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ISSUE 109: MAY 2018

by Drew Pontikis

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The Moon. Beautiful and mysterious, a heavenly body that links us to our ancestors who gazed up in wonder at the same awe-inspiring sight that we do today.

I Celebrations at RAFA Lancaster Club to mark start of RAD 100 year On Sunday 1 April this year, the Royal Air Force (RAF) reached its centenary having been formed near the end of WW1 in April 1918. The RAF was created from the then existing Royal Flying Corps which was under army control and the Royal Naval Air Service.

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s a result, the RAF became the very first dedicated air force in the world and a separate military service with its own ministry. To celebrate this significant achievement the Royal Air Forces Association’s Yaxley Branch and Lancaster Club in Main Street, Yaxley, held two special events on Saturday 31 March. The day began by hosting an afternoon tea party for 21 local exRAF servicemen and women as well as members of the Lancaster Club. Our valued guests were treated to a fabulous spread of homemade sandwiches, scones and cakes, as well as a good old cuppa. For those more hardy guests there was something a little stronger on the menu. The afternoon went with a swing with a strong ‘Cockney’ flavour as our guests were entertained on the spoons by local duo Ian ‘Rosie’ Rose and Matthew, singing many good old favourites such as Knees Up Mother Brown, Kiss Me Goodnight Sergeant Major and Roll Uut The Barrel, with guests joining in heartily. During the evening the Lancaster Club stepped back to

the 1940s and held a successful themed night with many members arriving in a variety of outfits worn in WW2. We even had a Captain Mainwaring from Dad’s Army as well as Air Raid Chief Warden Hodges to ensure we all put our lights out. To add more nostalgia to the evening we were entertained by a fabulous local artist Rosa May, who sang period songs as well as hits from the 50s and 60s. The Lancaster Club was proud to hold these two events on a very important year for the RAF and also in support of the Royal Air Forces Association which provides comradeship, help and welfare to both serving and former members of our air force and their dependants. You don’t have to be a former or serving member of the RAF to apply for membership of the Lancaster Club. You can apply for Associate membership and enjoy an excellent venue where you will receive a warm welcome, good humour as well as live entertainment on Saturday evenings, and an opportunity to join in with our quiz, bingo, domino and crib nights.

Just pop along to the club and speak to Nora our Stewardess or one of the bar staff, we would love to see you, or call 01733 240987

ts surface marked with hundreds of thousands of years’ worth of asteroid impacts; a hard and graphic history that has left it pockmarked and scarred. Not, quite frankly, entirely dissimilar to the state of the roads around Yaxely right now. Some of the potholes in the village right now are ridiculous. There's one on Main Street so deep that if you're brave enough to peer over the edge you can see all of Dante's circles of hell -

sticking out of them at odd angles. I'm no expert, but considering it's been less than twelve months and they're worse than ever I can only assume they were filled with sand and good intentions. When it's clear that the material that they made the road of wasn't strong enough, why fill the holes with something that's even softer? If it's just a cost issue (and I think we all know that it is), then why not just fill them with grass cuttings? It would be about successful.

including the one where people who stick chewing gum to the seats on public benches end up. You have to wonder how some of them are able to get so deep. Surely any unsuspecting motorist who goes over one is just going to rip the wheel of their car rather than make it any deeper. It says a lot that, last year, the only reason they got filled in was because the Tour of Cambridge was sent through the village and clearly it wouldn't do to have a massive grave of lycra clad athletes with bits of handlebar

Once again, it is clear that it falls to me to come up with a solution and would you believe it? I have! Here's the plan - fill all the holes with Weetabix, wait for it to rain and, once the sun dries it out, we will be left with a surface tougher than concrete that can stand the test of lorry loads of carrots thundering over it a dozen times a day. Why use concrete when you can use something we all know is tougher than concrete?! No need to thank me - it's a service I provide!

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We still have our excellent fresh produce with a wide range of fruit and vegetables grown here at the farm or sourced from other local farmers and producers. We are constantly expanding the range of goods on offer from deli items to giftware, chocolates to gin, and our gluten free range is ever popular. Plus the coffee shop continues to be a big hit with wonderful fresh coffee and cakes, light lunches and tea – why not book an afternoon tea treat too? Please see our advert on the left.

Stress affects people differently – what stresses one person may not affect another. Factors like skills and experience, age or disability may all affect whether an employee can cope. However, there is help closer to hand than you may think – with Safe Local Services fortunate to have a number of members who can help with both sides of the story. Stress is not an illness but it can make you ill. Recognising the signs of stress will help employers to take steps to stop, lower and manage stress in their workplace. Becoming more popular as a form of addressing and dealing with stress, depression and anxiety is hypnotherapy, and we are delighted to have Keith Truman of Peteborough-based Tru Life Choice Hynotherapy – who is a fully qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist. Meanwhile, for employers looking to refresh or revisit any HR or policy issues related to stress in the work place – Safe Local Services can recommend a trio of local specialists; Introspect Training & Development Ltd, HR your Business Matters and Ask Us HR who can advise on the correct actions and procedures to put in place. So many of us spend the best part of our week in a working environment – and wouldn’t it be wonderful if on the whole, that time was spent feel happy and energised rather than pressured and stressed out.

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Hoping for drier weather Gemma’s Hearts to be Yaxley FC & Yaxley Riders’ charity partner What a busy few months we have had & thank you for your support & kind donations. We would like to say ‘thank you’ to Colin, Alun & Sue at The Duck & Drake who managed to fundraise £782.50 in aid of a defibrillator for the Duck & Drake. The defibrillator is situated inside the pub and will have a cabinet in the next few months to be a public defibrillator and will be housed outside. We are very pleased to announce that Yaxley FC & Yaxley Riders have asked us to be their charity partners. These last few months we have been doing BBQs at Yaxley FC for cup matches & The Cuckoo’s Home matches. We have received a 5 star rating from Environmental Health. We will also be fundraising for defibrillators at the Yaxley Riders’ Reliability Event on 22 April, 7.30am - 1pm, Yaxley FC Club, Leading Drove PE3 3NA. At the time of print, I would like to wish Daniel Snipe Keys all the best for the London Marathon on the 22 April; you can find his fundraising page on our Facebook page: Gemma’s Hearts and find out how he got on. We would like to say ‘well done’ to the quick thinking staff at The Farcet Club when a patient fell poorly and were advised by 999 to fetch the nearest defibrillator. The defibrillator at Lakeside Doctors at Yaxley was also deployed last week which was fetched by a member of public. We would like to wish both patients a speedy recovery. I would also like to say ‘thank you’ to The Farmers Yaxley for donating an amazing £200 towards our defibrillators.

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As May begins we hope the frost and cold are finally over and our plants can start to grow and bloom in the garden. For houses in the flood plain, April probably saw some time submerged this year which is likely to have impacted on the number of earthworms and beneficial beetles in the garden. Aerating the soil with fork prongs can hep those surviving to recover. Sadly spring has been poor for meadow creation and indeed many seeds will have failed. Increasingly autumn sowings pay dividends for meadows and annual mixes. Of course the damp weather has been a bonus to slugs and snails which will be increasingly active unless we hit a prolonged dry spell. Whilst the late cold has destroyed much of this year’s frogspawn; pond freezing cryogenics do not work. Another blow to the natural predators of plant munching gastropods all of whom are in decline despite the growth in their prey. It is so easy to reach for slug pellets and similar to defend our flower borders but doing so is as much a blow to our gardening friends the hedgehog, the toad, the thrush and the beetles, to name but a few, who are also laid low and unproductive by these pernicious chemicals. It is far better to look to companion planting, predator encouragement, abrasive surfaces and copper tape to protect key plants encouraging nature to symbiotically balance in our gardens once more.

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!

Major maintenance on A1(M) junction 17 – junction 16 southbound Friday 11 May - Friday 8 June

On Sunday 8 July the annual Kimbolton Country Fayre is being be held in the attractive 60-acre grounds of Kimbolton Castle. New this year: The Savage Free Style Mountain Bike Stunt Team – Haka display and Mobile Cave. Beagles and Heavy horses return. Also back this year is Millers Ark Mobile Farm. 1000 classic cars accompanied by their owners, over 80 stall holders, secondary ring events, big band music, dancing, bungee trampoline, Dreamrides and radio controlled cars, to mention but a few. We still have our favourites such Lord John Robartes Regiment of Foote and Horse, Galaxy Big Band, Lindy Hop and Morris Dancers. Also new this year Gavin James Burke – Classical and Musical Theatre Vocalist. As you would expect at such an event, the catering is important too. There will be both Beer and Tea Marquees available, serving hot and cold drinks, homemade cakes and sandwiches in separate covered seated areas. Also, a wide selection of other food stalls including a hog roast, burger bar, fish and chips and superior quality ice cream available throughout the day. Also new this year a display by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

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We are planning essential maintenance on the A1(M) southbound carriageway between junction 17 and junction 16 to make sure that it continues to be safe for motorists to use. Lane 1 of the A1(M) will be closed between Saturdays to Thursdays. There will be narrower than usual running lane widths during these works. The A1(M) between junction 17 to junction 16 southbound will be closed overnight only from 21:00 hours to 05:00 hours on the following nights to enable the safe installation and removal of traffic management ensuring the safety of our workforce: Friday 11 - Saturday 12 May Thursday 17 - Friday 18 May Friday 18 - Saturday 19 May Thursday 24 - Friday 25 May Tuesday 29 May - Friday 1 June Monday 4 June - Friday 8 June Junction 16 southbound off-slip road will be closed 24 hours a day for the first two weeks from Friday 11 May 9pm until Friday 25 May 5am. Junction 16 southbound on-slip will be closed overnight only from Friday 18 May 9pm until Saturday 19 May 5am and Thursday 24 May 9pm overnight until Friday 25 May 5am. Approved diversion routes will be fully signposted.

Find out more ... Our staff will be available on the Highways England Mobile Visitor Centre between 10am and 5pm at the following locations: Friday 4 May Serpentine Green Monday 14 May Alconbury Enterprise Campus

Saturday 9 June 2 - 5pm Wednesday 9 May Peterborough The Stables, Throstlenest, Farcet Town Hall For more information Singing by the community choir, Tuesday 15 May please visit out website Please call Susan Bate (Care Network cake stall, raffle, bottle stall and card Tesco Extra - Huntingdon kimboltoncountryfayre.com Cambridgeshire) 01480 423085 stall. Funds go towards Guide Dogs E: susan.bate@care-network.org.uk for the Blind. 9 Yaxley Gazette | May 2018 | T: 01733 757342 | E: info@yaxleygazette.co.uk | www.yaxleygazette.co.uk YG MAY.indd 9

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Lakeside Healthcare Early Morning Appointments on Tuesdays

We are now offering early morning appointments from 7am on Tuesdays with our Nursing Team. Appointments can be made for blood tests, INRs, smears, dressings, NHS Health Checks, ECGs and new patient medicals. If an early morning appointment would suit you then please ask when booking at reception.

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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. 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.

Yaxley Methodist Chapel It is also very important that we have your up to date contact information. Please be assured that we will not share your contact details or personal information with anythird 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.

At the time of writing this the sky is grey and the rain is falling yet again.

Monthly Closure Date

Saturday 12 May

The Practice will be closed on Wednesday 16 May 12.30 - 4pm. Emergency Telephone 01733 240478

Bank Holiday Closures

The surgery will be closed for the May Day Bank Holiday, Monday 7 May, and the Spring Bank Holiday, Monday 28 May. The practice will be open on Saturdays 5 May and 26 May in the morning only. Please ensure you have sufficient medication for that period and orders for necessary repeat prescriptions should be made as early as possible in advance.

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Jon Haslam, Emergency Care Practitioner will be leaving us on the 31 May. We wish Jon all the very best for the future.

If you would like more information please speak to a member of staff at reception.

The Birth of a Quiz About nine months ago the idea of the Quiz was conceived. There’s lots to prepare. Make sure the venue is free at the time required. Apply for the licence to sell alcohol. Make a risk assessment to make sure everyone will be safe on delivery of the quiz. Ensure that the due date suits the Quizmaster’s holiday requirements! By the last trimester it is time to let everyone know that the happy event is expected and send out invitations to attend. Storks are no longer involved but many emails fly back and forth and eventually a guest list is compiled. Eventually, after many anxious months, the due date is reached.

After many hours of printing and checking and writing and rewriting, labour begins. There is much puffing and panting and pushing and a little shouting, but finally the Quiz sees the light of day! The parents of the Quiz are relieved and happy and there are celebrations and prizes for some. Nearly £2500 has been raised for charity. “Never again,” says the Quizmaster, but labour pains are soon forgotten, so look out for a little brother or sister in a year’s time!

But the birds have been singing and more flowers are appearing in my garden every day. Easter was early this year and at our services we learnt about new life and bright hope for tomorrow. The new life is bursting all around us with the birdsong and blossom and we wish you peace, love and hope in your lives. Our increasingly popular Coffee morning will start at 10 a.m. Come along and enjoy our homemade cakes, coffee, tea and companionship. Sunday Service and Junior Church start at 10.30 every week. Children of all ages are welcome. Reverend Gareth Baron T: 01733 314147 E: yaxleymc@gmail.com

Conington Church Just south of Norman’s Cross and to the East of the A1M lies the village of Conington. Its beautiful church dedicated to All Saints was ‘closed ‘ in 1976 and its congregation was united with that of St Giles, Holme. The building is now in the care of The Churches Conservation Trust who permit two services to be held each year. These are 1662 Traditional Sung Evensong and the next one is on Sunday 13 May at 3 pm. We haven’t picked the hymns for the service yet so if you have a favourite that you would like to be considered why not email or text your request to Reverend Gordon Limbrick. The 6 bells are rung to welcome the congregation and the service is accompanied by a small choir. Would you like to join? Even if you don’t have robes you are still welcome but it would be nice to know that you are coming. If you have never been in Conington Church or just miss the old ways of worship, you are invited to join us for the next service. We hope to see you there. Reverend Gordon Limbrick T: 07835 281552 E: revgordonlimbrick@gmail.com

Broadway Bowls’ green playing as well as ever by Robert Heath

After a very wet period at the end of March, beginning of April the ’Green’ is open and playing as well as ever. It was no surprise to any of us that our groundsman, Norman Hill, was named a Club Player of the Year. It is largely due to his hard work that we now see everyone back playing again after the long winter break. As always at the start of a new season, expectations are high, we are all looking forward to some good bowling sunshine and hope that one of our teams can triumph in the league, or cup and that are individual members go far in the county knock-out competitions. The first game of the season sees Captain Bruce Saint’s team take on our President Ray Bass’s team in a hotly contended friendly fixture – the result of which will be in next month’s Gazette. There have been one or two changes with the team captains this year, largely brought on by the captain of our Saturday Sharks and Midweek Falcons, falling over whilst on a cruise holiday and badly damaging his knee ligament. Get well soon Rob.

Up and coming events: Sunday 27 May Mitcham Cup Sunday 1 July Goodwin Cup Monday 16 July Yaxley Open Triples Please also look out for our bowls drives, when anyone can come and have a go. Also every Saturday morning is beginner’s roll-up, when you can try your hand at the noble sport. Just turn up with some flat, sole-less shoes; the club will provide the other equipment necessary.

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Holme WI

Good job we have double glazing! We were joined at our April meeting by Kirsty and her Senegal drums, hence our meeting being called ‘African Thunder’. Kirsty plays a variety of musical instruments with her favourite being the bassoon. However, she came along to our meeting with a large selection of drums from Senegal, and we sat in a circle playing along to her tune, or at least those members with a bit of rythmn did, the rest of us just tapped along and tried to look like we knew what we were doing. Then, it started to get more complicated, and this is when we really had to focus, as we were divided into three groups with each group playing a different ‘tune’ but altogether at the same time, three members then added accompaniment on the really large drums with bells at the back.

All I can say is, it’s a good job the village hall has robust double glazing, because I am sure we made enough noise to deafen the whole village. We did have a really good time though, everyone was ‘buzzing’ afterwards, although our hands felt a little bit sore. We have had a games and social evening in the Admiral Wells with prizes of chocolate eggs being handed out, albeit the same people seemed to win all the prizes! We also revealed our Centenary Banner to our members, as many of them hadn’t seen the completed banner. This banner was then paraded at the Huntingdon & Peterborough Federation Day as part of the Federation’s Centenary.

If you are interested in joining please do come along. We meet on the first Thursday of every month at Holme Village Hall, Short Drove, Holme PE7 3PA at 7.30pm. Please contact holmewi2015@gmail.com for further details.

Yaxley WI On 5 April nine members attended the Annual Federation Day at St Ives. As well as the serious matters of finance etc we heard talks by speakers as diverse as the former Ladies England Cricket Captain Charlotte Edwards, the Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire Julie Spence as well as talks on plastic in our seas and helping children read. All were very different but equally as interesting. After lunch many institutes paraded handmade banners celebrating 100 years of Huntingdon & Peterborough Federation as well as seven institutes also celebrating their centenary year. It was left to each institute to decide the form and type of banner resulting in the display of many different crafts and colours, all equally good. Later in April Members of Yaxley will be celebrating our centenary with a dinner at the

Fox in Folksworth but on 1st September we are holding a tea & cakes afternoon at Queens Pavillion, Yaxley, and hope to see many villagers as well as former W I members. There will be a small charge of £2.50. Our meeting on 10th May will be held as usual at The Lancaster Club, Main St, Yaxley when our speaker will be Andrew Sankey speaking and illustrating "Unusual Garden Features" We open our doors at 6.45 and visitors very welcome.

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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!

Book & Biscuit Held on the second 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.

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 – 11.30am, admission is 50p per child. No booking required!

Games Club for Adults

EngAge in the afternoon for adults Wednesday 16 May, 2 – 3.30pm

DeafBlind UK Supporting people with combined sight and hearing loss, join Debbie from DeafBlind UK for an insight into their work. Tickets for this event are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Summer Reading Challenge – Teenage Volunteers required Not sure what to do in the holidays? Why not help with our Summer Reading Challenge? This is an ideal opportunity to work as part of a team by assisting with delivering crafts and events. You will also be encouraging young children to tell you about the book they have read and hand out stickers and rewards. If you are interested please speak to a member of staff or contact (Pam.goodwin@cambridgeshire. gov.uk) Applications need to be in by 16 June.

Yaxley Library Opening Times

Monday 3 – 7pm Come along to our games club, Tuesday 9.30am – 5pm where you can learn and play some Wednesday Closed games and meet new people, every Thursday 9.30am – 5pm Tuesday afternoon. Rummikub and Friday 9.30am – 1.30pm Mahjong are held fortnightly. Saturday 9.30am – 1.30pm Sessions are from 2 – 4pm. Free to attend and no need to book! Donations welcome. Renew/request books: 0345 045 5225 cambridgeshire.gov.uk/library 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.

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Childcare Vouchers The Government have announced a six-month extension to the deadline for parents to sign up to receive childcare vouchers. It had previously been announced that, from 6 April 2018, childcare vouchers would be closed to new entrants and be replaced by the new Tax Free Childcare (TFC) scheme. This would mean that: • If parents were not already signed up for vouchers at that time, they would not be able to claim them in the future. • Employees already receiving childcare vouchers at that time could continue to receive them as long as their employer ran the scheme or until they changed employer. However, in a House of Commons debate on 13 March 2018 the Government announced that this deadline would be extended for a further six months. As a result, parents now have until October 2018 to sign up for childcare vouchers (if they have not done so already). Parents can either claim childcare vouchers or TFC – not both. It is therefore important for both employers and employees to consider whether childcare vouchers or TFC are appropriate for them. If childcare vouchers are preferred, and the employee is not yet part of a scheme, they will need to sign up for them before October 2018.

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Our ethos: Here at Inspired we follow five key points that extend to all areas of what we do these are confidence, respect, discipline focus and success.

Inspired to change At our Mini Heroes classes children will learn the basics of karate and core skills such as coordination, listening, strength, balance, discipline and many more. These classes are a great way to introduce your child to karate at a young age and are something you can do together and have fun in the process. Not only will your child be learning invaluable skills, you will too! Activities like this are a fun way for both boys and girls to achieve fitness and focus. Some parents may think they also promote violence, but according to experts, that's a myth. Martial arts actually help teach self-discipline and socialization skills. In fact, many parents whose children have attentiondeficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) report great success with these programs because

self-control and concentration are exactly the skills underdeveloped in ADHD kids. A typical class begins and ends with a bow to the instructor. After a warm-up, students practice the art's particular skills, which may include kicks, punches and blocks. Each requires concentration and attention. Progress is often marked by the belt system, which takes the beginner from a white belt through a variety of colours until black. But, say experts, it's the respect kids learn, whether from bowing or standing still and waiting for the next command, that can be the most important benefit. It often carries over into school, helping to improve behaviour and even grades, according to recent research.

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Our aim with these points is that we will be able to help our students not just to progress in martial arts but in all areas of life. With the confidence to be themselves and pursue their personal goals, no matter what they might be, our students are able to develop the discipline and focus to achieve their success. In our club students will be able to progress and learn in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere where they feel safe and free to learn without the fear of embarrassment or being judged. We strive to fight against bullying, upholding the standard that everyone in Inspired is a friendly and positive force to everyone around them. This all comes together in our goal to offer each student everything they require to be a great martial artist plus the life skills to be a strong minded and confident individual. We accept and teach all abilities and standards. Everyone is welcome at Inspired, to us everyone is equal and we will help all students gain confidence, self-belief, self-respect and a sense of achievement. With morning, afternoon and evening classes to choose from this is a perfect way to get active and burn some of that excess energy.

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Jed Ford A spectacular evening of country music with

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Holmewood Part III:

School Days

Written by Sheila Tibbs

Holme C of E School, situated opposite the church, was originally three classrooms attached to the schoolhouse, which was occupied by the headmaster.

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he big classroom was usually split into two by a partition; one space for the infants and the other for junior 1, another room for junior 2 and a small one for seniors. There was not a canteen so lunchtime meant forming lines of two – making sure you held hands – and walking down to the Reading Room, half-way down Church Street, come rain or shine. The infant teacher was Mrs Fear, who lived in the Station House, a very matronly figure and very strict, it was usually a slipper on the back of the legs if you had committed some naughty prank. But I can still remember the stories she read to us about rabbits and other little animals. Moving up to the juniors was a big step and another activity we used to do to help us with maths was to make cars out of card. We had to measure the shapes and cut them out, folding with care and lots of glue you ended up with a car or lorry, mine were always a bit wonky, and to this day I cannot cut in a straight line! During this time an extension was being built onto the original building, which housed a staff room, inside toilets (a luxury), a school canteen (no more walking in the rain) and two more classrooms for the seniors and Junior 2 to move into. No cooking was done in the canteen, but the food was delivered by car and kept heated in the ovens, its arrival being announced by beeping of the horn, which meant two ‘big’ boys, would go and help the dinner ladies – of which my mum was one - to unload the car, the same process would exist for the milk run. Some school meals were nice, but to this day I can’t abide lumpy custard, lumpy potatoes or fish in parsley sauce.

Moving into the seniors was another big step, bringing with it cooking for the girls and woodwork for the boys. For this activity the old school bus would pick us up on the appropriate day and take us to Stibbington, on the A1 about 8 miles away, returning with our proud offerings to our parents later that day. We were introduced to swimming also by catching the same rickety bus and being taken to the Peterborough Lido, come rain or shine. It was decided to build a pool at the School of which I had the pleasure of opening by jumping in it when it was finished, unheated! In winter, when there was snow and ice, the bigger boys would make a big slippery slide along one side of the playground which

they controlled who was allowed to go on it, they usually kept the girls off it, but we would have a sneaky go when they were not there. In autumn playing conkers was another activity (not allowed now!) in the playground, we lived near some big horse chestnut trees so we got a good supply. In the summer there was always sports day, when mums and dads would come and watch the egg and spoon, sack races and the obstacle course to name a few, and of course we loved to watch our mum’s in their race at the end of the day. At this time, The Sawtry College was being built and when I left Holme School, it was converted to a primary school. When reaching the age of 11 the children would go to Sawtry.

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Farcet C. of E. Primary School

We have been very busy this month at Farcet with preparations for Easter. Our pupils in Newton Class were very excited to watch chicks hatch from their eggs and the whole school enjoyed watching them grow and change. The children were inspired to produce some wonderful writing and looked after the chicks very well during their stay. The school visited St. Mary’s church for collective worship in the last week of term. It was a very special service with readings, hymns

William De Yaxley

and prayers to allow us all to reflect on the lead up to Easter Sunday. The children sang beautifully and everyone received a palm cross. We would like to thank Barrie Swingler and Captain Georgina Symons for their contribution to the service. We had lots of Easter fun with an egg hunt organised by Kingsgate Church. Lots of families stayed after school to join in the fun and each child was lucky enough to receive their own chocolate egg. Our thanks to all of the volunteers from Kingsgate for their hard work.

Little Acorns

The pre-school have been looking after their flowers, fruits and vegetables which they planted earlier in the spring term. The children are enjoying watering the shoots and also seeing how much they have grown each week. The Rose room children have really enjoyed exploring messy play with the dinosaurs. The children have been making dinosaur foot prints with the paint, and then

matching the foot prints to the correct dinosaur. They have also enjoyed role playing dinosaurs and making lots of loud roaring noises! We are currently taking bookings for September 2018 and also into 2019! If you would like to come and have a look around and are interested in a space please contact the nursery on 01733 244000 or littleacorns. daynursery@yahoo.co.uk

Holme Pre-School

Over the past term the children have shared a Mother’s day lunch with their special person. Lots of activities were enjoyed by all, including planting sunflowers and decorating the pots, icing cakes and painting pottery pieces. Emotions has been an area of interest where the children have been using mirrors to look at We had a wonderful end to our reassuring to see that we have held educated and we will therefore be themselves, identifying features Spring Term this year with the true to our vision and values, despite undertaking a year’s sponsorship and making faces using a variety celebrations of our 50th birthday. challenge and change - that really of a 10 year old girl. Once again of different resources to represent The children thoroughly enjoyed deserves celebrating! this has been made possible by the different facial features. their traditional birthday lunch, We have nearly completed our endeavours of our children and Following this, the puppet show complete with jam sandwiches, jelly Bishop Stephen’s Lent Challenge; the sponsorship of their parents has been in action! Using their and ice cream. It was such fun to providing the Yaxley Food Bank with and carers, and with this challenge knowledge of emotions, turning share the entries from the log books an extremely generous donation, we have the opportunity to do it in to story building. Thinking dating back to the first day of the following the thoughtfulness of the something really valuable. Our of characters, a story and how it school in 1968, intertwined with our families supporting the ‘Tend’ ‘Treasure’ challenge is still under way ends. Extending their own play the world events and inventions that part of our Lent Challenge. Through due to the recent inclement weather, children turned the puppet show have changed our lives since the the theme of ‘Transform’, where we but the children are enjoying their in to an ice-cream shop. Which took opening of our School half a century can transform the world for one gardening activities, preparing the the show from tickets and stories ago. But what struck us so clearly person and make a difference, we ground work for our sensory garden to money and different ways to was the events that happened back are using our connections with St. and designing willow crosses for make ice-cream and flavours. Lots in the 1960’s and 1970’s we still hold Peter’s Church and the work they the area of reflection, great fun has of different learning opportunities dear and give importance to today have undertaken, in particular with been had by all! The celebrations and fun. visits out, visitors in, creativity, sport Star School, to sponsor a child in were completed by an outstanding Monthly taster sessions to see the competitions, school performances Rwanda. It is our belief that every performance of the Easter story in St setting. Please look at our Facebook and celebrating successes. It is child deserves the chance to be Peter’s church by our Year 5 children. page for details. 21 Yaxley Gazette | May 2018 | T: 01733 757342 | E: info@yaxleygazette.co.uk | www.yaxleygazette.co.uk YG MAY.indd 21

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hey certainly knew a thing or three, those folk of yesteryear. They had to live ‘cheek by jowl’ with nature, and with the English countryside, so for them, bad weather didn’t mean simply turning the thermostat up a notch, or popping on the electric blanket. “Button to chin, till May be in” has certainly been good advice this year, with late snows throughout March, and the rains keeping the land sodden until well in to April. May, however, was the month that my grandfather never left the farm, when nature really wakes up, when everything is growing, reproducing, and when our green and pleasant land puts on her finery and really shows off; I love May. The second half of the rhyme

“Button to chin, till May be in, Cast not a clout till May be out” Old English saying however, contains a warning, as early mornings and late evenings in May can still be chilly and brisk, so “cast not a clout [a shred of material] until May be out”. On the farm, our lambs born in the ‘spring’ (snow, sub-zero nights, persistent rain) will welcome the warmer weather, and it’s always lovely to see them running around in gangs like naughty children in the fields. Our spring crops which we’d typically plant in March were this year planted over a month late in the second half of April and should be emerging and racing away with the warmer soil temperatures and longer daylength speeding their growth. In the garden, leaves of rocket, watercress, and chicory will be in season and the first cuts of

asparagus will really announce the coming of the season, as will the new potatoes; mmn! Lamb is coming in to season, but I feel it’s always best to be buying your new season lamb in July when the earliest grass-fed lamb will be coming through. Lamb much earlier than this is fed on grass and supplementary food, known as creep feed which (while still tasty and good) doesn’t, I feel, have the full potential of delicious, grass-fed lamb. Those who dabble in gardengrown beverages and home ‘brews’ will be getting excited with the arrival of the elderflowers. May is a wonderful month; I hope you really get to enjoy it. And thank you for supporting British farmers by buying fresh, homegrown produce.

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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?

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id you know Forrest Gump was based on a book? Yup. Written in 1986 by Winston Groom What about Full Metal Jacket? Oh yes. Written by Gustav Hasford in 1979 and titled The Short-Timers. How about classic The Godfather? Absolutely. Written by Mario Puzo in 1969, bearing the same name as the film. In fact, many of the most popular films of the last 100 years have been based on an original book. Now, most people have already noticed the differences in the Harry Potter films compared to the books (Neville Longbottom killing Nagini instead of Ron Weasley anyone?), but does reading the book before the film or after make the most difference? Should you read the book for a film? My answer is undoubtedly yes! Personally, I like to read the book first and then watch the film, although this tends to really annoy me more when I pick out the many different aspects of the film. You see, filmmakers must condense the source material to fit into 2 hours or so, which can be extremely difficult. But do they really need to change the entire way the book played out? Absolutely not! Case in point, Ready Player One! Now I could go on for days about the differences between Ernest Cline’s fantastic book and the excellent film of the same name, but you can listen to my Podcast episode on it, which you can find on the links below. My questions are these: Should the books be given the same love and affection a film is given? Should the books be promoted just as much as the film (RPO was, admittedly, used highly in the marketing for the film) and should filmmakers be more attentive to the plot in the books as opposed to just changing it how they see fit (I am looking at you Mr Spielberg!) What do you think? Let me know on Facebook or Twitter. Other notable films based on books: Jaws (1975 by Peter Benchley), A Clockwork Orange (1962 by Anthony Burgess), The Talented Mr Ripley (1955 by Patricia Highsmith), Blade Runner (by Phillip K. Dick and titled Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep) 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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Locks & Shades Locks & Shades is a friendly, welcoming local hairdressers in Yaxley. Established by Donna Young in 2015, the salon has expanded several times to become the highly trusted hair and tanning salon that it is today.

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t has an outstanding reputation, which has increased considerably since opening its new salon doors, in its now permanent home, in Mere View, Yaxley. Locks and Shades prides itself on having an exceptional, friendly team of professional stylists, who will always endeavour to help you look your very best. They are all experienced, qualified stylists, who complete regular training and love to listen to your ideas. They are able to recommend what will work best for you and your hair. Locks and Shades offer a warm and welcoming environment and strive to ensure you need never again be nervous about coming for a hairdressing appointment. Services cover not only cutting and colouring, but also hair extensions and special occasion hair. Their aim is to ensure

that whatever your hair needs, you will always leave the salon looking and feeling fabulous! If you are eager to try a new look contact them on 01733 242472 to book a free consultation. Locks and Shades isn’t just all about hair, it also boasts a tanning salon which is fully equipped with both a laydown and standup sunbed. The Ultra sun sunbeds are regularly maintained and fitted with the highest quality EU regulated blu twist bulbs, which allow for a deeper and more even tanning service. The sunbed rooms are thoroughly cleaned between uses and have a large area to get changed and refreshed once you have completed tanning session. Complimentary makeup wipes, deodorants and fresh towels, along with sun goggles and winkeeze are all supplied for use at no extra cost.

For more information on services or pricelists visit www.locksandshades.co.uk or the facebook or instagram pages @locksandshades or alternatively call us on 01733 242 472.

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