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Longstanton Life Volume 14, Issue No. 4 August-September 2013

Life in your locality

Success for Longstanton Youngsters in Judo. See page 4 for full story.

Also in this issue… Summer Craft Fair News, Poetry from Jean Hopkins, Update on Daphne’s fundraising … Plus our other regular features including… Sports News Community Concerns Cllr’s. Reports LDHS Update Surgery Updates eCops, 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


Sunday School

The Rectory, High St.

Susan Meah


Tennis Club

The Pavilion

Sarah Ballard

1600-1800 1800-2000

Messy Church Bowls Club

Village Institute* The Pavilion

Susan Meah Marion Edwards



Hatton Park School

Tina Chasse

2nd of month 2nd of month

1000-1130 1930

Mother and Baby Clinic Parish Council

Village Institute* Village Institute*

Midwives (Open meeting)


3rd of month



Village Institute*

Dorothy Peel



Mini JAFFAs (pre-schoolers)

All Saints’ Church

Susan Meah



Judo for all ages (call for details)

Hatton Park School

Ian Slack


Tennis Club night Adult Cricket training

The Pavilion Call for details

Sarah Ballard Kevin Salaman

07985 938959 210710


Cambridge Freestyle Martial Arts

Village Institute*

Rory / Martin

07523 854251 07535 646234


ATC (Air Training Corps)

Cadet Centre


Music Madness (0-3yrs)

Village Institute*

Kari Law


Army Cadet Force (12-18yrs)

Cadet Centre

Lt . Bill Badcock

01223 503950

1900-2100 1930-2030

Bell ringers practice Jazzercise

All Saints’ Church Hatton Park School

Mike Cartwright Tina Chasse

781275 01487 841811

1000-1100 1900 1900-2000

Rainbow Club (bump-1yr) Football training Ballroom Dancers, beginners

Village Institute* Recreation Ground Hatton Park School

Susan Meah Luke McAvoy Mike Cartwright

781258 07795 321494 781275

2000-Onward Ballroom Dancer, advance

Hatton Park School

Mike Cartwright



ATC (Air Training Corps)

Cadet Centre


Longstanton Art Group


Christine Shephard


Little Leprechauns playgroup (0-4)

Village Institute*

Andrea Todman

Junior Cricket training

Call for details

Kevin Salaman


Tennis Club night

The Pavilion

Sarah Ballard

1000 - 1100

Longstanton Colts Football Club (6 - 12yrs) Tennis Club

Recreation Ground

Louise Gamon

The Pavilion

Sarah Ballard


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781180 789008

781180 781625 07931 772697 210710 07985 938959 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: 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

Memory Lane, Where, When and Why? Photo LDHS via Tom Eaton

Answers to June/ July’s W, W, W?


Where: Longstanton recreation ground on the occasion of the opening of the new Pavilion by the mayor of Cambridgeshown seated fourth from the left.

Photo LDHS via Tom Eaton

When: c1960. Why: To provide proper changing and facilities for the teams of sportsmen & women from village that use the recreation ground.

Contents Sports News

LONGSTANTON LIFE EDITORIAL Dear Readers, Well, what a difference in weather from the last time we were compiling The Life! Today is beautifully sunny; the village is in full bloom and looking splendid. This issue is packed with community news from our sports clubs, Councillors, LDHS and Hatton Park School. As well as our regular contributors, we have been lucky to receive news on the Summer Craft Fair held in the Village Institute, a Speedwatch update and a delightful poem from Jean Hopkins. We also have published our first ever 1/4 page full colour advertisement. If you are a business owner please do consider using space in the magazine to tell everybody in Longstanton what services you offer. If the sun is still shining when you are reading this, we hope that you are able to take some time to pull up a garden chair, have a nice cup of tea and to keep up to date with what’s happening in your village. If you have more time to spare, it would be lovely if you could put pen to paper (or fingertip to keyboard!) and write to us. If you have children about to embark on the long summer holidays, perhaps you could encourage them to take some photos around the village and write to us to let us know how they are spending their holidays in the village. We’d love to hear all of your summertime news. Enjoy your summer!

Your LLife Editorial Team

Cricket Tennis Bowls Judo

4 5 5 4

Community Concerns Hatton Primary Ray Manning Alex Riley, District Cllr. Gill Ashby, Parish Council ECOPS

10 6 6 7 9

Features Summer Craft Fair The Mouse Speedwatch Readers’ Letters

8 8 20 13

Regular Items Village Diary Memory Lane Pavilion News Ballroom Dancing, Bell Ringing LDHS Update Longstanton Surgery Over Surgery Church Times

2 2 12 3/4 14 11 11 20

Advertising Spot Ads Line and Standard Rate Ads



All Saints Bell Ringers We have had a quiet couple of months, however those of us that regularly attend practice nights and Sunday services enjoy the sound of our set of 8 bells. We managed to gather 8 ringers for the 23rd of June to welcome The Archbishop Rowan Williams and Master of Magdalene College to our church. He came across as a humble man and his sermon was presented effortlessly; a truly wonderful speaker. The Archbishop Rowan Williams will be back on the 28th of July. I would recommend the whole of the village come to our church and enjoy a true man of the people. Mike Cartwright

Please note that the copy deadline for the October/November 2013 edition of LLife is

5.00pm on Wed 28th August, 2013 Contributions for next issue: by email to or drop off at the Post Office 3

VILLAGE SPORTIN G ACTIVITIES Cho Wa Judo Club Well done to everyone competing in the Spring Competition! Nearly everyone won at least one bout. Congratulations to Julia and Archie especially as they were competing in their first competition, to Graydon for the highest scoring throw for the under 10s, and to Tomas and Ben for excellent groundwork. Under 10s Under 24kg 1st Tomas Jenkins 2nd Archie Scott 3rd Luke Hamilton 4th Jonathon Hamilton

Under 40kg 1st Jack Smith 2nd Peter Meah 3rd Aiden Bailey Over 40kg 1st Hassan Ali 2nd Jasmine Cartwright

Under 30kg 1st Amani Hajee 2nd Hazel Bailey 3rd Graydon McLeod-Fleming 4th Andrew Meah 5th Julia Holt

Junior Grading June 2013 A successful day for all Cho Wa Judo Club members grading at the Anglian Regional Junior Grading on the 23rd June. Jasmine Cartwright gained two blue tabs for her green belt after a fine demonstration of katame no kata and a big jump for Jack Smith to orange belt with three tabs. Significant advances for Daniel Rutter, Alison Meah, Amani Hajee, Ben Brevoort, Jonathan Hamilton and Luke Hamilton in the under 10s and Georgina Marshall and Lars Cockwell in the under 16s. Excellent first gradings for Lonneke Cockwell, Archie Scott and Julia Holt, all gaining the maximum of three tabs. Well done to all. Sensei Ian Slack Nidan Doshi.

Over 30kg 1st Steffanie Jenkins 2nd Daniel Rutter 3rd Ben Brevoort 4th Malcolm McLeod…...Fleming 5th Alison Meah

Under 16s A small field but hard fought. Special mention to Jack for retaining the Stylist Trophy with his thrown ippon and Jasmine for fighting the mighty Hassan!

Ball Room Dancing Continuing from my last report, most of us can now dance the Ballroom Tango (not the Argentine original version ) to a reasonable standard. Our thanks go to Peter and Sam Nightingale for their time and patience. We have been without our dance teacher this term, however we have been fine tuning the dances and individual steps we already know. It's one thing knowing the steps but it is all down to posture and style which make the steps look so enchanting. We have two raw beginners who can now dance the Waltz and some quickstep. We also have one young couple who my partner and I are teaching a dance sequence for their wedding day; it's always a delight to do this.

Longstanton Grasshoppers Cricket Club Longstanton Grasshoppers CC are enjoying a much better season than last year, the weather has been kind, if chilly, and we have played most of our matches. Our teams are all playing very well with mixed results but overall we are enjoying cricket in all age groups. Training has been very well attended on Friday evenings, I am sure in part due to Terry and his excellent BBQ skills. The BBQ and quiz nights help to raise valuable funds which all go back into the club to buy equipment, fund external coaches and contribute towards the winter indoor training sessions. Thanks to all for your ongoing support. Fingers crossed the current good weather stays with us, the cricket continues and we see more of you playing and watching cricket down at the rec soon. Please visit our new website for up to date information at

Kevin Salaman

Email Mike Cartwright


The garden party held by Daphne on 3rd July raised an impressive £465. This will be used to support the Salvation Army’s on-going work. Daphne would like to express her thanks to everybody that contributed to her fundraising.


VILLAGE SPORTIN G ACTIVITIES teams so there is some hope for improvement in the placings. Similarly for our 2 mixed teams who The weather finally warmed up at last in are currently languishing near the botJuly and it has been very pleasant for the tom, but have three games in hand over last few weeks playing bowls on the warm the top-placed team. summer evenings. We had a few challenges early in the season with our bowls We are feeling the loss of one of our green so played our early matches at away most experienced players and stalwart clubs. The grass has finally grown back in and we are back to supporters of Longstanton Bowls Club. playing on our home green. Sadly, David Thompson passed away Longstanton are doing well in the Cambridge & District Bowls in June after a long illness. Happily he League. Our division 4 team have won 7 out of their 11 games was able continue playing until about so far, giving us 47.5 points and putting us in second place. Our two weeks before his death. He very division 5 team has only won 2 out of their 8 matches so far, but much enjoyed his bowls and was an able and supportive skip. He will be are safely clear of the bottom spot above Melbourn and Histon. very much missed. True to previous form, we are not doing so well in the Business Houses Pairs league. Our men’s team are currently third from If you are interested in joining the Bowls Club or would like bottom, but have a number of games in hand over the other more information then please contact Marion Edwards on 01954 780118 or email to

Longstanton Bowls Club

Longstanton Tennis Club Wimbledon fever is over for another year, but the 2013 Championships will go down in history for all the right reasons! Wall-to-wall sunshine, some amazing tennis, plenty of close matches and upsets, with several of the top seeds (both Men’s and Women’s) going out very early, and of course a British winner ! I’m sure our lucky members that got the chance to go had a great day out, especially Ben and Dina who were there on Centre Court to watch Andy Murray win the final. As has now become a tradition, we had a tournament of our own in Longstanton, on the morning of the Men’s Final. Many of our members fought tooth and nail in the searing heat, then retired under the gazebo for a well-earned BBQ. Congratulations to our joint tournament winners, Cheryl and David.

Thank you to the Pavilion for providing our strawberries and cream, and of course for showing the match on the big screen. We also held a cheese and wine evening at the Pavilion back in June, which proved very popular and hopefully educational (at least at the start of the evening!). This season we have planned more social events than ever before, so there couldn’t be a better time to join, for great fun on and off the court. Please check our website for an application form and the latest updates Any suggestions for future social events, and offers of help organising them, are very welcome. Our men’s and mixed teams have both been playing against other local clubs in the Business Houses leagues. Well done to the captains of both teams for arranging all of the fixtures and getting teams out. If you’d like to find out more about junior coaching or any aspect of club membership or court hire, please contact me on 07985 938959. Alternatively, why not pop down to one of our 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. Hope to see you there! Sarah Ballard

The next Andy Murray? Gerry presents Cheryl and David with their prize


COMMUNITY CONCERNS Cambridgshire is the lowest funded county in terms of money per pupil but successive governments have refused to do anything about it until now. The crucial bit will no doubt be in the detail yet to be published but at least there is the promise of a new national funding formula from 2015.

County Councillor Report

This is the first report that I have written for Longstanton since being elected to represent the Village. I would like to thank all those who voted for me and also thank the parish council for their welcoming introduction. The first issue is the welcome news that the A14 is back in the frame for improvement with a start date of 2016. It was described by both the Treasurey and the Department for Transport as “a three legged stool”, requiring funding from local councils, the government and tolling. If all three were not in place it could not happen. There will be a local access road from Swavesey to Girton so that we will not have to pay.

It is obvious that the winter weather did a lot of damage to the roads, it seems wherever you go there are pot holes and cracking tarmac in every stretch of highway. I have had many reports of these and I do pass the complaints on to the Department. It is possible and often quicker to log on to the website and report them directly online but please continue to contact me if that is easier to do. Ray Manning

The fairer funding for schools campaign seems to be helping to right what has been a real injustice for many years.

general acceptance that Northstowe cannot precede unless the A14 is upgraded.

District Councillor Notes

That leaves the issue of the B1050 and whether it can possibly handle all the traffic from Northstowe Phase 1 in addition to what it currently carries. Nick Boles MP, a planning minister, recently came to Longstanton and heard the message loud and clear from all sides that the Government cannot expect to build Northstowe without providing the required infrastructure. That means both the upgrade to the A14 and the road direct from Bar Hill to the North of the Northstowe site. The effect of this road, which was promised by the 2007 Northstowe Area Action Plan, would be to remove all Northstowe traffic through our village from the B1050 In combination with the A14 upgrade, that would transform the traffic situation faced by our village from intolerable to manageable.

The plot of land just North of Nelson Crescent has had planning consent for houses and various shops, including a Convenience Store, for some time. Recently the Co-op announced that it wanted to put a shop there and submitted a planning application. However, this application specified a cooling plant which was considerably noisier than had been originally anticipated. I understand that SCDC Environmental Health officers are very concerned about the noise levels and their potential impact on close neighbours (remember that this site was originally intended to be a doctors’ surgery). Consequently the application has been referred back for more work to be done on it.

Please contact me on or ring me on 01954 208000 and I will do my best to help. Alex Riley, District Councillor

It was a considerable shock to learn that the golf course was shut down at the end of June with only a week’s notice. I do not see what Northstowe-related activity is going to take place on the site before the end of September and the three months July-September must surely represent the busiest of the year for any golf club. It just seems like a pointless premature removal of a local facility.

Longstanton Parish Council Notes

There still are no proposals for exactly which aspects of the first phase of Northstowe are due to be implemented initially. They will need to be agreed by the Northstowe Committee, possibly at its August meeting

Monday 10th June The statement, by the Parish Council about Ms P Haywood, was presented to the meeting:

The recent announcement that the A14 upgrade is at last going to happen is of course good news. The Government did actually axe the previous planned upgrade on the grounds that, at £1.2 Billion, it was unaffordable. The new scheme, at £1.5 Billion, is deemed affordable. I understand that it will be pretty much the scheme that we have previously been consulted on, but with tolling for through traffic (believed to be at the modest rate of £1 per car and £2 per lorry). The addition of tolling may add problems, which are not yet known about. In exchange for a contribution from SCDC and from the County there is a commitment to local vehicles not paying any tolls. Work is due to start in 2016, and to take 3 years. Cynics have pointed out that 2016 is after the next General Election in 2015 and that consequently a new incoming Government could still decide to axe this upgrade. However, there does seem to be

“Update of the situation regarding Ms P Haywood and Investigation into irregularities within Longstanton Parish Council. In 2012 Councillor Brash-Hall and myself as the appointed and approved investigative panel for the council, carried out a forensic investigation of previous accounts of LPC. We discovered a number of irregularities over the 2009-10-11 period. These particular irregularities did not relate to the Pavilion activities. We went back to the Employment Committee and full Council with our findings. We recommended to Council that the Police were informed at this point and the Council agreed.


COMMUNITY CONCERNS Following an investigation by the Police we have been informed of the following letter from CAMBRIDGESHIRE POLICE detective sergeant Toovey:

Moving forward following outline planning permission being given for Northstowe here is an important date for the diary: Friday September 20th at 7.00pm Public Discussion Meeting: ‘The Future of Secondary Education for Longstanton and Northstowe’ This meeting is open to everyone, so come and get your questions answered. The panel will consist of SCDC Northstowe officers, Diocesan of Ely, Swavesey Village College, County Council and South Cambs District Councillors. Venue: Hatton Park School. Monday 12th August, and there is an important Northstowe item on the agenda: Back in 2007, Parish Councillors started work defining the Northstowe boundary; this was suspended when the feasibility of Northstowe was questioned at that point. Now Northstowe is back again we can resume that task. As a first step, SCDC will be giving a short presentation to the parish at that Parish Council meeting on August 12th. The placement of the Northstowe Parish boundary will affect many residents of Longstanton and so there will be public meetings and consultations stretching over several months from August onward. Your views are important so please make sure you get them heard. The village website and the notice boards will be carrying more information during August. Happy Holidays! Gill Ashby, chairman Longstanton Parish Council

Following your complaint of theft against Pauline Haywood I am writing to advise you that my enquiries are complete. I can confirm that Pauline Haywood made payments to herself in the sum of £15,000. Between June 2009 and May 2011 and all these payments are over and above her salary. In terms of a criminal investigation there is insufficient evidence to prosecute Pauline Haywood for any offence. There is no evidence of any offence concerning the alteration or misrepresentation of records kept for accounting purposes or fraud. The same applies to an offence under the Theft Act. Theft would have been the most appropriate offence but Pauline Haywood claims she was honest in what she did and she claims to have an honestly held belief she was entitled to this money. In order to prosecute Pauline Haywood for theft, it would be necessary for the prosecution to prove (beyond any reasonable doubt) that she was dishonest and did not believe she was entitled to the money.” I invite you to bring to my attention any further evidence that may affect my decision. DS Toovey We will not go into any further detail at this point but this gives you a flavour of what has occurred. It is clear that there has been a derogation of duty by previous Councils in adhering to basic levels of financial control. This has meant that the Councils’ insurance policy has been null and void for this period with regards to reclaiming any monies. A criminal prosecution cannot take place at this time as the letter states as there is insufficient evidence though the case does remain open and should any further evidence be obtained this council will forward immediately to the police. The Council is exploring a whether a civil action against individuals in relation to these matters can be progressed. There has been a lot of talk in relation to possible financial irregularities in the way the Pavilion was managed between 2010 and May 2012. We can find no relevant and tangible evidence of this at the present time and unfortunately no one has come forward with any relevant evidence, this despite requests from the current Council, the Police and from CAPALC to past Council Chairman. As a result of findings from the investigative panel, the Council took the decision to hold a disciplinary hearing against the Clerk Ms P Haywood. We appointed a disciplinary panel made up entirely of Independent Councillors from outside of this Council. We also worked very closely with our Solicitors and with the help and guidance of CAPALC. The disciplinary panel heard a total of 13 allegations against the clerk and on the majority of these the outcome of gross and /or serious misconduct was given. As a result of this Ms Pauline Haywood has been summarily dismissed as of 15th May 2013 with the advise that she had the right to appeal in line with Employment Law. To this day no response has been received therefore Ms P Haywood remains summarily dismissed. Gill Ashby, chairman Longstanton Parish Council 10th June, 2013” —————————————————

CamLETS Have you heard of CamLETS? It is a wonderful scheme (found in the UK, and globally) which is a kind of bartering system and is a way that individuals in a community can trade skills, services or goods without using real money. LETS stand for Local Exchange Trading Systems, and CamLETS has been running in this area (based in Cambridge) very successfully since 1993. We meet regularly to trade and socialise and the next one is at Ian Hunter’s house on Sunday August 4th, between 3 and 5 pm. 28 Stephensons Road Longstanton Cambridge CB24 3GY Telephone: 01954 781391 If you would like to learn more, do come along and chat to us, or look at our website


Summer Craft Fair Saturday 1st June It was, as ever, fantastic to see so many villagers sifting through the wares on sale at our summer craft fair. This was certainly the best attended event so far and I continue to be overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and encouraging comments of all in the village who come along – it’s clearly a popular affair so I shall do my best to continue to run the type of event that you want in the village and really appreciate all the feedback! For example – I’m wondering if villagers would be interested in being able to sit and have tea/ coffee/refreshments at the event? I did trial this at the first fair and there was little uptake so I’ve not offered it since. Likewise if anyone would like to volunteer to help serve teas and coffees, I’d love to hear from you, as this is always an interesting thing to juggle with running my own stall! There were lots of different stalls on June 1st, many new stallholders and as usual, most items for sale were hand crafted or made by the stall holders themselves, either trying to establish a business from home or just hoping to share their passion with another person who might also appreciate what they do enough to spend a few pennies on it – thanks to all who did! It was a huge success all round so it will be hard to beat but let’s make it even bigger and more popular

next time, which will be Saturday 7th September 2013 from 10am till 12.30 and will have a very special Autumn theme. This fair will again be at the Village Institute. Entry is FREE so look out for black boards and posters going up around the village to advertise the event and please come along – or contact me if you would be interested in booking a stall of your own. There will be lots of different stalls to previous events, and I now have a record number of villagers (7) who will be running their own stalls. There are still a few more spaces, so please contact me if you live in the village and would love to take part or want any details of stall holders. Grateful thanks are also extended to William Sellwood, the manager of the Village Institute works tirelessly behind the scenes to set up, help prepare the hall for such heavy footfall, and even dashed home from the Strawberry Fair on June 1st to beat me to it when it came to the big postfair clear up – thank you! Sarah Kerley, Event Organiser 01954789059/

The Mouse A mouse in the house Oh dear! Oh dear! It won’t be easy to catch, I fear. The answer of course, Could be trap That usually works Without mishap. A piece of cheese Should do the trick And the end of the pest Should be quick. But no! The little beggar Has taken the cheese And done a runner! The next attempt Must be much keener Maybe we’ll catch it In the cleaner.

Help needed! We urgently need volunteers on the Constaine Place Estate to deliver the Longstanton Life . If you can help please contact Margaret Hunt On 01954 780 999 or email Furniture moved Great upheaval Cushion upturned No sign of the devil! Back to the trap Four in all Surely this will end it all. Yes! Yes! One sharp snap Oh thank goodness For the trap! No mouse in the house.

Distributors: - if I do not have your e mail address then please can you forward it to me so that I may let you know when I will be delivering the magazines and you can also e mail me if you will be on holiday so that I don't leave the bags on your doorstep!! Thanks for all your help. Margaret Hunt

Jean Hopkins (nee Pilchard, Huckel)


ECOPS report


I have recently been conducting Speedchecks in different areas of the village to monitor speeding. I have also been asked to raise residents’ awareness of the issues of parking close to junctions and o v e r p a v e m e n t s wh e r e b y insufficient room is left for wheelchair users or people with pushchairs to pass. Unfortunately I have had to issue a few tickets recently.


Wednesday 11th September 2013

Professor Tim Sparks “Spring forwards, fall backwards: are our seasons changing?” An illustrated presentation

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:

Admission Free unless otherwise stated. However a donation of £2 per indoor meeting towards overheads & refreshments would be much appreciated.

I have also been monitoring parking around the area of Kides Crescent and the new estate there after reports from residents that vehicles are being left parked over the pavements. I have been along to Hatton Park Primary several times now and am hopefully learning a few names and faces! Kindest regards PCSO 7376 Kerrie Harding Histon Safer Neighbourhood Team Histon Police Station Tel: 101 ext: 3732 / 7111276 Email: 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://


Messy Church Sunday 15th September from 4 - 6pm in the Village Institute

Games – Crafts – Food - Songs .....

and more!

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 9

Hatton Park Primary School News Busy Term for Sport Hatton Park pupils have continued to represent their school well over recent weeks across a range of sports competitions. Pupils from across Key Stage 2 have taken part in competitions for Netball, Athletics and Kwik Cricket and performed outstandingly well. We have competed against, and beaten, some much larger schools with a greater number of pupils to select from within each year group, so those taking part should be hugely proud of their achievements as we all are here.

Grafham Residential Trip Year 5 and 6 pupils took part in the annual residential visit to Grafham Water, spending three days in the grounds of the waterside adventurous activities centre. The pupils took part in all manner of outdoor activities from raft building to high ropes and canoeing to a 10-mile bike ride. The Hatton Park pupils shared the facility with several other schools, despite staying in a separate accommodation block, and it was pleasing to see how well our pupils behaved when compared to the hundred other

SAT Tests Congratulations to all of the children across Years 2 and 6 who completed their SATs tests without any concern or upset. It is never an easy time, particularly for the Year 6s who sit the tests in a very formal and traditional fashion, one child to a table, facing forwards in rows in the school hall in silence. The pupils sat multiple tests during the course of SATs week and were real a credit to themselves, the school and their families and we would like to thank both the children for their efforts and their parents for the support they showed the children in the run-up to the tests. We look forward to sharing the results of these tests in the coming weeks and very much hope that the final results mirror the effort that went into the tests and reward to pupils for their hard work. British Heart Foundation Hatton Park held a charity sports day in June raising money for the British Heart Foundation. The Key Stage 1 pupils took part in a series of skipping challenges including a skipping obstacle course and a race to complete as many skips as possible in two minutes. The Key Stage 2 pupils battled it out on the school field in a series of dodgeball matches whilst Key Stage 1 pupils managed over 3000 skips between them in just 2 minutes. Over £300 had been raised by the pupils at the time this article was written. A big well done and thank you to all those who supported the children in their fund raising efforts.

Matthew Try Head of School

We’d like to welcome Dr Alice Burrell as a new Governor and Amy Firth and Jon Baker as new Associate Governors. children moving around the site. They were a credit to Hatton Park. Mrs Rainsford and Mrs Harle supported the boys and girls to build their rafts and it was interesting to see how much further the girls managed to manoeuvre their raft in the water compared to the boys who struggled to get themselves sat on their construction. It was definitely victory for girl power! Miss Webb demonstrated her head for heights as she reached the top of the Jacob’s Ladder.


It’s great to see members of the local community volunteering to support the school and thanks are due to all three for offering their services. If you wish to contact the Governing Body, please email me at Dr Paul Rodgers Chair of Governors

WILLINGHAM & LONGSTANTON SURGERIES Reception Tel: Willingham 260230 Longstanton 207600 Dispensary 260073 Out of hours cover: Urgent Care Cambridgeshire 0330 123 9131 Out of hours The planned new 111 service has been delayed so if you need medical attention outside surgery hours please continue to ring Urgent Care Cambridgeshire on 0330 123 9131. You will be offered medical advice or an appointment to see a doctor or nurse at Chesterton Medical Centre where there is free parking.

Park on: Wednesday 14 August 12.30 – 2.55 pm & 4.20 – 6.30 pm All Welcome -You must have an appointment to donate. For an appointment please call 0300 123 23 23, quoting postcode Please do not attend A & E unless you have a life threatening con- CB24 5LB dition or may need an X-ray. Please help our emergency services Crossroads Care Cambridgeshire provides services and help for th to help those most in need and save yourself a very long wait in the carers and their families. On Thursday 19 September at 2pm emergency department. You can also ring NHS Direct on 0845 46 they will be running a drop-in session for Carers at Willingham surgery. They will answer any questions and give information 47 for advice only. about the work they do. Please come along if you are a Carer to see Willingham Pharmacy News what support is available to you. Make a note of this date in your Patients on repeat medication can benefit from a Medicines Use diary. Review in the Pharmacy. This is a free NHS service which helps you to get the best results from your medication. If you would like You are a Carer if you spend a significant proportion of your life more information on how and when to take your medicines for providing unpaid support to family or potentially friends. This maximum therapeutic effect please ring 01954 261787 to arrange a could be caring for a relative, partner, friend or neighbour who is time with Neil our pharmacist. Neil may be able to offer this ser- ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse issues. vice without a pre-arranged appointment if the pharmacy is not too On-line appointment booking is available at this surgery. For busy. details of how to register please contact reception so you can be Hay Fever If you are a hayfever sufferer there is a comprehensive issued with a user name, password and full instructions. range of tablets, nasal sprays and eye drops available from Willing- On-line repeat prescription ordering is another facility offered on ham Pharmacy. These items are usually cheaper than the NHS pre- our system and has proved to be very popular with both patients scription charge and the Pharmacy staff can advise which medicines and staff. Please ring Dispensary on 01954 260073 for dewill help relieve your symptoms. tails. Acknowledgements The doctors and staff would like to extend our thanks to the family and friends of Anne Thompson who made donations in her memory to the Willingham Surgery Equipment Fund. We have now been able to order a new defibrillator for the surgery. Many of you will remember Anne who was a member of our District Nurse Team for many years and had only recently retired. Anne will be greatly missed by us all.

Mobile phone numbers Please make sure that we have your up to date mobile phone number in case we need to contact you urgently. You will also be able to receive text reminders about your appointments Cynthia Bidwell – Practice Manager – July/August 2013

The Mobile Blood Donor Unit will visit Willingham Surgery Car Repeat Prescriptions

Over Surgery News

Please give us at least 2 working days notice between ordering your repeat medication and coming into the PharWe are about to have a touch screen installed in macy to collect it. After you have requested the the waiting room which will let you check in for your appointment. Of course reception will still be available if medicine a GP has to approve the prescription, we then may need to you need to talk to someone. But we think this might help reduce order the drugs from our suppliers, and then your prescription needs to be dispensed and checked by the pharmacist. If you don’t give us the queues when we are busy. this much notice then your medicine may not be ready when you need it. Patient Participation Group (PPG) Check in Screen

Our PPG – a small group of patients registered here - meets every couple of months with a GP Partner, Practice Nurse and Practice Manager. They are happy to take your comments and suggestions about the Surgery or any other NHS healthcare issues; a comments box in the surgery will be provided shortly for this purpose or you can send an email to (only the patient members of the group have access to the box and to the email account).We do need our patient members to be representative of our practice population and so are looking to recruit younger members for the group - under say 40 years old; this could include any students in health, medical or welfare training to give them an insight into the workings of a GP surgery, and be a great addition to their CV. Also we would be interested in hearing from parents of young children who could give up an hour or so every couple of months to this cause. If you are interested or know someone who might be interested please contact Reception or the Practice Manager on 01954 231550.

Building Work By the time you read this we will have started knocking large holes in the Surgery building. We are opening up access to an upstairs room which will become the Practice Manager’s office, freeing up his current room to become another consulting room for a doctor or nurse to use. Most of the serious work is being done at the weekend and we hope that the work does not inconvenience you unduly. Postage Stamps & Seasonal Goodies We now have 1st and 2nd class postage stamps for sale in the Pharmacy, as well as a range of seasonal products – e.g. suntan lotion, after sun, and hay fever medicine. Call in and see our friendly Pharmacy team and if you can’t see something you need – ask and we can always order it for you.


Andrew Kennedy - Practice Manager

The Pavilion


Mon - Fri

5pm to 11pm


10am - 11.30pm (unless there is a function)


12pm - 9pm

Tel: 01954 782233

Food served

Fri 5pm - 8pm. Sat 12pm - 8pm. Sun 12pm - 6pm.

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Food is locally sourced ranging from Willingham burgers, chicken, mixed platters, Pizzas, Scampi and fish and chips & Stone-based pizzas

Pavilion Posts A warm welcome to Pavilion posts. At the time of writing our Bowls, Tennis and Cricket teams are in full flow and achieving some excellent results. The sports users are making full use of the facilities which is good to see. On the bar front we will be shortly having a little change around and bringing in some new products at good prices, we are still managing to bring in good quality guest ales on a weekly basis at a competitive price, this is down to good negotiation with the brewers. We have just had our cricket quiz evening that raised money for the cricket club, this was a very successful event with another planned in July.

We would also like to welcome new residents to the village and the Pavilion and to remind you all that we are no longer a members club and it does not cost any money to step in through the door. Dates for your diary are: Saturday August 31st at 8pm is our 70's tribute night with John Stanford. We are also pleased to announce in September we have the Bootleg BeeGees coming and Halloween weekend we have Glamtastic booked, a glam rock band. Lots going on at the Pavilion and Michael, Suzanne and the team thank you for your support. Michael Binks Bar Staff Maddie & Ryan

The Conservatory is proving very successful with it hired out every weekend till the beginning of September. We still can cater for any occasion and further information can be provided by emailing We also aim to bring you an event once a month so please keep a look out on our facebook page, in the post office window or by popping in for a sociable drink. Scooted and Booted thrilling the crowd

Connection Bike Ride

The result of various discussions with interested parties was the idea of a mobile youth resource, with a longer term view to extending this to include the advancing the education and training of young people who perhaps don’t have the same opportunities as others. Those involved included youth workers, churches, parents, Community Education and Parish Councils as well as the young people. Summer 2010 was a disappointing time for staff and trustees when central

Sgt Paul Rogerson has completed his coast to coast cycle ride to raise funds for the Connections Bus project. He left Blackpool Tower at 6am and arrived at Paul at the start Flamborough Head lighthouse at 6pm a distance of Paul at the finish 170 miles. Thanks to all those that sponsored him, and if you missed the opportunity, you can still do so at :

government money allocated to cover running costs for the new bus, were cut. The charity reacted quickly and was able to keep the second bus in use but the planned increase in the number of venues was no longer possible. With the success of winning two contracts with Cambridgeshire County Council the charity has continued to run two buses and now sees in excess of 200 young people a week across 16 venues, in South Cambridgeshire, East Cambridgeshire and Fenland.

Well done Paul !!!

History The Connections Bus Project was initiated following the tragic deaths of three young people who lived in the villages of Histon, Impington and Girton. One of the parents involved decided she wanted to do something for the young people who spend time ‘hanging around’ on street corners and village greens in local communities.

The above article was put together with information from the Connections Bus website:


Your Letters Dear Editor,

Dear Longstanton Life

I enjoy reading Longstanton Life every month and learning about what is going on in the village and other interesting articles about the village life. However, in recent months I have been very disappointed with all the political claptrap and personal character assassinations that have been written and published.

May I say thank you to all friends of my late mother Mrs Audrey Benstead for the help and support you gave Audrey who passed away on April 9th 2013 after a short illness. Your care was so appreciated by Audrey and her family. I still enjoy reading Longstanton Life and will pick up a copy from the post office when I pass through Longstanton. My kind regards Sarah Smith

I had not realized that the Longstanton Life was becoming a political forum for personal attacks on Longstanton residents. I have always valued the Longstanton Life as a balanced and impartial publication, but unfortunately this seems to be changing. This may sound like I am trying to tell you how to do your job, but actually I am very concerned that the original ethos and principles of my village magazine are being eroded and changed.

Dear Friends As I think most of you know, Tim has been ill for some time and sadly passed away on Wednesday 10th July. He touched so many lives and the world will be a much sadder place without him. His kindness, generosity and community spirit will be very much remembered.

I am writing to you because I believe it is your responsibility, as the editor, to ensure this sort of thing does not continue to happen. Comments by the District Counselor and Chairperson of the Parish Council are welcome and informative most of the time, but I believe it is your responsibility as editor to control and edit, before publication, material that is a personal opinion attacking and perhaps slandering towards others in the community.

The family are requesting donations in lieu of flowers to Hospice at Home c/o Arthur Rank House who made it possible for Tim to stay at home which would otherwise have been very difficult.

Can you please try to ensure that only information and facts are reported, and that these officials personal opinions, disagreements and blaming narrative are not published in future issues. Alex McKinlay Address given LLife replies:

Kind regards

Dear Alex,

Dear loyal customers, pupils & friends,

Frances Parish From the Editors: We were saddened to hear this news and would like to send our thoughts to Frances and her family at this time.

This is a very quick update for you all, but I will be contacting you all again with a more detailed account of what’s happening here at Longstanton!

Many thanks for your kind remarks on the enjoyment you get out of reading the Longstanton Life and for expressing your concerns so clearly on the subjects raised within ‘Community Concerns’ in our last issue.

In the meantime though this is just to let you all know that I am still here trading as Cambridge Golf Academy & am doing so for the foreseeable future.

We are in complete agreement with you on the principles of a fair press in general with regard to unelected individual or group contributions. However, we believe we have a duty not to change material within the public domain that originates from our locally publically elected Councilors or Councils that directly affects village life. The reports to which you refer in your letter were all in the ‘public domain,’ having been presented to the annual meeting public of the Longstanton Parrish Council on April 29th.

Therefore, the golf range is still open for business as usual until further notice, & in addition, my coaching & custom fitting is also still available, & indefinitely. I am however having a so-called ‘Closing Down’ Sale at present, so be quick if you are in need of anything! Thank you so much in advance for your continued support, & I very much look forward to seeing you all hopefully very soon. With kindest regards, as always,

A little background - the Longstanton Life is put together by an unpaid voluntary editorial team, the names of whom are printed on the front page of every edition. We meet shortly after the copy deadline of each edition to review the actual contributions received at that date and the current financial situation. It is at these meetings that ‘we’ and not a single editor make the editorial decisions to which you refer.

Adrienne Adrienne Engleman, PGA ProfessionalCambridge Golf Academy




Time to be Vigilant

The dinner was the culmination of “Greek Week”, a city initiative to raise Greece’s profile as a holiday destination. Among the students who objected to the event was Rod Caird, a privately-educated bagpipe enthusiast and radical from Dundee, aged 21, who was reading oriental languages at Queens’ College and was part of the circle that produced The Shilling Paper – the newspaper of the student left which vehemently opposed the promotion.

With the final arrival of summer, it’s sad to reflect that Longstanton’s well respected golf course is now closed to golfers. This also signals the likely disruption of public footpaths and the certain disruption of established wildlife as in the case of the Home Farm development. However, the driving range is still open for business at the time of writing.

Friday 1st November - ‘1st Eastern General Hospital’ to be given by Philomena Guilbaud World War I stopped civilian construction, but the First Eastern Hospital, a large temporary military hospital was built on the west side of Cambridge, on a site occupied now by the University Library. At its peak it was handling 1500 beds by 1915.

Soon the heavy earth moving equipment, will no doubt, be The sad end of an era but golf arriving also putting in danger professional Adrienne Engleman many of the archaeological is still open for business. Cambridge News, 31/5/2013 remains hidden only metres below the surface. Please take as many photographs as you can of the situation as it develops and LDHS will be pleased to receive copies to archive against your name. Autumn Talks & Meetings - all be held in the Village Institute, Longstanton at 7.30 - free tea & biscuits to be served afterwards. Open to all - members free, non members £2.00.

Some idea of the enormous scale of the site can be judged by comparison with the cricket field, shown bottom left.

This photograph of the inside of one of the wards gives some idea of the ‘packing density’!

Friday 6th September - LDHS 6th AGM and talk Once again it’s time to vote in three of our trustees who need the meeting to be well attended and your votes! It’s hoped that a suitable talk will also be booked for after the AGM - watch out for posters outside the Village Institute and Post Office.

Please get in touch with LDHS if either you had relatives who either served in the forces during WWI who were patients or who worked there as nursing staff or doctors.

Friday 4th October - ‘Garden House Riots’ to be given by Peter Seaby. Peter is making a return visit to give the detailed background to student riot in 1970. The Garden House riot is largely forgotten, yet it marked a watershed in the history of student protest in the UK. Before it happened, on a February night in Cambridge in 1970, the echoes of the student troubles that swept Europe in 1968 still influenced many British students’ sense of their relationship with the adult world. Afterwards, when the wreckage had been cleared up and eight students had been jailed, the idea of “direct action” seemed rather less seductive to some. The basic story is simply told. A dinner to promote Greek tourism at the city's Garden House Hotel had been disrupted by a demonstration against the country's ruling military junta. The protest turned violent, the hotel was damaged, and police and students were bloodied.

Have You Ever Considered How Devastating Loss of Our Heritage Would Be? We would exist only in the world of the ‘now’ populated by the latest gizmo - our future would eventually become meaningless because our foundations would have been seriously weakened. LDHS, your local heritage society is striving to protect (preserve) and promote what we can of Longstanton & District’s recent and not so recent past, but it needs your support. Please visit the LDHS website to download a membership form or contact Tony Cowley on 01954 250819 for more information. Seriously consider joining LDHS, not only do you receive 6 free talks and a newsletter/ year but you will also add your weight to the lobbying/ cajoling they do on your behalf.

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 A man applying for a job is given an intelligence test by the company doctor. The doctor says,

Where was the Declaration of Independence signed? At the bottom!

‘Captain Cook went on three expeditions and died on one of them. Was it the first, the second, or the third?’

Why did Julius Caesar buy crayons? He wanted to Mark Antony!

The man replies,

After many years of trying to find work I finally got a job as a historian until I realised there was no future in it.

‘Can I have another. I was never very good at history.’ 14

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Community Speedwatch

speeding at all locations as the make their way from the B1050 onto the Airfield Rd. in other words, rat running. The last electronic survey conducted by the Safety Camera Partnership, showed 12,062 vehicles a week, using Woodside and the Airfield road and 30.08% of them exceeding 36mph (the trigger for prosecution) The highest speed recorded on Woodside was 82mph. In the past, warning letters were the only action taken against the drivers detected by Speedwatch, but now a new scheme with stronger action is due to come into effect. Personal visits by Police and other measures will make it less comfortable for persistent offenders and we now have a commitment to deploy the safety camera partnership mobile speed cameras in the village. This has already proved very effective in Willingham. I would like to thank Sgt Paul Rogerson and his team who regularly put in an appearance in the village and dish out tickets to speeding offenders, and thank you to the volunteers who turn out to help. Judging by the comments and support they receive from people passing, they are doing a good job, but sadly we are all still catching people who live in Longstanton. If you would like to join our team of volunteers, please let me know. I am the authorised trainer for the area and I can do “on the job” instruction and safety briefing which will authorise your involvement. You can contact me at lo ngstanto n.sp eed @yaho or or via Twitter at #@longstantonspeed Kind regards, Brian Robins, Speedwatch Coordinator

As some will be aware, we regularly carry out speed checks in the village with our team of volunteers giving up an hour or so of their time to try to encourage a better standard of driving on the part of those who use our narrow village roads to avoid the A14. Of the villages in South Cambs, we have the highest percentage of drivers speeding per number of vehicles passing during our operations. Just recently on June 24th, our PCSO Kerry Harding, joined me on the High street outside Striplands Farm, where in the space of 1 hour from 8am till 9am we recorded 52 vehicles exceeding 30mph of which 21 were faster than the 36mph trigger for prosecution. That’s nearly one vehicle every minute coming into our village, over the speed limit. This is in spite of the fact there is an interactive flashing sign reminder at that location. One driver was also reported for mobile phone use and others were seen to be drinking from cans or plastic cups while speeding and one driver was putting on her make up while driving. Unbelievably, while carrying out checks on St. Michaels on the 3rd July a resident, who has been identified, was out in the street warning drivers of our presence, his efforts could have resulted in him being arrested if he had been doing the same for a Police speed check. He failed in his mission though, as we still detected a large number of people who clearly didn't see him. Presumably this public spirited man is happy with people passing his house at 40+ mph. Having carried out similar operations in the High Street near the school and at the other end of the village in St Michaels, it is clear from my records that we catch some of the same drivers

Catholic Sunday Mass

All Saints Church, Longstanton 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.


(OLEM) Our Lady and English Martyrs, Hills Rd, Cambridge CB2 1JR Tel: 01223 350787

Bar Hill: (serviced from OLEM) St Ives:

For exact dates and details of activities being held please refer to the church notice board or go to the website: foascl/

The Sacred Heart, Needingworth Rd, St. Ives. Tel: 01480-462192 Need home communion for the sick or house bound? Contact: Fr Edward Tredota 01480 462192

Welcome to Willingham Tabernacle Baptist Church

If you need to speak to someone about weddings, funerals, baptisms or any pastoral matter please contact Arthur Savage, Churchwarden on 01954 780121.

George Street, Willingham Service times 10:30am and 6:00pm every Sunday.

Church Times 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.

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 web site:

All Saints’ Church, Longstanton For exact dates and details of activities being held please refer to the church notice board or go to the website:


Longstanton Life August-September 2013  
Longstanton Life August-September 2013