Monthly Archives: June 2016

Part-time marshals needed

Battlefield Live, the war games site at French Drove, Thorney, is looking for people to act as part-time marshals.

The business, which has just re-opened after being granted permanent planning permission, wants four or five people to start straight away.

Owner, Nigel Simons says the roles would be suitable for young people (aged over 15) and involves handing our protective overalls, showing people how to use the infra-red guns and acting as a game referee.

The site is open 10am to 4pm seven days a week. Anyone interested can call 270440.

Part-time Post Office closed indefinitely

Problems with damp in the Bedford Hall means that Thorney’s part-time post office will remain closed for the immediate future.

The damp is close to a power socket and safety fears mean the office will be closed until it can be moved.

Thorney Parish Council paid to have this resolved two weeks ago. However, the Post Office are still waiting for BT to move the broadband connection which should have been done last week but BT failed to show up.

The Post Office are dealing with this and it is out of the hands of the Parish Council. A spokesman said they would keep people informed and let the village know when normal service has been resumed.

New pre-school opens in village

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A new pre-school is to launch in Thorney in September.

The village has been very short of pre-school places since the closure of the group in Church Street at the beginning of the year.

The new pre-school will be at the Children’s Centre at the Duke of Bedford School – a self-contained building with its own garden – and will be run by the school.

It will operate five days a week, Monday to Friday with 9am to 12 noon as the morning session, and 12.30pm to 3.30pm as the afternoon session.  This ties in nicely with main school hours.

The sessions will be available for children aged two to four years.

The school is currently booking places and parents can contact the school office on 01733 270243 or email:

Headteacher, Cathy Bailey said having a pre-school based at the Duke of Bedford would make best use of facilities and also ease the transition between pre-school and ‘big school’ for four and five year olds.

“We are urging people to sign up as quickly as possible to ensure a place for their child,” said Mrs Bailey. “We have room for 24 children in both sessions.”

All three and four year olds will receive 15 free funded hours, but extra sessions will be available upon request.

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