Mike Ellis of Ellis Winters assesses the current housing market A recent article by Zoopla has suggested that owning a property could be the key to happiness, with homeowners reporting a greater sense of well-being and higher levels of life satisfaction than tenants. With employment levels at record highs and those listed as employed leading […]

Bin and gone again!

Well they are asking for it’ said one town visitor watching workmen pull out a large commercial bin from the river a The Quayside. Local residents are starting to get fed up with the mess and disruption too. The commercial bin collection from Mick George in the Bridge Street area appears to require the local […]

Parking problems continue

As the picture below shows even double yellow lines on a roundabout cannot deter some people. Having been mentioned as one of the town’s main problems in the town centre by business owners in a recent survey, one would have hoped that this company would have led by example.

Rumours around Dolphin

There has been much talk around town that the Dolphin has been sold again. We do know that the restuarant was available to be run as a separate concern and it would appear that discussions are underway on the sale of the hotel. When contacted by The Riverporter the paper was told that no sale […]

It’s that man again. Kenya!

The Riverporter makes it to Kenya with Colin.

Have you heard the Buzz?

For the last few weeks there have been less than subtle social media chatter about a new night club opening soon in St Ives. It appears that a local digital media firm have perhaps been circulating rumour to both test reaction and create interest in the new arrival. The Riverporter understands that the club is […]

Fancy twinning with Zimbabwe?

The meeting began with a presentation from District Councillor Patrick Kadewere and Felicia Munjaidi from the Zimbabwe Embassy who were informing the Town Council of an opportunity to twin with the town of Chinhoyi in Zimbabwe. Discussions have been ongoing with Huntingdon and Godmanchester for a while and a the delegation is keen to involve […]

Celebrity Antiques Road Trip comes to Town

Hyperion’s next Fine Art Sale will play host to the Celebrity Antiques Road Trip featuring experts David Harper & Louise Gostelow (below centre) who will be joined by Celebrities from Holby City – Rosie Marcel ‘Jac Naylor’ (below left) & Bob Barrett ‘Sacha Levy’ (right). As well as auctioning the celebrities buys the sale, being […]

News from St Ives in Bloom

The judges from Anglia in Bloom are coming to St Ives on 10th July. Below is the timetable for the route they will take. A tremendous amount of hard work is done by SIIB members to try and win Gold (for a third year) and you too can help by making sure the whole of […]

A fabulous floral display awaits you!

Stunning floral interpretations and displays will greet visitors attending this year’s Hemingford Abbots Flower Festival on 29 and 30 June. The beautiful Grade 1 St Margaret’s Church will be brought to life when over 3,000 blooms, of all sorts of flowers and colours, are used in the creation of the theme for this year’s Festival […]

We’re getting a new Toucan crossing!

And the amazing thing is that the construction company building the crossing are going to give us a new ALDI store at the same time. Last month HDC gave permission for the work to start on the new store development opposite Morrisons where the old Chicory factory stood. Aldi has described the design of the […]

The Corn Exchange moves up a gear

St Ives is well known for its music scene with diverse genres and styles of music playing throughout the town from virtuoso performances in the Chapel Arts Season to Casa Vida at Floods, the town’s Music Festival, this weekend’s Picnic in the Park and of course the amazing Old Riverport Jazz & Blues Festival in […]

Mayor’s Civic Parade

St Ives Mayor, Cllr Dan Rowe inspects the ‘troops’ last Sunday at the annual Civic Sunday Parade, following a service in the Parish Church. The RAF Wyton Area Voluntary Band led the parade. The Riverporter was informed that the food served in the Corn Exchange after the parade to invited guest was excellent. Dan had […]

Summer season in full swing

This weekend you can enjoy the St Ives Regatta and Picnic in the Park – a sign that the summer season has started in earnest. It’s what St Ives has become renowned for in recent years. With a lot going on, there is something happening every weekend until the end of August.

Timetable agreed for buses to Morrisons

The County Council have at last confirmed that buses will be serving the Morrisons store from July 8th a full 16 months after the store opened in March 2018. Following comments from the Town Council the existing county supported services from Over (Route 15); Needingworth, Bluntisham (21); Fenstanton (1A); Hilton and Hemingfords (9) and Houghton […]

A good news story

Hi there everyone! Heidi here. As you can see I have been promoted to the front page with this tit-bit of a recent incident that we hope will raise your spirits. The editor of this wonderful newspaper received a letter of concern from a Bridgefoot resident about our highly popular swan family with eight, yes […]


Mike Ellis of Ellis Winters assesses the current housing market The Tenant Fees Act 2019 comes into force on the 1 June banning all tenant fees charged by agents and landlords except those specifically permitted by the Act. The ‘permitted’ fees include rent, security deposits, holding deposits, early termination and some default fees. The ban […]

Riverporter not alone in being targeted

Since we compiled the above we learned that even elected councillors may have been subject to intimidation. Dr Nik Johnson, Labour’s candidate in the last Parliamentary elections and currently a St Neots District Councillor has made a formal complaint following a fierce attack on him by Councillors Ablewhite and Fuller. The Riverporter’s editor witnessed this […]

Is democracy under threat in Huntingdonshire?

The Riverporter regularly receive press releases from various organisations, which we read and decide if the information will interest our readers. Mostly they’re from local groups eager to inform us about what they are doing and several examples of that are in this edition. We have also received press releases from local authorities including Huntingdonshire […]

Trashing our parkland

Local news services and social media this week are carrying a news item showing damage and mess left behind in the children’s play area in Hill Rise Park. The story reports that our St Ives school kids have set about burning books in the area causing damage to the equipment and leaving ash and mess […]

Eagled-eyed officers spot drug deal

A drug dealer has been sentenced to more than two years in prison after officers spotted a drug deal at the War Memorial Parade in St Ives on 12 November 2017 when they witnessed suspicious activity in a grey BMW. Officers pulled it over, discovering the driver, 22-year-old Daniel Currell, to be in possession of […]

Well Dressing

On the weekend of 21-23 June Holywell will celebrate its Well Dressing and Flower Festival. The theme this year is Open the Book (stories from the Bible). Friday 21st is the well blessing service at 6.30pm followed by refreshments. Saturday 22nd the church is open all day and from 12pm there is a fete with […]

Update on Fake News

Four issues ago we reported on a good news story from the District Council which said The Council is pleased to announce plans to expand its existing loyalty reward schemes for regular market stall holders. The report went on ‘The Council has worked successfully with St Ives Town Initiative (SITI) and the Town Council to […]

A Skiffing good weekend

The Riverporter was on hand to welcome the members of The Skiff Club from Teddington who spent May Bank Holiday weekend skiffing the Great Ouse. Skiffing is sculling with an oar in each hand, rowing is one oar in both hands. We asked one of their members, Gordon Wuest, for a comment about their Meander. […]

Tour of Cambridgeshire

Can it be a coincidence?

The Riverporter has been going 18 months now and judging from the comments the editors have had it has been well received. As we said from the outset we wanted to give publicity to all those worthwhile voluntary groups that contribute to the community of St Ives and once again this issue has details of […]

Fun in the sun

Last weekend’s warm weather brought out the crowds in St Ives and throughout Huntingdonshire as ‘flaming’ June heralded the start of the summers activities as our pictures show. unday, in particular, was busy with an International Children’s Day in Warner’s Park, described as an outdoor family party by the Polish organisers. Meanwhile in the town […]

Who thinks this is a good idea?

The Riverporter has learned that BT is offering communities the chance to adopt their local phone box for £1.Community groups across the East of England are being encouraged to do something inspirational with their phone boxes that are no longer used or have fallen into disrepair. BT say they will continue to provide electricity (if […]

Erik’s favourite tree to be felled

Huntingdon District Council plan to fell the Horse Chestnut tree in Warners Park. Work was scheduled to start in the week beginning 20th May. A report by the Arboricultural Officer in 2011 stated it was a fine tree of great stature with no obvious defects of a very good quality for its age. Two recent […]

Summer Concert

St Ives Choral Society’s summer concert on 8th June is inspired by America. Copland’s Old American Songs are settings of American folk tunes collected in the 19th and early 20th centuries, including the famous Shaker melody ‘Tis the gift to be simple’. The songs sung by African American slaves have inspired many composers in Britain […]

Heritage themed Coffee Morning

A coffee morning is to be held on Saturday 8th JUNE from 10 to 12 noon at St Ives Methodist Church for people to share their memories. When the Methodist Church renovation work (Project 200) comes to an end the Church wants to publish a Book of its 200 year history. It is hoping that […]

Award for Ivo teacher

Rob Chambers, head of geography at St Ivo School, will be the recipient of one of only two Ordnance Survey Awards to be presented this year by the Royal Geographical Society. The society’s award recognises ‘extraordinary achievement’ in geographical research, fieldwork, teaching, photography and public engagement. The award will be presented at a ceremony on […]

Exhibition is a success

The Mayor of St Ives, Cllr Daniel Rowe (right), opened a ME/CFS Global Awareness exhibition at Time for Health in St Ives on the 12th May. This event was St Ives’ contribution to the Global Missing Millions campaign for the sufferers with ME/CFS. The campaign held ‘Visibilty and Awareness’ events all around the world. St […]

Sun shines on Town Team events

The new Town Mayor and Mayoress call in on the busy Flea on the Quay which will be held on the second Sunday of each month.

7th St Ives Book jam

ACE are proud to present the 7th St Ives Book jam on Saturday 8th June at St Ives Corn Exchange. Amongst the many exciting workshop presenters are Matty Long and Elys Dolan. Matty is an author and illustrator of picture books and children’s fiction, graduated from the Children’s Book Illustration MA Course at the Cambridge […]

Terrified passengers flee guided bus

Fire crews were called to a major incident on Monday when a car hit a guided bus on the busway near Longstanton.The driver of the car was seriously injured by the collison and remains in hospital. A nearby witness to the incident said the car appeared to catch fire first and then flames very quickly […]

Day of Dance

St Ives will be ringing with the stamp of clogs, clash of sticks, jingle of bells and whoops and hollers next weekend as traditional dances are performed by three local sides (teams) on Sunday 2 June. The Town Team presents Sutton Masque (above), Coton Morris and Manor Mill Morris who will entertain the crowds with […]


Mike Ellis of Ellis Winters assesses the current housing market For the last three years Brexit has been everywhere, from the minute you got up in the morning until last thing at night, but all of a sudden, it’s gone very quiet. Yippee we say, perhaps now we can get on with our lives and […]


We were sorry to learn of the passing this week of local politician Lord Toby Jug aged 53. Lord Toby, whose real name was Brian Borthwick, was one of the founders of the Monster Raving Looney Party in 1987 and he claimed to be the Shadow Minister for Mental Health. Lord Toby was expelled from […]

Police Swoop

Last Friday saw a number of St Ives social media calls for help when concerned motorists were confronted by a swan that had managed to land on the Harrison Way bridge during rush hour. The poor confused bird was in serious danger of being struck by traffic until officers turned up and went into rescue […]

Wheelie loud noises draw complaints

Police checked the areas around California Road, Westwood Road and Meadow Lane late on Tuesday evening, 30th April, following reports of cars being driven noisily and at dangerous speeds. Nothing suspicious was found, although the drivers of three cars located on Meadow Lane were spoken to and told to move on. Additionally, St Ives social […]

Police & Crime Commissioner explains statement?

The Riverporter has received a reply to our email of 12 March to Police & Crime Commissioner Jason Ablewhite. Following his comment at the Town Meeting, when he announced that: ‘The fact that the Police and Crime Commissioner is now cheaper to run than the former Police Authority, then you save that money in your […]

Police Aware?

PCSO Beverley Snell held a Police Surgery in town on Wednesday 1st May. The surgery was held at the bus shelter on Station Road, St Ives, from 1 pm to 3pm and local residents and business owners went along to meet Beverley and discuss any concerns that they may have about policing in our community. […]

A Blooming good evening

Sorry about the predictable headline, but nevertheless visitors to the St Ives Corn Exchange had a great evening when the BBC radio 4 Gardeners Question time was recorded here in St Ives on the 1st May. The BBC production team took over the Corn Exchange and recorded two shows to be broadcast on 17th May […]


Dementia Friendly Community gathers pace Ian Jackson, Chair of the town’s DFC Steering Group reports: • Pauline Mohamed (left), owner of Genesis Hair Company, and her great niece Leigh Anne present a cheque for £200 representing donations made at the funeral of Mrs Winifred Feeney, Pauline’s mother. • The recent Slepe Hall Hotel ‘Las Vegas’ […]

FESt celebrates 10 years with award

FESt (Festival Events St Ives) has presented over 200 successful events in the town over the last ten years – so no wonder they are celebrating! Events they have held include, COSI concerts, Picnic in the Park, Dragon Boat racing and the Illuminated Boat Parade with the support of GOBA. Incidentally this year’s free event […]

Dan’s the man

Dan Rowe was elected Mayor for 2019/20 at the annual Mayor Making ceremony. Dan is well-known in the town, having been a councillor since 2016. The annual ceremony in the Corn Exchange saw Cllr Tim Drye, the outgoing Mayor reporting on his mayoral year and giving awards to those people and groups who have contributed […]


Mike Ellis of Ellis Winters assesses the current housing market As the temperature has risen over the last few weeks so has the number of property sales, so we think we can safely say the usual Easter selling market is sparking into life! We’ve started to see the number of viewings go up and this […]

Watch out for the TV licence fraudsters!

An ongoing TV Licensing phishing campaign, first identified by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) in September 2018, continues to be reported to Action Fraud in high numbers. Fraudsters are sending the public fake TV Licensing emails that are designed to steal their personal and financial information. Since April 2018, Action Fraud has received over […]

Reasons to be shut. Part 22

The movie men are coming

Not only do we have a fabulous new cinema screen and sound system at the corn exchange we now have the movie makers actually filming the drama here in St Ives . . . Local film maker Daniel Attrill runs a company called Break the Chain Productions and they announced that they would be shooting […]

All ahead for ALDI

Plans that will see an Aldi supermarket come to St Ives were approved on Monday. The retailer applied for planning permission for a 1,7844 sq m store in Needingworth Road in August last year, and the proposal was approved subject to a condition that the developer provide a contribution of up to £170,000 for the […]

With Great Sadness…

Judging by the outpouring of sad social media entries, the news that ‘Little Acre Kitchen’ closed its doors for the last time on Sunday, we consider St Ives has lost one of it real gems. The owners have posted an explanation on social media, and on their door, that although the establishment had wonderful loyal […]

Mindless vandalism?

Our weekly police report has notified us that Crown street suffered broken windows last week when the front windows of both Fat Face and the Mountain Warehouse were smashed leaving glass over the pavement and in store. A police report states that no effort was made by the culprits to enter the shops and nothing […]

Is Fake News everywhere?

Like publishers everywhere we regularly receive press releases from different groups, the majority of which are informative and help us media people spread the news without too much effort. Of course the motives for sending out press information can vary. A statement from a political group would most likely try to persuade us of a […]

St Ives Morrisons store named as one of the ‘top 5’ in the world!

A year ago Morrisons opened a huge new store in St Ives – and it’s been shortlisted as one of the best supermarkets in the world. Chief executive David Pots said, ‘Our aim is based on improving the shopping trip for customers and to achieve that, we’re doing all we can’. Morrisons has also partnered […]

Riverbank mayhem – poop poop!

A new stage adaptation of the classic Wind in the Willows is being staged at the Burgess Hall in St Ives by the resident company Centre Players, (causing mayhem above). Director Collette Parker said ‘The production has all the charm and joy of the original tale infused with contemporary, fun and highly theatrical touches’. Join […]

Willow sculptures commemorate St Ives historic businesses

During April expect to see some cattle grazing on the roundabout near Morrisons when the Town Team s plans to enhance the approach to St Ives starts to take shape. Willow craftsman Sue Kirk is soon to complete life size sculptures of a pig a cow and a ram, animals that were once sold in […]

2nds sniff out win at Shelford

St Ives 2nds narrowly won away to Shelford V 19-17 to stay top of their table while the Bulls 1st XV completed a ten try rout to beat Stewarts & Lloyds 68 – 5. With three matches left this season, the Bulls remain 9 points behind second place Market Harborough. St Ives have to play […]

The Old Riverport Jazz and Blues Festival

The programme for this year’s Festival is now complete with 24 FREE concerts, a harmonica workshop and a jam session where you can try out your musical skills. Among the five new bands to the festival is Val Sinclair (above) and her band Turquoise, who will be performing a range of blues, funk, swing and […]

People of St Ives passionate about helping town thrive

On Monday evening around 28 people representing local businesses, community groups and the Town Council attended an exploratory meeting at Slepe Hall Hotel to discuss ways to improve St Ives town centre. The initiative is the idea of local businessman William Scantlebury, who runs a business networking group and whose members want to see the […]

Flea on the Quay

The New Market Event here in beautiful St Ives Collectables•Curious items Crafts•Objet d’art•Antiques St Ives Quayside10am to 2pm Sunday 31st March 2019 If you would like to have a stall please email us at [email protected] or call us on 07940 180160

Town Team donate to The Methodist Church Project 200

John Souter seen right, presented a cheque for £100 from the Town Team to Christine Mainwaring from the St Ives Methodist Church Project 200 team. The money was raised during the Boxing Day Hobby Horse Hunt and will help the church with their exciting plans to help modernise the building.

Beautiful views and even better reviews for St Ives

So reported Cambridgeshire Live this week when their reporter visited St Ives to interview local people at random. It seems we have all spoken well for our town. So much so that Cambridgeshire Live stated ‘We are starting to be convinced that St Ives really might be the loveliest place to live in Cambridgeshire.’ Excellent […]

Trust raises questions about its audit

A Trust that runs three Huntingdonshire schools, including St Ivo claims it is ‘financially sound’ while announcing a delay in publishing its accounts. Astrea educational trust, which manages Ernulf, Longsands and St Ivo Academies, announced that it will bring in specialists to delve deeper into the accounts.All academy trusts were expected to publish their accounts […]

Do You Care about our Town Centre?

Local businessman William Scantlebury is keen to stop our Town Centre from suffering decline by getting all interested parties together and agreeing a way forward. William explained ‘Having become involved in several meetings and conversations with the Town Team, the Town Council, SITI and The Riverport Retail Group it has become clear to me that […]

Workers initiative brightens lines

At Wednesday’s Town Council meeting Cllr Fuller advised councillors that they may have noticed that the white lines had been refreshed in the local car park but wanted to explain that this was not as a result of the councils intention to relay out the car park, as that work will occur later under their […]


Does our Police & Crime Commissioner really cost less?

During the recent Town Meeting the Police & Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire, Jason Ablewhite, stated he was cheaper than the old Police Authority. Responding to a question from Peter Mason, Mr Ablewhite, who was asked why we need a Police & Crime Commissioner, stated: ‘The fact that the Police and Crime Commissioner is now cheaper […]


The first of a year long, bi monthly set of events in which Ponders Travel bring experts to talk to you about the different types of holidays available. Their first event is about European, Asian and African river cruises and is on the 27th March between 4 and 7 pm at their Over office. Tickets […]

Volunteers Needed

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) need volunteers to help at a supermarket collection at Morrisons in St Ives on 28th March! We are looking for pairs of volunteers to cover a 2 hour shift between 11am and 5pm. Collections are a great way for us to raise valuable funds and a couple hours of your […]

Snowman Festival makes donation

Our picture shows Sandra Souter from the Snowman Festival presenting a cheque of £100 to Vicci Godbold, Head (Giraffe) of Thorndown on Friday 8th March. It was the school’s world book day and pupils and staff were dressed as animal characters. Thorndown pupils helped make some of the hundreds of small Snowmen that adorned the […]

Have you experienced this as well?

Dear Riverporter, Just thought you might be interested to know that I received a letter from ZZPS Ltd today telling me that my fine for parking at the Dolphin in December was now £170 ! I think gobsmacked is the best way to describe my reaction!!! This is after I spoke to Liz at the […]

Bulls bitten by Vipers

St Ives Bulls attempts to gain promotion for the second year running took a knock last Saturday as they too were incapacited by a nest of Vipers. The Vipers in this case were the Vipers Rugby Club from Whetstone, near Leicester who, before Saturday’s game with only three wins this season were facing relegation, but […]

A touch of deja vu at Town Meeting

Despite a good turnout at the Town Meeting on March 2nd it seems that many in the audience were left unconvinced by councillors efforts to address the issues raised. The Town Council must receive praise for making the Town Meeting more interesting with the introduction of a ‘Question Time’. For the second year running a […]

Leah’s ‘good cause’

Whilst Cromwell Probus Club is not a fundraising charity, its Presidents (and members) feel that they should support the fine work being done on behalf of the community by the good causes and charities in our area. This year, the Club President, Chris Leah’s ‘good cause’ was the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) for which […]

Mayor Palmer stars in Rotten Borough

Authority Mayor James Palmer has once again featured in Private Eye’s Rotten Boroughs due to his support for a charity that isn’t a charity after all. Palmer’s summer ball raised money for a company he described as a charity that helps emergency workers who might suffer from post traumatic stress. It turns out that PTSD999 […]

Another Far Flung Riverporter

Volunteer Centre Moves

The St Ives Volunteer Centre and Community Car Scheme have moved to St Ives Town Hall. After 26 happy years at the Free Church we have outgrown our single desk and moved into a front ground floor office at the Town Hall. Disabled access to the Town Hall is via a call button on the […]

St Ives Town Council – a nest of Vipers?

At February’s St Ives Town Council meeting the Mayor Cllr Tim Drye decided to suspend the public meeting to go into ‘part two’ (a secret meeting of councillors with the press and public removed from the chamber) before doing the business on the agenda. There was no indication on the agenda as to what might […]

New road will help route to the south

Finally after many years with little investment in our road and rail network in Huntingdonshire it seems we will soon be spoilt for choice. The A14 works are due to be finished by the end of next year and now Highways England has declared its preferred route of a new 10 mile carriageway between the […]

Hunts RSPB Local Group

Tony Winchester talks about his experiences as a volunteer for the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust since March 2013. Based at Welney, he is known for his winter swan feed commentary, but can also be seen around the reserve engaging with visitors, checking cattle or painting signs. This talk will include a brief history of both […]

St Ives Council Chamber

A UK First in plastic recycling

readers of The Riverporter will know we like to promote the habit of recycling with our regular articles particularly from our Environmental Correspondent Heidi N. D’Tries , who is currently taking her winter rest. We are delighted therefore to report the following from Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC). As part of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Waste […]

The St Ives Book Jam is coming

The Book Jam is a local event held to encourage literacy and imagination in children. The day will include free workshops for children to work with published authors and illustrators, author signing sessions and appearances by book characters during the day. The event is planned for the 8th June at St Ives Corn Exchange and […]

Mysterious appearance!

Late evening last Sunday saw the mysterious appearance of items of clothing wrapped around benches and railings along the St Ives Quayside. We have not been able to get a quote from those responsible for the appearances, but it is believed it’s all part of a campaign to keep homeless people warm during the cold […]

The BBC is coming to St Ives!

The Riverporter has learned that the BBC is to hold an issue of ‘Gardeners Question time’ as a live event staged at the St Ives Corn Exchange. The event is taking place on Wednesday 1st May 2019 between 14 – 21hrs. The event has been invited to the town by the Hill Rise Allotment Association, […]

St Ives Poet Laureate announced

The competition for the St Ives poet Laureate for 2019 concluded last week following a marvellous evening in the Corn exchange. Each of the top scoring poems had been assessed by a group of judges and were recited to a room packed with an appreciative audience. The winner was Patrick Macdonald, from Godmanchester (right receiving […]

Screen St Ives

Screen St Ives Doors open at 7.30pm and films start at 8pm. Refreshments are available before the screening. All tickets cost only £5, and are available online or in person at the Corn Exchange, St Ives. Thursday 7th Mar 2019 THE PARTY Director: Sally Potter UK 2017 1h 11m In Sally Potter’s own words, The […]

What a fabulous sight

The Royal Air Force is retiring its aging Tornado aircraft following many years of fantastic service to our country. The Tornado first saw service in 1979 and was used extensively in the first gulf war in 1991. As part of the retirement celebrations three aircraft have been following a flypast route over the country to […]

Town Mayor speaks out against racism

St Ives hit the national headlines for the wrong reason last week when racist, anti-immigration stickers were found stuck to doors, lampposts pedestrian crossings and even near schools. This week the Mayor, Tim Drye, issued this statement condemning the action. ‘This year, as Town Mayor, I have had many delightful experiences and broadened my understanding […]

One more for the list!

A white MTS Logistics lorry was spotted with a damaged front end after yet another incident on the Longstanton stretch of the guided busway in the evening of Feb 7th. A spokesman for Cambridgeshire Police who were called said: ‘We were called by Cambs CC to an HGV stuck on the guided busway. No one was […]

Screen St Ives Goes BIG

Fans of Screen St Ives will be delighted that in future they can enjoy watching the latest movies in detail. The 6.5 metre wide screen will certainly mean you shouldn’t need to wear glasses to enjoy the film and just to reassure patrons you won’t need a hard hat either. Strange that the screen was […]


We are so lucky to still have our Library. It provides a wonderful service to our community for every age group and now it is trialling adult READ A LITTLE ALOUD sessions. Every month the group gathers and takes it in turn to read and listen to stories, poems and extracts from literature. It is […]

Local artist pens a new illustrated children’s book

Denny Gaudin our St Ives artist that painted the mural in Free Church Passage has applied her talents to writing a children’s book. The book titled ‘The Dragons Umbrage and Humph’ is the tale of three school friends and their hilarious adventures seemingly with two dragons named Umbrage and Humph. The book is beautifully illustrated […]

Messing about on the river

Early morning 12th Feb saw a team from the environment agency start dredging the river just off The Quay near the bridge (see below). Throughout last summer larger cruisers and narrow boats regularly hit the river bed by sailing too close to the marker buoys. While the main navigation is 2.5 – 3 metres deep, […]


Have you noticed the improvements to the verge along Station Road, from Harrison Way to the back of Waitrose? A team of volunteers from the Rotary Club and St Ives in Bloom, with assistance from Waitrose, have been working to cut back the shrubs and ivy that were growing right over the pavement, and to […]

St Ives Poet laureate competition

Chris Morgan said that there were 17 entries in the adult’s section and 3 entries in the junior section. They have been carefully judged (anonymously) by 4 esteemed local and regional poets. 20 amazing poems were received. Chris invited councillors to attend the announcement of the winners on the 19th February, 7.30 ‘til 9.30pm at […]

Cambridgeshire could be getting new railway stations

Possible routes for a new train line have been announced.The Cambridge to Oxford rail line could see new stations at St Neots, Cambourne or Bassingbourn.The new line will create a direct connection between Bedford and Cambridge, something not seen since the 1960s. Revealing 5 route options the East West Railway Company wants the public to […]

Breaking News

The Old Riverport Jazz & Blues Festival features Blues legend John Verity who found national fame in the 1970s with Argent. John will be headlining the Saturday programme and once again the Festival will feature a number of new bands this September (19th to 22nd).


As storm Erik battered the UK last Saturday, St Ives Second XV blew local rivals St Neots away with a 59-7 win. The previous week the First XV had lost a bruising encounter away to Market Harborough who leap-frogged the bulls to take second place in the Midlands 2 East (South) league. This Saturday the […]

Everyone keep CALM

Visitors to town recently may have noticed posters and leaflets being handed around looking for support to launch St Ives as the UK’s first Mental Health Town. The project is called CALM and stands for the Campaign Against Living Miserably. The aim of making St Ives a CALM town is to allow people from different […]

And the next Mayor is . . .

St IvesTown Council has unanimously agreed that Councillor Dan Rowe will become Mayor and that Councillor Jonathan Pallant will be Deputy Mayor in May. Working to the normal civic calendar the Town Council, at last Wednesday’s Council meeting, selected the Councillors who it is proposed will become the Mayor and Deputy Mayor during the 2019/2020 […]

Reasons to be shut. Part 21

Our amazing town venue

Visitors to future events and film shows at the Corn Exchange will be amazed at the improvement to sound quality. This week has seen the installation of specially designed acoustic panels that absorb the echo and empty room sounds that have previously been a problem. Corn exchange directors said the improvement is wonderful and they […]

Screen St Ives

Doors open at 7.30pm and films start at 8pm. Refreshments are available before the screening. All tickets cost only £5, and are available online or in person at the Corn Exchange, St Ives. Thursday 7th Mar 2019 THE PARTY Director: Sally Potter UK 2017 1h 11m In Sally Potter’s own words, The Party is a […]

Route Beer!

Local historians and archaeologists working on the new road route network have discovered evidence of ancient beer making in our area potentially dating backas far as 400 BC. Experts found ‘tell-tale signs of an Iron Age brew’ during work to the new A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon. Archaeobotanist Lara Gonzalez said it was ‘incredibly exciting […]

Musical Director of St Ives Choral Society, Alison Daniels, has been appointed as first female Lay Clerk to Ely Cathedral.

Alison, who lives in Cambridge, is a freelance singer and teacher who regularly works with BBC Religious broadcasting, singing on BBC Radio 4. Alison (right) will be directing the Society performing Haydn’s masterpiece and perhaps best-known work – The Creation – at the Performing Arts Centre, Hinchingbrooke on 16 March. Tickets available from ticketsource.co.uk/date/600162 and […]

Speedwatch Re-launch

Speedwatch St Ives was successfully relaunched this month with the first session on St Audreys Lane. In the session which lasted 1.5 hrs the team clocked 640 cars of which 17 exceeded 35 mph in the 30 mph zone. They will now receive an advisory letter from the Police. There are currently 5 volunteers, but […]

Fundraising for Nobel’s Field conservation project

Local St Ives residents with be very familiar with Nobel’s Field as a popular leisure and local beauty spot, popular with picnickers, dog walkers and boaters as well as a great venue for occasional town events and the annual rowing regatta. However, few visitors would perhaps have noticed that the field is getting smaller! In […]

Massive Support for Dementia Friendly Community

Last year’s sell-out concert Music from Movies & Musicals in St Ives by the amazing Huntingdonshire Concert Band resulted in a huge cheque from the band presented to the Dementia Friendly Community group recently. A staggering £1,636 was raised by HCB on the night to which the group added £465 from the raffle! Chair of […]

Swanning about and ducking problems

Our river dwelling friends often have their little health problems, so it’s good to know that with the care of local people and the expertise of local wildlife sanctuaries that help is on hand. Over the past couple of weeks our friends at the Whittlesey based ‘Unity wildlife rehabilitation centre’ have been called to assist […]

A young swan rescued from St Ives quayside happily sits in his own private bath during rehabilitation.

On another occasion a duck was discovered to  have seriously injured leg and was taken in for care, the good news is that all is well now, and they are released back into the wild. If readers would like to support the work of Unity or report a wildlife concern you can reach them on […]

New Screen for Screen St Ives

The Corn Exchange are installing a new screen which will make showing films much easier for Screen St Ives – our local cinema. The screen will be 6.5 metres wide and can be lowered and raised at the flick of a switch so it will further enhance the fun of the ‘Big Screen’ experience.

Update on the River Ouse Bridge

The Bus Operations and Facilities Manager of the Guided Busway has advised: We will be carrying out some maintenance on the Guided Busway bridge on Sunday 17th February between 07:00 and 17:00. This will mean that the maintenance track will be closed between these times and there will be no access between St Ives and […]

Council tax rises being agreed

As we reported in the last issue of The Riverporter, councils and authorities in Cambridgeshire are formulating their budgets for the coming financial year. It is likely to be quite a hike once they have all been agreed. We know of some increases and the County Council will confirm theirs soon, likely to be in […]

Things that go bang in the night

Over recent weeks we noticed that the St Ives social media sites had several people complaining of mysterious loud bangs constantly going off in the area disturbing residents and even frightening pets. Residents investigations appeared to suggest that the loud noises were in fact automatic bird scarers in nearby fields. Someone must have written to […]

Protestors target Tesco

Members of Huntingdonshire Vegan Activists held a peaceful protest on  Saturday 19th January 2019 outside Tesco St Ives. The aim was to urge Tesco to stop using Hogwood Farm in Warwickshire as their pig meat supplier, following an undercover investigation by the charity Viva!, A campaign which featured on a recent Channel 4 Dispatches documentary […]

Fenstanton Morris raise £200 for Singing Café

Pictured receiving the cheque from Fenstanton Morris are from L to R, Jen Spencer and George Smerdon (Singing Café), Sheila Louth, Rose Desmond (Squire) and Sally Merson (Fenstanton Morris). The Memory Lane Music’s Singing Café is for people with dementia and their carers and takes place on the second Monday of each month from 10-12 at […]

The Riverporter – the world’s favourite Newspaper?

Colin Gibson, a loyal Riverporter reader, recently visited Nigeria and presented his latest copy to his body guard. As yet we are unaware if the latest news of St Ives is of interest to the Nigerian Diplomatic Protection Squad!

Well that was fun . . .

A part of our town centre was brought to an abrupt halt on Monday morning when a very large builders merchants lorry attempted to make a delivery to the old ATS tyre companies’ site in East st. It seems as the driver swung across the road to turn into the site, the cab tractor unit […]


From our environmental correspondent . . . Heidi N. D’Tries Hi luvvies! Heidi here again. Did you miss me? I’ve been under the duvet – don’t ask. Those lovely people on Holt Island Nature Reserve aroused me (no, not like that – they said I resembled a hibernating dormouse – nice) to ask me to […]

In for a penny . . . or in for a copper?

A posting that appeared on a St Ives social media site attempted to shed light on what could be the PCC’s thoughts on raising our rates bill to pay for additional policing in St Ives. An issue we touched on in The Riverporter issue 26. The author of the piece suggested that that the commissioner […]

Mayor’s annual Charity Quiz at the Corn Exchange

The Mayor of St Ives, Cllr Tim Drye, would like to invite you to the Mayor’s annual Charity Quiz at the Corn Exchange St Ives, on the 1st February 2019. The Bar will be open, and the ever popular Fish’n’Chip Supper is included. We do hope you will be able to join us for what […]

Brexit wall

Roberto Zancanato and Daniel Laycock with their Brexit Wall on the Market Square on Saturday 12 January. There was overwhelming support for staying in the EU and a People’s Vote. Time will tell if either of these options will surface now Theresa May’s plans have been defeated. Incidentally St Ives’ MP, Jonathan Djanogly, voted for […]

What a load of rubbish

Our beautiful Quay blighted by bin fiasco. Residents and businesses have been struggling to get bins collected from the Quay, resulting in these ugly sights on a regular basis. What is going on?

New Business Rate set by Government’s Valuation Office

Our local markets are having to pay a new Business Rate – a tax which goes direct to the Government. Following the article ‘Strange Goings on in Town Hall’ (Riverporter 25), we have been able to discover that following a new rating assessment made in 2017, the Sheepmarket paved area was designated as rateable. A […]

British Heart Foundation receive £745

Following on from the fantastically successful Hair of the Dog Party at the Nelson’s head on New Years Day, Some of the band members got together again the following Sunday to present the cheque for £745 to the lovely ladies from the British Heart Foundation shop on the Sheepmarket. Pictured are Andrew Lowson, Landlord of […]

Council tax rises expected

Readers of The Bridge will have noticed in the latest issue that the Town Council will be raising their part of the council tax bill by 6% (an annual increase of £6.02p for St Ives households). The final figure we will have to pay is likely to rise as the District and County Councils are […]

CCTV Upgrade

Concerned about a report that the CCTV cameras in St Ives had been out of action, The Riverporter contacted the CCTV Manager of the service run by HDC and Cambs City Council. Mr Eddy Gardner confirmed that there had been some issues in November, but explained they had been resolved and coverage in December had […]

Hot Pants shut motorway

The A14 was closed for 10 hours in both directions last Friday when a lorry full of underwear caught fire as it passed Fenstanton. The fire began around 10.30am and the road was reopened at 6.30pm. Fire teams from Cambridgeshire and Suffolk attened the blaze.

Radio station looking for local charities to promote on air

Huntingdon Community Radio is on the lookout for guests from local charities and community groups, to promote themselves for free on air throughout 2019. Over to You (OTY) is HCR104fm’s flagship community outreach programme, which focuses on a different local charitable or nonprofit organisation each weekday evening between 7 and 8pm. ‘We normally invite guests […]

Bulls start the new year with a bang

A second half performance delighted a large crowd at St Ives on Saturday 5th January, as the Bulls slaughtered local rivals Huntingdon Stags. In a match of 12 tries the Bulls scored 40 points without reply in the second half. As was to be expected, the game was a tense, cagey affair during the opening […]

Alice Draper – new Neighbourhood Police Sergeant in post

Sergeant Alice Draper has taken over the Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT), following the retirement of Sergeant Street last July. This follows a Local Police Review and speaking to St Ives Town Council last week Alice admitted that some things may change as resources are limited. She also said that The Police and Crime Commissioner is […]

Could you become a volunteer driver and help your neighbours?

Funding for our Volunteer Centre is now secure for the next few years, so we are looking forward to expanding the Car Scheme. With everyone talking about New Year’s Resolutions, could you help your community. Life can be very isolated if you don’t have access to a car, particularly if you are elderly or can’t […]

Fancy a bit of a Gamble? Then park at The Dolphin

The Riverporter has been contacted by a number of people who have found parking at The Dolphin is not straight forward. The new parking regime began in November (as reported in issue No.23 of The Riverporter) and it appears the pay machine has been malfunctioning, as the following comments from some of our readers shows. […]

The Octagon- A Brief History

Regular readers will know that The Riverporter has been featuring the Octagon in its ‘REASONS TO BE SHUT’ series of cartoons. Residents concern about why this significant building is not being used other than to store bins, prompted the editor to raise the issue with readers in this light-hearted way. What The Riverporter has discovered […]

Community ceramic art project at the Norris Museum

Readers are recommended to take a  look at a recently completed ceramic  art installation at the Norris museum.  The high quality work is mounted along the inner courtyard wall of the museum opposite the main entrance doors and is the work of many local community groups. The ceramic components are prepared and fired by Sarah Wilkinson […]

We need a plan and action

The fate of the high street and of St Ives town centre in particular, has been of concern to many, not least our local traders who see a declining footfall. The Town Team have recently conducted a survey to establish what can be done. It is a ‘hot topic’ for the Government and it is […]

Boxing Day’s Hobby Horse Hunt

Boxing Day’s Hobby Horse Hunt saw around 50 riders and horses complete the course. This fun, family event saw a wonderful array of Hobby Horses some of which are pictured here.


Recently a friend said he was depressed because he hadn’t achieved much. When I asked why, he said that he thought he was going to change the world and now he is 70 he knows he isn’t. Let’s face it very few people get to change the world for even a short time, so I […]

Strange goings on in the Town Hall?

Some weeks ago The Riverporter contacted the Town Clerk about a matter raised at the November Amenities Committee meeting. The Council had been contacted about making a payment for using the Sheepmarket pavement for the Farmers’ Market. The Clerk confirmed that she had taken a call but declined to say more about it until it […]


In response to your article in The Riverporter 14th December 2018 ‘We need a plan’ it is no wonder that the footfall is declining and it’s not all to do with shopping on line. Just a few simple remedies would improve this if our council would listen instead of being so negative and pleading poverty. […]

Permission approved!… But for what?

The Riverporter has noticed that the planning permission to merge the two stores located on Sheepmarket (British Heart foundation and the Nationwide BS) into one single store, along with a rear extension and a change of use to be only retail, has been approved by the HDC. However the company making the application is still […]

Has anyone noticed busses disappearing recently?

About six months ago I began to suspect some drift in the Bermuda Triangle, towards the St Ives area. I, and several expectant passengers, waiting at the St Ives Park and Ride site observed the nonappearance of an A bus. We had, for 10 minutes, watched the due time slowly count down, then nothing… There […]

British Hearts helped by Hangover Party

For many residents the new year began in earnest with a giant sing-a-long in the Nelson’s Head in the afternoon of New Year’s day. Organised by Paul Dodson, the Hangover Party raised £745 for the British Heart Foundation and gave local musicians a chance to entertain. Paul was joined by The Sidekicks, The Mad Hatters, […]

All new sound and vision

Great news for fans of Screen St Ives, the Corn Exchange has a superb new 6.5 metre-wide screen on order and are hoping to have it installed by the end of January. The screen will greatly add to the enjoyment of movie presentations at the Corn Exchange and soon after movie goers and music lovers […]


HDC has been made aware of a person, wearing the Council’s hi-viz uniform, accessing a resident’s garden unnecessarily.The Council would like to reassure residents that its waste collection crews would never have reason to be in anyone’s garden, unless prior arrangements have been made for an assisted collection.Also you should not see any of HDC’s […]

If you are in pain this may help

A new rehabilitation programme, called Escape Pain, has been launched by HDC which aims to help people with osteoarthritis and chronic joint pain self-manage their condition. Participants will need to be referred into the programme by a Health Professional and meet certain criteria. The first two courses will be starting in the New Year and […]

Snowman Festival Winners announced

St Ives unique Snowman Festival once again brought shoppers to St Ives as around 385 children, and their parents, followed the Snowman Trail. With 29 shops taking part it took some effort to collect all the stickers but 125 determined souls completed the Trail. On hand was St Ives Mayor, Tim Drye to draw the […]