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Help Katie take young sportswoman title

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Katie Tasker from Thorney has been shortlisted for the Peterborough Telegraph Young Sportswoman of the Year award – and you can help her take the title.

The award is determined by public votes and you can vote only by text.

Katie, who lives at Dukes Head Farm, is a formidable triathlete and in 2015 she excelled at this swim/bike/run event, taking the Eastern Region Under-13 League by storm, winning eight events in a row to take the title with maximum points.

Katie attends King’s School in Peterborough and also plays hockey for Cambridgeshire Under-13s, swims for City of Peterborough and won the Hunstanton Under-13 Round Robin tennis title this summer. She runs for Nene Valley Harriers, is the Peterborough Schools cross-country champion, and holds her school record for 1500m.

The title is decided by a public vote and to support Katie, send a text message to 65550 with the following wording: PETAWARDS JSW Katie Tasker [then your own name and address] EXIT

All text messages cost 50p plus your standard network rate. Normal Johnston Press competition rules apply. For more information go to www.johnstonpress.co.uk/competition.

You will receive a text reply to confirm your nomination has been received. Your text message must follow the exact format stated, otherwise your nomination may not be valid but you may still be charged. The bill payer’s permission must be obtained before nominating.

The top three in each category when voting closes on January 15 will be invited to the annual awards bash at the Cresset on January 29 when the winners will be announced and the sponsors will present the trophies.

Football club faces massive bill for pavilion upgrade

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Thorney Football Club is facing a bill of up to £10,000 to repair the pavilion in the park and there’s a real danger that the club may fold.

Chairman, Michael Bowen said work would have to be completed by the end of the summer and if the club couldn’t find the cash there was a real danger it would not be able to carry on.

The position is a dramatic turn-around from this time last year when the first team was on its way to winning the First Division title with an unbeaten 30-match run. They went on to take a place in the Premier Division of the Peterborough League for the first time.

This season, the first team have exceeded their points target and should achieve a comfortable mid-table position to maintain Premier Division status. The Reserves have struggled but are playing in Division Two – higher than they have ever played.

So with things going well on the pitch, how has the club reached a crisis? Michael Bowen takes up the story: “The price of promotion was a requirement to improve the facilities. For those who are not familiar with the Thorney Park Pavilion it is a wooden hut, erected in 1973 by Peterborough City Council and maintained only when absolutely necessary. It has been in a serious state of disrepair for many years and by the end of last season there were holes in the walls, creating mould patches and damp throughout.

“Remedial work to fix this was only carried out after e-mails were widely circulated as using the normal channels had proved fruitless. The fact that the club would like to improve the facilities should not hide the fact that the pavilion is well past its sell-by date and not now fit for purpose.

“As the necessary improvements were never going to be achievable for the start of the season, the club reluctantly entered into an agreement to play first team home fixtures at Parson Drove for the current season.

“The Reserves were able to keep playing at Thorney Park but, at the beginning of December, the pavilion was closed completely as the power supply, which was routed from the old toilet block, had been deemed unsafe.

“So our Reserve side were also homeless and have subsequently been trawling around various City Council pitches in Peterborough each home game. Work was due to be completed on the remedial work needed by the end of March but no word had been received at the time of going to press.

“With regards to the pavilion improvements, talks have been ongoing with Peterborough City Council and the Cambridgeshire FA with regards to getting the relevant funding in place, but progress has been slow.

“We now have quotes for the work required, ranging from £11,500 to £20,000. We have submitted an application for a grant which will give us 50 per cent of the overall cost. As it stands at the moment the football club itself will then be funding the remaining 50 per cent, with no commitment from the council to assist.

“Unfortunately we are now in a position whereby if we cannot get everything required in place and the work done by the end of the summer we will be faced with the prospect of losing the football club completely. We obviously hope it doesn’t come to this but it has become a very real possibility.”

Thorney golf course closes

The 18-hole Fen Course at Thorney Golf Centre closed in January.

Thorney Golf Centre now just has the 18-hole Lakes Course available for play.

The restaurant, function room and bar remain open and the driving range is still in use.

The nine-hole Par 3 course is being extended around the driving range and should be open by early summer this year.