go with the painting. Once I’m in the flow I put on the tunes. I have eclectic tastes so it could be anything from minimalist classical, ambient electronica or traditional indian ragas. How do you know when a work is finished? Rembrandt said, ‘a work of art is complete only when the artist has fully realised their intentions’, I’d be inclined to agree. Do you have a favourite piece, or which piece are you most proud of and why?
I do, I have favourites for different reasons. I decided to keep one small painting called ‘April Sky over Langtoft Fen’. It was one of four cloud studies I painted in one day. Making art sometimes feels like it flows through you and sometimes the flow is nowhere to be found. I feel like that little painting represents a time when the flow was there in abundance. I also love my largest commission to date ‘Rain on Morton Fen’ simply because I think it represents clearly what I’m trying to represent as an artist. But mostly my favourite is always a work in progress, currently it’s the huge sunrise painting sat in my studio. Which art movement or artist do you admire the most or find inspirational? My goals as a painter are most aligned to the romantic era of European landscape painting. This is to represent the landscape’s awe inspiring drama. What advice would you give someone contemplating a career as an artist? Do it! But don’t wait for someone to come and validate your art or offer you a place in a gallery, believe in yourself and present consistent art. Try to create a following and learn how to market yourself. I first started selling work on a market stall, this was a great way to get
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constant feedback and work on my pitch. I collected contact details from anyone who was interested and created a following via a newsletter. Think of yourself as a brand, create a logo even if it’s just your signature and have some business cards printed. If you treat yourself as a professional, others will too. Do you have any ambitions or goals you are yet to achieve with your work? Absolutely, I’d like to get more involved with conservation issues facing the Fenland areas and I’d love to put my work forward to the Institute of East Anglian Artists. What is your favourite thing about the fens and what can we find you doing when you’re not painting? My favourite thing about living and working here is simply the peaceful pace of life. I spent a long time living in big cities and I eventually realised that the rural life is the one that’s meant for me. I don’t want EXHIBITION AND BOOK distractions and fancy shops, I just like to hear the birds out of the window and see beautiful sunsets across the Nick Tearle is holding a two-day solo exhibition at The Institute in Deeping fields. St. James on the 6th and 7th of July from 10am until 4pm as part of the Peterborough Artists Open Studios. Visit www.nicktearle.net to view paintings, sign up to his newsletter and find out where you can view his art by clicking on the exhibitions page. Nick’s book, Standing High Out Of Shrunken Peat, is a collaboration with poet Becky OwenFisher and is also available to purchase through the website. The book features 48 pages of beautiful artwork and poetry and is a great example of how inspiring our landscape is.
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If you like going to Literary Festivals but don’t have the means, money or motivation to travel to more established ones that take place throughout the UK literary calendar, you’d do well to remember one that started three years ago and isn’t a million miles away. Following on from the enormous success of the first festival in 2017, Deepings Literary Festival this year was a 4-day event running from 23-26th May, and I was one of the authors invited to take part. My event took place on the Saturday in Market Deeping but my first stop was Coronation Hall to hear best-selling author Barbara Copperthwaite give a talk. Barbara explained how, although born and bred near the seaside resort of Skegness in Lincolnshire, a location slightly north of The Deepings, she more or less regards herself as local. She discussed how her journalism background has helped her writing and how the flat, rural setting of her childhood has influenced the settings of her psychological thrillers. I had a quick chat with the author afterwards and bought a signed copy of her latest novel, The Perfect Friend. Next up was my event, Read Dating, along with other fellow local authors, Ross Greenwood, Jane E James, Tony Forder, Helen Claire Gould, Tony Millington, Margaret Castle and Sarah Bennett, which took place at Deeping Library. Based on the popular Speed Dating format, Read Dating is a get together of local authors and readers in one fun-filled event. An invitation to members of the public to spend ten minutes each, with eight local authors to find out about their books, writing, latest work and inspiration. The event was extremely well organised, the location perfect, the staff friendly and helpful, and the public, just brilliant. All in all it was a very pleasant, entertaining afternoon, and I even sold a few books to boot. Other authors that took part in the four-day festival included Sophie Hannah, Milly Johnson, Cathy Cassidy, Cathy Bramley, Lizzie Lamb, Darren O’ Sullivan and Louise Jensen, to name just a few. The festival also incorporated live music including the brilliant, The Bookshop Band, not to mention a plethora of mouth-watering homemade cakes offered for sale (the cheese scones and coffee cake were sublime). However, if you missed out this year, I am reliably informed that preparations are underway for the next festival which as present is a biennial event, so will take place in 2021. Put it in your diary folks! You can find out more about Eva by visiting www.EvaJordanWriter. com or find her on Twitter and Facebook: @evajordanwriter www.facebook.com/ EvaJordanWriter/
ALCOHOL’S HIDDEN COST In 2016 the guidelines for alcohol consumption in the UK changed quite drastically but not a lot of us know about it. In fact during a recent poll only 14% of people either knew or correctly guessed that it is now recommended that men and women drink no more than 14 units of alcohol per week, this is the equivalent of a bottle and a half of wine or 7 pints of beer or around 14 shots of most spirits. The reason so few of us aren’t aware of this almost 50% reduction from the previous recommendation is because the alcohol industry is self-regulating. That’s right, they get to decide whether or not to advise you to drink less alcohol. The Portman Group, a supposedly independent regulatory organisation that scrutinises all naming, branding and advertising of alcohol was set up by, and is funded entirely by, you guessed it, the alcohol industry! There is absolutely no financial or legal penalty if they fail to tell the consumer how much they should be drinking. Alcohol prices are the cheapest we have seen them for 30 years, and even though stats show certain age groups are drinking slightly less, deaths as a
result of alcohol are at a 20 year high. With excessive alcohol consumption linked to over 200 illnesses and directly to 7 cancers, it’s clear to see that we have a substantial problem. Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) is a tax that impacts heavy drinkers of cheap alcoholic products but the introduction of MUP has been completely dismissed in England, but not other countries in the UK. It would see the cost of a unit of alcohol rising to at least 50p, as an example a 3 litre bottle of strong cider that currently costs £3.80, would increase to around £11. Other UK countries have also banned shops from selling alcohol after 10pm and in any form of promotional offer. Scotland has already reported improvements in the number of patients with advanced liver disease and the signs are promising. The cost to the NHS annually for alcohol related illnesses and diseases is £3.5 billion, but with the industry contributing over £16 billion a year to the economy it is easy to see why the producers of alcohol are so effective in lobbying against any changes to the current system, regardless of the long term effects on public health.
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Emotional Eating It is arguably the hardest addiction to overcome; you cannot just go ‘cold turkey’ on food like you can with most other addictions, you have to eat to stay alive. Why food? There are many reasons why people reach for food as comfort; food is scientifically proven to make us feel good. When we eat, especially fatty, sugary foods, we release dopamine and the reward part of our brain lights up like a Christmas tree. So if you are experiencing stress or ‘low mood’ food will make you feel better, but only for a very short amount of time, following the high is usually a guilt filled low, and so the cycle begins. Why diets rarely work long-term Diets will work for a time, mainly because it will give you something new to focus on, still allowing you to ignore any negative emotions and or control issues lurking within. However, the cycle, for most people, will start again at some point and weight will be regained. I know this to be true, not just through research and training, but because I was locked into the ‘ignore negative emotions, eat, feel guilty, eat, diet’ cycle for a lot of my life. Breaking the cycle The only way to overcome emotional eating is to deal with the events and beliefs that have led you to this point. Some will have been with you since childhood, some you will have experienced and learned along the way. Tune into your body, learn to recognise real hunger vs. emotional hunger. Tune into your emotions, take a moment to notice what has triggered you to reach for food, keep a note of what you are feeling, you will start to recognise a pattern. Visit my website below to find out more about emotional eating and how to break the cycle.
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ONE GIANT LEAP WORDS RICHARD GROOM IMAGES VARIOUS Fifty years on, the story of how Apollo 11 got to the moon - and back - is still mind blowing in its audacity and complexity
On 20 July 1969, two men landed their vehicle after an incredibly dangerous journey across nearly 250,000 miles of cold, airless space. Less than seven decades after the Wright brothers flew their wooden plane on its first flight of just 37 metres, men were on the moon. The landing came just eight years after president John F Kennedy’s famous words: “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth.” The scale of Kennedy’s challenge was matched by the machinery it took to do it. In the first two and a half minutes after lift-off, the 3,000ton, 110-metre tall Saturn V rocket consumed about 2,000 tons of fuel. That’s enough to fill the tank of your Ford Focus 50,000 times. During this time, the five engines 26 The Fens | July 2019
of the first stage of the rocket developed 60 gigawatts of power - twice as much as the average production of the UK’s electrical generating system. After those two-and-a-half minutes, the first stage was dumped into the Atlantic Ocean and the second stage took over. Its engines boosted the rocket’s speed to about 15,000 miles-perhour. After six minutes it too was jettisoned. The third stage had just one engine, which first fired up for a couple of minutes to finish the job of getting into earth orbit at 17,000 miles-per-hour. It was ignited two hours later to increase speed to 25,000 miles-per-hour to send the Apollo 11 crew of three astronauts on their way to the moon. Which brings us nicely on to the question: just how do you get to the moon?
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The Apollo 11 crew from left to right: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin
GETTING THERE ISN’T EASY It’s not simple. You don’t just point at the moon and press the throttle. You instead must aim for the exact point in space where the moon will be when you arrive. And you need to be incredibly accurate or you’ll either crash into the moon or fly past and be lost forever in space. To do that, you need computers. On Apollo 11, the Command Module and Lunar Module had almost identical computers which, among other things, handled the navigation. They were puny by modern standards, with just enough memory to store a tiny jpeg thumbnail image. But it didn’t matter. They weren’t used to store astronaut selfies. They were there to guide the Command Module and Lunar Module with pinpoint accuracy to the moon, orbit around it, land the Lunar Module to within a few metres of a pre-designated spot while the Command Module stayed in orbit, and then get the Lunar Module back to the Command Module once the astronauts had had their
fun on the moon. Then the Lunar Module was jettisoned and the Command Module was guided by its computer back to earth, slicing through a tiny entry ‘window’ with amazing accuracy, and splashing down in the Pacific Ocean as close as possible to a waiting recovery ship. Remember this was all done at a time when computers could be as big as a room. To create such capable computers, small enough to fit into spacecraft that were each only as big as a family car, was nothing short of amazing. SEEING STARS Like all computers, these would have been useless without data. For Apollo, that included data that could let the computers work out exactly where in space the spacecraft were at any given time. To do this, the astronauts used a sextant to measure angles between several specially chosen stars. It wasn’t so different from the way that sea captains navigated across the oceans hundreds of years ago. It was all controlled by a simple keypad, with numbers zero-to-ten and nine additional
keys. No QWERTY keyboard, no mouse and no touchscreen. The computer programmes weren’t stored on hard drives or discs, but on miles of copper wire that was painstakingly woven by hand into ropes. NASA engineers called it ‘LOL memory’ as the ropes were woven by ‘little old ladies’. When two alarms sounded in the final few minutes of the Lunar Module’s descent to the moon, it wasn’t because the computer had failed. It was just doing its job. Overloaded with information from a radar that wasn’t needed for the landing, the computer knew it had to shove the task of processing that data to the back of the queue. The alarms were just a way of letting the humans know what was going on. SPECIALIST MACHINERY FOR A SPECIAL JOB The Lunar Module was one of the most advanced flying machines ever designed, but it never flew on earth. It was designed only for space flight. The single descent engine couldn’t be test fired before the flight, because its propellant would start to corrode the engine within days of being released from the fuel tanks. The Lunar Module’s legs weren’t even strong enough to support its weight on earth.
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But no matter, ‘the Eagle has landed’ is way cooler and is quite rightly etched into history. (But now that you know about ‘contact light’ you are all set for coming across a bit nerdy to your mates during the Apollo 11 anniversary.)
The Lunar Module was a masterpiece of specialist engineering
Because it couldn’t get a test flight, Apollo 11’s Lunar Module had to be perfect in every way. Thankfully, it was, from the moment its descent to the moon began by undocking from the Command Module while orbiting the moon at 3,500 miles-per-hour. Astronaut Michael Collins was left to look after the Command Module in orbit. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin rode down to the moon in the Lunar Module, which had to slow down to a hover before landing within just 15 minutes. It did so with less than 30 seconds of fuel remaining. ‘CONTACT LIGHT’ The first words spoken on the moon were not Neil Armstrong’s famous ‘the Eagle has landed’, but probably Buzz Aldrin’s ‘contact light’: a report that a sensor dangling from below the Lunar Module had recorded contact with the moon. Or maybe Neil’s ‘shutdown’ (which he reportedly said but I can’t hear on the audio). Or perhaps Buzz responding ‘OK, engine stop’.
And of course, as Neil stepped onto the lunar surface itself a couple of hours later he said ‘whoopee!’. OK so he didn’t, that’s what Pete Conrad said on Apollo 12. Neil said something about a giant leap for mankind, which it was. Perhaps the biggest leap mankind has made, or ever will make. IT’S A DEAD TROUT Thanks for bearing with me through my dash through a week-long mission in about 1,400 words. But I’ve saved the best for last: an insight into what the people who made it all happen were really like. Look closely at footage of the Apollo 11 astronauts boarding the van that took them out to the Saturn V rocket. One of them is carrying a brown paper bag, as well as the life support unit attached to his spacesuit. That’s Michael Collins, and in that bag is a trout nailed to a piece of wood.
responsible for getting the astronauts safely into the spacecraft at the top of the support tower. Guenter was a keen fisherman, well known for telling tall tales about the giant fish he caught. Mike’s response was the present of a rather pathetic looking trout: a ‘minnow’ as he describes it in his excellent autobiography, ‘Carrying the Fire’. I love this story. It tells us that the astronauts didn’t worry about the germs no doubt emanating from a rather smelly, uncured dead fish. That there was a sense of camaraderie between astronauts and ground crew. But most of all, they had time for a bit of fun, even in the face of enormous danger and stress we can only imagine. We can’t say for certain whether or when humans will return to the moon. Maybe we will, or perhaps it’ll be Mars next time. Whatever it is, I hope that we do it with as much focus, style, fun and unity as the men and women of Apollo.
The trout was a joke gift for Guenter Wendt, who was the ‘Pad Leader’
The crew were put in quarantine for 21 days due to fears of moon germs
MOON MEMORIES Eamonn, 62, remembers 20 July 1969… I remember how tense the landing was, watching Patrick Moore and the rest looking very worried. It seemed to me they were trying to land on the moon housed in a tent made out of tin foil! Me and my oldest brother stayed up to 4.00 am to watch the moonwalk a couple of hours later. He dozed off, so I had to wake him as Armstrong got out of the hatch. I think the older generation were more amazed than us kids, maybe because there was so much science fiction on TV at the time and we sort of expected it to happen. But looking back now, it was an amazing achievement to do it first time when you think that Apollo 12 was nearly aborted on launch and Apollo 13 nearly killed the crew.
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MORE THAN JUST A WORDS NATASHA SHIELS IMAGES CHRIS BRUDENELL Every week, at more than 1,400 locations worldwide, people gather for their Saturday morning ritual: running a parkrun. This running phenomenon, which started 15 years ago in London, has now spread to over 23 countries and involves men and women either running, walking, jogging, in wheelchairs, with a dog or pushing a buggy. Coupled with thousands of volunteers, and the children taking part in the growing number of 2k junior parkruns on Sundays, it’s easy to see why parkrun is a wonderful phenomenon. IN THE BEGINNING... On 4 October 2004, 13 runners ran a free, timed 5k in Bushy Park in southwest London, organised by Paul Sinton-Hewitt. Paul had benefited from free, timed runs organised by running clubs in Johannesburg, South Africa, when he lived there. Now, injured and unable to run – and between jobs, so with time on his hands – he wanted to give back to the running community, as well as to keep in touch with his running friends. 32 The Fens | July 2019
He decided to start a free, weekly, 5k time trial. Paul discussed the idea with some of his friends, particularly Jim Desmond and Duncan Gaskell, and they agreed to help. The first run was very low-key: times written down from a stopwatch and each runner writing their name and finish position on a clipboard in the back of Paul’s car. The results were sent out to all members of Ranelagh Harriers, the club to which Paul and most of the runners belonged. The event, named Bushy Park Time Trial (BPTT), grew by word of mouth. A year later there were 155 runners; by the second anniversary that had grown to 378. From very early, the event attracted not only fast club runners wanting to test themselves on the flat, measured 5k course as part of serious training towards 10ks and marathons, but also a much wider range of people, from beginners to older veterans. Unexpectedly, participants soon became very loyal – even addicted
– to the event and some, such as Darren Wood, turned up every week. Paul ran with his dog one day and other runners soon brought theirs as well, while busy parents even started pushing their babies or toddlers around in a buggy. EXPANDING In January 2007, Paul and the team started a second run five miles away at Wimbledon Common, with a third event, at Banstead Woods in Coulsdon, Surrey, soon following. By the end of 2008, BPTT had 10 ‘children’, as far south as Brighton, north to Leeds, Middlesbrough, Bramhall and Glasgow, and across to Cardiff. During this time the event names changed from ‘Time Trial’ to ‘parkrun’. The new name better captured the inclusive nature of the events, encouraging more and more people to participate. Growth continued, with people starting up more events either because they had visited a parkun and wanted one closer to home, or
they had got hooked, then moved house and missed their weekly parkrun. This is partly due to its set up parkrun's are free and inclusive of all. You don’t have to be an elite runner, but they do ask for you to remember your barcode! To take part, all that runners need to do is register online and bring their parkrun ID barcode (printed out) with them if they want to have their run registered and get their time. It’s really that simple. In return, they get – usually within hours of the run – their time, age grading, and whether or not they got a PB. Additionally, most events provide a weekly run report and often photographs of the runners, all available from the parkrun websites or Facebook pages. As if that wasn’t enough, runners completing 50, 100 and 250 parkruns get a free technical T-shirt (under-18s also get one for 10 runs). VOLUNTEERS One of the great things about parkrun is that each event is managed by local volunteers. This aspect is of course essential to parkruns remaining free. However, parkrun volunteering, as much as running, changes lives. Through parkrun, volunteers have learned to stand up and speak to dozens or hundreds of people; to write ‘Run Reports’; to take photographs of runners; and to organise events and manage volunteers. These experiences have helped people to discover new talents and to grow more selfconfident. Additionally, volunteering
has given people a chance to give something back to parkrun, to running or to their local community, and it has provided injured runners with something positive to do while they can’t run. And, as many volunteers have discovered, in parkrun volunteering you get back more than you put in, with lots of smiles and gasped thanks from runners. It’s hugely rewarding, including the pleasure of sharing with parkrunners each triumphant milestone: running the whole course for the first time; running PBs; reaching 50, 100 or 250 parkruns; running at 50 or 100 different events; and many more personal achievements. JUNIOR PARKRUN Just like the 5k events, the first 2k junior event was at Bushy Park. This was started by Paul Graham as a monthly event for four to 14 year olds in 2010, and now attracts hundreds of children (and accompanying parents) every month. Three other junior parkruns started over 20112013. Later in 2013 new weekly junior parkruns started up, with Ironman triathlon champion Chrissie Wellington spearheading the development of the weekly format. By 2014 there were 35 junior parkrun events across the UK. So if you haven’t tried a parkrun, what are you waiting for? There are lots of local parkruns in our area, including Wisbech, Whittlesey, March and Peterborough. So why not join the revolution this Saturday? More information can be found at www.parkrun.org.uk
LOCAL PARKRUNS Central Park Junior parkrun This free, weekly timed 2k parkrun is aimed at children between 4 and 14 and held at 9am every Sunday. Held at Central Park in Peterborough, it’s open and safe for all to take part in. Peterborough parkrun Held at the beuatiful Ferry Meadows, this 5k timed run starts at the cafe every Saturday morning at 9am. This is a great one to bring the family to, as they can play in the park or enjoy a hot drink while they cheer you back to the finish. Whittlesey parkrun The newest in the area, Whittlesey’s parkrun has grown from strength to strength. Held at The Manor Leisure Centre on Saturdays, starting at 9am, all abilities are welcome. March parkrun March’s parkrun is held on Saturdays at West End Park on City Road. These parkrunners are a friendly bunch and encourage you to have a post run coffee at The Royal Exchange Tea Parlour on Market Place. Wisbech Junior parkrun Launched last year, this 2k run is held every Sunday at 9am at Wisbech Park on Park Avenue. Remember under 11s must run alongside an adult. The Fens | July 2019
PET CORNER| KEEPING OUR PETS FREE OF PARASITES
Our pets can pick up fleas, worms and ticks in a variety of ways, from their environment (even from just sniffing, licking or rooting around in the dirt), from rodents, birds, slugs, snails and foxes, other animals faeces, other infected animals and from their mother when inside the womb or feeding from her. WORMS They are different species of worms that can infect our pets, roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms and whipworms. They live in our pets’ small intestine feeding on blood and ingested food. Healthy pets sometimes show no signs, but if they do you may see pot belly, excessive bottom cleaning, poor coat, vomiting and/or diarrhoea, weight loss, lack of energy or poor growth. Our pets will shed worm eggs into the environment if untreated, affecting other animals and our own health, especially pregnant women and children. FLEAS Are small (approx. 1/8 inch), wingless, fast moving insects with back legs designed for jumping, it is easier to find flea dirt (little black specks) in our pets coat. If you brush these black specks
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onto damp paper you will see a reddish circle appear around it. They are especially active in the summer and usually picked up by our pets from their environment. Fleas lay dormant in protective cocoons until the presence of an animal stimulates them to hatch. 95% of a flea population is in our homes not on our pets where the eggs, larvae and pupae are living waiting to develop into adult fleas. It is important to treat both the environment and your pet. Some of our pets can be especially sensitive to flea bites causing nasty irritations to their skin and for the very young anaemia. Fleas can also transmit viral and bacterial disease. TICKS Ticks lie await on the tips of long grass for when our pets pass through and then jump onto them and pierce through our pets’ skin with their mouthparts. They can be hard to see initially, but once they start feeding they can swell to the size of a coffee bean. They are not only uncomfortable for our pets, but can also transmit very serious diseases, Lyme disease and Babesiosis. If you find a tick on your pet do
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ON FALLING IN LOVE WITH THE FENS… WORDS David White, RSPB IMAGE Dave Rogers So, after almost 11 years working for the RSPB in the Fens, this is my last article as a member of staff in the area. I therefore I would dedicate this article to how I have fallen in love with the Fens over the last 10 years.
bumpy and narrow roads. However, a decade later, I am actually more used to driving around here than I would be driving around the busy roads of the Poole and Bournemouth conurbation nowadays!
I have probably mentioned in these articles before that I was born and bred in Dorset. I moved up to the Fens in October to work at RSPB Lakenheath Fen, initially on a sixmonth contract. I really didn’t expect to still be here almost 11 years later!
I have now well and truly fallen in love with the Fens, especially the wide-open skies and the wonderful wildlife. In fact, it has been wonderful to witness how certain species have flourished in the Fens during the last 10 years.
It was an interesting experience moving to the Fens initially, as it is very different to Dorset! Firstly, I was suddenly quite a long way from the sea. Secondly, there were suddenly very few hills. During my first week at the reserve, I was taken down to the far end of the reserve to a point where I could see Ely Cathedral with the naked eye, which is around 12 miles away as the crow flies. Talk about an open landscape!
Here at Lakenheath Fen, two pairs of cranes had been present since 2007 and in 2009, one of those pairs fledged one young on the reserve. This was the first crane chick to fledge in the Fens for over 400 years. At least one pair have nested on the reserve each year since and have produced young most years. There are now also several pairs nesting elsewhere in the Fens, which is an encouraging sign for the future.
The other major thing that I had to get used to were the roads. As I had recently passed my driving test when I moved up here, it took me quite a while to get used to the bendy,
As you may know, the reserve was created specifically as a new home for bitterns. These secretive members of the heron family also nested on the reserve for the first time in 2009.
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There were four “booming” males (males in breeding condition) and four successful nests. Since then, they have gone from strength to strength. In 2011, there were seven booming males and seven nests, which is the highest number of successful nests to date. There were at least 11 booming males on the reserve this year, which is the highest number of boomers that we have ever had. Talk about a success story! Although I am leaving the RSPB, I will still be living locally for the time being and I am planning to volunteer on the reserve while I can. You may therefore see me around from time to time or even read one of my articles. I hope you have enjoyed reading my articles as much as I have enjoyed writing them. All the best for the future and I hope that you all love the Fens as much as I now do!
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Exploring an ancient trail WORDS AND IMAGES AMY CORNEY
With hopefully a sunny summer on its way, what better way to spend the holidays than by exploring some of our lovely nature reserves that form part of the Fens? Having ticked a fair few of our list of ‘must visit reserves’ already, we headed to Brampton Wood to experience one of the oldest in Cambridgeshire. With Twiggy and Bow in tow we picked a bright warm day to explore this woodland wonder.
Swathes of frothy champagne coloured cow parsley line the pathway that leads you to the entrance of the nature reserve. In a pretty outbuilding there is lots of information and a map of the area, as well as leaflets which are available to take away. The wood is the second largest in Cambridgeshire and is at least 900 years old, with the first records dating back to the Domesday book of 1086AD. Originally created in the middle ages, the area has been used as a resource for timber, hay and as pasture for livestock. The wood has changed hands many times over the years, but after a successful campaign to save and conserve the area, the Wildlife Trust purchased the wood in 1992. The reserve covers 132 hectares and is a mix of woodlands, streams and grassy banks with over 3,400 recorded species living here. One of the leaflets we picked up was a guide to spotting butterflies, so perfect for encouraging little ones to take an interest in nature. Nightingales, Woodpeckers, Common frogs and Hazel dormice are all some of the creatures that live here and might also be possible to spot! Taking a right turn off the main path, we headed into the woods with our dogs on leads, which you are required to do until the end of July due to the low nesting birds that inhabit the reserve. This wood is home to trees that have survived for centuries; these gnarled architectural specimens tower above, creating a dramatic atmosphere. 38 The Fens | July 2019
THIS MONTH’S BOOK REVIEW To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Published by Arrow; The 50th Anniversary edition (2010) Ferns and grasses cover the forest floor and every aspect of the wood was green, verdant and brimming with life. A symphony of birds sang above our heads and despite the reserve’s proximity to the A1, the wood is incredibly peaceful and calm. Following the trail through the trees we came out onto the cross ride. This wide path passes through flora filled grassy meadow banks. Here we were delighted to spot tiny white and lilac flowers poking their heads out through the long grass. On closer inspection, we realised these pretty blooms were common spotted orchids, the first time we have spotted them in the wild! Walking through the grasslands we lost count of the butterflies that were enjoying the sunshine, and heading back along the main path, we spotted a family building a den amongst the trees. With a forest made up of oak, ash, birch, hazel and maple trees, the landscape is incredibly diverse with a plethora of rich foliage and wildflowers, definitely one of the prettiest woods we have visited so far. If you are seeking refreshments after your walk, then Brampton village is home to several pubs including The Hare on the Green, as well as The Willows Tea room. We will return to this wonderful wood once the nesting season is over and allow ourselves and our dogs the chance to explore even more of this ancient place. Other local reserves to explore this summer.. Best for picnics Ferry Meadows & Hemingford Meadows Best for little adventurers Hinchingbrooke County Park & Wicken Fen Best for fauna and flora - Woodwalton Fen Best for a ramble & pub lunch Holme Fen & The Admiral Wells Best for bird watching Fen Drayton & Welney Wetland Centre
THE STATS Distance: 1.5 miles/ 2.4km Terrain: Grass, meadows, forest Time: 2hrs Cost: £5 each entry fee to gardens, house tours can be booked in advance. Information: wwwwildlifebcn.org
‘Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.’ It’s a long time since I read a classic and having read a lot of contemporary books of late, I decided I’d like to add a few more classics to my repertoire. Books I’ve promised myself I’d read but have never got round to. This month I chose Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird. An instant success when it was first released in 1960, widely read in schools and a Pulitzer Prize winner, it has become a classic of modern American literature. Therefore, it’s safe to say my expectations were high… I’m relieved to say I wasn’t disappointed. Set in the sleepy fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the Great Depression of 1930s America, this story centres on the trial of Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman. Narrated in the first person by “Scout” real name Jean Louise Finch, across three years of her life, beginning at age six, the story’s main protagonist looks back in retrospect an unspecified number of years after the events of the novel have taken place. Scout, who also has an older brother, Jeremy “Jem” (a constant playmate and companion), is the daughter of one the town’s well-respected lawyers and hero of this story, Atticus Finch, also defence lawyer for the accused Tom Robinson. Atticus, a widower with a droll sense of humour, has instilled in his children his strong sense of ethics and justice. He is one of the few residents of Maycomb committed to racial equality and when he agrees to defend Tom Robinson, he exposes himself and his family to the anger and prejudices of the white community. However, with his strongly held beliefs, wisdom and compassion, Atticus serves as the novel’s moral backbone. Our verdict… Beautifully descriptive, with a court scene that evokes all the senses, this is a humorous, nostalgic, innocent, and, as the novel progresses, increasingly dark and foreboding critique of society, including the era it was written in (there was a lot of civil unrest in America during the 1960s) and the time it was set in. To Kill A Mockingbird was a story of its time, however, it was also, in my humble opinion, a story ahead of its time… one that resonates as much now as it did sixty years ago. By Eva Jordan The Fens | July 2019
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Yesterday my wife mountain. The websites wondered out loud, said that the climb should ‘maybe we should take between 4 and 6 start the Couch to 5k hours to complete and challenge’. I wasn’t sure the descent would be a how to respond. Over lot quicker. No problem, the last year or so more I’d done it before so why and more of my friends not now. have been taking up the It started well. We all felt challenge. They’ve been fresh and ready for the telling me how good walk. There was a bounce it is and how quickly in our steps and I almost or slowly they’ve been felt like I was jumping progressing. However, I’d from one rock to the next. never really considered it However, it didn’t last. The was for me. higher we got, the harder Why not? I guess if you it became. Paul Kosciecha, pushed me, I’d probably About half way up, the Whittlesey Baptist Church say I didn’t need to path begins to zigzag exercise any more than up the rocky side of the I already do – at least that’s what I mountain and the incline steepens. try to tell myself. I look back on an My two teenage sons didn’t seem to active childhood, walking and cycling notice and just kept going. I, on the everywhere. I was fairly fit as a teenager other hand, slowed down to a snail’s and find it hard to think it’s any different pace, concentrating on just putting now. one foot in front of the other. If it Last year that myth exploded. We wasn’t for a sheer determination not went on holiday to Scotland with the to be beaten by my kids, I don’t think I plan to climb Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest would have made it.
So, maybe I could do with a bit more exercise. Too many hours sitting behind a desk means it would be a good thing to be a bit more active. Couch to 5k? Maybe. I’m thinking about it. Did you know that the NHS and fitness groups are not the only ones who tell us that physical exercise is good? The Bible does too. Yet, at the same time it also says that there is a kind of exercise that’s even more important. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 1 Timothy 4:8 (NIV) I always find that verse a challenge. I can be concerned about my physical fitness, but am I also concerned about my spiritual fitness? I might think about taking on physical exercise, but am I concerned about spiritual exercise? These are questions that are worth asking. If you want to get in contact to talk about God or what the Bible has to say you can contact us at the church or through our website at www.whittleseybaptist.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To celebrate our 250th Anniversary we’d love to welcome back to the church premises for a re-union meal anyone who has previously been part of Whittlesey Baptist Church events & groups. So if you ever attended one of the many weekly clubs, Seedlings, Sunday School or even the Holiday Bible Club, then you’d be very welcome.
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The occasion will also afford you the opportunity to see the church premises following the recent renovations as well as to view the pop-up museum covering the last 250 years of the church. 44 The Fens | July 2019
OFFICE ISSUES When I look back at previous articles I’ve written, I notice some common themes. I write about running and fitness quite a lot, but almost equal to that seems to be articles involving bathroom habits. What that says about me is for a high paid therapist to one day discover, but this month is no exception as something I’ve found quite irksome recently is the ‘crackdown’ on men using the toilet at work. I work in a predominately female office. Other than myself there is one other male present on a regular basis and another that comes and goes as he pleases. Most days we survive without incident. A week last Tuesday was not one of these days as that day is now what I am referring to as ‘Toilet Seat Gate’. Allow me to set the scene. Just off the main office there is a singular small room the size of an ‘under the stairs’ cupboard and in there is the toilet that around 10 people use. 8 women and 2 men. During peace time, we all use this at intervals without incident. However, a week last Tuesday, war was declared on all male users via a snooty email and followed up with angry faces, and I’m sure you can see what’s coming here. It was accused that male members of staff weren’t ‘aiming’ quite as well as they perhaps should. Truth be told, I was disappointed that I didn’t see this reprimand coming earlier. Just the week before I suggested that an unfortunately placed bin was rather in the ‘splash zone’ as it sat right next to the toilet bowl. This brought about many angry sentences mostly involving the phrase, ‘can’t you aim properly’. This is an interesting question, as to be honest, yes, I can. But as I pointed out, it’s not exactly a precision tool and occasionally, when water hits water, it creates ‘splashback’ and the ‘splashback’ will vary massively depending on velocity. My female colleagues did not appreciate me applying scientific logic to the situation. They huffed and walked away. I carefully moved the bin. A week last Tuesday though, we had the ‘why can’t you put the toilet seat down’ coupled with the classic threat of having certain parts of our anatomy chopped off if we persisted to ‘wee’ on the toilet rim. I can assure you now, neither my colleague nor I ‘wee’ on any part of the toilet and as I pointed out to several angry looking women brandishing various sharp objects, the water on the toilet rim actually comes from the violent flush of the toilet. What followed was lots of shaking heads and muttering. Joe Clarke-Ferridge is an occasional writer and I feel like this is the story of my life really. I’ve been framed by a toilet. Find me @LifeofanOrdina1
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ORLANDO INTERIOR DESIGN Simon Black is the owner of two local Whittlesey businesses Orlando Interior Design and the recently opened Orlando Haberdashery. We chatted to Simon to find out the history of his business and what plans he has for
WORDS AMY CORNEY IMAGES CHRIS BRUDENELL HOW LONG HAS THE BUSINESS BEEN RUNNING? We opened the Design studio at 2 Broad Street at the start of July 2017 but I have been working as an interior designer for 30 years now. After working for various studios in London and for clients around the world, I moved to Whittlesey to take over the Falcon Hotel back in 2003, and from there we bought the Sibson Inn. After the hotels, I turned my attention back to design and worked for private clients from my home in Barrs Street. I felt that opening the first studio here in Whittlesey gave people the opportunity to see what it is that I do. WHO MAKES UP YOUR TEAM? So, there is me, and I tend to oversee the fundamentals of composing Interior Design schemes for our clients and then there is Donna and Claudia. Donna has spent much of her life working with fabrics she has an obsession with 50s retro clothing and is a real wiz on a machine - this was a departure for Donna, as I like our work to be completed by hand - a challenge she has met with as much gusto as she appears to with everything in her life. Claudia, having achieved two distinctions in her Master of Arts for Textile Design, decided that she would like to apply her skills and passion for textiles in the Interior Design field. Her flair and knowledge is obvious, as is her
individual style. WHAT MADE YOU OPEN A SECOND SHOP? We found that with Donna, Claudia and myself in the first shop, we ran out of room and were tripping over each other - when the shop across the road became available, we jumped at it. We took the opportunity to move Donna over to the second shop and open a small haberdashery alongside the soft furnishing workroom, allowing us some more space to create a more productive studio environment at 2 Broad Street. The haberdashery is the workroom for Orlando Interior Design, and a treasure trove for anyone interested in crafting their own designs. HOW DO YOU STAND OUT? As an independent retailer, we have the unique opportunity to offer a bespoke, personal experience in our design studio. We have suppliers from all over the world, many of which you would be hard pressed to find on a more commercial High Street. Unlike many interior design
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businesses, we are able to provide an end-to-end service that is tailored specifically to the needs of our client. We have undertaken draughting architectural plans for new builds, revisiting existing properties to achieve their maximum potential, redecorating and refurnishing by utilising existing key pieces of furniture, or simply supplying a roman blind or pair of curtains as the need arises. Your home is very important to us and we want it to make you to feel the very best it can. We also work on commercial properties, no detail is overlooked, and there is no restriction on the scale of the projects we take on, or who we design for. The time invested into forging relationships with suppliers across the globe sets us apart from the High Street retailers. There is a certain emotional commitment involved in redesigning a home, which is something we are very sensitive to at Orlando Interior Design. As a concept blooms into a mood or a scheme, we work closely with the client at each stage of the journey to help create a space that is loved.
WHAT DO YOU SELL THAT WE MAY NOT REALISE? Aside from vast range of interior fabrics, soft furnishings and the home accessories that adorn our window, we have a wide-ranging library of other products available behind the scenes. Over the years, we have built a strong relationship with suppliers and craftsmen across the country, as well as internationally, enabling us to offer the highest quality services. We supply high-end tiles, bespoke flooring, plantation shutters, lighting and furniture, to name just a few. If a full design service is out of reach, we also offer a convenient e-design package that allows our clients to specify their personal taste and what they’d like to achieve, so that we can provide a tailored, digital design concept, without the need for a consultation or home visit! WHAT FUTURE PLANS DO YOU HAVE? We are so looking forward to completing and opening The Old Monastery in Market Street so that we can showcase what it is that we can do. It is such an exciting venture, as it harnesses not only the international design that we are known for, but also incorporates a healthy living menu from the proposed vegetarian / vegan refectory, which I think shall be a great alternative to the wonderful selection of eateries we already have. Apart from the work we have right here and in the immediate surrounding areas, we have worked in London, Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Stamford, Northampton, Birmingham and Wiltshire, and we hope to continue to work with these and new clients in these areas. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP TIPS FOR REDECORATING? This is always a fun question. I think we all look at images in magazines or on Pinterest and think we would love to have a room like the one in the picture. The reality is that we are all different, not all of us are tidy, not all of us have nice things to have on display. When looking at your own home, I think the most important thing is to consider who you are and how you want to live think of the colours that make you feel happy, these are often the colours that we choose to wear - from there, consider if you are a social person, do you like to entertain, do you have lots of children or pets - there is no point having a white carpet if you have dogs! WHAT INTERIOR TRENDS WILL BE BIG FOR SUMMER? Wow - this is a big one! Coral, Teal, Aztec patterns, patterns on patterns, colour on colour - again, whilst it may be the trend and looks great in a bar, restaurant or club, it doesn’t mean that ‘you’ can live with it. Take the trends & dilute them to suit you - or if you are really bold, bring it on! WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT YOUR WORK? Every day is different! We meet so many varied and interesting people and often we have to ensure that both partners are comfortable and excited about what we are proposing - sometimes the enjoyment comes from a completely different angle, some clients are so inspiring, they‘re a joy to work with. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT? Seeing tears of joy on the face of our client as she walked down the stairs to see her living room when we finished installing. WHAT IS YOUR MOST POPULAR PRODUCT? Our hand-finished soft furnishings have to take that prize. We are very particular in the way we cut and sew, form headings and even in the way we wrap and pack - it makes hanging them a dream.
OUTSIDE OF WORK WHAT CAN WE FIND YOU DOING? Yoga, dogs and wine! I teach yoga here in Whittlesey - just four classes a week now, but I enjoy teaching my students, I laugh and I find it helps balance me. I am often out walking the dogs - Rosie, Theodore and Maybelline they can help brighten a most trying day. And wine - that most universal medicine, especially when mixed with good lively company and a dry sense of humour!! Orlando Interior Design can be found on 2 Broad Street, Whittlesey PE7 1HA. The newly opened Haberdashery is situated across the road. You can get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01733 200800 or visit orlandointeriordesign. co.uk - or better yet, pop in and see how the friendly team can help refresh your home. The Fens | July 2019
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Will be held in Grosvenor House from 09:30 to 10:30 on the first Saturday of every month throughout 2019. Saturday July 6th Councillors present will be: Councillor Chris Boden (County, District, and Town Councillor) Councillor Gary Munns (Town Councillor) If you have any matters of concern and wish to discuss with a Councillor, then please come along and let us know.
EASTREA CENTRE FAMILY FUN DAY Saturday 6th July, 12 - 4pm
Free entertainment for the whole family, live music, stalls and BBQ and bar. All invited at The Eastrea Centre, 2 Roman Gardens PE7 2DF
FMCA ANNUAL BANDSTAND CONCERT Saunday 7th July, 2pm - 4pm
The Fenland Music Centre Association are pleased to announce, that it’s Concert Band and Recorder Ensemble will be appearing at this year’s annual series of Bandstnd Concerts in West End Park, March, on Sunday 7th July between 2 and 4pm. A wide range of music popular is expected, along with a few surprise pieces thrown in for good measure! The FMCA meets every Friday evening during school term to practice at March Community Centre, between 6pm and 9pm. New members are always welcome. For further details log-on to www.fenlandmusicccentre. org.uk
COATES PRIMARY SUMMER FAIR Friday 12th July, 3:15pm - 5:15pm
There will be lots of fun to be had at Coates Primary School fete, including a bouncy castle, vintage games,
Painting group, Eastrea Centre every Tues 1pm - 4pm all are welcome, for details contact Sue on 01733 205241 Jim’s Bingo, Tues and Thurs. Doors open at 7pm. Eyes down at 7.30pm at the rear of the Conservative Club. Whittlesea Society meet on the second Monday of each month at 48 The Fens | July 2019
face painting and much more. Wristbands are £6 each for unlimited fun, or £5 each when purchasing two or more. On the day they will be £7
NEW ROAD SUMMER FETE Saturday 13th July, 11am - 2pm Join in the fun at New Road Primary School on New Road, Whittlesey. All welcome
RAMSEY CRICKET CLUB FAMILY FUN DAY Saturday 13th July, 11am - 4pm
Open to everyone, come and see what Ramsey Cricket Club has to offer. Entry is free and there will be plenty to see including a DJ, raffle, BBQ, Zorbs, sweets plus cricket! Find out more by searching @ ramseycricketclub on Facebook
WHITTLESEY SUMMER MUSIC CONCERT FEATURING WHITTLESEY CONCERT BAND Sunday 14th July, 7pm for a 7:30pm start
Conducted by Kevin Mackie, this indoor concert will be held at Whittlesey Indoor Bowls Club, 194/198 Station Road, Whittlesey. There is a licenced bar and you are welcome to bring a picnic. Tickets are £5pp and available from Parkers Newsagents or Don McCarthy on 07981 022040
250TH ANNIVERSARY FUN DAY AT WHITTLESEY BAPTIST CHURCH Saturday 20th July, 11am to 3pm
Entrance, activities (including bouncy castle and traditional fete games) and the museum are all free, yes FREE!. There will be something for all ages to enter in to and prizes to be won! So come along and join in.
7.30pm in the Town Hall Whittlesey Mud Walls Group Meet upstairs at the Whittlesey Museum on the first Wed of the month at 10:30am Just for Kicks Rock n Roll Club Record Hop. Every Monday. Yaxley British Legion. 07718 511640 TAI CHI & SABRE Eastrea Village Hall Every Thurs evening. 7.30pm - 9pm Contact Jan or Jeff on 07842 090506 Fenland Music Centre Association Orchestras, Bands and Ensembles.
For those who like less active pursuits, the pop-up museum of the 250 years history of Whittlesey Baptist Church will also be available to browse and enjoy through the day. As well as to view the winning entries made to the Children’s drawing and poetry competition. For more details see www. whittleseybaptist.org.uk/event/fun-day/
THE HERMITAGE ANNUAL FETE/CARBOOT SALE Saturday 20th July at 1pm
Don’t miss The Hermitage’s annual Fete and Carboot sale held in Falcon Lane, Whittlesey. Admission is just 20p and there will be plenty of stalls, refreshments and plenty more. All funds to the residents’ comfort fund
MUSIC ON THE SQUARE Sunday 21st July at 2pm
Market Square Events (supported by Whittlesey Town Council and Boon Brothers) brings another afternoon of live music, this time from Dale Diamond and the High Rollers
ALIWAL MANOR FETE Saturday 27th July, from 1:30pm
Aliwal Manor, Turners Lane, Whittlesey would like to invite you all to our Summer Fete to be held on Saturday, 27th July 2019 from 1.30pm. Please join us for a full afternoon of fun and entertainment with a BBQ, raffle, stalls and musical entertainment provided by Pip and Luke.
WHITTLESEY MOTORCYCLE CLUB PRESENT THEIR SHOW ON THE GREEN Sunday 28th July, 11am - 4pm
Classic and modern bikes on display, teas and coffees, trade stands and much more. Free admission. Held outside The Vine Pub, Coates, Whittlesey PE7 2BJ
U3A UPDATE FOR 2019 Open to all ages and abilities. Meets every Friday during Term time 6pm - 9pm, March Community Centre. Just come along or visit www. fenlandmusiccentre.org.uk Music Makers Whittlesey meet on the first Thursday of every month. A singing group for older people. Persons with memory challenges very welcome. Venue: The Wesley Room, Queen Street Church, Whittlesey at 2:30pm. £1 per person, includes
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Whittlesey U3A Open Meetings take place at Childers, Station Road, on the third Thursday of each month at 2pm. If you are no longer working full time and wish to make new friends, this is the place to start. Details of speakers and entertainment are now confirmed for the rest of this year: July 18th: Whittlesey Museum August 15th: Entertainment by Fool’s Gold September 19th: A talk by Dr Peter Hau on ‘A Day in the Life of a Forensic Scientist’ October 17th: Hunts Cyclists with Martyn Smith November 21st: WW1 with Gordon Thorpe December 19th: Christmas Party and Abba Tribute Band In addition to our speakers and entertainment, we are now planning to have Interest Group leaders available at Open Meetings to answer questions and discuss their group’s activities. Please feel free to approach them if you would like to join an existing group or put forward ideas for new groups. Just turn up on the day or contact Wendy Fletcher, Publicity Officer, at email@example.com
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h t i w s b i r t c e f r Pe w a l s e l o c e r o c hard A GREAT DISH FOR RUB FANS
FOR THE RIBS
• 2kg of pork ribs, cut into individual bones
STEP ONE THE RIBS
1. To make the perfect ribs is a long process, but I promise the results are worth it. Firstly, take all your brine ingredients and bring to the boil, preferably in a pan that will later accommodate your ribs as well. Allow it to cool. Once cool, submerge the ribs in the brine and weigh down slightly so they are all under the surface (a plate is good). Leave in the fridge overnight.
• 3.5ltrs Water • 1ltr Apple juice • 1kg White sugar • 50g Ground cinnamon • 50g Black peppercorns • 10g Whole cloves • 250g Salt • 5 Bay leaves
• 100g Smoked paprika • 100g Dark brown sugar • 100g Garlic powder • 100g Sea salt • 100g Course ground black pepper
2. The next day remove from the brine and dry with kitchen towel. Rub the dry rub over the ribs and place on a baking tray. Cover firstly with baking parchment, then with kitchen foil. Bake at 85oC for 8 hours or overnight (see the twist for other options). Allow ribs to cool before reheating on the BBQ for 5-10 minutes.
• 1 Bulb fennel • ¼ Small celeriac, peeled • ¼ Small red cabbage • ¼ Small white cabbage • 1 Beetroot, peeled • 1 Spanish onion • 2 Large carrots, peeled • 1 tbsp Fennel seeds, toasted • 2 tbsp Flaky sea salt • 1 Lemon, zest only • 1 tsp Chopped fresh dill • 1 tbsp Chopped chervil • 1 tbsp Chopped fresh flatleaf parsley • 300g Jar of mayonnaise • 35g English mustard • 1 Lemon, juice only • 1 tbsp Salted anchovies • 2 tsp Caster sugar • 35g Horseradish salt • Cayenne pepper, to taste
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Chef's Twist The brine can be used again so why not brine some chicken (whole, breasts or joints will work and only need a couple of hours in there to feel the benefit). The rub is good for other meats as well; how about rubbing it over a whole striploin of beef before BBQing? If you want to experiment with different textures or are just in a rush, try cooking the ribs at 135oC for 4.5 hours or even 200oC for 1 hour. The coleslaw is great in a sandwich with chicken or cheese!
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