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Caldecote Journal

February - March 2017

Caldecote Journal February - March 2017 Community Diary February 2nd FULL COUNCIL 8.00 pm in the Pavilion 9th Mobile library near 113 Highfields Road, 12.40 to 1.10pm March 2nd FULL COUNCIL 8.00 pm in the Pavilion 9th Mobile library near Highfields Road, 12.40 to 1.10pm April 6th FULL COUNCIL 8.00pm in the Pavilion 13th Mobile library near 113 Highfields Road, 12.40 to 1.10pm 20th Annual Meeting of the Parish ----------Public Enquiry with regards to the Gladman Developments application to develop land east of Highfields Road begins 14 March 2017 at 10.00 Council Offices South Cambridgeshire Hall, Cambourne Business Park. School Spring Term Dates for Caldecote Playgroup, Caldecote Primary, Cambourne Village College and Comberton Village College Wed 4 January 2017 Friday 31 March 2017 Half term 13-17 February School Summer Term Dates for Caldecote Playgroup, Caldecote Primary Cambourne Village College and Comberton Village College Tues 18 April 2017 to 19 July 2017 Half term 29 May to 2 June 2017

New venture in the old village shop Andrew and David met over a decade ago while using the early morning bus service from Cambourne to St Neots. Being a rather unreliable service, it facilitated many conversations, some about a vague dream of having a business in coffee… Following some more focused conversations and planning, just over a year ago Andrew and David started roasting coffee as Sidewalk Coffee Company. They wanted to understand coffee better and have control over how their beans were sourced and roasted, so roasting profiles were drawn up and local people were encouraged to sample different roasts. Now, Sidewalk Coffee can create custom blends in large quantities, tailored to their tastes, and clients have direct contact with Andrew and David throughout the process. Sidewalk has just moved from its garage to new premises in Highfields Caldecote, a shop and a roastery, where they finally have somewhere to meet their clients and serve their local customers – it’s a great space, brightly coloured with a friendly atmosphere. Ryan joined team as the lea d barista and also looks after the shop on a most days. Over time, the shop will feature gifts, essentials and fresh produce in addition to the coffee and loose leaf tea offering. They will also be making the shop available for community events and supporting good causes by working with local people. The Sidewalk would appreciate any feedback from anyone who has any ideas for improvement – they really want to make a success of the shop and be a trusted part of the village’s culture for years to come. Andrew and David are both present in the shop on the weekends – just pop in and chat!

Caldecote Village Institute Limited The village hall provides a lovely setting for village activities, events, clubs, parties, weddings, christenings and business meetings. It is set in its own grounds with plenty of outdoor space for marquees, bouncy castles or just enjoying the fresh air, along with ample car parking. The hall is also suitable for the disabled along with a sound system and hearing induction loop. Facilities Large Hall 10m x 8.5 m, accommodates up to 90 people Meeting room 8m x 3.5m, accommodates up to 30 people. Fully equipped kitchen (excluding pots & pans) with a servers hatch to the main hall Table & chairs, crockery, cutlery, wine & water glass for up to 90 place settings (charges apply) Commercial dishwasher with 4 minute wash cycle Fully licensed for music entertainment and the sale of alcohol Village Hall dates for classes and clubs Monday 5 - 6pm Dreamcatcher dance children 6+ 7 - 8pm Aerobics Tuesday 9.15 - 9.45am Pre school music group 2.30 - 3.30pm Tuesday club (2nd Tuesday of the month)
 7.30 - 10pm Womens Institute (3rd Tuesday of the month) Wednesday 7.15 - 8.15pm Aerobics Thursday 7 – 8pm Councillor surgery (1st Thursday of the month) 7 - 9pm Dog training
 Friday 9.15 – 10.15am Pre school music group 9.15 – 11.30am Charity coffee morning (1st Friday of the month) 6– 7.30pm Cubs Sunday 4.30 – 6.15pm Gateway (2nd Sunday of every month) To enquire about availability and pricing, look or book; tel. Jan Roberts on 01954 210779 or e-mail The Village hall is run by Caldecote Village Institute Ltd, a registered charity and is independent, and receives no financial support, from the Parish Council. Charity number: 1114201 Registered in England & Wales, company number 5736926

Caldecote Sports and Social Pavilion The Caldecote Sports and Social Pavilion is located at the top of Furlong Way, looking out on to the Recreation Grounds where the local Cricket and Football Teams play. It has a car park and is within easy walking distance to the Playground, MUGA area, tennis courts, etc. Facilities: The venue has the following: Kitchen Facilities Meeting Room/Function Room Home Side Changing Room and Showers Away Side Changing Room and Showers Officials Changing Room and Showers Toilet facilities (including disabled) Wi-fi facilities Blu-ray player and large screen Suitable for private bookings for small parties, and celebrations, as well as sports and community events. All Pavilion related enquiries should be sent to _________________________________________________________________________ Would you like to save a life and be at the heart of your community? Become a community first responder What is a community first responder Community first responders (CFR) are volunteers with life-saving skills who attend medical emergencies where they live or work on behalf of the ambulance service. Because they volunteer in their community, they often can reach a patient before the arrival of an ambulance or response car. Why do we need your help? Every second counts when someone is in cardiac arrest. It is not always possible to get an ambulance to a patient in under eight minutes in remote parts of the East of England. However, immediate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and early use of a defibrillator greatly increase the chances of survival. The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) provides CFRs training to be able to save lives when someone’s heart has stopped. Who can become a CFR? Anyone can become a CFR but you must: • be physically fit; • be aged between 18-70; • agree to a disclosure and barring service check (DBS); • have a sympathetic, caring nature; • agree to undertake training, which is provided by the service. If you are interested in becoming a CFR please contact Max Cartwright email:

Caldecote Playgroup Spring Term The children have enjoyed the big outdoor area (field, bridges, maze, tyre-park, etc.) especially with it being wet and muddy. On a daily basis, children would put on their already muddy wellies and find some of the biggest and muddiest puddles to jump in. We created a sensory den with a bubble tube, complete with fish that bob up and down in a bubble stream while the water changes colour. The children spent long periods in the den talking to their friends. Playgroup Sessions We are pleased to be offering warm school lunches from the school kitchen to children attending afternoon sessions at £2.20 a meal. School lunch produce are freshly sourced from the local area. More information can be found on their website: Sessions for school-risers: Monday: Morning session (9:00am – 12:00pm) Afternoon session (12:00pm – 3:00pm) Mixed sessions (school-risers and non-risers): Tuesday: Morning session (9:00am – 12:00pm) Lunch hour (12:00pm - 1:00pm) Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: Morning session (9:00am – 12:00pm) Afternoon session (12:00pm – 3:00pm) Please contact Anesta Cooper for more information. Tel: 01954 210857 or e-mail:

Baby and Toddler Play and Stay Group Come and play and meet new friends (0- 5 years) Tuesday: 2:00 – 3:20 pm We would like to invite parents/carers to bring their babies and toddlers along to meet other families on Tuesdays between 2:00 – 3:20 pm (term time only). A small donation is welcome. We will provide:  Activities for toddlers and young children  A comfortable, stimulating sensory area for babies  Refreshments for families

 occasionally we will have a visitor providing small group activities such as reading stories and singing songs.

 Contact Anesta Cooper for more information on: 01954 210857 _________________________________________________________________________

Catholics in Caldecote We are served from Our Lady and the English Martyrs, Cambridge, but our 'local' church is a lively, friendly community which celebrate Mass together in Cambourne Church at 5pm each Saturday. Children's Liturgy, House Masses for pre-schoolers and carers, Masses for the sick, youth activities, Sacramental preparation, men's pub group and ladies nights....and lively socials and activities with other churches and cultural groups etc are some of our activities. Contact Mel Ward or our priest in charge, Fr John Minh and learn about our activities for all ages. We will both be happy to visit anyone whether you are able to attend church or not. Join some of us at Gateways in Caldecote or for youth discussions in Bosserts Way or see what you feel you can offer to help support and encourage others in Caldecote. 01954212714 ________________________________________________________________________

Comberton Library February 2017 Opening Hours: Monday: 10am – 1pm Wednesday: 10am – 1pm, 2pm -5pm Friday: 2pm – 5pm Saturday: 10am – 1pm More details can be found on the Library Service website at: If you are ever in need of information about adult care and support in Cambridgeshire, do pop into the library to pick up a copy of the Cambridgeshire Adult Care and Support Services Guide for 2017. This publication is packed with useful information on a range of topics, covering support at home, specialist care and useful contacts. If you have a specific question do please ask the library staff, who will be able to help point you in the right direction to obtain the information you require. Tuesday 7th February is designated as Safer Internet Day, the aim of which is to promote safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. Full details can be found online at A designated day also provides a timely reminder to us all to protect our personal information when using our digital devices. We have two computers available at Comberton Library for public use, together with printing and scanning facilities. These are available during normal library opening hours, and can be reserved in advance, if you need to guarantee that a computer is available when you visit the library. Upcoming Rhymetime sessions: 6thand 20th February and 6th and 20th March (10.30 -11.00 am). Please note that although these sessions are aimed at very young children we welcome older siblings and pre-schoolers who enjoy singing too! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Mobile Library

The mobile comes to the village on the 2nd Thursday of every month between 12.40pm to 1.10pm and stops by 113 Highfields Road

Evangelical Church Co-Ministers Kate & Steve Gaze 01954 211900 Email: Church: meets Sundays 10.30-12noon in Hardwick School Hall with crèche, & children’s /young people’s groups. House Group: meets Mondays in Caldecote 8-10pm, for Bible discussion, worship & prayer. Men’s Breakfast: Mens & Boys’ (secondary school age) Breakfast with a speaker and discussion around Christian faith And it’s relevance in every-day life, Caldecote Village Hall Saturdays:8.30-10am, date to be confirmed for January meet, for more info or to book: Contact Graham Southon 01954 211628 or Steve Gaze tel 01954 211900 ‘Churches Working Together for Young People’: West Cambridge Christian Youth Ministries is on Face Book Named contact: Clare Cronin Tel. 01954 713995 or 07814 883724 or email: ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

FIRST FRIDAY IN THE MONTH Open Door Charity Coffee Mornings Caldecote Village Hall 9.15 – 11.30am Come along for tea, coffee and homemade cakes and make a donation to charity. Children welcome (toys available). Ample, free parking.

Fri 3 Feb 2017 Jimmy’s Night Shelter

Fri 3 Mar 2017 Marie Curie nurses

Fri 7 Apr 2017 Hearing Dogs

Fri 5 May 2017 Dementia Friends (Alzheimer’s Society)

Services and Events: St Michael and All Angels Church, Caldecote with Childerley





5th Feb


Holy Communion

St Michael’s Church

12th Feb


No Service*


19th Feb


Holy Communion

St Michael’s Church

26th Feb


Family Worship

St Michael’s Church

Mar 5th


Holy Communion

St Michael’s Church

Mar 12th


No Service*


Mar 19th


Holy Communion

St Michael’s Church

Mar 26th


Mothering Sunday

St Michael’s Church

Apr 2nd


Holy Communion

St Michael’s Church

Apr 9th


No Service*



Good Friday Meditations

Childerley Chapel

Apr 16th


Easter Family Communion

St Michael’s Church

Apr 23rd


Family Worship

St Michael’s Church

Apr 30th


Traditional Morning Prayer**

St Michael’s Church

Apr 15th @2pm

* There is no service at St Michael’s on the second Sunday of the month, but you are warmly invited to join with one of the services being held across the Lordsbridge Team. Sign up for the Caldecote Catch-up e-newsletter via our website to be notified of the times and venues of local services. ** We encourage members of Caldecote Church to join with other churches in the Lordsbridge Team on fifth Sundays of the month where they are able, but offer our regular fifth Sunday BCP Morning Prayer at St Michael's as an alternative. Sign up for the Caldecote Catch-up e-newsletter via our website to be notified of the times and venues of fifth Sunday services across the Team of churches.

Have a Seat! As the candles were lit and the trumpet sounded the first familiar notes of “Once in Royal David’s City”, around 135 people stood to sing the opening hymn at our Carol Service led by the Bishop of Ely. Around 94 of them had been sitting in the pews; a dozen stood up from modern padded seats. The majority of the remainder had been sitting on old – and rather rickety – wooden slatted chairs. To keep the church running and offer services at Christmas and throughout the year, we rely entirely on the collection that our members give each Sunday, together with regular giving through Standing Orders. These gifts enable us to pay the electricity bills and insurance premiums, buy the regular items like candles and communion wine, and pay what’s called the ‘Ministry Share’ – our parish’s contribution to a pot from which vicars are paid. But when it comes to special purchases, one-off donations give us the chance to think creatively about investing for the future. We recently received a generous donation that enabled us to buy the chalkboard you may have seen on the grass bank outside the church, and to invest in a ciborium (to hold communion wafers) and a matching and equally beautiful chalice and cruet set. Do have a look at the photos on our Facebook page – they are wonderful items viewed up close ( With the launch of our new website we’ve also created an online donation facility that makes it so much easier to support Caldecote Church. “Have a Seat!” is a tailored fundraising page with a target amount of £224.16, which will enable us to buy 24 more padded folding chairs and to retire the old wooden ones for good! We have a number of special occasions being planned where extra seating will be needed, including a wedding and a concert, and our aim is to raise the funds to buy them in time for Easter. Please do think about giving if you are able – if you are eligible to Gift Aid your donation, just £7.47 will cover the cost of one chair. To support the Have A Seat! appeal, go to: Every gift is appreciated and we make a real effort to spend all the donations we receive wisely, to benefit the whole parish through the church's ministry. For more information about giving to Caldecote Church more generally, visit and choose ‘Give’ from the menu. With thanks and best wishes, Dona McCullagh (Churchwarden) Find us: Follow us: Visit us:

Caldecote Primary School

We were all excited to be back at school and there has been a very positive buzz for the first couple of weeks. Children are always excited to return and share Christmas adventures with their friends. Blue class have been learning all about Pirates and have been scouring the school for Pirate treasure and carrying out dastardly deeds like Walking the Plank!

We were all so excited when some very long awaited snow finally fell and we made the most of it! Everyone was out having lots of fun building ‘mini-snowmen’ with the small covering we got. Sadly, it didn’t last long and in the afternoon it was as if it had never been!

We have a very busy term with events such as Family Bingo, trips to the Museum of London, Colchester Zoo and the Year 6 residential at the Frontier Centre. There are also the very popular Mother’s Day lunch, World Book Week and Red Nose Day as well as the Year 3 & 4 production. Any members of Caldecote community are very welcome to the dress rehearsal of the production on Monday 27th March @ 1.45 pm. The children love to perform to an audience and you would be very welcome. I hesitate to write this (just in case it doesn’t happen!) but we have a date of 6th February to start replacing the school fencing. This has been in the ‘planning’ stage for so long but finally the project has been commissioned and the dilapidated white picket fencing will be replaced. There will also be drainage work to try and address the ‘ponding’ that causes so much inconvenience at both entrances to the school. Access during the project will be restricted and via the Village Hall gate, but when it is complete we will have smart exterior fencing that complies with safeguarding requirements. PS: I’ve just reread our last Journal entry – I am still chasing Highways regarding the parking restrictions! Their understanding of ‘imminent’ is obviously very different to mine. Mrs. Karen Stanton Headteacher 210263



QUIZ NIGHT! With Bar and Raffle Prizes Saturday 25th February Caldecote Village Hall Join us for a quiz night to raise funds for Caldecote Primary School’s Year 6 leavers’ celebrations. Tickets on sale soon. Save the Date! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Fitness Class Timetable MONDAY




18:00 19:00

18:00 - 19:00 18:00 - 19:00 SANDRA




19:05 20:00


19:05 - 20:00 19:05 - 20:00 HANNAH










18:00 19:00

18:00 – 19:00

8:30 9:00TARA







19:05 20:00

9:00 - 10:00




AYMEN STEP 20:05 21:00 AYMEN

Studio classes are FREE for Members. £5/£4 for non-members. £3 for 30 minute classes. Please book in advance at the CSA Reception or call us on 01223 264 444 Members can book 8 days in advance, Non Members 7 days in advance!

1st Caldecote Rainbows Tuesdays 4.30 - 5.45 pm. Caldecote Sports Pavilion, Furlong Way. Rainbows is our section for girls aged 5 to 7. Rainbows is all about developing self-confidence, building friendships, learning new things and having fun. Girls get their hands dirty with arts and crafts, trying out cooking and playing games. Rainbows is all about learning by doing. If you would like to put your child's name down for rainbows, please contact Polly Anne Field on 01954 212230. 1st Caldecote Rainbows and Brownies are looking for an enthusiastic helper (over 18) for Tuesday evenings. Rainbows starts at 4.30 pm and Brownies starts at 6.00 pm. We meet every week in term time and an occasional weekend for something special. Caldecote Sports Pavilion. It is a fun filled evening of life lessons, crafting, games, singing and sometimes some pretty fantastic parties. If you can spare a couple of hours a week to help out please get in touch with me on 01954 21223. I know you will love every minute of it!. Thanks. Polly Brown Owl

1st Caldecote Brownies Tuesdays 6.00 - 7.45 pm. Caldecote Sports Pavilion, Furlong Way. Brownies is our section for girls 7 - 10. Through regular meetings, special events, day trips, sleepovers, camps and holidays, Brownies learn new hobbies, play music, cook and get adventurous outdoors. Girls can also extend their knowledge and abilities by working towards Brownie interest badges, covering many different hobbies and activities from Science investigator to Circus skills. Contact Polly Anne Field on 01954 212230


Gateways is a community built around a monthly gathering of friends and soon-to-be friends, primarily those (of all ages) living in Caldecote. We want to help each other explore what it is to live well, recognising that nurturing our spiritual side and thinking about our values is important. As we do this, we hope to grow as a community of fellow travellers who can also support the wider village community here in Caldecote. Find out more on our facebook page ( or blog ( or contact

Pennies for St Michaels – more pennies needed for 2017! Many thanks to all of you who brought pennies in for this Christmas! Please don’t forget us this year too! We are still collecting! All collections of any size are welcome. It takes 100 pennies to make £1 and 10,000 to make £100. Our last count in October brought in £125.16. That is 12,516 pennies!! And it was virtually all in pennies! So it took a good while for us all to count and brought our pre-Christmas total to £2,326.99 which is amazing. The weight was incredible! We are very very grateful to all those who have contributed to this. And not only are we grateful to the contributors but also to our team of helpers who do the counting and then transport it bagged to the treasurer! Every single penny goes to Church Restoration! The fantastic thing was that after this count, the next day two more good sized bags were delivered to me with quite a lot of 5ps in it - and some more collections have come in over Christmas – so please do keep collecting. We will be doing our next count in the spring.

This means we just have to collect another £183.01 to reach our unbelievable target of £2500 and the two new bags and the others will go towards this. But obviously we need more. It will take 18,301 more pennies ( or bigger coins!) to get there – but considering to raise £2316.99 has required collecting in 231,699 pennies so far it is absolutely possible with help from everyone who is, or might be willing to start collecting. So please if you are collecting pennies or other small coins - do carry on. They can be in any type of container or polythene bag - whatever! If you can be persuaded to start collecting please do. Every single penny goes to the Village Church Restoration Fund so the pennies are very gratefully received. When you have any pennies or bigger coins to hand in please contact Sheila Stephenson Tel. 01954 210638 email: Or simply call round to my door at 1. Porthmore Close Highfields Caldecote CB23 7ZR. If we are not in at the time please leave them by the milk crate to the left of the front door. I always check that. If you can’t deliver them yourself I can arrange for them to be collected! I look forward to hearing/receiving collections of any size this coming year. It will be fantastic if we can break/ even exceed the £2500 target!!!! Pennies of any quantity, however small, will be very gratefully received ready for the next count.. Thank you to everyone who is helping.

Dear Residents For any people new to our village I thought you might like to know about our Pill Run as I call it. In conjunction with Bourn Surgery and our Village Hairdresser we organise a weekly Pill Run for people who find it difficult getting to the Surgery for medicines. Particularly regular prescriptions This was done recently by the late Mrs Watson but when she became poorly I took over. It works like this: You take your prescription marking it Caldecote Box to the Hairdressers and put it in the red box. On Thursdays I collect the prescriptions and take them to the Surgery. They take them in and hand me the prescriptions I took in the week before I then bring them back to our lovely ladies in the shop and they keep them safe for you to collect a.s.a.p. For Christmas and other public holidays timings may be different but I’ll put a note up in the shop. The Hairdressers does not have a fridge so I cannot bring back anything that needs to be kept cold. Hopefully this service may be of some help to some people. Jenny Phillips Sheila Stephenson reports on an alternative service which is ideal for those whose doctor’s surgery is elsewhere:

If you have difficulty getting to your Doctors Surgery to order or pick up your prescription medicines, Ascrip Pharmacy can help. Ascrip Pharmacy offers a FREE Prescription Collection & Delivery Service Ascrip Pharmacy provides NHS prescription services and can: 

help you order your prescriptions from your Doctor

collect the prescription when its ready  deliver your medicines to you at home when convenient

We can even deliver urgent medicines prescribed by your Doctor. You just need to call us and let us know your Doctor has prescribed a medicine and we’ll do the rest. This is a FREE LOCAL SERVICE provided for your convenience. If you would like to know more, please call Adele or Nick, our Pharmacists, to see how our service can help you. Ascrip Pharmacy 01954 213484 (we are in Madingley!).

Caldecote, Dry Drayton and Hardwick Community Car Scheme

"If you need a lift for medical, dental or essential social purposes such as shopping, hairdressing, visiting relatives etc do please ring one of the co-ordinators listed below. Please try to give 48 hours notice if possible and only leave an answerphone message on one phone line as otherwise it confuses co-ordinators and might mean two lifts or more get booked. The co-ordinators are: Marian Gibbens Tel: 01954 Hazel Swindells Tel. 01954 Lizzie Coe Tel. 01954 Gillian Stott Tel. 01954

211709 212998 211838 210942

For emergencies please try all numbers. ( If no success with any of these for emergencies ONLY - try Sheila Stephenson on 01954 210638. Please do not leave answerphone messages for emergencies except with Sheila.) The above co-ordinators will link you with a driver who will come and pick you up at an agreed time, take you to your destination and deliver you home. All the drivers are volunteers and are only reimbursed for their petrol. Thus for each run to Comberton or Bourn the passenger pays the driver £3.50. For all other runs the passenger pays the driver 30p per mile of the journey. The mileage is calculated from the driver's front door to the destination and back again. Currently when the mileage is submitted to the County Council by our treasurer (roughly every six months) Cambridgeshire County Council reimburse the drivers an additional 15p per mile for the mileage they have driven. This is one of the reasons we need plenty of drivers so that the passenger can ideally be near to where the driver lives, thus cutting costs. All drivers are DBS (originally CRB) checked at no cost to themselves. New drivers urgently needed. Recently three of our drivers have had to stop driving for us due to health and personal reasons. Thus we do need to appeal now for more drivers to take their place. In the past we have had a good response especially from Hardwick drivers but we now need more as it is Hardwick we have lost them from. What we also need now as well, is a similar helpful response for drivers from Caldecote and Dry Drayton to keep driver's and passenger costs as low as possible. The scheme can’t exist without drivers! Also everyone helping with the scheme is a volunteer, usually with their own busy lives or work, and the more volunteers we have the easier it is to match up times of lifts and nearness of pick- up places.

So if you are a driver in any of the three villages we serve, and have a little bit of spare time, please do come forward. Passengers are always so grateful and your help makes things so much better for everyone. If you can help in any way please contact Sheila Stephenson on 01954 210638 or email to I look forwards very much to hearing from you.

Caldecote Village Club

Hire of the Club for Weddings,  NEW MEMBER ALWAYS WELCOME Christenings,  Free Fortnightly Member’s Cash Prize Draw Birthdays,  Dart Teams Anniversary’s, Wakes  Large Projector Screen with HD Sky Sports & BT Sports etc. is free to our Members. Forthcoming Events Friday 10th February 2017: MEMBER’S FREE CASH PRIZE DRAW As always this draw is held every other Friday between 7.30pm and 9.30pm and goes up by £10 each week. You just need to be in the Club with your current membership card, if your number is drawn out then it’s yours!!! The current prize money will be £280 (correct at time of going to print). Once it is won we will start again! Other Draw Dates: Friday 24th February & Friday 10th and 24th March 2017 Wednesday 22nd February 2017: AGM

Any members wishing to express a view on the club or how it is run, this is an opportunity! Please come along!... Anyone who is thinking of joining the Committee and helping with the day to day running of the premises or lend a hand please step forward and have a chat with one of the current Committee Members. The Current Committee are standing down so all roles within the club are up for consideration. To share your opinion and have your say you need to be there. This is a Member’s only evening. If you wish to have anything added to the Agenda please advise Maria Brookes. 2017 MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTIONS: A “Big Thank You” to all who have renewed their membership for 2017. We look forward to seeing you in the Club! We are currently planning events for 2017 – if there is an event you would like to see more of or something new you would like to suggest please feel free to discuss with a Committee Member. Further News The Club has now been refurbished, please come along and take a look. For more information on becoming a member please Caldecote Social Club on 01954 210 791 or Open 7 days a week - Every evening and Saturday & Sunday afternoons Hire of the Club - Free to Members - Weddings, Christenings, Birthdays, Anniversary’s, Wakes etc. Contact The Club or currently under review

Caldecote Book Group Caldecote Book Group We meet monthly at each other's homes (hosting is strictly voluntary) to discuss our book of the month. We read a range of different genres from modern fiction to classics, biographies, travel etc. usually meeting on Thursdays at 7.30pm. We are keen to welcome new members, so if you’d like to pop along and see what our meetings are like please contact us to find out about the next one, Forthcoming meetings: Feb 23rd Mar 23rd

Howard’s End / E. M. Forster The Architect’s Apprentice / Elif Shafak

If you are interested in coming along to a meeting please contact Hilary on 210112 for further details. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Childerley Gate: The School on Bourn Airfield When we, that is, Caldecote Local History Group, were putting together The Book of Caldecote, many of the residents to whom we spoke mentioned that they had attended Childerley Gate School, which existed between 1910 and 1940. Sadly, the school was demolished when, at the outbreak of the Second World War, the land on which it stood became Bourn Airfield, a satellite air-base for RAF Oakington. It is said that an aeroplane coming into land struck the roof of the school and the building was demolished as it had become a hazard to aircraft.

Childerley Gate School can be seen centre left in this map from 1928. It is situated on the south side of St Neots Road, between Childerley Gate and Two Pots House, north of Grange Farm. When we were putting together The Book of Caldecote many people described to us their memories of the school, the head-master’s house, the ringing of the school bell, and their

recollections of the teachers, and the lessons they attended. But with exception of one photograph taken in about 1930, in which the school buildings can be glimpsed behind a group of pupils, we have no idea what the school buildings looked like.

Christmas Fancy Dress party, Childerley Gate School in 1929/30. The school buildings can be seen in the background. But, hidden away in the Cambridgeshire County Council archives, there are the original architect’s drawings for the entire building. We now know what Childerley Gate School looked like when it opened in 1910. And for the first time since its demolition nearly 80 years ago, we can display these images on our Caldecote Local History Group website. Please go to to view the drawings in detail, or go to the Caldecote Facebook page. Unfortunately, for contractual reasons we cannot include them here. The drawings were signed by Mr H. H. Dunn ARIBA, the County Architect of Cambridgeshire County Council at that time. The drawings appear to have been completed in June 1909, and the copies we have were probably used by the building contractors, Clark & Sons of Cambridge. From the drawings, we can see that the headmaster’s house was a two-storey building, attached to the school, which was single storey. The school bell tower was placed on the roof over the main classrooms. The drawings show all four elevations, north, east, south and west, and plan views of the internal layout. The school had two classrooms, one for infants and one for older children, up to the age of 14. There were separate cloakrooms for boys and girls, and a block of outside toilets that must have been very cold in winter. The headmaster’s house had a parlour, a living room, a scullery (kitchen) and three bedrooms on the first floor. These drawings, which are now very fragile, were beautifully executed and coloured by hand. There is a tremendous amount of detail to be seen if you look closely. The notes and details have been added in neat handwriting that can be read clearly. They really are a work of art and we are very lucky that they have survived. (The originals are deposited in Cambridgeshire Archives, Shire Hall, Cambridge under catalogue reference KCC7/ARCH/E3/8).



Rhythmic gymnastics and dance Learn to gracefully twirl the ribbon, dance with the hoop, learn tricks with the rope and play with the ball. Combination of rhythmic gymnastics skills, acrobatics and dance. 5 to 6pm Ages 6+ £5 drop in session or pay per half term for a discounted fee. Many thanks to all of you who have supported the Mums and tots creative movement group over the last 2 years. Due to new work commitments in January, I will no longer be running the weekly classes on a Thursday morning. Please look out for our special holiday classes as they will be advertised around the village. For more information or to book a place please contact Tracey Tel 01954212860 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Heidi Allen MP Member of Parliament for South Cambridgeshire

As this is my first newsletter of 2017 may I start by wishing my constituents health and happiness in the New Year. Let’s make it the best yet! In the twilight of 2016 I visited the Blood Donation Centre in Long Road, Cambridge for my first ever blood donation. I have to say, it was utterly painless, parking was free and I had my choice of biscuits afterwards! Giving blood is easy, very quick (I was in and out in less than an hour) and it saves lives. The blood service have come up with a great resolution for the New Year – ‘don’t give up, just give’. If you can donate, please go to or call 0300 123 23 23 to book your appointment. I was honoured to be invited to the Gamlingay Cubs 100 year promise party. I’ve never been asked to do a ‘wolf howl’ at the start and end of a party before but I really enjoyed re-making my own pledge and seeing the excellent work of this Cub pack in action. Thanks to Steve and all the Gamlingay Cubs for having me along. The Christmas period also gave me time to visit the Cambourne Food Bank, a poignant reminder that Christmas isn’t easy for those struggling with basic needs. It is open every Thursday from 10.00-12.00 at the Old Blue School on Eastgate. You can find out how to apply for a voucher here The Food Bank is run by kind, dedicated volunteers who try their very hardest to help with the many issues that bring someone to a Food Bank. I'm hoping to be able to work with them more in the future, unlocking some of the housing and benefit difficulties that are often at the heart of food poverty. I’m delighted to share the launch of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Communities Innovation Fund which gives community groups the opportunity to apply for funding for initiatives which will improve lives. If you know of a scheme that enhances your community

and helps people stay safe and independent, please see for details of how to apply. December saw the publication of the National Schools Funding Formula from the Department of Education. I’m still analysing the data and will be writing to my schools for feedback on proposals. If you want to contribute, please make your views heard here The consultation closes on 22nd March 2017. I’m continuing to push for safer and more efficient roads in our region and joined the A1307 Forum last month. Constituents from Babraham or those who work at Granta Park will know the impact this road has on the surrounding region and the A505. These roads are no longer fit for purpose, so alongside an improved road crossing at Foxton, I’ll be pushing these initiatives in 2017. With the city deal, devolution deal and the £1.1bn announced in the Autumn Statement for road congestion pinch points, I am confident we can build a strong case to put to Government. Turning to buses and trains, I’m inviting constituents to contact me about any issues they have with existing public transport services. I have been contacted by a number of residents about unreliable services, so if you too have experience of this, please contact Nicola in my office on the contact details below. One of the best parts of my job is getting to know you at my surgeries and events. If you have a concern you think I could help with, or some feedback you’d like to share with me, please get in touch. You can find details of my no appointment needed surgeries here I’ll be in Comberton in February. Or you can phone 01954 212707 or email me at


District Councillor News & Update

Welcome to 2017. I hope that you all enjoyed your Christmas and New Year celebrations, and are ready for the year ahead. The last three months of 2016 saw a number of activities that are of interest to and affects us.

The Draft Local Development Plan continues to rumble and morph as the Council keeps modifying it to “pass” the examination by the Planning Inspector. The latest change is to the Eastern boundary of Bourn Airfield Development (BAD), which has now been moved 50 meters closer to Highfields Caldecote. This breaks all the assurances we had been given before, that there would be a separation of at least 200m between the development and our Parish Boundary. Read details in my blog at The proposal went to full council and was accepted as I reported in my blog article The Inspector has still not yet set a date for the examination of the Bourn Airfield policy. Watch this space. The Cambourne to Cambridge Transport Plan being proposed to shore up the viability of BAD gets more ridiculous. The Greater Cambridge City Deal (GCCD) Board have decided to focus spending its first tranche of funds on creating a busway from the City, across fields north of Coton to Madingley Mulch, and then across fields South of Hardwick and Caldecote to Bourn Airfield. This is the so-called Option 3/3a and I have written extensively about it at Some call it the Burkitt Busway or Francis Folley! We hope that Heidi Allen our MP may be able to bring some pressure to bear with the Government to link the proposed Devolution deal with the GCCD for a more focused solution and avoid a potential colossal waste of public funds. In the meantime, I will be attending the A428 Local Liaison Forum meetings to take forward your concerns and views. Devolution - the Full Council voted in November to accept the Governments Devolution deal for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, to be headed by an elected Mayor. In return, the Government will devolve a certain amount of power to the Mayor. This includes control of a new £20million a year funding allocation over 30 years to boost growth, control of a new £100million ring-fenced fund to deliver an “ambitious” target of new homes over a five-year period for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough as well as £70 million for Cambridge which would be spent on new council rented homes. Considering the costs of construction, it is doubtful those sums will make any significant dent into the current housing needs of this region. Is that enough justification for another layer of local government! The cost of the new administration is to be borne by the new authority! Go figure. Elections for the new Mayor will be held in May 2017. In the meantime, the first shadow meeting of the new devolved authority took place on 14 December 2016 in Peterborough. Local Boundary Review - Further changes that will also affect you in 2018 is the Ward boundary review that took place. The Local Government Boundary Commission (LGBC) recommends to Government that South Cambs should be represented by 45 district councillors, 12 less than the current 57. Each councillor will represent roughly the same number of voters. Caldecote Ward which currently comprises Caldecote, Childerley, Kingston and Toft will change. In future, the Ward will comprise Caldecote, Childerley, Kingston, Bourn, Longstowe and Little Gransden. Toft has been moved to join with Hardwick. You can see the boundary changes at All the council seats will be up for election in May 2018, and every four years after that. A14 Upgrade Bulletin Construction of the A14 upgrade has officially started. Highways England will provide monthly newsletter update on key site activities, summarise the progress of previous month, and explain the plans for the next month. The 24hr public helpline is 0800 270 0114, and you can follow their twitter account @A14C2H and find them on facebook at The new construction compound at Swavesey should be ready later this month.

Open For Business – Do you have or run a business located in South Cambridgeshire? Then you may be interested in the bi-monthly newletter from the Council which brings latest news, information, funding sources, ideas and guidance. Latest edition is at If you want to find out more, or go on the business register to receive the newsletter, email the council at Cambridgeshire Handyperson Scheme South Cambs part funds the Cambridgeshire Handyperson Scheme, which aims to prevent falls and accidents at home by offering a free personal assessment, home safety check and arranging small jobs to be carried out. The service is run by Age UK Cambridgeshire and is for people aged over 65 years, or those with a disability. More information can be found on the Age UK Cambridgeshire website or on 01480 700205 or 0300 666 9860 Drainage and Anglian Water (AW) – this continues to be a challenge. I am still waiting for the Council to find the right people to talk to and organize a meetup so we can address the longstanding issues with our pumping station. Looks like I might have to take matters into my own hands, especially with the speculative planning applications for Gladmans 140 Houses, CALA 67 houses and Welbeck Land 58 houses that are already lodged. I will keep you posted. In the meantime, please continue to make diary notes of times when tankers come to empty the station, and message me so we have some evidence to put before the Council. Speculative Developments – The planning appeal lodged by Gladman for 140 houses will be heard early March. I plan to attend. CALA Homes application for 67 houses at 18-28 Highfields Road and Welbeck Strategic Land application for up to 58 houses off Grafton Drive are rumbling through planning. _________________________________________________________________________ The Caldecote Journal The main purpose of the Caldecote Journal is to keep the community informed of local issues, events and the activities of our village organisations and to publish useful information. The Journal will also publish reports, short stories, poems and other material produced by members of the community, subject to available space. All contributions are welcome.

The Journal is financed by the Caldecote Parish Council and is issued every other month to all parish households free of charge. The current Journal can be viewed on the village website:

If you are active in a village organisation please use the Journal to report your activities and inform the community of any meetings, events and functions that you are arranging. Contributions by Email are preferred, but small articles hand written or typed are also welcome.


The deadline for the next Journal is the 8th March 2017. Please have all material to the Editors by this date.

The Editors are: Saskia Dart and David Phillips Email:

Please help to keep this directory up to date. If you are aware that any information is incorrect or if your group is not represented, please inform the Editors. 1st Caldecote Cubs Meet at Caldecote Village Hall on Friday nights 6.00 – 7.30pm

Mark Leaman e-mail: Brownies Meets Wednesdays 5.30pm to 7.00pm Polly Anne Field (212230) Catholic Church Contact: Melanie Ward (212714) Email: Cambridge Evening News Keep them informed of what’s going on. News Desk (01223 434434) Caldecote Book Group Monthly meetings, New members welcome Hilary Spargo (210112) Caldecote Community Primary School Head Teacher: Karen Stanton (210263) School Secretary: Lesley Whitehead (210263) Email: Caldecote Journal All contributions welcome. Saskia Dart (210526) David Phillips(210379) Email: Caldecote Sports Association New Members Welcome. Chair: Vacant Vice Chair: John Newby (212547) Secretary: Sue Tasker (212787) Email: Treasurer: Saskia Dart Caldecote Football Club Academy – Vacant – please contact John Miller U8 - Mark Lawrence (214589) U10 - Peter Beecroft (212035) U11 – Will Chung-How (210518) U13 - Mike Perkins (212321) U14 - John Miller (210545) Club Secretary – John Miller (210545) Club Chairman - Mike Perkins (212321) Club Welfare Officer – Kate Jones (211180)

Care Clubs Nichola Church 01954 212636 Caldecote Primary School, Highfields Road, Caldecote County Councillor Stephen Frost (211444) 153 St Neots Road, Hardwick, CB23 7QJ Crimestoppers Call in confidence, you do not have to give your name. 0800 555 111 District Councillor Tumi Hawkins (210840) Doctors Bourn Surgery Emergencies 719313 Appointments 719469 Repeat Prescriptions Fax 01954 718012 Comberton Surgery Appointments/Emergencies 01223 262500 Repeat Prescriptions 01223 262399 A prescription service is available from the Village Shop. Doctors Run The Community Car Scheme (Doctors' Run) provides transport to and from the doctors' surgeries at Bourn and Comberton as well as Addenbrooke's, Papworth and Hinchingbrook hospitals. Also other medical/dental appointments and hospital visiting. Emergency essential shopping. For transport please ring: Marian Gibbens (211709) Hazel Swindells (212998) Lizzie Coe (211838) Gillian Stott (210942) Cost for each return surgery run £3.50. Other journeys are costed by the driver at 30p per mile. All money is payable to the

driver at the time of journey. Callers should try to give at least 48 hours notice of any request and avoid ringing at weekends. Volunteer drivers always needed. Please call Sheila on 01954 210638. Evangelical Church Contact: Julie Southon (211628) Friends Of Caldecote Church Contact: Roger Sylvester-Bradley (210560) Gateways ‘Something to do, something to eat, something to think about’ Facebook: Email: Hardwick and Caldecote Cricket Club Sue Tasker (212787) Chris Fuller (211226) Local History Group Sue Day (210655) Email: MP Heidi Allen Hardwick. (212707) 153 St Neots Road, Hardwick Neighbourhood Watch NHW STREET CO-ORDINATORS STREETS COVERED – March 2015 Blythe Way – Rod Watt – 211314, Bosserts Way – Andrew Faulkner – 210341, Cavendish Way – Rod Watt - 211314, Clare Drive: 2 to 40 evens, 1 to 59 – Andrew Faulkner -210341, Clare Drive: 42 - 78 evens Vacancy, 61 - 77 odds Vacancy Copel Close – Helen Osgood –

Copse Close – Andrew Faulkner 210341, Crafts Way - Andrew Faulkner - 210341, Damms Pastures – Andrew Faulkner 210341, Devonshire Mews – Rod Watt - 211314, Dorral Dean – Andrew Faulkner - 210341, East Drive – Vacant Flaxon Glade – Andrew Faulkner 210341, Furlong Way – Pauline Field – 07984 585149, Goose Cross – Glenis Myson – 211179, Grafton Drive – Kotesh Choudary – Grayway Close – Andrew Faulkner 210341, Grove Close – Max Cartwright – Highfields Road: 29 to 65 odds – – Andrew Faulkner -210341, Highfields Road: 8 to 50 evens – Andrew Faulkner -210341, Highfields Road: 56 to 76 evens – Andrew McKeown – 210530, Highfields Road: 67 – 131 odds – Bob Oatham – 210330, Main Street, Old Caldecote – Colin Fotland, 01954 210042, Top of Main Street: Colin Fotland, 01954 210042, Mill Quern – Andrew Faulkner -210341, Mitwell Close – Andrew Faulkner 210341, Orchid Fare – Vacancy Parsonage Close – Andrew Faulkner 210341, Porthmore Close – Andrew Faulkner 210341, Porthmore Way – Andrew Faulkner = 210341, Redmore Way – Andrew Faulkner 210341, Roman Drift – Vacant

Round House Close – Andrew Faulkner 210341, Samian Close – Vacancy Stargoose Close – Nick Kent – St Neot’s Road: Colin Fotland, 01954 210042, Strympole Way: Andrew Faulkner 210341, The Willows – Colin Fotland - 210042, Thorny Way – Andrew Faulkner -210341, West Drive: 1 to 28 – Colin Fotland – 210042, West Drive: 29 to 52 – Sally Ann Harrod – West Drive: 53 to 78 – Neville Hawkins – 07715 422373 West Drive: 79 to 102a – Doreen Francis – 210395, The village co-ordinator is Colin Fotland. If you have any queries or want more information, please do not hesitate to contact him on 01954 210042, For anyone interested in becoming a Street Co-ordinator and putting something back into the village we live in, full training and support will be given, please contact Colin Fotland on 01954 - 210042 or Parish Council Meets first Thursday of each month at 8.00pm in the Pavilion Chairman: Cllr Jack Lang (212500) Vice Chair: Cllr John Barker (01223 264138) Cllr Saskia Barker Cllr Chris Edwards Cllr Polly Anne Field (212230) Cllr Jamie Powell Cllr Anna Mortenson Cllr Georgina Jarrod Parish Clerk: Simon Crocker (07456 325327) Email

Playgroup Meets Monday to Friday, from 9.00-12.00 (morning session), 12.00-3.00 (afternoon session), with lunch from 12.00-1.00. Playgroup Leader: Anesta Cooper Chair: Sarah Talmage Vice Chair: Jemma Hohan Secretary: Katy Reeves Treasurer: Alena Pechandova Admission Officer: Emma Andrew Funding Officer: Emma Andrew Fundraising Officer: Jane Styles Committee member: Julie Stigwood Committee member: Sophie Hirst Committee member: Claire Sparrow Contact: Tel: 01954 210 857 E-mail: Website:

Petcare Circle Care for small pets while owners away. New members welcome Sarah Bell (210892) Police Cambourne Police Station, Sackville Way, Great Cambourne, Cambridge, CB23 6EG. Call 101. email In case of emergency, phone 999 Pre School Music Group Tuesday 9.15am Friday 9.15 to 9.45am in the Village Hall Deborah Speed Tel: 01954 211438 PTA The PTA meets every 2nd Tuesday of each new term at 8pm - all parents are welcome to come along Co-chairs: Chris Styles, Vice- chairs Anna Mortenson and Jo Stewart Secretary: Jayne Grey Treasurer: Jo Place Email: Rainbows For Girls aged 5 - 7 years of age. Tuesdays. 4.30 - 5.45 pm Caldecote sports pavilion. Please contact Polly Anne Field 01954 212230.

School Governors Please contact the school directly if you have an issue you would like to raise with the Governors. Chair: Pippa Smith Head: Karen Stanton Clerk: Vicky Miles John Butler Mary-Ann Claridge Sandra Cox Kate Duncombe Rob Monk Dominic Hordern Mark Hurst Katie Kendall Suzy Reed Kevin Vanterpool Trina Watts Lesley Whitehead Social Club Chairman: Stewart Whitt Secretary: Martine French Treasurer: Maria Brookes (210 791) Club: (210791) New members welcome Sports and Social Pavilion Available for hire. Bookings Manager: Key Holders: Enquiries St Michael and All Angels Church, Caldecote with Childerley, one of the Lordsbridge team parishes Churchwarden: Dona McCullagh (01223 263180) Nichola Fernandez (01223 263923) Website: Tuesday Club

For the retired, 50 + group. Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month,2.30-4-30pm. President: Glenis Myson (211179). Treasurer: Jean Stevens (210542) Minute Sec: Margaret Hobbs (210652) Social Secretary Diane Wakeling (211049)

Vets Ashcroft, Hardwick (210250) Village Hall Chairman: Tom Footman (210318) Company Secretary: John Butler Treasurer: Saskia Dart (210526) Bookings: Jan Roberts (210779) Village Feast Committee Chairman Vacant Vice Chairman Vacant Colin Fotland (Treasurer) (210042) Neville Hawkins Mark Symonds (211569) Sue Tasker (212767) Village Website Editor, including community events and diary: WI Meets every third Tuesday of the month New members welcome. President: Hazel Steel: (01763 269955) Secretary: Lynda Gilchrist (211448) Youth Club For 11 -18 year olds. Meets every Wednesday 7 - 9pm in the Pavilion during term time. All enquiries through Connections on the night.

Are you missing or not represented in this Directory? If so, please contact the editors at

Caldecote WI Please come to our annual

Maundy Thursday Coffee Morning In the Village Hall from 10.30 on April 13th

 Cakes  Gifts RaffleHot Cross Buns Plants Bric-a-Brac Children’s Competition We hope to see you there!


Caldecote Pet Care Circle Caldecote Pet Care Circle would like to invite new members. We are a group of friendly pet owners who look after each other’s pets whilst their owners are on holiday. We exchange tokens for number of visits to your house, so no money is involved. Pets who like being at home tell us they like the service we provide! Suitable pets include cats, guinea pigs, hamsters and chickens. We do not care for dogs. If you would like more information please contact Sarah on 01954 210892 or

February march 2017 journal  
February march 2017 journal