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Cottenham

Newsletter

ISSUE NUMBER 175

FEBRUARY/MARCH 2020

Photo courtesy of Tom Wykes


PARISH COUNCIL “Jigs” After nearly twenty years of owning and running Shauns’s Newsagents on the High Street, Jigneth Amin is moving on from that part of his life and those early mornings sorting out our newspapers. Always willing to step up to local challenges, he increased his range of offerings and opening hours while the Co-op was out of action following their fire. With encouragement and support from the Parish Council, he made the huge step up to providing Post Office Counter services when the Post Office was threatening to withdraw from Cottenham and only provide a van-based service for a few hours each week! He also quietly does a lot of charitable stuff behind the scenes. He will soon pop up doing something else in Cottenham. In the meantime, Jigs – thanks for everything you have done for Cottenham! Carols on the Green A big thank you to everyone who came along to the rescheduled event; the weather was a lot kinder second time around! We are extremely grateful to the following for their help: Cottenham Brass Juniors, our helpers (Alan, Andrew, Bea, Beth, Chris, Debbie, Harvey, Jez, Jo, Jonathan, Rex and Sam), our stall holders, Chris Richards for the last minute loan of his gazebo and of course Santa plus his elf and chauffeur! We would also like to thank our generous sponsors: Business Partners, Cambridge Furniture Makers, CB Creative, Cottenham Tyre & Autocentre, The Curry Palace, Joy Dingley, Durman Stearn, Gentleman Trims, Louise Coates, Platinum Accounting Solutions, Pocock & Shaw, RL Painter & Decorator Ltd, Sarah-Jane Hairdressing, The Village Vegan, and The Village Vet. Neighbourhood Plan We have the Examiner’s Final Report which has been published on both the SCDC and Parish Council websites. We have agreed to accept his recommendations and, because the Neighbourhood Plan now has more planning ‘weight’, we are now referring to it in responses to planning applications. The ‘Referendum Version’ of the full plan is being edited in preparation for the imminent referendum. Major Building Developments Bellway have nearly completed their 50 houses off Oakington Road and Persimmon have begun to build their 121 houses further along Oakington Road. Redrow and

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This Land have submitted ‘Reserved Matters’ applications defining the design and layout of their sites for scrutiny by the SCDC Planning Committee. Village Hall/Nursery update We have finally started! Kids Club and Parish Council activities are now located in the portakabin and Pavilion across the field, while Ladybird Pre-School, despite being surrounded by construction activity, continues to operate safely in the existing buildings. Unfortunately some disruption is inevitable during the works. The Connections Bus and Kebab van may not always be where you expect them to be and the equipment in the young children’s play area will be mothballed during the project ready for a refurbishment once it is completed. Watch the Parish Council Facebook page and website for details of progress as we extend the car park and begin construction of the new Hall and Nursery. Highways To see what roadworks that are being carried out go to https://one.network/ (formally www.roadworks.org). Watch out for traffic-calming improvements to Histon Road and news of the scheme we have proposed for Oakington Road next year. Scams Partnership Cottenham Parish Council are delighted to have signed up to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Against Scams Partnership (CAPASP). CAPASP is urging people to become a Friend Against Scams. It’s simple to do, will take just 20 minutes of your time and will equip you with the knowledge and awareness to protect yourself and others from the dangers of scams and fraud Visit www. friendsagainstscams.org.uk/elearning/Cambridgeshire to become a friend today! Report it There are a few recurring issues which you can report directly to SCDC and County, namely: Missed bin collections, fly tipping, graffiti, abandoned vehicles, dog fouling – www.scambs.gov.uk/report/ To report non-dangerous highways issues please use https://highwaysreporting.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/ – this


can include: potholes, broken bollards, blocked gullies (drains), overgrown verges, issues with pavements/ roads etc. To report a highways emergency that poses an immediate danger to the public, please call either: • Cambridgeshire Highways on 0345 045 5212 (during office hours – 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 1pm on Saturdays) • Police on 101. Emergencies include: • Manholes or grates that are missing • Traffic signalled junctions or crossing with all lights out • Damaged street lights, traffic signals, lit bollards and lit signs where wires are exposed • Debris, including mud, stones or oil on the road • Fallen tree or branch blocking part or all the road or path • Extensive flooding resulting in road being impassable • Large dead animals - eg cattle / deer / horse causing obstruction. Office Opening Hours The Parish Office is open every Monday between 9:45am12 noon. Appointments are available outside of these hours by emailing or phoning – details below. The Clerk is contactable between 9am-3pm weekdays only and messages can be left outside of these hours. Please note that our staff don’t work on weekends or public holidays.

COTTENHAM CHARITIES’ CHRISTMAS CHEER The long-standing tradition of giving help at Christmas was continued in December with Christmas vouchers given to over 70 families and individuals by Cottenham Charities and the Fitzwilliam Charity. Toys for children were also kindly provided by Twinkle Star Children’s Trust. All the charities would like to thank the many organisations and businesses in the village for helping to publicise the scheme. The trustees of Cottenham Charities also agreed to make a donation to Ely Foodbank which has a distribution centre Cottenham. Applications for grants for essential household or disability items can be considered throughout the year by Cottenham Charities. More details, and an application form, are available on our website www.cottenhamcharities.co.uk.

Jo Brook, Parish Clerk PSLCC Email: clerk@cottenhampc.org.uk Phone: 07503 328401 www.cottenhampc.org.uk www.facebook.com/cottenhamparishcouncil

ARTICLES, DATES AND ADVERTISEMENTS E–mail, CD, memory stick and paper submissions are all welcome. Please contact the editor if you have any questions. Dates of events to be advertised in the next issue should span the months of April and May.

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COUNTY COUNCILLOR’S REPORT Roads, Cycleways and Pavements Beach Road has been resurfaced in stone mastic asphalt, a material with heavy wear durability and what is called negative texture: instead of pieces of aggregate sticking above the surface, resistance is provided by indentations. This makes for a smoother and quieter ride. The £1.5 billion A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme has been the biggest highway project in the country. £60million has been spent on archaeology alone and the finds will be exhibited at the Northstowe Heritage Centre, which Highways England is partly funding. The Huntingdon bypass between Ellington and Swavesey opened a year early, on 9 December, with full completion on track for the end of 2020. Subsequent removal of the viaduct over the railway station will relieve one of our most beautiful market towns of this blight. Approximately 22km of “de-trunked” dual carriageway, 5km of slip roads, and the new local access road are to be taken over by the County Council. We are also negotiating compensation for the damage caused by diversion of traffic on to the local road network. Reynolds Drove now offers cyclists a much more comfortable ride from Cuckoo Lane Rampton to the Busway, and new solar studs have been fitted on the cycleway from Cottenham to Histon, half way between the previous ones. At my initiative we now have a dozen volunteers to clear paths and spread salt on pavements in the event of a snowfall. The County Council insures volunteers and issues kit such as hi-vis jackets, shovels, salt and spreaders. Don’t expect every pavement to be salted immediately – the scheme depends on the goodwill of those taking part. Others are welcome. Buses & Trains The recent bus survey garnered 3,000 responses, plus 1,200 interviews with passengers and those committed to other modes of transport. I took part in one of the focus groups. One resident of Cambridge had this to say about the never-ending cycle of public consultations: “It takes an awful lot of work to be a citizen in this city.” I represented the County Council at the inaugural meeting of the Bus Reform Task Force. Our objectives include: longer minimum terms for contracted services, allowing bus operators to invest in better buses and offer more attractive fares; and better information on timetables and facilities,

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particularly in rural areas, to attract people to travel by bus. Network Rail is holding a consultation until 2 March for the new Cambridge South railway station. The proposals include three possible location options near Addenbrooke’s, early designs for the station and means of access. Work could start in 2023 with a target of opening in 2025. www. networkrail.co.uk/cambridge-south-station Climate & Environment Intensification of agriculture over the past century has raised the proportion of cultivated land in Cambridgeshire from 60% to 70%. Arable fields are the biggest barrier to movement of flora and fauna, which means – paradoxically perhaps – that 30% population growth in Greater Cambridge over the coming twenty years promises significant benefits for the natural environment. With biodiversity net gain becoming established planning policy, open space in new developments can patch up remaining habitat to reinforce survivability of existing species. The County Council already has some Protected Road Verges, but will be taking a new approach to verges in general, to promote wild flowers. We are rightly proud of the quantity and quality of food we produce, but agriculture has also been one of the worst culprits on climate change. In its natural state peat is an excellent carbon sink. But when drained (and we have done a lot of that in the fens) its decomposition releases masses of carbon dioxide – up to 5.5 megatonnes per year – as much as every other contributory factor combined in Cambridgeshire. Having started the Industrial Revolution, the country most implicated in global warming up to 1990 is the UK. However, half the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has been added since 1990. Currently we account for only 1% of global greenhouse gas emissions. We have a guilty legacy but are better placed than many other countries to tackle the problem. As well as switching from diesel and petrol engines to electric vehicles, some of the more startling suggestions in a report commissioned by the County Council were planting 30,000 hectares of trees (with sycamores being one of the most effective species at carbon sequestration), weaning ourselves off a separate gas heating system for every household, and shifting towards a plant-based diet. Plan making Local Plans have to be updated every five years. The


most recent ones were adopted by Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire in autumn 2018. The next one will be a joint Greater Cambridge Local Plan. What is being billed as ‘the first conversation’ – public consultation on Issues and Options – is running from 13 January to 24 February. The councils will also be holding a ‘Big Debate’ on the evening of 18 February, “where we are inviting local groups to share their ideas about what should be in the Local Plan, in a fun, provocative and lively public event”. Look out for details about how to book a place at www. greatercambridgeplanning.org With development already under way towards meeting the village’s objectively assessed housing need it is even more important for the Cottenham Neighbourhood Plan to be adopted to refine what housebuilders bring forward. The Examiner, who has been particularly complimentary about the Consultation Statement accompanying the submission, says, “Cottenham Neighbourhood Plan has a clear focus on accommodating new development in the village in a distinctive and a sensitive fashion… The Plan has taken a pragmatic approach to the way in which it has sought to accommodate recent planning permissions within a proposed extended development framework for the village beyond that proposed in the adopted Local Plan.” I am nevertheless disappointed that the policy on locally affordable housing has been slated for deletion. Making housing affordable has been my top priority as a councillor, and this was a well-meant intention of supplying homes to households on rural incomes. Tim Wotherspoon

COTTENHAM WI Come and make some new friends. We do lots of different activities such as holding socials, speakers, darts, walking, poetry, arts/crafts, bridge and support our community. You will be very welcome. There is a small charge for non members. 12 February 2020 at 7:30pm. Alison Giles will be speaking about life in a Fen Edge village and the museum at Burwell 11 March 2020 at 7pm. This will be our annual meeting and social evening. Both meetings will be held in the Tony Cooper suite at CVC.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION’S POPPY APPEAL The Royal British Legion Cottenham and Rampton Branch would like to thank all who contributed to the Poppy Appeal last November. Special thanks go to Ralph Carpenter who again gave up a good deal of his time to host a very interesting exhibition in the Legion Hall, this time of WWII era photographs of Cottenham. We had many more visitors than we expected, and Ralph was always around to share his collection of anecdotes about the village. We would like to express our appreciation and thanks to the following local businesses who generously gave a donation: Cambridge Glassblowing, Collacott, Dataracks, and Screens & Graphics. We would also like to thank all those businesses and organisations who displayed Poppy tins and boxes, our willing band of door-to-door collectors in Cottenham and Rampton and of course, everyone in both villages who gave so generously for a poppy or a wreath. Altogether we raised £4,833 - a great achievement. Thank you everyone. If you or your business/organisation would like to lay a wreath in November, please let me know. We put in our order in July, but we always make sure that we have a few spares. We welcome offers of help for the Poppy Appeal, particularly for door-to-door collecting. If you feel you could give an hour of your time for the next Appeal, please contact Ann Scott tel: 01954 251468 or email: ann.scott23@ntlworld.com Ann Scott, Chairman, RBL Cottenham and Rampton Branch

More information from Margaret 01954 250870

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SUSTAINABLE COTTENHAM older generations, playing games, exchanging stories and skills. Oh, and there’s cake! If you need a lift or can offer a lift phone Andrea Cowley on 0789 9904959 or email cottenhamconnected@sustainablecottenham.org.uk Village litter pick report There was a yellow weather warning for high winds for the day of the village litter pick and cycle path tidy last November which meant our new hoops to keep the collection bags open were especially welcome. They had been donated to Sustainable Cottenham by South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC) in recognition of the efforts that Cottenham residents have made to collect litter in recent years. SCDC also donated other equipment such as orange hi-vis waistcoats, gloves and 30 new grabbers. These are now available for loan to community groups or residents who wish to carry out their own litter picks. Please contact Christine Ward (see below) if you would like more details. We collected the bottles, cans and plastics into separate clear bags since they could be recycled if not too dirty. This meant that roughly half of the impressive pile of collected litter (some of which could potentially avoid landfill. A small team worked on cleaning the solar studs and clearing encroaching vegetation on Histon Road and Rampton Road cycle paths. The level of litter along these verges was much greater than in the village – often cans, bottles and fast food packaging discarded from cars. It is both disfiguring and damaging to the environment and risky for volunteers to collect. Just as the weather turned drizzly the volunteers returned to base for hot drinks, squash and home-made cakes and a chat with fellow volunteers. Sustainable Cottenham would like to thank the 60 or so volunteers who took part, despite the blustery conditions. About half of them were youngsters including 15 Cubs. This translated to about 140 hours of volunteer time – definitely one of our best supported events. Sunday Socials Sustainable Cottenham is supporting Cottenham Connected with its Sunday Socials at the British Legion Hall (see dates below – generally the last Sunday). They are monthly opportunities for Cottenham residents who might be at a loose end on Sunday afternoons to get out, meet new people and enjoy mixing with younger and

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Repair Café 4 April 2020, Cottenham Community Centre 10am – 2pm Get things repaired, learn how to repair things yourself! The antidote to throwaway culture, at the Repair Cafe volunteer repairers will do their best to mend your household items, while you watch and learn with a cuppa or slice of cake. Lamps, radios, jewellery, hoovers, bikes, jeans, sewing machines... we will have a go at fixing all of these. Look out for more details soon, or find us on Facebook or Twitter both @ RepairCafeCham Dates for your diaries: Sunday Socials 2pm-4pm – 23 February, 29 March, 26 April 2020: British Legion Hall Cottenham Repair Café 10am-2pm Saturday 4 April 2020: Cottenham Community Centre Village litter pick and cycle path tidy 2pm Saturday 18 April 2020: British Legion Hall for litter pick and Village Green for cycle path group. Christine Ward Chair, Sustainable Cottenham 01954 251813 chris.ward@increment.co.uk


COTTENHAM COMMUNITY CINEMA At 7:30pm on the first Sunday of each month, Cottenham Community Centre Coffee Shop becomes our very own cinema showing the best current releases and some classics. We also show kids’ films at 2pm some months. At the time of writing, we haven’t yet decided which films we’ll be showing after “Yesterday” in January. But by the time you read this, you will able to find out by looking on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ CottenhamCommunityCinema/) or looking out for the posters around the community centre. I wonder what we will choose! If there’s a film you fancy seeing, please do get in touch and let us know. We’re always looking for good recommendations, whether it’s a film you’ve enjoyed and think others would like, or even if it’s just a film you’ve heard about and would like to see. Drop us a message on our Facebook page! Whatever we end up showing, you can rest assured we have a bar fully stocked with drinks and snacks to help you enjoy the show, and at the end there’s usually an opportunity to chat with others about what you thought of the film should you wish (it’s entirely optional though).

GARDENERS’ CLUB February sees the start of the club year, with the AGM on Friday 21st. The eagerly awaited new programme will be unveiled, and subscriptions for the year will be due. The rate currently stands at £14, but it is likely that a small increase will be proposed by the committee, to be discussed at the meeting. The subscription covers seven speaker meetings, the New Year and summer parties, a drinks evening, and a garden outing. Visitors and guests are very welcome to come for one or two meetings before joining the club; the current rate is £2 per speaker meeting, but this may also be reviewed. After the formal AGM business, we hope to have a short talk by one of our members. At the time of writing the new programme is still in production, so the speaker in March is a mystery! However, the date should be Friday 27th. Cottenham Gardeners’ Club meets at Franklin Gardens Community Room, usually on the last Friday of the month, with refreshments served from 7:30pm followed by a talk at 7:45pm. We are always pleased to receive prizes from members and committee, for a raffle held at the end of the evening. For further information contact Sarah Dumont Tel: 01954 260482

Hope to see you there!

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HEIDI ALLEN’S PRIDE IN GIVING CERTIFICATES TO CVC STUDENTS ON HER FINAL DAY AS MP I wanted to write and extend a fond farewell and a heartfelt thank you for four and a half wonderful years as your Member of Parliament. I have been so proud of the vibrant, open, welcoming local communities who have shared a myriad of local successes and events with me and my husband Phil. We really do live in one of the best places in the world and it has been a privilege to create so many wonderful memories with you. I could never have dreamt that being sawn in half at the Cambourne Christmas Lights Switch On or being put in the medieval stocks at Hinxton could be so much fun! And who knew I could be so successful at village fetes – I literally cleaned up at the Eltisley tombola; opened with a rock band at Bar Hill; won the Tug of War with the ladies team at Meldreth and arrived at Whaddon in a vintage Bentley. I can’t claim quite so much success at Thriplow Daffodil Festival, where I managed to confuse the category of Best Puppy with Dog that Looks Most Like its Owner! You are a very forgiving bunch. Race starting became something of a hobby and I was lucky enough to be invited to wave the flag at Cambourne, Caldecote, Great Chishill and the brilliant Duxford Soap Box Derby twice. A definite highlight was helping to “top out” the new Royal Papworth hospital, while a low was probably during the Steeple Morden Steam Engine Rally when I innocently told the crowd that my husband ‘likes to get on something hot and dirty at the weekend’ – I’m not sure I ever lived that one down! I’ve been privileged to see first-hand the exceptional efforts of our public service workers as they go about their duties with dedication and brilliance. I’ve loved spending a night on duty with the bed team at Addenbrookes; going out on shift with our exceptional police, fire and ambulance crews; cutting open a car with the Duxford fire crew to test new equipment and I was extremely proud to welcome the Prime Minister to the Genome Campus to showcase the ground-breaking work that takes place here. I’ve laughed out loud at the contributions made by primary and secondary school pupils during my dozens of school visits and have been humbled and inspired by the pupils and teachers within our schools. On my final day, I was especially

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proud to hand GCSE certificates out to Cottenham Village College’s latest cohort; celebrated like I’d won the lottery when Guilden Morden Primary turned itself around for Ofsted and probably enjoyed Elsworth Pre-School’s cocktail night a little too much…hic! South Cambs certainly knows how to party and I was lucky enough to watch the Hare and Hounds in Harlton coming back to life; Fen Drayton’s Call my Wine Bluff and Queen Edith’s RNLI superb Brass Band Concert. I dusted off my landlady skills at the Shelford Feast, pulling pints but my team and I failed miserably at Caxton’s Village Hall Quiz Night… perhaps the cheese and wine may have distracted us somewhat! I loved giving Litlington residents a taste of my Desert Island Disc selections and who could forget me being beaten by Simon Saggers, the Green candidate in a hustings at Comberton VC! I have so many special memories and it’s just not possible to document them all here. Truly, it has been the greatest privilege to serve the people and communities of South Cambridgeshire. Thank you to everyone who shared a kind word, a thoughtful comment or a grey cell stretching learning. It has been a huge honour. To all the brilliant people of South Cambs – thank you for a wonderful four and a half years and for allowing Phil and I to build our life here. All our love, Heidi and Phil


FREE ENERGY AUDIT Small and medium sized businesses are invited to book a fully funded energy efficiency audit to help save money on their business energy bills. The audits will look at current energy usage, which is a very real and rising cost within businesses, and make recommendations for how to cut this usage. Just 30 free audits are available on a first come, first served basis, and visits need to be undertaken by the end of February 2020. The free audits have been made possible through funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Businesses can sign up at www.beecp.org/sign-up or call 01733 882549 to check eligibility and for further information.

ARTHUR RANK HOSPICE On behalf of us all at Arthur Rank Hospice, we would like to say a huge thank you for all of your support during 2019. It has been a busy year and we are delighted to benefit from your continued kindness, be it the time you spare to volunteer, the donations that you so generously make, the events that you have taken part in or simply by sharing news of our services and work with those you know. You are fabulous and we would like to wish you a wonderful Christmas and send our best wishes for the New Year. 600 volunteers support our staff across every area of the organisation, you may even be one! Without them, it wouldn’t be possible for us to do what we do... Thank you so much

LET THE TRAIN TAKE THE STRAIN We love travelling but I’ve been keen to reduce the number of flights we take in 2020. Consequently, when we planned a weekend in Vienna in January I looked at ways to get there without flying. Researching and booking rail journeys across Europe can be daunting but is greatly helped by a not-for-profit website called www.seat61. com. It sets out a variety of route options for an enormous range of destinations (including to Africa and Asia) – with timings, train details, approximate costs and information on how to book. It even provides photos of the train interiors and what can be seen during the journey complete with advice on which side of the train to sit for the best views. We decided to buy 3-day Interrail passes which gave us flexibility to re-route if required – which turned out to be a good decision (see below). We travelled out to Vienna in one day using an early morning Eurostar to Brussels then high-speed international train changing at Frankfurt and arrived in Vienna before 9pm. Coming home we took a scenic route through the Arlberg valley and stayed overnight in Zurich. The final day was somewhat disrupted by train cancellations due to French transport strikes and (unusually) technical problems but the train companies’ customer help desks sorted out alternative routes and we arrived home only a few hours later than scheduled. Despite the challenges of the final day we enjoyed the experience and would travel by rail in Europe again – possibly to Spain or Italy – and I would recommend it to anyone interested in doing so. Pros: much lower carbon footprint than flying; city centre to city centre; appreciation of countryside Cons: more expensive than budget air travel; takes longer to plan, book and travel – but greatly helped by www. seat61.com Please get in touch if you want to find out more about our experience. Christine Ward chris@sustainablecottenham.org.uk 01954 251813

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Poetry Corner: In the streams In the streams that run from hill to dale, take note, the fish in currents are led to new waters.​ In the streams of wind that blow through the vales,​ travellers are swept along gravelled paths.​ In the streams of air beneath canopies of trees,​ take a moment and breath, oxygen resplendent.​ In the streams of ants carrying leaves,​ pause and consider service to the community.​ In the streams of flowers that run through the meadows,​ all that’s created uses function and beauty.​ In the streams of light through the shadows,​ beings step into the lights warmth and power.​ In the streams of rain that nourish the Earth,​ nature’s tears transformed to life.​ In the streams of tears, hold the key to rebirth​ and embrace the droplets that fall and cleanse.​ In the streams of knowledge, through nature’s example,​ reach out to the lessons of love on display.​ In the streams of love from all around, ​ take into the heart every day. Laura Berry The light of hope and belief May the light of belief in our loving hearts give us hope and guide us through our lives with forgiveness and love, happiness, joy, wisdom and trust, with confidence, purpose, gratitude, success, motivation, passion, inspiration and luck, compassion, laughter and respect. May hope and belief in our hearts give us strength to maintain good health, to take care of ourselves and take care of others who are in need. May hope and belief give us inner peace and bring us all closer towards world peace. May belief in kindness bring together us all, may belief in love unite everyone around the globe. Andzelika Ignotaite

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February 14th You are my darling Valentine, Cos I am yours and you are mine. We walk the path of life together Through sun and wind and stormy weather. I love you more than anyone knows With your waggy tail and soft, wet nose. Jasper Kay It started with a plea It started with a plea, not knowing what would be. A simple group request; So many acquiesced. For Macmillan nurses as illness immerses; Marie Curie hospices as cancer takes hostages. Boxes of boxes, and bags, modern, retro, fads. Generous donations from friends and relations. Meeting lots of new folk hearing how others cope faced with illness and grief, sharing, brings some relief. Sorting, sorting, sorting! Cookery, art, sporting. Dahl, Walliams, Blyton, books to learn; laugh; frighten! It’s all for charity and solidarity; come together and speak, share, hug, remember, weep. A village walks together, joined, despite the weather, and spill upon the green; contented faces beam. Medals swinging, proudly Crowds gather round, loudly. Choosing books, eagerly Raising funds, easily. Thank you Cottenham! Emma May If you missed the sale but want to be part of the fun, my just giving page is here: https://www.justgiving.com/companyteams/ Macmillian-and-Marie-Curie Readers are invited to send in either original poetry or short stories for inclusion in the Cottenham Newsletter. Short stories should be no longer than 600 words. The objective should be to entertain the general readership – go on, have a go!


Small ads: HAYLEY JANE’S BEAUTY For all your beauty needs. Waxing, facials, massage, manicures/pedicures, spray tan. Call now to book an appointment 01954 251967. Located in the high street at Cottenham Cutz & Beauty ......... TUITION. ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE (EFL). Teresa Haymer Cert Ed TEFL MA – General English, all levels, Business English, other ESPs; Homestay Immersion Courses. Email: teresahaymer@gmail.com or text to: 07410 978290 ......... HANDYMAN SERVICES COTTENHAM Need help fitting a kitchen or bathroom? Leaking washing machine, sink or shower? Need a blind fitted or guttering repaired? Call Mike on 07768 931810 ......... VIDEO TO DVD TRANSFER SERVICE Preserve your precious memories with Cottenham Video. We cater for all types of video tape Cottenham Video – We can transfer your old VHS and camcorder video tapes to DVD or digital file. Audio cassette and cine film also catered for. Tel: 01954 775004 or Mobile: 07795 630037, cottenhamvideo@gmail.com, www.cottenhamvideo. com ......... TOAT – “TOM OF ALL TRADES” Tom Wykes Handyman. No job is too big or too small – garden/house clearance, shelving, plumbing and so on – call Tom for a quote on 01954 250324, 07762 559259 ......... FRESH GRIMSBY FISH Fresh and smoked fish, shellfish in Cottenham every Thursday morning. Est. since 1989. Call John on 07584 578315 to arrange a call to your office or home. No order too small. ......... HOUSE/PET SITTER, fully insured and CRB checked. Tailor made service having your pets looked after in their own home with anything from daily visits to living–in, assuring security. This is a reliable/discreet/confidential business with visits in an unmarked vehicle. Excellent references. Email: ginnyr38@ gmail.com Tel: 01223 232972 or 07980 042601 ......... C HILSDEN DECORATING SERVICES all aspects of painting and decorating, tiling and home maintenance carried out to the highest standard. Free estimates and excellent rates. Carl Hilsden – Mobile: 07590 517882 Home telephone 01954 250446 www.hilsdendecorating.com ......... FURNITURE POLISHING AND REPAIR Polishing and restoration of antique (and not so antique) furniture by a local Cottenham restorer. Rob Ellis: 01954 250153 ......... R J BENSON CARPENTRY Local fully qualified reliable carpenter. Please call 07961811454 or email robbenson15@ gmail.com for advice/free quotes. FENCING – P MARTIN FENCING, all types of fencing undertaken, over 30 years trading, please call 07802 440494 or 01954 250568 email pmartinfencing@gmail.com for a free no obligation quote and advice. ......... PEAT’S GARDEN SERVICES Lawn and hedge cutting, pruning, planting, rotovating, turfing, weekly and monthly visits, all garden work undertaken. All garden waste removed. For a free estimate call Pete Bullen 01954 250771 or 07749 863047

......... CHIROPODIST/PODIATRIST Henry Tullie. Degree qualified home visiting chiropody service for the treatment of nail cutting, hard skin, corns and callus. Tel 01223 277834/07906 625088, www.cambridgechiropodist.co.uk ........ ANTIQUE, MODERN & BESPOKE UPHOLSTERY using traditional materials and techniques. Based in Cottenham, Victoria Morris Upholstery offers a professional (AMUSF Qualified) and reliable upholstery service for your most treasured antiques or favourite chair. For all enquires and/ or a free consultation, contact Victoria on 01954 270050 or 07547 496931 or by email: vmupholstery@hotmail.com or visit www.victoriamorrisupholstery.co.uk ......... DOG DAY CARE IN COTTENHAM. Open Mon – Fri, 8am to 6pm. Great area for hour walks on our 150+ acre farm and 100% attention all day at home and in our enclosed garden all for £15.00 a day. Lingwood Farm, Cottenham, CB24 8PX Tel: Erica 07956 406643 or visit www.lingwooddogs.com ......... AGRIPEST If you’re looking for a friendly, reliable and competitive pest control service then please get in contact with AgriPest today! Rats, mice, wasps, moles and much more! Please call Neil on 07889 018041 or email AgriPest@ outlook.com. Thank you. https://www.facebook.com/ AgriPestcambs/ www.agripestcontrol.co.uk ......... THE VILLAGE FOOT CLINIC Wilburton Clinic & mobile chiropody for: nail cutting/nail thickness reduction, corns, callous and cracked heels, diabetes etc. Assessment and treatment £29. Marisa Jolley MCFHP MAFHP. Tel: 07909 943171 ......... Why not advertise in the Newsletter! Items for sale, announcement of family events, local products and/or services... 10p per word, with some proceeds going to the MAGPAS charity. Send advertisements and payment to the Advertising Manager. Cheques should Newsletter’.

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CONTACTS: Police General Switchboard Doctors

Council Offices 101

County Council Switchboard 0345 045 5222 SCDC Switchboard 0345 045 0500 Parish Council Jo Brook, Clerk 07503 328401 clerk@cottenhampc.org.uk

Dr. T Blumenfeld, 188 High Street 250079 Firs House Partnership, 42 Telegraph Street 251180 Urgent Care Cambridge (formerly Camdoc) 0 330 123 9131 District Nurse Team 01223 726469

District Councillors

Co–ordinator, 10:00am – 4:00pm, Gerry Brett

Tim Wotherspoon

Cottenham CareCar

251929 Cottenham Community Centre 202109 Cottenham Charities 250387 Cottenham Day Centre 200873 Cottenham Gardeners Club 260482 Cottenham Tennis Club info@cottenhamtennis.co.uk Cottenham Toy Library Christina Koester 270334 Village Society Glynis Pilbeam cottvillsoc@gmail.com 251544 Cottenham WI Gillian Ballard 250605 Dentist Wiese and Associates, 40 Margett Street 251696 Chemist 222 High Street 250556

Child, Teen & Family Counselling

Julie McCrae www.juliemccraecounselling.com 07482 723265 Counsellor & Therapist Ruth Barnett, ruby61247@yahoo.co.uk 202556, 07961 644006 Samaritans Cambridge Centre 01223 364455 Veterinary Surgeon Village Vet Cottenham 252122 Schools Village College and Community Office 288944 County Primary, Lambs Lane 250227 Under–Ones Baptist Church 251066 Pre–School Ladybirds Pre-School, Rec. Ground 250891 Kids Only (Out of School Club) 250025 Ballet School tutusrus@ntlworld.com or 200533 Brownies 1st Cottenham Lisa Nicoll 201575 2nd Cottenham Julie Percival 200854 3rd Cottenham Chris Hurworth 203764 Guides Deanna 250388 Scouts 2ndcottenham@gmail.com Army Cadet Force 2Lt Mark Parker, Longstanton Detachment Commander 5035parke@armymail.mod.uk Parade night Wednesday 7:30-9:30pm ACF Cadet Centre, The Old NAAFI Shop, Magdalene Cl, Longstanton, CB24 3EG Newsagents Shaun’s News 250398

Neil Gough Eileen Wilson

cllr.gough@scambs.gov.uk, 07919 990299 cllr.wilson@scambs.gov.uk, 07825 770899

County Councillor

timwothers@aol.com,252108 01223 301426

British Red Cross Shop Citizens Advice Bureau

66 Devonshire Road, Cambridge, CB1 3BL 0844 848 7979 Social Services Histon Team 01223 718011 Mobile Warden Scheme 200080 NSPCC Cottenham Area Team 01733 558245 RSPCA 24 hour cruelty & advice line 0300 1234 999

Railway Station Cambridge Passenger Enquiries

0845 7484950

Driving Instruction TOPS Driving School 252239 Taxi Panther Taxis 01223 715715/424424/523523 Library Margett Street 0345 0455225 Library at Home Service (formerly Doorstep)

0345 045 5225 your.library@cambridgeshire.gov.uk 583651 252298 Office hours: 9:30am-2:30pm Wednesday and Friday Baptist Church Church Office 252378 Catholic Church St Laurences Church 01223 704640 Methodist Church simon.oliver@cantab.net 07554 202929 Salvation Army Paul Cooper, Captain 252419 Royal British Legion Ann Scott 251468 ann.scott23@ntlworld.com Cottenham Brass Band Diana Braverman (Sec.) dianabraverman@hotmail.com Bridge Farm Riding School 252284 Allotments Cottenham Charities 250575 Sustainable Cottenham Christine Ward 251813

Parish Church Revd. Lynda Davies Parish Administrator Matt Unwin-Riches

Cottenham Dissenters’ Cemetery

Kate Lees 252378, minister@cottenhambaptist.org.uk Sarah Berenger 07484 221369, s.berenger@btinternet.com

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BIRD REPORT – OWLS One evening in late November, I was once again, hoping to catch sight of the starling murmurations that occur over the Broad Lane balancing pond. As mentioned in a previous issue the local starlings and their European relatives will often roost in the reed bed there, last winter there were literally thousands. At the time of writing, just a few hundred are roosting, but that can change on a wind as arrivals from Europe turn up when the weather changes. Anyway, reader Alison waved as she passed the pond on her dog walk. I later heard that she’d seen a scuffle between a kestrel and a barn owl close to the Fen Bridge. Typical, I thought, for me to miss the avian action. Anyway, there are quite a few barn owls to be seen on the outskirts of the village. These dusk hunters of silent flight will range along the Lode, across rough fields, and alongside roads. Often you will see a ghostly barn owl sidle up alongside hoping to home in on voles and other small rodents turfed out of the undergrowth by the rumbling of tyres, even on the fresh tarmac of Beach Road. There are other owls around: while videoing a starling murmuration over Rampton, I could see a barn owl in the field and could hear a little owl in the hedge in which the starlings were hoping to roost. There was little chance that they would settle until the owls had departed, which eventually they did. The whole point of the murmuration, aside from the socialising, is to reduce the risk to the individual bird of being picked off by a bird of prey, such as a peregrine falcon, or perhaps an owl. The little owl is not a native species; it was introduced to the British Isles in the nineteenth century. Meanwhile, there are places around the village, such as the Green where there are tawny owls to be heard, and if you’re very lucky and keen-eyed, perhaps even seen. Like the barn owl, the tawny owl has very dark eyes, which help it to see even in low light and coupled with its excellent directional hearing make it a mean night hunter. Tawnies pair up from about the age of one year and stick together, monogamously. Famously, their call – the stereotypical “too-wit, woo-ooh” is two birds calling almost in the style of Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald. The female calls “too-wit” and the male responds by wooing her. There are a few long-eared owls across East Anglia and the East Midlands although numbers are greater further north. Some readers may have been lucky to catch a glimpse of a vagrant snowy owl on the north Norfolk coast at RSPB

Snettisham in March 2018. You have a greater chance of seeing the short-eared owl, however. This migratory species flies in from Scandinavia, Russia and Iceland, and we are lucky enough to have a patch of land not too far away where they can be seen hunting at dusk. Last winter, half a dozen or so “shorties” were often seen hunting at NT Burwell Fen and Tubney Fen, which are accessible by road from Burwell or on foot or cycling from Wicken Fen. One of last winter’s shorties suffered a wing injury, and spent the summer on the Fen; it can still fly well, but presumably it felt that a trip back to the far north was not on the cards. As I write this I have visited the fen twice this winter to see the shorties and reckon that there are four or so present. The numbers may have risen by the time you read this in early February. But, if you are reading it later in the year, beyond March, early April, you will have probably missed the chance to see them until next winter. Birding is very much about chance, timing, weather, and plain-old luck. David Bradley

Spottin’em in Cottenham: Recent sightings Relatively few unusual birds have been seen in Cottenham gardens aside from the usual suspects I mentioned in an earlier report: Redwing, fieldfare, blackcap, grey wagtail. If you’ve spotted an unusual feathered friend in or around Cottenham let me know – birds@sciencebase.com

Barn Owl Barn Owl

Tawny Owl

Short-eared Owl

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Cottenham Newsletter Issue 175 - February/ March 2020  

News from Cottenham, Cambridgeshire

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News from Cottenham, Cambridgeshire

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