September 2012 - Living Villages

September 2012 - Living Villages

Living Villages

September 2012

Water Newton, Thornhaugh,

Stibbington, Sutton & Wansford



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Distribution of our September magazine should

coincide with the weekend of the Horticultural

Society’s Annual Show, so our front cover is an

acknowledgement of this significant community

event in the Living Villages calendar. Reminding us

that the Show has a long history, the photo, kindly

supplied by Charlie Brown, shows prize-winning

begonias exhibited at the Show by Stanley Cragg in

the 1980s. This year for the first time, the

Horticultural Show’s leaflet has an eye-catching

colour cover which should ensure that it captures

the attention of an even larger audience. A full

report on the event will appear next month.

The impact of our unusual summer weather,

ranging from much too cool and wet to much too

hot, is reflected in several reports this month as it

has affected both outdoor events and plant growth

in gardens and in the wild (see Graham Blagden’s

Nature Notes on page 27).

Our series of reports on The Olympics continues

with two different, but both very positive,

perspectives on the Games from Marcus Arnold

(page 29) and Viv Thorley (pages 30 and 31).

Those who regularly write for Living Villages and

those who distribute it every month will be meeting

in early September to consult on the magazine, its

content and future direction. Comments from other

readers are very welcome too, and outcomes from

the consultation will be published next month. Rosie McDonnell

Editorial team and contacts

Editor: Rosie McDonnell

Tel 01780 783639


Regular features writers:

Reflections: Bishop John Flack

Local history: David Stuart-Mogg

Nature Notes: Graham Blagden

Younger readers: Marcus Arnold

Photographer: Charles Brown


Advertising manager: Carole Whincup

Tel 01780 783055


Distribution manager: Rod Sortwell

Tel 01780 783403


Reporter: Viv Thorley

Tel 01780 782616


Worship lists . 4,5

Bishop John . . 7

Church news 9, 25

News reports:

Friends . . . . . . . 11

Lottery . . . . . . . . 11

WI . . . . . . . . . . 13

Horticultural Soc. 15

Communicare . . 17

Nene Valley Tots 28

Parish Councils:

Wansford . . . . . . 21

Sutton . . . . . . . 23

Special features:

Memories from the

Home Front . . . . 17

Local History. .18, 19

Nature Notes . . . 27

Younger readers. 29

Olympic Tales 30, 31

Letters to the Editor


Diary Dates . . 34


St Andrew’s, Thornhaugh St Mary’s, Wansford

Date Time Location Service

2 September 10 am St Andrew’s


9 September 10 am St Mary’s




Our churches exist to experience the love of God and to share that love with others.

16 September 10 am St Andrew’s


23 September 10 am St Mary’s


Parish Communion

Parish Communion

Parish Communion

Parish Communion

30 September 10 am Nassington Benifice Service

Retirement of Bishop

John Flack

Every Wednesday

10 am St Mary’s



Morning Prayer

Acting Priest-in-charge: Bishop John Flack Tel: 782271 Mob: 07810 714056


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Liz Kemp Bonemill Pumping Station, Old Oundle Road,

Thornhaugh PE8 6NW 782333

Paul Tate 2 Yarwell Road, Wansford, PE8 6JP 782965

Alan Jones 10 Bridge End, Wansford PE8 6JH 783205

PCC Treasurer:

Judith Rogers 1 Robinswood, Wansford, PE8 6JQ 783441



St John the Baptist, Stibbington St Remigius, Water Newton

Please note that services in Stibbington will take place on the second and

fourth Sunday of the month and in Water Newton on the fifth Sunday.

Date Time Location Service

2 nd Details opposite for Wansford


or 10.15am Holy Communion

at St. Kyneburgha, Castor or

9.30am at All Saints, Elton





St. John the Baptist,


Morning Worship

16 th


As for 2nd Sept

23 rd Sept 9.00am

St. John the Baptist,


Holy Communion

30 th Sept 6.00pm St. Remigius, Water Newton

For weddings and baptisms or the arrangement of Holy Communion for the sick or

housebound please contact Canon William Burke on 01733 380244 or email or contact the Parish Office on


St. John the Baptist, Stibbington Richard Winfrey 01780 782431

Carol Lindsay 01780 782338

For details of Roman Catholic services please contact:

Father Bruce Burbridge on 01733 322750


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Dear Everyone

It has been a great privilege to serve as priest-in-charge of Wansford and

Thornhaugh for the past year, since Canon Christie retired. I have been

doing this in addition to my responsibilities as priest-in-charge of Nassington,

Yarwell, Woodnewton and Apethorpe. Now the time has come for my own

retirement, after 46 years in ordained ministry. I shall miss it all more than

I can say, especially the many friends I have made across the years - not

least in this area. My wife and I have a house of our own in Whittlesey, so

we shall not be too far away. And I shall be continuing as honorary

Assistant Bishop of Peterborough, so I shall hope to see you again.

My last service before retirement will be on Sunday 30 September at

10.00am in Nassington Parish Church. I hope that people from all six

villages, including Wansford and Thornhaugh, will come to say goodbye, so

that we can give thanks for one another, and for our shared faith. Parking

will be in the Prebendal Manor opposite the church, and there will be

refreshments in the Manor afterwards. I do hope you will be able to come.

The Diocese of Peterborough will be appointing a new full-time priest-incharge

who will serve all six villages and churches. He/she (we don't know

which yet ) will be assisted by our Ministry Team, which includes the

Reverend Peter Konig, the Reverend Peter Morrell, Canon Bill Girard, Mrs

Jan Downey, Mr Tom Tomalin and Miss Jo Booth. When all our six

congregations come together there are well over 100 regular worshippers.

So there is a good team and wonderful support. The future looks bright.

Come and be part of it!

With my thanks, and my prayers for you all -always

For news from St Mary’s Church, Wansford,

see the next page.


+John Flack

For news from St Remigius Church, Water Newton,

see our special feature on page 25.

The Haycock Hotel is proud to announce the arrival of their new Executive Head Chef

Andrew McCreanor. Andrew is Australian born and has lived in the UK for 15 years,

and is living locally to the area. Andrew is passionate about food and using locally sourced

produce wherever possible. Andrew’s career spans over two decades.

He has consulted on the Australian Master Chef television show, and has cooked for

Royalty, celebrities and at many high society events. Andrew says,

“I’m so excited to be Executive Head Chef at The Haycock Hotel

as it is such a prestigious property in this area and I look forward to meeting

many of the local residents and patrons of the hotel”

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Work on the improvements to

facilities at St Mary’s church,

Wansford continues to progress

well. The new porch which is being

constructed is now clear to see. It

will provide new access from the

north side, and will include an

accessible toilet.

There’s still time to contribute to

the fund raising appeal to help

finance the project. Leaflets giving

details were distributed to all

villagers in July. The appeal closes

at the end of August and we should

be most grateful for further contributions before that date in the form of

donations or jam jars filled with all that loose change that weighs down your

pockets (Phone the numbers below if you would like them collected).

Completion of the gift aid form will enable us to boost your contributions by a

further 25%. Additional labels and leaflets are available at the church porch.

These improved amenities will enable us to put the Church to wider

community use. We are planning to hold a special event in October to

celebrate the opening of these new facilities. Details in next month’s Living


Alan Jones, 01780 783205 or Judith Rogers, Treasurer, 783441


Following its extended summer break, the choir of St Mary’s church

Wansford will begin meeting again in September. Practices will be held at

7.30pm on Thursday 13 and Thursday 20 September, and the choir will then

sing at the service on Sunday 23rd.

Former members and new are all very welcome to come along to join the

practices at 19A Old Leicester Road, Wansford.

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Hello dear Friends,

I hope you have enjoyed the break with the excitement of the Olympic

Games, the Arts and Music Festivals everywhere and being able to catch up

with family and friends.

Now I am looking forward to seeing you all at our meeting on Wednesday,

5 th September at 10.30 a.m. in the Community Hall, which will be preceded

by Morning Prayer at St. Mary’s at 10 a.m.

Other important dates for your diaries:

19th September Meeting at the Community Hall at 10.30 preceded by

Morning Prayer at 10 a.m.

3rd October Meeting at the Community Hall at 10.30 preceded by

Morning Prayer at 10 a.m.

Saturday, 13 th October HARVEST LUNCH in the Christie Hall at 12.30

Looking further ahead : The Christmas Bazaar on 24 th November from 2 – 5

p.m at the Christie Hall. Plenty of time to start cooking, baking and knitting.

We always love to see new members.

Best wishes,


Dora Baker (secretary)


The winners of the

August 2012

draw are listed here.

Many thanks to

Mrs J Johnson


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£50 Mr M Hopkins

£40 Mrs P Shepherd

£30 Mrs M Ferris

£20 J Wallis

£10 S Brown

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Rita Kendrew kindly invited members

to her home for the meeting on 14 th

August for a recipe swop. Members

brought along a savoury or sweet dish

that they had prepared and after

sampling everyone’s delicious cooking

there was the added bonus of being

able to take the recipes home!

11 members and friends enjoyed a

visit to Althorp House on Saturday 4 th

August. Although it was a showery

day, by planning our visit we managed

to enjoy the gardens and our picnic in

the dry before visiting the house and

exhibitions once the rain arrived.

The Craft Evenings will recommence in

the autumn on Thursday 20 th

September at the Wansford

Community Hall at 7.30 p.m.

Members and friends are encouraged

to join us for a chat and a coffee even

if they have no handicraft to work on!

The next Book Group will meet on

Thursday 27 th September at The


Haycock Hotel

when we will be

discussing The

Thread by Victoria

Hislop and The Sisters Brothers by

Patrick DeWitt.

The Autumn Group Meeting will be

hosted by Elton W.I. on Thursday 13 th

September and it will be “A Chocolate

Experience”. Plans are being made for

a Designer Day at Denman College on

Saturday 23 rd February 2013 when

members will be able to learn how to

make some bead and wire jewellery in

the morning and be taught flower

arranging in the afternoon.

The next W.I. meeting will be held at

the Wansford Community Hall on

Tuesday 11 th September when

members will learn more about

Recycling in Our Area. If you are

interested in finding out more about

recent developments in recycling,

please join us at 7.15 p.m.

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Our coach trip to R.H.S.

Garden Wisley on Sunday 5

August was a sell out and a

great success. Although we

encountered showers on the

way down to Surrey and for

a short while on arrival, the

sun quickly came out and

we spent the rest of the day

basking in sunshine. As

always, Wisley did not

disappoint and offered a

wealth of ideas, plant

choices and planting

schemes to inspire us.

As this issue of Living Villages will be

delivered at some point during the

weekend of the Annual Show, I am

unable report on the day’s highlights.

You can however be sure that there

will be full coverage and photos

included in the October issue.

Please note that the next talk on our

calendar has been rescheduled to

Thursday 11 th October, as our

speaker, Philip Amp of Amps Fine

Wines , Oundle, is unable to be with

us on 4 th . He will be talking about

the Wines of the Americas and

bringing plenty of examples for us to

taste. Please do come along and

bring your friends and neighbours.


As with most of our

talks, this will be held

at 7.30 in the Christie


This brings me to our

“talk of the year”! Last

season we were proud

to present our local

highly acclaimed

landscape designer,

Bunny Guinness. This

year our guest comes

from further afield, but

is no less famous and features

prominently on television coverage

of all things horticultural. We are

delighted to welcome CHRIS

BEARDSHAW to the ballroom of

the Haycock Hotel on Thursday

1 st November at 7.30 p.m. where

he will present an illustrated talk

entitled “How does your garden

grow?” Chris is hugely informed and

one of the leading lights in the world

of gardening both as a television

presenter and ambassador –

breathing new life into the industry

with his unique blend of skills and

qualifications which embrace

planting, garden design and

landscape architecture.

Tickets for this event, which are

limited to 200, will be on sale at the

Annual Show on August 25 th and

thereafter from me or any committee

member. They will be priced at

£7.50 for members, £10 for non

members and, if places are still

available, £12 on the door. I already

have a list of reserved tickets, so be

sure to purchase yours early to avoid


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Reminder - The next meeting on

Wednesday 5 th September 2012

at Wansford Surgery commencing at

6.30pm is our Annual General

Meeting. This is an important date

in our calendar when reports are

given on the previous year’s activities

and future plans and projects. We

shall also be launching our new

information leaflet with ideas on how

this can be distributed to the widest

possible audience of patients. When

setting dates for meetings in the

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chance to voice an opinion or discuss

Many thanks to everyone who

responded to the notice in last

month’s magazine by offering

memorabilia, photos and documents

for Stibbington Centre’s “Memories

from the Home Front” project. Our

new acquisitions will be on display,

along with our existing archive, at the

1940s-themed HOME FRONT

FESTIVAL on Saturday 22

September. Details about the event

are enclosed with this magazine.

We will be continuing our research

during the coming months, so those

with memories of wartime that they

would like to share are very welcome

to come along on 22 September

we’re even offering free entry to

everyone born before the end of

World War II!



a matter you may feel needs airing.

The Social Group monthly coffee

morning will be on Friday 21 st

September 2012 – Yarwell Village

Hall at 10am.

Our final day trip of the season is to

Leeds on Saturday 27 th October –

there will be the opportunity to either

visit the Leeds City Variety Theatre

for a matinee performance of ‘The

Good Old Days’ or spend the day

shopping in the city centre. Cost:

£33 for the theatre, or £18 for

shopping only.

For more information and bookings

contact Clare Wagstaffe on 01780

470437 or email:

Wendy Spencer


From research that we have already

completed we know, for example,

that in 1940 to 41 more than 100

children were evacuated to

Stibbington from their homes in

London. The children were billeted at

local addresses and attended the

school at Stibbington, more than

doubling the school roll. Some were

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many stayed for at least two years.

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By David Stuart-Mogg

In British history the town of

Ladysmith is largely

remembered for its rôle in the

Second Boer War when Imperial

troops were besieged there

between October 1899 and

February 1900. Over ensuing

years the famous London

headline ‘Ladysmith Relieved’

was the predictable source of

much smutty music hall ribaldry.

Few people today possibly

realise that Ladysmith was

named after the Spanish wife of

a local Whittlesey man, by then

Lieutenant General Sir Harry

Smith, Governor of Cape Colony and

High Commissioner.

Henry George Wakelyn Smith was born

in Whittlesey in 1787, one of the eleven

children of a local surgeon. In 1804,

aged 16, and Britain being at war with

France, Harry Smith (always Harry,

never Henry) volunteered for the

Whittlesey troop of Yeomanry Cavalry

which was charged with patrolling the

neighbourhood of the Norman Cross

Barracks, where some 15,000 French

prisoners-of-war were incarcerated.

In 1805, while acting as an orderly to

Brigadier-General Stewart during a

review at Norman Cross, the General

asked Harry whether he would like to

become an officer. On receiving an

enthusiastic response, the General

decided Harry Smith would make a good

‘green jacket’ and had Harry gazetted

second lieutenant to the 95 th Regiment,

Riflemen. A lieutenancy unexpectedly

became available upon his joining the


regiment, so Harry’s

father stumped up

the £100 (about

£4,000 today)

purchase money and

Harry was Gazetted

lieutenant just one

month later.

Shortly after this

juncture Harry’s life

took on a mantle of

adventure and high

drama that at times

challenges belief in

its sheer extent and

breadth. He set sail with his regiment

for South America and was closely

involved in the siege and capture of

Monte Video and later Buenos Aires. In

1808, as Adjutant, he sailed for Spain to

engage with Napoleon in the Peninsula

War and fought at the Battle of Coruña.

Harry Smith served throughout the long

campaign, receiving a bullet in his ankle

and multiple contusions caused by

bullets passing through his clothes.

It was at the storming of Badajos –

Harry records: ‘the atrocities committed

by our troops on the poor innocent and

defenceless inhabitants of that city, no

words suffice to depict’ - that he met his

future wife, one of two high-born

Spanish ladies who fled the city and

sought refuge with the British High

Command. In relating this meeting Harry

Smith observed: ‘I was only twenty-two,

my wife just on the verge of fourteen’.

They were married within a few days: a

love that was to prove enduring as from



then on his wife,

(Lady) Juana María

de los Dolores de

León Smith, rarely

left his side and

bravely campaigned

alongside him.

After participating in

the Battle of Toulouse

(1814), Harry

volunteered for

service in the United

States and fought in

the Battle of

Bladensburg and in

the capture of Washington (DC),

witnessing the burning of both the

Capitol Building and the state house of

American President Madison. Harry

Smith later returned to America and

was involved in the disastrous fiasco

that was the Battle of New Orleans. In

1815, as a Lieutenant Colonel, he

fought at the Battle of Waterloo. In

Glasgow, Harry Smith had the task of

quelling ‘radicals’, half-starved weavers

rioting for higher wages and better

conditions. Many were old soldiers who

had served overseas and had formed

themselves into quasi-military units. It

was not a task he enjoyed.

The year 1825 saw Harry Smith in Nova

Scotia, and later Nassau, before

returning to England and, in 1829,

moving on to the Cape of Good Hope to

fight in what were called the Kafir Wars.

In 1840 Smith was promoted Adjutant

General to the Army in India and fought

in the Gwalior Campaign and the First

Anglo-Sikh War. It was in

recognition of his crushing

defeat of the Sikhs at Aliwal

that he was ennobled,

choosing the title 1 st

Baronet of Aliwal. It was

after this accolade that

Smith returned to South

Africa as the Governor of

Cape Colony, eventually

retiring to England in 1847.

He died in 1860 and is

buried at St. Mary’s

Church, Whittlesey. There

is Smith-related material

both in the church and the

museum at the Town Hall (both limited

opening times). The Sir Harry Smith

Community College was named after


When I first acquired the two volumes of

Sir Harry Smith’s autobiography

(published John Murray, 1901), I was

immediately struck by uncanny

similarities shared by Harry Smith and

the trans-continental swash-buckling

activities of George Macdonald Fraser’s

fictional character Flashman, which

presumably required historical research.

An enquiry elicited a response from the

author that he was not aware of Sir


More ‘Green Men’ (see LV, July issue).

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for drawing my attention to two early

carvings of the genre in the 12 th century

St. Michael’s Church, Sutton. More on

these anon.


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The meeting of the Parish Council was held in the Community Hall on 13 th

August 2012 at 7.30 pm.

Parish Councillors, the Clerk, Councillor Holdich and 2 members of the public

were in attendance.

The Public Forum raised concerns about the A47 roundabout, parking within

the village near junctions and the increasing number of vehicles, including

HGV’s, using the village roads to bypass parts of the A47 during peak traffic


Planning Applications: 12/01153/CTR and 12/01120/FUL were presented

for consideration with no objections.

30 mph Wheelie Bin Stickers: A further supply will be obtained from the

Peterborough City Council and distributed to residents who require them.

PCC Tree Warden: John Wilcockson will be looking at trees within the

village on 5 th September at 4.00pm. Please contact John Stannage

( if you would like to discuss tree issues.

Highway Matters: A meeting will be arranged with a PCC Highways

representative to discuss concerns over A47 roundabouts, the bridge,

parking, winter gritting of village roads and the A47 underpass.

Toddlers Play Area: Councillors agreed to further discuss this project with

the PCC and progress the possibility of leasing an area of land from the PCC.

Code of Conduct: A new code of conduct is now in place for Parish

Councillors, which is to be signed by Councillors for the next Council Meeting.

Village Map and Notice Board: A quotation has been obtained and further

quotations required to progress at the next Council Meeting.

Next Meeting: Monday 10 th September 2012 , 7.30pm in the Wansford

Community Hall, and villagers will be warmly welcomed .

John Stannage

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The last meeting of the Parish Council took place on 26 th July:

Tree Planting in Sutton

A body called “Trees for Cities” is grant aiding tree-planting across the

country. Peterborough’s contribution is being managed by Peterborough

Environment City Trust (PECT). The project manager is Jessica Horrocks

from PECT. She had been approached by the Parish Council to see whether

Sutton could benefit. She came to the meeting to outline her suggestions.

She suggested that part of the Recreation Ground (opposite the church)

might be planted with whips (tree seedlings of 0.5-1.0m high) and further

hedging. She suggested planting with indigenous tree species over a

triangular area in the north-eastern corner of the field taking up about a

third of its area. Views across the field towards the river would be protected,

as would the peripheral walk and the playing field. The trees, tree guards,

stakes, and weed control mats would be provided at no cost to the Parish

Council as would some measure of assistance with maintenance. The

planting would need to be a community effort. The Parish Council considered

the scheme well worth taking further, initially with a survey of village


Tree clearance beside the A47

Curiosity had been expressed in the village as to the reason for the tree

felling currently taking place beside the A47, opposite and near the Sutton

Heath Road junction. It was reported that the land-owner, Mr Sharpley, had

been contacted. He explained that the Highways Agency had approached

him, concerned at the potential danger from tall trees close to and leaning

towards the road. He had agreed to clear-fell a strip alongside the road.

Planning Appeal

The Parish Council was informed that a planning appeal had been lodged

relating to the latest refusal of planning permission for a gypsy family site

beside the approach to the Wansford picnic area off the A47. The Parish

Council’s letter of objection to the planning application would be passed to

the inspector dealing with the appeal.

Parish Council meeting date.

Next Parish Council meeting: Thursday 27 th September 2012 at 7.45pm in

the Church

Peter Lee

Tel: 01780 782703


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The Friends of St Remigius was formed to

help raise funds to preserve the church at

Water Newton for future generations.

This lovely church has a long and unique

history. The present building dates back to

the 13th century, with many of the original

stones of the 12th century church being

built in to the later walls. The tower is

early 14th Century, with the exception of

the top six feet, which is modern.

Interestingly, the original apex, complete

with cross, still stands close to the churchyard wall.

The church in its idyllic setting among the trees beside the bank of the River

Nene is mentioned in the Doomsday Book survey of 1086. The church has

many interesting features including a Roman coffin in the churchyard, a

niche with a medieval figure in the tower external west wall and an effigy

from c1300.

St Remigius was bishop of Rheims and was responsible for the conversion of

Clovis, King of the Franks in AD496.

Water Newton is the ‘gateway’ to the site of the Roman garrison town of

Durobrivae. The hoard of 4th century Roman silver found in a nearby field in

1975 is known as ‘The Water Newton Treasure’. This find is the earliest

Christian liturgical silver yet found in the Roman Empire and is evidence of

early Christian worship in the area. Was it buried by an inhabitant of

Durobrivae? The Water Newton lock crossing is close to the original Roman

bridge over the Nene along Ermine Street and the route to the Roman

Praetorium at Castor.

To support this Trust by becoming a ‘Friend’, contact the Friends committee:

Tony Capon on 01733 237500 or

To celebrate

The Feast of St. Remigius

on Sunday 30 September

Join us and the Choir of St. Kyneburgha

for Evensong at 6pm

Light refreshments will be served following the service

(with a nominal donation to The Friends for refreshments).


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By Graham Blagden

One result of the heavy rainfall we

have noticed this summer is the

tremendous growth put on by all our

plants. Trees, shrubs, herbaceous

plants and even weeds have grown to

sizes I have not seen for a long time.

My relatively small Norway Spruce, a

former Christmas Tree, has put on over

3 feet of growth already and does not

look as though it has stopped yet. All

my shrubs are going to need a heavy

prune soon as they are getting out of

shape and more than filling their

allotted space. My verbascums, or

mullein, have grown 10 feet tall and

tower above my herbaceous border.

Even my new hawthorn hedge has

filled out and will soon be able to

replace the temporary fence I erected a

few years ago.

But this year I have particularly noticed

the rank growth of weeds in the

countryside, on my allotment and in a

wild patch in the garden. Weeds are

everyone's wild flowers, and vice versa,

and this year their growth has made

them much more attractive then usual.

My garden patch has been left for

about nine months with larkspur and

opium poppies growing 6 feet tall.

Larkspurs are typical of plants brought

into the country for their ornamental

value, in this case from Mediterranean

countries. They have been improved

for garden purposes but have escaped

into the countryside and can come up

in any disturbed garden soil. The

mauve poppies have been introduced

but their seeds long remain dormant in

the soil. Sow thistles are catching them

up, soon to burst into daubs of yellow

flower but particularly obvious at

ground level are the spreading plants

of former garden and cornfield.

Scarlet pimpernel and common trefoil

are joined in the garden by former



cultivated violets whose deep blue and

yellow flowers come up anywhere in

disturbed garden soil. The scarlet

pimpernel has very small orangey-red

flowers that sparkle amongst their

green-bedecked plant stems. Common

trefoil has hundreds of little yellow

puffballs of flower that are affixed to its

rampant shoots. Both plants are found

in garden and allotment.

In my garden the violets are replaced

by Heartsease, the true wild pansy, a

close cousin of the violets. Their blue

yellow and white flowers are much

smaller and more delicate than their

semi-cultivated relatives. A beautiful

looking flower! Challenging the

pimpernel for brightest colour is the

blue and white of the common

speedwell. This year this rambling and

straggling plant seems to extend

further and further from its roots,

spreading droplets of bright blue in

contrast to the pimpernel's red.

Pennycress is a former cornfield weed

which emerged this spring following

deep digging of the soil and brightened

up the plot. Its light green shoots of

up to 18 inches tall are topped with

panicles of small white flowers

succeeded by its characteristic winged

seed pods.

However my most attractive weed has

to be the poppy, or corn poppy. Who

can not be entranced by these splashes

of true scarlet, either en masse or in

small patches bringing joy to one's

heart? We will never stop poppy seeds

from flowering every time the soil is

disturbed and who would wish to. They

bring beauty and remembrance and

have found a special place in out

hearts. Maybe this year's growing

conditions will ensure billions more

poppy seeds are produced for our

27 continual enjoyment.



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By Marcus Arnold



Hello and welcome to this

month’s blog. This month my

family and I went to the London

2012 Olympics. We went

down to London on the train.

We arrived at the games at

about 1.30pm but we could

not get in to the park straight

away because we were not

allowed to take our bottles of

coca-cola in. It was airport

security. That is how they

described it. Anyway we had

to eat our picnic on the floor outside John Lewis, it was yum yum. When we

got into the Olympic park, then and only then did we find out how big it all

was. We saw the Velodrome, the Copper Box, the BMX track, the Orbit and

many more sites that we had only seen on the TV until then. We went down

to see the water polo which didn’t start until 6.20pm which meant we had a

lot of time to have a look around and we needed it. There was just so much

to see. We had our tea in McDonalds. It was the biggest that I had ever

seen. It was a temporary building with about 25 counters and my Dad reckons

they were serving over 1000 people per hour. It was hard to find a seat

but we were served really quickly. Pretty impressive I thought.

The first game of water polo was GB versus Russia. Then it was a semi final

between Hungary and Spain. Remind me never to sit behind a Hungarian

super fan. They were up and down through out the whole match but it wasn’t

enough and they lost. They had supported GB in our match so we supported

them for theirs. They made an awful lot of noise with hooters, clapping

and shouting. It was very exciting being part of such a major sporting

event. We came back on the Javelin train which was super fast. We were

back home within 2 hours from the water polo ending.

Also this summer holidays we have been on two different caravan holidays.

We went on many long cycle rides and got in thunderstorms on the way

back. The second week was much better with the weather being sun sun

sun. We had three barbeques and spent many long hours playing badminton

and other games outside. We couldn’t get the TV to work but we didn’t

really miss it.

Next month I will probably be talking about the Paralympics because we are

going to see lots of events next month.

Good bye



By Viv Thorley

The Olympic empty seat fiasco at the start of the Games meant the

opportunity of a lifetime for us when we were able to procure two last minute

tickets (after several frustrating hours online) for the Closing Ceremony. And

WOW! what a treat lay in store for us. It is impossible not to describe what

unfolded in front of us for more than three hours without using every

superlative in the dictionary.

To start with, just the size of the stadium was totally awesome; it has the

same capacity as Wembley but it seemed bigger and airier and its huge floorsize

gave it a more grandiose feel. As the seats filled, so the buzz and the

noise grew and this then reached a deafening pitch when a cheery “warm-up”

chap urged us all into a Mexican wave (nobody knew, or wanted, to give up on

it as it did the rounds at least three times before fizzling out!) He then

proceeded to rehearse us for the opening countdown and the whistling bit in

“Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”. So finally nine o’clock arrived and

the stadium erupted in an explosion of cheers, clapping and stamping . . . and

the rest, I expect has been seen on TV by almost everyone who reads “Living


However, most of the nation could only watch it on the small screen and this

simply could not begin to depict the energy, the atmosphere and the epic

proportion of the Ceremony as it unfolded. Probably the two most outstanding

features of the event were the quality of the sound and the extraordinary

innovative light show around the stadium, both of which could never be fully

appreciated on a television.

Yes, the music was loud, very loud, but it was technically perfect: no

distortion, just all-enveloping sound. As for the brilliant concept of using tens

of thousands of LED lights which were fixed in small boxes between every seat

in the stadium, to stage the most fabulous visual display ever seen, was

probably the highlight of the whole show. It was spectacular in its ambition

and its scope and the experience of being surrounded by 360 degrees of

inspirational visual images could never be reproduced on a small screen.

The participation and enthusiasm of the audience, too, contributed to the spirit

of the celebrations. When Freddie Mercury appeared on screen, the entire

audience was up on its feet participating in the famous “We Will Rock You”

arm stretch - even the small elderly gentleman next to me (no, not my

husband!) was rock and rolling throughout the evening. The stadium is so

huge that it was not always possible to take in, or indeed, see clearly,

everything that was happening in the arena as there were so many

participants (nearly 15,000 in all) and so much going on at any one time. The

organisation throughout was superb, despite only a few hours preparation

beforehand in the actual stadium itself.




Many thanks to Tom Whincup for sending the photo. As a senior manager at the

Olympic Park Site (see feature in our July magazine), Tom was lucky enough

to have been offered a seat at the Closing Ceremony. It must have been

“sigh of relief” time for him, with his project management mission

so successfully accomplished.

This is where television coverage scored. Back home the following day, we

watched the entire event again on the box and were able to see some of the acts

in much greater detail which had taken place in the distant centre of the arena:

Darcy Bussell and the ballet dancers, the movement of the dancers as they were

“running up the hill” to the white boxes, the Brazilian contribution, all of which

had the benefit of some commentary which did actually help to make sense of

some of the more obscure performances.

Probably the most extraordinary moment came when the cauldron of flames was

being lowered, then extinguished. The audience of 80,000 people, who moments

before had been cheering themselves hoarse, fell totally silent in the brief

darkness of the stadium and this was actually very poignant and moving.

Sometime after midnight, the organisers had the task of emptying the stadium

and getting us all speedily and safely out of the Park- a marathon undertaking.

A wall of people, half a mile long, shuffled cheerfully along towards the Stratford

Stations - no hold ups, no pushing, no unpleasantness, just thousands of us,

smiling, joking and chatting about the dazzling spectacle in which we had been

fortunate enough to participate. Without doubt, we of a certain age are unlikely

ever again to be part of such an exceptional and memorable event.


Dear Rosie,

Would you include in the September issue of Living

Villages details of the recent archaeological dig at

Water Newton and our special event in October?

With many thanks,

Tony Capon, Chairman, Friends of St Remegius


DIGGING FOR DATES: Built before or after AD60?

What was found at the Roman Fort at

Water Newton during the August 2012

Dig? Dr Stephen Upex excavated the

site with support of local archaeological

groups, financed by English Heritage.

Now Stephen will pick up the story of

Britain in the 1 st Century BC when the

Romans faced resistance to their

occupation from the local Iceni tribes.

The development of this area was

shaped by the defeat of the Ninth

Legion and the question is, was the

fort at Water Newton part of the

Roman response?

Join us for a lively evening in Stephen’s company for this illustrated talk

12 October 2012 at 7.30 pm


St Remigius Church, Water Newton Church

Tickets £10 available from

or call Tony Capon 01733 237500

Dr Stephen Upex is an Archaeologist and Landscape Historian, arguably the

pre-eminent authority on ‘The Romans in the East of England’, Dr Upex is

currently editing a series of books and monographs that deal with earlier

excavations around the Roman town of ‘Durobrivae’ near Water Newton. His

book The Romans in the East of England’, published in 2008 , surveys the

Roman occupation of the area. Stephen is leading the current dig at

Durobrivae and was involved in the recent Time Team dig of palatial Roman

structure at Castor.


A note from an

advertiser when

sending an update

to her ad:

“I’m loving the


A reader who asked to

remain anonymous sent

the following:

On the short walk along

the Yarwell Road from

Wansford Church, past the

Surgery to the top of the

hill, what might you expect

to find along the wayside in

this attractive, desirable

area of rural England?

Here’s what this walker


� 8 drinks cans

� 6 plastic bottles

� Crisp packets

� Cigarette packets

� Sweet wrappers

� Various other pieces of

paper, card and plastic

The plastic carrier bag into

which the above spoils

were collected was full to

the brim.

Litter picking projects

provide a temporary

remedy to the problem.

The cure though must lie in

peer pressure from friends

and encouragement from

family, colleagues and

parents to dissuade

offenders from the antisocial

and thoughtless

behaviour that spoils the

village environment.

Dear Living Villages magazine,

I would like to let

Graham Blagden

know how much I

enjoyed his article

on “The return of

the big birds” in

the July magazine.

I used to live at

Sacrewell Farm in

my younger days

but have since

moved to Burwell,

near Newmarket,

where I am a

postal subscriber

to the magazine.

Like you, we have red kites and ravens too, but

I’ve not come across ospreys here.

At Sacrewell in the 1950s I once watched a

peregrine falcon take out a pigeon. You

mention that farmers suspect buzzards of

taking young lambs. That’s a sight I’ve never



Thank you for your

very interesting and

informative article,

With kind regards,

David Payne

Thank you to

Charlie Brown for

supplying the

stunning photos

of red kite (left)

and buzzard.



Event Time Venue Contact Phone p

3, 10,

17, 24

Nene Valley Tots 10.00am The Christie Hall Jane Hunt 782438 28


5, 19

Friends of St Mary’s and

St Andrew’s



Community Hall

Wed 5 Communicare AGM 6.30pm Wansford Health

Wed 5

Mon 10

Tue 11

Thur 13


13, 20

Thur 20

Fri 21

Sibson cum Stibbington

Parish Council meeting

Wansford Parish Council


Stibbington & Wansford

WI meeting

WI Autumn Group


St Mary’s Church,

Wansford Choir practice

Stibbington & Wansford

WI Craft Evening

Communicare Social

group Coffee Morning

Sat 22 Home Front Festival

Thur 27

Thur 27


Stibbington & Wansford

WI Book Group meeting

Sutton Parish Council








Environment Centre


Community Hall


Community Hall

19A Old Leicester

Road, Wansford


Community Hall

10.00am Yarwell Village Hall

10am —




Environment Centre

The Haycock

St Michael’s

Church, Sutton

Looking ahead: OCTOBER 2012

Wed 3 Friends of St Mary’s and St Andrew’s

Thur 11 Horticultural Society meeting

Fri 12 Digging for Dates meeting

Sat 13 Friends Harvest Lunch

Thur 27 Communicare day trip to Leeds


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