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HI Courier The local community newspaper for Histon and Impington

End of an Era

Eyewitness Report

Solar Rush Hits Village! Within two weeks of the announcement last month over 100 villagers signed up to show their interest in the HI Courier 'Village Energy' solar project. On offer is a substantial 'guaranteed' rate of return on investment in rooftop solar energy, or FREE solar panels and free electricity for the next 25 years. While newspapers normally report the news, the HI Courier finds itself making news as its 'Village Energy' project not only caught fire in Histon and Impington but has now spread to Cambridge, Girton, Rampton, Cambourne and St Neots with more enquiries arriving every day. More than a hand full of interested companies have also been in contact wanting to be part of the scheme. Already £320,000 in financing has been offered by one company for the outfitting of solar panels on local schools. The HI Courier's editor said: "It's still early days and more offers are coming in as word of the project spreads". In April, the government's 'Feed in Tariff' came into effect. Anyone generating electric power by renewable means is eligible for a substantial payment based on the power they generate. For small scale installations on homes it amounts to

a tax-exempt return on investment of about 8% guaranteed for 25 years and indexed to inflation. It's the kind of deal that has attracted a lot of interest and investment in these difficult economic times. That was, of course, the purpose of the government scheme. With its legal commitment to make substantial cuts in CO2 emissions and ease the country's dependence on foreign energy supplies, the government has

Once again, the nights are drawing in, Autumn is approaching and it will soon be Guy Fawkes Night. The Histon and Impington Fireworks Extravaganza will be held on Saturday 6th November on the playing fields at Impington Village College. The Extravaganza will feature exciting new displays and promises to be a night to remember! The show is an opportunity for families to enjoy

spectacular fireworks at a safe, local venue, as well as to raise money for the village schools. As well as fireworks, there is plenty to eat and drink, with David Robinson, local butcher, running the hog roast and barbecue. The refreshment stall will be selling teas, coffees and scrumptious cakes from Wicked Cakes. This community event is run jointly by the Histon and Impington Infant

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also created the beginnings of a new economic job boom. The HI Courier understands that several groups are looking into the building of a solar panel manufacturing facility to supply the domestic and export markets. Could this be the beginning of a new boom economy in Cambridgeshire as the world moves rapidly to sustainable green energy? For related story turn to page 2

Remember, remember, the 6th of November Homes at the Unwin site on Impington will come with solar panels to reduce electricity costs and CO2 emissions. Solar panels are becoming the 'new black' in stylish modern homes, adding value and making them more desireable as energy prices increase.

School Association, the Histon Junior School PTA, and the Friends of Impington Village College. The whole event, including set-up and firing of the fireworks themselves, is run entirely by village volunteers – over 100 people are involved each year to ensure that the show runs smoothly. If you would like to help, please contact Dan Mace at The show is a great event for

Last year's spectacular display (photo by Neil Bedford ­

bringing the village together, with several thousand attending. It is also a significant fund-raiser for our three village schools. Over £12,000 has been raised in the last 3 years. The event could not go ahead without our sponsors, led by Tucker Gardner, with support from the Red Lion, Enterprise rent-acar, and A-Plant. Tickets will be available on the gate, or you can beat the queues

and pay less by buying your tickets in advance, either through the schools, or from Jane's Frames, Tucker Gardner or David Robinson. So remember, remember, Saturday 6th November, enjoy a local display and support the village schools.

Letters ­ Flood Survey ­ Remembrance Sunday ­ New Local Book

2 October 2010 HI Courier Info

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Student Interns to Gain Experience

Daniel Baker is one of the newest members of the HI Courier 'Intern Team' - students who want hands on experience in print and web media. He will be contributing to the newspaper by writing articles and taking photographs at village events. He attended the sixth form at Impington Village College and from spending time in Impington and Histon, he has a feel for village events and knows how close-knit Impington and Histon are and how important the HI Courier is to the village. "I know that a lot goes on the village, from home businesses to local history groups and also I keep tabs on Histon Football Club. I will be tracking their progress and other local sports news for the HI Courier as well being at village events such as fêtes and fun days. Also, I


will playing a role in the production of the newspaper by helping with the website and the layout," says Daniel. As a former student at the sixth form here he will be helping to bring about new links between the international sixth form and the HI Courier. Daniel edited the sixth form magazine last year and will be looking to attract new interest from sixth formers and hopefully encourage younger students to join us. "Look out for me at future events and I very much look forward to starting work on the HI Courier and getting to know the community better over the coming months," he said.

Reporter Daniel Baker to cover village events


The Next issue of the HI Courier will be our Holiday Edition to be printed on 2 December. Since that's only 6 weeks away we will not print a separate November Issue. This will also help us to get back to our normal 'first weekend of the month' publishing schedule. We want to keep as close to that schedule as possible to allow our volunteer distributors to plan their own weekends. They are the unsung heroes who faithfully deliver your newspaper every month. Without them the HI Courier could not exist. We always need people to help out with deliveries. We also need people who can fill in occassionally when their regular distributor is away or unwell. If you would like to volunteer to help deliver to your own street please contact Elaine Farrell at 07855 31 4666(phone/Text) or email:

Deadline for next issue is 22nd November. Please send in your stories, photos and reports as soon as you can.


HISTON PARISH COUNCIL: Chairman: I M Parish, Church Street - 234486

D. N. Legge, Villa Road, Impington - 233565

Vice Chairman: B. S. Ing, Woodcock Close - 234291

Vice-Chairman: J P Emmines, Kay Hitch Way - 236932

Members: H.S. Abdullah, South Road - 235989

Members: M C Cleaver, High Street - 232897

N.S. Davies, Dwyer Joyce Cl., Histon - 232514

N S Davies, Dwyer Joyce Close -232514

P.A. Manser, The Crescent - 232263

J A Diplock, Oates Way - 503048

V. A Kelly, The Crescent - 700660

J J Dover, The Green - 237171

CLERKto the COUNCIL: Angela Young - 235906

P. J. Nudds, Clay Close Lane - 237155

A J Eade, School Hill - 232296

The Parish Office:

G. S Payne, Ambrose Way - 510546

C J Foster, Clay Street - 234156

A. Turnbull, Mill Lane - 473478

C L Jones, Station Road - 515031

I. A. Levitt, Spring Close - 232055 D. V. Marston, Dwyer Joyce Close - 236131 R. S. Plumbly, Pease Way - 236313 E. W. Stonham, Normanton Way - 232345 D. J. Thurman, Pease Way - 237477

Histon & Impington Recreation Ground New Road Impington Cambridge CB24 9LU

HI Courier 'Village Energy Project' Update NEWS

Over 100 homes owners in the village are eager to participate in either the Free 'rent-aroof' solar panel scheme or the fully FiT Purchase scheme as we go to press. That number is expected to double by December 1st. If you have not yet done so, please sign up for more information by contacting the HI Courier at 07904 876445 (call or text) or by email at Those who sign up will get regular progress reports from the HI Courier's 'Village Energy' project. It is expected that the first installations of free solar panels could begin before the end of this year. Overall, the goal of the project is to equip at least 500 homes in the village by the end of 2011. According to one of the companies being considered to undertake the installation work: "this would make Histon and Impington the most energy independent villages in the UK." The aim of the HI Courier

project is to help villagers sift through the finer details of the many offers being tabled by a growing number of companies to avoid unpleasant surprises later. By uniting as a coop or buying group, a better and fairer deal can be had for all. HI Courier's editor said: "We are being contacted by village groups throughout the county asking how they can be part of the programme. Our response is simple: welcome aboard. In unity there is strength." The project also includes local business premises, schools, churches and government facilities. The government's incentive scheme which is causing such a rapid switch to solar electricity guarantees homeowners and investors big returns for 25 years. Many see this as a better pension investment than the usual bank or share market approach. Those opting for the free solar panel scheme get free electricity generated on their own roof!

My name is Kat Cheng, I am 18 and left 6th Form last summer. As soon as I left, I was headed for Togo, West Africa to spend the next 6 weeks of my life on a ship. Mercy Ships, is a Christian organisation which provides free healthcare to those in the 3rd World who have no hope of and little access to receiving this treatment. My father, Leo, is an oral and maxilla facial surgeon, who has volunteered 7 times previously for 2 weeks each time, so Mercy Ships has been a big part of our family since 2004. I have been out once before for 2 weeks, and thoroughly enjoyed it, but felt I needed more time to serve, a fortnight wasn’t long enough! I was volunteering in the Food services department, so basically in the Galley and Dining Room, catering for the 450 crew and 200 day volunteers. It was quite a difficult job at times, with hours from 5.30am to 7.30pm but it was worth it.You got to see everyone on a daily basis when they came in for their meals, and people really appreciate what you do. Lots of people think the ship is all about

the medical aspect, but there’s so much more than that! Only 1/3 of the crew are medical staff, the rest range from receptionists to teachers, HR to chefs and engineering staff, the diversity is huge! Not only do the jobs vary, but there are about 40 different nationalities too! Including Honduras, India, UK, France, USA and more! Knowing that each person plays their part in making the ship function is really rewarding and allows everyone to be equal, no matter what their role is. On my days off, I was able to see parts of Togo, including the markets and orphanages. It was such a life-changing experience, when you see how they make the best out of whatever they have, yet people back home always want more. Just spending time with the children, playing games, making crafts and singing songs was enough to see them smile and their eyes light up. It was amazing to see how they weren’t reliant on games consoles or Facebook and that they could make fun out of what they had. The main

Histon-based maternity and baby shop, Truly Bumptious, closed its doors on the 25th of September after trading in Histon for nearly two years. Owners Victoria and Jake Ward set up the business after having their second child and had their third child just after the shop opened. Victoria said “We’ve loved running the shop but can’t afford to keep it open. We’re looking into other ways to continue selling slings and nursing wear online and maybe with a stall at Cambridge market.” Local mother Louise Allen commented: “We’ll be very sad to see the shop shut. Having a local maternity shop that we could pop into & try things on has been great.”

Local shops and businesses depend on support from the village for their survival. Many have been watching their resources dwindle as the recession continues hoping that the forthcoming festive holiday season will provide the extra boost they need to keep their doors open. We urge all HI Courier readers to shop first in the village before going elsewhere. Remember our advertisers make the HI Courier possible through their loyal support. Without them we too could not afford to put out a high quality newspaper every month.

October 2010

Vocation ­ Volunteering, Africa style

Truly Bumptious Truly Missed

Support Local Business

language in Togo is French, as it was once a French colony. I did French up to GCSE, so I had a basic understanding, and I could communicate with the children, which broke the barrier a little, and made them more comfortable. I was also able to accompany the dental team for a day, and it was incredible seeing the need in another medical field, and they let me help assist with some patients. On another occasion, I joined the Dive team in order to clean the bottom of the ship, and the vents. It was different to anything I’ve experienced before, being very dark and murky, but good fun all the same I just feel so privileged to have had this amazing opportunity to serve alongside my fellow brothers and sisters, transforming and impacting as many lives as we can. It shows that there is always something to do, no matter how great or small, everyone can make a difference.

Kat visiting local orphanage


Parish Council Reports 4

October 2010

HISTON PARISH COUNCIL Histon Parish Council met on Monday 13 September 7.30 p.m. and is next due to meet on 11 October at St Audrey’s Close Community Centre. All are welcome to attend to listen to the Council debate, or to raise issues of concern at the Open Forum at the start of the meeting

anti social behaviour issues at the recreation ground • Daffodils will once again be planted round the village by the enviro.volunteers and Council representatives • A young resident had contacted the Youth Committee to ask for BMX or skateboarding facilities in Impington

Issues raised: • A new Community Notice Board is to be sited on the Village Green • Council attended the official opening of the new Mencap residential unit at The Poplars • Members had concerns over the new cycleway provision and asked the County Councillors for Histon and Impington to take these concerns back to County Council • Blue bin and green box recycling issues and difficulties. It was noted that plastic bottle tops will be accepted in the blue bin • It was decided to site 2 reconditioned springy animals on the play area on the Green, pending upcoming proposals to install new equipment and landscape • Following further problems with rodents at the Green, members of the public are urged to ensure that ducks are fed on the water, not on the banks

PLANNING APPLICATIONS Recent Planning applications received from SCDC and considered at regular Planning Committee meetings (Impington Tuesday evenings and Histon Thursday evenings). All applications to the Planning Authority are available to inspect at the parish office and are also normally available to view on the SCDC website HISTON: S/1403/10 Mr & Mrs J Carlin, 22 Merton Road – Part 2 and part single storey side and rear extensions. S/1438/10 34 Park Avenue – 2 storey side and single storey front and rear extensions. S/1460/10 Etheldred House, Clay Street – proposed staff accommodation building for and within the grounds of Etheldred House. S/1089/10 Ms A Hughes, 30 Home Close – single storey rear extension. S/1245/10 Mr I Staniland, 40 Station Road – alterations, extension and change of use from shop (use class A1) to dwelling. S/1289/10 Mrs D Reidy-Vince, 76 Station Road – side and rear two storey extensions, small side storey extension, internal alterations S/1358/10 Mr & Mrs Dixon, 31 Youngman Avenue – 2 storey side extension and single storey front extension following demolition of existing garage.

IMPINGTON PARISH COUNCIL Impington Parish Council met on 20 September and will meet again on 18 October at 7.30 p.m. at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Burgoynes Road. As with Histon, all are welcome to attend to listen to the Council debate, or to raise issues of concern at the Open Forum at the start of the meeting There are now 3 vacancies on the Council following a recent resignation, and any interested resident is urged to contact the Parish Office to discuss this opportunity to get I MPINGTON: more involved in village life S/1262/10 Mr J Andrews, 5 Villa Road – Dwelling – also amended 13 September Recent issues raised include: (Amended landscape plan; site plan and block • Council were provided with indicative plans plan amended to show other land in applicants for the Bishops DIY site in Cambridge Road ownership). and the second phase of development at the S/1263/10 Dr A S Peck, 28 Mill Lane – 2 Unwins site in Impington Lane. No planning storey side extension (following demolition of applications received as yet existing garage/storage). • Work is in hand to commission tree works in the Coppice Joint matters affecting both Parish Councils: • Members to meet with local PCSO to discuss Parish Councils were invited to an Older People’s Forum meeting in October. Councils noted the new speed limit changes through the village. A Community Facilities Review Group had invited both Parish Councils to an informal meeting. The Recreation Ground Management Committee reported on new ventures planned, including an outdoor gym and perimeter path. Councillors from both Councils accompanied the County Council officer on a walkabout of the villages looking at highways issues, including overgrown trees, obscured signs and

street lights, potholes, broken kerbs etc. The Councils have decided to proceed with investigations into a Noise Survey ahead of the decision on the A14 Improvements. St Andrews Church Histon were sending representatives to both October meetings to brief the Council on the latest position with their Church Halls Refurbishment project. The Councils said goodbye to their Future Jobs Fund Scheme Groundsperson, Tom Saunders, who has completed his 6 months helping to maintain open spaces round the villages and assisting with facilities at the Recreation Ground. Chelsea Presland, the Future Jobs Fund Administrative Assistant, is to continue working with the Councils for a further 6 months term.

Unwin's Development Councillors accompanied the developer round the site off Impington Lane last week, which is to be known as Merrington Place and were pleased to be invited to see the progress being made. The inspection included a tour round one of the 4 bedroomed houses. It is likely that the first new residents will move in some time in early December. A planning application for the second phase is expected in the near future.


Do you have an enquiry or comment to make to your Parish Council? If so, email the Clerk on or post to: The Parish Office Histon & Impington Recreation Ground New Road, Impington Cambridge CB24 9LU

Lest We Forget NEWS

Our Peace Memorial records all those lost in the Great War. One amongst them was not a local man but was claimed as one of our own. Charles Claude Forward was a professional soldier in the Highland Light Infantry. On being wounded near Ypres he was sent to a Cambridge hospital for treatment until transferred to the Histon Red Cross Hospital at The Firs for convalescence. Here he met and fell for Rose Adams. Both in their thirties they decided to marry before Charles returned to the front. Their splendid village wedding (in July 1915) was recorded for posterity in a newspaper account by W.F Robinson and a series of photographs probably taken by Alice Paige. “....The ceremony was performed at the Baptist Chapel by the Rev. R. Smith. The building was crowded with friends, and the congregation included the entire staff of the local Red Cross Hospital and many soldier patients. The bride, who was attended by Miss Mabel Leet, was given away by her father (George Adams – platelayer, bird fancier and railway gate keeper) ... On leaving the chapel, the newly married couple had to pass through an arch of crutches, croquet mallets, and broomsticks and staves, formed by the wounded friends of the bridegroom. The wounded warrior and his wife walked through to the highway, where a big crowd, cheering lustily, awaited them. On reaching their carriage they found the horses had been removed, their places taken by

Charles and Rose Forward 1915

After the bridal carriage came a gig ... drawn by a donkey, in which rode a Darby and Joan couple. The latter wore a smart costume and an old bonnet, and carried a parasol. The Darby was dressed in his best clothes with an old fashioned high hat and top coat. One hand held the reins, the other tenderly embraced his “wife”. A card attached read “Sixty years after”. Darby and Joan were in reality two wounded soldiers


Remembrance Sunday Invitation

Part of Forward wedding entourage1915

wounded soldiers, and the bridal pair thus became the chief object of an amusing and romantic procession, which was headed by Bombardier Welsh, a stalwart Canadian, who carried a long pole, on the top of which was a flag. Following ... a band consisting of concertinas, euphoniums, mouth organs etc. Mr. and Mrs. Forward’s carriage was preceded by a perambulator containing two children, under the care of Pte. H. Scuce ... who was attired as a nurse. A label ... explained that this represented the ... couple twenty five years ago.

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named Pte. T. (A?) Leet of the R.H.A. and Pte J. Hall of the Light Brigade ... ... The procession finally halted outside the house in New School Road, and a speech was made by Pte. H. Bethune of the R.A.M.C. Field Ambulance (Canadian Contingent), who was formerly a barrister in Canada. With marked solemnity he apologised for the absence of Lord Kitchener, and said he had been commissioned to present the bridegroom with an Iron Cross for his bravery that day. (This announcement was greeted with roars of laughter). Pte. Bethune then wished the couple a happy and long married life and three hearty cheers were given...” Sadly, Sgt. Charles Forward died in Basra hospital, modern Iraq, sixteen days before the Armistice was signed in 1918. Mabel Leet’s brother Bombardier Arthur Leet of the Royal Horse Artillery died in 1919 as a result of gas poisoning and is buried in Mill Lane Cemetery. W.F Robinson, who enlisted shortly after writing this article, survived the conflict. EFW PGS 2010

Histon & Impington Royal British Legion will be holding a Remembrance Service at the War Memorial at 9-30 am on Sunday 14th November, followed by a church service 10-45am at Salvation Army Church, Impington Lane. They will also hold a Service at HIston & Impington War Memorial 11-00 am Thursday 11th November 2010 - Peter Butler Secretary Histon & Impington R.B.L.Branch

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October 2010

End of an Era


County FLOOD Survey

It was at the end of September when Paul Siebold step down as a Village postman after 20 years plus service. I have known Paul for almost 7 years and in that time he as always delivered my mail with a friendly smile come rain or shine Paul is a great guy and a lot of people will miss him on the post round in Histon. Over the years Paul has made many friends from people he met delivering mail, to people he worked with, one of which included Major

Mike Martin who's life he turned in to the successful book ' He Who wears Big Boots' which is still available through the Cambridge time traveller group on (012230 234720, or by requesting a copy at Histon Post Office. On behalf of everyone on his round and people he as worked with over the last 20 plus years I would like to wish Paul all the best for future projects and and say thank you for being such a top sport and a great postman. - Fonz Chamberlain

A meeting was held of the Homefield Close and Hereward Close Residents Group Impington Cambridge where it was discussed that dog fouling was still a problem In Homefield Close, Hereward Close and Homefield park. Most dog owners do pick up their dog's poo and dispose of it properly. But there are a minority who don’t and our main concern is that disease can be given to adults

and children, also other dogs. Some dog walkers were very rude when politely asked to pick it up. We would kindly ask all dog walkers please pick up your dog's poo and dispose of it ether in the bins marked for this or take it home for disposal. - Geoff Lawrence, Chairperson Homefield Close and Hereward Close Residents Group

Dog Fouling

The BIG Issue

The County Council writes: "We need your local knowledge of floods large and small to help us identify flooding `wetspots' around the county. Your knowledge is crucial to helping Cambridgeshire County Council and other public agencies prepare a prioritised list of areas prone to flooding so that we can plan management of flood risk as our climate becomes more uncertain. We are gathering information from many sources but your experiences are crucial to helping us create a complete picture of flooding around the county."

Many people in our community have been flooded in the last 10 years - the Parish Councils have reported that to South Cambridgeshire District Council, but the County is now trying to gather detailed, mapped information. If you were one of those, or know someone who was, its important to fill out the County's survey which can be found at: There is a public event on Weds Oct 27 at Cambourne Church Hall 2-8pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

A Moving Experience NEWS

October 2010

Impington's Sheila Parr Provides Eyewitness Report from New Zealand Earthquake At the end of August I was informed of the death of my elderly sister-in-law in New Zealand. My godson, wife and two small children (as yet unmet) had recently moved to Christchurch, and could provide me with accommodation, so I decided to make a quick dash to the antipodes for the funeral and spend time with family. After a door-to-door journey of thirty-six hours I was sleeping off my jetlag the night of my arrival, when I was woken at 4.35am by a sound resembling an express train rushing close to the window. This was immediately followed by the room gyrating like a demented dancer at a disco, accompanied with the sounds of creaking, crashing and jolting as the building writhed on its foundations. It didn’t take a genius to deduce that this was a significant earthquake! The jolting eased slightly so I staggered to the family, where we all crouched on the floor. The quake recommenced, and continued for forty-five seconds. We waited for about half an hour after the shaking ceased before venturing downstairs. We were fortunate in only having two breakages. The house (modern) was undamaged. Many articles had been thrown around the floor but were intact. We filled containers with water, as the pressure was low, and avoided any unnecessary use. We were lucky to still have power, as 80% of Christchurch was without. By 6am the first news reports were coming through, and we learned that this was 7.1 on the Richter Scale, and the whole of Christchurch was designated a disaster zone. We ventured out locally just after 6am, to find many older buildings had lost chimneys some crashing through the roof, others twisted and the sky was visible between the bricks. Our neighbour’s chimney had a huge hole in and was extremely unstable, so we placed garden chairs as a barrier outside to prevent our windows being damaged by debris. Later we were to walk down-town to witness lines of shops open to the elements, cracked walls, roofs with holes, a few cars squashed under piles of brick, the town clock

stopped at 4.36am, and fallen masonry everywhere. It was a miracle that no one was killed. The quake struck at the hour everyone was in bed. Daytime, and it would have been a different story. I was impressed just how quickly the emergency plan rolled into action. The Civil Defence moved in and set up an HQ and three emergency shelters. Dangerous areas were fenced off, buildings were inspected by structural engineers and labelled accordingly, and demolition started within 48 hours. All buildings labelled “safe” had to be reexamined after significant after-shocks. The centre of the city was closed down and seemed like a ghost town, and all schools and churches were temporarily closed. We had to boil all water for several days as there were concerns about sewage and water pipes, but no problems were discovered. One strange effect was “liquefaction”. A clay layer laid down 18000 years ago became liquid during the quake, and started to ooze up through cracks in the surface – particularly around drain holes and street lamps. People were shovelling barrow-loads out of their gardens in a few places. The after-shocks continued (almost 400 in the week I was there.) Some were sizeable jolts, up to 5.1, some were a gentle rolling feeling, usually only detected when sitting or lying down. They felt like being on top of a jelly with someone gently moving the supporting plate from side to side! During the week I attended the funeral. The church had obvious cracks in the plaster, but had been certified safe. It was a lovely service, but the only one where we were welcomed and then advised what to do in the case of another earthquake, “At the moment we have three exits”! So what did I learn? Mainly that people are a valuable commodity! Buildings and possessions are of little value. The great sense of community, as in The Blitz, was very much to the fore. In the worst hit area a street barbeque was held a few days later – a bond formed by everyone helping each other,

checking on elderly neighbours and helping to make buildings waterproof where necessary. Churches had notices outside “Shaken? Come in for prayer, coffee and chat”. I returned home a week later. After-shocks still continued but life was getting back to normal. It was certainly an unusual holiday! - Sheila Parr, Impington

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October 2010

WI Report At our September meeting we had Kate Lacey demonstrating how she makes her jewellery. Members were shown what to do and had a chance to make earrings, necklaces and bracelets. There were so many choices of stones etc to chose from and such a good opportunity to make your own jewellery to match any particular outfit that you had. Our next meeting 21st October is The History Of The American Cemetery by Arthur Brookes. Meetings are held at the Methodist Church Hall 7.30 visitors are most welcome.

Death, Life, God ... and Jellyfish

A few years ago, New Zealander Ian McCormack was out diving off the coast of Mauritius when he was stung by a box jellyfish. For most people, just one sting from these creatures is deadly: Ian was stung five times. He rapidly lost consciousness and was clinically dead for 15 minutes. During this time Ian had a personal, dramatic and utterly life-changing meeting with God. Invited by New Life Church, Ian is coming to Histon Baptist Church on Friday 26th November at 7:30pm to tell his amazing story, and explain why what he saw and heard in those dramatic 15 minutes has an impact on The next Impington Music Society concert every one of us. Admission is free, so come is on October 22nd featuring Francis Poole along and prepare to have all you know about and her talented violin students. Brackenbury death, life, God – and jellyfish – challenged! Room, IVC, 7:30 pm. All Welcome.


IMS Concert

Get the kettle on ... it's time for the big tea

Malcolm Busby will be holding a Big Tea in aid of Independent Age. From the 1st October people throughout the land have been enjoying a cuppa as part of The Big Tea, and also raising funds for Independent Age, the charity which helps to alleviate lonliness and social isolation amongst people on very low incomes. On Sunday 31 st October Malcolm Busby from Histon will be holding a Big Tea from 2.30 to 5.30 pm at Histon Methodist Church High Street Histon Cambridge CB24 9ES. Malcolm who until his redundancy early this year had worked at Milton Country Park for 18 years said "For years, the humble tea has been bringing people together, giving people the perfect excuse to sit down with friends and family and put the world to rights. Its amazing to think that holding a Big Tea for Independent Age, such a simple gesture, will be able to make a real difference to the lives of thousands of older people throughout the UK." Malcolm who is now self employed enjoys a

variety of work that includes; wildlife surveys, gardening, storytelling and something mysterious. Through his work over the years he has seen how a cuppa and a chat can bring people together and help reduce loneliness. The Big Tea on Sunday the 31 st October will be open to everyone who wants to pop in for a cuppa and a slice of cake and through that help people in need. Malcolm is also planning to tell some stories to entertain those attending and although it will be Halloween is not planning to tell ghost stories, unless asked to. For further information about this event contact Malcolm by phone on 01223 233312 or 07551 431801, or email

Climate Change The Big Issue:

HICCA's Steve Waters will lead a discussion about how climate change forms a challenge to the nature of all our lives and is, in many ways, a spur to making changes that are gravely overdue across society. Rather than discussing the science of climate change, which he would be the first to admit was not his specialism, Steve, a playwright and teacher by day, will talk more about the moral and even psychological challenges arising from the issue. How does it affect our attitudes to consumption, to the natural world, to social justice, to the way we govern ourselves? And, what is the point of change at the local level when change at national and international level seems so difficult to achieve? Steve's plays include 'The Contingency Plan' from 2009 staged in London and now across the world, as well as adapted for Radio 3. He will be speaking at Histon Methodist Church Hall on 28 October 7:15pm. All Welcome.



Saturday 16 October MIKKI JOHNS Hits from the 60's & 70's. Saturday 30 October BILLY G's ROCKIN' REVIVAL

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New Book By Village Author Judy Wilson


“The story is vividly brought to life by personal recollections of staff, customers and family members and by the book’s many illustrations”.

Judy Wilson is daughter of Bernard Matthew the firm’s last Managing Director “Matthew’s for quality, Matthew’s for good service” Whether you remember Matthew’s shop, as I do, or you are simply interested in local history, this book is for you. Written by Impington resident Judy Wilson, daughter of Bernard Matthew, the last Managing Director of the “Cambridge Grocer” Matthew & Son, this well written and very readable book is full of detailed information, and fascinating anecdotes, well supported by a wealth of photographs and examples of the shop’s advertisements. The book is arranged chronologically, from the foundation of the business, and its development under each of the Managing Directors, identifying the factors which contributed to its success, and explaining the circumstances which led to the shop’s eventual closure. But it is not merely the story of a grocer’s shop, and the generations of the Matthew family who established and expanded it with such success, to become held in such high regard.

We learn of the characters of the managing directors, their innovations, and business acumen, their contribution to the wider community and local charities, their civic activities, and leisure pursuits, and unusually, of a female chair of the Board of Directors, the widow of Arthur, named Maude, who ran the business, with equal success, until her son Bernard was old enough to take over. We can read about the shop itself, how it functioned, and its pride in the wide range of goods sold, goods which vividly reflect daily life in Cambridge and in the University over the 130 years of the shop‘s existence. One chapter which I particularly enjoyed reading, is devoted to an in-depth description of just 3 products selected by the author from those many and varied goods. The family and the shop are affectionately recalled in contributions from members of the family, former staff, and former customers (who included notable celebrities), giving a real insight into this family run firm, its commitment to an exemplary personal and

high quality service to its customers, and as fair employers of a considerable workforce. The author’s research is meticulous: significantly, this research was prompted by an invitation from Anne Whitmore to speak at the Histon and Impington Village Society, which was pivotal to the writing of this book. The story of the “Cambridge Grocer” is brought very much to life through a rich tapestry of individuals - family, customers or staff - the grocery shop and its vast array of goods, the context of local and social history, the benefit of valuable personal reminiscences, and the many accompanying illustrations. Histon and Impington residents especially will be interested in the shop’s links with Chivers. Read about the bakery, the Café - used by town and gown - and the wine, spirits and tobacco merchandise. Find out the meaning of “Italian warehousemen”. Discover the strangest request fulfilled by the shop, even though, as the author says, it may be apocryphal! Judy Wilson’s informative and delightful book is a fitting tribute to the “Cambridge Grocer”,

and to the achievements of three generations of her family.

Cambridge Grocer: the story of Matthew’s of Trinity Street 1832-1962, by Judy Wilson, OBE. Cambridge, R.A. Wilson, 2010. (ISBN 978-1-874259-02-2) Copies, price £12.99, can be obtained from October 19th (publication date) from: Histon Library, School Hill, Histon Heffers Books, 20 Trinity Street, Cambridge, Online using Paypal at: By post from the publisher addressed to: “Cambridge Grocer”, 18 Cambridge Road Impington, Cambridge CB24 9NU (Cheques made out to Judy Wilson.)


October 2010

Chocolate and Caffeine

Pet Column:

It's strange how often in veterinary work certain problems seem to not arise for months or years then two or more cases of the same condition will occur together. At the end of September I had just started a dog on treatment when a call came in, “My dog has just eaten a packet of Jaffa Cakes and I'm worried about the possibility of chocolate poisoning.” Animals, particularly dogs, are at risk of developing serious and possibly fatal problems when they ingest chocolate. There are two chemicals responsible for this; caffeine and theobromine. These are also found in other related substances such as cocoa powder, drinking chocolate, coffee in various forms. At small doses your pet might only show vomiting and/or diarrhoea or start drinking excessively for a few hours. Of more concern are the effects larger doses of the drugs can have on the heart and nervous system. The heart can be caused to beat very fast and irregularly and this can lead to heart failure. The dog can become hyperexcitable, develop seizures, fall into a coma and die. The big question is “What is a small/large dose?” This depends on the weight of the dog and the type of chocolate (or other

substance) ingested. There is no easy rule of thumb to tell you whether or not your dog is safe. The best thing to do is to call your veterinary surgeon as soon as you realise your pet has eaten chocolate. If possible have the wrapper in front of you when you call. A calculation has to be done to work out how much theobromine and caffeine has been taken divided by the weight of your dog. Dark chocolate contains more of the dangerous chemical than milk or white chocolate. Calculations can become a little complicated if the chocolate was a coating on something else, eg cake or biscuit or the animal has eaten a mixture of chocolate types. If your dog has had a potentially dangerous dose of chocolate, prompt treatment is essential to give the best chance of a full recovery without permanent damage to the heart or nervous system. If seen soon enough your dog may be made to vomit. A suspension of activated charcoal may be given at interval to help absorb the chemicals (this can cause temporary black staining of your pet's fur and will colour the stools black too). Your dog needs to be monitored carefully for the development of more serious symptoms and medical treatment given if these should arise.

Litters and Growling What to do?

Fortunately I was able to reassure one owner that her puppy had not ingested enough chocolate to cause problems and the other dog responded to treatment for moderate symptoms and was discharged after 48 hours none the worse for his experience. Not all cases of chocolate poisoning end so happily.

Should we let her have a litter before she is spayed? This is a question I am often asked by an owner considering getting their cat or dog neutered. The answer is NO! Not unless you really want a litter of puppies and kittens with all the upheaval that involves and having to find homes for them all. Your pet will not “miss” the experience. She will only feel broody if she undergoes the hormone changes which make her feel that way. If she is spayed she will not have those hormone changes and will have no idea what she is “missing”. Apart from the odd individual, letting a cat or dog have a litter has no permanent effect on behaviour. There are far more animals than loving homes already, especially in this time of recession; rescue centres are bursting at the seems and many have long waiting lists. Another “old wives tale” is that spaying will “spoil their character”, make them “fat & lazy”. Neutering is often done at the stage in life when your pet is maturing from a “teenager” into an adult so they will often calm down a little any way. It is true they will not burn off the calories quite so well once their hormones change, but as long as you realise this and don't feed them so many calories after spaying there is no need for them to become overweight. If they do not get fat, they will not become a “plodder”.


Please do your best to keep chocolate and similar substances out of the reach of pets. Of course “chocolate” which is produced for pets is safe.

others when they are on a lead as they are “trapped” and feel more vulnerable. It is a means of defence to warn other dogs away. It is natural to want to stop this behaviour but by telling him off your are inadvertently encouraging him. In his eyes you are a) giving him attention ie rewarding him for this behaviour and thus encouraging it and b) making him more worried and anxious because you are cross and “uptight”. You probably also hold him on a tight lead which transmits tension to him. This all result in a cycle of increasing his anxiety and therefore making him more not less likely to be aggressive. As a general rule it is best to completely ignore unwanted behaviour. This means not talking to him when he growls and barks at other dogs, not looking at him and not having a tight lead. As long as the lead is short enough that if he lunges he won't reach the other dog you should try to keep it slack. Continue walking past the other dog as though nothing worthy of attention is happening. If necessary you can give a brief tug on the lead to make him come with you but don't keep the lead tight. Be sure to make a big fuss of him and praise him if he is relaxed and quiet near another dog, even for a short time. It will take a while to retrain him so you need to be patient. PLEASE NOTE: behaviour problems can be complicated and if not dealt with correctly can have My dog barks and growls at other dogs when he's tragic consequences. Do not hesitate to seek advice on a lead. I've told him offbut it's getting worse. I'm from a qualified and experienced behaviourist. Your worried he might bite one ofthem. What can I do? vet can advise how to contact one. Dogs are often more inclined to be aggressive towards


HI Squad hopes that you have had a great summer break, as much as we have had. It has been a great way to start Year 11 at Impington Village College. During HI Squad’s holidays we have been all around Europe. Beth went to Cornwall, Meghan went to Isle Of Wight, Ellie had a relaxing break in Spain and Nesha went to Barcelona. The summer holidays were amazing and seemed to fly past. But now HI Squad is back and we are ready to face the tough year ahead of us. But some good news is in order; we have all passed our Arts Award! HI Squad is very happy and we would like to thank Andrea Cramp, Steve and Janice with helping us with this achievement. In this issue, we have two main articles about ‘Hooked Up’ and ‘European Day of Languages’. Hooked Up was a performance we participated in towards our final section of the Arts Award. We did this at The Junction and it was an amazing experience. European Day of Languages was on 26th September 2010, which was also Nesha’s Birthday. It is a celebration of learning two or more languages. It was also celebrated at Impington Village College, but for a week! Impington Village College is a languages school and we take languages very seriously because it is one of the main things that everyone in the world has in common. Thank you very much for reading our section and HI Squad are very grateful. If you do have any ideas or want a certain article to be published, then do not be shy by contacting:

Hooked Up! By Meghan Clark Hello readers! We have not mentioned anything about Arts Award recently, so I thought that I would give you the low-down on what we have been up to! On 21st June, the Junction arranged an event called ‘Hooked Up’. At this event, all of the Bronze Award groups from around Cambridgeshire were invited to perform in front of friends, family and teachers. This performance contributed to the completion of the Award and every performance group involved managed to pull off a great show. Many of the Arts Award groups, who attended the events, contained students of IVC, so we were all very proud to see so many members of our school getting involved. There was a range of art forms used in the performances, from dance and media, to circus skills and visual media. Our Arts Award performance group was chosen to open the show, so we were all very anxious, but determined to create an exciting opening to the event. Our piece was titled ‘We are the Future’, and we decided to use dance and visual media to tell a story that displays today’s youth in a positive light. When we were initially planning our performance, we did not really have a fixed idea on what we wanted to do. But after our many hours of planning and rehearsals, our performance turned out to be more successful than we had initially imagined. The planning process was a very long one and if we had not all worked as a team, our performance would not have been up to scratch. Therefore, Nesha,

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Ellie, Beth and I, would like to thank everyone who got involved, and helped us to create and organize a unique piece. We could not have done it without our youth workers, Andrea, Steve and Adam (who unfortunately did not see us through the whole project). We would also like to thank Lizzi Franklin, our choreographer, who really helped us to turn things around, and helped to maintain a professional standard of performing. Libby, our graffiti artist, helped our other artists to create some really imaginative boards. Finally, we would like to say a big thank you to Janice, who works for the Junction, for helping us to arrange the whole performance and giving us the opportunity to perform on-stage at the Junction. Well done to all of the Impington Arts Award Group! Including, the artists, the dancers, the photographers the film artists, the singers and the circus skills group. Hopefully, we will all have earned the Bronze certificate and if so, we can start working towards the Silver Award.


member states who are encouraged to learn more languages, at any age, in and out of school. Being convinced that linguistic diversity is a tool for achieving greater intercultural understanding. Also it is a key element  in the rich cultural heritage of our continent; the Council of Europe’s goal is to promote the speaking of two or more languages in the whole of Europe. As all of HI Squad attends Impington Village College, we are currently taking a language for GSCE as Impington is a language school. Impington Village College is passionate about languages and even hosted ‘Language Live!’ This was where schools, including ours, came together to celebrate this special day. The students had an eventful day. It started with the importance of languages and then moved on to the work of students and stories in a range of languages. Then after an international lunch, the students were put in work shops, where they learnt an introduction to Japanese and Italian. Some were even taught Caribbean and Hindi dance. Languages are very important and very helpful to know. If in a foreign country and in need of help, it is wise that you know the countries first language. Another reason why we should know more that one language is that it is a great way of understanding someone’s culture and way of life. Knowing another language and culture European Day Of Languages By Nesha Saini affords you the unique opportunity of seeing On Sunday 26th September 2010, Europe yourself and your own culture from an outside celebrated European Day Of Languages. 800 perspective. million Europeans represented Europe's 47 Learning another language has other effects on areas of your spirit, such as self-expression, creativity, lateral thinking, empathy and negotiating power; as you learn to see things from different perspectives. There is always the great boost in your self-esteem that comes from achieving a goal. The more words you understand and can use, the more perspectives you can have. More brain use equals greater brain power. Another good reason is that research shows that knowledge of other languages boosts students' understanding of languages in general and enables students to use their native language more effectively. This applies to specific language skills as well as overall linguistic abilities. Foreign language learners have stronger vocabulary skills in English, a better understanding of the language, and improved literacy in general.  Overall, European Day of Languages is not just for celebrating but it is for people to understand the need and the opportunities languages can offer them. Languages are one of many things that link people together. Languages beckon and await people who take the step and let themselves see what is on the other side of a new language. HI Squad says do not miss out on life experiences and possibilities that could be yours

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October 2010

Cambs East Guides organised a County Camp at Quy Park as part of their Centenary Celebration. The camp had 6 sub camps and 8 of our Guides joined with Willingham, Hardwick, Barton, Camborne and Great Grandsden Guides along with Irean and Doris from Taiwan to form a sub camp called MICROSCOPE. The camp was officially opened by the County Commissioner and President during ‘A Mad Hatters Tea Party’ (with some amazing costumes). The daily activities were divided into 5 zones LOOK AROUND (environment), LOOK INTO (arts, crafts and performance), LOOK @ ME (relaxing & pampering), LOOK WIDE (traditions of Guiding) and LOOK OUT (adventurous activities). Girls spent days at Mepal doing water sports, at Bassingbourn, skiing, and at Bottisham, swimming, dancing, trash band and gym. Conservation and orienteering took place at Milton Country Park and camping skills and 1950’s Guiding were learnt at the Jarman Centre in Newmarket. On site there were crafts, pamper sessions and learning about water and its uses around the world. Not to mention the ‘Spider Mountain’ which was loved by children of all ages. A ‘Ready Steady Cook’ competition took place during the week – which Microscope won. Well done girls!


Evening activities included a Night Incident Hike around Lode, a camp fire, film show, disco, Ceilidh and the Grande Finale on Friday with each sub camp taking park. Others showed some of the skills they had learnt during the week. It was fantastic how all the girls got to know one another and formed friendships with girls from other units. We would like to thank everyone in Cambs East who helped to make this such a memorable experience and a great way to remember the ‘Centenary’.

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This year Girlguiding is celebrating its ‘Centenary’. As part of the celebrations a National Camp was held at Hereward House near Leeds. On Wednesday 4th August Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Senior Section, Leaders and Trefoil Guild Members from all over the country were able to attend an extremely well organised day called “FUSION” There were over 20 performance areas scattered over the estate and no matter which way you turned there was something else to see or do. Workshops to join in on- balloon modelling and circus skills to name a few. A tree cosy was knitted for one of the estate trees! Adventure play grounds, Geopods with lots of hands on activities. They even managed to import a beach (shame it wasn’t really beach weather!) At the end of the day everyone assembled in front of the house for the Grand Finale. For this everyone had been asked to bring a piece of pink material. After Mexican waves and dance routines with everyone waving their ‘pink material’. Two hugh balls appeared to rise from behind the crowds and travel forward

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through the sea of people, suspended from these balls were gymnastic performers. The group of Guides and Leaders from Cambs East travelled to ‘FUSION’ by mini bus, leaving I.V.C. at 7.30am and not arriving back until 9pm. A very long day. But it was well worth it! To experience this ‘never to be forgotten once in a life time day’!

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Recycled Fashion Show LETTERS: 14

October 2010

Anglia Ruskin University School of Art is hosting a recycled fashion show to raise money for Impington based charity, Village Outreach Society. The charity is providing a vaccine and health programme to improve the lives of the Narikurava Tribe in S. India, who survive by scavenging off the city dump for recyclable items. The 2nd year design students have created new outfits using recycled mterials which will be auctioned off during the evening. The show takes place on Thursday 28th October in The

Academy, ARU Campus, East Road, Cambridge from 7-10pm. Tickets are £3. There are also display and information stalls at the event, including an amazing carrier bag crocheted dress and accessories made by Histon Guides, some interesting recycled outfits made for the Arbury Carnival, a collection of very unusual outfits made from T-bags, unique handbags from advertising banners and theatrical costumes made from donated clothing. Don't miss out on this exciting event call Audrie Reed on 575197 to get your ticket.


Really nice to see the Geocaching article in the HI Courier. Helena and I started caching last year and have to say we’re hooked. Some of the places it has taken us we would never have found. It’s a great way to discover new cities as well; we walked 30+ miles in 4 days around Edinburgh earlier in the year caching. We’ve cached in 4 countries in total now including Canada. If you get a chance, do the Histon History one from the village green by the Spice Family. It was our first and it’s a lovely one. I’ve also setup one starting very close by there called A Giant Micro, it’s a good one for a village character.

Speed Limit

I was extremely irritated by Peter Goddard's letter in the September HI Courier. Mr Goddard seems not to be aware that the only drivers whose status is affected by the change in speed limit south of the pond are those of us who, when appropriate to do so, might choose to drive safely and considerately at speeds between 30 and 40mph - not likely at rush hour, but perfectly possible on some stretches through the village if the visibility and hazard conditions are favourable. Any driver who puts Mr Goddard in danger, or who fails to take account of the hazards presented by the bends, junctions and entrances he mentions is committing a rather more serious offence than speeding, regardless of what the speed limit is.


We go under the name TottyAndFatbloke so you’ll see we’ve put out 14 caches in and around the village. Most are premium member only as we have seen a number go missing regularly when all and sundry can find them using their phones. As soon as you can’t get the coordinates without joining, the caches stay where they are. We must have about 10 people a week find one or more of them and it’s lovely to see their comments on the web site. Our nearest cache is the one by the War Memorial. This weekend should see us find our 1100th cache. - Totty And Fatbloke, Histon I don't care about taking an extra 27 seconds to get through the village, but for the sake of driving standards, safety and the credibility of traffic regulations, I hope the north of the village is not dumbed down by the gross oversimplification of an unnecessarily low speed limit, and we can instead remember that consideration for those around you, particularly those more vulnerable than you in your crash-protected box, is a far, far more important concern when you're behind the wheel than what your speedo says compared to some numbers on a stick by the side of the road. - Gavin Deane, Impington

20 Year Anniversary Celebration HI Courier supporter 'Green Heat' has helped to save nearly 400,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide and make substantial reductions to fuel bills since their launch in 1990. To celebrate they are having a celebration at the Pavilion, Girton Recreation Ground from 11.30am to 2.30pm on Saturday 30th October 2010. There will be displays on many energy saving technologies including: Condensing Boilers; Heating Controls; Heat Pumps and Solar Panels

Find out which technology is suitable for your home with a Green Home Energy Audit (Only available from Green Heat), Information and advice on Feed In Tariffs, Renewable Heat Incentives and boiler grants for the over 60’s plus free gifts & birthday cake. For more information: 01223 277278 or


Last issue we told you a little of the work of the Mercy Ships organisation and in particular the work of the Cheng family from Histon. Many of you wanted to know more and the presentation given by Leo Cheng at Histon Methodist Church last week was very well attended with standing room only. Those of you who were unable to go can read here the amazing stories of some of the patients who have been helped by the selfless crew on board Africa Mercy. Many people in poorer parts of the world suffer not only from the effects of their health problems but from the lack of education and superstition relating to their trouble. A common and relatively straightforward procedure is the correction of cleft lip and palate. I was horrified to discover that some babies are considered to have a “devil” in them causing their birth defect and are left exposed outside to die or even buried alive in a special ceremony. Some of the lucky babies who make it to the ship are badly malnourished as they cannot feed properly – some of the milk passes through the defect in their palate and emerges through their nose. They have to be built up before they are fit to withstand the anaesthetic and surgery: to operate on them straight away would be a death sentence. The Africa Mercy nutritionists have developed a special milk fortified with the local meringa plant which can be tube fed. It turns pathetically skinny infants into bouncing babies in a very short space of time. This further emphasises the importance of the whole team of skilled professionals which Mercy Ships provides, not just the surgeon. Older children need to have speech therapy following the repair as they speak with a nasal voice which is difficult to understand. Kokou is in many ways typical of the patient who has a benign jaw tumour to be removed. In the developed world it would probably have been picked up when very small at a routine dental check up and removed during a simple procedure taking no more than half an hour. In Togo Kokou had lived with his tumour slowly

Kokou before surgery with 7 years of jaw growth

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by Paula Dean

Colette ­ Before. "Possessed by a demon"

Colette ­ After. Reunited with her baby son. You can see the joy in her eyes

growing for seven years, gradually changing the shape of his face, making it increasingly difficult to eat and making him an outcast, kicked out of home because of his “demon”. Xrays revealed the extent of the massive tumour. It took hours to remove it and to replace his diseased lower jaw with a special plate made from titanium. The tumour weighed around one and a half pounds/750g. The mouth is a contaminated site containing large numbers of bacteria. It is vital to the success of such procedures that infection is treated and patients are taught good oral hygiene. Several months later, once all infection is gone, it is necessary to perform a second procedure to cover the titanium plate with a protective strip of muscle to prevent it gradually wearing through the skin. Some patients are either unable to return for their follow-up appointment or do not realise the importance of it and don't go because they are feeling fine. It looks very strange to see a photograph of someone with a titanium lower jaw attached which is not covered by skin. It takes longer to sort this out as, with the plate exposed, infection is again a problem. It may

seem a little strange to us that a patient would not turn up for the second procedure but we should remember how many hospital appointments in this country are not kept when our hospitals are so easy for most of us to get to. How many more of us would miss appointments if they were for six months later in a neighbouring country and we had to go on foot? One type of tragic story I found particularly heartbreaking was of mothers with tumours who had lost their children, taken away from them by relatives worried that the children would “catch” their mother's “demon”. One such woman is Colette. She had a tumour which had been growing out of her nostril for six months. Colette's own mother had taken away her three children because of this. The mass protruding from Colette's nose was just the tip of the iceberg. A scan revealed that the tumour arose from the upper jaw and extended up and back to the base of the skull as well as growing forward to emerge from her nostril. After the operation Colette was reunited with her children. It is a joy to compare the “before” and “after” pictures of Colette; it is not only the change to her appearance which shows –

Kokou overjoyed days after surgery



as she holds her young son and you see the light back in her eyes you realise that it is her whole life which has been transformed. One particularly interesting case is Lawson who was a player for Ghana's national football team. Comparing his situation with the medical services available to our own national footballers leaves me lost for words. Lawson developed a “devil” growing from his upper jaw. This was a benign tumour which would have been spotted when quite small in this country and removed with a minor operation. Unfortunately for Lawson he was in Ghana. His tumour grew to an enormous size, dramatically distorting what had previously been a handsome face. He had lost his job and family and friends had abandoned him as they were frightened of him and his “devil”. He was unable to eat food and would have slowly suffocated if he hadn't made it to Mercy Ships. The tumour took a team of three surgeons eight hours to remove and to reconstruct his upper jaw. Six months later he returned for Leo to close a channel between his mouth and nose. I'm sure everyone who saw the smile on his new face thought it was worth all the effort.

Ghanaian footballer Lawson after his operation. Inset shows him before the operation.


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St Andrews Wall Repaired Early in February this year, the church wall was damaged, it is believed, by a lorry which did not properly negotiate the bends in Burgoynes Road around St Andrews church, Impington: it may look like a race track but as we know too many also use it as such. As the wall is in a conservation area and needed to be rebuilt to the same standard as the historic builders


achieved when the wall was refurbished a few years ago, this has taken a long time to agree, organise and achieve. During September the work was successfully done and the wall is back looking as if nothing had happened. The two photographs show the wall soon after the accident and as it is now.

Patient Participation Group NEWS

The Patient Participation Group (PPG) was set up to provide a link between the surgery and its patients. It was formed to enable the practice to better understand its patients and provide better healthcare through communication and access to surgery facilities. The group has input into the way the practice runs and the services it provides. We: • Ensure patients have a chance to raise questions on local health issues. • Learn more about the resources available in the community. • Provide a means for patients to make positive suggestions about their practice and their health care. • Encourage health education activities. • Act as the surgery patient representative group to attempt to influence the local provision of health and social care. • Contribute views and ideas for the purpose of future healthcare service provision within the practice.

• Monitor patient satisfaction surveys at the surgery and contribute to the monitoring and evaluation of performance and other targets set by the practice. • Establish and maintain a regular exchange of information between patients and staff. With all the changes that are expected to take place over the coming months and years, now is a very exciting time to become involved. If you have any views, ideas or comments, the PPG would welcome your contribution. Should you wish to become a member of your local PPG we meet at 6.15pm on the first Tuesday of every other month at the Firs House Surgery. Our next meeting will be held on the 2nd November 2010. Please contact Sheila Fulton on 01954 252186 for any further information, or call the surgery direct.

Opening All the Gates October 2010

Opening All the Gates – a legacy of the Gateway Gardens Trust - is a partnership project between the National Trust, the Historic Houses Association, the Royal Horticultural Society and the Association of Gardens Trusts. Supported by English Heritage, it aims to encourage access and new audiences for historic gardens and to ensure that the widest possible cross-section of the community is able to discover and enjoy these special places. Historic gardens are an essential part of Britain’s heritage. Evidence shows that they play a vital part in the wellbeing of the nation, contributing to people’s physical and mental health, happiness and quality of life. They are inspiring places for learning, provide spaces for people to come together, enjoy relaxing environments and take important time out. Opening all the Gates is holding a seminaron 9th December 2010 at Anglesey Abbey. If you work in gardens and the historic environment you can expect:


• expert advice on how to engage with schools and community groups • the development of ideas and partnerships that could see new audiences visiting your setting. If you work in the wider community you can expect: • expert advice on how to engage garden managers and owners in a way that will support your work. • an opportunity to find out more about some of the exciting and innovative practice in the heritage sector. These seminars are FREE for everyone interested in widening access to historic gardens. They will explore what gardens can bring to communities and how involving people supports the gardens themselves. However, places are limited so please book your place as soon as possible. For further information contact Adam Clarke, Project Manager 0116 2830363 ~ ~

Open Gardens join Nat'l Directory

Open Gardens in Histon and Impington are now featured in the National Open Gardens online directory. This is a brand new initiative that aims to list all Open Gardens events in the UK. The site is searchable by town, area, date, etc. It will be a very useful resource for those travelling who’d like to enjoy Open Gardens events further afield. The link to the National Directory is on the bottom left of our Open Gardens website We have a few Open Gardens postcards left for sale. These were all taken by visitors to

the Histon and Impington Open Gardens and are printed professionally with the photographer and garden details on the reverse. They are 30p each or four for £1. They are very handy for writing notes or as a souvenir of the previous Open Gardens events. If you are interested in purchasing any, contact us at or tel. 233728. All proceeds are split between the four Open Gardens’ charities: Histon Feast, EACH, Emmaus UK and Voluntary Service Overseas. - Val Robson


October 2010

Histon Hornets Tournament 2010

Sunday 11th July was a momentous day. Spain won their first ever World Cup, Mark Webber squeezed out Lewis Hamilton to win the British F1 GP, and 726 eager young participants arrived on the Histon and Impington Recreation Ground to contest this year’s Histon Hornets 5-a-side football tournament. Weeks of planning came together as 98 teams of youngsters aged 7-14 battled for the well respected title of Histon Hornets tournament champions. As well as providing an opportunity for children to play competitive football, the tournament also encourages good sportsmanship in young players through the Jonathan Norman Fairplay Competition which runs in parallel to the main football


competition. In the Fairplay competition, the referees award Fairplay points for each match. Points are awarded for teams who show respect to match officials and their decisions, encourage each other, and show positive behaviour. The referees take into account the players, coaches and supporters and enjoy using these extra powers to the full! The Hornets committee had, as usual, planned the whole day down to the finest detail, such as ensuring that there would be enough car parking as well as food – yet again providing the finest barbeque fare. The only thing that could not be planned was of course the English summer weather, but this year we were obliged with a warm sunny day.

Tennis Season draws to close The summer league tennis season has come to an end with mixed results for the Club’s teams. Unlike last year when no team was relegated, Men’s 3, Ladies 2 and Mixed 2 all face relegation after disappointing results. On the positive side Mixed 1 finished top of Division 3 with 4 wins in the 5 matches played. Congratulations to Jane Rush, Jane Fidler and Matt Cordell, who played in all matches, and to Jim Wocha, who missed just one. Division 2 will be tough next season, but one which the team will be sure to relish. The remaining 4 teams all retained their league status. Men’s 1 stayed in Division 3 with 3 wins and a draw out of 7 matches played. Men’s 2 narrowly missed out on promotion from Division 6 for the second consecutive year after winning 5 of the 7 matches. Ladies 1 finished third in Division 4. Mixed 3 had 2 wins in Division 7, which was enough to stay put. Once again the Club entered boy’s teams in the County U16 and U13 leagues. Unlike the senior leagues, these matches involve each boy playing a singles and then teaming up to play a

doubles match. The U16 team did extremely well to win one of its 3 matches in Division 1. Although the U13 team was less successful in Division 2, all players enjoyed the matches and welcomed the experience of playing in a match situation. Although the grass season finishes at the end of September, the Club enters Men’s, Ladies and Veterans teams in Winter Leagues. It also continues playing on the hard courts on the Recreation Ground during the winter. So all are welcome. At the Club’s principal tennis and social event, the mixed handicap Dilley Cup, Jane Rush and Ashley Grimmer won their third title in 4 years. A record turn out of 42 players ensured a very successful day. In the singles events Jim Wocha defeated Matt Cordell 6-4 in a very competitive Men’s final, whilst Jane Fidler came out on top in the Ladies competition. New Members may join at any time during the year. Details can be found on the Club’s web site at


Space Hop Reading Challenge Around 7,000 Cambridgeshire children took part in “Space Hop” this year’s national summer reading challenge in libraries. Every child who joined was challenged to read at least 6 books during the school summer holiday. Over 4,000 children completed the challenge and received medals and certificates at special presentation ceremonies. For children who completed the challenge at Histon, Cottenham, Bar Hill and Willingham libraries, there is an added bonus. Thanks to the generosity of Histon Football Club, each child has received a free entry voucher for themselves and one adult to attend Histon FC’s

home game against Altrincham on Sat 9th October. In addition, 11 lucky children have been selected to be mascots on the day. Children’s Services Manager for Cambridgeshire Libraries, Richard Young said: “This is the fourth year running that Histon FC has supported the reading challenge with this very generous offer. The children and their parents are always made very welcome by the club and for the lucky mascots, it really is a day to remember. It is fantastic that the club works so well with the local community and supports libraries and reading for pleasure.”

October 2010

GIRLS FOOTBALL TEAM KICKS OFF The newest Histon Hornets Under 10s girls team kicked off their season at Chatteris and despite a brave performance lost the game 5 –1 against a side who had played matches before. However in their first home match on Saturday 25th September Histon secured their first point of the season in a thrilling four all draw with Ramsey. In a match with plenty of goal mouth action at both ends Histon took an early two goal lead through Chloe Kigura. The away side immediately responded pulling two goals back, and took the lead soon after half time. Histon fought back with a goal from Natalie Munden, only for Ramsey to take the lead again. With less than a minute to go Chloe Kigura equalised with her hat trick and deservedly took the player of the match award. All the players played their part in an entertaining game played in front of over 50 spectators. The new Under 10s team was formed in the

summer after taster sessions started last May for the girls with the help of two local IVC school girls Amber Gaylor who plays for Arsenal Under 16s and Abi Davies who has played for the Hornets for the last five years. Neil Davies who organised the taster sessions explains: "its great news that the four girls who started back in May have now been joined by 9 more players over the summer, and that the new team has been formed with Martin Crook as the manager". The new team are pictured before their first home match in their new kit which has been sponsored by M & M Heating and Histon Hornets. It is intended to arrange new football activity sessions on the Rec for girls in the present years 3 and 4 , if anyone is interested please contact Neil Davies tel C 232514 and it is hoped that some friendly matches can also be arranged later in the season.

Histon Feast Presentation Evening takes place on Tuesday 19th October at 7pm in the Stable Rooms at St Andrew's Church, Histon. Successful applicants will explain their projects. Representatives from the two parish

councils, Open Gardens and local businesses will also attend. "It is always a most enjoyable evening celebrating the distribution of the funds that were raised during Feast Week," said Sandra Dunn, chair of Histon Feast 2010.

Histon Feast 2010 Presentation Evening

Histon Boys Go The Distance For A Local Hero On Monday 4th October the 1st Histon Junior Boys Brigade ran a marathon . Well, actually each of them ran a one mile circuit round the village, but since there were more then 26 of them, that counts as a marathon! In fact, several lads ran more than one circuit, so we actually did more than a marathon! Impressive, eh? Most impressive of all, each of the boys was sponsored for running this distance, with the money raised (we’re still counting it!) going to the charity Help for Heroes. In their weekly sessions, the boys had learned that Ryan Seary - a lad who had previously been in the Boys Brigade here, and who still lives in the village - had gone to serve as a soldier in

Afghanistan, and had lost an arm and a leg due to a roadside bomb. Inspired by his story, the boys were keen to do what they could to help soldiers like Ryan, and so the sponsorship money they have raised will help to rehabilitate wounded soldiers when they return to England. But the story doesn’t end there. At the end of October one of the Boys Brigade leaders, Andrew Zarkos-Smith, will be running a marathon in Athens to raise money for the same cause. This time he’ll be doing all 26 miles on his own…. For more information, and to donate to this great cause, please go to:


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October 2010

Histon Moving Up in League

After struggling somewhat for a few weeks and losing 5 games in a row in the process, what a fantastic 7 days of football we have just experienced. After a well-deserved point away at highlyplaced Fleetwood Town on Saturday we carried on where we had left off up north with a fine victory over Southport on Tuesday night at the Glass World and then rounded the week off in fine style with a convincing 3-0 victory over Altrincham Town on Saturday. So after gaining 8 points from our first 12 games, during this most welcome week we secured 7 more points from only 3 games. Whilst we are still languishing at the wrong end of the table and in the relegation zone, and no-one more aware of this than feet- on -theground Manager David Livermore, everyone involved in the Club has been really heartened by this recent upturn in our performances. New Manager David Livermore was delighted with the performance against Altrincham "What really pleased me was that our performance was so disciplined and professional" adding "We scored three very good goals and could have had more to keep things going well. We still have plenty to do as a team, but we are on the right road and our confidence is building match by match." David is also very appreciative of the efforts of Stutes supporters. The youngsters behind the goal on Tuesday night really got behind the lads and in Saturday's programme David

likened their impact to that which had helped the European Ryder Cup team at Celtic Manor. This growing Rec End Crew was influential again on Saturday. All local students in full-time Education at University, Further Education Colleges, Language Colleges, and 6th Form Colleges can gain admission to the Glass World Stadium for Histon's Blue Square Premier League games for only ÂŁ3. David has also acknowledged the local fans who are sponsoring players and the Histon Posties had their photo taken at the Altrincham game with Callum Stewart the player they are sponsoring. Histon Hornets also announced at the game that they will kindly be sponsoring Lee Smith and Lee Wooton. Coming up soon is a Fans' Forum on Tuesday Oct 19th at 7-45pm. This is a chance to meet up with Manager David Livermore, Assistant Brian Page and some of the new players at the Glass World Stadium. This Forum of Two Halves, On the Pitch and Offthe Pitch will also give fans the chance to find out how they can help the Club in this current challenging time The Income Generation Group inspired by season ticket holder Phil Biggs has boosted Club Funds by some ÂŁ30,000 since the group came into being just before the start of the season. Membership of this group is open to anyone but there are so many other ways the club can be helped and all of these will be outlined at the Fans Forum. All Stutes

Supporters are urged to get along to the Glass World for this Forum. The day after the Fans Forum, Wednesday 20th, and just a few days before we begin our FA Cup campaign, the actual FA Cup will be in our patch at Histon and Impington Junior School during the day when there is a special coaching session. In the evening at the Isaac Newton Public House on Castle Street in Cambridge there will be an EON FA Cup Special Pub Night involving Cambridge United and Histon. Again all fans are welcome. Finally remember, remember the 25th November is when Bath City visit the Glass World Stadium in a game televised by Premier Sport. Further details to follow but for now please note in your diary that Thursday Night is Bath Night on November 25th.

As we go to press HISTON is one place ABOVE Cambridge United In the League Tables!

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