More historical information on SHS








Local work by GM saw the Hero (2) signage repainted a number of years ago, of course since then the Pub has long been closed and is now a state of the art Vets.
It is said that when Sir Harry Smith returned via railway to Ely thence by horse to Whittlesey, he was greeted by several thousand locals.
It is said that he past by what was the original ‘Hero of Aliwal’ on Station Road.
The print above show his return to his house on St Marys Street.
Plenty of further reading at Whittlesey Museum.


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Another excellent talk by Maureen Watson

This afternoons talk at The Eastrea Centre by local historian Maureen Watson centred around ‘Sir Harry Smith.

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Fascinating talk @ Whittlesey Society

Last nights guest speaker Dr Martyn Thomas gave a very slick and comprehensive interactive talk on Peterborough physician, surgeon, general practitioner and philanthropist – Thomas James Walker (1835 – 1916)
One of the pioneers of applying modern medicine to Peterborough and used what was then cutting edge technology to help patients.
An instigator for the future Memorial Hospital with friends such as the Fitzwilliam family giving a great deal of support and financial contribution.
Whittlesey Society meets monthly on the 2nd Monday of the month @ Whittlesey Town Hall – Market Street – £8 per year, with guest speakers most months.

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Morleys Petrol/Garage Site

A number of months have passed since planning permission for a Co-Op supermarket (Lincolnshire Co-Op) was given.
The site remains untouched, it is my understanding that the same group are completing two other projects and when these are completed, they will then start on
Whittlesey site.
The fuel tanks are still in situ and these will have to be removed along with some other de-contamination of the top soil.

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A Date for your diary @ Whittlesey Library

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PC World Data Breach – Have you been a customer…

Dear Customer

On June 13, we began to contact a number of our customers as a precaution after we found that some of our security systems had been accessed in the past using sophisticated malware.

We promptly launched an investigation. Since then we have been putting further security measures in place to safeguard customer information, increased our investment in cyber security and added additional controls. In all of this we have been working intensively with leading cyber security experts.

Our investigation, which is now nearing completion, has identified that approximately 10 million records containing personal data may have been accessed in 2017. This unauthorised access to data may include personal information such as name, address, phone number, date of birth and email address.

While there is now evidence that some of this data may have left our systems, these records do not contain payment card or bank account details and we have no confirmed instances of customers falling victim to fraud as a result. We are continuing to keep the relevant authorities updated.

As a precaution, we are letting our customers know to apologise and advise them of protective steps to take to minimise the risk of fraud. These include:

  • If you receive an unsolicited email, letter, text or phone call asking for personal information, never reveal any full passwords, login details or account numbers until you are certain of the identity of the person making the request. Please do not click on any links you do not recognise.
  • If you think you have been a victim of fraud you should report it to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and internet crime reporting centre, on 0300 123 2040*.
  • We also recommend that people are vigilant against any suspicious activity on their bank accounts and contact their financial provider if they have concerns.
  • You can find more information here

We take the security of your data extremely seriously and have previously announced that we have taken action to close off this access and have no evidence it is continuing. Nevertheless, we felt it was important to let customers know as soon as possible.

We continue to make improvements and investments to our security systems and we’ve been working round the clock to put this right. We’re extremely sorry about what has happened – we’ve fallen short here. We want to reassure you that we are fully committed to protecting your data so that you can be confident that it is safe with us.

Yours sincerely,

Antreas Athanassopoulos
Dixons Carphone Chief Customer Officer

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Community Rail Partnership Meeting…

I’ve attended most of these meetings over a number of years – slow progress is somewhat an understatement but who knows maybe one day some major improvements will come our way…. there has been consultations and various options considered – I hope to attend this next meeting…

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Distraction Burglary & Shed Theft

Elderly lady in Coates suffered from distraction burglary – man offering guttering maintenance at front whilst another gained entry in the rear, cash and valuables taken, elderly lady 85+ – check with your neighbours.
That said one of my neighbours 94 & 92 open their door to anyone who comes….
irrespective of weekly chats with them (partly being lonely).

Two shed break-ins this week…..

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Miscellany Some more – History of Coates

Both our library and Whittlesey Museum have a good selection of local history.
Today I am publishing our local historian Maureen Watson booklet.





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Please click on picture to enlarge – click a 2nd time to further enlarge…..

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On reflection – Kings Dyke Crossing…

Having spoken with a number of people yesterday and today, it could be…..
that there are lots of ‘happenings’ behind the scenes which is not in the public domain.
Some ‘happenings’ will be commercially sensitive until everything is in place.
My belief (I am not putting any money on it) is that The Bridge will be built as it is very far advanced in paper terms….
Maybe the Mayor of the combined authority James Palmer will make good his pre-election promise and come good in terms of ‘Cash’
Hopefully within the next month or so – Kier will come up with a detailed plan and some accurate costings….
In the meantime we all wait and wait and wait….

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