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A Memorial to Fallen Allies

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On Monday 20th February, Stilton gathered in the new Pavilion to honour the crew of B17 bomber Ten Horsepower, which crashed on Red Hill on 20th February 1944. Don Darke, who was a small boy at the time, vividly recalled his memory of the doomed aircraft, as the remaining two crew members wrestled with its […]

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Stilton Pavilion is formally open!

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All the years of hard work, frustrations and triumphs were crowned today, Saturday 18th February 2017, by the formal opening of Stilton Pavilion. A huge crowd of sponsors, contributors, villagers, Pavilion users and well-wishers filled the Main Hall to hear words of appreciation from Olive Main (Stilton Parish Council), Mark Angus (Project Team) and Chris […]

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Clock This!

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Refurbishing the Memorial Hall Clock The Memorial Hall clock, which has been there for longer than any of us can remember, fell into disrepair in 2011 so it was removed and taken along to Marvin Richards, our local watch and clock maker and repairer. On examination, Marvin found that it was no small job to […]

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Almshouses Refurbishment

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One of Stilton’s little treasures is the group of Almshouses tucked away at the end of Fen Street. The Trustees completed a major refurbishment programme in 2006, so it seems like a good idea to explain something about them and describe the progress of the project. Background Frances Worthington was the widow of William Worthington, […]

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Fisticuffs!

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The Mendoza – Humphreys Prizefight – Stilton 6th May 1789 Extract from Annual Register for 1789. Chronicle p 206 (2nd edn pub 1802) 6th May 1789. The long-expected battle between Humphreys and Mendoza took place on Wednesday at Stilton. A spacious amphitheatre was erected for the purpose of seeing this contest in the park of […]

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Fire in the Hole!

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Stilton potter Rick Landy is an expert on the ceramic techniques of antiquity. When in 2006 Time Team unearthed evidence of Roman kilns on the nearby fenland, he volunteered to demonstrate exactly how effective these primitive-looking kilns could be. Photos courtesy Rick Landy and Paul Biggins

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Time Team’s Stilton Dig

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Pottering about on the Fens… Regular SCAN readers will remember the announcement of Rick Landy’s discovery of a rare Roman cheese press. Such an extraordinary find naturally set the archaeological world’s jungle drums pounding. A uniquely well-preserved cheese press, found near Stilton, by a local potter who happens to make fine cheese dishes and is […]

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Lest We Forget…

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On a glorious Spring day in April 2005, a silent crowd gathered at Norman Cross to honour and remember 1770 soldiers and seamen from all over Europe who became captives here during the Napoleonic wars and whom death prevented from returning to their native soil. After several years of dedicated effort by many people, a […]