No Drake? No problem

The St Ives Bulls RFC may have lost five players in their last match, including two props, but the rest of the team redeemed themselves with a comfortable win over Stockwood Park.

It was fly-half’s Mickey Drake’s wedding but the stand-in players showed no signs of difficulty in grinding out a 14-12 win which guarantees the promotion for the Midlands 3 East (South) league leaders.

Last season the Bulls nearly got promoted and as director of rugby Phil Brown put it, there was a sense of “let’s go get it done now” before the team took to the field to win promotion with games to spare.

St Ives when ahead when stand-in fly-half John Naylor took the opportunity to play in place of Drake to make a statement for inclusion and scored. They fell behind to to Stockwood tries later on, but a try from Duncan Williams and a conversion by Naylor turned the game in their favour. They had to dig deep to defend in the latter stages of the game, but did well to prevent Stockwood from scoring.

Promotion is now guaranteed for St Ives. The focus is now on winning the title!

Bring on Spring

As we head towards the weekend, where British Summer Time is brought in, the promise of better weather is going to mean brighter longer days. What can you do to fill them? The good thing is that there are so many things you can do at St Ives.

Among some of the places to visit:

The open-air amphitheatre, Minack Theatre

Tate St Ives, the recently re-opened gallery housing works such as those by Barbara Hepworth

The Flambards Experience – loads of rides and exciting adventures!

The Barbara Hepworth museum – see the famous working studio of the St Ives sculptress

There are also various arty places such as the Leach Pottery and St Ives Museum.

Fancy a bite? Take a walk down the harbour and take your pick from the various cafes and restaurants that line the sea front. Enjoy a nice cool beer in the sun or a cream tea as the afternoon heat bathes you in its warmth.

Why not get into the sea yourself? There are various surfing and kayaking lessons you can sign up for.

For the younger children, there are various parks and places to choose from.

Winter is over – as the song goes, turn on the sun!

Car left hanging over Thicket path

A man has been arrested over drink-drug charges after a grey Seat saloon was left having over thet Thicket path between St Ives and Houghton.

The path is not open to vehicular access and is a popular cycleway and footpath between the two towns. It is not clear whether any members of the public were within the vicinity where the saloon was dumped, and left hanging dangerously.

The use of the car down a cycle way will of course suggest that the driver and his passenger were either intoxicated or not of sound mental function when they were driving.

The incident happened on 11:25am on Wednesday morning and while the occupants of the car were reported to have fled the scene, police later confirmed that a 25-year old man from Somerset had been arrested.

The Thicket path has vehicular access to part of the track at each end. It is only 500m long, and is a narrow bank of ash and field maple woodland, and it is not clear if the driver was trying to take a short cut when it happened, or merely got confused.

The incident will surely rile environmentalists. Nesting birds line the side of the path, with the Great River Ouse in close proximity, and the natural woodland has been there for a long time. The dead wood encourages insects to migrate there, and they provide food for the nesting birds which include green woodpeckers.

Areas of natural beauty rely on human common sense for their preservation and it is sad that a place like the Thicket path has been disturbed by one stupid act.