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November 2009 Issue 5 FREE

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Citi 7 - All Change The recession is hitting all businesses, and that includes Stagecoach Cambridge. We’re not taking as many bus trips, and Stagecoach are having to adjust their services to fit. As a result, Stagecoach recently announced changes to all the Citi routes: both route and frequency changes, and cancellations. Our Citi 7 service was going to suffer all three. The first proposals removed the Cambridge Road and Station Road section of the route entirely. No other changes were proposed, so buses would turn left at the bottom of New Road to head to Cambridge (and return the same way). This would give a faster service, which Stagecoach report has been requested, and the new Guided Bus services (to be introduced at the same time as the Citi 7 changes) were thought to provide a suitable alternative for residents and workers in the area. Local residents, Councillors, businesses, the Firs House Surgery ,and others made it very clear that this wouldn’t work. E-mails, letters, website feedback and telephone

Next stop cambridge calls raised concerns about those who rely on the service because they have no access to a car, or who have limited mobility and need to be able to get to the surgery, Histon Post Office, the Library or shops on Histon Road. Workers and students would also be affected, but might be able to use the new guided services. A petition and presentation to County Council Cabinet by Histon

Parish Council Chairman Max Parish was important, but unproductive - the County has little influence over a commercial business such as Stagecoach. However, representations from County Councillors and Parish Councils resulted in a meeting with Stagecoach Managing Director, Andy Campbell. Having listened to views and seen the letters, e-mails and phone logs, changes to the proposals have been made (see 'Citi 7 - changes Citi 7 - changes at a glance - from November 29th at a glance'). Workers and students will still have to Buses every 15 minutes rather than every 10 . use the Guided Bus, but a First service at Histon School Green at 6:42 rather than 6:29 - getting to the City Centre at 7:02 return to the current route and the Rail Station at 7:15. between morning and evening peaks will, according Buses back from the Rail Station in the evening at 17:45, 18:00, 18:15, 18:30, 19:15, 19:51, to Andy Campbell, give 20:51, 21:51, 22:51. “the elderly and those with No service to Cambridge Road and Station Road during peak times, evenings, and on Sundays. walking difficulties chance to get to and from the docMonday to Saturday, between the morning and evening peaks the route will revert to what tors, shops, post office and we currently have, and there will be service to the existing Cambridge Road and Station Road sheltered housing”. stops as follows: In response to con- the first service from Vision Park to Cambridge at 9:48 and the last at 15:18 cerns about capacity at peak times, and overall - the first service from Vision Park to Cottenham at 9:54 and the last at 15:09. concerns, Mr Camp-

bell assured Councillors that “we [Stagecoach] will review the route regularly and make changes as and when required. I have already arranged for peak monitoring at the times suggested once the schools have returned.” County Councillor Sue Gymer said: “I am still very disappointed that we haven't managed to get Stagecoach to see the commercial sense in continuing the service to Station Road and Cambridge Road. Morally we had a strong point and Andy Campbell has responded positively to this aspect. It allows villagers to access the doctors and business during the day.” County Councillor David Jenkins, looking forward, added: “we had a useful meeting with Stagecoach and it was perhaps the first really constructive one in which it [Stagecoach] talked directly to the Parish Councils. This should be the first of many in which we develop together a long term strategy for bus provision for our villages.” What next? The letters, e-mails, website feedback, and responses to hisimp-chat were great. Thank you! They provided the real information that helped the Councillors press for change. Keep them coming! Letters and emails should go to the Parish Office, and use for web feedback . We need to know what doesn’t work for you in the new setup, whether buses are full, and whether there are still time keeping problems. Councillors intend to continue to press for improvements from County and from Stagecoach - your further feedback will make that possible.

A14 — the clock is ticking AT LAST the Highways Agency has published the ‘Draft Orders’ for the A14. You may be thinking, “So what? It’ll be years before the road will actually be widened and finished!” The Draft Orders are like a planning application — they should tell us everything about what is to happen with the new road. And, as with planning applications, we have only a limited time to comment. If there are no comments or objections at this stage, it will be built as planned. Once it’s built it’s too late if we find out something that we don’t like. And, like most planning applications, there’s likely to be something that really needs improving! So, we’ve all got until the 6th of January to submit our views, comments and objections to the Highways Agency. Copies are available to view at the library or online at If noise, air quality, drainage, construction traffic, or anything else about the plans is worrying you and you want to make sure your voice is heard with everyone else’s, contact Denis Payne by e-mail:, or by telephone: 233577.

Denis Payne

INSIDE: Village Energy Show – Storytime at the Rec – Nature Notes


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24 November - Village Society meeting, Impington Village College, 7.30 - 9.15 PM 26 November - Big issues talk at Methodist Church schoolroom, 7 for 7.30 PM 28 November - Cambridge on film, Salvation Army Hall, 2 PM to 5 PM 11 December - Choir 2000 Advent Concert, Histon Baptist Church, 8 PM 12 December - Choir 2000 Advent Concert, Histon Baptist Church, 8 PM 17 December - Histon and Impington WI, Methodist Church Hall, 7.30 PM 19 December - Farmers' Market IVC, 9.30 AM -12.30 PM

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Cutting Carbon in South Cambridgeshire – the Village Energy Show Saturday the 24th of October witnessed the start of a quiet revolution in South Cambridgeshire. One hundred or so people from across the county came together on a wet afternoon at Impington Village College to compare notes on driving down the carbon footprint of our communities. As chair of Histon and Impington Climate Change Action (HICCA), I was delighted that the organisers of the event, South Cambridgeshire Sustainable Parish Energy Partnership (try that for an acronym!) chose IVC as the venue, because of our villages’ proactive approach to cutting carbon. HICCA members, not least Ken Doyle, have been in contact with Sustainable Communities Officer Richard Hales for 2 years now, and it seems that the District Council is really starting to take a lead in supporting all of our endeavours to go green. The very fact that we now have a Parish Energy Project Officer, Alexandra Day, reveals this step change in their approach. The event was a sort of fair, with rather more useful attractions than the usual coconut shies and ghost trains. There were stalls from promoters of recycling, from GEO, who produce state of the art energy monitors, from solar panel installers, composters and others. Representatives of grass-root groups who are making possible community-level carbon reduction across the county were also there – Transition Cambridge, Cambridge Carbon Footprinting, Sustainable Girton and Dry Drayton, and of course HICCA. But it was particularly exciting

to see what was going on in other villages such as Gamlingay, who hope to build a new village hall as an ‘eco-hub’, or to meet people from Fulbourn or Cottenham keen to set up their own carbon reduction group and to share experiences and ideas with them. We used the day to promote one of HICCA’s current endeavours: our Home Energy Action Team (HEAT), who are slowly but surely distributing GEO energy monitors around the village for use for month-long periods. These monitors are a simple yet incredibly effective way of getting a clear portrait of household energy use, and have proved very popular with those who’ve taken part in the scheme so far. If you’d like to get a monitor from us, do contact One thing that made the Energy show so effective was its hands-on nature, epitomised by the presence of people such as HICCA’s Paul Christie, on hand to talk one to one about their experience with installing renewables or reducing energy use. But also it was a chance to bring together some of the exciting and timely nationwide and global endeavours to confront the problem, such as the 10:10 campaign started by ‘The Guardian’, which is seeking to get as many people and institutions as possible to sign up to reducing their carbon footprint by 10% by the end of 2010 ( Also, the event coincided with a day of action called for by movement, who are battling to stabilise the presence of CO2 in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million (bearing in mind we are currently at 390). They are encouraging communities across the world to send a signal to those world leaders heading to the Copenhagen Summit in December to sign up to strong and binding action on reducing emissions. What made this event so inspiring for me was the awareness of how much energy (excuse the pun!) is going into tackling climate change right on our doorsteps – and that finally some of our elected representatives seem to be getting the message. I hope the Energy Show will become a fixture in the calendar, just as much as the Feast or the fireworks. Clearly this is not a problem that’s going to be resolved overnight. But, with each event such as Saturday’s, the power of communities is starting to be felt.

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Histon and Impington Welcomes Two African Visitors

Rose Ekitwi and Anne Kobusingye from east and south Uganda TWO AFRICAN ladies will be visiting our community during November. Rose Ekitwi and Anne Kobusingye are from east and south Uganda, and they have been invited by the Histon and Impington Council of Churches in association with the UK charity Afrinspire, which is based in our village. Anne is a Councillor for the Disabled in Kabale District, South Uganda, and is disabled herself. Rose is a women’s leader of the Baptist Union of Uganda, and heads up the women’s literacy programme which mobilises women and whole communities out of illiteracy in central and northern Uganda. They are both inspirational leaders among the poor in their local setting. Rose has been to the UK once before, in 2005, but not to Histon and Impington. This will be Anne’s first visit. They have both been partners of Afrinspire for several years, and the aim of their visit is to allow an interchange between our community and the people of Africa. They will be visiting the churches of our village on three Sundays, and also visiting several other groups and events around our community. If you see them around the village please greet them and make them welcome. The Holiday Inn chose Afrinspire as a charity to support in their corporate charity involvement, and the staff have already raised funds for several water tanks in Africa. They are now kindly hosting Anne and Rose at the hotel for this visit. If you would like to meet Anne and Rose, invite them to your group, place of work or offer them a meal then please contact the programme co-ordinator Ian Sanderson on 01223 233367 or at

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The Guided Bus

Guided busway, Cambridge.

Guided bus, Cambridge.

At a Glance: Guided Bus Service from Histon-Impington Station Seven buses per hour into Cambridge: Stagecoach bus every 20 minutes, plus an hourly Whippet service, via Orchard Park, and then directly to stops in the City centre at the top of Castle St, Park St and on to Short St (Christ’s Pieces) and Drummer Street bus station. Total: 4 buses per hour. Stagecoach bus every 20 minutes to the Regional College and the Science Park and then, for the time being, to a stop on St Andrew’s St and via Parkside and Short St. Total: 3 buses per hour. On November 29th the long familiar diggers, dumpers, and excavators on the guided Busway will be replaced by the guided bus itself. Two companies will run buses into the heart of the city. It will not yet take passengers to the Cambridge Rail station, or points farther to the south, since the southern section of The Busway has not been completed. With cuts in the Citi7 service, commuters needing rail access to London may have to alter their travel schedules somewhat. However, village residents travelling to the Regional College and Science Park should be delighted with the new Busway service as will many cyclists who will use the cycle way alongside the Busway to avoid the busy Histon roundabout. Stagecoach will run two guided bus routes from Histon-Impington station into Cambridge: Route ‘A’ will run every 20 minutes travelling via the Regional College, and the Science Park where it will leave the guided Busway and travel down Milton Road to Parker’s Piece and St Andrews Street. There will be 4 stops between Histon-Impington Station and St Andrews

Street. (Cambridge Regional College, Science Park, Elm Street and Parkside.) Route ‘B’ will run every 20 minutes to Orchard Park where it will leave the guided Busway to travel via Histon Rd and Bridge St terminating at Drummer Street. There will be 5 stops between Histon-Impington Station and Drummer Street. (Orchard Park East, Orchard

time being, passengers needing to reach the Cambridge railway station will have to transfer to a Citi bus service at Drummer Street, or alternatively use the Citi7 bus rather than the guided bus. Stagecoach sees the guided bus as a new service, not as a replacement for the others. It will provide a choice of routes into town from Histon-Impington station. However, journey times may not be much quicker than the present Citi7 bus, about 18 minutes from HistonImpington station to Drummer St or Emmanuel St. The service via Histon Road will include double-decker buses, but because of the height of the Hills Road Bridge, the route via Milton Road to Trumpington will only have single-deckers. One problem yet to be resolved is how ticketing between the competing companies (Stagecoach and Whippet) will be handled. For example, if you buy a ticket on Stagecoach will it be honoured on a Whippet bus and vice versa? Both operators are reported to be discussing options. Failure to reach an agreement would undoubtedly cause confusion, complaints and calls for re-regulation of transport service companies in the area. Senior passes will be honoured on the guided bus as it is on other buses after 9.30 am. Stagecoach DayRider and MegaRider tickets will be valid for Stagecoach guided buses only until some common ticketing scheme can be agreed. Detailed information about The Busway can be found online at: uk/transport/thebusway/

Park West, Castle Street, Park Street, and Elm Street) Whippet will run an hourly service on Route ‘C’. It will run into Cambridge on the same roads as the Stagecoach ‘B’ route - Histon Rd and Bridge St terminating at Drummer Street. The northern Busway which passes through Histon-Impington station ends either at Orchard Park or the Science Park. Travel from there to the Cambridge railway station is via normal surface streets where the usual peak traffic delays will effect schedules. None of the routes (A, B, or C) will connect with the Cambridge railway station until the southern section of the Busway is completed. When it is, the guided bus will run to the railway station, then pick up the southern Busway to Addenbrookes, Trumpington and Trumpington park and ride. The completion date for the southern Busway has not been announced. For the

History Group News November 2009 Two exciting village projects are now well under way. Both projects have made extensive use of the research undertaken by the History Group over the last 25 years. The Son et Lumière is well into the planning stage. This light and sound history of Histon and Impington will be performed at St. Andrew’s Church, Histon, in March. As well as enthusiastic adult members of the community, many children will be taking part. IVC students are undertaking local history projects culminating in an exhibition this December as part of Impington Village College’s 70th Anniversary Celebrations.

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New Planting Scheme Brightens Up The B1049 The new scheme was born when The Coppice litter pickers reported that a small paved area opposite the Holiday Inn was in need of a bit of TLC. The paving had become uneven due to tree root damage, giving rise to safety concerns. The adjacent wall had suffered from graffiti and the whole area was a bit of a litter trap and was becoming increasingly unsightly. It was almost entirely paved, with only a few small pockets for planting and these were full of weeds! The sole surviving tree was a bit sickly too, probably due to lack of water. Initially it was decided that the best course of action would be to remove all the paving slabs and make the area safe. The Enviro Volunteers got stuck in, carefully lifting the slabs so that they could be reused again. They even pruned the tree and cleared all the hardcore from underneath the slabs. This material wasn’t wasted (or worse taken to landfill) but instead was put to good use opposite The Railway Vue, to help build up the area around the rather unsightly access chambers at the entrance to The Copse woods. Once the site was cleared, much consideration was then given to its future use. With its highly visible position at the southern entrance to Impington, it was thought that an attractive planting scheme would be ideal. The next task was to get some top soil. Unfortunately this couldn’t be delivered directly to the site so it

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had to be moved by small trailer loads, which was done by the Probation Service. Finally, local designer Erika Hunt assessed the site and soil conditions before designing a suitable planting scheme to provide year round interest. Care was also taken to ensure little maintenance would be required and shrubs were chosen to cope with the dry sandy soil and hot conditions expected in this south-facing enclosed site with a walled backdrop. There will be something in flower most of the year, even in winter when the chimonanthus, commonly known as winter sweet, will be displaying its highly scented blossoms. With all the groundwork and planning done Impington Parish Council gave the go-ahead to purchase the plants. The best time to plant is in the autumn, so plants will be selected over the next few weeks so the only thing left to do is to get planting! This will probably take place in November/December. Pene Nudds commented, “This is a truly collaborative project! It is being funded by Impington Parish Council but utilises the manpower, enthusiasm and expertise of the Enviro Volunteers and the Probation Service.” If you would like to help with the planting or get involved in any way please get in touch, either by e-mail or by telephoning Pene on 07831 361848.

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Advent Concert Histon and Impington Parish Councils For opening hours at the Parish Office at the Recreation Ground, telephone 235906 or refer to our website . The Parish Councils welcome residents to attend all their meetings, which are published on the Council’s on line calendar. There are currently 2 vacancies on Impington Parish Council and one on Histon Parish Council, which can now all be filled by cooption. If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact the Parish Office, or any Councillor, to learn more about the work involved.

– S/1318/09/F Ms Sally Harding, land to south of 102 Cottenham Road – New 5 bedroomed dwelling to side of 102 Cottenham Road – S/1336/09/F Mr Paul Benstead, 53 Manor Park – Single storey rear extension – S/1367/09/F Ms Amy Kingston & Ms Jessie Monck, 39 Park Avenue – Extension (additional kitchen area) – S/1470/09/F Dr & Mrs Gilbey, 35 Park Lane – extension and loft conversion – S/1492/09/F Mr & Mrs R Hogger, land to north east 24 & 26 Cottenham Road – erection of bungalow and double garage

Histon Parish Council met on the 12th of October, and items discussed included: – Plans for a Brook Clearance working party in November or December. – Ideas for improvements to Under 5 provision at the play area on the Green. – Up-dates on proposals for a new crossing at the junction of the High Street and Station Road. – Agreement to approach Impington Parish Council regarding a working party to look again at merger of the 2 Councils. – Plans for replacement Christmas lights for this year, and possibilities for improvements in future years.

IMPINGTON: – S/1262/09/F Mr & Mrs S Holt, 6 Woodcock Close – Single storey ground floor extension (replacing existing conservatory). New entrance canopy and internal alterations – S/1355/09/F Hogger Homes Limited, 12 Cooke Walk – dwelling (amended design) – S/1357/09/F Mr J Sowinski, 33 Mill Road – extension to existing workshop to form selfcontained annexe – S/1334/09/F Mrs V Fryer, 9 Clay Close Lane – erection of gates – S/1354/09/F Mr D Meads, Annexe 161 Station Road – removal of condition 1 S/0652/09/F to form dwelling – S/1378/09/CC IVC, New Road – retentionof 6 bay mobile classroom and associated link till 31 July 2023 – S/1462/09/F Mr W Celentano, 2 Cooke Walk – Extension – S/1467/09/F Ms D Reeve, land to north east of 37 Cambridge Road - dwelling

Impington Parish Council met on the 19th of October. Agenda items included: – Possible use of Public Art funding expected. – Offer from BT to adopt a red telephone kiosk in Milton Road. – Reports of parking problems in Burgoynes Road. – Damage to verge by parked cars in New Road – Dates for bulb planting in the village. – Update on excellent work carried out by the Enviro Volunteers in the village, and also the Probation Service locally. – Plans to draw up priorities for the Parish Council in the future. Recent Planning applications received from SCDC and considered at regular Planning Committee meetings (Impington Tuesday evenings and Histon Thursday evenings) are as follows. All applications to the Planning Authority are normally available to inspect at the parish office and are also available to view on the SCDC website. HISTON: – S/1228/09/F Mr & Mrs M Cook, 1 Harding Way – Single storey front extension – S/1179/09/F Mr & Mrs D Saunders, 11 Farmstead Close – Single storey extension to rear – S/1171/09/F Mr & Mrs T Callington, 13 Mill Lane – 2 storey replacement extension to rear – S/1013/09/F Mr A Sutherland, land to rear garden of 1 Cottenham Road – erection of dwelling and creation of new access

Joint matters affecting both Parish Councils: Applications for grant funding from ‘Community Cash Back’ in the village were unsuccessful. New opportunities for funding continue to be investigated . Proposed changes to the timetable and route of the Citi 7 Bus service were extensively discussed at both meetings, and others held by Councillors. The Parish Councils have appeared before County Council Cabinet to put forward objections to the proposed changes and also plan to meet with Stagecoach direct. Councillors have met to hold a review of the website with considerable changes to design suggested. The Councils continue to support residents in requesting meetings to discuss both the noise barrier and lighting issues at the Guided Busway. Comments on the A14 Improvements Draft Orders are required by January 2010. The Council would need to work together on a response to this important consultation for the villages of Histon and Impington. Both Councils unanimously agreed to provide capital funding towards the Play Area Project being worked on at the Recreation Ground.

Leave all thoughts of shopping, tinsel and cooking behind, and get into the Christmas Spirit with the help of some wonderful music! Choir 2000 is presenting a festive programme for all to enjoy on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th of December at 8.00 PM at the Histon Baptist Church. There will be carols for all to join in, as well as carols for choir, orchestral music by J.S. Bach, and choruses and a soloa from his Mass in B-minor. You will hear two solos and the uplifting ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ from Handel’s The Messiah, and students from Impington


Village College will present their own selection of Christmas music. Admission is by programme, costing £10.00 (concessions £8.00) and includes seasonal refreshments. Programmes are available from Jane’s Frames and OEC Beauty Studio in Histon, from members of Choir 2000, or on the night. Under 16s will be admitted free of charge. This year the traditional retiring collection will be in aid of Homestart Cambridge.

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6 Village Playright On BBC Radio Steve Waters' hit play Contingency Plan has been adapted for radio and will be aired on Sunday December 13th by BBC Radio 3 at 8pm. Contingency Plan ran to packed audiences earlier this year in London. It is a cutting edge drama about the crisis facing everyone in the country as sea levels rise and storm surges intensify. Steve Waters is well known in the village as chairman of HICCA, one of the leading climate change action groups in Cambridgeshire. If you miss the original broadcast, you can hear it again online using BBC's iPlayer until 20th December.

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Pay, Say, and Play Jam making at Chivers A story session on the Recreation Ground has helped to raise money for the planned new play facilities on the Recreation Ground. On a sunny and warm penultimate Sunday in September, many parents, their offspring and friends — at least a hundred in number — joined in a story-reading event on the Rec. Three story readers (Judith Balls, Jan Watt and Nigel Walter) gave their time and services to entertain the children with tales of wonder, mystery and just plain fun. Mindful of the

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All eyes and ears follow the story strong sun that day, some of the stories were read under the spreading boughs of the old oak tree in the middle of the play area, with the entranced children sitting on the grass in the shade. Others took the form of an active ‘tale chase’ from one apparatus to another, with each phase of the story being revealed within each of the pieces of play equipment. The sight

of a story-reader descending the helter skelter slide reading as he slid and wearing an old scarf (needed for that part of the story), whilst at least thirty children hung on the bars and crowded on the grass, was quite memorable. The Pied Piper himself didn’t have such an enthusiastic and focused trail of children in old Hamlin town! The village youngsters demonstrated that, despite all our technical advances, a good story, superbly told, will hold their attention and transport them to lands far away. The children buzzed around like a swarm of bees all afternoon, following their story-reading leaders, whilst parents busied themselves with the secondhand book stalls, being consulted about the new play area design and taking tea, cakes and squash in the refreshments gazebo. But the boundaries soon blurred: the children were consulted, took refreshments and helped their parents choose the books. Conversely, many of the parents were seen looking wistful and sitting on the grass enjoying the stories just as much as the youngsters. Some of the stories must have been magic. The whole event was organised by the Friends of the Rec and the ad hoc group bidding for the grant money to be able to enhance and update the play facility at the Rec. Although the grant should be substantial, as are the contributions from the Feast and the two Parish Councils, about £5000 must still be raised by the community if the new play area is to be built as planned. This small event raised a worthwhile contribution, and the organisers will be promoting other events in the near future. The real stars of this event were the very talented story tellers and the youngsters of our village. Thank you to everyone who made this event such a success.








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In the September issue of the HI Courier we described how Chivers began in Histon and came to be one of the biggest jam manufacturers in the country. In this issue we continue our look at Chivers and discover how they made their jam. Fruit would come to the factory from the orchards in Histon and go straight to the sorting rooms, where every single piece of fruit would be examined to ensure it was suitable to be passed to the boiling rooms in the factory. In the boiling rooms were big silver–lined pans, and it was in these, with the addition of sugar, that the fruit was made into jam. After leaving the boiling rooms the jam would pass through pipes to the filling machines, and I have been told that these machines could fill over 100 jars a minute. After being filled, the jars would be moved to the cooling chambers to cool, and then to store rooms to await distribution all over the country and maybe beyond. I would like to acknowledge all the help and support I have received when preparing the Chivers articles featured in the HI Courier. Full details of this help, support and resources used are available on request from

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Cambridge On Film The Cambridge Time Traveller group will present ‘Cambridge on Film’ from 2 – 5 PM on Saturday 28th November at the Salvation Army Hall, Impington Lane, Histon. Come and see how Cambridge used to be, as recorded on old film. We’ll also be showing 1930s film of the Chivers factory, from picking the fruit to making jam. In addition there will be special guests and lots of information on the history of Cambridge and Histon. Entrance for non-members is £3; group members and under-sixteens go free. Refreshments will be available. For more information, call 234720 or email The Cambridge Time Traveller group would like to acknowledge the help of Hairy Dog Designs, The Salvation Army and Roy Doggett for the film and for supporting this event.

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Fire devastation Over fifty per cent of all accidental fires in South Cambridgeshire homes start in the kitchen, which has prompted Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service to run a campaign to promote safer cooking. In the past six months (April 1 to October 1 2009), fire-fighters have attended 21 accidental fires in South Cambridgeshire homes, ten of which (52.4 per cent) began in the kitchen. Thankfully, the majority of these incidents required only minimal fire-fighting action as they were spotted quickly and the fire service was called immediately. Mark Taylor, Community Safety Officer for South Cambridgeshire, said: “Cooking is the biggest cause of accidental home fires in South Cambs. It is so easy to get distracted while cooking — the doorbell can go, the phone rings, children can distract us, or we leave the room to do other chores while food is cooking. A significant number of cooking related fires start when people come home from an evening at the pub after consuming alcohol, start to cook something and then fall asleep on the sofa. The next thing they know is being woken by fire-fighters, surrounded by thick black smoke, or waking up in a hospital bed.” “The consequences of fire in the kitchen can be extremely serious and even fatal as we have

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Cooking safely • Don’t leave pans unattended. Take them off the heat if you have to leave the room. Fire starts when your attention stops. • Don’t use matches or lighters to light gas cookers. Spark devices are safer. • Turn saucepan handles so they don’t stick out from the hob. • Keep the oven door shut. When you’ve finished cooking, make sure the cooker or oven is turned off. • Take care late at night. Most kitchen fires start between 10pm and 4am. It’s easy to be careless when you’re tired or if you’ve been drinking.

Get equipped Smoke alarms can give you and your neighbours an early warning should a fire start. This means that the fire service can be called as quickly as possible, minimising the damage and life risk. Book in for a FREE Home Fire Safety Check. This is where a member of the fire service will

come to your home and fit smoke alarms free of charge where needed. Dial 01480 444666 and quote code PSO. DO NOT take the battery out of your smoke alarm if it goes off unnecessarily when cooking. Fit an optical smoke alarm near to kitchens as this will not keep going off while cooking.

What's on... Stepping Stones Table Top Sale

Looking for Christmas shopping ideas?

St. Andrew’s Stepping Stones Playgroup are holding a Table Top Sale on Saturday 14th November from 10.00 AM – 12.00 noon, at St Andrew’s Church Halls, School Hill, Histon. The sale includes nearly new items, second hand books & toys, tea, coffee, and homemade cakes. Entry is 50p. To sell, prebook with Maxine on 01223 234175. Tables £7.50.

Come along to the Christmas market on Saturday the 14th November in the Methodist schoolroom, from 10 AM - 2 PM. There will be many exciting stalls for you to browse through, including handicrafts and home-made cakes and produce. Coffee, mince pies, sausage rolls, and light lunches will be served from 12 noon.

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Chip pans/deep fat frying • Dry the food before you put it in oil. • Never fill the pan more than one-third full of oil. • If the oil starts to smoke, it’s too hot. Turn off the heat and leave it to cool. • Use a thermostatically controlled electric deep-fat fryer. They can’t overheat. • Never pour water on hot fat. If a fire occurs Tackling fire is a job best left to professional fire-fighters. If you discover a fire, get out of the house, shutting the door on the fire if possible, and dial 999. Leave your pets — firefighters will rescue them.



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Wilderspin’s War - Lest We Forget

Regiment marching from Ipswich to Colchester in Oct 1914.

Ten mile rest stop. Regiment marching from Ipswich to Colchester in Oct 1914.

November tends to be a miserable month. The days are short, generally wet, and often dull, with only Guy Fawkes’ night a possible highlight. However, we should not forget that 90 years ago, on 11 November, the Great War ended. The feeling of joy and relief of all involved when the war ended cannot be underestimated. However, so many had died! Looking at the memorial on Water Lane one realises that few families in Histon and Impington were unaffected - forty one local men were killed. Today, unless close family members are currently serving in Afghanistan, most cannot imagine the suffering of the veterans and their families. Here we publish extracts from the Cambridge Chronicle that bear testament to the war as experienced by one local family, the Wilderspins of School Hill. Nov. 1914 ‘Mr. Fred Wilderspin, of School Hill, is to be

congratulated upon the fact that he now has five sons who are serving with the colours. At the outbreak of the war his two elder sons Charles and Frank, reservists, were recalled. A short time ago two more, Archie and Albert enlisted, and during the past week William, the youngest has joined. Besides this, Mr. Wilderspin’s son-in-law, Sidney Young is serving at the front. This is a record to be proud of!’ (I wonder how their mothers felt?) Within days Frank Wilderspin and Sidney Young are reported missing. – Nov. 1914 Frank Wilderspin is confirmed as a prisoner of war. – July 1916 William Wilderspin is killed together with 60,000 others taking part in ‘the great advance‘. – Aug. 1916 Albert Wilderspin is reported wounded. – Aug. 1917 ‘Official information has now been received by Mr. and Mrs. Wilderspin that their son Private Albert Wilderspin of the Suffolk’s has been killed in action (previously reported wounded). Albert joined up in Kitchener’s Army, and [had] been in France for over a year before he was reported missing. He is now stated to have been killed on 3 Aug 1917. He was only 22 years of age.

Mr. and Mrs. Wilderspin’s family possess a remarkable record. At the commencement of the war, there were five sons and a son-in-law. Of these two sons Albert and William and the son-in-law Sidney Young have been killed in action. Frank is a prisoner of war…and Charles has been severely wounded, but is now back in France. Archie is also fighting in France.’ Nov. 1917 Archie Wilderspin is reported as being home on leave after seeing ‘much fighting’. Nov. 1917 Charles is again wounded and is returned to England to a hospital in Birmingham. Sidney, Albert and William all belonged to the Suffolk Regiment. Sidney was one of four thousand officers and men of the British Expeditionary Force who died in France during August, September and early October 1914. They have no known graves. Albert and William, who had both worked at Chivers, were two of the ten village casualties of the Somme. Lest we forget.

Eleanor Whitehead Photo credits to Mr & Mrs Kohler of New School Road.



Man’s Most Constant Companion If you spend any time enjoying the scenery of the village gr een, you may have noticed that the suburban wildlife present includes more than just Mallard ducks and Moorhens. You may have been lucky (or unlucky!) enough to spot one of the world’s most successful mammals – a brown rat. Those of you who are keen gardeners with compost bins, or who keep rabbits or chickens, or who feed the birds regularly, will probably already be familiar with the brown rat (Rattus norvegicus). He’s an opportunist, eating just about anything he can get his paws on and his teeth into, and he lives pretty much wherever humans live (brown rats are found on every continent except Antarctica). The number of rats present in an area depends on the supply of food available, with numbers tending to increase in builtup areas. It has been estimated that here in the UK there are 1.3 rats for every human being, with these high numbers being attributed to rats being able to survive our relatively mild winters. The success of the brown rat isn’t just due to its ability to eat anything and everything.

Brown rats breed prolifically, with a well nourished female being able to produce up to five litters a year, each with up to fourteen babies at a time. This means that, even if a large proportion of a local rat population is exterminated, the remaining rats will quickly restore the population to its previous level. So what exactly is the problem with rats? Why is the hedgehog, another relatively common small mammal who visits our gardens, welcome, while the brown rat is so reviled? The answer, of course, lies mainly in the rat’s role as a spreader of disease. Brown rats are associated with the spread of a variety of diseases, such as Weil’s disease, Q fever, cryptosporidiosis, and toxoplasmosis. (It should be noted, however, that the brown rat was not responsible for the spread of the Black Death, the outbreak of bubonic plague that killed an estimated 25 million people in Europe back in the 14th Century – that was the black rat, Rattus rattus, which is now found mainly in warmer regions of the world.) Rats are present on the village green because the location provides them with both shelter

and food. The pond-side vegetation provides living space and somewhere to hide from the village cats and dogs, whilst litter dropped around the green and bread left over from feeding the ducks provides food – as do the ducks themselves in season, with the opportunistic rat not being averse to taking a duck egg or duckling if they get the chance. What can we do to keep rat numbers down? Whilst it is almost certainly unreasonable to expect to get rid of the rats entirely, we can all do our bit to help keep rat numbers at a reasonable level. In addition to pest control measures put in place by the local authorities, we can be careful not to drop litter (and preferably take it home for disposal), and refrain from feeding the ducks. Depriving the rat population of easy pickings will make it harder for them to survive and breed, and go some way towards preventing this fascinating little survival expert from becoming a public health problem. References for the resources used in compiling this article are available on request from

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Not So Happy Pet Holidays The holidays are fast approaching and it's time for pet owners to think about how to keep their pets safe during the festive season. So many of the activities that we enjoy can lead to sickness or even the sudden and tragic loss of your family pet. November is a good time to think ahead and talk about the hazards that may be coming. While you probably already know this, it is worth repeating. Chocolate contains theobromine which is toxic to dogs. It only takes an ounce or two of chocolate to kill a small dog (5 kg or less). Dark and unsweetened baking chocolates are especially dangerous. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning include: vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, hyperactivity and seizures. DON'T offer chocolate as a treat, and DO make sure it is stored safely out of reach. You, or a family member, may be tempted to offer your pet a special treat from the table. Don't. It is best to stick with your pet’s usual diet to prevent the upset that comes from dietary change. A high fat intake may wreak havoc on the pancreas causing inflammation (pancreatitis) which can cause severe illness. Watch out for elastics and strings which bind meat, tinsel , stringy toys, ribbons and decorations. These can cause "string gut" with vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of appetite and lethargy. Often, a part of the string will lodge in

one spot. The rest of the string moves through the intestines acting like a saw which can cut through the wall. Keep all potentially hazardous objects out of reach. If your pet should be one of the lucky ones that "passes" the string please remember that pulling at the offending object as is moves out of your pet can cause much damage. If the entire string is not passed

seek veterinary help. Unfortunately, not all pets are so lucky; some will require surgical intervention to remove the foreign body. Do take your dog for walks, but remember that Road Grit, Salt and other Ice-melting chemicals placed on roads and pavements can cause severe burning to your pet's footpads. Whenever possible, avoid walking your dog

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Q. I've treated my cat for fleas but she still has them. What can I do? I'm even being bitten. A. I wonder which flea treatment product you have used. Some of those which you can buy in a supermarket are not as effective as those you can get from a veterinary surgeon. You need to ensure you are using the product properly according to the instructions. For example, with a “spot-on” product are you making sure you apply it to the skin as far as possible instead of on the fur? Treatments do not kill fleas instantly on contact so seeing the occasional flea on your animal may still happen for a while. One point to remember about fleas is 95% of the infestation will live off the animal; eggs are laid and larvae hatch out in carpets, soft furnishings, animal bedding and nooks and crannies in floorboards and skirting. If you have a flea problem you will need to treat the environment with a reliable product as well as ensuring all cats and dogs in the household are treated. Your house usually only needs to be sprayed once or twice a year. Hoovering before using an environmental spray produces vibration and warmth which encourages larvae to hatch from the flea eggs which are then more easily killed. Do not be tempted to get rid of your animal as a solution to the problem. The fleas will have nothing else to feed on except you and your family!

through these substances, and wash off his footpads when you return home. Animals can get seriously stressed when there are a large number of people in the house. Before celebrations begin make sure that your pets have a safe, quiet area where they can rest. It is best to keep your pet locked up safely in a bedroom where they can escape from all the noise and festivities. If your pet enjoys having company come over, just make sure they do not become too overwhelmed. They need quiet time to rest and relax just like you do. Pets that normally do not tolerate visitors may snap and bite if over stressed. Be sure to tell visitors NOT to feed your pets any food treats. Dogs and cats can become extremely ill or even die from eating poisonous plants. Mistletoe may tempt a festive kiss, but eating this holiday greenery could cause a drop in blood pressure, as well as vomiting and swollen throat and mouth tissue. Other holiday foliage, including Holly and Poinsettias, contain toxins that could lead to severe stomach problems, as well as skin, mouth and eye irritation. Pine needles from a real Christmas tree can get stuck in throats. A few simple precautions can alleviate suffering and save your pet. It will also prevent costly vet bills and allow staff at your local veterinary practice to enjoy their own holiday season.

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Cheerfulness in the Rain

EEDA’s Heidi and Diane Tackle Great Wall of China

For the tenth year running planting master Trevor Silk has lead volunteers in a project to create colourful ribbons of daffodils which now line much of the B1049’s lower reaches. One Saturday recently the enviro volunteers were there once again to lend a helping hand. Despite the rain the ground was still extremely hard and dry; however everyone’s hard work now will all be worthwhile! Look out next spring for the results and enjoy yet another streak of golden of daffodils. The photograph shows the team preparing a trench, in the greensward near the

village sign, in readiness for the three sacks of bulbs provided by Impington Parish Council. The enviro.volunteers have great fun together working on a variety of projects to help improve areas throughout the village. Anyone interested in joining them should checkout their website or e-mail or ring Pene Nudds on 07831 361848 Even if you can’t join in the efforts of the Enviro team, let them know your appreciation by a toot on the horn as you pass.

Heidi and Diane raising awareness at Histon FC. Histon FC used their recent match versus Cambridge United to raise awareness of Heidi Bowman and Diane Finch’s bid to trek along the Great Wall of China for charity. The girls, who both work for the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) in

Histon, took to the pitch before the match to raise more money for Have a Heart – a community charity helping local children experiencing abuse, poverty, disability, illness or homelessness. More details on heididianetrekchina.

Enviro volunteers lend a helping hand

Histon FC Support National ‘Kick It Out’ Campaign

Holiday Fun and Footie Course

Young supporters display their Kick It Out banner.

Youngsters enjoying their holiday football course.

Local youngsters became involved in the national football campaign to ‘Kick Out Racism’ when they took part in the pre-match parade at the game versus Forest Green Rovers on the 17th of October. Julie Sawyer organised

pupils from local schools and the Youth Connections bus to produce a banner and artwork, which were proudly displayed at the Glass World Stadium.

Photo by Harry Hubbard.

The Autumn sunshine shone brightly on the Glassworld Stadium for the Steve Fallon Sports half-term holiday course. Lots of local youngsters enjoyed the coaching given by Steve Fallon and coaches Erkan Okay, Callum

Stewart and Alex Fallon. All the participants were given tickets for Histon’s game against Wrexham, and two youngsters won mascot packages for the Wrexham game for being chosen as the Players of the Week.

HI Courier - Nov 2009  
HI Courier - Nov 2009  

HI Courier November 2009 print edition