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  • February 2016 | D I S C O V E R I N G March 1

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    Avoid Doorstep Rogue Traders page 12

    Top 10 Aphrodisiac Foodspage 22

    New Cinema Releasespage 42

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  • 2 D I S C O V E R I N G March | February 2016

    The copy deadline for the March edition of Discovering March is February 12th,

    please email editor.march@discoveringmagazines.co.uk

    Claire Saberton - Publisher

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    Becky Kane - Editor | editor.march@discoveringmagazines.co.uk

    John Schwarz - Group Editor

    Design - Vinny Clark | Emma Gunner | Rob Harradine

    Discovering March is published by a local team and is not associated with any other business. Care is taken to ensure that the content and information is correct, however we cannot take any responsibility for loss, damage or omission caused by any errors. Permission must be granted to reproduce, copy or scan anything from this publication. For a copy of our contributors guidelines please email info@discoveringmagazines.co.uk

    Welcome to our February edition...

    Here we are in February already and leaving Christmas and New Year a distant memory. Still, weve lots to

    look forward to with Valentines Day, Mothers Day and Easter all happening within the next two months! If youre planning on eating out with your Valentine or treating your mum on Mothering Sunday, then dont leave booking until the last minute and risk missing out!

    As a fan of winter, Im enjoying the cold weather, and recently weve seen some amazing sunrises and sunsets around the fens and beyond. I am a member of a Facebook group called Nature of the Fens and here I get to see so many beautiful photos, it was a real struggle to choose one for the cover this month. If you are a budding photographer, please feel free to send me any

    photographs of March or the surrounding area that you think are cover worthy. Its a great opportunity to showcase your work, and choosing the cover image is one of my favourite jobs.

    Im currently working on a new, up to date club directory, so bear with me whilst this is being put together and if you are part of a club and interested in being included within this, please contact me. Im always on the look-out for community news too, so if you have anything that you would like to share with the rest of the town, then send it in and I would be happy to publish this.

    A word of warning to all you bachelors out there. Be extra vigilant on Leap Day, February 29th, because when your lady gets down on one knee and opens a small box, whilst staring into your eyes, then utters those four famous words, they wont be Whats for dinner darling?

    Becky x

    4 Leap Year Whats That All About?

    6 March in the Past - February

    9-10 Community Matters12 Consumer Advice20 Legal Corner Why Gamble?

    22 Top Ten Aphrodisiac Foods 24 Food Perfect Steak Recipe

    26 Legal Corner Changes to Inheritance Tax

    27 Puzzle Page28 Club Spotlight Hereward Harmony

    30 History of March32 Health Relationship Counselling

    34-36 Event Diary Whats happening in and around March

    37 Museum Apple Green Engines

    40 Finance Using Pensions to Fund Retirement

    42 Film New Releases this Month

    44-45 Your Directory46 In the Hot Seat Johnny Dee

    With thanks to...Jennifer Lawler, Eamonn Dorling, Eileen Le Voi, Fraser Dawbarns, Dack Pearson Solicitors, March and District Museum, March Podiatry, The Light Cinema and Trevor Bevis.

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  • 4 D I S C O V E R I N G March | February 2016

    Why do we have Leap Years?Leap years are needed to keep our modern day Gregorian calendar in alignment with the Earths revolutions around the sun. It takes the Earth approximately 365.242199 days or 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds to circle once around the sun. This is called a tropical year. However, the Gregorian calendar has only 365 days in a year, so if we didnt add a day on February 29th nearly every four years, we would lose almost six hours off our calendar every year. After only one hundred years, our calendar would be off by approximately twenty-four days!

    Which years are Leap Years?In the Gregorian calendar, three criteria must be taken into account to identify leap years:

    The year is evenly divisible by four;

    If the year can be evenly divided by 100, it is NOT a leap year, unless;

    The year is also evenly divisible by 400. Then it is a leap year.

    This means that 2000 and 2400 are leap years, while 1800, 1900, 2100, 2200, 2300 and 2500 are NOT leap years.

    Leap Day Customs and Traditions

    Women propose to their men According to an old Irish legend, or possibly history, St Brigid struck a deal with St Patrick to allow women to propose to men and not just the other way around every four years. This is believed to have been introduced to balance the traditional roles of men and women in a similar way to how Leap Day balances the calendar.

    Twelve Pairs of GlovesIn some places, Leap Day has been known as Bachelors Day for the same reason. A man was expected to pay a penalty, such as a gown or money, if he refused a marriage pro-posal from a woman on Leap Day. In many European countries, especially in the upper classes of society, tradition dictates that any man who refuses a womans proposal on February 29th has to buy her twelve pairs of gloves. The intention is that the woman can wear the gloves to hide the embarrassment of not having an engagement ring.

    2016 is a Leap Year

    In the Gregorian calendar, three criteria must be

    If the year can be evenly divided by 100, it is

    are leap years, 2500 are

    of not having an engagement ring.

    A leap year has 366 days, as opposed to a common year, which has only 365. Nearly every four years is a leap year, and we add a leap day, an extra or intercalary day, on February 29th.

    whats that al l about then?

    Leap Year.indd 2 19/01/2016 15:34

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    Leap years are needed to keep our modern day Gregorian calendar in alignment with the Earths revolutions around the sun. It takes the Earth approximately 365.242199 days or 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds to circle once around the sun. This is called a tropical year. However, the Gregorian calendar has only 365 days in a year, so if we didnt add a day on February 29th nearly every four years, we would lose almost six hours off our calendar every year. After only one hundred years, our calendar would be off by approximately twenty-four days!

    Which years are Leap Years?In the Gregorian calendar, three criteria must be taken into account to identify leap years:

    The year is evenly divisible by four;

    If the year can be evenly divided by 100, it is NOT a leap year, unless;

    The year is also evenly divisible by 400. Then it is a leap year.

    This means that 2000 and 2400 are leap years, while 1800, 1900, 2100, 2200, 2300 and 2500 are NOT leap years.

    Leap Day Customs and Traditions

    Women propose to their men According to an old Irish legend, or possibly history, St Brigid struck a deal with St Patrick to allow women to propose to men and not just the other way around every four years. This is believed to have been introduced to balance the traditional roles of men and women in a similar way to how Leap Day balances the calendar.

    Twelve Pairs of GlovesIn some places, Leap Day has been known as Bachelors Day for the same reason. A man was expected to pay a penalty, such as a gown or money, if he refused a marriage pro-posal from a woman on Leap Day. In many European countries, especially in the upper classes of society, tradition dictates that any man who refuses a womans proposal on February 29th has to buy her twelve pairs of gloves. The intention is that the woman can wear the gloves to hide the embarrassment of not having an engagement ring.

    2016 is a Leap Year

    In the Gregorian calendar, three criteria must be

    If the year can be evenly divided by 100, it is

    are leap years, 2500 are

    of not having an engagement ring.

    A leap year has 366 days, as opposed to a common year, which has only 365. Nearly every four years is a leap year, and we add a leap day, an extra or intercalary day, on February 29th.

    whats that al l about then?

    Leap Year.indd 2 19/01/2016 15:34

  • | March in the Past: February - Jennifer Lawler

    T he record highest temperature for February in the UK in the 20th Century was set at March Cambridgeshire on February 23rd 1990, with a temperature of 19.2C.[1] January 1929 was one of the coldest on record, with only three days above 40F (4.5C).[2] In February, one of the coldest in the 20th Century, the River Nene in Northampton froze for several days and was used as a football pitch. Three Cambridge undergraduates skated on the Cam and Ouse from Cambridge to Ely and back for the first time since 1895.[3]

    On Monday February 18th 1929, a special representative of the White Star Line visited the office of shipping agent A. E. Haylock of 9 High Street March from 2.30pm to 4.30pm and from 6pm to 7.30pm to give information and

    to select suitable farmworkers, boys, domestic servants and families for settlement in Canada. They would travel at special rates also available in certain cases for people wishing to see friends or relatives in Canada.[4] Mr J. H. S. Green, Chairman of March UDC, appealed for subscriptions for the Lord Mayors Miners Relief Fund. A public meeting in March Town Hall had resolved to make a united effort. The public was asked to forward subscriptions to the banks or to the treasurer Mr F. Donald Grounds, Market Place, and subscriptions of five shillings and more would be published in the newspaper. A committee of delegates from all organisations and institutions in March would meet at the Town Hall on February 22nd. Suggestions and offers of services

    were welcomed to make a united response worthy of March and worthy of the cause.[5]

    The highlight in February 1929 was the opening of the magnificent and palatial new Hippodrome and Theatre Royal in Dartford Road. Described as one of the finest in East Anglia, with no expense spared and costing over 20,000, it was the first theatre that Messrs. Eggitt and Sons had built. At a luncheon in the Griffin Hotel, March was described as one of the most prosperous, thriving and growing towns not only in East Anglia, but in the whole of England. Mr Hopkins, surveyor, said, They would look forward to the time when the railway stations and omnibuses were placarded with notices of Cheap excursions to March.[6]

    The Hippodrome, March

    [1] http://www.torro.org.uk/maxtemps.php

    [2] The Cambridgeshire Times February 8th 1929

    [3] http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/weather/4550024/Snow-Britain-February-1929.html

    [4] The Cambridgeshire Times February 8th 1929

    [5] The Cambridgeshire Times February 15th 1929

    [6] ibid

    6 D I S C O V E R I N G March | February 2016

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