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70 Years!

A Playful 2010 for Village Children

What Can We Expect in '10? Here are some thoughts and wishes from leaders across our community:

"Histon and Impington are such vibrant villages. This is down to the hard work of so many individuals and groups. We must never take any of them for granted. I hope 2010 will see this sense of community continue to flourish. Let's work together and see our friendships grow and deepen"

- Jonathan Chatfield, District Cllr

"Here at New Life Church we have been once again celebrating the birth of hope for mankind some 2,000 years ago. In 2010 the economic recession, the threat of climate change and continued armed conflicts around the world make the need to put our trust in that hope as urgent as ever. With that in mind, we look forward to working with the other village churches and community groups next year to help make Histon & Impington throughout 2010 a place of peace, unity and fun!" - Revd Ian Rawley, Pastor of New Life Church

"We hope that all those students at IVC sitting exams in 2010 do their very best and achieve highly and that the Sports Centre development opens as planned with even more users. We also hope we continue to work closely with the local community to grow as a true village college. Rob Campbell, Principal, IVC My hope and prayer for Histon and Impington in 2010 is that we grow in our care for one another,

reach out to those in need and remain faithful in fulfilling our personal responsibilities towards families, friends and neighbours. And, in no particular order: • HICCA continue to thrive and encourage us to change • Stagecoach renew their sense of social responsibility towards the elderly • SCDC properly fund residential wardens • the new St Andrew's Centre and inexpensive bus service built (at the old Church Halls site) • A 30mph limit for the B1049 to provide needed community facilit- and safe cycle routes including at ies" least a plan for a A14 crossing - James Blandford-Baker, Vicar • Continuing high quality education at all levels "The Histon Neighbourhood Poli• A range of leisure activities for cing Team looks forward to working everyone throughout the year" to continuing to address the prob- David Jenkins, County Cllr lems of crime and anti-social behaviour which affect the community. "As we say goodbye to the “noughtPlease help us set your local policing ies”, I wish you all season’s greetpriorities by attending the Neigh- ings. My hope for 2010; is more bourhood Panels, dropping in at a people taking a pride and getting insurgery or the station, sending your volved in our communities." views via the website or even by - Sue Gymer, County Councillor phone!" - Chris Savage "We're hoping 2010 is the year Histon Sector Inspector when the country really wakes up to quick and drastic carbon emission "In 2010 and beyond I’d like to see reduction to tackle Climate Change, developments which improve the whatever transpires in Copenhagen. sustainability, vitality and quality of We will be working with local life within our villages and the pride schools and within our homes to conof their residents in them. tinue to drive down our com• Quality new shops in empty pr- munity's contribution and in the emises, improving choice for shop- process make where and how we live pers more pleasant, less expensive and • A comprehensive, easy to use more sustainable. We should make

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Histon and Impington's New Year pledge to cut our carbon footprint by 10% in 2010." - Steve Waters, HICCA

"I hope that 2010 will see our community work together to support the disadvantaged; to encourage and support our young people; to make Impington and Histon a better place to live, work or run a business, whatever the credit crunch, climate change and a general election may throw at us."

- Denis Payne Impington Parish Council

"We hope that the HI Courier will continue to thrive, and will carry all the news about what has happened, and what is to happen in our community. That it will help our community and businesses flourish, and spread the good news about the people and groups living and working in Histon & Impington. And that you, our readers today, will become the writers in the future."

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The Recreation Ground play area project has been given the green light after the major funder confirmed a Pathfinder grant of £45,000 to enable work in the play area to start in February. Children and young people will be able to enjoy the new facilities in the Spring The Project Group have been working on the Cambridgeshire Play Pathfinder grant application since April when the Recreation Ground Committee first became aware of the grant opportunity. The objective of the project is to provide a new modern, enlarged, landscaped and reequipped play area on the Recreation Ground to replace the ageing equipment. Over the summer three extensive community consultations organised by the project group confirmed overwhelming support for the redevelopment of the play area and provided some clear messages of what was needed. Many requested the retention of the iconic slide and tractor, and this equipment will form a key part of the redeveloped play area. Many responses wanted to see new equipment provided for children over 8, new landscaping provided with places to sit and gather, and a dedicated under 7s area. The play area design finalised in early October incorporates all these requests and feedback. In

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www.HIcourier.co.uk all the design includes ten new attractions, and the design can be viewed at www.hisimprec.net In addition to new equipment and landscaping being provided the entrance to the play area from the Football club access road is being moved to a new position which will be safer for children and a new railed pathway will be provided from the B1049. The total cost of the project including the new entrance and other boundary works will be around £93,000. This is being funded by the Pathfinder grant of £45,000, capital funding of £20,000 from the Parish Councils, £6,000 from the Rec Committee, a Histon Feast donation of £5,000, other grants of £12,000 and community fundrais-

ing of £5,000 by Friends of the Rec. The Friends of the Rec have organised some fundraising already to meet their target of £5,000, and the next special event is a Spring Ceilidh on Saturday 6th March. Get more information on the web at www.friendsoftherec.co.uk Neil Davies the project group chair welcomed news of a start date for work "this is real boost for the villages of Histon and Impington, and it is pleasing that the Play Pathfinder in making the grant award recognised the enormous amount of work put in by the project group." Explaining further Neil added "the importance of the community consultations was key to the success of the grant applications, in particular the enthusiastic involve-

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ment of the Junior School children. Our thanks to all the funders and also to Tucker Gardner for their generous sponsorř ship." The Recreation Ground play area will be closed from the end of January to the end of March. There will be a special opening of the new play area on Sunday 13 June and this will form part of an exciting Rec community fun day being planned. If any business is interested in sponsoring a new piece of play equipment or anyone wants to help in fundraising please contact Neil Davies on C 232514

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... get moving in 2010

Choir 2000 performed its Advent Concerts to a packed Baptist Church in Histon both on Saturday and Sunday 11 and 12 December. The audiences enjoyed listening to exhilarating choral and orchestral music by Bach and excerpts from Handel's Messiah with tenor soloist Nicholas Bewes, culminating in the 'Halleluja Chorus'. There were some carols for choir and four carols for

all to join in, and students from Impington Village College, conducted by Iain Mann, received an enthusiastic reception for performing a wonderful variety of music. At the December Concerts Choir 2000 always holds a retiring collection in aid of a local charity. This year it was in aid of Home Start Cambridge and raised £700.00. A big thank-you to all who contributed.

Want to be able to get up from a chair with confidence, put your socks on easier then come and try our chair based movement class at St Audrey’s Close community room in Histon. Movements designed to develop your strength, balance, mobility and coordination and most importantly to have fun. This friendly class is lead by a qualified experienced teacher and meets Fridays 2-3pm at £1.50 pay per session, no booking required. Go on give it a go and find out what it’s all about. For more information please call 01487 849912.


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I am writing following the article published in the HI Courier December issue about Aingers Road. Mention is made of Aingers Bungalow, latterly known as The Dolphin - and the author of the article, Eleanor Whitehead, asks if anyone has memories or photographs of the bungalow. I have attached a photograph taken in 1950 when my parents lived at the bungalow, which they bought in 1949. I was born there and we lived at The Dolphin until 1963. As you can see the property was not luxurious in 1950, having a lean to kitchen with a corrugated tin roof and an outside privy! Baths were taken in front of the fire in a tin bath and washing involved boiling in a copper, much scrubbing by hand and mangling. Eventually we saved enough money

Aingers Bungalow in 1950

Time to get out the tree planting boots, wield a spade and Grow Your Own; trees for food crops, trees for fuel sources, trees for wildlife, trees for biodiversity and, not least, trees for future generations. The Tree Council is encouraging everyone to think about sustainability and remember, particularly, that as well as planting to harvest fruit such as apples, plums and pears, there are many trees that have edible seeds - sweet chestnuts, hazel, walnut and many others that we may not care for, but that help feed birds through the winter. Traditional British orchards have become a nationally scarce resource over the last 50 years and Britain now imports nearly twice as many apples from abroad as are grown here. By planting a traditional apple or pear variety, in particular, you can benefit from free food for years to come and help preserve some of the wonderful native varieties that are peculiar to different parts of the UK. “It is a tragedy that we import hundreds of thousands of tonnes of apples from abroad when we can grow better varieties, throughout Britain, even in small back gardens.”

for a 'modern' extension including bathroom and kitchen built by Mr Doggett. The property had a large garden with lots of fruit trees - the remnants of the orchard which preceded it on the site - and we grew all our own fruit and vegetables. Indeed for many years we had a surplus which Mum and Dad sold to Chivers. Despite the cold and conditions, primitive by todays standards, we were very happy in the bungalow and I have some lovely childhood memories of climbing all those apple trees and playing outside in Aingers Road. I must admit though that when we moved, in the middle of the harsh winter of 1963, the radiators in our new house were a wonderful revelation! Suzanne Irwin, formerly Susan Poyser, Park Lane, Histon.

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Caste Aside An Impington Resident's Work in India

The seven hour power cut in December was enough to bring a TV crew to Histon Village Green but daily electricity failures are not the main concern to the residents of a village near Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, India. They too at last have had the attention of the camera lens. Local filmmaker and charity founder Audrie Reed was shown black sticky ooze running across the pavement in the village of the subcaste Narikurava tribe. The putrid trail seeped through several houses from a wall holding back the monstrous city dump's weight, which continues to increase by 350 tonnes a day. Audrie was shooting a documentary to publicise the plight of the residents. This was merely one of the ten or so projects she was initiating or completing in a whirlwind three week visit to South East India in November. Along with Village Outreach Society's Canadian founder, Diana Brown, Audrie revisited a poor Dalit village to open a toilet block in the school. The pupils previously used the fields behind the school. Village Outreach commented Pauline Buchanan-Black, Director raised funds to pay local eco-sanitation experts General of the Tree Council. BLESS to build the new toilets. “Planting an apple tree in your own garden can provide fantastic free food for you and your family for decades ahead. With literally thousands of apple varieties to choose from, and special root-stocks to ensure they don’t outgrow the space in your garden, they are the perfect tree to plant.” Think about doing something positive by planting a tree in your garden. Go on – Grow Your Own! HISTON AND IMPINGTON VILLAGE SOCIETY

SON ET LUMIERE

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Society, a Son et Lumiere (sound and light show) is to be held in Histon Parish Church on 18th, 19th, and 20th March 2010. The performance, starting at 7.30pm, and lasting just over an hour, will depict the history of the two villages from earliest times to the present

Previous visits have seen one Indian family's life utterly transformed by the gift of a boat and nets so that the three handicapped children earn an income from fishing. Other families have benefitted from a dairy cow or a small goat herd. New this year are the formation of a women's sanitary towel cooperative and support for the amazing Auroville Village Action Group which runs over two hundred self help groups. Audrie found this year's work in India immensely satisfying but also exhausting, owing partly to the overrun of the monsoons. She fundraises all year to give hope to the most disadvantaged in Tamil Nadu. To cut costs to the minimum she has learnt skills such as leaflet production, web site editing and accounting. All work is done by volunteers and the trustees pay the cost of flights to India. You can see a trailer for the Narikurava documentary and images from Audrie's trip at www.villageoutreach.com. Audrie is a popular presenter at schools and groups, using film and worksheets (for classes) to bring incredible India and her charity projects to life. day, and in addition to the sound and light elements, actors in costume will perform short mime sequences representing the period of history which is being described by a narrator. Tickets (to include refreshments) will be priced at £6, with concessions £5, and children (16 and under) £3, and will be on sale from Histon Church office, Lighthouse Toys, and Jane's Frames, from late February. If you reside in either of the villages and would like to be involved in the Son et Lumiere in any capacity, for example miming, costumes, props, or refreshments, please contact Jill Cowley on 01223 232049. There will be approximately 4/6 rehearsals in advance of the performances, plus a technical rehearsal and a dress rehearsal on two evenings in the week of the performances. A meeting for all those who would like to be involved in any way has been arranged for Tuesday 5th January at 7pm at Histon Church Stable Rooms. Do come along!


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HISTON and IMPINGTON PARISH COUNCILS

The Parish Office is the contact centre for all issues relating to the work of Histon and Impington Parish Councils, and also activities at the Recreation Ground and Centre itself. For opening hours telephone 235906 or refer to our website www.hisimp.net . The Parish Councils welcome residents to attend all their meetings, which are published on the Council’s on line calendar There are still 4 vacancies on Impington Parish Council, to be filled by co-option at the January meeting. If you are interested in applying, please contact the Parish Office, or any Councillor, to learn more about the work involved Histon Parish Council met on 14 December and items discussed included: Cuts expected in funding from South Cambs District Council for the Village Warden Scheme from 2012 The casual vacancy for a Councillor was filled with the co-option of Ian Levitt Environment Committee report that ideas for development of the play area on The Green were discussed. It was agreed to set up a sinking fund for future improvements The grass contract with Buchans Landscapes was renewed following a good service provided in 2009 on verges and parish owned land, including the Village Green Tree works at the War Memorial should be carried out in March 2010 Highways Traffic & Transport Committee were asked to consider the costs involved in building out the kerb on the junction of Station Road, High Street and The Green in preparation for a safer crossing route County Council were understood to have received at least one objection to the proposed parking restrictions to be introduced in Station Road Council agreed to support the development of a cycle route from Saffron Road to the Guided Busway, subject to conditions Half Yearly Donation applications were reviewed. It was agreed to support Choir 2000 and Histon & Impington Day Centre A Brook Clearance session is due to take

place 16 January, any help from residents welcomed The next Full Council meeting is due 8 February 2010 and will be held as usual at St Audrey’s Community Centre. All are welcome to attend and listen to Council debate Impington Parish Council will next meet on 18 January 2010 at St Andrews Church Hall, Impington. Agenda items will include: • Parish Council vacancy on the Recreation Ground Management Committee • Community Facilities report • New Road Crossing – report on progress with works • Donations Review Environment Committee have met and discussed: Chipping service to be provided for residents in January – watch out for details locally Any issues with street light columns, including problems with overhanging trees etc., can be reported by via email on street.lighting@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Tree works in The Copse as identified in a recent survey would be carried out soon, with another survey in The Coppice due in the Spring. 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 normally available to inspect at the parish office and are also available to view on the SCDC website HISTON: S/1660/09/F Mr P Rawlings, 13 Glebe Way – Garage IMPINGTON: S/1542/09/F Mr S Hawes, 7/7a College Road – conversion to 2 dwellings S/1652/09/F Mr A Jenkins, 94 Mill Lane – replacement of existing first floor flat roof dormer to front of house with pitched roof construction. Ground floor extension to existing kitchen S/1575/09/A Realstar Hotels (UK) Limited, Holiday Inn, Bridge Road – replacement signs

S/1587/09/LB IVC, New Road – replace roof coverings and copings, reinstate 2 rooflights and install 2 replacement rooflights on Finance office, toilets and access corridor S/1664/09/F Mr T Heeps, land to west of Pheasants Grove (Plot 2) Milton Road – house and garage (to extend time limit for implementation) S/1698/09/F Mr & Mrs C Allen, 39 Cambridge Road – outbuilding S/1754/09/F Mr B Cinque, 8 Mill Road – Demolition / removal of existing garage and conservatory and erection of 2 storey extension to side and single storey extension to rear of existing dwelling house for residential purposes S/1786/09/F Mr T Davies, 20 The Coppice – Extension to existing garden wall S/1813/09/F Mr & Mrs D Charlesworth, 4 Villa Road – Front ground floor extension and alterations to existing house

Joint matters affecting both Parish Councils:

Play Area Project at the Recreation Ground to commence February 2010, work planned for 2 months The B1049 Speed Limit Review has been published by Cambs County Council. In the 60mph section from the A14 to New Road and the 40mph sections from New Road to The Green they believe that there is scope for a reduction in the existing speed limit. However from the Green to the end of the 40mph limit they state that there is no scope for a reduction. This has been challenged by our County Councillors David Jenkins and Sue Gymer, particularly for failing to take account of the cycle path development northwards of Histon A team of Councillors meets regularly to prepare a response to the A14 Ellington to Fen Ditton Improvements Order consultation In January both Councils would meet to set recommendations for Budgets in 2010 – 2011.

JANUARY EVENTS

AT HISTON BRITISH LEGION Wednesday 6 ­ Rosemary Connelly Diet and Fitness. 6­9pm. Weekly meetings. Saturday 16 ­ Club Bingo with BIG cash prizes. Members only. Saturday 6 February Mikki Jonns. Live music from the 60/70/80's

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JAZZ CAFE A full hall was always guaranteed but it was standing room only when young musicians from Impington Village College teamed up with their contemporaries from Swavesey and Cottenham Village Colleges for an excellent evening of music-making in the Gropius Hall. By itself, this would have been a delightful event, show casing young musicians at their best, eager to share their talent, musicianship and skills with those who had come to listen. However, an extra treat was the presence of members of the London Mozart Players sitting alongside these young musicians, encouraging them throughout the day in workshops and both playing for and with them in the concert. It isn’t every day that 13 and 14-year old instrumentalists in our village get to watch and play with an orchestra regarded as one of the finest chamber orchestras in London. It will surely be an event that they will remember forever. The programme explained that “’Orchestra in another village’ aims to give young musicians in Cambridgeshire the opportunity to work with inspirational professionals towards a public performance”. Tribute must be paid, therefore, to the sponsorship given by Cambridgeshire County Council, Orchestras Live and South Cambridgeshire District Council, to the promoters stART Arts as part of Cambridge Music Festival and to the work of Margaret Archibald (London Mozart Players) and Amy Wormald (Local Arts Development Manager) for bringing it all together. In a programme of Baroque music we heard pieces well known through their use at weddings or on TV commercials but the jewel in the crown was a full-length performance to end the evening of JS Bach’s Advent Cantata “Wachet Auf”. The orchestra, comprising the professionals and students, was joined on stage by a fifty-strong choir of young singers, solely from the village colleges, to tackle this

beautiful but demanding work. Kate Woolf (Soprano), Wei His Hu (Tenor) and Simon Adams (Bass) provided the soloist support needed, all under the direction of Iain Mann, Head of Music at Impington Village College. For such young voices to sing this glorious yet highly complex cantata was an immense challenge, not least for the young men whose tenor and bass voices are only just beginning to form, and if the music was not hard enough, they also sang it in German (as it was written). This made the whole enterprise even more commendable. It was a heartening and uplifting evening to attend. At a time when young people are constantly in the news for all the wrong reasons, to see nearly eighty of them giving of their best so positively was a rich experience. If there was one trick missed it was to provide some information about the music being performed for the audience and, if nothing else, a translation of the German text would have been handy. It would certainly have further enhanced the occasion for the audience. It would also, perhaps, have made what was doubtless an unusual way to spend an evening for younger siblings in the audience, that little bit more accessible. Warmest congratulations are due to the young performers and to Iain Mann and his colleagues Audrey Cauldwell (Swavesey) and Catherine Manser (Cottenham) for the many hours of rehearsal and dedication that went into making this possible. Final thanks must be reserved however for the ladies and gentlemen of the London Mozart Players who got out their “sat-navs”, found this village called Impington and gave us all, young and old, a night to remember. When’s the next one?

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"Snow Angel" Inspires New Photo Website for Village

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The Snow Angel photo was taken on the morning of the first snow just before Christmas - the village looked so wonderful in the snow, and my partner Laura and I were up early at sunrise to see it unspoiled. I was armed with my camera, and was fortunate to capture this magical shot of Laura taking in the moment. Afterwards I uploaded it to the popular photo sharing site Flickr, and noticed that although there are groups dedicated to both Cambridge and Cambridgeshire, there wasn't a place for us to share our images of our joined villages, so I immediately set one up and invited people on the his-imp mailing list to join in. I've been amazed at the results, with people submitting some great photos of

Histon and Impington, including some photos group is there for everyone! You can find it on of the villages back in the 1970s and 80s! I http://www.flickr.com/groups/histimp/ encourage people both to take a look at what people have shared already, and if they want to - Michael Dales share pictures of village life themselves - the mdales@mac.com

THIS is a time of year for embarking on new resolutions and breaking bad habits. Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service would like you to use the New Year as an opportunity to get into a habit which could end up saving your life. Check your smoke alarm is working once a week by pressing the button. Every year firefighters in Cambridgeshire are called to many fires in homes where smoke alarms are fitted, but not working properly. Don’t let your house add to the 2010 statistics. As 2009 ended, a new Fire Kills campaign highlighted the dangers of inhaling toxic smoke. The ‘Don’t Drown In Toxic Smoke’ campaign dramatically shows how quickly toxic smoke can affect the body. It takes just two to three breaths of toxic smoke to affect your ability to breathe, a sensation similar to drowning. This campaign highlights the importance of having a working smoke alarm fitted on every floor of your house. An early warning is the best defence against the dangers of smoke inhalation.

If you have any questions about fire safety, or if you do not have a smoke alarm, contact your local station for a FREE Home Fire Safety Check, or call 0800 917 9994 and leave your name, address and contact number on the dedicated HFSC answerphone. Getting into the habit of checking your smoke alarm may just save your life, and CFRS have some more suggestions which will keep you and your family safe in 2010. Drive responsibly and safely. More people are killed in Cambridgeshire as a result of road traffic collisions than as a result of fires. Get into the following good habits when driving: • Reduce your speed • Leave a greater distance between you and the car in front • Always wear a seatbelt • Never drink and drive Stay safe in the kitchen. This is where most house fires start, but they can be avoided by being careful in the kitchen. It only takes a minute to check electrical appliances are switched off. Never leave cooking unattended.

"My Snow Angel" by local photographer Michael Dales

START THE YEAR BY GETTING INTO SOME FIRE SAFETY HABITS

Plan your escape route. Everyone should know what to do in a fire, whether they are at home, at school or at work. If a fire occurs at night your escape will be hindered by dark or difficult conditions. If you have already planned an escape route and everyone knows what to do, escaping safely will be much easier. Get into a fire safe bedtime routine. If you get into the habit of making these simple checks every night before you go to bed, you will help reduce the chance of a fire breaking out in your house. Always check: • Fires are guarded and extinguished before bedtime. • Smoking materials are fully extinguished • Electrical equipment is turned off and unplugged • All candles are out • All internal doors are closed. Chief Fire Officer Graham Stagg said: “Instead of trying to give up the usual bad habits this year, why not try getting into some potentially life saving habits. It doesn’t take long and would be the best possible way to start 2010”.


Isaac's Aircraft

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Former IVC students head for Stardom

Isaac’s Aircraft: Calum Fall, 19; James Lane,20; Martin Seidel, 22; Zak Thomas, 20. Their first single got to number 30 in the BBC Indiecharts alongside acts like Oasis, Franz Ferdinand and Arctic Monkeys. They have justsigned a deal with a company in Los Angeles who were responsible for launching Coldplay and Radiohead in America. They are getting rave reviews in the music world. And, they use a piano in place of a bass guitar. Not bad for a band with no major label backing! What's their music like? How does it compare to well known artists? Well if you like any of these, you'll love Isaac's Aircraft: Early U2, Early Elton John, Radiohead, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Keane, Manic Street Preachers, Snow Patrol, Stereophonics, Robbie Williams,The Verve, Kings Of Leon, The Killers, David Bowie, Razorlight. With heavy piano influences ranging from Chopin to The Arcade Fire, Isaac's Aircraft combine a concoction of pounding rhythms and tortured lyrics, to create a truly refreshing and innovative new sound. They supported The Zutons live in mid July, headlined the Junction - one of Cambridge's premier music venues in August - and headlined the Hawley Arms in London in October. Setting UK venues alight from Brixton to Sheffield, to the main stage at Pink Festival, with stand out tracks including ‘Friends & Foes’ and ‘Nothing To Relate,’ Isaac’s Aircraft appeal to Indie-Rock and non Indie-Rock fans alike. Tom Robinson at BBC 6 Music said: "Isaac's Aircraft are bucking the trend with storming live shows and records like Friends & Foes." Lead guitar, Calum Fall is the youngest and newest member of the band, joining in January 2008. Giving Isaac’s Aircraft a new direction and the altogether much rockier sound that they have today. They could now experiment more with their style and drive the music through the electric guitar as well as the keys.

Calum is a school friend of Zak and James’s and has been playing the guitar since his early teens. He also plays bass on the bands recordings. Martin Seidel the keys player, trained in Classical and Jazz. He has a very distinctive strong style of play. Born in Dresden, Germany, he moved to England when he was 16 to study the International Baccalaureate. He had a strong grounding in theatre, with his mum directing and running theatres through his childhood. He met Zak at IVC's 6th Form and the two started writing together as Isaac’s Aircraft in 2006. Martin is currently in his final year at Kings College London studying Theology. Zak Thomas does lead vocals and guitar. He is the charismatic front man, noted for having a voice that you just want to listen too. Brought up going to live concerts, from the local Corn Exchange to Glastonbury, Zak has always wanted to be in a band. He now works early mornings, and works on the band in the evening. He also plays the piano. James Lane is the drummer.Joined the band in 2007, when the band started gigging and promoting their own concerts on the Cambridge scene. A school friend of Zak’s, James had been in a band with Zak before. James is definitely the level head of the group and keeps everyone on the ground. His dad, Dick Lane, used to jam with David Gilmore from Pink Floyd, and his band Perfect Amber’s album is one of the rarest vinyl in the UK. With only 99 copies printed to avoid tax. Isaac's Aircraft headed back into the studio last June working with renowned producer Paul Tipler, known for previously producing music for Idlewild, The Charlatans and Placebo to record five new tracks for release early 2010. For more check out: www.isaacsaircraft.com and www.myspace.com/isaacsaircraft

The legendary Cambridge Band Competition is open for entries! Following two successful years in the hands of the City Council, Strawberry Fair is now taking over running the popular competition to find Cambridge’s best band. The search is on for the most talented band, solo performer or ensemble. Previous winners of the competition have gone on to perform at various events and festivals as well as receiving recognition in the industry. This year first prize is £250 and a plumb spot at Strawberry Fair – “Cambridge’s favourite arts event” . Strawberry Fair have also secured a range of other prizes for the competition including a

recording session at Vertical Rooms Studio, and a professional photo shoot which will help the winning band to take the next step in their musical career. The bands selected to perform in the competition heats will have the chance to be heard by a panel of judges made up of music industry professionals, and for some bands there will be an opportunity to perform at Strawberry Fair. "It’s a great honour to be asked to run the Band Competition." says Justin Argent, Chair of the Strawberry Fair, "This is one of many new activities we are taking on in 2010 as part of the Strawberry Fair shake up! We think it's really important to give local people of all ages

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The Cambridge Band Competition 2010 the opportunity to share music and perform. Strawberry Fair's deep roots in the city’s music community means that we can help the competition to thrive." The Cambridge Band Competition is open to any genres and all ages are welcome. The deadline for entries is Monday 1 February. The only condition for entry is that bands must be based within 30 miles of Cambridge city, and be able to make the dates of the competition heats (Thursdays throughout March) and the competition final at the Junction on Thursday 15 April. The band competition, like Strawberry Fair, is free to enter and is run entirely by volunteers.

Bands wishing to enter the competition should visit the Strawberry Fair website www.strawberry-fair.org.uk and follow the links to the application form. Deadline for entries is Monday 1 February (bands will be selected for the heats on Tuesday 2 February). The Heats will take place at the Portland Arms on Thursday 4 March, Thursday 11 March, Thursday 18 March and Thursday 25 March. The Final will take place on Thursday 15 April at The Junction. Bands will be judged by a collective of music industry professionals and local journalists. There will be an audience vote at each heat with the most popular band going into the final.


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Drama students portray life at the Chivers Jam factory in wartime

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On 2nd December 2009 Impington Village College (IVC) presented an evening of lectures, drama and music to mark its 70th Anniversary and the official opening of the Exhibition. It was clear that staff and students had worked very hard to produce a very interesting and entertaining evening and exhibition. They had help from a few other people including a group of original students from the first intake. How many of those students when posing for their school photograph would have imagined they would be posing with some of the same people 70 years later! When IVC opened in September 1939, two weeks after the outbreak of World War 2, it was at the forefront of modern development in both its educational concept and architecture. Henry Morris, educationalist and inventor of the Village College said in 1925 “The village college would change the whole face of the problem of rural education. As the community centre of the neighbourhood it would provide for the whole man, and abolish the duality of education and ordinary life�. IVC has lived up to this vision. It is in the spirit of being very much part of the community that it was decided to open an exhibition to the public covering the history of the college and of the surrounding area. What a fitting way to celebrate this anniversary! The name Impington is thought to derive from a 6th century tribe called the Empings. The village has been known by a few different but similar names through the years. Histon has its early origins in the Iron Age. Many of the artefacts relating to this early history, such as axe heads, pottery and even treasure are

housed in the Department of Archeology at Cambridge University and can be seen in the museum there. Photographs of some of these artefacts and of earth works relating to both settlements are in the IVC exhibition. It is quite fascinating to discover how our early ancestors managed to survive in this area when life was so different to today. Both villages are recorded in the Domesday Book and details of the entries show how the settlements had developed from their humble beginnings. Histon and Impington were affected by important national events as well as having their own local history. The ownership of the land changed several times depending upon who was powerful at the time and the influences of the Church and various kings. In the 14th century the Black Death killed half the inhabitants of the villages and the population did not recover for 300 years. The famous 17th century diaries of Samuel Pepys record his visits to Impington Hall which had been built by his relatives. The Hall and surrounding land eventually passed into the hands of the Chivers family. The Chivers family first appeared in Histon around 1817. They developed their farming business and at one stage owned 8000 acres. The family was the major employer in the area and diversified into producing jam, mincemeat, lemonade, Christmas puddings and marmalade to keep up sales out of season. In 1895 Chivers became the first large scale commercial canners in Europe. Other notable people from the area include Elizabeth Woodcock, Bates Tolliday and Moses Carter.

Musical tribute to IVC's 70th anniversary

Standing room only!

Students of IVC's very first class

Phillip Arkinstall, Head of History

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1939­2009 · 70th Anniversary Exhibition Elizabeth was thrown from her horse and sheltered from a snow storm in fields to the east of Impington. It is said she had been drinking and that is the reason she became covered in snow and remained trapped for a week. Bates got in trouble because he and his family moved into the Cage, the village lock-up on Histon Green, one winter. Moses was a “giant” and became a local celebrity. He was almost seven feet tall and, though not fat, weighed over 23 stone (146kg). More about them is on display at IVC. In 1937 the construction of IVC began on land donated by the Chivers family. The first Village College opened in Linton in 1930 and IVC was the second, opening in 1939. Walter Gropius and Maxwell Fry, leaders of the Bauhaus movement, designed the plans for the building. Their design embraced the concept that the building was to serve the whole community and not just the students. Due to its architectural importance the college is now a listed building. Some of the early students from the outlying villages which fed the college were given free bicycles to travel to and from school. Each area of the building had a distinct function. It was thought important for the classrooms to have large windows to let in light and look out onto pleasant views, which at that time included Impington Hall where some Keep Fit classes were held. The main wing was for community activity such as Woodwork and Metalwork, Rural Sciences, Country Dancing, Public Speaking, Art and making the most of your rations in wartime. College students as well as adults were welcome at the classes and buses were provided to ferry people to and from the villages. The original students are still excited about their time at IVC and enjoy recalling

what it was like, how modern and different it was to other schools at the time. The original intake was just 280 students compared with the 1347 it has expanded to cater for today. During the War the local students were supplemented with evacuees. The college has developed in response to the changing demands of modern education and community living. In 1965 the Sixth Form Centre opened to offer A Levels and in 1990 the International Baccalaureate. IVC continues to expand and change with the addition of and extension to the Sports Centre but still remains true to the original vision: “Education is a continuous progress extending through childhood, youth and the whole of adult life” Henry Morris. The Exhibition is open to the public during school hours until the end of January and is well worth a visit.

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Students from early years if IVC plus current staff if history department

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Lance Taylor cutting the ribbon to open the 70th anniversary exhibition

Dr. Alistair Fair talks about Bauhaus movement

Dedication plaque in adult wing

Boys' workshop classes

Games room in adult wing

Choral group for women

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Pet Column:

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My Pet is Becoming Thin Well, not necessarily. A lot of pets become thinner as they age but often this is an indication of one or more problems. The digestive system of many older animals is less efficient. This means they will lose weight even if they eat the same amount of the same food they have eaten for years as they are not able to digest and absorb so many of the nutrients. It's a good idea to feed a “senior” diet which contains highly digestible food which will give your pet better nutrition. Many of these senior diets also contain products such as antioxidants which slow down the ageing process and changes which can lead to cancer and supplements to ease aching joints. An older animal might have a reduced appetite. This can be for many reasons, including most of the diseases mentioned below. Dental disease can make it difficult or painful for your dog or cat to eat but their appetite and therefore their weight will improve once they have received the proper treatment. Pain caused by other problems such as arthritis can also put your pet off eating.

Diseases of the heart, liver and kidneys can cause weight loss for other reasons as well as a reduced appetite. If the heart is not working properly it cannot provide a good blood supply to the rest of the body which then does not work so well. The liver has many functions including the processing of digested food. Liver disease usually results in significant weight loss. Kidney disease can reduce appetite due to nausea and mouth/stomach ulcers and will leak vital proteins into the urine. Many health problems can cause vomiting which obviously interferes with the intake of nutrients. Many older cats will develop an overactive thyroid gland. Too much thyroid hormone causes all the body processes to work much faster so calories are burnt off faster than they can be taken in. It also makes the heart work too fast and can cause heart failure. Diabetes mellitus is an increasingly recognised problem in dogs and cats and can cause weight loss as the body is unable to utilise the glucose which comes from digested

Losing weight may be an indication of one or more problems.

carbohydrates. Cancer will usually cause loss of weight at some stage in the disease and is more common in older cats and dogs. The good news is that many of these problems can be treated, sometimes giving your old pet a new lease of life for possibly a few years.

Q. When is the right time to get my bitch spayed?

A. Some people say as early as six months old, others say to wait until she's had a season and some say to let her have a litter first. There is no need to let her have a litter unless you particularly want puppies. She will only feel “maternal” when she experiences the hormone changes of pregnancy. If she is spayed she will not have those hormone changes so will not know she has missed anything. The recommendation used to be to let your bitch have her first season before spaying so as not to affect her growth and development. More recent studies show that her growth is affected so little (her long bones in her legs will be a millimetre or two longer than if she had not been spayed early) that it makes no difference to her mobility unless she is expected to do top level agility work or be doing hard physical work on a regular basis, eg herding sheep or mountain rescue work. There is a small number of breeds which are particularly vulnerable to urinary incontinence and it may be better to let these bitches have a season before spaying. Spaying a bitch before her first season reduces the risk of her developing “breast cancer” in later life by almost 90%. Every season she has reduces this sparing effect until there is no difference between entire bitches and those which have had three or more seasons before the operation. Some people who own a bitch at particular risk of developing urinary incontinence still prefer to spay

It is important that the correct diagnosis is made and often blood tests are necessary. Sometimes the situation can be complicated if your pet has more than one problem. If your pet is losing weight the sooner it sees a vet to find out what the problem is the more likely it will be to respond well to treatment.

before a season as they would rather face the small chance of their dog becoming incontinent, which is treatable, than face an increased risk of her getting cancer.

Please send any questions about pets by e-mail to mail@hicourier.co.uk or post to HI Courier, c/o Hollyoak Veterinary Surgery, Middlewhite Barn, St Georges Way, Impington, CB24 9AF. Ifyour pet is ill please do not delay treatment by waiting for an answer in this column but take it to a veterinary surgeon.

A huge 'Thank You' from all the staff at Hollyoak Veterinary Surgery to everyone who sent cards, gifts, and good wishes over the Christmas holidays. - Paula


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Inefficient heating can seriously damage your wealth

We often hear people say that it is expensive to put central heating in or to replace an old inefficient boiler. But it is in fact the reverse as inefficient or non existence of central heating can seriously affect the value of a property. 84% of energy used in the home is for heating and hot water. Older boilers are less than 60% efficient compared to new “A” rated condensing boilers which are over 90% efficient. Replacing an old boiler can reduce your fuel bill by as much as £300 per year. The Housing Market Research Report produced by Nationwide in 2006 stated that although the cost of installing central heating was about £5000, it would add about £10,000 to the value of the property. Not having central heating detracted 6.8% from the value of the home in 2006, but Nationwide’s 2009 report indicates this has now risen to a 9% reduction in value – this means that the value of a £200,000 property would reduce by £18,000. The report also suggests that in the future, we could see greater use of local alternative energy sources with government grants available for technologies such as solar power cells, wind turbines and ground source heat pumps. It is too early to assess the impact these might have on property prices, particularly as the payback time can be very long, but they could prove to be value-adding features in the future While we want warmer homes we have become more aware of fuel costs and also of the increased emphasis on our environmental responsibilities. As a result, households seem to have become increasingly conscious about their energy use. The requirement to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) when selling or renting a home now makes it easy to compare the efficiency of different properties. However, even before this, energy efficiency within the housing stock has gradually improved, with the average energy efficiency (SAP) rating for owner occupied properties increasing from 41 to 48, out of a possible 100, between 1996 and 2007. Energy efficiency of homes is also gauged in terms of the A-G ratings familiar from domestic appliances. With British homes amongst the least energy efficient in Europe (Average is E Rated) and responsible for 27% of the UK’s total carbon emissions, there is plenty of room for improvement, especially given the Government’s target to reduce carbon emissions by 34% by 2020 and 80% by 2050.

The Energy Saving Trust’s Hidden Value Guide suggests that people will pay over £3000 more for a home that has a good energy efficiency rating compared to one that is not environmentally friendly – The EPC helps demonstrate this. The Guide also confirms that over 80 per cent of people say that running costs of the home are becoming increasingly important and 68 per cent don’t want energy inefficient F or G rated homes. The message is loud and clear – It makes sound economic sense to stop wasting energy in the home: • Energy saving improvements pay for themselves • They add significant value to the home • Improve comfort • Reduce fuel bills • And help the environment by reducing carbon dioxide emissions Peter Thom, Managing Director of Girton based Green Heat said there a £300 grant for anyone over 60 which is not means tested and there are all the other financial benefits indicated in this article. Recent “Which” reports also confirm that smaller reputable heating companies, such as Girton-based Green Heat, will provide a better service than British Gas and be as much as £1000 less expensive for a boiler installation. Green Heat is a local company and participated in the recent Home Energy Show at IVC sponsored by HICCA and SCDC. They will be celebrating 20 years of helping the Environment and home owners and have won a number of awards for the quality of their work. Peter Thom and his Green Heat team can be contacted on 01223 277278 visit the website at www.greenheat.uk.com

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Until relatively recently the ploughed out earthwork known as Arbury Camp, Impington, to the south of the A14, was one of the few remains that suggested Iron Age occupation of Impington. Today, any new development must include an archaeological appraisal/survey in its budget. Hence the recent exciting discoveries on Impington Lane. The late Iron Age earthwork, which was 250m across, was excavated before the Orchard Park development commenced. Remnants of a substantial ring fort gatehouse were discovered. The fort was probably erected by local Celts as a defence against the successive waves of invading Celts from the Continent, long before the Claudian invasion from Rome. After the disastrous Iceni rebellion in AD 63, most late Iron Age settlements were obliterated in the area and Roman agricultural practices adopted. Whether there was a similar obliteration rather than subjugation of the local Iceni Celts remains conjecture. It has been suggested that during the Roman occupation the ring fort was used as an animal enclosure, which could explain its 2000 year old survival as the area was not particularly well drained being rough pasture for hundreds of years. Arbury Meadow, now Arbury Estate, grew on clay. Here, Talbot Pepys of Impington Hall had workmen “digging brick earth” for the manufacture of bricks in 1622. By the 13th C the earthwork was known as Hardburgh, which in time was modified to Arborough and finally Arbury Camp. Until the 20th C the earthwork straddled the old Impington and Chesterton Parish boundary. By 1800 its western half in Impington had been ploughed out. In 1912 the eastern half was ceded to Impington on the creation of Chesterton Rural District Council. The new boundary with Cambridge extended down to the Roseford Road area. In 1934 the parish boundary withdrew to its current location south of Kings Meadow Estate and the remaining allotments. Around 1900 Arbury Camp came under the management of John Chivers, together with Impington Farm on Cambridge Road and Cawcutts to the north. The area was managed

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from Impington Farm. As well as arable, orchards, soft fruit, a piggery and a poultry unit were created. The aerial photograph of the area was taken in 1949. It shows Impington Farm on Cambridge Road with its extensive outbuildings. The fruit growing area is clearly visible. The poultry farm lies on Arbury Road, (now renamed King’s Hedges) next to the Burkett Market Garden. At the top, now the site of a hotel, lies the Cawcutts homestead. The earthwork appears long gone and the A14 is thirty years away. Orchard Park is now an independent Parish, with its own Community Council. Before building began, Impington Parish Council was consulted about the naming of the roads. It was felt that names relevant to the area should be adopted. As a result Iceni Way, Ringfort Road, Chieftain Way, Circus Drive and Chariot Way celebrate the Iron Age and Roman connections. Rosehip Road, Foxglove Way and Buttercup Road are common to local hedgerows and meadows with Sweetpea Way a reminder of Impington’s 100 year link with Unwin’s Seeds. However, the greatest proportion of street names celebrate those who worked on Chivers Farms. Mr. Flack and Mr Starr were ploughmen. Jack Engledow acted as the farms’ gamekeeper. Two generations of Pagrams worked for the farms for a total of 85 years. It was J. Stanley (Chivers) who developed one of the largest and most successful, privately owned mixed farm empires in the UK. He took over from his father John in 1919 and by 1939 the company owned 8000acres. He was aided by the management skills of Mr. H. Chambers at Impington Farm and Mr. C.F. Cornell of Home Farm. George Graham developed the Percheron Stud, Jack Topper the pig breeding program and William Neal the utility poultry on Arbury Road. This just leaves Central Avenue and Newington Crescent to be explained. Central Avenue seems self evident but the origin of Newington crescent is unknown to the author.

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Mr. Jack Topper being presented to H.M. The King.

Photographs - IPC and Chivers Mag.1956

Day Centre Christmas Party

Turkey thawed, 8 flower arrangements made, vegetables provided, mince pies bought, cake iced, crackers ready to pull AND four inches of snow with half the village without power. Phone calls all round and the decision made to 'Go for it ' and see how many people would brave the weather. Drivers Matt & Richard were a great help escorting our members from their houses to the taxis. A delicious lunch was served to 51 people and a lovely Christmas entertainment was given by the ladies of The Salvation Army. A good time was had by all, despite the snowy conditions. Mission accomplished !!

The Day Centre would like to wish the staff of H.I. Courier, and all its readers a Very Happy New Year.

Tom Chadwick chief pedigree Dairy Shorthorn herdsman, 1956


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Charity Ball Success

The Histon Charity Ball committee would like to thank all of the companies and individuals who supported their first Charity Ball held at the Holiday Inn, Impington. The Ball was a resounding success. Over £5000 was raised which will be presented to Camtrust in the New Year. A huge thank you to you all for making this event an exceptional evening. 1st Histon Brownie pack ask to borrow old Brownie uniform items As part of their centenary activities, Brownies at the 1st Histon will be learning about Brownies of the past hundred years. They would love to be able to see any Brownie uniform items or objects you may have tucked away in your cupboards from your Brownie days - even if it’s only a beret, badge or a tie. If you have any items and are willing to lend them please contact us at info@proactiveresearch.org.uk or phone 0845 430 9549. Any items would be returned after the session and will be treated with care. - Berenice Mann (Tawny Owl)

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Investing for a GREEN and ETHICAL Future Just as you can now choose from a range of green or ethically produced goods in the supermarket, you can also choose financial products which positively benefit the environment and society. There are now around 40 institutions offering such products in the UK. Such products are generally branded as "ethical", "green", or "socially responsible" and these terms can apply to many different types of financial products including investment funds, ISA’s, pensions, savings accounts and even mortgages. The main distinction is between those products that apply positive criteria and those that apply negative criteria. Positively screened funds are often classed as light green. They are generally concerned with sustainability or investment in companies developing alternative resources or technologies that have a lesser impact on the environment. Such funds also invest in those companies that support social issues- such as fair payment for services or goods in disadvantaged countries or education. Some funds have a positive engagement policy, whereby management teams are involved with companies held by the fund, to improve policies or practices. This can mean that a fund invests in a company working towards better policies could be exposed to some unwanted

activities, such as where a fund invests into a polluting energy company that is developing a recycling policy or a new technology. Negative funds can be classed as dark green. Such funds do not invest in companies involved in certain activities such as tobacco, animal testing for cosmetic purposes, gambling, armaments, nuclear power, intensive farming and pornography. However in practice funds are not so clear cut. Many funds apply a range of criteria and the management style determines the "greenness"; a fund that applies negative screening to companies may still invest wholly or mainly in companies that have a positive contribution. Of course, while ethical criteria are increasingly important to investors they also want to consider how well such funds perform. The performance of UK equity based ethical funds has been strong in comparison to their peers. However, like all investments ethical funds carry a degree of investment risk and the value of your investment can fall as well as rise. Ethical investments cover the range of investment risk from cash deposits, to corporate bonds, managed and equity funds.

Any one interested in finding out more about green investing should contact their Independent Financial Adviser (IFA). In addition to packaged investment products it is possible to consider the purchase of solar energy panels and other similar products as investments. I will look at these issues in a future column.

NOTES ABOUT THE AUTHOR Bruce Clark is a Chartered Financial Planner, the highest designation awarded by the Personal Finance Society. He is been an IFA for 12 years and lived in Histon for 11 years. He can be contacted on 07878886944 or by email on bclark@steds-fs.co.uk


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Picturesque St Florent Harbour in Corsica

Less sophisticated than its neighbour Sardinia, Corsica is a true gem in the Mediterranean, perfect for any type of holiday and quite simply ticks all the boxes. Beautiful white sandy coves with clear, aquamarine sea that is perfect for snorkeling are dotted all along the East, West and South coastline. Further north you will find the more rugged surf beaches with golden sands. It is an island steeped in history and this is apparent when visiting any of the towns or villages which are full of ancient, medieval buildings, forts and citadels. St. Florent, to the north of the Island in the Le Nebbio region, is the "St. Tropez" of Corsica. Smaller and more intimate, it has a bustling marina and old town which is full of atmosphere and has a more relaxed, less commercialised feel to it. Corsica is very rural in parts and quite mountainous. Any plans to explore the island need lots of research and a detailed road map! Public transport is limited, however, there is a well known journey by rail from Bastia in the North that takes you through the mountains, with viaducts, tunnels (38 in total) and

bridges, down to Ajaccio in the South West very scenic and a must for any rail enthusiasts. Central Corsica has lots to offer for a more active, cultural holiday. Corte, a historical citadel town located right in the centre of the Island is an ideal base for a hiking or cycling holiday – the area is renowned with hikers across the globe for its trails No part of Corsica will disappoint. The scenery everywhere is stunning. Down South, L'Extreme Sud, the beaches are powder white. Head for Cala Rossa where you can stay in the heart of the countryside, walk to the beach and have the chic resort of Porto Vecchio for shopping and eating out, within a twenty minute drive. Further south is the Renaissance town of Bonifacio which has a more Italian feel to it. All over the island, there is evidence of a turbulent past, and, while Corsica is a mix of French and Italian, it retains its own personality, traditions, culture and a charm that will make you want to return.


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Now that Christmas has come and gone, it’s time to start thinking about working off some of those Christmas excesses. What better way than with a walk in the countryside, offering fresh air, exercise, and the chance to spot some interesting wildlife along the way? A favourite local walk of mine is across the fields to Girton and back, starting and ending where the Girton footpath crosses the Guided Busway. These days we have a choice of route, but my favourite is the left-hand path: the one that goes from the Histon wood through the Girton wood and up the side of the fields to the back of Girton Rec. I often see muntjac deer here, and foxes. Birds to watch out for in the woods include sparrowhawks, kestrels, and large mixed flocks of tits and finches, while winter-visiting redwings feed on the fields and fieldfares love the crab apples on the tree in Girton churchyard. If you return via the original Girton footpath, you may see pheasants and even a black squirrel near to the farm at the Girton end of the path, and rabbits in the pony fields at the Histon end. The total distance is 2 – 3 miles, depending on how much you wander en route. Looking further afield, Milton Country Park offers a good winter walk, with the added bonus of an adventure playground for the children. The Country Park is a good place to see muntjac, while the gravel pits hold a variety of wintering wildfowl, such as gadwall and grebes, with always the chance of a kingfisher or something more unusual. The tall trees near the playground often hold a woodpecker or two, while the crab apple trees near the visitors centre attract thrushes and blackbirds. A trip up to the viewing deck behind the centre

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affords good views of tits, finches and squirrels visiting the bird feeding station. The park contains over 2 miles of paths, and longer walks are possible if you leave the park by the back entrance and walking down to Baits Bite lock on the River Cam. Park in the Country

Park car park (access from the roundabout by Tesco) for a cost of £2, or go green and cycle over via Butt Lane and the footbridge over the A10 by the Park and Ride. For a longer walk, I recommend a trip to Thetford Forest, parking at Brandon Country Park (entrance on the B1106 just south of Brandon). A number of colour-coded walks of varying lengths (1.25, 3.5 and 6 miles) start and finish from the car park, passing through pine forest, mixed woodland and Breckland heath areas. Take time before or after your walk to watch the busy bird feeders outside the visitor’s centre, which attract woodland species such as coal tits and nuthatches. The visitor’s centre also houses a tearoom offering drinks, light meals and snacks – very welcome after a bracing winter walk. These are just three of my favourite winter walks. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Once again the Histon Feast Committee put up a Christmas Tree on the Green in Histon, next to the village pump. The tree was kindly donated by Flora-Tec, and members of the Feast Committee erected the tree and decorated it with lights purchased from Feast funds. Along with the lights put up by the Parish Councils, the tree gave a real Christmas look to the centre of the village. We hope that all members of the community appreciated the tree and the lights and enjoyed the effect throughout the festive season.

We have put photographs on our web site. Please look at the web site to see just what the Feast Committee does – not only during Feast Week but throughout the year. For example, the Feast Committee also participated in the Remembrance Sunday service, placing a poppy wreath at the War Memorial. Our web site is: www.histon-feast.co.uk Do take a look and if you have any comments please get in touch.


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Winter Nets

If you live in Histon and Impington, you must be good at cricket! At least that would seem to be the case if you consider the success of our cricket teams, as recent editions of the HI Courier have testified. Or is it down to the immaculate playing surface, prepared lovingly by our recreation ground's grassmeister, Steve Campin? From my point of view as the Manager of the U12s last year, it could well be both of these, but another factor is the coaching. And no - I'm not a coach, I am a team manager! At first hand I have seen how our dedicated coaches - in our case Joe Uttridge and the legendary Ian Lawrence - take kids with little or no knowledge of the game and instil into them a passion for it. Last year it was wonderful to see kids, who originally thought cricket was a boring game, turn into enthusiasts, spontaneously dashing off to the nets every night after school - and at weekends

- to enjoy the thrill of hurling hard red leather balls at their mates at immoderate speeds. And in the process, very many of them are becoming very fine young cricketers. It seems that the coaches' key to instilling this passion has been to make the game fun. Histon Cricket Club places its emphasis on participation and enjoyment, particularly at junior level. Every child in the junior squads gets the chance to play an equal number of games, irrespective of ability. If they want to, they all get a chance to bowl (although assuring them of a chance to bat every week is more dependent on how many wickets we're losing!). There is much less pressure on performance - and results - than I have seen in many other kids' sports. So much for the children - what's in it for parents? If you've spent whole winters freezing your extremities off watching your child play football or rugby, the prospect of a few warm

summer evenings sitting in the sunshine watching willow on leather surely couldn't be more welcoming. And the junior season (for good or ill) is very short - from the beginning of May until the end of July - so signing up to help (or just to watch) won't commit you to endless weeks of servitude. If you like the sound of this, and want to know more, feel free to contact me at martin.wilde@ntlworld.com. Histon Cricket Club is looking to field teams at U11 (up to school year 7), U12 (year 8) and U13 (year 9) this summer. Weekly lunchtime winter training for school years 7-9 - courtesy of our kind friends at IVC - begins on Tuesday 12th January at 1:20pm in the IVC Sports Hall. If your child has never played cricket before - do encourage them to come and try out this amazing game. If they've already played, they won't need any encouragement!

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