Lee Clarke is on the run

I wouldn’t normally blog about someone’s charity efforts on here but when I saw Clarkes head chef Lee Clarke was running the Great Eastern Run I thought I’d try and do my bit to help him raise his sponsorship target.

Lee’s willingness to put himself through his first ever half-marathon is inspiring and will be a great personal challenge, raising money for local Peterborough charity Little Miracles but also with the aim of losing a few pounds.

Sponsor Lee at https://www.justgiving.com/Lee-Clarke5

Even if you can’t afford to sponsor financially, why not head down to the Great Eastern Run route on Sunday and cheer on Lee and all the other runners!

Peterborough sculpture saved by ambulance

Ambulance saves Peterborough sculpture

When a passer-by spotted a “body” hanging from a billboard on Mayor’s Walk in Peterborough their first instinct was to call the emergency services.


Little did they know that the body was actually a sculpture created as part of the Peterborough ‘Metal Billboard’ project by arts organisation Metal.

Metal billboard sans body
Metal billboard sans body

Created by artist Laura Keeble,  the striking sculpture titled “What’s an artist worthis was designed to provoke discussion into recent government cuts to arts and creative industries.

The billboard featuring a spraypainter is signed “Laura Keeble & Mark Grist, artist vs educator & poet” – Mark Grist being former Peterborough poet laureate, rapper and ex-English teacher.

Sadly the installation near the fire station on Bourges Boulevard only lasted for around two hours before a number of emergency vehicles arrived on the scene.

Luckily Laura was in the area and managed to capture the dramatic rescue on camera.  After seeing the “body” being taken away in an ambulance Laura suggested that it was now “either in a cell or at a hospital!”.

With the body looking as lifelike as this it’s easy to see why it caused such concern:

Metal Billboard body
The making of the “body”

Fellow artist and contributor to Metal Billboard, Lee Mason tweeted:

The Metal Billboard project has been commissioned to run throughout September, coinciding with Peterborough Arts Festival and has the aim of turning the city into an exciting outdoor public gallery to stimulate reflection and conversation.  Laura’s work has certainly done that and in such a dramatic style too!  Lets hope Metal keep up this momentum and continue their efforts.

Find out more about Metal Billboard and Meta at http://www.metalculture.com/projects/indie-vision/

– photos courtesy of Laura Keeble, laurakeeble.com

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Cycling in Peterborough? On (or off) yer bike!

Like a dog with a bone, it seems that still Peterborough City Council are again discussing plans to close off Bridge Street in Peterborough to cyclists.  Thankfully Peterborough has a branch of the cycling charity Sustrans which is proactively fighting for rights of all bicycle users and is calling on the council to look at evidence rather than a knee-jerk emotional reaction.

…Sustrans does not believe that introducing a similar ban on Sundays to the other days is necessarily the best option.

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Peterborough Curry Club visits Maharanis, Deeping

This visit was with Peterborough Curry Club and the first time to Maharanis for our members, yet we were made to feel extremely welcome by the staff who were attentive and helpful throughout the meal.  We took advantage of the restaurant’s Wednesday night deal as it seems had most of Deeping as the restaurant was at capacity with several other large groups. Continue reading

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Review: Tea for two at Holmewood Hall

Guest review by Tia

Set in 14 acres of landscaped gardens and once an opulent home to the Wells family, Holmewood Hall is located in a leafy village of Holm which is south of Yaxley and also accessible east of the A1, south of Peterborough.  Already a premier conference venue, they have recently opened their doors to offer afternoon tea.

Holmewood HallThe Hall is located down a single track driveway which meanders through an avenue of trees and opens out into a large car park directly in front of the building. IMG_7496On arrival you are greeted with an impressive entrance with double doors complete with a pair of impressive (but cheeky) looking door guards.

We were warmly welcomed by Sarah who showed us into the Old Billiard room which is to the side of the building with lovely views over-looking the gardens and grounds.

There were around 4 large conference sized tables and some were already set up for afternoon tea with a charming selection of miss-matched china and cutlery.  As we took our seats, we were greeted by a member of the waiting team who took our tea order. Within minutes our pot of tea arrived, following shortly by our huge selection of food.

Vintage afternoon tea

Holmewood Hall Cream TeaThere was a good variety of sandwiches on offer.  There were about 3 rounds comprising of ham and cucumber, egg mayonnaise and prawn mayonnaise.  Two very plump fruity scones were accompanied by two generous individual tubs of Rhoddas Clotted Cornish cream and strawberry jam.  We were also given a plate on which nestled four very generous slices of cakes.  They were home-made Victoria sponge and Carrot cake. The sponge was soft and fluffy and both very delicious.  Thumbs up from the cake eating ladies.

The waiting staff were attentive and friendly, but not intrusive and we were asked if we wanted a tea refill during our meal. We really needed it to help soak up all that cake!

After our leisurely meal we had an opportunity to have a look around the facilities.  The impressive Gold Room next to the Old Billiard room had been set up for a large tea party and the looked very grand.  We could envision a lovely wedding reception here as the doors all opened up to the outside terrace. Directly to the left of the building was a terraced area with outdoor seating which ran along the length of the building and would make the perfect space for a summer wedding reception or formal function.  The very private and enclosed grounds were lush with lots of mature trees and shrubbery and we even saw some rabbits exploring the lawns with us during our visit!

There were other rooms on the ground floor that are used for conferences and meetings.  We were particularly taken with the charming Library room with a delightful window snug area and walls decorated with rows of old books.

Up past the grand staircase were more smaller, modernly presented meeting rooms, all very well equipped and of varying sizes.

In summary, it was a lovely place to spend for a leisurely afternoon tea. I would highly recommend it if you are looking for a somewhere special to take a friend or family member as a treat.  A great way to spend a few hours, I hope to return very soon.

– Tia

Contact details

For more information on the Vintage Afternoon Tea package or other facilities at Holmewood Hall, contact:

Tel. 01487 831166
Email. holmewoodhallweb@britishsugar.com

Booking in advance is required.  Available every week day between 14.30 and 17.00, excluding Bank Holidays.

Sonic Boom over Peterborough trends on Twitter

Wow.  At 1pm today an incredible boom was heard in Peterborough and within seconds my Twitter feed erupted with people asking what caused it.  My initial thought was that it was an explosion but with jet planes overhead Twitter soon started confirming it was a sonic boom.

The hashtag #sonicboom even started trending, which is possibly a first for Peterborough!

Most disturbingly though is that people were even being forced to leave their houses and talk to people in the real world:

Did the #sonicboom rock your world? Is this the most exciting thing to happen in Peterborough since that ugly dog? Tell me in the comments below.

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Peterborough street food has landed!

Only a couple of months ago I posted about how it seemed that prospective street food traders were being denied the opportunity to bring their home-cooked fayre to the streets of Peterborough. Now however I’m glad to say it looks like street food has finally arrived!

Typically the reserve of busier cities like London, Manchester, et al, Peterborough now has vendors selling hog roast sandwiches, falafel and halloumi wraps and the obligatory slow-cooked pulled pork bap. Continue reading