Monthly Archives: August 2018

We will sort Open Sunday traffic problems, promise organisers

Park farm 2018 - General grounds

Michael Sly, organiser of Open Farm Weekend at Park Farm, Thorney has promised to revamp traffic management for next year’s event.

Beautiful sunny weather for this year’s event attracted record crowds of 12,500, with 7,500 coming on the Sunday.

“We’re really sorry for the problems caused to people, especially those along Sandpit Road,” said Michael.

“I think the good weather persuaded more people to come and a third of them arrived in the first hour.”

Traffic was backed up through the village, causing many people to remember the old pre-bypass days when Thorney was gridlocked at weekends by traffic heading for the coast.

“We have looked at traffic management and will make some changes for next year,” said Michael. “Instead of entering along Sandpit Road, we’ll bring them in through Old Knarr Fen Road. This will mean non-village traffic can come along the bypass, come off at the New Cut roundabout and they won’t touch the village itself.

“We’ll use Sandpit Road as the exit, but people tend to leave in a steady stream, rather than all at once, so traffic will be more spread out. We’ll also have more stewards in the car park to help people park more quickly.

“I want to thank everyone for their positive messages and especially the police, Newborough Young Farmers and our stewards who worked really hard.”

The Park Farm weekend is now the largest Open Farm event in the country. The scheme, run by the National Farmers’ Union, aims to help educate people about how our food is grown.

Michael says he wanted to create a family day out that would leave happy memories and present a positive view of rural Britain. As well as a showcase for farming old and new, the event is also a massive charity fundraiser.

Lots of charities have stalls at the event and this year at least £8,000 was raised. Peterborough farm Machinery Preservation Society raised £3,000, Air Ambulance £1,297, Leaf £1,141, King’s School £1,000, Sue Ryder £500. Thorney Colts £383, Something for the Solomons £277 and Thorney Youth Project £201.

Next year’s event will be on June 8 and 9.

Play equipment to be installed in September

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Thorney Youth project has ordered the play equipment for the park and it should be installed during the summer. Committee member Samantha Godley gives us a run-down of their activities since April.


Well what a busy and exciting few months since our last Thorney Post update!

We had a great Fun Day at Bedford Hall in May and it was fab to see so many people, we raised £1257.27 on the day through the fundraising, donations and stall holders. In June, we were at the Park Farm Open Weekend both days, thank you to everyone who supported us and helped us raise £201.49 that weekend.

Our latest event, ‘Picnic in the Park’, saw over 200 people come out for what was a community event to bring people in the village together in the park. It also allowed us to show people where the equipment will go in the park, allowing people to comment or feedback to us on the day. Thank you to everyone who came along, we even raised £102.71.

Equipment Location

The photo below shows where the equipment will go in relation to the play area already in the park. The equipment will face each other so that parents can keep an eye on all their children whatever their age. If you have any comments or feedback on the location of the equipment please let us know.

Recent Funding Applications and Donations

We applied to Mick George for funding but, unfortunately, we were unsuccessful. They had a large number of applications for the money available and we cannot reapply to them.

We have also received further donations equalling £4,000. The donors wish to be anonymous but a huge thank you. You know who you are. We have also been given £1,000 Community Leadership Foundation money by Peterborough City Council.

Our order has been placed!

This brings our total to £35,168.97 and thank to a discount from Caloo we only need to raise £39,600. However, if we did not raise the remaining money by August 31, we would lose a £5,000 grant from Larkfleet Homes. Thorney Parish Council has very kindly lent us the rest of the money we need.

So, we have ordered the equipment with a provisional date of 10th September, though this may change. It does mean that the equipment will not be in the park for the Summer Holidays but that is because we have changed the two trampolines for one trampoline which is wheelchair accessible. The wheelchair accessible trampoline takes a little longer to build, hence not having it installed by the holidays. It will be worth it though!

Upcoming Events

We need to continue raising money so that we can replay Thorney Parish Council the money they have lent us to complete the project. We will be at the Thorney Music Festival next month, where we have been chosen as one of the official supported charities, thank you to the organisers for choosing us.

We have the talent competition and the mediumship night on 23rd September and the pamper event on 6th October.

A Big Thank You

We just want to say a massive Thank You to everyone who supported us in one way or another. Whilst we still have fundraising to do to repay Thorney Parish Council, we couldn’t have got this far without the support from you all – Thank You!

Thanks to Pete for making sure your Thorney Post is delivered

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Pete Chelton, who has been co-ordinating the delivery of the Thorney Post magazine for 16 years, is calling it a day.

Peter (83) has lived in the village for the past 56 years also had a long association with Thorney Football Club as committee member and secretary, and as Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator for Woburn Drive.

Born in London, Pete was evacuated to Monmouthshire during the Second World War to escape German bombing raids. He wrote about his experiences in the Thorney Post and was asked to give talks to local schoolchildren about his experiences.

He and his wife Marion, who celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary in November, came to live in Thorney by chance. On their honeymoon, they met a couple from Ramsey and struck up a friendship. They visited their friends from time to time and decided to sell up in London and move to this area.

The plans didn’t go quite as expected and they ended up living in Gladstone Street, Peterborough for a while before finding their current home in Woburn Drive.

Fifty-six years ago, Woburn Drive and the roads off it, were just being built. Pete and Marion moved into a new house and their home, plus Russell Close, were the first to be developed. Their youngest child John was just two weeks old when they moved in.

Besides John, they have two other children – Debbie and Sue – six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Pete worked for British Telecom for 38 years and then, after taking early retirement, he spent seven years with the Co-operative Funeral Services.

“Thorney had a real community feel when we came here,” said Pete. “After living in the city, it felt really nice. Everyone seemed to be really close knit and there were lots of community events. I think we’ve lost some of that.”

Editor’s note – we’re really grateful to Pete for all his work and contributions to the village magazine over the years. At the age of 83, he really has done his bit for the village.

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