Monthly Archives: June 2015

Charity auction to help Guyhirn


Do you have any useful but unwanted items?

A charity auction is being organised to raise money for the maintenance of Guyhirn churchyard and they are on the lookout for things to put under the hammer.

The event is at Clifford Cross Auction Rooms in Chapel Road, Wisbech, on September 26.

If you have anything you can drop it off with Margaret Fletcher at 108 Wisbech Road, Thorney or call 01733 270634 to arrange collection.

Thorney couple escape Tunisia terror attack


A couple from Thorney were caught up in the terrorist attack in Tunisia on Friday.

Joe and Shirley Church, who live in Station Road, were flown home on Saturday.

It has been reported that Shirley has a leg injury and will have medical treatment in the UK.

A lone gunman targeted holidaymakers in Sousse on Friday, killing 38 people and injuring many more, before being shot dead by Tunisian police.

French Farm wind turbines – decision delayed

Site of the proposed wind turbines at French Farm

A decision on whether to allow an additional four wind turbines to be built at French Farm has been put back to the end of July.

A decision was expected three weeks earlier, but the new Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Greg Clark, has delayed the decision to allow time for more comments to be submitted.

The Conservative manifesto made a number of commitments regarding onshore wind-farms which promised to make it harder for them to get planning permission. In a statement made on Thursday (June 18), Mr Clark said:

“Local planning authorities should only grant permission if the site is in an area identified as suitable for wind energy development in a Local or Neighbourhood Plan; and following consultation, it can be demonstrated that the planning impacts identified by affected local communities have been fully addressed and therefore the proposal has their backing.”

The new guidance says that because French Farm has already been through the planning process, the local planning authority (in this case Peterborough City Council) can find the proposal acceptable if, following consultation, they are satisfied it has addressed the planning impacts identified by affected local communities and therefore has their backing.

The Secretary of State is now asking for comments relating to his statement and revised planning advice. He says he will take those comments into consideration in making his decision.

The deadline is July 3 and a decision on whether the additional four turbines can be built will be made by July 31.

Mr Clark’s statement can be read here.

The revised planning guidance on wind-farms can be read here.

There is already planning permission in place for two turbines at French Farm, French Drove (to the north of the village), but the developers – REG Windpower – applied for permission to build four more. The application was approved by Peterborough City Council, but “called in” by the Secretary of State following the intervention of Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson.

This meant that the city council’s decision was set aside and the application would be decided by a planning inspector, with the Secretary of State having the final decision.

Help MAGPAS say women whose lives were saved

Rebekha is pictured at a MAGPAS fund-raising event last month next to retired Thorney GP, Dr Nick Jackson, who helped save her life 20 years ago.

A Thorney woman is asking people to get behind a fund-raising campaign for MAGPAS, the charity which aims to provide specialist medical help to assist NHS ambulances at accidents.

Louise Cade wants people to support Rebekha Cheshire, who is doing a five-kilometre run this weekend in aid of MAGPAS.

The two young women were both treated by Thorney doctors supported by the charity after being involved in dreadful accidents in the village.

Louise was just eight when she and her sister Sally were hit by a car crossing the road from the school bus.

She takes up the story: “Our three local doctors (Dr Nick Jackson, Dr Andrew Knights and Dr Simon Richards) all volunteered for MAGPAS and were on the scene, followed by two ambulances. Sally and I were taken to hospital and doctors were unsure if we were able to make it through the night.

“After much fighting Sally passed away but her memory lives on! I also passed away but came back, although my parents were told I would probably not walk and talk in the same way again. This has never held me back.

“At Sally’s funeral my family decided to ask people not to bring flowers but to donate money to MAGPAS to help buy live-saving equipment to help others. The money that was raised meant MAGPAS could buy more equipment to help others and indeed it did.”

Fund-raising T-shirt produced by Louise in memory of her sister Sally

Fund-raising T-shirt produced by Louise in memory of her sister Sally

The following year Rebekha Cheshire, then just two years old, was seriously injured when her mum’s car crashed just outside Thorney.

“I had a severe head injury and I was not expected to survive. My mum was later told that I had suffered two severe bleeds in my brain, and that in the ambulance on the way to hospital my heart had stopped beating twice,” said Rebekha.

“It was two local GPs – Dr Jackson and Dr Knights – volunteering for MAGPAS that day that came out to the accident and saved my life – twice!

“The money that was raised by the Cade family was used to buy a piece of equipment that was used to save my life, so fund-raising really does make a difference.”

Rebekha came out of intensive care on Christmas Day 1994 and spent another two months in hospital. She had to learn how to do everything all over again: talking, walking, eating …

“Twenty years on, I am now 23 and I live an independent life and am proud to say I also have my very own job volunteering at a playgroup. I would not have been able to achieve any of this without the help of my family, friends and two amazing support workers, and of course the two incredible doctors that came to help me that day.

“All MAGPAS staff are volunteers and without their help I would not be here today. So I want to do this run to help raise money so that they can continue doing excellent work in helping people like me.”

Louise said: “Please sponsor her so we have help to save more lives and support our volunteer doctors.”

Rebekha will be running the 5K fun run at Stanwick Lakes on Sunday, June 14. She is hoping to raise £1,250. If you would like to support her, money can be donated online via her Just Giving page. Go to:

Rebekha is pictured at a MAGPAS fund-raising event last month next to retired Thorney GP, Dr Nick Jackson, who helped save her life 20 years ago.

Wisbech Road closed from Monday

Work starts on improving drainage in the east of the village on Monday (June 8).

This will mean that Wisbech Road (B1167) will be closed just to the east of Sandpit Road. The work will take up to four weeks.

The work is a continuation of improvements to the Steward’s House Drain which runs alongside Wisbech Road and takes water from the village out into the surrounding fen. It involves putting a new culvert under the road to divert water to the north of the village where there is better capacity to cope with large flows during heavy rain.

The drain in front of the Duke of Bedford School has already been piped and covered over for safety reasons. The drain in front of houses along Wisbech Road will remain open and act as an additional overflow to prevent flooding.

Ed Johnson, operations engineer at the North Level Internal Drainage Board, said they would try to keep one of the footpaths open while work was taking place, but the road would have to be closed.

Park Crescent and Sandpit Road may be used to bypass the closure and refuse collections will continue as normal. The X1 and 36 bus services will be altered however. The X1 will drop off and pick up at Orchard Court on The Causeway accessing via Station Road. Stagecoach says the 36 will also not run past the Rose and Crown because of difficulties turning round further into the village. This will also pick up and drop off at Orchard Court.