Ivor reflects on the history of the Rver Wissey
The river Wissey is timeless but its character and purpose has seen many changes. Often comparisons with the past find a sad deterioration so it is pleasing that our own river is now at the pinnacle of its life to date. Today there is an overpowering peace but a step-back in time shows a different picture.
Paul gives advice on bare root plants
Bare root season is upon us yet again. The best time to transplant young trees and deciduous hedging plants is once the leaves have dropped. Twenty to thirty years ago the nurseryman’s main selling period would be during the winter months, but with the advent of commercially growing plants in containers, it enabled plants to be sold all year round. There are, however certain species of plants which are still produced in the field and only sold in the winter months. The main reasons why we still hold on to this traditional growing method are as follows:
Monthly newsletter from a very busy James Bradfield School
The children held a Remembrance Day Service on Tuesday 11th November. One pupil read a prayer, two the Bible readings and the whole School sang the Peace Prayer Shalom and held a period of silence in remembrance of all who have died in past and present conflicts. After the service 2 children from each year group processed to the War Memorial in Stoke Ferry accompanied by staff members and parents; a short prayer was read following the laying of a wreath of poppies. The names of villagers killed during the two World Wars were read out as poppy crosses were planted in the churchyard behind the War Memorial. The children seemed much moved by the service and talked about it afterwards.
Some more alternative word meanings
MANHOOD Monk’s headwear
DEFER Descale a kettle
DECORUM Instruction to remove apples’ centres
KITTIWAKE Lively cat
NIGHTJAR Cup of ovaltine
Ron reflects on the enormous changes made to the UK road network over the past 30 years
In recent issues I wrote about the obstacles facing motorists in the 1930s. I referred to the way in which major routes would go through the centres of towns and villages where the roads were narrow and obstructed by parked vehicles. As a relative newcomer to the area I am not familiar with the way local roads used to be, but I was looking at an old OS map of mine that dated back to the mid 70s and was quite surprised to see how many roads were going through town centres even then. Those who have lived in the area for many years will remember how, even as recently as the 70s, main roads were so different. In particular I was surprised to see that at that time the A10 went through the centre of Ely, the centre of Littleport, through Southery, Hilgay, Fordham, where it did a sharp right turn, through Denver, where it took another sharp right turn, through Downham Market and through Stow Bardolph. Further back in the past the A10 went through Downham High Street. Who can remember that? Going south, it went through Cambridge, I well remember what that was like, through Melbourn and Royston. It still goes through Royston but at one time it used to go straight down Royston High Street which was hardly wide enough for two cars to pass each other. Further south still it went through Buntingford, Hertford and Ware. I remember, in the 50s and 60s, and perhaps more recently, that, further south than Ware, the A10 was one long miserable trail of nose to tail traffic.