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More roadworks delays

Additional lane closures will be put in place from next Monday (14 November) as part of the £5 million project to improve junction 20 of the A47 Soke Parkway.

Roadworks at the junction, which started in summer, have caused long delays to villagers trying to get into Peterborough and have also increased congestion on the link to the Frank Perkins Parkway through Eye.

The work will increase the number of lanes from two to three in both directions, with traffic lights controlling the roundabout.

Now the eastbound A47 will be reduced to a single lane from just past junction 18 (Rhubarb Bridge A15) to just past the roundabout.

The restrictions will be in place until Christmas.

The junction 19 slip road from Paston/Dogsthorpe on the eastbound carriageway will be closed for the same period.

Councillor Peter Hiller, the city council’s cabinet member for growth, planning, housing and economic development, said: “We appreciate that the improvement work at junction 20 has caused some inconvenience and apologise for any further disruption that these additional closures will cause. However, this will allow us to continue the work safely and to schedule.

“Peterborough is going to experience significant growth over the next 10 years, with numerous developments planned – including the Norwood development and Paston Reserve.

“The junction 20 improvement scheme will provide additional capacity for the extra growth identified.”

The works will also include the installation of LED street lighting and carriageway resurfacing with a reduced noise surface material.

The project is expected to be completed in spring 2017.

School needs more reading buddies


Would you be able to spend half an hour or so each week helping a local child to improve their reading?

The Duke of Bedford Primary School is looking for people in the village willing to become Reading Buddies.

It’s a voluntary role and involves going into school once a week to read with a number of children on a regular basis during term time.

No special skills are required – just a love of reading and a wish to help children to enjoy books and to improve their reading skills.

Bert Brookes (88) of Chestnut Drive has been a Reading Buddy for a number of years. He says: “Some children – predominantly boys – have varying degrees of difficulty with reading. The individual attention that Reading Buddies can give to these children can lead to a marked improvement over a relatively short time.

“The main requirements of a Reading Buddy are a desire to help, a degree of perseverance and a modicum of humour and appreciation of the child’s difficulties.  The reward is well worth the effort.”

If you’re interested, you can contact Assistant Head Teacher Cathy Gibson via e-mail at or call the school office on 01733 270243 and leave your name and contact details.

“Our Reading Buddies are a great asset to our school,” said Cathy. “We’re really keen to encourage our children to enjoy reading and having a Buddy can be just the boost they need. The children gain self-confidence, reading skills and often a new desire to read.  They thrive on having someone to share a book with one-to-one.”

Open day at new village pre-school

The new Duke of Bedford Pre-School is holding an open day on Friday, September 30, to allow parents and carers an opportunity to look around.

There will be two sessions – at 10am and 2pm.

The pre-school, which is sited in a dedicated building in the school grounds opens on Monday, October 3 and will be running daily, during school term, from 9am to 3.30pm.

The open day will give parents a chance to look at the facilities, meet staff, see new resources and explore the outside area,

All three and four-year-olds (and eligible two-year-olds) are entitled to 15 hours of funded pre-school education.

More information is available on 270243 or e-mail:

Thorney Precision to close in August

Patrick Rowe - founder of Thorney Precision

A high-tech Thorney engineering company is closing down in August after 33 years.

Thorney Precision, which is based at Bridge Works on The Causeway, will close on August 26.

Most of its 15 employees have been offered alternative employment at ABC Stainless in Empson Road, Peterborough.

Thorney Precision was started by local man, Patrick Rowe in 1983, with just a couple of machines and working out of rented premises at the Bedford Hall.

It grew over the years and moved into its current premises, formerly Fred Harlock’s workshops, in 1999.

Patrick built it into a thriving business with a turnover of £1.3 million and it now operates 15 computer-controlled precision machining units building precision parts. Customers include Cummins of Stamford and Fujifilm at Hemel Hempstead. For many years, the company supplied components to Pedigree Petfoods.

The machines are being sold to ABC and the premises will remain empty for a while, until Patrick decides what to do with the site.

“It has been a hard decision to close down, but I’m now 70 and I want to take it a little easier,” said Patrick. “My son has been running the business, but he wants to do different things, so we thought it best to close.

“I will be sad. Many employees have been with us for 30 years and we’ve all worked hard to make it a success, especially in the early years, when I was doing a seven-day week.

“A lot of people walk past here every day, but don’t realise what we do. The machines we have and the work we produce is world class.”

Patrick was born in Thorney at Knarr Fen Schoolhouse, where his grandfather had been headmaster. He served an apprenticeship at Baker Perkins and then moved to Newalls in Fletton and was manager of Complete Tool Service in Ivatt Way for eight years.

He lived on Topham Crescent with wife Margaret and two sons and, as the business expanded, they moved first to The Maltings and then to Bridge House. He moved to Old Hunstanton a few years ago.

Patrick is a keen antiques collector and, in his retirement, he’s planning to do some buying and selling.

“Who knows, I might event convert this place into an antiques warehouse,” he said.

Help find hit-and-run driver

A man in Sandpit Road is asking for help in tracing a hit-and-run driver who crashed into his parked car in Sandpit Road around 3.30pm on Thursday afternoon.

Dominic Dawes says his car was parked outside his home when another car ran into it and caused considerable damage.

The car then, apparently, reversed at speed, almost hitting a woman and child, before racing away.

“I am really annoyed that this has happened on my doorstep but I am concerned that reports say the driver almost hit a mother and young daughter as he sped away from hitting my car,” said Dominic.

If you saw the incident and can give any information Dominic would like to hear from you. His phone number is 07732 332276 and e-mail

Thorney community groups share wind-farm cash

Wrydecroft windfarm 1 LR

Two community groups in Thorney were among five voluntary bodies given cash in the first round of grant awards from Wryde Croft wind-farm.

A total of £18,000 was awarded to Thorney Children’s Community Choir, 47th Peterborough (Thorney Abbey) Scout Group, Guyhirn Church of England Primary School, Parson Drove Parish Council and Parson Drove Pre-School.

The grant to the choir was towards transportation, uniforms and music for the children’s community choir, while the scouts will use their grant towards a new minibus.

Guyhirn Primary School will buy classroom equipment, Parson Drove Parish Council is installing swings on the village green and the Pre-School will expand the themed lending bag resources offered to families to help children’s learning and development in the home.

The community fund from Wryde Croft wind-farm, which has 13 turbines, will be worth around £50,000 per year. Operators RES provides the money to Cambridgeshire Community Foundation which considers applications and awards grants twice a year.

The deadline for the autumn round was August 1, but applications are now being taken for grants to be made in spring 2017. You can get full information at, go to the tab ‘Funds A-Z’ and click on the Wryde Croft link at the end of the list. To qualify, groups need to be based within 6 km of the wind-farm, measured from the nearest turbine. This includes all of Thorney.

The community fund was agreed when planning permission was granted for the wind-farm. Wind turbines being built at French Drove by green energy company REG will also pay into a community fund, but there are just two turbines on this site, so the fund will be much smaller.

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.

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