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Flower power …

If you’re out and about in the village this week, you may see small bouquets of flowers left in random places.

It’s the work of Thorney Plus Women’s Institute members who have made the bouquets and left them around the village.

President Jane Crossland says the idea is to spread a little happiness. Members hope people will pick them up and give them to someone who deserves a bunch of flowers or who might need cheering up.

Make sure you are registered to vote

There is just under a month to go until the deadline to register for your vote in May’s council and parish elections.

Registered voters in the May 2018 elections will elect 18 city ward councillors on Thursday, May 3, including Thorney.

Residents have until Tuesday, April 17 to make sure they are registered. Anyone not on the register by then will not be able to vote. Residents will receive their poll cards around March 29. If they do not receive one they can call the Elections Helpline telephone number on 01733 452249 to check if they are registered.

Rachel Edwards, Peterborough City Council’s Head of Constitutional Services, said: “We want to make sure that no-one misses out on their right to take part in the elections. This year, one third of the ward councillors in the city will be up for election.

“If you want your voice to be heard, make sure you’re on the electoral register. People often think they’re automatically registered if they pay council tax, but that isn’t the case.”

The fastest way to register to vote is online at the website.

Old M&S building may be converted to flats

Plans for nearly 100 new flats in the centre of Peterborough have been submitted to Peterborough City Council.

A planning application to convert the upper floors of the former Marks & Spencer store in Bridge Street into 98 one and two bedroom units has been submitted to the authority by Progressive Property Assets Ltd.

The ground floor of the building is currently occupied by B&M Bargains, however the upper floors have been vacant since Marks & Spencer left the site in March 2016.

If approved, the flats would be created through partial demolition and conversion of the upper floors to create new floors.

There would also be new windows and doors built on the existing elevations as well as cladding to help tie the old and new aspects together, preserving the character of the building.

Brexiteers to give progress report


Former deputy chair of UKIP, Suzanne Evans, will be in Thorney on Monday night as part of a pro-Brexit panel speaking at the Bedford Hall.

Ms Evans has been one of the leading figures in the Brexit campaign, having been deputy chair of UKIP from 2014 to 2016. She has often been at loggerheads with its colourful leader, Nigel Farage, and was suspended from the party for a period last year, which prevented her from contesting the leadership.

Also speaking will be Patrick O’Flynn, UKIP MEP for the East of England, and Brendan Chilton of Labour Leave.

The meeting is free and starts at 7pm.

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 Life photo competition

Thorney Dyke
Do you have any photos depicting Thorney Life?
As part of the annual Thorney Fun Day, the organisers, Fenlands Family Church, are staging a photographic competition and want to see images which depict life in Thorney.
These could be anything from views of the village to people working or playing. It’s a deliberately wide brief to stimulate your imagination.
To enter, all you have to do is send a .jpg image to It doesn’t matter if you have a smartphone or a fancy camera, it’s the end result we want to see.
Photos will be displayed at the Bedford Hall on August 19, when the Thorney Fun Day is staged by the Fenlands Family Church.
Judging will take place on the day with prizes for the winners.  There are two classes for entrants: photographs taken by entrants under 21 years and photographs taken by entrants over 21 years.
The best photos will be featured in the December edition of the Thorney Post and there will be a small treat for the winners.

Perfume warning

People who bought perfume from a car boot sale at Wellington Street, Peterborough, are being warned it could harm their skin.

The perfumes include Chanel, Kenzo, Hugo Boss and Dior and were found to be counterfeit. They were being sold as 30 to 40ml demonstrators or testers.

Peterborough Trading Standards say they have been found to contain high levels of methanol and can damage the skin.

Bedford Hall annual meeting

The annual meeting of the Bedford Hall Management Committee takes place on Thursday, May 25, at 7pm in the Bedford Hall.

The meeting comes at a critical time, with Peterborough City Council looking to transfer ownership of the complex (and its costs) to the village.

The committee wants as many villagers as possible to attend the meeting.

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