Very Impressive People!

PUBLISHED: 12:45 25 August 2006 | UPDATED: 22:10 28 May 2010

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NOMINATIONS have been flooding in for our competition to find a special person to open March s new-look Sainsbury s after its £1million refit. We are featuring some of the nominations before revealing the winners on our website at 9am on Tuesday. The Mill

JULIE BOYLE: “Already a VIP”

NOMINATIONS have been flooding in for our competition to find a special person to open March's new-look Sainsbury's after its £1million refit.

We are featuring some of the nominations before revealing the winners on our website at 9am on Tuesday.

The Mill View store closes at 3pm today (Friday) and will re-open at 9am on Thursday (August 31).

Nominations have included readers of all ages, from nine to 85 years old.

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Cambs Times editor Brian Asplin said: "Judging by the nominations there are some very special people who all deserve to be winners.

"The response to the competition has been great with some really heart-warming stories."

There have been so many worthy nominations that we have decided to choose an adult and a junior winner.

The March store opened almost 10 years ago and is already one of the most successful in the region. The refit will involve fitting new check-outs, a delicatessen, hot food counter, extended entertainment section, clothes for children and adults and a new homewear section.

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There will be floor walkers inside the new look store until customers get used to the new layout.

A second exit is being provided in the car park. Car park management is being introduced and there will be more parking places for the disabled.

The re-opening ceremony will take place at 9am next Thursday and our lucky winners will be given VIP treatment.

The Cambs Times will be there to cover the event and the winners will receive a framed photograph as a memento of the special day.

I NOMINATE Julie Boyle, of Westwood Avenue, March.

This lady is the wife of my grandson John and is mother of Daniel, 13, and Kirstyn, eight.

My wife and I, both severely disabled have lived with my daughter Jean in Bar Hill, since 1972.

When my daughter's husband passed away in 2002, Julie proposed that she and her family take on the responsibility of looking after Jean, now also a pensioner, and her parents (that is my wife and myself) if we would move into her house.

We were all in accord with this and so the house in Westwood Avenue was converted from three bedrooms to five.

This work is now completed, we moved from Bar Hill into the family home in June this year.

There are now four generations living here, with our daughter Jean being our 'official' carer, but Julie is the unofficial carer of her large family.

We all love her and she is already a VIP. We hope you will agree.


I WOULD like to nominate Stanley Giddings, of Robingoodfellows Lane, March.

Stan moved in to number 22 Mill View in 1924. After he married he moved to number 17 where he and his wife Doris lived until 1964 from where they moved to their present address. Stan is 85 years old and his wife a little younger.

He often reminisces about his days down Mill View, which I'm sure you are aware is the present site of Sainsbury's.


Robingoodfellows Lane


I WOULD like to nominate my sister, Lillian Oakey, of Westbourne Road, Chatteris.

I have spent the last five months in Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, where she visited me almost every day bringing me everything I needed as well as little treats to brighten my stay.

In my absence she cared for our 93 year old mother, doing cooking, washing, cleaning and gardening, most of which I would have usually done.

During this time her own life had to be put on hold, meaning she missed out on various social events and activities which she would normally have enjoyed.

She dealt with all my correspondence, especially items concerning the Arthritis Research Campaign, of which I am the local secretary, including organising the annual Chatteris in Bloom event, which involved a great deal of work.

In addition she ran errands for neighbours, transporting them to and from hospital for medical treatment, and managed to continue her work for the St John Ambulance.

As I improved she went with me into the gym at the hospital, encouraging me to do the various exercises. Then she arranged for the redecoration of my bedroom in preparation for my return home.


Westbourne Road


GIVEN the achievements of Louise Hazel as reported in the Cambs Times, I think your search is over.

A store with a modern outlook should consider itself lucky to have such a performer as Louise living within walking distance. Louise will achieve GOLD for her country one day soon.


Riverbank Close

Gaul Road


I WOULD like to nominate Quirinus Nederpel, of Scargells Lane, March.

'Q' as he is affectionately known, gives a personal service of a genuine and excellent shoe repairer, and together with his witty humour brings a smile to the faces of many, brightening their day with laughter.

To this well-known friend to many, who has a special way with all people, dedication to his trade, and to brighten a difficult year, I recommend that he be considered for this wonderful opportunity in thankfulness to him.


Creek Road


MY nominee to open the revamped Sainsbury store is Roy Habbin, who was born in March and has lived in the town all his life.

After completing three years' national service Roy put a lot of effort into helping local people.

In 1948 he was elected secretary of March British Legion Football Club who were very successful winning two promotions in the Peterborough League and the North Cambs Junior Cup.

In 1965 Roy was appointed a youth leader at the newly-formed March Youth Club and served there until 1986. He and his colleagues were able to help and advise more than 2,000 young people.

The football section, of which Roy was chairman, went on to win the National Association of Youth Clubs National Cup at Leicester City's ground in 1976.

In 1983 Roy was appointed director by Project Trident and working with four schools was able to place more than 5,500 young people in work experience during their last year at school.

Roy volunteered his services to March and Chatteris Talking Newspaper for the Blind in 1986 and was instrumental in winning them five national awards including the Queen's Golden Jubilee Award for Community Service.

At a ceremony in London in 2004, he was personally thanked by the Queen for his work for the blind and visually impaired.


Wimblington Road


I WOULD like to nominate my daughter Tricia Ward. Not only is she a full-time working mum, she works for the NHS and is also my carer (I have arthritis). I am 71 years young.

Tricia is always there when I need her.

This would be my way of saying thank you for being there.

She deserves a bit of pampering, and this would be a great honour for her and for me.

Mrs E A Brent

Spingfield Avenue


I AM writing to tell you about my son Harry and why I would like to enter him for your competition.

Harry is just nine years old, but just days before his ninth birthday last September he was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer called Ewing's sarcoma.

He spent his ninth birthday in the operating theatre. He has spent most of the last year in hospital having chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Harry never complains although I know he often feels sad that his life has changed so much he can't be the carefree child he would like to be.

Harry is an inspiration to all who know him and I am full of admiration and pride for my young son.

He is now approaching the end of treatment, and indeed, his 10th birthday that seemed so unreachable a year ago.


Cavalry Park


MY name is Danae Campey. I am eight years old.

I would like to nominate my great-grandad to perform the opening ceremony.

His name is Don Osborne and he has shopped with you since you opened in town.

He is 80 years old and is registered blind but he still manages to visit you every day.

Grandad Don is always telling his friends and anyone else who will listen, how caring and helpful the staff are by helping him with his shopping.


via e-mail

CAROL Booker, of March, would like to nominate the Fenland and Marshland branch of the Alzheimer's Society because of the work it does. She said the members deserve as much help as possible because of its good work.

I WOULD like to nominate my wife as the VIP to open the store as she has come through the most traumatic childhood and recently lost her Nan.

She has never once complained.

I would appreciate her being selected as a thank you from myself and our son for being such a special woman and mother.

S Mcadie

via e-mail

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