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Five people stand for vacant council seat

Five people will contest the by-election for the vacant seat on Peterborough City Council, representing Eye, Thorney and Newborough ward.

The election will be held on Thursday, September 7.

The five candidates (in alphabetical order) are:

Michael Alexander (Green Party) of Wisbech Road, Thorney.

Christian Defeo (Labour and Co-operative Party) of Pasture House Farm, The Causeway, Thorney.

Mary Herdman (UK Independence Party) of Wisbech Road, Thorney.

Callum Robertson (Liberal Democrats) of Lincoln Road, Deeping Gate.

Nigel Simons (Conservative Party) of French Drove, Thorney.

Buses may pick up from bypass lay-bys

Buses may pick-up and drop passengers from the lay-bys on the A47 Thorney bypass while resurfacing work is done at the village crossroads.

Steve Allen, one of the village’s representatives on Peterborough City Council, has been pressuring the council to make some arrangements for buses while road closures are in force.

The city council’s traffic section has suggested using the lay-bys and bus operators have agreed, but shuttle buses will be needed to get people from the village to the bypass.

The council is hoping arrangements will be confirmed tomorrow (Thursday).

People have also been concerned that the work was scheduled to run into Friday and may disrupt people working to get the Abbey’s Flower Festival set up.

This is being held on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, but all the work decorating the church and setting up displays is done during the week, with the busiest day being Friday. There’s also a concert planned in the Abbey on Friday night.

The council says Church Street will remain open during the work, but will remain one way. This means people living east of the crossroads will be able to access the Abbey via Church Street, but will have to return via Whittlesey Road, Thorney Dyke and Knarr Fen Road (around eight miles).

Yesterday, contractors said the work might be completed much more quickly than the five days allocated. The official programme of work allows for resurfacing Monday to Wednesday, with Thursday and Friday set aside for white lining, installing studs and the traffic loops for the traffic signals.


Roadworks may last only two days

It is hoped that roadworks in Thorney next week, which will close Wisbech Road for part of the day, should be completed in two days rather than the five days originally projected.

Work will start on Monday (August 21) and was due to last until Friday, with the road closed between 8.30am and 4.30pm.

Peterborough City Council contractors are to resurface the crossroads where Wisbech Road meets Abbey Place and Station Road.

The contractors have said the road will be closed completely for periods, but diversions will be put in place and gatemen will be on duty to direct traffic. City councillors representing the village have now been told work will be completed much more quickly, probably within two days.

It is not clear how the work will affect bus services to the village during the day and conflicting advice has been given by operators.

We hope to be able to give an update tomorrow.

Sycamore tree is felled at Abbey


The sycamore tree at the south-east corner of Thorney Abbey churchyard was felled in July.

Half of the tree was brought down during storm Doris in the spring and damaged some grave stones. The rest of the tree was inspected and found to be diseased and with a clear structural weakness.

Permission was obtained from all the relevant authorities to get this removed. Jeff Rowlett and his team had the task of removing the remainder of the tree. This was no mean feat due to its close proximity to both the Abbey and to Whittlesey Road.

Adrian Tasker, a member of the PCC, said: “The tree was removed in sections and the stump levelled off. This now opens up the south-east corner and lets in considerably more light. It also removes a real risk to public safety for the village. I would especially like to thank the Parish Council for their assistance in this matter.”

The only problem the tree surgeons had was a Victorian nail which was embedded in the tree, which their chainsaw struck.

Pub name is up for an award

A Thorney pub with an unusual name has been shortlisted for a national award.

The Dog in a Doublet is among the finalists for the Most Creative Name award at the eviivo Awards, which celebrate the best of Britain’s B&Bs, guest houses, inns and small, independent hotels.

The finals are at the Café de Paris, London on October 17.

John McGinn owner of the Dog in a Doublet said: “We work so hard to give our guests a fantastic and unique experience. We are absolutely delighted to have that recognised through this shortlisting for the Most Creative Name and hope we are successful on the night.”

Originally built for Dutch workers when they were draining the fens, an early landlady of the inn had a small terrier dog, which lost all of its coat, so she knitted it a doublet.

The locals would then say they had been to the pub with the ‘dog in the doublet’ and the name has stuck ever since, with the local lock and bridge now also bearing the same name.

The Dog in a Doublet is situated at North Side, Thorney with eight rooms available. For further information please see

Award sponsors eviivo is a leading online booking business for independent hotels and B&Bs. Alongside traditional establishments, it covers converted castles, train carriages and yurts.

The UK Bed and Breakfast sector is a £2 billion market of owner-managed businesses. Along with the thousands of small independent hoteliers up and down the country, they make a huge contribution to the British economy and to their local communities.

Pubs with accommodation and boutique hotels are also an increasingly popular choice for international and domestic holiday-makers, seeking a truly British experience.

Bookings for this summer were up 19.2 per cent compared with the same period in 2016.

International Dubstep artist is from Thorney!


Thorney’s Rikki Moore is well on his way to becoming one of the world’s top Dubstep artists.

Rikki (25), who performs under the name Trampa, has performed all over Europe, Australia, the USA and South America.

Later this month he starts a three-month tour of North America where he is the headline act.

It’s all a far cry from St Guthlac’s School in Crowland where Rikki first got the opportunity to use some sound-mixing software to produce his own music.

“That’s all he ever wanted to do,” said brother David. “I’d love the school to be able to see where he is now. He even uses the same software today, it’s called Reason.”

The road to musical recognition wasn’t fast. When Rikki left school he carried on making music and gained some recognition with tracks he put out on YouTube, Facebook and SoundCloud.

He was mainly producing Dubstep, electronic dance music that originated in south London in the 1990s, but also some Drum ’n’ Bass.

He was invited to do a few gigs at Cafe 24 in Peterborough and the appearances have built up gradually from there.

The electronic music scene is much bigger abroad than it is in the UK and, this year, Rikki did the EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival) in Las Vegas, which has several stages and attracted 150,000 people a day.

Rikki is signed to the Never Say Die record label and has a new release just out called Rocket Fuel. You can hear his music by searching for Trampa on You Tube.

Rikki is still living in Thorney, although he now spends many months performing abroad and has had the chance to move to Los Angeles.

“I think he still likes to come home and see family,” said brother David. “He does miss everybody when he’s away. It might sound a glamorous life, but it’s hard work and pretty lonely.

“It is amazing how well he’s done and yet not a lot of people in the village know anything about it. We’re all really proud of him,”

Rikki was born in Thorney and his parents Sherrie and Stephen and grandparents Kate and David Wagg are in the village. As well as brother David (23), Rikki has a sister Sophie (20) and brother Riley (4).

You can hear Trampa’s music by following these links:

Rocket Fuel:



Is Jack the oldest man from Thorney?

Jack Gee 100

Jack Gee, who is believed to be the oldest man born in Thorney, celebrated his 100th birthday on April 17.

He was able to enjoy the company of five generations of his family, with ages ranging from 100 years to two years old.

His daughter Marguerite Light says he is hale and hearty and enjoys life. He was given a copy of the book Thorney in Focus for his birthday and he has been engrossed in it, taking great pleasure in pointing out familiar places to his family and recounting tales about the place he still refers to as home.

Marguerite says she has offered to bring him back for a look round and he would love to come, but it’s really too long a journey for him to make from his home in Dorset.

Jack was born in Thorney and lived on English Road where his father worked as a farm manager. The family lived in Elder House, which is now Thorney Lakes Golf Club.

He left school at 14 and worked in a cycle shop in the village repairing cycles and making cycle wheels and then worked in Peterborough, also on cycle repairs.

When he was 18, he decided to try for the RAF and went to London with a friend to sit an exam. He passed and was told to report to Uxbridge the next day, so he never returned home.

In the RAF, he served in Scotland, Northern Ireland, North Africa, Egypt and Cyprus. His job was an engineer, but he flew regularly. One of his first postings was to Moreton in Dorset, where he met and married his wife. It was a whirlwind romance; they wed within three months and remained married for 74 years.

After the Second World War, Jack returned to Upway in Dorset and worked as a market gardener with his father-in-law. Later, he converted the market garden into a watercress farm.

He has two daughters, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Jack wrote a book called The Fenman about his early life and there’s a copy of it in Thorney Heritage Museum.

We don’t know for sure whether Jack is the oldest surviving son (or daughter) of Thorney. If you know of anyone older (living or dead), we’d love to hear from you.

Thorney Post gives £550 to help village groups

The Thorney Post has donated £550 to local groups and charities.

The money is profits from publishing the Thorney Post magazine. Biggest recipient was the Thorney Youth Project which is raising money to buy play equipment for older children. They received £250. Thorney Scouts got £100, Guides £100 and £50 each to NGNPUK (a charity buying syringe drivers to help people in palliative care) and Louise Cade, who is raising money for Magpas Air Ambulance in memory of her sister Sally.

Editor, Eric Rayner, said: “For the past few editions, we’ve been able to make a small profit once our costs are covered and we wanted to put this back into the community.

“The Thorney Post is produced and distributed entirely by volunteers and our main cost is printing. We’ve saved money on printing and the new colour format has helped attract additional advertising.

“I’d like to thank all our advertisers and I’d urge people in the village to support their businesses. I hope that we will be able to make further donations in the future.”

By-election for vacant council seat

A by-election to fill the vacant Peterborough City Council seat in Eye, Thorney and Newborough ward will be held on Thursday, September 7.

The seat has been vacant since the resignation of David Sanders in May.

The by-election has been called after a petition from local electors was received by the Returning Officer for the city council, Gillian Beasley.

An official notice of election will be published on Wednesday, August 2. Nominations will open the following day from 10am and will run until 4pm on Thursday, August 10.

The Thorney Post will publish the full list of people standing. So far, the Conservatives have chosen Nigel Simons (a Thorney parish councillor), 18-year-old Callum Robertson will stand for the Lin-Dems, Christian DeFeo (Labour) and Michael Alexander (Green Party).

Residents in the ward must be on the electoral register in order to vote. To ensure you get to vote you must be registered by Monday, 21 August (unless already registered). To register go to, you must have your date of birth and national insurance number available.

People wishing to vote by post must apply by 5pm on Tuesday 22 August 2017.

“Stop order” on building work at Thorney Lakes

Thorney Lakes Lodges

Peterborough City Council has issued stop and enforcement orders at Thorney Lakes Golf Club to prevent further work.

The order came into effect on July 18 after two previous visits by city council planning offers.

In the first visit on June 14, officers found workmen laying hardcore and advised them that there was no planning permission and they should stop work. A follow-up visit  on June 28 found no further work had taken place.

However, since then, a concrete base has been laid and hardcore put down for other bases.

No planning application has been made for any development on the site, although the Thorney Lakes website has pictures of the lodges to be built, along with a sales hotline.

When the Thorney Post called the sales number quoted on the golf club website, we were told lodges would be available to buy soon and a show site was to be built.

We asked how many would be built we were told that depended on planning permission and when we asked where they would be, we were told we could visit the site and see the bases being laid for the first lodges.

The sales office told us the lodges were not residential and would be for leisure use only. There would be two-bedroom lodges retailing at around £150,000 and some with one bedroom at a later stage around the £100,000 mark.

Thorney Golf Course is owned by Neil Morgan, who owns a number of leisure facilities, including Tallington Lakes.

We have asked Mr Morgan for an interview or a statement and he has said he does not wish to comment.

The Thorney Lakes website, under the heading “Escape from everyday life at Thorney Lakes” says:

“At Thorney Lakes you can choose from our extensive range of luxury lifestyle lodges with stunning views. Taking a tour around one of our individually designed show homes proves just how attractive countryside living can be. As well as a stylish interior with every modern convenience, each home is set in its own generous plot with plenty of room for outside living – we also help you to make the most of your outdoor space with our free design service.

“Located in beautiful countryside you will feel like you have escaped to a new world. Where the pace of life is slower and you can relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of your surroundings. An ideal place for golf lovers or for people looking for a retreat that is a haven of tranquility. A place where you can relax and enjoy the company of family and friends.”

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