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Scenic areas of a small village, picturesque places from a county, the stunning interior of a 12th Century cathedral and men posing almost naked are all yours for a few pounds.

And what’s more, a number of charities will benefit. Intrigued?

They are all 2015 calendars aimed at raising funds for good causes.

The Peterborough Cathedral calendar features 12 stunning photographs including red-robed choristers, ornate ceilings, a windlass used by medieval masons, a summertime view of the cloisters and a panoramic glimpse from the top of the tower.

All proceeds from its sale will go towards the Peterborough 900 Development Campaign - the celebration of its 900th anniversary in 2018.

The Rutland Calendar 2015 is the work of photographer Richard Adams.

His scenes of the county calendar will raise money for two charities - Rutland Historic Churches Preservation Trust, which gives grants for repairing and maintaining churches and For Rutland In Rutland, which provides financial support for people suffering from long-term illnesses.

Over 12 months the photographs capture the changing face of Rutland through the seasons while also including events such as the Rutland Morris Men dancing for the royal visit to Oakham and a match at the Rutland Polo Club between two of the local hunts.

Mr Adams, of Trent Road, Oakham produced his first Rutland Calendar in 2000 for Rutland Tourism Association and the Chamber of Trade to promote the county.

But in recent years its prime purpose has been to generate income for charities in the area.

This year Mr Adams, hopes to raise more than £1,000.

In the Ryhall Calendar 11 men have boldly gone where many fear to tread - they’ve taken their kit off to encourage people to dig deep for two cancer charities.

The men, who range in age from 21 to 70, posed for a ‘naked calendar’ that will be sold for £6.50 each to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and Prostate Cancer.

It follows the success of a calendar featuring the women of the village which, combined with a coffee morning, raised £2,200 last year for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Debbie Rolfe, landlady of the Green Dragon in Ryhall said: “Everyone who appeared in the calendar has had a connection one way or another with either Macmillan Cancer Support or Prostate Cancer UK. And they all felt very passionate about helping to raise money for the two charities.

“Although they will all say it was a very nerve racking experience they had a lot of fun doing it.

“We’ve set ourselves a target of £2,500 this year.”

The men, including Shaun, landlord of the Green Dragon and Debbie’s husband, volunteered for the task.

The 2015 calendar has already raised £800 and they 
are hopeful it will make the target.

Ryhall Village Hall calendar 2015 features scenes from around the parish.

The colour photographs each month show scenic and interesting areas around Ryhall and Belmesthorpe, including a snow scene of the bridge to Belmesthorpe, daffodils at St John’s Church and autumn in Foundry Road.

The project was set up by Village Hall Committee member Lynda Bellairs who encouraged local photographers to send in their best shots of the area.

The sale of the calendar will raise funds for the village hall.

Village hall secretary Anne Virgin said: “This calendar is the sixth one we have produced and like the others it is superb. Local people will know and love the places featured and as our calendars are often sent overseas as they are special mementos for those abroad.”

And Three Counties Dog Rescue decided to do something different for their fifth annual calendar. They ran a competition to find the best dog and cat photos around to make up its 2015 calendar, asking Facebook supporters and those on a mailing list to send in their entries and to make a small donation for each one. They also encouraged entries from pictures taken at our annual dog show at Waterside Garden Centre.

Gyll Mauchline said: “The results were somewhat overwhelming. The independent judge was faced with around 300 photos of dogs and cats to chose from.”

Peterborough Cathedral Calendar costs £7.99 (£30 for five) and is available at Peterborough Cathedral shop, The Calendar Club in Queensgate Shopping Centre and at Dobbies Garden Centre, Hampton.

Or call 01733 355315 (additional charge for postage and packing) or visit www.pps-marketing.co.uk/UserEditFormFilling.aspx.

The Rutland Calendar costs £5.99 and is available at shops and post offices throughout Rutland and at Walkers Bookshop and Burghley Gift Shop in Stamford or call 01572 756706 or e-mail adams@apair.wanadoo.co.uk The photographs featured in the calendar can be seen at www.youtube.com/user/adamspics.

Ryhall Naked Men Calendar can be purchased from the Green Dragon pub or Ryhall Village Store.

The Rutland Village Calendar costs £5 each and are available at Ryhall Village Store or through Ryhall Village Hall’s website www.ryhallvillagehall.co.uk.

The Three Counties Calendar is now on sale at £4 from Burghley Vets in Stamford or the Deepings; from the Make it Yours UK Ltd store in Blenheim Way, Market Deeping; Dawsmere Kennels in Spalding Road, Bourne; or Hansens Chocolate Shop and the Smallholder Farm Shop in Folkingham. Alternatively you can make a payment through one of the options at www.threecountiesdogrecue.org.