March 1989

Starting cold with a biting wind, the month ended warm and sunny and ideal for Daniel’s driving lessons in his new car and Debbie’s riding and Pony Club events as Della too showed signs of growing up. My Dad was a worry as his ear cancer treatment continued at Addenbrookes.  The family enjoyed our Mother’s Day lunch, the Good Friday visit to Little Paxton Woods and our meals out and shopping trips. My Hariwake Ohgon Koi carp was a little better, after its infection, the rest very active and feeding constantly.

This month saw an end to my work on the History of Little Paxton to be ready for Little Paxton’s Annual Parish Meeting on April 20th . My next project was to be the Democrat regional coordinator for the County Council and Gransden District by-election campaigns in May. Organising volunteers, producing election addresses and preparing canvassing materials and the campaign was good to go! My Council work continued to progress well, working on my proposed changes to Standing Orders, campaigning with residents on planning and environmental matters and supporting the Parish Council, Village Hall and St Neots Museum committee.

A month of redundancies, £1.7 billion trade deficit, and multiple fatal train crashes, blamed on manning level reductions and lack of investment, and an explosive lorry catches fire and explodes in Peterborough, Comic Relief has to fund care of the elderly and homeless and Prince Charles and Prince Philip have to step in to plead for environmental action.

The UK declines Iranian talks as the East West arms talks open in Geneva as the worst violence in 40 years strikes the Lebanese war-torn nation and USSR rebel Boris Yeltsin wins 87% of the vote to win a Moscow seat in the ‘new-style’ Soviet elections

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