Longstanton Life Volume 13, Issue No. 3 June - July 2013
Life in your locality
In this issue… Marie Curie Fund Raising Open Day St George’s Day Fun, Fund Raising Second Craft Fair Report
Photograph by Gary Gaskell
Hatton Park - New Head Teachers for a day! Plea for New Village Clean-Up Wild Life Report Plus our other regular features including…
Sports News Community Concerns Cllr’s. Reports (County, goodbye Shona, hello Ray Manning. District, Alex Riley Parrish, Gill Ashby) LDHS Update Surgery Updates eCops, plus, plus ...
Woodland Walk, Pole Barn Farm, Woodside
See page 10
The information in The Longstanton Life is provided in good faith and we have tried to ensure that it is accurate and correct. However, neither the editorial team nor the contributors can be held responsible for any inaccuracies or omissions or any consequential losses of any form whatsoever arising there from. Editorial team were Tony Cowley, Pam Buckridge, Sarah Ballard, Natasha Chambers, John Pratt and Ruth Kilcullen. The Longstanton Life newsletter is Copyright © 2000 -2013 The Editorial Team. All Rights Reserved. Editorial graphics © LLife
VILLAGE DIARY Sun. 3rd of month Mon. 2nd of month 2nd of month 3rd of month Tues.
The Rectory, High St.
Messy Church Bowls Club
Village Institute* The Pavilion
Susan Meah Marion Edwards
Hatton Park School
1000-1130 1930 1945
Mother and Baby Clinic Parish Council W.I.
Village Institute* Village Institute* Village Institute*
Midwives (Open meeting) Dorothy Peel
Mini JAFFAs (pre-schoolers)
All Saints’ Church
Judo for all ages (call for details)
Hatton Park School
Tennis Club night
Adult Cricket training
Call for details
Cambridge Freestyle Martial Arts
Rory / Martin
ATC (Air Training Corps)
Music Madness (0-3yrs)
Army Cadet Force (12-18yrs)
Lt . Bill Badcock
1900-2100 1930-2030 1000-1100 1900
Bell ringers practice Jazzercise Rainbow Club (bump-1yr) Football training
All Saints’ Church Hatton Park School Village Institute* Recreation Ground
Mike Cartwright Tina Chasse Susan Meah Luke McAvoy
781275 01487 841811 781258 07795 321494
1900-2000 Ballroom Dancers, beginners 2000-Onward Ballroom Dancer, advance
Hatton Park School Hatton Park School
Mike Cartwright Mike Cartwright
ATC (Air Training Corps)
Longstanton Art Group
Little Leprechauns playgroup (0-4)
07985 938959 781258 780118 01487 841811
07985 938959 210710 07523 854251 07535 646234 781180 789008
781180 781625 07931 772697
Junior Cricket training
Call for details
Tennis Club night
1000 - 1100
Longstanton Colts Football Club (6 - 12yrs) Tennis Club
789858 07985 938959
* It should be noted that the Village Institute is available for hiring for a variety of functions; the manager is Dr William Sellwood who should be contacted for all bookings on 0755 2688243 or by email: email@example.com The Pavilion also offers private party function facilities, discuss your requirements for any family & friends gatherings - e.g. weddings, birthdays, funerals. Michael Binks should be contacted on 01954 782233 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Memory Lane, Where, When and Why?
Answers to April/ May’s W, W, W?
Where: Looking towards the main gate, on Rampton Road/ Drift, from the Admin Building, Immigration Centre, Longstanton. When: After a light a fall snow, during the winter. Why: To provide the Immigration Centre with a record of the weather conditions, c2005. Photo LDHS via Susan Ward
LONGSTANTON LIFE EDITORIAL Dear Readers, We must begin this edition by explaining the changes to your LLife since the last edition - we have changed our printer from Mimeo to XLPress. A big ‘thank you’ to Mimeo who previous sponsored our printing. There are two distinct differences: 1) the weight of the paper has been reduced by about 25%, making it easier to handle and 2) the magazine now can be produced in full colour, allowing us to offer colour adverts/ print more of your photographs in colour. Weather wise we seem already to have a short burst of summer sunshine’s warmth over the May bank holiday weekend followed by a period of cold and wet blowing from the north. However, judging by the number of articles we have had in for this edition, this changeable weather appears to have not daunted the spirits of you, the good folk of Longstanton. We must thank you for your contributions that have reflected the energy and commitment to our community. Please keep your copy, both text and photographic, coming and will do our best to combine them into a magazine that does justice to your trust. Still on the subject of the amount of copy received for this issue, we must apologise to those of you whose articles have been compressed - space has been rather limited. So if this applies to you, please forgive us ... Enjoy your read,
Sports News Football, Cricket Colts, Tennis Bowls
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Community Concerns Hatton Primary School Governors Good Bye Shona, Hello Ray Manning Alex Riley, District Cllr. Gill Ashby, Parish Council ECOPS
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Features 2nd Longstanton Arts & Craft Fair “Spring has Sprung” Marie Curie Charity Event Wild Life Report Party Poetry St George’s Day Event Senior Citizen’s Easter Party
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Regular Items Village Diary Memory Lane Pavilion News Ballroom Dancing, Bell Ringing Hatton Primary, Governors LDHS Update Longstanton Surgery Over Surgery Church Times
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Your LLife Editorial Team Advertising Spot Ads Line and Standard Rate Ads
Congratulations to Doris, 99 Years Old on 25th March. Doris Jeffries, who has lived in the village for 50 years, celebrated the event at the *Senior Citizens Easter Party – attended by lots of her friends to join the celebration! (*see page 24)
Please note that the copy deadline for the August/ September 2013 edition of LLife is
5.00pm on Wed 26 June, 2013 Contributions for next issue: by email to email@example.com or drop off at the Post Office 3
VILLAGE SPORTIN G ACTIVITIES Longstanton Football Club Reserves – NMC Division 3B
Hello from the Football Club– I hope that you are enjoying the start to the summer & this month’s edition of the Life. The end of the season has by now passed & the shouts of ‘man on’ & ‘pass it!’ replaced by the more genteel sounds of leather on willow, ‘bowling, Warney!’ and ‘Owzattttttt!!!!!!!’. At the time of writing, we still had one or two games to play, with the 1st Team safe and the Reserves still needing a couple of results to be certain of their place on Division 3B next year. Recent results and the league tables are shown below: 1st Team – Kershaw Senior B
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Longstanton Longstanton West Wratting Res Longstanton Longstanton Longstanton Littleport Town Res Hardwick Res Outwell Swifts Longstanton
0-4 3-2 0-3 0-0 2-3 1-1 4-2 2-2 3-0 2-1
West Row Gunners Littleport Town Res Longstanton Duxford United Comberton United Bluntisham Rangers Longstanton Longstanton Longstanton Gamlingay United
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70 58 57 55 50
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Gamlingay United Royston Town A West Row Gunners Comberton United Outwell Swifts
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22 18 17 17 16
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Longstanton Hardwick Res West Wratting Res Hemingfords United Res St Ives Rangers Lakenheath Res Swavesey Institute Littleport Town Res Duxford United
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Exning Athletic Benwick Athletic
Longstanton Res Longstanton Res
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Benwick Athletic Hemingfords United
West Row Gunners Res
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League Table P
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West Row Gunners Res Wisbech St Mary A Elsworth Sports Exning Athletic Fenstanton Res Mildenhall United Little Downham Swifts Stretham Hotspurs Estover Park Benwick Athletic Longstanton Res Wimblington Res Hemingfords United A
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A big thank you to main sponsors Brookfield Groundcare, as well as Hometyre. We give our thanks to Michael and the team at the Pavilion & I would like to personally single out Mr Ed James as the man of the season. Quite simply, we would not have been able to operate this season without all of his hard work and time Andrew Jeffrey
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Longstanton Grasshoppers Cricket Club I am writing this having just completed our first Tuesday and Friday evening training sessions and experienced the first really warm and sunny Saturday of the year. I am rather hoping that is not to be a case of looking back to that being summer!
Details of all our fixtures can be seen at http://lpg.play-cricket.com New players are always welcome; boys and girls, of any age, so please contact me for more details. We are always looking for new players, coaches, helpers, team managers / organisers, umpires and scorers; previous experience is not necessary. Anyone interested in joining us in any capacity, please contact me as below.
Our senior weekend team’s season will be well underway when you read this, the colts matches will be almost over and we will be thinking about a few summer weekend friendly games. Any of you not played for a while and fancy joining a friendly local club please do get in touch. Playing a few summer friendlies is a great way to get back into cricket.
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VILLAGE SPORTIN G ACTIVITIES The football season is drawing to a close now and thoughts turn to cricket for some of our players. The weather has thrown everything at us, even within one match period, over the last few months but spirits have remained high and the fun of football has been enjoyed by many. With the end of season comes the traditional round-up of achievements with an award ceremony to celebrate. The Colts held theirs at The Pavilion on 11th May. Award winners included: Under 12s Managers' Player - TOBY MEAH Players' Player - JOE WINTER Most Improved Player - AIDEN BAILEY Team Players - ISIAH ROBINSON/TOM STAGG Under 9s Manager's Player - HARRY POLLITT Coach's Player - DYLAN HARRIS Players' Player - OLIVER BROWN Most Improved Player - BILLY WINTER Fans' Favourite - LUKE HUTCHINSON Under 8s Manager's Player - FRASER JONES Coach's Player - JOSHUA ABBOTT
Under 7s Manager's Player - JAMIE PESTELL Players' Player - ANTONIO TOMASSO Most Improved Player - ARCHIE SCOTT Team Star - OWEN HUGHES The success of this club is of course down to the time and energy invested by our volunteers who must be thanked: All those who have stepped in when needed and who's name I am unaware of, it is much appreciated; Referees - Dom Frost, Andrew Robb, Cliff Bunch, Lee Dobinson, and Lewis King. Manager/Coaches – Paul Key, Kate Bunch, Ben Lee, Chris Bull, Davie Politt, Graham Cavan, Adam Phillips, Gary Claypole, Elliott Claypole, Stuart Morley. Sponsors – Big 10, DCL Gas, EPS, Integrus Consulting, New Marque and Restaurant 22 The U13s had a slow start to the season this year but since Christmas have put that right. They played 11 matches, lost 3, and drew 1. The team have proven themselves to be a good side, with great guys and we are all looking forward to the start of next season. Paul Key U13s manager. The club enjoys a membership of over 60 children and there are spaces for more. If you would like to join in the fun, you can contact: Louise Gamon on 07429 317803 to find out how.
Thank you to those who turned out for the annual court clean-up. Thank you also to all those who helped run the welly wanging stall on behalf of the Tennis Club at the St George’s Fun Day. A great time was had by all, with lots of adults and kids a l ik e e nj oy ing th e competitions, and helping raise money for the Friends of All Saints.
Longstanton Tennis Club After a very long Winter, thank goodness that Spring has now sprung, and long may the good weather continue. 2013/14 promises to be an action-packed season, with lots of opportunities available to join in both on and off the court. The season got off to a good start with the Wimbledon ticket ballot evening in the Pavilion, and the quiz that followed after the draw was really good fun. Congratulations to the lucky ticket winners, and hope the weather is good for you on the day. Following the creation of a new Committee position for social secretary (Marion Wells), we plan to have several more social events throughout the year. The main Summer event will be on Sun 7th July (Wimbledon Men’s Final), so please put the date in your diaries now.
The tennis courts are available to all on a ‘pay and play’ basis (£4 per hour). Just phone Jim (780114) or Rachel (780704) and borrow a key. Or, why not think about joining? Membership is great value at only £50 for the year (adults) and £10 for juniors, or £100 for the whole family. If you’d like to find out more, please contact Sarah Ballard on 07985 938959. Alternatively, pop down to one of the Club sessions and meet some of the other members. Club nights are Tuesdays and Fridays from 6pm, Saturday afternoons from 2pm and Sunday mornings from 11am.
Matches against clubs in neighbouring villages have begun in earnest, with Longstanton fielding both a mixed and a men’s team in the Business Houses league. Ladies’ nights have also proved to be a big hit; please get in touch if you would like further details.
Willingham Wheels Willingham Wheels is a friendly local cycling club which meets at the Longstanton guided busway junction on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. We do road cycling and occasional off-road rides to suit beginners and more seasoned cyclists. The club is open to anyone from the surrounding villages. We have several people ride with us from Longstanton, all are welcome. You can get in touch with us via our website: www.willinghamwheels.com We also have a Facebook page: www.facebook.com/wwheels We hope to see you soon! Darren Calvert
Longstanton Bowls Club May sees the start of the outdoor bowls
season for Longstanton Bowls Club. The official launch was at the end of April at our annual Cheese & Wine evening in the Pavilion, which was well attended by members and new recruits. It was a chance to catch up with friends old and new and to look forward to the coming season. A number of volunteers were recruited to help with the green makeover and general spring cleaning of the club ready to welcome visiting teams. The green needs some TLC at the beginning of the season to allow the new grass to grow in. The seed we sowed in the autumn got washed away by all the rain we had in September, so we had to re-sow in March. The grass is growing in now but needs a few extra weeks without heavy wear in order to get fully established. The regular Monday club nights are restricted to rinks 4 and 5, but members may use them any time during the day. Our fixtures
The Cheese & Wine evening in the Pavilion
If you are interested in joining the Bowls Club or would like more information then please contact Marion Edwards on:
01954 780118 or email to email@example.com.
secretary had the forethought to arrange only away matches during May, and hopefully the grass will be fully recovered by our first home matches in June.
2nd Longstanton Craft Fair The 2nd Longstanton Craft Fair took place on a wet and windy weekend in March. The fair had a Spring / Mother’s Day theme and being only the day before Mother’s Day, I think it is fair to say that there were quite a few panic buyers in attendance! There was a superb turn out, so thank you to all the villagers who popped in to this event to see why craft fairs are currently all the rage! Stall holders again commented on what a good reception they are getting in the village and how keen you all are to browse their stalls – success comes in numbers, so thank you all for coming despite the adverse weather conditions. I have every expectation that the third Fair, a Summer Shopping Spectacular on June 1st, will be just as successful. Please feel free to contact me if you came to either event and have been wishing you had details of any of the stall holders. Please also get in contact if you’d like to have a pitch just to see how people respond to your product – you may be pleasantly surprised! I am very pleased to announce that there are more Longstanton residents booked in as stallholders than there has ever been before. I am discovering that “Longstanton
“Spring Sprung Late” ... a photo The Tite family with Mum, Niky, bird spotting and Dad Stacey with Jack on the white bike and Harry on the black bike taking advantage of what really was the first good weather we had this spring.
Jewellery stall all set-out ready for the customers
has talent”, so please come and discover it for yourselves too – one of your friends might be trying their hand at selling this time! The fourth Fair will be in the early opportunity Autumn (date to be decided), once we’ve all recovered, re-stocked and re-crafted after our village summer fun days! Doors will open at 10am as usual, entry is FREE, the fair will run through till 12.30 and I’ll be on the lookout for new villagers to have a go at running their own craft stall! Look out for advertising boards around the village. Have a lovely summer, and if you do nothing else, try your hand at something new! Sarah Kerley, Event Organiser
6 March, 2013 Pam Buckridge
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The Pavilion Post
Mon - Thur
5pm to 11pm
1pm - 11.30 pm Parish Pantry 2pm - 4pm
10am - 11.30pm
Tel: 01954 782233 Over Road, Longstanton email@example.com See us on Facebook Welcome to this months Pavilion update. We started off our monthly entertainment with a visit from Rock Q, Queen tribute who I must say were very loud and played very well. They certainly got the numerous people that turned up rocking along with the bar staff's ear drums. We then welcomed our Bowls and Tennis teams for their social gathering, this involved a cheese and wine evening and a quiz. Think there may have been a few sore heads judging by how many wine bottles we collected in our recycling. We are receiving some very good feedback from customers in relation to the venue and what we have put into place so far, we are still along way off of achieving a better family environment for the residents and our sports users. A big thank you to Kevin Salaman from Longstanton Gr as s ho p p ers who managed a deal with Jewsons so that a few repairs can be carried out. Without the effort and support from our sports users this would take longer to achieve. We are also in the process of revamping our kitchen and have recently introduced our stone baked pizza oven offering a variety of pizzas, burgers, chicken wings, chips and eventually kebabs. This is a collection only service and can be phoned through to us on 01954 782233. Our full menu can be seen on Pavillion Pizza Facebook page. A lot of people also are asking where do we advertise? We advertise in the Longstanton Life and in the Post Office window along with Facebook and eventually by leaflet dropping.
12pm - 9pm
Fri 5pm - 8pm. Sat 12pm - 8pm. Sun 12pm - 6pm.
Food is locally sourced ranging from Willingham burgers, chicken, mixed platters, Pizzas, Scampi and fish and chips & Stone-based pizzas (see Pavilion Posts below for further details.)
We have a variety of events upcoming including our bingo nights that is held on a Monday in the conservatory. and now the weather is getting warmer evening BBQ. Our next events for your diary are Scooted and Booted a local five piece band who offer a variety of music from Madness and the scar era. ÂŁ5 a ticket with late bar on Saturday 22nd June 2013 and during the day we are supporting the annual RAF Wittering pathfinder walk. Our Conservatory is also available for hire for any occasion and bookings can be made by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org At the time of going to press hopefully we would have had an excellent St Georges Day and wish all of our sports teams for the upcoming summer fixtures. We have also changed our opening times for the summer period, please see above. Michael Binks
Ball Room Dancing
Our classes are going well with a small beginnerâ€™s class and a slightly larger class of seasoned dancers. As well as our regular dance routines, that is to say the waltz, quickstep and foxtrot, we had our original dance teachers Sam and Peter visit us to take us through the Tango, there was plenty of heel tapping and sultry moves. The classes will continue until half term and then finish for the summer. We will be pleased to see any couples who would like to dance Ball Room and Latin American.
FORTHCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS: Saturday 22nd June (daytime) RAF Wittering Pathfinder walk
Saturday 22nd June 8:00pm Scooted & Booted Band.
Mike Cartwright: email@example.com
or 01954 781275.
Hatton Park Primary School News Charity Fundraising
Alfie Morley from Year 1 and Callum Lee from Year 6 were remarkable good in my role, disciplining several pupils (and staff!)
Pupils and their parents have been putting their hands in their pockets to raise funds for good causes over the past couple of months. Around £75 was raised during the World Book Day celebrations in March through pupils attending school in their pyjamas with the money raised having already been put to good use, redecorating the school library to provide a fresh and funky feel and helping turn it into an inviting environment into which the children want to enter. Comic Relief followed soon after and Hatton Park staff were really impressed and amazed by the amount and variety of cakes that parents baked and donated for the pupils cake stall, helping to raise £108 through cake sales alone. A further £83 was raised through fifty pence pieces being donated by pupils wishing to attend school dressed in as much red as they could find. The fundraising efforts continue in June when Hatton Park will be holding a sports fundraising event in aid of the British Heart Foundation. Key Stage 1 pupils will be skipping for charity whilst the Key Stage 2 pupils will be playing dodgeball in order to raise funds for another very worthwhile cause.
found misbehaving in class as well as taking the whole-school assembly which can be an incredibly daunting experience in front of 175 children. Whilst the children ran the school, the staff became the pupils for the day and took part in the same activities that the rest of the pupils were being asked to carry out by their new ‘pupil-teachers.’ Great fun was had by all and the staff received some interesting comments from the pupils who had secured the teachers roles for the day, many of whom didn’t realise that it would be so difficult standing up and telling children what to do!
Our partnership work with the Leys Independent School continues. In the last edition we reported on the teambuilding activities that Russell McAlinden undertook with the Year 3 class. Russell was in again during April but this time working with the Year 5s. Prior to his visit Russell had installed a brand new orienteering course in the grounds of Hatton Park, providing 20 markers which can be used by staff across all classes to help introduce orienteering and map reading skills to the children in a fun, entertaining and physically active way. The Year 5 class were the first to experience the new orienteering course delivered by Russell during his visit with all the professional mapping of the site carried out by John Ward to whom we are immensely grateful.
New Headteachers …(well, only for the day!) Excitement hit fever pitch in
Police Fingerprint Reception Children
March when the pupils were
Longstanston’s new PCSO, Kerrie MacInnes and a colleague, brought a patrol car to Hatton Park and allowed our youngest pupils in the Reception class the chance to experience it up close. The children were then given the full police treatment as they were shown how to take fingerprints and were given the opportunity to have their own fingerprints taken by a real life police officer. The children had a fantastic time and I am sure had lots of tales to tell their parents when they got home. We would like to thank the police for their assistance.
offered the opportunity to apply for ANY of the adults jobs in the school. The positions up for grabs
roles, teaching assistants and secretary. Two lucky applicants also got the opportunity to take the hot seat and try out the
Matt Try, Headteacher
position of Headteacher for the day.
All Saints Bell Ringers
It is with great sadness that we report that Mr. Martin Bacon, who was Principal of Swavesey Village College from January 2003, has died after a long illness at the Sue Ryder Hospice, Thorpe Hall, Peterborough at 5am on 13th May 2013. Always a devoted family man, he often referred to his family and the sacrifices they made in the acceptance of his duties. Some men are measured by their words but others like Martin will be remembered for their kindness, achievements and the difference they made to the lives of those around them. Martin is survived by his wife Kathleen, and children, Jess and Josh. 8
Not much has happened at the Tower since the last issue, however we have rung for my mothers funeral. She was 98 my Granddaughter tolled the Bell. There have not been any weddings. Our expert Bell Ringer has been in hospital to have a back repair done and so has been out of action for 4/5 weeks we miss him very much. Alice, B the expert bell ringers wife (also a ringer) gave birth to Arthur and we hope that Arthur is going to be a Bell Ringer in waiting! All in all quite a few note worthy moments. We have 2 weddings later in the year, and of course we will be supplying Bell Tones to the Village each Sunday morning for the forcible future.
Mike Cartwright: firstname.lastname@example.org
As the current Chair of the CPET Board of Trustees I am very encouraged by the way that the three schools are working together leading to tangible benefits for pupils of all three schools. I took on this role on an interim basis and we are currently seeking candidates to succeed me as Chair of the Board of Trustees in due course. This is a unique opportunity for the right candidate to participate in an exciting development in primary education. The ideal candidates will have the following experience: Leadership role in the business, public sector, education or charity sectors Chairing boards or committees in the private or public sector Developing and implementing strategy, policy and plans for public or private sector organisations
Hatton Park Primary School: Governors Update In March the Governing Body undertook a survey of school parents to seek their feedback on developments at the school. Over 50% of parents responded and the headline results were very encouraging. The vast majority of respondents seem to either agree or strongly agree that improvements continue to be made and the school is moving in the right direction. 95% of respondents are willing to recommend the school to other parents. The feedback and very positive results are testament to the hard work of school staff and pupils. There remain of course issues to be addressed and the governors will continue to work closely with all concerned to achieve the best possible outcomes for all the children of this community.
If the opportunity is of interest then please contact me for further details. We currently have a vacancy on the Hatton Park Governing Body for a governor from the local community. School governors are people who wish to make a positive contribution to children's education. Being a governor is demanding but rewarding and a good way of putting something into your local community. You don’t need any formal qualifications or particular skills as you will get access to training. All you need is some time to commit to be able to make good decisions and make sure these are followed up. If you feel you could bring energy and fresh ideas to our school Governing Body then we would love to hear from you.
We’d like to welcome Mrs Rosanna Fennessy as a new Parent Governor following an election in April. Three parents put themselves forward for election, which in itself is encouraging evidence of parental engagement with the school, and thanks are due to all three for volunteering their services. Many readers will be aware that Hatton Park is now part of a Multi-Academy Trust, called Cambridge Primary Education Trust (CPET), with Histon & Impington Junior School and Histon and Impington Infant School. The Trust was formed on 1st December 2012 and is a unique partnership of like-minded schools that is leading the way in developing new leadership models for primary education. The vision is to develop a selfsustaining partnership of schools that provides an outstanding education for all their pupils by offering a broad and balanced curriculum whilst remaining embedded in the local community.
If you wish to contact the Governing Body or the Board of Trustees, please email me at email@example.com. Dr Paul Rodgers Chair of Governors and Chair of CPET Board of Trustees
News from The Dale Residents, with friends from Over, had a trip out to Huntingdon Garden Centre. This was organised by our previous Warden Val Robertson. As we no longer have a Resident Warden we miss out on our Social Events, but we all enjoyed this time out, and had a lovely lunch as well. It was lovely to see all the flowering plants, and many bought plants home to plant in their Gardens. Another trip to Springfields is on the Agenda. Thank you Val for all you do for us. Sylvia Skinner
DATES for LDHS PROGRAMME OF TALKS for Autumn, 2013 Friday 6 September - LDHS AGM + Talk tba (Local members; please support by your attendance).
Friday 4 October - ‘Garden House Riots’ - Peter Selby. Friday 1 November - ‘WWI Field Hospital Eastern Hospital, Cambridge ’, Philomena Guillebaud All talks to be held at 7.30pm in the Village Institute, High Street, Longstanton. Everyone welcome - members are free - non-members £2.00. Tea and biscuits served after.
Pole Barn Farm, Marie Curie Charity Event We were all invited to a tea party!
Colin and Sylvia Hicks invited all villagers to their new home, Pole Barn Farm in Woodside. On Sunday 21 April between 12 and 4pm, the invitation read, “Come and do our Daffodil and Snowdrop Woodland Walk.” Tea and biscuits were provided in the barn with all proceeds going to Marie Curie Cancer Care.
This year, because of the snow, the visit to the farm and daffodil walk were delayed until 21st April! Photos by GaryGaskell
Longstanton Wild life by Jeff Harrison www.jeffharrisonphotography.co.uk
As I write this (in late April) Spring has finally sprung … but it’s certainly been a long time coming! Colin and Sylvia would like to thank all who supported this event and raised £350 for Marie Curie fund.
It’s said that the crops and other plants are 3-4 weeks behind but we’ve already got ducklings on the pond in Ladywalk so some of our wildlife seems to be ‘on schedule’. Having said that, the prolonged Winter and the late arrival of Spring have resulted in some interesting garden visitors in recent weeks. These include birds such as Blackcaps - which have been regular visitors to our bird feeders throughout the Winter; Siskins - which we’ve seen in our garden only 3 or 4 times in 36 years; and Redpolls – which we’ve never seen in our garden before! Other interesting local sightings include two Barn Owls which have been seen in several locations around the village, including the rough ground between the Park & Ride site and the golf course. I’ve also seen (twice!) a Short-eared Owl hunting over this area and a friend of mine also saw a Marsh Harrier there;
these birds are much more likely to be seen in places such as the Fen Drayton Lakes and Ouse Fen RSPB reserves so it’s nice to have such sightings in Longstanton. Finally and as ever, if you have any stories or reports of unusual wildlife activity in the area please do get in touch with me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via my websie: www.jeffharrisonphotography.co.uk
COMMUNITY CONCERNS A Message from your former County Councillor Although no longer a councillor, I would like to thank my constituents in Longstanton for their support during my time as your County Councillor. I appreciate that I cannot please everyone all of the time, but if I have managed to get it right some of the time, then it has been worthwhile. There have been, and continue to be many challenges for Longstanton, not least the "elephant in the room" that is Northstowe. I hope that in some small way, in campaigning for Northstowe to be a success, the community in
District Councillor Notes This is the report I presented to the Annual Parish meeting on 29 April: I have enjoyed working with our Parish Council which has done well to survive a very difficult year. I look forward to working closely with our new County Councillor. A very good recent development has been the emergence of a Home Farm Action Group called “Friends of Longstanton”. This group has worked with all relevant parties to resolve many of the issues around the demise of Cofton’s and what should be provided on Home Farm from developers’ Section 106 payments. It is particularly unfortunate for this village that Northstowe Phase 1 should be built on our golf course, the one piece of building land controlled by Gallagher Estates. They have gone for the ultra low cost solution (for them) of using the B1050 as the access road, thereby ducking the need to build a new road from the A14 Bar Hill junction, as required by the Northstowe Area Action Plan. Residents have put up spirited objections to these proposals. The NJDCC passed the Outline planning application for the Phase 1 development of 1500 homes. I abstained on this vote because we are only permitted to vote against if we have a Proper Planning Reason. Shortly after that vote I was at a meeting of the Northstowe Joint Parishes where a simulation of the stretch of the B1050 just south of the CGB was shown, which appeared to show traffic moving very smoothly in spite of the new junctions and additional traffic from Phase 1. I did my own traffic survey, which showed that the peak rush hour rate was 1000 vehicles per hour, not the 500 which had been assumed by the developers. My figures agreed with a recent County Council traffic survey whose results had, astonishingly, been ignored. I have been making a lot of trouble about the committee being misled about traffic levels. This has resulted in the setting up of a Traffic Monitoring Group and the commitment that Phase 1 will only be allowed to proceed if it can be demonstrated that the B1050 can cope. The developers now seem to have accepted that Phase 1 cannot
Longstanton will be protected. Only time will tell. Thank you again for your patience and forbearance. with best wishes for the future Shona Johnstone - former Councillor.
Our new County Councillor - Ray
He was elected on 2 May but at the time of going to print it was not possible to have a report because the various formalities involved with induction, to the Council, had not been gone through. However, we have been promised a report for the next edition of the LLife.
work without the direct new road to the A14 promised by the Area Action Plan, and their proposal is that Phase 2 is to include this road and should be agreed as soon as possible, in spite of the fact that the A14 could not possibly cope with all its extra traffic. At the recent NJDCC meeting I objected to the idea that Phase 1 makes no S106 contribution to the new direct road from the A14 but received no support from any of the other committee members. The problem Northstowe faces is that all the original brave concepts of “a vibrant, exemplar, new town” are in danger of being discarded when the grim reality bites that these good things cost money. The developers, County Council and Government all seem to be expecting the others to cough up whilst keeping their own hands firmly in their pockets. Phase 1 is to be built with no new road. If Phase 2 funds that road, will it also fund the Town Centre? If not, we will be left with no golf course, a settlement of 4500 homes, no infrastructure and an A14 that is still not due to have its upgrade completed for another 10 years. Time will tell. I can give you an update on the A14. The Government intends to put a new toll road in between Fen Ditton and Ellington. It is looking for a modest contribution over 25 years from South Cambs. As a quid pro quo, the current intention is that local residents will be able to travel that stretch by using local service roads which will not be tolled. At last month’s PC meeting I gather our retiring County Councillor berated the PC for not automatically supporting the development of Northstowe. It is a shame that a hospital appointment prevented my attendance because I would have welcomed the chance for a proper debate with her on this subject. I have never opposed the principle of Northstowe, because by the time I became involved in local politics 11 years ago the decision was already irrevocable. But it astounds me that some local councillors, as well as some who stood unsuccessfully a year ago, seem to think that we have to agree with it, come what may. Has it never occurred to them that we are elected to represent our communities? My commitment to local residents has always been that I will oppose any development which threatens to destroy our village.
COMMUNITY CONCERNS Unfortunately the loss of the golf course was agreed by Government Inspectors back in 2007 and all we can currently do is mitigate that. However, we are heading for a situation in which the failure to provide adequate road capacity could easily have a devastating impact on our village as well as Willingham. I will continue to insist that this situation is prevented. I am delighted to see that the current PC agrees with me. Unfortunately the past 12 months has seen a vile campaign by a former chairman of this parish council against me and several members of the PC. All of us in public office expect to be accountable to our electorate, but this campaign is something else. He has submitted absurd Code of Conduct complaints against us. In my case I am accused of 11 offences under the Code, but with no supporting evidence. His County Court summons against the Parish Council over an invalid expense claim was intended simply to demoralise the PC and waste its time and money. He sends out emails which are full of wild allegations, pretty well all false. Sometimes he distributes a maliciously false report of what I say at a public meeting. You may well have wondered just how it could be that the local newspaper is able to run a story immediately whenever there has been any piece of bad news about our parish council. Clearly they have been tipped off. The moment the story appears on the News’ website this individual gleefully circulates it by email and twitter. This has been extremely
damaging for the reputation of Longstanton in general and our parish council in particular. I find it incredible that a former chairman should seek to undermine those who are working hard on behalf of the village to sort out the mess to which he contributed and which, when chairman, he did absolutely nothing to remedy. On 22 January he wrote to the local police. To boost his credibility he introduces himself as a retired police officer. This is followed by four pages of lies, half-truths and innuendo. It contains serious allegations, all false, against myself and several parish councillors which he was confident we would never see. Sending this stream of malicious falsehoods to the police is a step that shocked even those of us well-used to his activities. And what action did the police take on receipt of this letter? They forwarded it straight to the parish council! Everyone realises at some stage that this man is just a trouble-maker. I have great admiration for those members of the PC who have endured continual provocation and are resolving the mess they inherited. In fact this individual’s antics have helped the new PC work as a united team. I would urge this individual to realise just how self-defeating his behaviour is, and to find a constructive use for his energies. Please contact me on email@example.com or ring me on 01954 208000 and I will do my best to help. Alex Riley, District Councillor 2 May, 2013
Longstanton Parish Council Notes
A multi-purpose sports area eg. 5 aside/netball/basketball area. A purpose built village centre.
Annual Parish Meeting It was well attended and Council and myself all felt that the past is being put behind us. While it has been a difficult year, we now have the structure and professional attitude that was missing before. While we did not start off as experts in Parish Council governance we are organizing training and learning fast; here, definite progress has been made. My report is on the website and in The Life, so I will not repeat it here. We now have a new Clerk, Jane Bowd who works two days a week Wednesday and Friday in Longstanton. We will be advertising for an office assistant once Jane is established in her role this post will be advertised locally. This will give us cover in the village which we have lacked this last year. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and the number for the office is tel 01954 782323. The Council wishes to thank Gail Stoehr who provided valuable support and help during her 6 month commitment to Longstanton and to the services of LGS who provided admin support during this time. Previously we asked for suggestions as to what facilities the recreation ground extension could supply and a few have been received. Amongst the suggestions are:
We would welcome more suggestions so that we can get a working group together to build an amenity that residents of Longstanton will be proud of so please get in touch with Councillors directly or through the website. Another working group in the process of being started is an Environmental Community Group headed by Libby White who would love to hear from anyone interested in helping clean up the village (see page 14). In the next 2 months Longstanton Parish Council will be holding an open meeting to discuss the up and coming Secondary Schools issue with the introduction of Northstowe and how this will affect Longstanton schoolchildren. Notices will be published on the website and around the village notice boards. On reflection therefore quite a lot going is on now and more to follow.
Chairman’s Report As I reported in Longstanton Life, the journey we have undertaken has been like a trip on the Titanic but with a different ending. Your newly elected Council arrived on deck to find that we had hit an iceberg, but rather than scrambling for the lifeboats, we got organized, took the courageous and (to some) unpopular decisions to seal the gaping hole, reversed out of the iceberg and turn the ship around.
A walking/running track. A path for dog walkers. Outdoor gym equipment. 12
COMMUNITY CONCERNS 31.3.08 Deposit Account £56467.02 Current Account 500.00 Precept £62K 31.3.09 Deposit Account £67096.90 Current Account £5754.00 Precept £62K Chairs: Cllr Tucker, Yarrow, 31.3.10 Deposit Account £62129.09 Current Account £500.00 Precept £62K Chairs: Cllr Tucker, Yarrow 31.3.11 Deposit Account £50577.32 Current Account £580.00 Precept £65K Chair: Cllr Yarrow 31.3.12 Deposit Account £25031.75 Current Account £7135.81 Pavilion Account £4459.99 Precept £75K Chairs were: Cllrs Yarrow, Meacher, Robins. It would appear from this that reserves account was not kept up from 2010 onwards. This would have been about the time that Council decided to take over the LSSC and run it themselves. Council decided to take the money from the reserves and there was no plan that we have found to replenish the reserve account. There was no business plan ever put forward to explain or guide as to how this business would work. In November 2011 more money was taken from the reserve account £5K together with the money from an auction of paintings by people from the Immigration Centre and £1500 from the feast day budget to refurbish the kitchen. Again no business plan and no plan to replenish the reserves. All Councillors are responsible for the finances they manage and the staff they employ. As this Council then had to close the Pavilion and make the staff redundant through the employment committee we were forced to spend money to carry out this tragic task. Throughout this time Council had employed a bookkeeper to build the accounts of the Pavilion and work with HMRC to establish how much VAT was due. The finalised figure is £21767.57 not including the fine which will be imposed. This bill will have to be paid. The Finance committee proposed to full Council and this measure was approved to take steps to rebuild the Reserve Account, to do this we agreed to build it back over 3 years hence this year we will be putting £25K into the reserves. This has therefore meant for this year the Precept has risen from £75K to £140K. Next year we will put an agreed amount into the Reserve Account again. However we will not have to pay the VAT bill again so though there will be an increase on previous years before 2013 it will probably not be the same size increase as this year. Northstowe We as a Council have attended all meetings except 1 of the various Northstowe representations and as we had Cllr Alex Riley and speaker from SCDC who is going to be speaking later on Northstowe I do not intend to dwell on this except to say we have represented and will continue to represent the views of people from Longstanton at these meetings and forums. Standards Committee This was set up this year we have had 3 meetings of this committee to examine complaints about the Councils administration and procedures.
We are now back on course. It takes time to do this (voluntary) job properly, which has been seen at times by the public to be very frustrating. It was frustrating to us as well at times, we too would have loved to rush decisions through, but if we have learned anything, it is that if the Standing Orders and Regulations which governed what we do are ignored, bad things happen. Let me tell you what we have achieved in our year in office. I said we wanted to do this job ‘properly’. Can I first demonstrate what I mean by this “doing things properly”? Assess the situation, Make a plan, Take action through the system, and Check that it gets done. We came into office and were given exactly the same Excel spreadsheets as previous Councils had for the finances, in particular the Pavilion. We looked at the VAT position. Here was a commercial operation which by the figures in front of us would have been over the VAT threshold by May 2011. We contacted HMRC who confirmed we needed to be registered, we called a meeting of the Pavilion Committee and then made a report and recommendation to Council at the next meeting where it was resolved to shut the Pavilion forthwith. This was not rocket science, I think you will agree. There are procedures you have to work by and we work by them and get the job done. We applied exactly the same processes to the following projects: The Pavilion, as mentioned, its reopening by putting it out to tender through the Pavilion Committee Reviewing staff contracts through the Employment committee Setting the budget through the Finance committee. I will talk about the Pavilion later and in the Pavilion report and there will be other Councillors reporting on other active Committees. So what have we achieved this year? Council has worked closely with Home Farm Working Group and you will hear later in their report what things they have achieved so far and what things are coming. Here is an example of where working groups can achieve far more that Council can. I personally want to thank them and Colin on sorting out some of the very intransigent problems that were besetting the Home Farm Group. Finances The finance Committee has under the guidance of Gail Stoehr who was our acting interim Parish Clerk for 6 months but would not act as our RFO but only give guidance. We managed to get through the year without having to dip into next years precept by prudent financial control. We have had to make some very tough decisions. I will talk later of the actual finances but want to talk here about the precept and why it went up so dramatically. Councils are legally bound to hold money in a reserve account generally this is seen to be 1 to 1.5 times their precept in reserves. This is so if any emergency happens there is money to deal with it. For example if we had needed to legally challenge a decision on Northstowe or if we had needed to take legal advice the funds could be drawn upon. With taking money from the reserves there must always be a plan in place as to how this money would be returned to the reserve account so look upon it as taking out a loan. I have been asked by letter for this meeting to explain the actual reserve levels LPC has had over the period 2008 to 2012. 13
COMMUNITY CONCERNS We still have unresolved issues to deal with which is a shame as it has held up progress of this Council. Papers remain the property of Council not Councillors and when papers are not handed over, yet are asked for, it does delay actions taking place. We hope that the previous Chairman will, as asked for in writing furnish Council with the information. When we first came to office and the Clerk went off sick we had to find the correct pay scales as the appraisal of the clerk had been carried and minuted in March 2012. However when we asked for a copy of the appraisal form we were told by the previous Chairman he would not release it to us. Later this year I approached him about this again and was told because we would not pay his expenses he would not release the papers. We were taken to court for non-payment of his expenses and as the first hearing was postponed as the claimant had not produced his statement the case was adjourned and dismissed at the second
hearing. Council cannot pay expenses to anyone where it is not agreed by council, this is in standing orders and pointed out in the Internal Auditors report he should have been well aware of this. We are just about to receive the report from the External Auditors of the previous Council year 2011-2012. This will be what is called a Public Interest Report because of what went on in that year. I have been working with the external auditors in trying to answer their questions but have been unable to do so as some information was not available to me. As we head towards the next external audit and the close of this year I see we as a Council have made gigantic steps forward though sometimes it felt we were sailing through treacle I do feel we are now on course and sailing full steam ahead. Gill Ashby, Chairman LPC
Something about Longstanton is troubling me! I’d like to see if you can help? Love Where you Live is focussed on building a real community spirit in the area where you live and the other provides advice and kits to help local communities spend a day collecting litter from around their village, town, etc.
Dear Villagers, Background My family has only been resident in the village for 7 years, so we’re relative newcomers. But, Longstanton is home and we are proud of where we live. Since November 2012, I started to work from home and as we now have an eight month puppy I am out and about walking around the village on a daily basis. It is on these walks that I have noticed all the litter/mess left in various open areas which is unsightly and must create a 'negative' feeling for local villagers and anyone passing through. I’ll give you a couple of examples: the grass area between the Golf Course and the layby going t o ward s th e Guided Bus is full of rubbish including shoes, umbrellas, cans, bottles, packages, etc. Only the other day I followed a car whose passenger threw rubbish out of the window. There is a discarded George Wimpey sign near the recreation ground. It’s years since that builder left the village!
Why should you help? While the majority of the rubbish may not be from villagers, it is you and I that it impacts. Members of the public, who are satisfied with how their area looks, are significantly more likely to be satisfied with how safe they feel in their area (The Word on our Street 2009). To tidy up the litter – even if it is something done one day on an annual basis will make a massive difference. Most of the rubbish looks so old I believe effort now could make a lasting impact.
Help moving forward: Now that I have told you what’s on my mind, I would love to hear from anyone who would be interested in helping: to organise an event to collect the rubbish to collect the rubbish (we would get the correct equipment to do this safely) to provide any funding that we may need to hire skips, etc. to organise a party at the end of the day for all those involved. Whatever we do is going to involve a bit of hard graft, but I really believe it would be worth it. I’d love to know what you think? If you would be willing to help get this going in whatever way (or would just like to listen in), please contact me by email email@example.com or by phone 781003. Thank you,
I understand that you cannot stop this - but is there anything we could do as a community?
Help? Having contacted Gill Ashby and Alex Riley, at the Parrish Council, the suggestion was to find out if there are any likeminded residents of Longstanton who would be interested in making an impact. The Litter Issue: I have been looking into ideas and gathering information from organisations that have tackled the same sort of issue. A couple of websites I have found include 'Love Where you Live' www.lovewhereyoulive.org and the 'Big Tidy Up' www.thebigtidyup.org
ECOPS report from: PCSO 7376 Kerrie Harding
SWAVESEY & OVER CONSERVATION SOCIETY (SOCS) JUNE - JULY 2013
Hello, Well it looks like the sunny weather is now upon us (hopefully it will last). I have been into Hatton Park Primary school working with the reception class and had a great time getting messy doing fingerprinting and showing them around the police van, they had even made their own police station for us to work in! I have also been along to support the speed-watch scheme in the village as it has been reported to me that especially along the High Street on school morning traffic is travelling too fast. During our one hour check we did not get any speeders however a local resident informed me that this may be because Earith Bridge was closed traffic wasn't using the route through Longstanton. We now have a new blog which tells you about what we have been doing so take a look at www.southcambscops.org I also want to mention I have had a change of name I am now PCSO Harding. Please feel free to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or to report an incident to the police call 101 if non urgent or 999 if an emergency.
A WALK AROUND HEMINGFORD MEADOWS LED BY BRIDGET SMITH Meet in the car park at the Dolphin Hotel – St Ives £1 parking Or if you need a lift meet at Swavesey Village College at 6.30pm
FRIDAY 14th JUNE 7.00pm
FRIDAY 5th JULY 2013 6.30PM
EVERYONE WELCOME TO A 'BRING & SHARE' SALAD SUPPER IN THE BARN AT STRIPLANDS FARM LONGSTANTON DONATION: £5 PER PERSON OR A CONTRIBUTION OF FOOD AND DRINK AND A RAFFLE PRIZE! (Please telephone Christine Shephard on 01954 781625 to see what she would like!)
FRIDAY 19th JULY 2013 8.00PM
FEN DRAYTON NATURE RESERVE GUIDED WALK FOLLOWED BY LISTENING FOR BATS WITH BAT DETECTORS MEET IN THE CAR PARK AT THE RESERVE OR OR IF YOU NEED A LIFT MEET AT SWAVESEY VILLAGE COLLEGE AT 7.45pm
All meetings are at Over Town Hall commencing at 7.30 pm unless otherwise stated Lifts available if required PLEASE PHONE: Tim Parish: 01954 203035 or Pat Miles: 01954 780485 GUESTS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME! PLEASE CONTACT: email@example.com Admission Free unless otherwise stated. However a donation of £2 per indoor meeting towards overheads &
Kindest regards PCSO 7376 Kerrie Harding Histon Safer Neighbourhood Team Histon Police Station Tel: 101 ext: 3732 / 7111276 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
refreshments would be much appreciated.
Come to our next panel meeting and have your say on what the police should tackle in your area. Find out the date of the next meeting in your area and find out more about your local policing team by visiting http:// www.cambs-police.co.uk/LocalPolicing/
(See page 24)
Party Time is Poetry Time Joan & Rick Lawson
Pensioner People Party At Easter it was party time For “silvers” “pink” and “grey” 60 and above, invites all round With transport help: - no pay. Big thanks to all the girls in black, For “waiting, drink and food. Soup and sarnies, cakes and scones With coffee, tea – well brewed. This annual event and sponsored For a village brought together. So thanks to all those involved Despite the unkind weather.
The Pavilion New faces always welcome, Please try out what we’ve got. The more the merrier so they say. With dances, drinks, bingo and sport.
JUNE – JULY 2013
(Due to limited space in the LLife, this LDHS Update has been foreshortened)
‘Local Neolithic Settlements’ - Paul Daw - For an whole hour we experience a very professional entertaining performance. Each song was introduced by the eighth member of the group, Colin Smith who also sang a solo. All in all, I think we all came away with a better and lasting impression of ‘Hobson’s Choice’, Oliver Cromwell, Fen
Friday 5 April. Paul gave us a very illuminating insight in the distribution of local Neolithic settlements and their ability to communicate with others across great parts of southern England many years BC even before the pyramids were built in Egypt!! He produce many detailed maps of the area showing where he and others had managed to locate the stone circles that still exist that were possibly used as markers to improve trade routes - in particular the flint axe trade was highlighted the local source of which originated from Grime’s Graves in Norfolk.
Skaters, Admiral Vernon, Ely Cathedral, ‘Muffin, Cup Cake Beefcake’ and many more aspects of our An appreciative audience of LDHS members heritage!
‘Hobson’s Voice’ - John Rees & Company - Friday May 3 This marked a break from the usual LDHS talk evening. Instead, we invited Hobson’s Voice, a folk group from Over, to entertain us! However, all their songs relate either to local people, events or customs and gave a refreshingly new aural perspective to our local heritage.
(Hobson’s Voice company above: left to right, John Rees; Harriet Smith; Linda Smith; Mike Gilbert; Simon Charlesworth; Lucy Cook; Godfrey Williams)
Erratum from last edition; the reference to the Flanders & Swann song immortalising Longstanton Station, was of course ‘The Slow Train’ and not ‘The Up Line’!
Tony Cowley Chairman, Longstanton & District Heritage Society, The Manor, Woodside, Longstanton, Cambridge. CB24 3BU For more information on any of the above, please contact us on: Tel: 01954 250819 or e-mail email@example.com
The Friends of All Saints' Church St George's Event (Saturday 27th April dawned with clear blue skies, at 6am!) These quickly turned to grey skies accompanied by a cold wind and a decidedly unpredictable forecast for the rest of the day. Gazebos were boldly erected in spite of the gloom and offered welcome shelter from the fierce showers of hail that ensued over the course of midday and beyond.
who am I to argue that that may not be possible? Perhaps what she says is right and God smiled on us. Against the odds it was a great day and thanks goes to all those who We always wanted to be fireattended men from a very early age! and helped us raise a gross amount of £1,600.
Our local DJ - didn't we all love the music!
2pm struck, the start time of the event, and the field was ominously quiet, the BBQ was all fired up ready to go and ice cream scoops were poised to serve but there were few to entice to buy. But then lo, there was a break in the cloud and brilliant sunshine prevailed! My daughter Hazel is adamant that it was only over us and nowhere else, and
Coconut’s last stand
Of course, any event like this relies on those who pull together to run the stalls, erect gazebos, and sponsor prizes. So we say thank you to sponsors; The Old Crown, Girton; BBC Look East; and 16
New Marque, Longstanton. Thank you to stall holders; The tennis club on the Welly Wanging; Collinson family on the football Man of the match! challenge; Beach family on the 2nd hand stall; Andrew, Steve, Amanda and Susan on the BBQ; Michelle and Paul on the ice creams; Dorothy and her entourage of ladies on the tea and cake; Pam and her assistants on the ducks; ATC; Anglian Water; Sarah’s cookies and Karin's jewellery/toys, Marion, Rosemary, Tom, Julia, Thelma, Patrick and John for his DJ’ing. Thank you to those of you who baked, donated and showed up to help set up or clear up. Once again, I am buoyed up by the generosity that so many have shown, and feel privileged to live among such a supportive community. Louise Gamon for The Friends of All Saints' Church, Longstanton Photo of DJ, John Frost Pam Buckridge the rest by Steve Bailey
WILLINGHAM & LONGSTANTON SURGERIES Reception Tel: Willingham 260230 Longstanton 207600 Dispensary 260073 Out of hours cover: Urgent Care Cambridgeshire 0330 123 9131 Visit our Practice Website for more info about us. Our Patient Participation Programme has been established for two years and we now have a face-toface group of patients who meet twice a year, and a ‘virtual’ email group who contribute comments and ideas via the internet. We are always looking for new members to represent our patient population so if you would like to be part of either patient group, please contact either Willingham or Longstanton surgery for more information. If you would like to read a copy of our latest Patient group report please visit our practice website on www.willinghammedicalpractice.nhs.uk
just turned a year old and a second MMR aged 3 year 4 months or just before they start school. Two doses of MMR are needed to get the best protection from measles. There is no upper age limit for the MMR vaccine. What you can do now - If you are unsure if your child has received the full two doses of MMR please contact our surgery reception to either make an appointment or to ask if staff can check the records. Measles can be caught by spending just 15 minutes with someone who already has the disease. The virus is spread through the air and is highly contagious. Please protect your child and others.
Measles outbreak - Has your child been adequately immunised against this potentially serious childhood disease? Children usually have their first MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine when they have
Cynthia Bidwell – Practice Manager June 2013
Over Surgery News Our Generous Patients Thanks to our patients who have contributed so generously to our equipment fund, we have been able to order a new height adjustable couch and examination light for Trish’s room. If you would like to make a contribution to the fund, please speak to Reception or the Practice Manager. Book Sales Hit 3 Figures – and now we have CD’s!! Our second-hand book sales have now generated more than £100 – thank you! We also have a small selection of CD’s; please do have a browse next time you’re in the surgery or pharmacy. Vaccinations for Work or Education Sometimes the circumstances of your employment or training mean that you need a course of vaccinations, for example if you are travelling abroad, or come into contact with hazardous materials. We are happy to do this for you, but please note we need to charge for this service. Your employer or training institution may well be happy for us to invoice these charges direct to them, but in this case we will need written approval from them before we start the course of treatment. Please make an appointment with the practice nurse and she will give confirm the vaccinations required and costs, and give you a form for your employer / training institution to sign to indicate their approval. If you are travelling abroad, then fill in our travel form available at www.oversurgery.nhs.uk before you make the nurse appointment.
Surplus Medicines You may return surplus medicine to our dispensary / pharmacy for safe disposal – but can you please remove all patient identifiable information from the packaging, eg labels, before you bring them in. Telephone Consultations We have started to extend our use of telephone consultations. Where you ask to see a doctor on the same day as you’re calling, one of the GP’s here may call you back to discuss the problem with you first. Sometimes this helps to avoid the need for you to come down to the surgery. Do let us know what you think about this approach – ask for the Practice Manager if you’re in the surgery, or you can send us feedback via the website (www.oversurgery.nhs.uk) – there’s a link on the left hand side. Going on Holiday Abroad? You and your family may need vaccinations – and we provide a complete travel vaccination service here. Please note the process may take a number of weeks to complete if a course of vaccinations is needed – so please apply in plenty of time! There’s a form on the website (link on the left hand side) or come into the surgery for a paper copy.
Andrew Kennedy - Practice Manager
All Saints Church, Longstanton
For children aged 5-1 years At the Village Institute, Longstanton Monday 28-Wednesday 31 July 10am to 12pm Run by All Saints’ Church For more details or a registration form Contact Susan Meah on 01954 781258 firstname.lastname@example.org
Currently, Over and Longstanton Churches are in a vacancy following the retirement of Revd Malcolm Raby. Every effort will be made to continue the main services and activities during the vacancy, although it will not be possible to resource everything we have been providing. For exact dates and details of activities being held please refer to the church notice board or go to the website: http://friends-of-
all-saints-church-longstanton.org.uk/foascl/ If you need to speak to someone about weddings, funerals, baptisms or any pastoral matter please contact Arthur Savage, Churchwarden on 01954 780121
Catholic Sunday Mass
Sunday 16th June
English Martyrs, Hills Rd, Cambridge. CB2 1JR Tel: 01223 350787 www.olem.org.uk
Sunday 21st July from 4 - 6pm in the Village Institute
Cambridge: (OLEM) Our Lady and
Bar Hill: (serviced from OLEM) St Ives: The Sacred Heart, Needingworth Rd, St. Ives. Tel: 01480-462192 www.sacredheart-stives.org
Games – Crafts – Food - Songs ..... and more!
Need home communion for the sick or house bound?
Contact: Fr Edward Tredota 01480 462192
Welcome to Willingham Tabernacle Baptist Church George Street, Willingham
A monthly occasion when families can come together to sing, play games, learn about the Christian faith, enjoy crafts and eat together. Organised by All Saints' Church, Longstanton. Contact Susan Meah for more information. Telephone 01954 781258
Service times 10:30am and 6:00pm every Sunday. We welcome visitors at all meetings so please feel free to come along. If you have any initial enquiries please contact Trevor Rowe (Pastor) 01954 261193 or Alan Wright (Church Secretary) 01954 261770 or look at our website:
The Salvation Army Silver Street, Willingham Everyone is welcome to join all our meetings. Please ring Daphne Watts on 07919024857 or Sergeant Major Gordon Spackman 01954 260066 for more information.
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THE FITNESS CLASS Bar Hill Church 7.30-8.30pm Mondays Oakington Sports Pav’. 6.15-7.15pm Thurs
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Senior Citizens Party On the 25th March 2013 The Pavilion, also known as the Sports and Social Club, was the venue for the Easter Party, which was a postponed event of the regular Christmas Party. This year it was held in the main room where 45 guests were seated. The party started at 4:00pm when guests were offered a glass of sherry on arrival. The main meal consisted of Soup and a roll, a variety of sandwiches, followed by scones and clotted cream and jam and a selection of cakes. After the tea everyone enjoyed a game of Bingo with the prizes donated by Anne and Roger Hart and a big thank you to Robin Stearn who called the numbers. All the guests were given a pot plant or an Easter Egg, the eggs were gifted by Cambridge Building Society. The organisers were Margaret Coxall, Erika McAvoy, Hazel Minett, Vicki Utteridge, Rachel Dale, Jean Stripe, Margaret Hunt, Pam Buckridge and Ann Hart. Special thanks to the Parish Pantry for the donation, without their help this would not have happened. Mick Yarrow On behalf of the volunteers
Above Easter Party Helpers names, left to right: Pam Buckridge, Erika McAvoy, Hazel Minett, Margaret Coxall, Vicky Utteridge, Margaret Hunt: Rachel Dale Photos