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Would you like to advertise in the next edition of Chesterton News? Contact Sue Richards on 353296

Could you join our team of volunteer distributors? Contact Eleanor on 306150 for more info. INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Chesterton Festival 2013


Chesterton Choral Society


Kendal Way Allotments


Ideas for Local Projects


What’s On?


News from the Churches


Lil Speed Award


Bell-ringing in Chesterton


Chesterton News E A S T





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A New School for Chesterton In view of the rising population of children in North Cambridge, the county council has decided to open a new school on the site of the old Shirley Infants on Green End Road. It will be a one-form intake and also include a preschool provision. Government legislation means that the Local Education Authority (LEA) must look for a sponsor for an academy or consider a free school (both funded by central government). There is a tight timetable as the school is due to be open

in September next year. The new preferred sponsor should

be known by mid-January and East Chesterton parents will be given a special extension to allow them to make decisions about their child’s schooling after that date.

Some local parents have met to talk about the kind of school and preschool provision that they want. They have set up a Facebook page at http://www.face te rtonn ew sc hoo l. Info. is also available at http://newschool After 13 December this site will include information about sponsors who have come forward and offer the chance for interested parents to ask questions. Nick Moir

Milton Road Library’s Future is Secured

After being under threat two years ago, Milton Road Library now has a much brighter future as the County Council and Cambridge City Council have joined forces to work with the Friends of Milton Road Library on ideas for a complete redevelopment of the site based on the model at Great Shelford. The project

could provide a library and community hub at ground level and a residential development above which could also help fund the p r o j e c t completely or in p a r t . Management of the hub and community space could be through a community based model. The project is great news for West Chesterton which has very little in the way of community facilities and a resounding success for the Friends who have worked hard to secure the library’s

future. They have welcomed the proposal and asked that the local library service be continued on the nearby Roger Ascham site in Ascham Road during any construction period. Michael Bond Chesterton Community Association

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Chesterton Festival 2013 Promotional Evening Would you like to be involved in the Chesterton Festival 2013? There are plenty of opportunities! Would you or your organisation like to run a Stall on Pye’s Rec, or perform in the Church or Festival Arena on Saturday 29 June; or are you a group that could rock Brown’s Field YCC in the evening of Friday 28 June? Could you put on an event that could be incorporated

society is to give its annual Christmas Concert in her memory on Saturday, 8 December at 7.30pm. The concert is entitled ‘A Cycle of Seasons’ (Tickets £7/4 (<16s) on the door or from 213567).


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It’s free! Contact Sarah Adams Classes take place at Chesterton Community College

Friday 9.30am-10.30am Exceptionally Reliable Lady Retired teacher available as cat visitor. Highest references. Reasonable rates Tel 01223 360033

News from Chesterton Choral Society

INTERIOR & EXTERIOR DECORATIONS YOUR LOCAL TRADESMAN Call for a friendly chat and ask for IAN PROUD 01223 573820

in the Festival? Come along and talk to the Steering Committee and other past and potential participants at our Promotional Evening on Wednesday 6 February 2013 in St George’s Church Hall, 7.30 for 7.45pm. All welcome! Find out more and get involved. More information from, or call 306150. Jan Mentha

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Earlier this year members of Chesterton Choral Society were very saddened to hear of the death of their President and long serving accompanist, Dorothy Garwood, who died in a Suffolk care home on 16 July at the age of 98. Dorothy, who lived for many years in Campkin Road, regularly attended the Church of the Good Shepherd, Mansel Way, and it is at this church that the



Dorothy spent her early days in Manchester and began her musical career at the age of six, later studying at London’s Royal School of Music. She entered many musical festivals during her younger days, but one memory she always treasured was playing on the radio on the BBC’s Children’s Hour in the days of the Home Service. She was 14 at the time and was delighted to meet Violet Carson, who was one of the programme’s ‘aunties’ and later became the ‘dragoness’ figure on Coronation Street. Dorothy moved to

Cambridge in the early ‘60s when her husband, Tom, became Cambridge Park’s Superintendent. She joined the Chesterton Choral Society as accompanist in November 1966 and retired 41 years later in 2007. The society has appointed me as its new President and Christine Sansom as VicePresident. Donald Flory






Kendal Way Allotments Cambridge City Council is looking at ways to increase the amount of formal growing spaces across the city, and Chesterton gardeners have been enjoying 22 new allotment plots on Kendal Way, built on land that housed allotments in the 1960s but had since become overgrown and used as a dumping ground. Now the soil has been sieved and rotovated to produce fertile growing ground. Electronic access using a key fob system, secure fencing and a community plot facilitating access for wheel chair users are

some of the allotments’ new features. If you are interested in the facilities the community plot has to offer and are a representative of a group for people with disabilities, please contact the Allo tment s Tea m on k. The allotments will be officially opened on Saturday 8 December at 10am by the Deputy Mayor. Everyone is welcome to attend. Declan O’Halloran

Ideas for Local Projects & Community Facilities Jane Seymour Hair Fashions Hairdressers (unisex) 99 High Street Chesterton Tuesday ~ Friday 8.30~5.30 Saturday 8.30~3.00 Senior Citizens: Tues & Weds Telephone: 01223 350 832

The City Council recently invited a range of community groups to a meeting to gather ideas to spend funding from new developments in the North Area of the City. Potential projects suggested f o r C h e st e r t on w e re improved facilities on Chesterton Rec. as well as at St Andrew’s Hall and the Methodist Church, and new

allotments. The City Council’s North Area Committee is pursuing these suggestions with the aim of ensuring that residents have a much bigger say in what is done with developer contributions in future. Another recent meeting brought together Council staff and a range of partners in existing community centres

and halls from across the city to discuss possible management options for the future, new community centres in growth areas and opportunities for sharing good practice. Watch this space for future developments in this area. Michael Bond Chesterton Community Association

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Flippin’ Marvellous Pancake Party

Amazing auction of goods and promises! PAG E 4

Shrove Tuesday 12 February 4-5.30pm (SAH)

Saturday 23 February 7.30-10.30pm (SAH)

All welcome to drop-in, with or without children, for any or all of the time (Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult). Info. from Eleanor on 306150

Lots of exciting prizes, big and small.... Info. from / 301842

Monday Pilates 9.10-10.10am; 6-7pm & 7-8pm. Contact Katrina: 07976 677540 (SAH) Drop-in Coffee Morning 10.15-11.30am (SAH) Chair-based Exercise Drop-in 10.15-11.30am. Contact Katrina: 07976 677540 (SAH) Little Learners Playgroup 9.15-12.15, Mon, Wed & Fri (BF) Playlanders Playgroup & Pre-school 9.15-12.15/2.45, Mon, Wed, Fri. Contact Sue: 420954 (SGH) Shirley Childminders’ Group 9.30-11.30am (BF) The Sunshine Club (55+) 1.30-3pm, fortnightly (BF) Junior Club (7-11s) 3.30-5pm (BF) Young Carers 5.15-7.45pm, fortnightly (BF) Renaissance Fitness 7.30-8.30pm, Mon & Wed (BF) Chesterton Choral Society 7.30pm. Contact Rosemary: 420117 (CMC)


Music & Movement for under 4s 9.30-10.30/11-11.45am ( Childminders’ Playtime 9.30-11.30am (BF) Alpha Tots 9.30am-12noon. Contact Jason: 07505777407 ( Zumba 1-2pm (BF) Over 50s Folk Dance 2-4pm (BF) Over 60s Club, 1.45pm, fortnightly. Contact Ann: 423367 (S Yoga for Everyone 6-7pm. Contact Cynthia: 07954388505 ( Yogabirth 7.30-9.30pm. Contact Sharon: 07791002064 (SA Youth Club (for ages 11+) 7.30pm (BF)

Saturday Pilates 9-10am Contact Holly: 07939603882 (SAH) Suzuki Method ‘Cello Lessons Contact Sarah: 07511940312 (SAH) Car Boot Sale & Indoor Market 12noon-3pm. Contact Jason: 07505777407 (CMC) Beginners’ Foreign Language Class 10am12noon. Contact Jason: 07505777407 (CMC) Film Club + Brunch (7+s) 11am-1pm (BF)

Friday Adult Art Group 9.30-11am (BF) Eat and Meet (over 50s and friends) 10.3012noon (BF) Drop-in Table Tennis 3-5pm (Adults only). Contact Ruth: 464336 (SAH) Evenings of Social Card Games 7.30-9pm. Contact Carlos: 424040 (SAH)

Chesterton Community Association invites you to come and learn about/have a go at

Martial Arts on 25 January (SAH) Relaxation & Yoga on 15 March (SAH) We are looking for teachers, clubs or groups who would like to demonstrate and talk about how their discipline can benefit those who participate. For more info. contact Valerie on 07795 815 525.

Weekly/Fortnightly Events


Over 60s 9.30-11.30am Good Morning Yoga 9.3 Coffee Morning 9.30-12 Art Group for Parents & 1-2.30pm. Contact Jaso Family Fun 4 Everyone Karate 6.15-7.15pm (BF Girls Brigade 6.30pm. C 420117 (CMC) Childminders’ Drop-in Learn to Act with in sit Richard 211451 (SAH)


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Church Mice Baby & Toddler Group 9.1511.30am. Contact Victoria: 704791 (SAH) Pram-Pushers 10-11.30am (term-time). Contact Elizabeth: 424993 (SGH) Thursday Together-Family Support 10am-2pm (BF) Keep Fit Walk from the Nuffield Road Medical Centre at 11am. Contact Reception: 423424. Over 50s Pilates 2.15-3.15pm (BF) Yoga for Everyone 6-7pm. Contact Cynthia: 07954388505 (SAH) Zumba Fitness 6-7pm. Contact Rachel: 07985200911 (SAH) Boys Brigade 6-8pm. Contact Jason: 07505777407 (CMC) Community Choir 7.15-8.45pm (BF) KFA Moves 7.30-8.30pm (BF) The Orlando Singers 8-9.45pm. Contact Peter: 504661 (SAH)




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Chesterton Festival 2013 PAGE

Tues-Fri, 12noon-2pm (SAH)

Promotional Evening

Info. from Rachel on 07824 634 514 &

Chesterton Community Carols Come and sing your favourite carols with members of CSD Brass, followed by Xmas food and drink



Thursday 20 December 6.30pm in St Andrew’s Churchyard (/ in Church if wet) Organised by St Andrew’s Hall on behalf of all in Chesterton


m (BF) 30-10.45 (SAH) 2noon (CMC) & Children on: 07505777407 (CMC) 3.30-5pm (BF) F) Contact Rosemary:


Join members of the Festival Steering Group & others to see how you can get involved in the next Chesterton Festival (28-30 June 2013) Wednesday 6 February 7.30 for 7.45pm - 9pm (SGH) The evening will include the presentation of The Lil Speed Award for Voluntary Service to the Chesterton Community (deadline for nominations 7 January)

Monday St Andrew’s Church Healing Group 1st Mondays, 7-8pm. Contact Rosemary: 525009 (SAH) Cambridge Branch of the Macular Disease Association 3rd Mondays, 12noon-2pm. Contact Rosemary: 420117 (CMC) Cam Sight Monday Club 1st Mondays, 2-4pm. Contact Rosemary: 420117 (CMC)

9.30-11.30 (BF) tu 7.30-10pm. Contact:

Monthly Events

St Andrew’s Church Healing Group 3rd Fridays, 12noon12.45pm. Contact Rosemary: 525009 (SAH) Coffee, Cake & Christmas Cards @ food4food Café 10.30 -12noon in December (SAH) St Andrew’s Church Craft Group 3rd Fridays, 7-9.30pm. Contact Victoria: 704791 (SAH)

carols, refreshments and a visit from Santa

ursday 6 Dec. 6pm. (outside CMC)

th Cllr Sheila Stuart, Mayor of Cambridge Contact Andrea on 420309 / for details.

ng a cake stall, Santa's Grotto, face-painting, tombolas & Pin the nose on Rudolph…

hursday 13 December 3:30-5pm at Shirley School, Nuffield Road

mily Christmas Party with Jezo including magic, a disco and a buffet

Monday 17 Dec. 4.30-6.30pm (BF)

1.50/person (free for under 2s) must be bought nce. All children must be accompanied by an adult. More info. from 420309 /

rton Choral Society Xmas Concert in memory of Dorothy Garwood

Saturday 8 December 7.30pm

at The Church of the Good Shepherd for more info.

Kettle Club 1st Tuesdays, 10.30-12noon for tea, coffee, a free raffle and lots of chat, all for £1.50. Contact Gill: 314018 (SGH) Chesterton Local History Group 3rd Tuesdays, 2.30pm (not Dec.) Jan.: Chesterton Hall; Feb.: Rowing on the Cam. Contact David: 368270 (SAH) St George’s Lunch Club 3rd Tuesdays, 12.30pm. Contact Tish: 425074 (SGH) East Chesterton Women’s Institute 4th Tuesdays, 7.30pm. 18th Dec. (NB): Christmas Party; Jan.: Stourbridge Fair; Feb.: Spinning demonstration. Contact Ann: 07971361836 (SAH) Cruse Bereavement Care Drop-in 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 7.30-9.30pm. Contact Margaret: 778667 (SAH)


rning-on the Christmas Lights

hirley School Christmas Fair


Sunday St Andrew’s Junior Church, every 2nd&4th Sunday at 9.50am. Contact Victoria Goodman on 704791 (SAH) St Andrew’s Sunday Lunch Club , 1st Sunday of the month. Contact Sheila Merrick on 510456 (SAH) Turkish Kurdish Speakers in Cambridge (BF) St Andrew’s Church Youth Group (913s) at 3-5pm every 3rd Sunday. Contact Mary Allwood on 355367 (SAH) St Andrew’s Sports Club (9-13s) 3.305.30pm, first Sunday of the month. Contact Andrew Lea on 234267 (SAH)

Key SAH: St Andrew’s Hall 306150 BF : Brown’s Field Youth & Community Centre. For details of all BF events, and contacts, contact BF on 420309 CMC : Chesterton Methodist Church. For all CMC-Events contact Rosemary Tice on 420117 SGH: St George’s Church Hall



Pianist required by Cambridge Nursing Centre to play for residents’ enjoyment. Please ring Catherine Hothersall on C. 323774 if you are interested.

News from the Churches St Andrew’s Church, Church Street St Andrew’s will be running a full programme of services and events for the Christmas and Epiphany seasons. This begins with a concert by the Senior Youth Choir on Tuesday 18 December and ends with our traditional Epiphany Procession (6 January) including the arrival of the very resplendent magi during the service. This year we are combining the Christingle with our Crib Service on Sunday 23 December. This is designed particularly with children and families in mind. (Our very popular Nine Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve is not suitable for younger children).

During the autumn, Nick Moir ran a series of four evenings entitled ‘Questioning Faith’, described as ‘a course for those interested in exploring faith without expecting easy answers’. Some of the questions examined were:

The sea of faith—has the tide gone out?  The question of suffering— can we believe in a loving God?  In what sense may Jesus be the way to God?  What should we believe and how? By popular demand Nick will be running the course again on Monday evenings, 7.45pm, in January (14th, 21st, 28th) and February (4th), at St Andrew’s Hall. All are welcome but please let Nick know (303469; vicar@standrews-chester if you intend to come.

St George’s Church, Chesterfield Road Classes in Chesterton and King's Hedges Tue 10-11am Meadows Centre Tue 5:15-6pm CRC Sports Centre Wed 6-7pm The Shirley Centre Thu 6-7pm St Andrew's Hall

We are looking forward to the Christmas Season with all that it brings, including the Shirley School Carol service on Thursday 20 December and our Christingle Service on Christmas Eve, where we

get to make Christingles together and maybe eat a few sweets! We wish everyone in Chesterton a peaceful and joyful Christmas Season.

Contact Rachel George: 07985 200911

Are you ready to Kick Ash? Camquit, your free local stop smoking service can help. Clinic available at: Chesterton Medical Centre Tuesday 6.00 – 8.00pm We will arrange your Nicotine Replacement Therapy at prescription only cost! Phone 0800 018 4304

Baptisms and Funerals Baptisms 5.08.12 Peregrine Robert Brice (StA) 5.08.12 Shelby Ord (StA) 5.08.12 Victoria Ord (StA) 12.08.12 Miles Edward Holgate (StA) 26.08.12 Kiera Grace Fisher (StA) Funerals 9.08.12 Maurice George Barr (StA) 13.08.12 Lily Campbell (StA) 3.09.12 Patricia Anne Smith (StA at the



Crematorium) 10.09.12 Muriel Mansfield (StA at the Crematorium) 18.09.12 Margaret Ashley Moffett (StA at the Crematorium) 1.10.12 Daisy May King (StG at the Crematorium) 23.10.12 Henriette Josephine Adrienne Avery (StG then at Arbory Trust, Barton)




Letter from a Minister Messy Christmas Of all the presents I might e n jo y r e c e iv in g th is Christmas, a scratch and sniff Christmas card of the Nativity would not be on the list! When I think about the Christmas story, I find it hard not to wonder at the messiness and smelliness of it all. I don’t imagine that any new mother would wish for their first born to come into the world in the way that Jesus did. In our culture, at least, quite a lot of planning goes into that special and anxious time, with a bag ready packed and waiting to take to the hospital, or the home e nv iro nm en t sp ec ia lly prepared for the birth. Mary had to face an uncertain time, in a strange place with no rooms available for her to give birth in. It was far from a picture postcard event for anyone involved, but it is thrilling to think that God chose to intervene in the world in such a messy way. I find it thrilling because it must mean that God is not afraid

of people and their messiness. In fact, rather than being afraid of it, God enters into the middle of it. This is not a God who wants us airbrushed or modified, but who accepts us and loves us for exactly who we are in all our messiness. It is a continuing challenge to love other people the way that God loves us. Their me ssine ss can sometimes make life difficult and hurt us in extreme ways. But we know that the call to love other people isn’t just to love them when they are perfect, but to love them always. So maybe, on second thoughts, that scratch and sniff Christmas card of the nativity might not be such a bad idea! At least it would remind me the God loves me in my messiness and challenge me to love in the same way. With best wishes for a good Christmas for you and yours, Ruth Adams Vicar, St George’s Chesterton

Other local churches include: St Laurence’s (Roman Catholic), Milton Road; Arbury Road Baptist Church; and the Church of the Good Shepherd (Church of England), Mansel Way. (These are members of the North Cambridge Council of Churches and details can be found at In addition, Resurrection Church meets at Brown’s Field YCC at 11am on Sundays; City Life Church meets in St Andrew’s Hall most Sundays 3-4.30pm (see; and St Luke’s Church (United Reformed/Church of England), Victoria Road is part of the Church at Castle group of churches (



Saturday 15 December 6.30 pm Carol service Sunday 16 December 11.00 am Christingle Service ST GEORGE’S (CHURCH OF ENGLAND), CHESTERFIELD ROAD

Christmas Eve, 24 December 4.00 pm Christingle Service (especially appropriate for families) 11.30 pm Midnight Communion Service Christmas Day, 25 December 10.00 am All Age Worship with Holy Communion ST ANDREW’S (CHURCH OF ENGLAND), CHURCH STREET

Tuesday 18 December 7.00 pm ‘A Garland of Carols’ Senior Youth Choir Christmas Concert Sunday 23 December 4.00 pm Christingle & Crib Service, followed by Christmas crafts in the Hall. Christmas Eve, 24 December 7.30 pm Nine Lessons & Carols 11.30 pm Midnight Eucharist Christmas Day, 25 December 8.00 am Holy Communion (BCP) 10.00 am All Age Communion Epiphany, 6 January 10.00 am All Age Communion 6.30 pm Epiphany Procession ST LAURENCE’S (ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH), MILTON ROAD

Sunday 23 December 4.00 pm Carols by Candlelight Christmas Eve, 24 December 5.00 pm Vigil Mass (especially for children) 11.15 pm Carols and Readings 12.00 pm Midnight Mass Christmas Day, 25 December 9.00 am Mass of the Dawn

A local painting and decorating service, with an excellent reputation. Interior and exterior work undertaken, all to a very high standard. For advice or free estimate please visit m or ring 0777 9732331

YogaBirth Yoga for Pregnancy & Birth St Andrew's Hall Tues 7.30- 9.30pm Or call Sharon: 07791002064


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Lil Speed Award 2013 If you know a Chesterton resident who, as a volunteer, makes a real diffe renc e to ou r Che ste rton community, it's still not too late to nominate them for the Lil Speed Award for Voluntary Community Service. Application forms are available from Sally Roden on 420309 or, and the deadline for completed forms is 7 January. This year's award will be presented during the Chesterton Festival Promotional Evening on 6 February. Eleanor Whalley

Bell-ringing in Chesterton Bell-ringing has been part of religious and social occasions in Britain for over a thousand years. Bells first came to Chesterton (to St Andrew’s Church) in the 14th Century and, unlike the bells of Barnwell Priory (near the junction of Newmarket Road and Coldhams Lane today), they survived the Reformation. St Andrew’s current set of bells have sounded out since 1612. Samuel Pepys noted ‘walking with great pleasure’ as the bells rung during his visit to the parish in 1668. The Westminster Chimes were composed in 1793 for the nearby church of St Mary the Great in Cambridge. Who at the time could have predicted how ubiquitous those notes would become? These same chimes were finally brought to St Andrew’s Church clock in 1921. St Andrew’s tower has six bells, the heaviest of which weighs over threequarters of a tonne. With a degree of practice, despite the enormous weight of the whirling metal above, bell-ringers can control the striking of the bells surprisingly precisely, leading to the descending scale of notes called ‘rounds’ often heard at weddings and other times of celebration. Bell-ringing is a great activity for people of any age, and in a lot of ways the social aspect is just as important as the technical! St Andrew’s bell-ringers plan to continue the fine tradition by marking

The Chesterton band of ringers the start of Chesterton Community Carols on Thursday 20 December in addition to the normal calendar of service and practice ringing. There is a bell-ringing practice on Thursdays every week at St Andrew’s from 7.30pm until 9pm. Members of the public are always welcome to come to see what is involved. If you arrive early, there can even be an opportunity to climb the 20 metres into the belfry to see the bells! Everyone is invited to get involved, regardless of age (although children under 10 will need to start with considerably lighter bells than those found in St Andrew’s tower!). For further information contact Dave Richards via Dave Richards

Thursday 20 December, 6.30pm St Andrew’s Churchyard (indoors if too cold/wet/windy)

Chesterton News is published by Chesterton Community Association. 0300 365 1061 and is printed by Iliffe Press, Milton. Chesterton News is unable to check or verify either the warranties or representation made by their advertisers and must therefore exclude any liability whatsoever arising from any advertisement in the magazine, nor do any statements made in any article necessarily accord with the views of the editors or publishers. We acknowledge the funding we have received from the Cambridge City Council Area Committee Grants, Chesterton Community Association, St Andrew’s, St George’s & Chesterton Methodist Churches & Hundred Houses Society, and the help of our volunteer distributors. Thanks to them all. The copy deadline for the March – May issue is 1 Feb. 2013, and contributions should be emailed to Eleanor at for consideration by the editorial team.

Chesterton News Dec 2012 - Feb 2013  

Local news and events magazine for Chesterton, Cambridge, UK.

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