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  • D I S C O V E R I N G March | March 2015 2

    Editor Andrew Smith Design Vinny Clark Natasha Shiels Operations Director Andrew Armstrong Sales Director Claire Saberton Accounts Wendy Chapman Photographer Contributors Jennifer Lawler March Chamber Eamonn Dorling Eileen Le Voi Fraser Dawbarns LLP Solicitors Dack Pearson Solicitors Best Friends Vets Steve Barclay Kit Owen Bob Fitzjohn March Podiatry Shannon Barrow David Lazarus Sue Lazarus The Light Cinema

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    Welcome to Discovering March - March


    March his past month has certainly demonstrated the great variations in our weather. At start of the year we were threatened with blizzards and gale force winds, most of which, as usual, failed to materialise. Although we did get some snow which was nice, particularly as wed chosen a snowy picture as our cover image for February. However, like always it was fleeting and the snow soon melted and was replaced with rain and chilling winds, but again that didnt last for too long and as I write this the weather is so good it could quite easily pass for a summers day. Speaking of summer, although its at the back of all our minds it technically starts on the last Sunday of the month, as the clocks go forward and an hours sleep is lost. Not to mention all the time that will taken up by engaging in conversations as to the merits of putting the clocks forwards and backwards. While well all no doubt be hoping for a pleasant summer, much like the last years, I will also be hoping, as a hay fever sufferer, that the allergy season is a short one. Apparently its already started and there are a record number of people in the UK, approximately 12 million, wholl be affected. What I really dont understand is that before I moved to March I had never suffered with hay fever before. Maybe having grown up in a more built up part of the country my nostrils are more used to pollution than fresh air, but Im fast approaching five years in March so hopefully this is the year they finally acclimatise. In the magazine this month you can read about the story behind the competition to find a flag for Cambridgeshire. It seemed strange to me when I first heard that, prior to the competition; Cambridgeshire, and a number of other counties, did not have an official flag. All there was before was the Cambridgeshire County Council Flag. This months club spotlight focuses on The March Society, our food page will provide you with delicious, albeit unhealthy, way to start the weekend and you can read about all the latest film to releases courtesy of the Light Cinema and much more. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed making it.


    Welcome to your March edition of Discovering March. Your favourite freebie is bulging with interesting features. Its really heart-warming to hear that there are lots of you who are finding, month on month, that the magazine is getting more interesting, with an even wider range of features and articles covered. Thank you for your

    endorsement and long may it continue. Claire x

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  • D I S C O V E R I N G March | March 2015 4

    | Community news By Andrew Smith

    The winning design by Brady Ells features three gold crowns representing East Anglia, placed against a blue field with wavy lines representing the river Cam and are in the colours of Cambridge University. His design was chosen by the public in a competition organised by adventurer and campaigner Andy Strangeway. This is the fifth time Andy has organised a competition like this and he explained the steps taken to do so for Cambridgeshire, he said: When I realised that Cambridgeshire never had a flag, thats how I became interested. I then launched a competition for people to design a flag and 17 designs came in, we had some designs from Cambridgeshire, some from Brazil and some from Sweden. Then myself, a representative from the Flag Institute, the Chairman of Cambridgeshire County Council and other local leaders (including Ross McGivern from Fenland District Council) eliminated these down to six designs and those six designs were put to a public vote. The result was unanimous as Brady Ells design received more than two-thirds of all the votes cast and Andy explained what advantages having an official flag will bring to Cambridgeshire, and how the whole competition didnt cost a penny, he said: It was just based

    Cambridgeshire Finally has a Flag As strange as it may sound until February 1st 2015, the county of Cambridgeshire did not have an official flag, but after a design competition and public vote it now does.

    on the goodwill of everybody, I gave my time for free, Graham Bartram (the Flag Institutes Chief Vexillologist) gave up his time and the judges gave up their time freely. The beauty of this now is youve got brand Cambridgeshire and its how you use it. There is no copyright; nobody owns the design so its totally free to use. You could say this a wonderful present to the folk of Cambridgeshire to go and make business, to celebrate their cultural heritage, their sporting achievements, thats what its about. As previously mentioned this is the fifth time Andy has organised a campaign to create a flag for a region of the UK, and he explained why he decided to launch the very first one for the East Riding of Yorkshire, he said: I do a lot of outdoor activities and I sleep in remote locations and I decided to sleep on the summit of all 52 counties of England and Wales. When I did this if there was a flag for that county I decided to take that flag to the summit. Then the legislation with regards to flag flying was slightly tweaked in September 2012 and it states that you can fly flags of the Ridings of Yorkshire, but at that point there were no flags for the Ridings of Yorkshire. Im a proud man from the East Riding so the first thing I did was establish a competition and thats how things unfolded. After finding a flag for the East Riding Andy then established competitions to find flags for the North and West Ridings of Yorkshire as well as County Durham before launching the Cambridgeshire flag competition in May 2014.

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    An adventurer and campaigner,

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    organised five flag design competitions

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    | Food By Sue Lazarus

    In the Interest of Economy! n the first weekend of February my husband and I awoke late on the Saturday morning and decided that we deserved a treat for brunch. However, we are on an economy drive after Christmas, so determining what we were going to have, had to be based on what was available at that moment in the kitchen.

    The meagre scraps left in the fridge did not inspire us. Then my husband, who was reading a newspaper, noted that it was Super Bowl weekend and said we should go American for Brunch. So, with that theme in mind, I prowled around the kitchen looking for inspiration. We had half a bloomer loaf, a little stale but ok for toast. We had some bacon in the freezer I had bought to slap on the Christmas turkey but never used. It

    was an offcut pack so a bit of a lottery as to what it might contain but then it came to me, I would make French toast with cinnamon and crispy bacon!

    I pulled the bacon offcuts apart, cut them into strips and put them under the grill to crisp up. Follow my recipe for the cinnamon French toast, then dish it up and scatter the crispy bacon all around each plate and top off with warmed maple syrup. Quite delicious, but I should add that this is probably not on any New Year diet you might be on!

    Sue is a Cordon Bleu Chef and Managing Director of Simple Flair


    Cinnamon French Toast

    u 1 tbsp ground cinnamonu 100g caster sugaru 4 slices of white bread (preferably stale)u 115g butteru 700ml milk (semi skimmed)u 6 large eggsu tsp saltu 2 tsp pure vanilla extractu Maple syrup to serve

    1. Preheat your oven to 200oC

    2. Line a baking tray with foil (make sure it goes up the sides to retain liquid)

    3. Mix the butter, cinnamon and sugar in a bowl to form a paste

    4. Place the slices of bread on the tray and spread the butter, cinnamon and sugar paste on the upturned side of each slice

    5. Toast the bread in the oven until it has caramelised and is crunchy on top (about 7-10 minutes)

    6. Reduce the oven heat to 190oC

    Whisk the milk, eggs, salt and vanilla in a separate bowl and poor over the toast in the baking tray. This is why it is important to line the side...