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Former Thorney girl is West Australia surf champion

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Proud grandparents Brian and Carol Payne are celebrating having an Aussie surfing champion in the family.

Their granddaughter Maddie Cawood has just won the Western Australian Under-16 Surfing Championship.

Maddie, aged 15, won the title at Geraldton, Western Austrian, battling huge waves from the Indian Ocean.

She is already All-Australia Schools Champion.

Maddie is the daughter of Michaela (nee Payne) and Peter Cawood. Michaela was born in Thorney and the couple lived here for a short while. Maddie actually went to the Duke of Bedford School for a year, and was five when the family emigrated.

“Michaela and Peter spent a year backpacking in Australia and they liked the country so much they decided they wanted to live there,” said Brian.

They now live at Margaret River, about three hours drive from Perth, a stretch of coastline where there are magnificent beaches and huge waves.

“She took up surfing around seven years ago,” says grandfather Brian. “She had been a really promising gymnast, but it got a little intensive and stopped being fun.

“In surfing events, all the competitors have to swim out from the beach and part of the skill is picking the right wave. You then get marked for difficulty, duration and distance. It’s quite complicated.”

Brian and Carol live in St Mary’s Close and have been in the village for 48 years. Brian served in the village fire crew for many years and was in the crew that attended the crash of the US Air Force Starlifter transport plane on Thorney Dyke in 1976. Carol will be known to many people in the village, working as receptionist in the doctors’ surgery at both Park House and the Thorney Medical Centre.

The couple make regular trips to Australia to keep in touch and they’re trying out the new non-stop service from London to Perth – a 17-hour flight – later this year.

Work starts next year on new housing estate

Work on building 91 new homes at Park Farm, Thorney is likely to start next year.

The new estate already has planning permission and will sit at the top end of Sandpit Road.

It is likely that Larkfleet Homes, which built Thorney Meadows estate, will be the developer.

Access is not via Sandpit Road, a new road will be built off Wisbech Road at the eastern end of the village.

Landowner, Michael Sly, says tree planting will start on the field alongside the new road this autumn and work should start on the road and houses some time next year.

We will sort Open Sunday traffic problems, promise organisers

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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.

Mencap to gain from Snowdon climb

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Nicky Skeels from Thorney plans to climb Snowdon on September 22 to help raise money and awareness for Mencap.

Nicky has two family members with learning disabilities and says she is very much aware of how important the support Mencap provides is. She also has unfinished business: “I attempted Snowdon a while back and only managed to get three-quarters of the way up. I will certainly do it this time.”

Nicky has set up a Just Giving page so people can donate if they wish:—fundraiser-page-donation-received—nth-donation&utm_content=ff710101-75f1-4b12-b347-491890a2ee45&utm_medium=email&utm_source=postoffice&utm_term=1532290437960

Walking Great Wall of China to help disabled boy


A Thorney man is planning to walk part of the Great Wall of China in October to raise money to help a young boy with a rare genetic disorder.

Barry Long (65) who lives in Chestnut Drive has joined the Great Wall – Open Challenge, an organised trek along a 50km section of the wall.

He wants to raise £1,500 to help Brody Kelly, whose grandparents – Tony and Carole Kelly – also live on Chestnut Drive, just a few doors down from Barry.

“Brody was diagnosed at birth with a very rare genetic condition called MECP2 Duplication Syndrome,” said Barry. “It prevents him from walking, talking and he is fed from a feeding tube. On top of this he suffers from respiratory infections, which are common with this condition, as well as daily seizures.

“This could prove fatal for him at any time. I want to raise £1,500 to give Brody and his mother a seaside break in a caravan in the UK as well as purchase a specially adapted chair that fits him and keeps him safe and secure.”

Barry has never been to China but walking on the Great Wall was on his “bucket list” and he’ll be doing the walk with his daughter-in-law.

Nor is he an experienced walker. “I walk the dogs every day, but that’s about it,” he said. “I am reasonably fit and I’m training for the walk, so I’m confident I’ll be able to do it.

“I wanted to use the challenge to help a child and I found out about Brody and his problems at the Ex-Servicemen’s Club. I was telling people what I planned to do, and they mentioned Brody as his grandad is a regular at the club.

“Although we live only a few doors away, I didn’t know them until that point.“

Barry and his wife Sally have lived in Thorney for 18 months, moving here from King’s Lynn where they ran a boarding kennels. Now retired, Barry has previously lived in London and worked for British Gas.

He has created a Go Fund Me page so that people can donate money to the cause online, and this can be found at: He also has sponsorship forms in different places around the village, including the Ex-Servicemen’s Club and Paula’s Hair Design. The walk starts on October 18.

Roads closed for race


The main road through the village is to be closed on Sunday, August 19, for the annual Thorney Road Race.

The road will be closed from 10.30am to 11.30am from the Rose & Crown to Old Knarr Fen Road.

Old Knarr Fen Road will also be totally closed during the same period. Station Road will be closed between the Bedford Hall and the traffic lights for five minutes from 10.30am and will be reduced to single carriageway for the rest of the hour.

Thorney Running Club, organisers of the race said they were sorry for any inconvenience caused and thanked people for their patience.

Police warning after “distraction burglary”


A so-called distraction burglary took place in Ash Close yesterday at 11.45am.

Two men knocked on the door to offer some gardening work and the elderly resident was distracted by one of the males while the other entered the house and stole an amount of money.

The two men left quickly in a Peugeot 206 car van and the vehicle was later located by officers several miles away. Police say forensic work is still ongoing.
The men were described by a witness as being ‘middle aged’ and possibly wearing checked shirts.  The van was seen leaving the street at speed at 11.56am.
Cambridgeshire Police say: “Please warn older neighbours, family members and friends NOT to buy any services on the doorstep.  The best advice is not to open your door to anyone you are not expecting or do not know.  If in doubt, keep them out.  It’s also a good idea to keep your front and back doors locked even whilst you are at home.”
Anyone with any information regarding the burglary in Ash Close should call 101 quoting crime reference 35/17494/18.

If the lightning strikes …

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Message from Julie Seal, Community Affairs Officer – East of England for UK Power Networks:

You may have seen the forecast of unsettled weather over the next few days with heavy rain and lightning affecting parts of the East and South East of England.

We are currently monitoring the weather closely and we are in regular contact with the Met Office as the forecast develops.

Our electricity network is built to be resilient but extreme weather can affect overhead and underground power lines, resulting in some customers losing their electricity supply. Where this happens we work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. We have organised for additional staff in our contact centre to help customers whose electricity supply might be affected by the predicted weather, and we have called-up additional engineers to carry out repairs to our electricity network.

You will be able to find regular updates on our website and social media @UKPowerNetworks throughout this period.

Anyone experiencing a power cut should:

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We urge the public to stay well clear from power lines and anyone spotting a damaged power line needs to report it to us immediately by calling 105 from a landline or mobile phone.

If they see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public they should call 999.

We provide extra help to customers on our Priority Service Register during a power cut. Households with older or disabled people, those with children under five, or where someone uses medical or mobility equipment that requires electricity as well as other reasons can join the register. You can find out more information about our Priority Service on our

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