Category Archives: 20th anniversary

Support museum idea

Langdyke trustee David Cowcill is calling on members and supporters to submit items for the Museum of Objects.

As a permanent record of the 20th Anniversary, the Trust will publish a book in September (to coincide with the Annual Meeting) showcasing the work of 2019 Artist in Residence Kathryn Parsons, who has so far engaged over 300 people with her art project and innovative “plant printing” techniques. 

Some results were on display in situ on the Etton-Maxey reserve a couple of weeks ago. 

Also in the book will be a Langdyke Museum of Objects – an attempt to capture an image and descriptive record of the items that trigger people’s thoughts of (and responses to) the natural world of John Clare Country.

David said: “We have been collecting ideas from the general public at all the recent anniversary events, and now want to throw open the process to all the members too. 

“So – please take a look at the attached invitation to submit an object (and within reason it can be ANY object that brings to mind our wonderful natural environment) – and to share your thoughts with others and for the future. “

The deadline for the book is getting close, so if possible please send the form before July 24 to

The form is below:

Friday evening at Torpel

A performance of Romeo and Juliet, music, morris dancing and poetry renditions are just some of the highlights of Friday’s Langdyke 20th anniversary celebrations at Torpel Manor Field.

The Lamphouse Theatre Suitcase Shakespeare presentation of Romeo and Juliet is likely to be one of the key highlights of the evening.

Romeo and Juliet


The event – the first of two over the weekend- is between 6pm and 9pm on the Torpel site at the edge of Helpston.

The plan is to enjoy a summer’s evening on the site of Roger de Torpel’s Norman manor house with music, drama, poetry and Morris dancing.  Bring a picnic and something to sit on.  We will be providing some drinks in return for donations – beer, wine and soft drinks.

The programme for the evening in the paddock area around the Cabin is subject to change, but will run something like this:

6pm Opening of event  

6-9pm Refreshments and bring your own picnic

6-9pm Langdyke exhibition

6-8pm Arts workshop  (members only) in  the cabin

6-630pm Music with Dave Maylor

630-7pm Morris Dancing

7pm Guided walk of Torpel, tour of meadow

7-720pm Poetry with Kealey Mills and friends

720-750pm Music with Dave Maylor

8- 820pm Poetry with Kealey Mills and friends Cabin area 

820pm- Romeo and Juliet extracts

9pm Close

Please note; Parking is restricted, with some spaces at the Helpston Garden Centre, but access to the field is strictly on foot (or by bike).

If you come by car, you will need to park either at the garden centre or in the village and walk up to the reserve, entering along through the pedestrian gate off King Street.

There are toilets on site.

Saturday at Etton-Maxey

There will be something for all age groups at Saturday’s open day at Etton-Maxey reserve – the second day of this weekend’s activities to make Langdyke’s 20th anniversary.

The event, starting at 2pm and finishing at 5pm has a  a particular focus on family activities.

Attractions  include arts workshops, nature trails, bug hunts, pond-dipping and guided walks and exhibitions of fossils, some of which have been found on the site during earlier gravel extractions. There might even be a dinosaur (but only in mascot form).

Pyramidal orchid, one of many at the Etton-Maxey reserve, photographed by Brian Lawrence

And, of course, there are the many nature attractions on the site including hundreds of orchids.

Tarmac, who are sponsoring the event, will also be on hand to show how the reserve has come about following the company’s work there over the years. They are also bringing along a giant loader machine with prizes for guessing its weight.


The weather forecast for the weekend is for high temperatures.  There will be limited supplies of drinks, so you are advised to perhaps bring along some water (no single use plastic bottles please) and sunscreen.  Toilets will be on site.

The site can be reached by driving through Etton village on the main road towards Maxey.  Go past Etton church, over a bridge and then follow the road until you reach the site which will be signposted.

There is parking on site, through the gates off the road between Etton and Maxey (see map for details of the reserve). Please take care when you arrive at the site because there may be children making their way from the parking area.  A 5mph speed limit will be in force.

Finally, as part of our Langdyke Stories project we encourage you all to think of an object that reminds you of our local countryside and particularly the Langdyke reserves and bring this – or a photo of it – along to the Saturday event.  We will be publishing a collection of these images in our 20th anniversary book. Langdyke Stories is funded by the Peterborough Community Fund and organised by Art Pop-Up.

Map drawn by Peter Leverington
















Timings for Saturday are subject to change, but the plan is:

Bee Orchid, pictured by Brian Lawrence

2pm Opening of event
2-4.30pm Arts workshops in the main marquee
2-3pm Building a bug hotel
2-3.30pm Sweep netting
3.30-5pm Bug hunting
2-3.30pm Pond dipping
2-5pm Bird-identification 230pm and 330pm Guided walks Start from welcome table
4pm Nature treasure hunt from the Wildlife Trust stand
2-5pm Pop up poetry
2-5pm Wildlife Trust display
2-5pm Tarmac display
2-5pm Langdyke Trust display
2-5pm Fossil exhibition
2-5pm Museum of objects exhibition
5pm All events and stands close.

Top names for evening

Planning is underway for the Langdyke Stories celebration event and annual meeting.

There are some key topics and nationally acclaimed speakers lined up for the evening.

The event, on Friday, September 13, will take on an extra special air  to mark the organisation’s 20th anniversary.

The future for nature locally, regionally and nationally will be up for discussions with a host of important guest speakers.

They include:

  • Harriet Mead, wildlife artist and sculptor and President of the Society of Wildlife Artists
  • Brian Eversham, Chief executive of the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordhsire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
  • Jeremy Mynott, author of Birdscapes and Birds in the Ancient World
  • Mark Cocker a naturalist who has published a host of books including Birds Britannica, Crow Country and  Our Place, Can we save Britain’s wildlife before it’s too late.

There will also be updates on Langdyke business as well as a series of displays. More details including the venue and timings will be announced nearer the time.

Annual meeting speakers (clockwise from top): Mark Cocker, Harriet Mead, Jeremy Mynott and Brian Eversham