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Welcome to the April issue of the Yaxley Gazette. This issue has been a particularly busy one as I had just returned from my honeymoon on deadline day! Yes, I have got married, and I am now Justine Widdall. We enjoyed a fabulous wedding day and it even involved my two boys, the four legged kind, which was a complete surprise to me! A big ‘thank you’ to Sally Howell who looked after the magazine while I was away. I can’t recommend Busy Bee Admin more highly. Don’t forget to check out the Yaxley Gazette Facebook group, it has lots of news that happens in the area and is a great way to discuss local topics. Our community is really thriving and it’s great to be a part of it, but please remember to support local businesses and shops. Always let us know if you are investing in the local area, it would be great to hear your story.

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Rinks open for play Despite all of the bad weather, the green has held up well and with spring finally here, we can get back out on the bowls rinks once again.


Can you help? Janice Osborn, Commissioner, Girlguiding Yaxley District

1st Yaxley Brownies needs a leader or two to enable the group to stay open after September. Due to many different reasons the existing team of leaders are leaving or taking a break and if the unit is to continue providing Guiding activities to its members,18 girls between 7 and 10 years, then we need some more leaders to run the group. An experienced Brownie leader would be ideal; I am sure there are some out there who would be ready to take on this position. A trained leader with another age group would be fine as conversion training is provided. Even if you have no Guiding/ leading experience I like to hear from you as Unit helpers or Leaders in Training are always needed, not just with this unit but all over the area. You would offer an hour and a half a week, with training in Safeguarding and First Aid being compulsory at the outset and a DBS check will be carried out by Girlguiding. Unit leaders also need to plan activities and attend the occasional area meeting. Someone who could take on the paperwork/accounts would also be very welcome; liaison with the leaders would be required but not necessarily helping at meetings. Training is provided. All positions are open to anyone over 18. 1st Yaxley Brownies currently meet at the Scout and Guide HQ building in Yaxley on a Monday night at 6.30 till 8pm (but this could be changed!) E: T: 01487831451 Register your interest

The ‘Green’ will be open for play on Friday 13 April, and we can’t wait! New members are always welcome, so come along for a ‘rollup’ on a Saturday morning, just to see if you like it or not. If you liked the curling at the Winter Olympics, you’ll probably enjoy bowls. This year we will be fielding three teams in the Peterborough and District Midweek League, (the Yaxley Kites, Yaxley Falcons and Yaxley Eagles), two teams in the Weekend League (the Yaxley Sharks and Yaxley Seals), and two teams in the Club 60 League, (the Yaxley Spitfires and the Yaxley Hurricanes), along with a friendly side that plays games across the county. Our members compete for various trophies that are awarded at our Annual Presentation Night, which this year was held on very snowy Friday 2 March at the Farmers Carvery. We all had a very enjoyable evening, with the prizes being presented by Hazel, the wife of this year’s President, Ray Bass.

Les Sharp, pictured above receiving a cup, from Hazel Bass, was the stand out player of the year and won three trophies, including the coveted men’s 4-wood singles. Les will go on to represent the club in the ‘Champion of Champions’ this year, playing against other club winners.

Notable upcoming events: Saturday 21 April Presidents v Captains game Sunday 27 May Goodwin Cup Members are reminded that subscription will soon be due.

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You are no doubt reading this in April. I am however writing to you from a cold and snowy March, deep in the grips of the ‘Beast from the East’. I’m sure by now, future you has forgotten all about it, enjoying as you are a warm, balmy spring/ delightful April shower/post-apocalyptic nuclear winter.

Even so, I think it’s worth considering that climate change might not actually be one of those things that, if we all look the other way, possibly happens to someone else. This could become a regular occurrence. Year in year out we could be dealing with frozen-up boilers, frantic warnings to stay indoors and the sheer desperate panic of shops selling out bread. Whilst it’s fresh in my mind, I’ve decided to put together some actions that we can all work on before next winter to avoid a similar frosty experience… • Firstly, let’s learn the lessons of other countries that regularly have snow and don’t grind to a shuddering halt – they don’t use piddly little gritters, they use snow ploughs. I don’t think its beyond the scope of imagination that we could all chip in for a plough and some industrial strength gloves, and the council could fit it to the front of one of their ride-on lawnmowers. Hey presto the roads are clear, we’re not wading ankle deep through sludge and we can all carry on with our lives!

• Buy a bread maker. Everyone panics at the sight of a single flake and immediately begins stockpiling loaves of bread like they’re preparing for a duck uprising. Suddenly there’s no more bread in the shops, and we all resort to sitting on the kitchen floor weeping, clumsily dabbing the block of cheese into pickle smeared on the front of the cabinets. Stick it to Mr Hovis and bake your own bread, and avoid next year’s panic buying session. • Don’t go jogging in the snow. I saw you – you’re just doing it for attention, don’t pretend you’re not. • Don’t drive like an idiot. Obviously the roads will be clear now thanks to the lawnmower snow plough, however, if we could all just calm down a bit and be sensible, maybe we can make it through a couple of frosty weeks without people limply bashing their cars into each other. Trust me – take my advice now and next years’ snow-pocalypse will be a walk in the park. Although it probably won’t snow next year and we’ll all have forgotten about it by then anyway.

Beer Festival

Ramsey Golf and Bowls Club will be holding its fourth annual beer festival over the May bank holiday weekend. There is free golf and bowls available all weekend. A local singer on Friday evening (Graham Buxton), Upwood Ukelels on Saturday and Children of the Revolution on Sunday from 3pm. For more information: 01487 812012

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Yaxley WI In February we welcomed back Chelsea Pensioner Madge Coles (one of only 15 women amongst 650 men as it is only fairly recently that women have been admitted). Madge gave such an interesting talk last year we wanted to hear more. Madge did not disappoint with her fascinating tales of life as a Chelsea Pensioner and the opportunities to take part in events such as Remembrance Day, not to mention free entrance to Chelsea Flower Show and Chelsea Football Club. Although Madge enjoys the life she said that it doesn't suit everyone and that after a trial run some people don't stay on, however I think some of us were quite envious of her! We had a completely different meeting in March when Robin Wilson and three colleagues performed a radio play that he had written with a surprise ending. They all worked really hard to entertain us and provided lots of laughs! Our next meeting is at 7.30pm (doors open 7pm) on Thursday 12 April in the upstairs room (stairlift available) at The Lancaster Club, Main St, Yaxley when our speaker will be Sue Stephenson talking of her memories of the Swinging Sixties. Visitors very welcome.

Time for Tea Memory Café Join us for conversation, entertainment,activities and refreshments every month! Held on the first Thursday of the month 10.30am -12pm at The Royal British Legion, 210 Broadway, Yaxley, PE7 3NR, this group welcomes people with memory loss along with their carers and/or family and friends in a safe and supportive environment. You can meet other similar people and find out about useful resources in your community. There’s no need to book, just turn up. Everyone will receive a warm welcome! Please call Susan Bate (Care Network Cambridgeshire) 01480 423085 E:

Yaxley Flower Club This year's programme starts with the following demonstrators and a practical evening which promises to be entertaining. 19 April Daphne Grant: A Planting we will Go 17 May Practical Night 21 June Timothy Green: Wedding Bells 19 July Tim Meakin: Having Fun with Flowers The Club meets at 7.30pm on the third Thursday of the month (except Aug and Dec) at The Royal British Legion, Broadway, Yaxley. Visitors and new members welcome.

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Please be assured that we will not share your contact details or personal information with any third parties If you do not wish to be contacted by SMS/email please let us know and we will update your record accordingly. This again can be done online or in writing. Remember you can change your mind regarding this at any time and as many times as you like.

Due to the changes to the Data Protection Act, we will no longer be able to send you text messages or emails without your written consent from May 2018. You can do this in the following ways: • Electronically via SystmOnline by Allowing SMS notifications under the Change Contact Details option (if you would like an account for SystmOnline, please contact reception) • In writing giving your consent, outlining your name, address, date of birth and your signature. • Using SMS text messages/email is a very quick efficient and environmentally friendly way for us to contact patients regarding important reminders about upcoming appointments, clinic dates and other health related information. It is also very important that we have your up to date contact information.

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yberbullying continues to be one of the biggest challenges facing young people online, with one in five young people experiencing it. Cyberbullying has all the hallmarks of playground-type bullying, but doesn’t stop at the school gates – it follows young people home as they use phones, tablets and computer games. And it can have a devastating impact, sometimes causing those subjected to it to experience social anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, self-harm and eating disorders. So, it’s important to take a young person seriously if they tell you they

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Yaxley Public Hall soon to be 100 Yaxley Public Hall will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2021. The hall opened as a memorial to the Yaxley boys who lost their lives in the First World War. It was built by volunteer labourers and farmers who sent their men with a horse and cart to collect the bricks from the Norman Cross brickyard. The hall was formerly an officers’ mess which was found on Main Street. In the 1950s a brick extension was added, providing a large upstairs room which could be used for meetings or family parties and gatherings. The hall has, during its time, seen different user groups come and go. It has enabled many and varied services and pastimes to be offered to the people of Yaxley and surrounding villages, depending on the preferred activities of the time. In the 40s and 50s tea dances and whist drives were the order of the day. More recently, martial arts, table tennis, dog training, drama groups for both adults and children, war games, band practice, jumble sales, fêtes, quizzes and much more. Currently there are three main user groups; Yaxley Amateur Players, Yaxley Table Tennis Club and the Norman Cross Crusaders. There are also various bands who hire the hall to practise and occasional parties are held here. The hall is a registered charity, given over by the militaryvto the people of Yaxley to meet and pursue activities which benefit the community. We are determined that this should continue. The population of Yaxley is set to rise in the next few years. The Public Hall has enormous

potential to provide a fantastic space to help meet the needs of this growing community. We want to ensure that this legacy of those who lost their lives continues to serve the people by providing them with an accessible and suitable community hall. To this end we have set up a fundraising committee to refurbish the hall and ensure that it can continue to provide a quality venue. Our first target is the refurbishment of the toilets, for which we aim to raise £5,000. We are asking for help to regenerate Yaxley Public Hall and ensure its lasting legacy as one of Yaxley’s older monuments!

How can you help? • Visit us on Facebook to support and donate. • Have a stall at the Summer Fayre on 2 June. • Join us for bingo on Fridays. First date is Friday 27 April at 7pm at Yaxley Public Hall. Refreshments available but bring your own alcohol. • Volunteer to be a trustee • Volunteer to help with the refurbishment.

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Calling all budding gardeners ... Are you are keen to learn about the joys of allotments? We would also like to hear from allotment holders willing to pass on their knowledge to others in our community. Yaxley Parish, Huntingdonshire District and Cambridgeshire County Council and Care Network are working together to provide an allotment for the community off Broad Drove. Within this allotment we are providing a section with stable paths and raised beds for our less mobile residents and other sections for Yaxley people to learn while enjoying the fruits of their labours. We already have local businesses interested in assisting this project with grants or supplying tools, seeds etc. Schools have also shown an interest in working on this project including their request for a strawberry bed. The community allotment is about different parts of our community coming together, young and old, able and less able bodied and people willing to learn with others wishing to pass on their extensive knowledge. If you are interested in joining this scheme in any way, would like further information or are willing to take a lead with this project please contact Paul Richardson 01733 705828 or 07547 918317 or email (yaxleycommunityallotment@

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St Peter’s Church

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God’s holy spirit was to ‘embiggen’ us

Peterborough Night Shelter

Many of you will know that I am a big fan of The Simpsons. Well, the other day I read that a word made up by the writers in 1996 has entered the American dictionary.

The Night Shelter ended on 11 March and was, once again, a wonderful rewarding time. The seven Churches involved around the City welcomed the ladies and gentlemen , who through various problems in their lives, have ended up living on the streets of Peterborough.

The word is ‘embiggen’ and means to make bigger! It’s used in the motto of Springfield, the town where the Simpsons live. The motto is “A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man”. We’ve just commemorated Jesus’ death and celebrated his resurrection at the first Easter. Just before he died, Jesus told his friends that it was in their best interests that he returned to heaven. That was because when Jesus returned to heaven God sent the Holy Spirit to the disciples and all who believe in Jesus. Why? In order to ‘embiggen’ them and us. One of the many great privileges of believing and trusting in Jesus is that we are embiggened by God’s Holy Spirit. To re-state the Springfield motto: “The Holy Spirit embiggens the smallest person”. However small we might feel we are able to act powerfully when we are filled with God’s Holy Spirit. If you would like to find out more about the God who both loves us and embiggens us, you would be very welcome to attend the Alpha course which starts at St Peter’s this month. Alpha is an opportunity for you to ask your questions and to explore the basics of the Christian faith. The weekly course is free and starts at 7.30pm on Thursday April 12. If you would like more details please contact me or visit our website at You might have read (page 5 of March’s Gazette) that Rev John Harper is running this month’s London Marathon in order to raise funds for Christian Aid. Details of how to sponsor John are in that Gazette article. We pray that God would embiggen John and everyone else running the marathon to raise funds for charities. Vicar: Jon Randall T: 07939 449255 E: For details of our services please visit

There was extra provision during the days when we were all sheltered from the icy, snowy conditions in our warm houses, not able to go to school or college or struggling into work. St Marks Church in partnership with the City Council opened a temporary day time centre. Providing food, warmth, companionship, games, papers and advice. In the less snowy days many of these guests helped out at the Olive Branch Community Garden in Dogsthorpe. Their days were less lonely and passed more quickly than they would out on the streets. There were successes with people finding work, being offered and accepting accommodation and a couple of people having medical help that they desperately needed. Watching their spirits lift and hearing how they have been assisted in moving to a more positive life in some way is reward enough for giving just a little time.

Coffee Mornings

Our coffee mornings are becoming so popular that we are having to make more cakes to meet the demand. It is lovely to see our regulars and new people coming along and enjoying tea, cakes, scones and companionship. With ladies from Farcet joining us and a rush on the cheese scones don't miss out, why not come along on the second Saturday morning every month. Our Sunday Service and Junior Church start at 10.30 every week. Everyone is welcome to come and join us. Coffee Morning is on the 14 April starting at 10am. Come and join us for friendship and companionship and, of course, delicious cakes. Reverend Gareth Baron T: 01733 314147 E:

April events


Easter at Yaxley Library!

Book & Biscuit

Come along to Yaxley Library in the Easter Half term and collect a craft box for just £1.00 from Saturday 17 March! Inside the box you will find activities and decorations to complete, competitions and an Easter Egg Hunt to do when you visit the library! Competition forms should be returned to us by Saturday 14 April when we will select a winner.

Held on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Let’s get reading! Book & Biscuit is a special story club for children aged 4 – 7 years old. Each month we will share a story and craft. Parents / Carers must stay with their children.

Amey Recycling Event Thursday 5 April Come and join us for a fun morning of recycling activities. Make your own bird feeder to take home and complete some of our other craft activities made from recycled materials. All children welcome! For more information, please speak to a member of staff.

Thank you! All of us from Yaxley Library would like to thank our wonderful volunteers, Friends group and local community for supporting our “The Library Presents… Arts Alive” project, bringing a variety of workshops and performances to Yaxley Library. Keep your eyes peeled for more coming soon!

Rhymetime Come along and join in the fun, sharing songs and rhymes. It’s free! For all babies and toddlers aged up to 18 months. These sessions are held every Friday (term time only) starting at 10.30 am. No booking required!

Storytime Come along to Yaxley library to hear lovely stories and join in with our action rhymes. It’s free! Sessions are held fortnightly on a Tuesday at 10.30am. For ages 18 Months - 4 Years; no booking required! Don’t forget to ask us about the Bookstart Bear Club and Bears Reading Adventure. Collect stickers and stamps with your little ones – It’s free!

Lego Club

Come along and have fun creating a variety of things using Lego. This is a very popular event and is held every Saturday morning from 10.00 – 11.30am, admission 50p per child. No booking required!

Games Club for Adults Come along to our games club, where you can learn and play some games and meet new people, every Tuesday afternoon. Rummikub and Mahjong are held fortnightly. Sessions are from 2 – 4pm. Free to attend and no need to book! Donations welcome.

EngAge in the afternoon for adults 18 April, 2 – 3.30pm Horse Drawn Mail Coaches: Local speaker Brian White takes a look at Bygone times. Places are limited. For a free ticket please make enquiries at Yaxley Library or contact us on 0345 045 522. Donations are welcome. If you would like any information on any of our events please call in at Yaxley Library or phone 0345 045 5225. You can also follow Cambridgeshire Libraries on Facebook and Twitter.

Opening Times Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Renew/request books: 0345 045 5225

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Tom Farmer


t’s April! Happy Birthday to me, and ‘Happy Easter’ to you all! Although spring technically began on Thursday 20th March this year, it felt like winter clung on to the bitter end. The fertiliser that we typically spread in early March and the spring wheat and barley that we aim to sow around 15th March will be lucky to be in the ground by Easter. I hope by the time you’re reading this that it’ll be a lot warmer, and a LOT drier. And no more talk about April showers please – we have enough moisture in the land to keep us going until June! I’m hoping for the kind of April day described by Harriet Prescott Spofford (what a great name!)

“A gush of bird-song, a patter of dew, A cloud, and a rainbow’s warning, Suddenly sunshine and perfect blue-- An April day in the morning.” Harriet Prescott Spofford

in the quote above – plenty of sunshine and perfect blue please. Lamb is very much in season in April and we’ll be delivering boxed lamb throughout the local area in April – you can order on the website at www. As well as lamb, and ‘spring’ onion of course, the three wonderful ‘W’s are in - watercress, wild garlic, and winkles, as well as venison, rocket and a treasure trove from the sea including cockles, oysters, crab, and sardines. In your garden you can plant out your second potatoes as well as sowing beetroot, carrots, Swiss chard, summer cauliflower, kohl rabi, lettuce, leeks, radish, turnip,

spring and pickling onions, peas and perpetual spinach. You can sow marrows, courgettes, pumpkins, squash, sweet peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines, celery, celeriac, salads and globe artichokes, but indoors as it’s still a bit too chilly for them outdoors. April will be a busy month this year, as although Easter is early, spring has sprung late (and brought the monsoon rains with it) so we’ll be squeezing all that March labour into an already busy April. Have a fantastic April, look out for quality, British food in the shops, and I’ll see you again in my favourite month, MAY!

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Sing for Life for charity Once again raising money for the city’s much-loved Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. Launching in May, the project will take 40 local women with a range of previous singing experience (including none) to rehearse over 10 weeks for a charity concert at the Cresset Theatre on 21 July. “I’m so pleased I got involved!” says Rachel Francis, who took part last year. "I would walk out of every rehearsal in a fabulous frame of mind, and the progress we made every week was incredible – it was so exciting! Standing on stage and performing in front of my friends and family was amazing, I’ll never forget that feeling! Add to that the fact you’re raising money for a brilliant cause, why wouldn’t you come along and find out more?” “Sing for Life is not about finding the next Adele; it’s about helping ordinary women find their voice” says William Prideaux, the project’s director. “So many

people lack confidence or genuinely believe they can't sing, but deep down just about everyone secretly has a favourite karaoke number, and – we promise – our very experienced music team will have you singing in no time!” Whatever your starting point, over the 10-week project your singing will improve in leaps and bounds and while you might not end up winning the X Factor or perform at Covent Garden that’s a huge confidence boost and very liberating! So, get in touch and get involved: there's a whole new world waiting!

Sing for Life launches with introduction sessions at the Key Theatre on Thursday 10 May (7-9pm), Friday 11 May (7-9pm) and Saturday 12 May (10.30am-12.30pm). Absolutely no previous singing experience is necessary, just a willingness to step out of your comfort zone, get stuck in and give it a go! For further information or to register call 01733 425194 or email Rehearsals will be on Thursdays from 7.45pm-9.45pm at the John Mansfield Campus, Western Avenue, Peterborough PE1 4HX. The Sing for Life concert will be at Peterborough’s Cresset Theatre at 7.30pm on Saturday 21 July 2018. Yaxley Gazette | April 2018 | T: 01733 757342 | E: | YG APR.indd 15

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Tax Deductions for Family Member Wages? Many adults are likely to embrace the offer of help with technology from the younger generation! So where a child is employed in a family business to work on, say, website creation, management and social media, how can the owner make sure that their wages will be tax deductible? The recent case of Nicholson v HMRC, in which the first tier tax tribunal (FTT) examined a deduction made in sole trader’s accounts for his university student son, gives us some food for thought. In this case, Mr Nicholson claimed that his son had been employed in promoting the business through internet and leaflet distribution and computer work. His wages had been calculated at a rate of £10 per hour for 15 hours per week, but unfortunately there was no evidence to support wages being paid on this basis. HMRC rejected the claim because of a lack of contemporaneous records preventing a successful reconciliation from the business bank statements. Mr Nicholson claimed that payments to his son had been paid partly through the ‘provision of goods’. He only managed to identify some bank credits and a monthly direct debit pf £18.51 for home insurance costs. However, the bulk of the claim was based on Mr Nicholson buying food and drink to help support his son at university. The tribunal made reference to an earlier judgement in Dollar & Dollar v Lyon (HMRC), which also involved payments to family members, and concluded that Mr Nicholson’s payments were made out of ‘natural parental love and affection’. There was a duality of purpose as the ‘wages’ had a major underlying ‘private and personal’ motive, and thus not for the purposes of the trade. The tribunal subsequently dismissed the appeal on the grounds that Mr Nicholson was doing nothing more than supporting his son at university. In particular, this case highlights the importance of keeping proper records regarding the basis in which payments are to be made to children. The FTT commented that the likelihood of a successful claim would have been increased had there been correct records of payments and hours worked. A direct link between the business account and the recipient’s account would clearly be advisable. Whilst there was no suggestion here that employing relatives is an issue in itself, the importance of paying a commercial rate for the work undertaken should be noted. The concept of ‘equal pay for equal value’ should help prevent a suggestion of dual purpose and thus, in turn, also help refute allegations of excessive payments to family members as a means of extracting monies from the business. Finally, wherever payments are made to a family member, legal issues such as the national minimum wage should also be borne in mind.

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Vintage Festival

12-13 May

For the second year Yaxley Scouts and Guides are running Yaxley Vintage Festival at the Headquarters, Great Drove, Yaxley. We already have a number of steam engines, miniature steam engines, vintage tractors, a line shaft display along with some classic cars and vintage commercials. Supporting this will be a small bar, a number of traders and tea rooms. The event is on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 May this event is free to attend but a donation to the Scouts and Guides would be welcomed. We also have a limited number of charity stall places for charities based in Yaxley if you would like to be considered then please use contact details below. We still have a few exhibitor places, so if you have something you would like to display and share please contact us.

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Sunday 15 April

Paralympians of the future?

Rotary Clubs from around the area are preparing for the district’s first Disability Games. These will be held at Stamford School and are open to both seniors and juniors with disability or sensory impairments. The events are wide ranging including archery, boccia, darts, swimming table tennis and rifle shooting, plus wheelchair races including slalom and dash in both motorised and manual chairs. Some events are team some individual ... something for everyone. We hope the games will promote team spirit and achievement in a competitive and friendly atmosphere. For more information, email:

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Written by Sheila Tibbs

Holmewood Part II:

Growing up beyond the camp As we grew older and were allowed to venture further. A field opposite the entrance of the camp was a big playground, if you could avoid Bonny the horse that was sometimes there.


he field was pasture, with cowslips, wild flowers and mushrooms growing in it. There was a big pond in the middle, which we kept well away from. At the bottom of the field was the brook which ran through Holme and beyond that, the airfield. In summer this was a great place for picnics; quickly made jam or

another meeting point, and a place of fascination as to where the path went. Walking further along the lane there were two lay-bys on each side of the road. On the left was an entrance to a strip of waste ground with a concrete road through it and at the bottom you came across the brook again, where you could

“We would sit on the fence waving to the engine drivers and passengers (a touch of ‘The Railway Children’). “

sugar sandwiches were made by mums for the kids to take to the field. At the entrance to the field was a big wooden gate, just right for climbing and sitting on. Car spotting was another activity, mind you, the cars were few and far between. Further down the lane (the B660 running towards the A1) was a big white gated entrance to the woods, which was

get down to it and paddle. On the waste ground there were remnants of the airfield again; good for fun and games. We used to be out all day exploring and playing, our bellies used to tell us when it was time to go home for tea. Both of my grandparents lived at the opposite end of the village, but visiting them both was always an adventure. One gran lived near the

railway – we are talking steam trains here – and the railway yard was full of buildings and hidey places, if we didn’t get caught! It was nothing to play on the tracks behind the house looking out for the trains either going off to Peterborough or London. We would sit on the fence waving to the engine drivers and passengers (a touch of ‘The Railway Children’). There was a bridge over the tracks near the station where we would go to spot train numbers and stand on the top when the trains went under, watching them disappearing in the smoke. My other grandparents lived in Pig and Whistle Yard, which ran down beside the then Railway Arms public house. At the entrance to the yard was a pond full of goldfish. Their house was tiny and always smelling of my grandad’s pipe. We would walk everywhere, as we did not have cars, always finding apples to scrump and having lots of fun. A field in Short Drove used to flood and, especially in winter, freeze over, making a skating rink for the brave to skate on. I remember our dog once fell through the ice and we spent a long time fretting to see if she would get out, which she did in the end. When I was about 10 they started to build the council houses that you see today, and gradually one by one the Nissan hut dwellers moved into them and the huts were pulled down. Gradually, the big circle turned into a big round grassy green, ready for the next generation to play on. Next month - School Days

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younggazette FOLKSWORTH C OF E PRIMARY T: 01733 240 562 E: FOURFIELDS T: 01733 703 611 E: YAXLEY INFANTS T: 01733 240 918 E: STRETTON PRE-SCHOOL T: 01733 248048 for our Main Street site and 01733 746521 for our Fourfields Site. E:

Farcet C of E This has been a fabulous month at Farcet with visits, visitors and lots of hands-on learning! As part of their Towers, Turrets and Tunnels topic, our Year 1 and 2 Edison Class visited Oakham Castle. The children had a fantastic time experiencing medieval life first-hand and were great representatives for our school. The children took part in activities such as preparing decorations for the banquet table, making gingerbread using a traditional recipe, creating a toy similar to one which children of the time played with and getting muddy building a traditional wall! However, it is fair to say that the highlight of the day for everyone was the knight training with Sir John! All the children thoroughly enjoyed this, particularly as they were allowed to charge at Sir John with their swords! Uncle Wedzi from the African Heritage Centre visited our

Reception and Year 1 Newton Class to 'kick-off' in style their topic - Why do zebras have stripes? They experienced African drumming and other native musical instruments along with lots of dancing and storytelling. The children also learnt about African animals, foods and dress. They had a fantastic time, enjoying every minute and are now very eager to further explore Africa. The great learning experiences have also continued into KS2. As part of their Tremors topic, our Year 3 and 4 Brunel Class designed volcanos with words and phrases to capture the reader’s attention. They are reading the book "Pebble in my Pocket" and created artwork inspired by the text. Year 5 and 6 in Stephenson Class have been investigating shapes and had great fun building 3D shapes using cocktail sticks and sweets!

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Yaxley Infants


Little Acorns

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Family Sessions start at Yaxley Infant School Family SEAL (Social, Emotional, Aspects of Learning) started this term. Every Friday afternoon parents are invited in for coffee and biscuits to discuss parenting. These sessions are always popular and Mrs Dean and Mrs Warcup our fantastic Family Link Workers who facilitate the sessions were over the moon with parental responses. We are now fully booked! As part of the discussion a programme is delivered which helps parents with the complex job of being a parent. We are also thrilled to have our Family Worker from the district team attend the sessions to provide further support and advice. At Yaxley Infant School our key focus is our children’s well-being as well as PSHE (Personal, social, health and emotional education). Providing these sessions is testament to our core value of children’s emotional well-being. This has also been confirmed by our recent visit from Holly Hodge at “Keeping your head” to see the good work we do here. In last month’s article we mentioned our school’s priority in pursuing “Maths Mastery”. Our children’s views or “Pupil Voice” as it is sometimes referred to as incredibly important to us. We use this to shape and mould our practice to provide the best education. This is what our children said;

We have recently celebrated world book day at the nursery, all of the children were able to dress up as their favourite character and bring in their favourite story book to share with their friends. All of the children had great fun and enjoyed using their costumes to support their imaginative play. Our pre-school have been learning about growing, they have planted some seeds and are enjoying watering them and observing the change each time they come into nursery.

Once again we are embarking on Bishop Stephen’s Lent Challenge. This year the Diocesan Lent Challenge is built around a theme of “The Five Marks of Mission”. These are usually known as the “5 Ts”: Tell, Teach, Tend, Transform, and Treasure. As part of our Tell and Teach challenges the children have been learning about Lent and thinking We are currently taking bookings Spring may have been a fairly short about the things they can do to for September 2018 and also into term for us all at Fourfields but it has help others and how one act of 2019! If you would like to come not stopped us from making the kindness can make a difference. and have a look around and are very most of our time at school. interested in a space please contact We have been studying the Lord’s Year 3 and 4 have had an Prayer and even sharing the prayer the nursery on 01733 244000 or exceptionally busy half term in different languages. The children (littleacorns.daynursery@yahoo. preparing for their performance of have also been sharing stories from ‘Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies’. the Bible with their reading buddies This has been time well spent and in our social assemblies. As part of the children gave two stunning our Tend challenge we wanted to performances to their parents and think about those less fortunate families. So much so, they were than ourselves, and how we could greeted with a standing ovation and make a difference to people in much cheering from all who were in our community, with this in mind the audience! Well done to we held a dress down day for a everyone involved! donation of food to St Peter’s Food “I like filling in the equations and using At Fourfields, we are always keen The stories go on! Bank. The children are busy at the pictures”- Sienna to promote a love of reading for Once upon a time, there was a moment as part of their Treasure “I enjoy using the number cards”- Jack all our children and staff (you may school full of very excited people, for challenge, transforming areas of our have noticed our amazing library it was soon to be World Book Day! playground into sensory gardens, “I like using the tens frame, we use bus which takes pride of place on In homes across the area, parents, as you can imagine this will be a different numbers”- Alfie our playground!) We have recently children and staff had been busy long-term process. We hope to “Numbers are fun, the whiteboards help invested in 300 books to inspire preparing costumes, as everyday Transform the life of one person, us” children further. They consist of items, took on entirely new lives more details will follow. As with In next month’s article we will let high quality texts that have been and meanings. all of our challenges, please follow you know how our “Enquiry Based recommended as ‘must reads’ by a Unfortunately, just as the great the progress on our website and Learning” project with Early Excellence wide range of reading enthusiasts. day arrived, so did the snow. Would Facebook page. is progressing (a national provider for They are beautifully presented our heroes and heroines get On Friday 9th March we invited school development) and how we on some new bookcases and are their moment? Would the whole our Mums to share some time with are embedding this approach in our already attracting a lot of attention thing have to be postponed? their children in school, children school. from children desperate to get their No way - it would take more shared thoughts and memories Over the next few weeks parents hands on them. World Book Day than that to put off our determined about their Mums in assembly and will find out from Cambridgeshire was celebrated in school on the 1st children and staff. they were able to join in the fun Admissions if your child is due to start March, despite the snow trying to From Vikings and Fairies, to activities in the classroom, over the in September. Please can you call the scupper our plans! This enabled us Animals and Heroes, the range of day we had a 143 visitors. Thank you school to accept the place and we will to celebrate reading once again and characters included was as broad to all those who were able to join us then forward you information through children were invited to bring a book as it was colourful. Some children and the wonderful messages that the post. This will include taster to swap. This was very successful and went on to make moving pictures were left on our board. sessions, start dates, school uniform many children left school with a new of their favourite characters, whilst On Saturday 10th March Friends etc….. if you require more information book to enjoy at home. others took part in the World Book of William de Yaxley (FOWDY) held then please contact the school on Last month saw our cross Day quiz. a quiz which was attended by (01733 240918) or email us office@ country team took part in a meet As the end of the day 114 members of the community. at Arthur Mellows Village College approached, everyone got together FOWDY raised £800 to help buy and although they had only been If you have not heard about a in a celebration assembly to share new blinds for the classrooms. allowed in at the last minute, they school place by April 16th or you the efforts which had been made, Many thanks to local businesses for came first. We are really grateful to need to query the place given then and the successes which had been donating prizes: SPAR, 4evergreen Arthur Mellows for allowing us to you should contact Admissions at achieved. Artificial Lawn Specialists. Arabelaz, take part and look forward to the ( Let’s hope they all live happily YCS and D&A Sanders. We will hold next race! uk) or 0345 045 1370 ever after! our next quiz in Autumn 2018. 21 Yaxley Gazette | April 2018 | T: 01733 757342 | E: | YG APR.indd 21


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April is peak season for solitary bee activity in the garden and countryside.

Solitary Bees If you have been planning to make or put up a solitary bee home make sure it is up early this month otherwise there will be few tenants before 2019. There are over 250 types of solitary bee in the UK alone of which less than one percent are capable of stinging. The majority are early season specialists, though a few, such as the ivy bee, come out in autumn. As the name implies these bees neither live in hives nor colonies but on their own, with fertilised females laying eggs with individual pollen bundles to hatch out in the spring of the following year. Many of the solitary bees are ground nesting, creating little mounds similar to worm casts

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especially in more sandy ground, others can be found nesting in lime mortar walls digging tunnels into the mortar, or nesting in hollowed tubes which is where the solitary bee homes come in. If you have a solitary bee home you can generally divide the users into two categories; the leafcutters who seal off the tubes with carefully cut leaves and the mason bees who seal off with mud. It can be interesting o measure the balance of these two groups nesting from year to year to see if there is much change. Solitary bees are the most important pollinators of flowers and vegetables in the country so their appearance is most welcome and fruitful.




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For a lovely lawn – it’s simple! If you’re looking at a tired, weedy and mossy lawn don’t worry, expert help is on hand. Sisters Sarah and Jo who run our local GreenThumb lawn care business have some great spring offers! Here, they answer some frequently asked questions. Is my lawn beyond repair? In most cases the answer is 'no'! If you have a very weedy and tired looking lawn, even after our first visit, you’ll notice a huge difference. We aim to remove at least half of the weeds after our first visit and our unique fertiliser feeds the lawn to give it a lush green colour.

their lawns annually. This machine work is the proven way to having a healthy lawn and to keep moss at bay.

How does the service work? It’s easy. We always let you know at least a week in advance of our planned visit. If the date’s not convenient we can always change it.

How do I start?

Do I have to be at home?

It’s simple, just contact the office to arrange a free, no obligation, lawn analysis. We do a thorough health check of your lawn, measure it up and let you know the price options. We have some great spring offers including ‘try us for £10’ for lawns 100 square metres or less.

No, we’re totally self-sufficient and will carry out the treatment as long as we have access to your lawns. We always leave the invoice through your letter box and close any gates securely after finishing. If you’d prefer to be in when we visit we always do our best to accommodate your request.

How frequently do you treat my lawn?

We provide four seasonal treatments designed to give you a beautiful lawn throughout the year. Many of our customers also ask us to hollow-tine aerate and scarify

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Acupuncture for animals You might have heard that we are imminently opening our very own Animal Rehabilitation Centre (ARC) in Sawtry offering physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, acupuncture and K-Laser®. In the last few months we’ve told you more about physiotherapy and hydrotherapy. This month we are going to tell you about another service Cromwell ARC offers – acupuncture.


cupuncture is the use of very fine needles to stimulate specific points in the body for the treatment of illness and injury. Acupuncture has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years, but there is a lot of evidence for its benefit in modern western medicine too. In Traditional Chinese Medicine it is thought that acupuncture stimulates the flow of positive energy (Qi pronounced ‘Chee’) through set meridians or channels in the body. Western theory is that the needles stimulate sensory nerves under the skin and that this causes both a neurological and hormonal response within the body. There is a lot of evidence that acupuncture has an effect via the autonomic nervous system which controls most of the bodily functions that occur without conscious thought.

Is it safe for my pet and will it hurt them?

Acupuncture is an extremely safe treatment. The needles are very small and most animals, even cats and rabbits, will accept acupuncture without discomfort. It is rare for there to be a pain response to such a fine needle. Far from hurting the pet, acupuncture has been shown to cause an endorphin response which is the happy hormone, making them come away feeling relaxed and possibly sleepy.

What can acupuncture help with?

Acupuncture can be beneficial for a wide range of conditions. At Cromwells we mostly use it to treat musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis, hip and elbow dysplasia, after injury, and

intervertebral disc disease. It can aid healing and can provide relief from pain.

Can my pet have acupuncture if they are having other treatments?

Acupuncture is best used in conjunction with other treatment modalities including most medicines (with a few exceptions) and it can work very well in

combination with physiotherapy and hydrotherapy.

Can I claim on insurance?

Most insurance companies do pay for acupuncture. This falls under complementary therapy and often has a separate excess and separate limit to any veterinary treatment. Always check with your own insurance policy to clarify what type of cover you have.

Watch out for news about the Cromwell ARC by following us on Facebook or visit our brand new website For enquiries about our rehabilitation services, please email or call us on 01480 52601.

Cosy Cat Indoor

Boarding Cattery

Fully licensed indoor family run boarding cattery Manager: Shannon Richardson

Open Mon – Sat 10am-12pm & 2-5pm Unit 6 the Maltings Square, Broadway Shopping Centre, Yaxley PE7 3JJ

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Easter Movie Gems Advertise in this space

City & Guilds qualified

One-to-one service

All Dog Grooming Bathing Drying  Hand Stripping Clipping  Nail Clipping  Puppy Play Bathing 

Call Kate on 07976 975610 E: /barkerspetspa @barkerspetspa

Call 01733 757342 or e-mail for more information Barker’s Pet Spa Common Barn Farm Sawtry Fen Huntingdon PE28 5YZ

With Easter upon us, parents will be scrambling for something to entertain our children. Films are the obvious choice to keep them out of mischief, but how many films can you sit through and watch before you want to reach for the remote? Well, let me give you a few little gems that will not only keep the children happy, but will also entertain you parents as well:

The Book of Life(U)

Based on the Mexican celebration of Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), this animated story follows three friends as they battle inner demons as well as a rampaging baddie. With though provoking script, and some real, genuine heart behind the story; as well as one of the most exciting celebrations in the world, Book of Life has great music and action for everyone. This film is the much more entertaining version of Coco. A must watch for all the family.

Flight of the Navigator(U)

A story about a young boy who is mistaken dropped off by a super intelligent alien in the wrong year after being studied, 10 years late in fact. Havoc ensues as the unlikely pairing escape in the state of the art space ship. If you liked ET, you will love this 1986 classic.


A calm metropolis of mammals live and work together in peace. Until a mysterious case throws everything they know into jeopardy. A sassy rabbit police-bunny, Judy Hop, tries to piece it together before it gets out of hand. A superb watch, with plenty of hidden messages about selfbelief, positivity & more. Great for everyone to watch. Watch if you loved Monsters Inc.

Big Hero 6(PG)

When his brother is killed by a masked assailant, super intelligent Hiro users his brother Tadashi’s medical marvel robot to find the masked man. With the help of Tadashi’s co-workers and friends, this group of unlikely superheroes use all their intellect to find them. With some real powerful messages amassed between some sizzling animation sequences, Big Hero 6 is a real gem. Watch if you loved Kung Fu Panda.

D&A Sanders Petcare Specialist

Your local Pet shop, we stock everything a pet would want from Chicken feed to Dog Food David Sanders LCGI MINSTLM VNA Veterinary Nutrition Advisor

Tel: 01733 753055

E-mail: Unit 6 The Maltings, Broadway Shopping Centre PE7 3JJ

The Sandlot Kids(U):

A heart-warming film set in suburban America and centred around a group of baseball playing kids. Following them through a series of funny and touching adventures, things go awry when the boys hit a baseball; borrowed by new-to-the-neighbourhood Smalls from his stepdad (and worth some money too!), over a feared resident’s fence, and must get it back before daylight runs out. A fantastic film. Watch if you loved The Mighty Ducks. Honourable mentions to The Mighty Ducks(PG), Little Giants(U), Drop Dead Fred(12), UP(U), An American Tail(U), Star Wars IV A New Hope(PG),The Goonies(PG), The Wizard of Oz(U) Richard S hosts The Film & TV Show, a weekly radio show on Hereward Radio & a hugely successful Podcast. Subscribe on iTunes.  FTVShow  @TheFTVShow  filmandtvshow

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Retreat, Relax, Rejuvenate COSMETIC CLINIC PROMOTION

No more lumps and bumps ...

Want to have those irritating little lumps and bumps permanently removed from your face and body in just one session? For a consultation or more information call The Cosmetic Clinic on 01733 310090

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Look no further and book a consultation with our doctor. Most of the time the procedure can be done at the same time as the consultation It's a fast and comfortable one off treatment undertaken by our doctor.

• Holistic Therapies for Wellbeing • Crystal & Angelic Healing • Reiki Master Practitioner • Hot Stones & Holistic Crystal Massage • Gel Polish Manicures & Pedicures Sue Wilkins Holistic Wellbeing Practitioner

Tel: 07531 824805 | The Retreat, Yaxley PE73NJ

Providing foot and nail care in the comfort of your own home. • Nails trimmed • Thickened nails reduced • Fungal nail treatment • Corns/Calluses Reduced • Diabetic foot care Treatment cost £25 including any dressings Tel: 07927 142 879

Karen Hickey DipCFHP, MPSPract

The Queens Park Sports Hall, Daimler Ave, Yaxley New Slimming World Group Mondays 7.30pm Call Emma: 07480 497955 Wednesdays 4pm 5.30pm and 7pm Call Yasmin: 07817 955 308

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Sensory Healing Journey


he extension and refurbishment of this tranquil log cabin is a wonderful enhancement to Susan’s existing business. It’s such a calm and restful space – we felt relaxed just being there. To celebrate the opening of the healing room, Susan is pleased to introduce a new wellbeing treatment. The Sensory Healing Journey combines Earth Healing Crystals, Reiki & Koshi Sound Chimes for a totally unique healing experience. Sheer bliss! This sensory journey guides you into a deep state of relaxation, reducing stress and restoring balance and harmony through your whole mind and body. The cost is just £56. Susan is also co-founder of The Healing Hub so take a peek at and discover a healthy, happy way to wellbeing.

We recently visited Susan Wilkins, owner of The Retreat, in Yaxley, to find out more about her new healing room.

Throughout April 2018 Susan is offering 10% off a Sensory Healing Journey to the first 10 YG Readers to call. Tel: 07531 824805 quoting YG10%  theretreatpeterborough

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Our new hairdressing salon is now open! Our stylists have multiple years of experience and are dedicated to making you look and feel amazing. We offer a vast range of services in a welcoming, vibrant atmosphere.



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Yaxley Doctors

01733 240478

Yaxley Library

0345 0455225

Huntingdon DC

01480 388388

Yaxley Parish Council

01733 241958

Lancaster Club

01733 240987

Jon Randall (Vicar)

01733 240339

Community CAR Scheme

07795 542084

Vets – Station Bridge

01733 615447

Vets – Cromwell Vets

01487 800199

Yaxley Flower Club

01733 243370

Brownies – Sandra Achettino

01733 242482

Scouts, Cubs, Beavers & Explorers – Mark Jarrett

01733 245000

Scouts, Cubs, Beavers & Explorers – Gavin Needham

01733 243348

Yaxley Peoples Counselling Service (YPCS)  /YPCS

0800 634 4396

Bowls – Yaxley Broadway Bowls Club 01733 241967 Yaxley Bowling club bowling green and clubhouse is located behind Farmers Carvery Broadway, Yaxley. Table Tennis Club – Vic 01733 764980 Public hall, Thursdays 7 – 10p. Email Ian Pratt, Yaxley FC

01733 244928

Yaxley Methodist Chapel Reverend Gareth Baron – Main Street

01733 314147

Reverend Gordon Limbrick

01733 243170

Yaxley Amateur Players Youth Section

01487 832131

ST B’s Hall

07919 053140

If you would like to add your number to the useful numbers list please email SUNDAY BUFFET From £5.95 per person 12 noon – 10pm COCKTAIL BAR Indulge in an endless selection of unique and exotic cocktails in our cocktail lounge and patio garden

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Door to Destination... Airport, seaport & executive travel throughout the UK. Stanground based, family business. T: 01733 895986 M: 07704 273205 M: 07912 493030

Luxury 6 passenger Air Conditioned Vehicle. Airport & Seaport Transfers. Private Hire.

HOME IMPROVEMENTS Contact: Stewart Tel: 01733 341749 Mob: 07982 242834 E-mail:

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Locally based. Vehicle can take up to 8 passengers, airport, theatre, Ferry ports or just a day out.

Travel in style and comfort call Joe 01733 705 373 or 07931 969 713

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All types of home maintenance inside and out undertaken. Look at our client testimonials. t: 07716 444 221 /Home Bespoke

Carpets & upholstery need a deep clean? Free no obligation quotation

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Office 01733 241 398

Mark Wade 07736 970 451 / Simon Wade 07841 141 953

• Sales, Service and Installation of all boilers • • Over 25 years experience • WHICH Trusted Traders • Registered Office: 35 Main Street, Yaxley, Peterborough PE7 3LZ

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Make the most of your rooms in your home Free no obligation quote

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Greenleaf • Lawn maintenance • Tree surgery • Turfing • Fencing • Landscaping • All types of gardening • Free estimates

Ellis Decor

Exterior & interior work; FREE painting & wallpapering etc. QUOTES Friendly professional service.

Office: 01733 689 205 Mobile: 07444 175 824

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Interior and exterior FREE quotes


Call or email Wayne

T: 01733 311661 T: 07870 454474 E:


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TREE & GARDEN SPECIALIST Peterborough based FREE estimates & advice

h Seasoned logs available. h All types of trees expertly felled, topped & pruned. h Hedges & shrubbery trimmed & shaped. h All general garden work undertaken. h Renovating topsoil turf supplied & laid.

T: 01733 689 205 M: 07552 662 920 Call James on 07545 140066



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T C PLASTERING All plastering work undertaken free quotes no job too small Tony Coyle - Plasterer 15 Violet Way, Yaxley PE7 3EX

07545 006 446 A.B ARDEN – PLASTERING SERVICES • Boarding • Dry Lining • Patch repair • Re-skims • Stud work • Building Alterations • Screeding • Coving • Floor & Wall Tiling EXTERIOR COATINGS • Sand & cement renders • K-rend • Weber renders  Competitive rates, no obligation quotes. No job too big or small. e: m: 07936 577 018 


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