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Longstanton Life Life in your locality Volume 12, Issue No. 3 - June/July 2012

In this issue… Election results St George’s Day report and photos from Tom Eaton Home Farm update Hatton Park News PLUS all our regular features including… LDHS Update Sports News Surgery Updates eCops Sunny smiles on a rainy St George’s Day Photograph courtesy of Tom Eaton

The information in The Longstanton Life is provided in good faith and we have tried to ensure that it is accurate and correct. However, neither the editorial team nor the contributors can be held responsible for any inaccuracies or omissions or any consequential losses of any form whatsoever arising there from. Editorial team were Tony Cowley, Pam Buckridge, Ruth Kilcullen, Natasha Chambers, Sarah Ballard and Ines Smith. The Longstanton Life newsletter is Copyright © 2000 -2012 The Editorial Team. All Rights Reserved. Cover graphics copyright ©


VILLAGE DIARY Sun. 3rd of month Mon. 2nd of month 2nd of month 3rd of month Tues.

Weds.

Thurs.

Fri.

0930-1030

Sunday School

The Rectory, High St.

Susan Meah

781258

1100

Tennis Club

The Pavilion

Sarah Ballard

1600-1800 1800-2000

Messy Church Bowls Club

Village Institute* The Pavilion

Susan Meah Marion Edwards

1930-2030

Jazzercise

Hatton Park School

Tina Chasse

1000-1130 1930 1945

Mother & Baby Clinic Parish Council W.I.

Village Institute* Village Institute* Village Institute*

Hilary Stroude (Open meeting) Dorothy Peel

782560

1030-1115

Mini JAFFAs (pre-schoolers)

All Saints’ Church

Susan Meah

781258

1800-2100

Judo for all ages (call for details)

Hatton Park School

Ian Slack

1800

Tennis Club night Adult Cricket training

The Pavilion Call for details

Sarah Ballard Paul Rodgers

07985 938959 781610

1900-2100

Cambridge Freestyle Martial Arts

Village Institute*

Rory / Martin

07523 854251 07535 646234

1900-2130

ATC (Air Training Corps)

Cadet Centre

07985 938959 781258 780118 01487 841811

780381 201169

781180

10.15-11.15

Music Madness (0-3yrs)

Village Institute*

Kari Law

789008

1900

Bridge

Village Institute*

Margaret Sayers

230121

1910-2130

Army Cadet Force (12-18yrs)

Cadet Centre

Lt . Bill Badcock

01223 503950

1900-2100 1930-2030 1000-1100 1900 1900-2000 2000-Onward

Bell ringers practice Jazzercise Rainbow Club (bump-1yr) Football training Ballroom Dancers, beginners Ballroom Dancer, advance

All Saints’ Church Hatton Park School Village Institute* Recreation Ground Hatton Park School Hatton Park School

Mike Cartwright Tina Chasse Susan Meah Luke McAvoy Mike Cartwright Mike Cartwright

781275 01487 841811 781258 07795 321494 781275 781275

1900-2130

ATC (Air Training Corps)

Cadet Centre

TBA

Longstanton Art Group

TBA

Christine Shephard

0930-1130

Little Leprechauns playgroup (0-4)

Village Institute*

Andrea Todman

Junior Cricket training

Call for details

Paul Rodgers

781610

1800

Tennis Club night

The Pavilion

Sarah Ballard

07985 938959

1000 - 1100

Longstanton Colts Football Club (6 - Recreation Ground 12yrs) Tennis Club The Pavilion

781180 781625 07931 772697

789858 Sat.

1400

Louise Gamon Sarah Ballard

07985 938959

* It should be noted that the Village Institute is available for hiring for a variety of functions; the manager is Dr William Sellwood who should be contacted for all

Memory Lane, Where, When & Why?

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Photo LDHS via Hilary Stroude

Photo LDHS via Ron Gooch

Answers to April/ May’s Memory Lane

Where: Just outside the Dale, opposite the Village Institute, on the High Street. When: 2005. Why: These villagers were waiting patiently for the all-clear, after the recently found WWII bombs, located on the site of the old airfield, had been detonated. Several residents down Rampton Drift were evacuated from their homes for their own safety.


Sports News Bowls Tennis Cricket Football Judo

LONGSTANTON LIFE EDITORIAL Dear Readers, We were delighted to see that our inbox and the post box was bulging with contributions to this issue of Longstanton Life. Thank you so much to everybody that makes the magazine what it is. You may remember in the last edition, we told you about Frederick Collis. Well, since then, Sylvia Skinner has been in touch to say that Frederick was actually her

2nd cousin. He died at Cambridge Station at the age of 56. How lovely to know that our village has such a link to historic events. Speaking of historic events, we hope you like our nod to the Queen’s Jubilee on the front cover. We are sure that many of you will have some wonderful photos from the celebrations that are being planned. Please do remember to send them to Longstanton Life - we’d love to print as many as possible. Another historic event reported in this edition is the local election. You can see the results on page 10 along with an update on Home Farm. It’s lovely to see quite a few letters and we were especially thrilled to hear about Longstanton villagers who have been working hard at fundraising for their favourite charities. You can see their letters on page 16. All the usual features are also here and we hope you enjoying catching up with all the news in Longstanton. Your LLife Editorial Team

SO YOU THINK YOU KNOW LONGSTANTON? There is another £10 cheque in it for the first correct answer pulled out of the 'Editorial Hat' (Editorial decision final). So do you think you know the name and location of this building? Please e-mail your answer to: longstantonlife@hotmail.co.uk together with your name and contact details or drop them into the Longstanton Life Box in the Post Office before the next editorial deadline which is Wednesday 4th July, 2012. The correct answer for the previous edition was, the rear roof line of St. Michael’s church. The winning entry was submitted by Mr C Stone of Magdalene Close, who wins our prize of £10.00.

Please note that the copy deadline for the August/ September edition of LLife is

5.00pm on Wed 4th July, 2012 Contributions for next issue: by email to longstantonlife@hotmail.com or drop off at the Post Office 3

Contents

Community Concerns Shona Johnson Alex Riley Parish Council Home Farm Update ECOPS

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Features St George’s Day Report St George’s Day in Pictures The Power of Prayer? The perils of borrowing From dodgy lenders Photographers Corner

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Regular Items Memory Lane So You Think You Know Longstanton Doctors’ surgeries Letters Church Times LDHS Update Bell ringing Messy Church Ballroom dancing

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Advertising Line ads Ads

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VILLAGE SPORTING ACTIVITIES LONGSTANTON BOWLS CLUB

Cho Wa Judo Club

May sees the start of another outdoor bowls season, or at least it should! The weather has not been kind to us so far, and our green is a bit too soggy from all the rain for matches to be played on it. We have made arrangements where possible to swap home and away fixtures so that we avoid damaging the green while it is so wet. At least we are in better shape than Willingham Bowls Club whose green is currently under water!

Congratulations to Glyn Hughes on receiving his yellow belt at the recent National Adult Grading. Well deserved after performing really well for a first grading.

Nevertheless we have been able to have a couple of roll-ups (bowls-speak for club nights) to start the season. It is very encouraging to see so many new faces. In all ten new members have joined from Cottenham, Milton, Bar Hill, Over and of course Longstanton. Some experienced bowlers have joined, as well as people new to the game. A very warm welcome to all new members – I hope you enjoy your season with Longstanton Bowls Club, weather permitting! We are very fortunate at Longstanton to be able to offer a regular club night on a Monday evening starting at 6pm and usually finishing about 8pm. Not all clubs can offer club nights. It means that new members who do not want to play in matches in their first season can get regular games or just practice. We even have coaching for new players at the Monday roll-up. If you would like to have a go to see if bowls is for you, then why not come down to the bowls green on a Monday evening? We have bowls you can use and there is no dress requirement apart from a pair of flatsoled shoes.

Please contact Sensei Ian Slack (irchestian@hotmail.com) for information on judo for all ages.

If you would like more information then please contact Marion Edwards on 01954 780118 or email to marionedwards1@btinternet.com. Corinne Walsham

Ian Slack

tors of the Pavilion.

LONGSTANTON FOOTBALL CLUB

rd As the season draws to a close, we can reflect on a successful cam- We look forward to our end of season event on the evening of the 3 June, again staged at the Pavilion this year & open to all parishionpaign on the field. ers. We are also looking forward to our discussions with the elected Our 1st Team, who were in danger of being drawn into a relegation Parish Council over the coming weeks as part of the Longstanton dogfight in the new year, turned things around admirably & finished Sports Users Group, to ensure that we can develop a strong partner7th in Kershaw Senior B, our first back in the ‘Senior’ echelons of ship for next season & many more to follow. Cambridgeshire football in a number of years. My thanks go to Andrew Jeffrey Luke McAvoy, who has continued the strong tradition of the 8th May 2012 McAvoy clan & put in a lot of time & effort this year as always.

LONGSTANTON

In reserve, I am delighted to confirm a second promotion for the CRICKET team in their 4 years of existence, as they secured the BIS Division GRASSHOPPERS 4B title & move into BIS Division 3 next year. At the time of writ- CLUB ing, we are yet to play the Divisional final against Division 3A winners Fowlmere. A hearty congratulations & thanks should go to Our season is off to a very wet start with most Paul Smith (Beany) & Justin Jakes (Jut) for their success & dedica- early games postponed. At the moment our second tion this year, as well as all of the players. team is the top of their league by virtue of winning the only game I would like to thank Ed James as Club Secretary & Treasurer for his that has been played so far. Keep an eye on how we are doing on the unstinting efforts & our main sponsors, Brookfield Groundcare for play cricket website at http://lpg.play-cricket.com all of their support again this year. I would also like to thank Travis We have a senior game of cricket every Saturday now until the end Perkins, PC Homecall & Hometyre Mobile Tyre Services for their of the season, please come along and support your local teams. Sensupport. While we raise funds through our own fundraising efforts ior team training is every Tuesday starting at 6:30pm with junior to help keep us running, we could not keep our heads above water training every Friday from 6pm – everyone is welcome to come without them. along. I would also like to thank Craig, Barney & everyone at the Pavilion If you would like to know more about playing or helping with the for their support, from the use of the facilities to the catering they club please contact me as below. provide & the use of the main hall for the events that we stage Kevin Salaman throughout the year. We are also grateful to the PC as the propriekevin@salaman.co.uk | 01954 201701 4


VILLAGE SPORTING ACTIVITIES Longstanton Village Website

LONGSTANTON TENNIS CLUB

www.longstantonvillage.org

Let’s hope that the weather starts to improve soon, so that we can make full use of the tennis courts over the Summer! 2012/13 promises to be action-packed with lots of opportunities available.

Very easy to navigate, you will find a wealth of useful local information, a calendar of your activities, web links, Parish Council information and much more!

Wimbledon tickets have already been drawn congratulations to the lucky winners and we hope the weather is good for you on the day. Matches against clubs in neighbouring villages have begun in earnest, with Longstanton fielding both a mixed and a men’s team. The latest Singles League has also just started and should produce some exciting matches.

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We are planning a Summer event on Sun 8th July (Wimbledon Men’s Final), so please put the date in your diaries now. Thank you to all those who helped on behalf of the Tennis Club at the St George’s Fun Day. A great time was had by all, with lots of kids enjoying the on-court competitions, and helping raise money for the Friends of All Saints. The tennis courts are available to all on a ‘pay and play’ basis (£4 per hour). Just phone Jim (780114) or Rachel (780704) and borrow a key. Or, why not think about joining? Membership is great value at only £50 for the year (adults) and £10 for juniors, or £90 for the whole family. If you’d like to find out more, please contact Sarah Ballard on 07985 938959. Alternatively, pop down to one of the Club sessions and meet some of the other members. Club nights are Tuesdays and Fridays from 6pm, Saturday afternoons from 2pm and Sunday mornings from 11am. Hope to see you there! Sarah Ballard 07985 938959

CROSSWORD Now here’s a puzzle to really stretch the old grey matter. Good luck and you’ll find the answers on page 19

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Ball Room Dancing

SWAVESEY & OVER CONSERVATION

This term has seen 4 new couples join our beginners class. A great deal of enthusiasm is already evident. The rest of the more advanced dancers are fine-tuning the dances already in their repertoire with better posture and style.

SOCIETY (SOCS) DIARY OF EVENTS - SPRING-SUMMER 2012

TUESDAY 12th JUNE 2012 7:00pm

The benefit of our Thursday night sessions is not only do we learn a very graceful and rewarding art but we have all made new friends who the chances are we would never have met otherwise.

KINGFISHERS BRIDGE - A guided tour of man-made wetland areas, led by Andrew Green/Roger Beecroft

Come along Thursdays at 7pm for beginners. 8pm if you think you can dance.

Meet at Kingfishers Bridge at 7.00pm (off the Stretham to Wicken Road A1123 opposite the Upware turn) or if you need a lift or to share cars meet at Swavesey Village College at 6.30pm

Email mikec321@btinternet.com Mike Cartwright

Fabrice Muamba - “our prayers have been answered”

6th JULY 6:30pm

'BRING & SHARE' SALAD SUPPER IN THE BARN AT STRIPLANDS FARM LONGSTANTON Donation £5 per person or contribution of food and drink (Please telephone Christine Shephard on 01954 781625 ) to see what see would like

This was the headline in the SPORT SECTION of the Daily Telegraph on 23rd March. Following an almost fatal collapse whilst playing for Bolton Wanderers in the Premier League, players, fans and officials were all appealing through the media for people to pray for him.

WELNEY NATURE RESERVE

So what was happening here? What were people expecting to happen if people “prayed” for Fabrice? Was it simply cultural sentiment – something we say but which has no meaning? And now that prayers have been answered have people been offering praise and thanks to God?

Now, a month on, he has shared his story of his recovery with “The Sun” newspaper: “I asked God to protect me and he didn’t let me down. I am walking proof of the power of prayer. For 78 minutes I was dead and even if I lived was expected to have suffered brain damage. But I’m very much alive and sitting here talking now. Someone up there was watching over me.”

Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust Warden led walk & talk th

20 JULY 6:30pm

Much is said of our secular society, but I suspect there is still in many people some latent spiritual belief – a belief which surfaces at times of crisis if at no other time.

Followed by a light supper (please let us know by 6th July

Let’s test it out ….

if you would like a meal)

On the 1st Monday of the month in St Mary’s Church, Over and the 3rd Monday of the month in All Saints’ Church, Longstanton (starting in JULY) we will have a “House of Prayer” from 10 – 11 a.m. when you are invited to come (for as long or as little as you wish) to pray for issues concerning you.

Meet in the car park at the Lifts available if required – PLEASE PHONE: Tim Parish: 01954 203035 or Pat Miles: 01954 780485 GUESTS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME! PLEASE CONTACT: frparish@ntlworld.com Admission Free unless otherwise stated; however a donation of £2 per indoor meeting towards overheads & refreshments would be much appreciated

We will be praying for specific parts of our communities; there will be short, formal times of prayer at 10 a.m. and 10.30 a.m.; there will be prayer stations where you can offer your own prayers; you can ask for prayer for yourself or someone else. Does prayer work? Come and find out for yourself. It could be the most important thing you do in your life this year!

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LDHS UPDATE

JUNE – JULY, 2012

the new town. Sources of funding and locations need to be investigated and the possibility of Heritage Lottery funding needs serious consideration. If no progress is made on this issue during the forth-coming months, LDHS may have to reassess its objects and may even have to return original items to donors or their families. The failure of the Northstowe developers to make a commitment to a Northstowe Museum in the Master-plan is short-sighted. We have lost the opportunity to obtain the RAF Oakington Varsity propeller for a future museum; please don’t let us lose any more precious artefacts. LDHS calls on the Parish Council and our CCC and SCDC representatives to start engaging with LDHS and the developers to see if we can move the idea of a Northstowe Museum forward.

RAF Oakington Varsity Propeller A lost opportunity for Northstowe!

In January, we received this e-mail, “Dear Sir, On a recent trip south from Scotland, I made a detour into Longstanton to see the village where some of my 19th century ancestors lived. I picked up your contact details from the LDHS leaflet in the church porch. The address of one of these ancestors (John Childs) in the 1861 census is given as Lowey House, Longstanton, which seems rather a grand address for a 70 year-old agricultural labourer.

On the front of the Waterbeach Museum is a propeller from a Varsity aircraft from 5FTS RAF Oakington which made an emergency landing at Waterbeach in December 1968. The propeller is rather obscured by a group of enthusiastic school children who came on a visit a few years back. You can also see the brass plaque adjacent.

It is with much regret that LDHS has lost the opportunity to have receive the pictured propeller from an RAF Oakington Varsity for display in a Northstowe Museum. The failure of the developers to make an irrevocable commitment to such a community facility has now cost us an important artefact. Unfortunately, LDHS will no longer be able to accept any original material without making potential donors aware of the fact that no one will commit themselves to the establishment of a museum facility. It does not have to happen overnight but LDHS must have an assurance that the developers and local government are taking steps towards providing this facility for

I wondered whether you or any of your members know what or where Lowey House was? Yours sincerely, David Robinson.”

I’m indebted to Gill Clarkson, who pointed out that I had referred to the Queen’s Silver Jubilee as being 25 years ago, when in fact in was 35 years! Well spotted. Anymore errors, please contact me, Tony Cowley, on 01954 250819 with these or any of your memories.

Tony Cowley Chairman, Longstanton & District Heritage Society, The Manor, Woodside, Longstanton, Cambridge. CB24 3BU For more information on any of the above, please contact us on: Tel: 01954 250819 or e-mail ldhssec@hotmail.co.uk Just a short note to thank everyone who supported our St Georges Day fundraising event on Saturday 21st April; through the incredible generosity of the local community we raised around £2,000 for the continued upkeep and restoration of our local

- Jenny Fordham (adult) threw 19m 80cm - David Boswijk (13-16yrs) threw 25m 60cm - Emily Boswijk (13-16yrs) threw 15m 50cm (it must be in the genes!) - Toby Meah (9-12yrs) threw 16m 80cm - Alina (9-12yrs) threw 11m 47cm - Dylan Harris (5-8yrs) threw 15m 40cm - Page Meady (5-8yrs) threw 9m 90cm - James Owens (pre-school age) threw 6m 66cm - Niamph Mayers (pre-school age) threw 5m 84cm

Church. Special thanks go to The Friends Committee who were responsible for planning the whole event, and our sponsors Restaurant 22, Virgin Balloons, Menzies Golf, and Dragon King Restaurant. We would also like to thank the many local people who very kindly contributed to the success of the day by donating to the cause or coming along to help us set up, run an event or clear away as the rain clouds rapidly approached.

There were two winners who were not present at the end to receive their awards. They are Page Meady (5-8yrs group) and Alina (surname unknown) for the (9-12yrs group). If you know these girls please ask them to contact me Louise Gamon (01954 789858) to receive their certificate and prize. The footballs were won by Aiden Bailey and Ryan McKinnerny. The Friends of All Saints’ Church Longstanton

Our final thanks go to the Parish Council, the Team at the Pavilion and the residents of Longstanton and beyond, who despite rather threatening weather conditions came out and supported the event. There was much competition on the Welly Wanging as in most years. - Ben Taylor (adult) threw a massive 29m, 60cm 7


Walk rings around Cambridge! The Olympic symbol inspires an exciting new way to explore the city In the run up to the 2012 Olympics, there is a fun way to find out more about connections between Cambridge and the Games. Cambridge City Council in partnership with the Cambridge Olympic Walks Committee has created six walks around the City that showcase the very best of what Cambridge has to offer – be it sporting or cultural, town or gown. The walks take as their inspiration the rings of the Olympic and Paralympic symbol, with Green, Red, Blue, Yellow, and Black Routes, with a sixth Accessible Route designed specifically for wheelchair users and people with disabilities. The walks take you past wonderful free museums, beautiful open spaces, sporting venues, and historic sites as well as giving details of local sporting heroes and Olympians. You might discover a hidden place right on your doorstep or learn interesting facts. For example, did you know about Cambridge alumnus Max Woosnam who is often called the Greatest British sportsman? Along with his Olympic Gold for tennis and outstanding cricket career, he was also Captain of the English football team and defeated Charlie Chaplin at table tennis using a butter knife. The lengths of the six walks range from 1.2 miles to 11.5 miles and cater for all fitness levels. Together they total the marathon distance of 26 miles, so if you manage all six, you will have completed your own marathon! The project has been granted the Inspire mark by the London 2012 Inspire programme, which recognises innovative and exceptional projects that are directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Don’t Forget... Pavilion Book Swap

A guide to the six walks along with interactive route maps are available on smartphones at www.livecambridge.co.uk Further information and a brochure is available from www.walkcam2012.co.uk or the Tourist Information Centre.

Bring a book you have finished and take one away … If you have any ideas or would like to run something similar please get in contact to discuss with lpcpavilion@gmail.com

Borrowing money from illegal money lenders

Luckily there are safe places you can borrow money from, even if you have financial difficulties. These lenders stick to the law, make it clear from the start the total amount you will need to repay and If you are having financial difcollect your repayments in a lawful way. Your local Citizens Advice ficulties or wish to borrow Bureau (CAB) can advise you which lenders are most suitable for money quickly, it may be tempting to borrow money from illegal you. You can find your nearest Bureau by visiting money lenders, known as ‘loan sharks’, who lend cash without ask- www.citizensadvice.org.uk or by calling 08444 111 444. ing questions about your financial situation. Trading Standards urge you to avoid such lenders and assure you that there are safe, reliable The England Illegal Money Lending Team was set up because of the misery and fear that loan sharks cause. Cambridgeshire County lenders that you can use. Council are working with this team and local District Councils, to Loan sharks may call at your door or you might hear about them tackle loan sharks in the county, raise awareness of them and to supfrom other people. At first they seem friendly and helpful and it port their victims. might seem like a quick and easy way to borrow money. The trouble is that these people usually charge huge interest on their loan, mean- If you know of any loan sharks operating in the area, the England ing you have to pay back much more than you borrowed and far Illegal Money Lending Team wants to hear from you. Call 0300 555 more than you can afford. With no paperwork to record what you are 2222, text 'loan shark + a message' to 60003 or email reportaloanexpected to repay, a loan of a few hundred pounds can soon lead to a shark@stoploansharks.gov.uk. Lines are open 24/7 and your details demand to repay thousands of pounds - and the debt can quickly will be kept confidential. become too much to ever repay. If you struggle to keep up the repay- If you already owe money to a loan shark the Illegal Money Lending ments, loan sharks may use intimidation, threats and even violence team can offer advice and support. So don’t suffer in silence, contact to ensure you find the money somehow. It is believed that around the team using the details above. 310,000 households in the UK currently owe money to loan sharks. 8


COMMUNITY CONCERNS managed to get most, but not all of the path improved. I am still trying to get the final section, at Crabtree Corner, finished. This leads me on to the reason for the Busway – Northstowe. I have received a number of e-mails from constituents with their views on the planning application, for which I am grateful. I am currently working at the County Council to help shape the county’s response to the application.

JOTTINGS FROM YOUR COUNTY As is usual at this time of year, this report is a summary of the one I gave to the annual parish meeting held at the end of April. I would like to start with the subject of members allowances. It is a legal requirement that an independent panel reviews the allowances paid to members every four years and to make recommendations. A panel was formed last summer which spent a long time examining qualitative evidence, including our workload and comparisons with other authorities. It concluded that our allowances were below those of councillors in similar councils and recommended an increase of 25%. Unfortunately the panel was not constituted properly and the recommendations were therefore null and void. A new panel was formed earlier this year and came to a conclusion based on the results of a survey, completed by less than 0.1% of the population. One of the recommendations was that members should be paid a mileage allowance for attending parish council meetings. At present all our travel claims are checked by officers at the Council before being approved. I am very concerned that if we are paid a mileage allowance to attend parish council meetings it will create a lot of bureaucracy, or our claims will be taken on trust. Given the current lack of confidence in politicians in general, I abstained on the vote because I feel that we not only have to be whiter than white, but be seen to be.

At Shire Hall, I have continued to chair the Overview and Scrutiny Committee for children and young people and to have overall responsibility for scrutiny. I am also the vicechair of the Economy and Transport Board at the Local Government Association, which provides some useful contacts with government Ministers. I was very glad recently to have the opportunity to discuss the problems of Home Farm with the local government minister, Bob Neill. This is a national problem and Bob asked me for the details so that he could give some thought to how central government might help. Finally, I have been very fortunate to have been awarded a bursary to study localism in new communities. I hope that the outcome of my research will have positive benefits for Northstowe and the surrounding villages. In ending I would like to thank the Parish Council and its former chairman for their support, particularly in seeking to improve the streetscape in the village. I can be reached at the address or telephone number below. Shona Johnstone Highfield 5 Lowburyholme Road Over CB24 5NP Tel: 01954 230565 e-mail: shona.johnstone@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

The Guided Busway was finally opened last August. Its first few months of operation have been highly successful, with patronage 50% above that forecast for the first year. Additional new buses are due to be rolled out shortly with Stagecoach increasing its frequency to 8 buses per hour. The route to the Busway was rightly subject to complaints, and I

the Airfield Road closed”, but when talking to other village residents, I say “I want it kept open!” The truth is that two and a half years ago I did a straw poll by inviting readers of my email list (which was then half the size of today) whether they wanted the Airfield Road open or shut. 171 of you said Open. 25 of you said shut. Since that time I have steadfastly maintained that the village wants it open and have supported that position. So let’s have an end to the false rumours! Northstowe The South Cambs website currently records over 100 representations from Longstanton which is a tribute to how seriously the village is taking the current planning application. I hope to be able to update you on developments in the next issue of the Life. Sewage I’m afraid that there have been several recent incidents of raw sewage pouring into gardens, mainly on Magdalene Close and Station Road. I have called for a meeting with Anglian Water and hope to be able to report progress shortly.

District Councillor Notes Election Report The District Council election was a relatively quiet affair: Alex Riley, Conservative, 484 Elected. Janet Shepherd, Labour, 62. Jeremy Taylor, Liberal Democrat, 35. Mick Yarrow, Independent, 190. Thank you for this vote of confidence. Achieving over 60% of the poll in a four-way contest is a convincing and satisfying mandate for me to continue to pursue the same policies. Elsewhere in South Cambs the Liberal Democrats had a hard time. They lost Haslingfield by TWO votes to the rumbustious Independent Robin Page. Their long-established sitting candidate lost in Linton by ONE vote to a Conservative. Otherwise there were no changes. That leaves the SCDC political picture as: Conservative 33. Liberal Democrat 16. Labour 1. Independent 7 Airfield Road I have heard a rumour recently, which appears to be driven by people who know it to be false. This is along the lines that, when talking to residents of St Michael’s and Woodside, I say “I want

Please contact me on cllr.riley@scambs.gov.uk or ring me on 01954 208000 and I will do my best to help. Alex Riley, District Councillor

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COMMUNITY CONCERNS Viewing the Longstanton Parish Council Election Count May 4th SCDC Offices, Cambourne.

Declaration of Result of Poll (As posted on SCDC website Friday 4th May, 2012) Parish of Longstanton I, Jean Hunter, being the Returning Officer at the above election, do hereby give notice that the number of votes recorded for each Candidate at the said election is as follows: Name of Candidate, Description (if any), Number of Votes* Ashby, Gillian 441. Elected. Brash-Hall, Annmaria 276. Elected. Dale, Philip Hillyer 283. Elected. Harradine, Dennis James 250. Elected. Johnston, Anne 303. Elected. Johnston, William 266. Elected. Kalu, Azuma. 200. Kessell, Andrew 253. Elected. Minett, Hazel Anne 263. Elected. Moran, Amy Louise 220. Elected. Parry, Martin James 214. Elected Robins, Brian Arthur 165. Thomas, Craig 164. Yarrow, Michael John Shopkeeper, 457. Elected. * If elected the word ‘Elected’ appears against the number of votes. The number of ballot papers rejected was as follows: Number of ballot papers A, want of an official mark, 0. B, voting for more Candidates than voter was entitled to, 3. C, writing or mark by which voter could be identified, 0. D, being unmarked or wholly void for uncertainty, 21. Total 24. Vacant Seats: 11 Electorate: 2,021 Turnout: 37.80% And I do hereby declare that: Gillian Ashby, Andrew Kessell, Annmaria Brash-Hall, Hazel Anne Minett, Philip Hillyer Dale, Amy Louise Moran, Dennis James Harradine, Martin James Parry, Bill Johnston, Michael John Yarrow, Nancy Johnston are duly elected.

I have never attended a count before, so as I had thrown my hat in the ring for election as a Longstanton Parish Councillor I wanted to see how the process worked, and report back for the ‘Life’. No TV crews, no throngs of people, no noise; it was a subdued and serious affair. First job of the day had been to verify all the votes. Then, the District Councillors’ votes were counted for the whole area. I understand that this was a much busier time than when I arrived after lunch to view the Parish Council vote count. Four Parish Councils were being counted. A large square of tables had officials and counters on the inside of the square, and surprisingly, the general public was allowed to walk and view anywhere around outside the square. Due to our high turnout, Longstanton had eight officials counting; the other villages only had two and three people counting. The yellow voting sheets were split between four people, each person reading out the votes by number and each had a person beside them who registered the vote on a large pre-printed spreadsheet. Any voting slips which were questionable were placed separately and an official would decide whether the vote could be registered. If it was clear what the person intended it was offered to the candidates to accept; for instance, some were marked 1,2,3 etc instead of a plain ‘X’. However, any slip with more than 11 candidates marked was noted as Void! At the end of the counting process, the spreadsheets were taken to the middle of the room where they were all added together; the Returning Officer then came across and gave us the results and then they were posted on the website. Overall, though probably not as exciting as the morning count, it did put the election process in context, and it means that I have now seen local democracy at work from beginning to end. I wish to thank all those who voted for me. I am humbled by the large number and I look forward to working on your behalf. Gill Ashby

possible. The Forum has also started to help some of the resident owners on Phase 1 (Persimmon) of the estate to achieve the adoption of the roads and paths there. Future work for the Forum will include how it can best help to get the future maintenance of the green areas on Phases 1 & 2 taken over by the Local Authority and the Parish Council.

Update on Home Farm Phase 2 Make-up of Roads/Paths At the time of writing this note, Maypine Civils, the Civilian engineering contractor employed by Barratt Homes (Northampton) is starting to lay the final wearing coat of tar macadam on the spine roads and paths of Home Farm (Phase 2). The company foreman told a member of the Forum that all of the works of repair and make-up should be finished by 11th, May. This is about 3 weeks ahead of the original planned programme for the task. The Forum is pleased with the expeditious work by Maypine and the quality of the workmanship. Many residents have also said how courteous the workmen have been whilst working on the site. The Forum also understands that when the work is completed and certified as satisfactory by the Highway Authority (Cambridgeshire County Council), a period of maintenance, possibly only six months, will commence before the roads/paths can be legally adopted. This is good news following all the hard work by the Forum to get the two Developers to progress matters. Members of the Forum will continue to liaise closely with the Developers and the Highway Authority to achieve this as soon as

Home Farm Forum (Chris Mee)

Completed speed cushion and road surface leading to Sheepwash Way photo via Alison Herridge

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Hatton Park Primary School Academy Status Consultation Following Full Governing Body meetings on Thursday 8 March 2012 and Monday 30 April 2012, the Governors of Hatton Park Community Primary School have decided to proceed with a full consultation on conversion to Academy Status.

ment) Regulations apply; National Pay and Conditions would be adopted for future appointments and there is no intention to deviate from these

• Academies must still comply with laws and Codes of Practice The aim of this consultation will be to: with regard to admissions, exclusions and special educational • outline the main responsibilities of academies and how they needs and therefore the School would continue to be an inclusive work institution • outline the legal and policy framework that governs their establishment and operation • Although Academies can set their own lengths of terms and • seek views on the benefits or otherwise of the Junior School be- school days, the School would maintain the local authority recommended term dates should it become an academy coming an Academy • The School will continue to make use of appropriate Local Authority support services

Background Hatton Park Community Primary School has been working in an informal partnership with Histon & Impington Junior School to address the issues identified at an OfSTED inspection in February 2011, when Hatton Park was given a Notice to Improve. The benefits of this partnership have been clearly demonstrated by the outcome of the recent OfSTED inspection, which resulted in a Satisfactory rating for Hatton Park.

• Decisions affecting children’s education will continue to be made in consultation with parents, staff and the local community

To bring greater meaning and benefits to the children and staff, a more formal arrangement with other schools is seen as being the best way forward. It is considered that Academy Status would provide the spring board to collaborate more effectively with other However, although this represents good progress, Hatton Park is schools regarding learning, teaching, resources and training. still regarded as being a vulnerable school and it is important that the recent improvements are consolidated and the process of The benefits for Hatton Park of converting to Academy Status in strengthening the School continued. The Governors believe that the partnership with Histon & Impington Junior School and Histon & School needs to continue to foster close working links with other Impington Infant School include: local schools and to accelerate improvement to create a sustainable self-improving school community. • We can continue to build on the successful partnership with the Junior School and strengthen it further with input from the Infant We consider that this is best achieved by building on the successful School leading to a vibrant self-improving community of schools partnership with Histon & Impington Junior School and the Govthat will accelerate and consolidate the improvements at Hatton erning Body has decided to register an interest for Hatton Park to Park. convert to Academy status with Histon & Impington Junior School being the Sponsoring Academy (as a School that has recently come • Hatton Park will continue to benefit from the strategic leadership out of a Notice to Improve, Hatton Park must be sponsored by an of Mrs Lesley Birch as Executive Headteacher whilst employing Outstanding School to become an Academy). a Head of School who will be responsible for day to day activities including Teaching and Learning. Histon & Impington Infant School has also expressed a wish to partner with Histon & Impington Junior School and Hatton Park, • Freedom to develop a broader and exciting curriculum whilst and to consult on conversion to Academy Status. We feel that the continuing to teach the National Curriculum. Infant School is well placed to contribute to the already successful partnership with the Junior School, with a view to achieving and • A single class for each year group, which we believe will facilimaintaining the highest standards at all three schools. tate implementation of a focused improvement programme to the benefit of all pupils. The Full Governing Bodies of all three Schools will now proceed with a full consultation on conversion to Academy Status. The con- • Sharing of staff and resources across the three schools will ensultation will take place in the Summer Term and, if the decision to able efficient management and minimise impacts on pupils e.g. if proceed is taken, the soonest that each School would become an a teacher is on sick leave it may be possible to redeploy a teacher Academy is Autumn 2012. on a temporary basis so that pupils continue to be taught by a teacher who knows the school and the curriculum. Hatton Park Primary School • More efficient use of resources across the partnership (e.g. bulk purchasing of services) may generate economies of scale leading to opportunities to invest in developing the curriculum (e.g. more extra-school activities or using external partners to deliver new learning opportunities).

There are many considerations in converting to Academy Status and the Governing Body of Hatton Park Primary School wishes to reassure stakeholders that: • Any key decisions made about status will always be in the best interests of the children • Hatton Park will retain its identity and remain embedded in its local community with its own Governing Body, including parent governors elected by parents • If conversion was pursued, staff would be employed by the Academy Trust and Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employ11

All of this means that the children at Hatton Park will benefit from improved Teaching and Learning and exposure to a richer curriculum delivered in a happy, safe and caring environment. Cont’d on page 14......


FRIENDS OF ALL SAINTS CHURCH, ST GEORGE’S DAY CELEBRATIONS Our huge thanks to Tom Eaton for his continued and highly-valued pictorial contributions to Longstanton Life. Enjoy Tom’s St George’s Day photos...

By the time this magazine reaches you, planning for the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations will be wellunderway. Do send us you photos of your celebrations whether it’s at home or out and about in the village.. We’d love to see your snaps!

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MORE ACTION FROM ST GEORGE’S DAY

All St George’s Day photographs are courtesy of Tom Eaton

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Potential drawbacks to conversion include:

Poets corner

• Local accountability will be affected; we would no longer be directly accountable to the Local Authority in Cambridge, but to the National Government in London

I cannot read, I cannot write, I do my work by day and night. I cannot play, I cannot shout, All I do is sit about.

• The ability of the Local Authority to support and provide services for non-converting schools might suffer as a result of others converting • Under the present arrangement, Academy status, once obtained, cannot be reversed

I cannot cry, I cannot sing But I am quite a useful thing. My face is white, my hands are black, My works you get to from the back.

• Academies cannot have deficit budgets or incur deficits It is the view of the Governing Body of Hatton Park Primary School that the school is likely to benefit most by converting to academy status under a Multi-Academy Trust arrangement with Histon & Impington Junior School and Histon & Impington Infant School.

A very boring life I lead, I cannot even drink or feed. To sit all day and tick and tock. You wouldn’t like to be a clock.

Your views Your views and opinions on Hatton Park Primary School seeking to become an Academy are very important to us and the Governing Body wishes to consult widely on the issue. Any written comments should be made by Monday 25 June 2012 by letter to:-

By Audrey Benstead

We love receiving poetry at Longstanton Life.

Academy Consultation, Hatton Park Primary School, Hattons Park, Longstanton, Cambridgeshire CB24 3DL

Are you a wonderful wordsmith? Do you have perfect penmanship?

or by email to:p.rodgers@hattonpark.cambs.sch.uk

Then share with the rest of the village - we’d love to publish your poem!

Governors will be meeting to consider the views of the consultation on Tuesday 26 June 2012. Dr Paul Rodgers, Chair of Governors

An Update from Hatton Park School Governors & Teachers The findings of the parent’s questionnaire very much reflected the feedback from the most recent OfSTED report in that noticeable improvement and progress had been made, but as we all knew, further work was needed.

It was pleasing to note that the most recent OfSTED report praises the School in terms of what it is doing to address a number of issues highlighted in its previous report. The latest report published in March 2012 makes it clear that the School is improving and moving in the right direction, but more has to and needs to be done.

The Governing Body and Teachers at the school are keen to reassure parents that feedback from the OfSTED report as well as from the recent parent’s questionnaire are acted upon.

As part of the Governing body’s attempt to not only make improvements but to also evaluate progress being made via its improvements programme, it conducted a parent’s questionnaire to get a view on how parents felt things were going.

The intention is to have the item on the agenda of the School Governors meetings so that reviews of progress being made and actions taken are regularly monitored, acted upon and reported back to parents.

The questions were designed to gather parent’s feedback about some of the changes that have been made and are being made at the School, thereby allowing the Governing body and Teachers to track success as well as make further improvements.

The Governing body is also keen to continually hear parent’s views on improvements being made as there is recognition that success comes where there is involvement of the whole school, which includes the Governing body, Teachers, Parents and the children.

From a base of 108 families we had 41 responses to the questionnaire, which represents a 38% response rate, which incidentally was a better response rate than the recent local elections.

There is no doubt that good progress is being made by the School to address those concerns raised within the OfSTED report and the recent feedback from parents is very positive and reassuring. However, the Governing body is aware that much more has to be done and is determined with the support from the whole school and the wider community to keep up the momentum of continued improvements.

As well as completing the questionnaire, 18 parents provided some additional comments about issues they felt had been addressed or further work that was required. The good news is that the vast majority of parents that responded to the questionnaire felt that positive actions had been and were being taken by the School management to make the required improvements to the teaching and learning of their children at the school.

Further updates on our progress will be made available to all parents via our regular parents/school newsletters and via articles in the Longstanton Life. We also intend to post regular update bulletins on the Hatton Park School website.

Many felt that communications between the parents and teachers had significantly improved but more needs to be done.

Hatton Park School Governors & Teachers 14


WILLINGHAM & LONGSTANTON SURGERIES

member to make an appointment with one of our nurses at least 4 weeks before you travel to make sure you get the full course of vaccination cover for your trip. We can provide most travel vaccinations and anti-malarial cover and are a registered Yellow Fever Centre.

Reception Tel: Willingham 260230 Longstanton 207600 Dispensary 260073 Out of hours cover: Urgent Care Cambridgeshire 0330 123 9131

Unsure whether you will need any vaccinations? You can ring reception and make a request for the nurses to check your vaccination status. Useful websites which give details of the cover required in the countries you will be visiting and other travel advice are: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk and www.nathnac.org

Bank Holidays (Spring and Diamond Jubilee) Just a reminder that our surgeries and pharmacy will be closed on Monday 4th June and Tuesday 5th June. Cover will be provided by our local Out of Hours Service UCC on 0330 123 9131 You will be offered telephone advice and an appointment to see a doctor or a visit if appropriate.

Travelling at short notice? Ring reception and explain your circumstances. They will ask a nurse to check what vaccination cover you already have and whether it is possible to provide extra cover in time before you travel. Enjoy your holidays Make sure you enjoy a healthy and problemfree holiday. Visit our pharmacy to stock up with all those essential holiday supplies such as sunscreen products, insect repellents and other remedies for your holiday first-aid kit. Neil and his team can help you with any queries.

Use of NHS Services outside surgery hours Please can we ask you not to attend the A & E Departments of our local hospitals unless you have a life threatening condition or you think you may need an X-ray. Our emergency services are overstretched and there will undoubtedly be a long wait to see a doctor. Inappropriate use of A & E can adversely affect the ability of the service to deal with genuine emergency cases.

Going to Sixth Form or University in September? Often a change in environment can lead to outbreaks of preventable diseases such as mumps and measles. Our nurses would be happy to check your immunisation status and provide any routine vaccinations needed. Just book a nurse appointment.

Pharmacy news Patients on repeat medication can benefit from a Medicines Use Review in the Pharmacy. This is a free NHS service which helps you to get the best results from your medication. If you would like more information on how and when to take your medicines, please ask for an appointment at the Pharmacy.

On line appointment booking for doctors and nurses is available at both our surgeries. If you would like to use this service please ring reception to register. Patient Group We held our first meeting in March and everyone felt this was a success. If you are interested in becoming involved please ask reception for details or visit our website on www.willinghammedicalpractice.nhs.uk

Willingham Pharmacy Survey Our pharmacy staff would like to thank everyone for the very kind comments received in the recent community pharmacy survey questionnaires. We were delighted with the high scores and excellent feedback.

Cynthia Bidwell – Practice Manager

Travelling abroad for holiday, business or a gap year? Please re-

Over Surgery News

- some regular clinics eg diabetic will not run over this period - we need to minimise the number of prescriptions we are dispensing - if you will run out over this period please put your repeat prescription requests in early.

Did you know... …that you can use our website at www.oversurgery.nhs.uk to - order repeat prescriptions - register as a new patient - request holiday or business travel vaccinations and more!

Thanks in advance for your patience over this period! Mobile Phone Numbers Please go to www.oversurgery.nhs.uk or call us to update your current mobile phone number – we need phone numbers recorded for as many patients as possible so that we can use text messaging as another means of contacting you.

Forthcoming Bank Holidays Both the Surgery and Pharmacy will be closed on: - Monday 4th June - Tuesday 5th June

Andrew Kennedy

Cambridge Vintage Tractor Club

A list of local pharmacies that are opening on these dates will be displayed on our pharmacy window and can also be obtained by calling NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.

Annual Ploughing Competition 19th August 10:00am

When the surgery is closed… - for minor ailments call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 - phone Urgent Care Cambridgeshire for more urgent medical problems on 0330 123 9131 System Change We are in the process of changing the computer system that we use in the surgery. The new one should allow us to provide you with a significantly improved service – for example we will be able to send you text messages to remind you about appointments and tell you when test results are available.

In the field opposite the entrance to Hatton’s Road Please come along and support the competitors

However during the changeover (23rd May to 28th May) we will have to run a slightly reduced service: - we may ask you to ring back after 28th May to book non-urgent appointments

More info from Richard Granger 07710 217 82 15


Letters There is a popular misconception that the clubs are funded by the village precept. In fact all the clubs are self-funding and typically Following the recent local parish council elections, the results of cover their operating costs. This has been achieved in a number of which have just been announced, I would like to offer my thanks to ways in the past, though all clubs are in complete agreement that those of you who took the time and trouble to give me your support they will cover their own utility bills and have installed separate and sufficient votes to become a member of the new Parish Counsupply or requested installation of meters for this purpose. The cil. clubs, via the user group, are open to the idea of making a donaThis is my first time in office and I consider this to be not only an tion, subject to certain conditions, towards operating costs from the honour but also a privilege. As a newly elected Parish Councillor previous season where specific bills are not available. for Longstanton I pledge to be the voice of the people who live in the village and to do and support what I consider right for the vil- The clubs have also agreed to have their teas and after event food and drinks prepared by the Pavilion. Club fundraising events such lage and the people who live in it. as BBQs will not be possible from now as they will reduce the Please feel free to contact me regarding any issues you feel are of revenue opportunity for The Pavilion. This measure will have a significant importance to bring to the council’s attention. You can direct impact on each club’s funding which will result in increased email me at martinparry50@yahoo.co.uk subscription fees for the members. It is noted that this is all to supCllr Martin Parry port the on-going viability of the Pavilion as a village facility. RE: Election of Longstanton Parish Council

Above all the sports’ clubs are open to everyone in the village, run by local volunteers who give up hours of their time to ensure the youth of the village has sporting activities to keep them occupied and off the streets in a safe and welcoming environment. Sport is acknowledged as good for health and general well-being. Why Many thanks to those that braved the weather to purchase a cake. would anyone wish for these facilities to be withdrawn from the village? The Cricket, Bowls, Tennis and Football clubs belong to Caroline Elvidge the village and are all managed by volunteers. Every club writes a Note from Ed: regular report in Longstanton Life magazine and every club proWell done, ladies for setting out your stall in aid of Wood Green - vides contact details and welcomes new members. There is no exanother example of Longstanton youngsters being caring citizens. clusivity - everyone is welcome. from A statement from Longstanton Sports Users’ Group usergroup@longstantonsports.co.uk

On Saturday 28 April, three Longstanton girls: Lilah, Meadow and Lilly held a Bake Sale in aid of The Wood Green Animal Shelter. The wet weather really was atrocious, but the girls went ahead with their event and managed to raise £10.00.

Longstanton Sports Users’ Group currently represents the Colts and Senior Football Clubs, Tennis, Bowls and Cricket Clubs though any Longstanton sports’ clubs or user of the Pavilion is Dear Longstanton Life, welcome to join. We formed to ensure the future of sport and recRE: SPONSORED DOG WALK 29th APRIL 2012 reation in Longstanton for all ages and abilities. We’d like to say a big THANK YOU to all our sponsors for We are aware there is some misunderstanding regarding our links, the above event. Thanks to them, we raised £100 for the Uniboth historical and ongoing, with both the Pavilion and the Parish versity Of Cambridge Veterinary School Trust. Despite the Council. We would like to set the records straight… awful weather, we managed the 4 ½ mile walk, and hopefully (weather permitting) we’ll do the seven mile walk next year. The sports’ clubs, despite being the main users of the LSSC / Pavilion, were not engaged in any conversation with the PC when Caroline & Philip Hockley (with Skye) the change was made from Sports and Social Club to an open village facility and furthermore have had no input, at any stage, as to how the Pavilion will be run. Additionally, the sports’ clubs had no part or ownership in the lease of the LSSC/Pavilion from the PC. Therefore, they could not default on the lease. The PC formed a sub-committee to manage the Pavilion. The sports’ clubs were not invited to be part of this committee. The committee held one meeting with each club when they confirmed they would like assistance with funding but were unable to advise for what or for how much. No further meetings have been arranged and the subcommittee has since been disbanded. The sports’ clubs do not have leases to use the facilities but would welcome them simply to safeguard the future of sport in Longstanton.

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VILLAGE SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

The Pavilion

Bistro Opening Times 16:00 – 21:30 Friday Saturday 10:00 – 14:30 17:00 – 21:30 Sunday 11:00 – 15:00

Tel: 01954 789142 Over Road, Longstanton

The summer is now with us. We have planned a number of events over the next few months, some of which are so large that we will need the assistance of the sports clubs. The main one being The Queen’s jubilee on 4th June where everyone is welcome to bring their own picnic and we will be supplying the entertainment. Another one is the Olympics Fun day on 29th August, we will have fun sporting events, for the whole family, spread out over the field. To round the summer events off, we will be holding an outdoor Beer Fest, which will involve four Beer tents and will be held over two days, on 25th and 26th August. Our new kitchen is now going forward in leaps and bounds. We are already getting a name for our Sunday roast, Bernie’s beef burger and our fish & chips. We are providing the catering for all the functions held at the Pavilion from christenings to birthday parties to weddings. We also cater for the Pool team, the Football teams, the Bowls club and the Cricketers home games. As the Parish Pantry closed, the attendees now meet here on Friday afternoons when we serve tea and homemade cakes. This has proved popular to other residents who have joined them. The team at The Pavilion are all motivated towards a successful Summer and really need the village’s full support. Although it is run as a business, we like it to be regarded more as a community hub, where villagers can meet and mingle. Much of the village still don’t know that The Pavilion is open to all, where everyone is welcome. We do hope to see you all this summer and look forward to a positive future. You can also follow us on facebook. Thank you, Craig Myrdal

The Pavilion is also available to cater for private functions. Please call us on 01954 789142

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Written for this edition of Longstanton Life by PCSO 7049 Lee Page, Longstanton & Swavesey beats:

Church Times All Saints’ Church, Longstanton For exact dates and details of other activities being held please refer to the church notice board or go to the website: http://friends-of-all-saints-church-longstanton.org.uk/foascl/

Dear all, it has been a busy time recently and we have had some crime as well as some good results locally. If you have not yet subscribed to E Cops, please have a think about doing so via the Internet, it is free and will keep you regularly in touch with local Policing, you can do this by looking at the Cambridgeshire Police web site. On 02/05/12, the following good news was reported to me (although these are surrounding villages it is always good to know what is happening locally). “Three males have been arrested, and charged with conspiracy to commit Burglary. They were charged with 10 offences and offence locations included Willingham, Cottenham and Oakington”. I would just like to continue to ask people to lock doors and windows when you are out and set lights to timers or put them on when it is dark, we still have had a few burglaries and thefts from building sites in recent months in neighbouring villages, we need to do our best to try to stop this and stop ourselves become victims of crime. Lock up cycles and electrical good too as these are often stolen from properties. With regards to my general patrols, all seems to be fairly good at the moment in Longstanton. Unfortunately we have had a few crimes recently and I have listed some below. Between 23/03/12 and 26/03/12, a pedal cycle was stolen from the cycle racks at the Longstanton guided bus stop. On 02/05/12, a further cycle was stolen. Between 11/04/12 and 12/04/12, the building construction site at Duddle Drive, Longstanton was burgled. On 01/05/12, between 01:00 and 02:00 hrs the window of a property was damaged by an unknown object in the area of Haddows Close, Longstanton. I have been speaking to local residents and alerted Neighbourhood Watch.

Catholic Sunday Mass Cambridge:

(OLEM) Our Lady and English Martyrs, Hills Rd, Cambridge CB2 1JR Tel: 01223 350787 www.olem.org.uk

Bar Hill: (serviced from OLEM) St Ives:

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

Welcome to Willingham Tabernacle Baptist Church George Street, Willingham We welcome visitors at all meetings so please feel free to come along. If you have any initial enquiries please contact Trevor Rowe (Pastor) 01954 261193 or Hilary Wyllie (Church Secretary) 01954 260051 or look at our web site: www.willinghambaptist.org

The Salvation Army Silver Street, Willingham Everyone is welcome to join all our meetings.

On 01/05/12, between 15:20 hrs and 19:25 hrs, a property in the area of Rampton Road, Longstanton had a side gate padlock broken and removed, unknown persons have accessed the property garden and then left from another location in the garden. At this stage CSI have attended and enquiries are ongoing. House to house enquiries have been completed by Police attending. Neighbourhood Watch have been informed.

Please ring Daphne Watts on 07919024857 or Sergeant Major Gordon Spackman 01954 260066 for more information.

Please can I take this opportunity to thank community members for reporting unlicensed door to door traders to Police on 20/04/12. Police were able to deal positively with some people when they attended calls, please see the below update from PS Rogerson which was written on 20/04/12.

Sunday 17th June

“Just in way of a further update we have dealt with two pedlars today selling unlawfully door to door (without a licence) in Over and Longstanton. As I write, a further male is being interviewed in Willingham and will be reported. A further male was moved on from Swavesey earlier on today. They have all been identified and reported to Cambridge Magistrates for offences under the Pedlars act.”

Messy Church Sunday 15th July from 4 - 6pm in the Village Institute Games – Crafts – Food - Songs .....

and more!

I thank you all for your continued support and look forward to speaking to you in the months ahead. Lee Page Email: lee.page@cambs.pnn.police.uk Telephone : 101 ext 7111026 (mobex) Police non urgent c 101

A monthly occasion when families can come together to enjoy being together, making things together, eating together and celebrating God together . Organised by All Saints' Church, Longstanton. Contact Rev. Malcolm Raby for more information. Telephone 01954 230329

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All Saints Bell Ringers At last the tower is advancing. We are very fortunate to have a very good bell ringer and his wife move into the village and this has already had an impact on our merry band of ringers. We hope that in the coming months the quality of the ringing will improve. In the news recently it would seem the pendulum has swung to its point of return, in that couples getting married have started to increase by about 6%. I can confirm All Saints is part of the marriage revival and have 7 weddings booked to include the bells. .

I am always pleased to hear from anyone interested in learning to ring the bells at All Saints. Practice night is Wednesday at 7.30pm. Email mikec321@btinternet.com Michael Cartwright

Thank you from the editors. Our huge thanks go to all contributors to Longstanton Life. Without updates from sports clubs, LDHS, local groups and councillors and everybody else that contributes on a regular basis, we would not be able to produce the magazine. If you are a budding artist, photographer, poet, reporter or you just have something you would like to say, then please do email us at longstantonlife@hotmail.com or drop your contribution into the Longstanton Life box in the post office.

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OVER & DISTRICT ROYAL BRITISH LEGION 90TH Anniversary Celebration What a weekend ! A few weeks ago some 200 people attended and enjoyed our concert given by a combination of musicians from the Minden and Parachute Regiment bands. They performed a selection of light music and military music under the direction of their separate bandmasters. The music was exhilarating, fresh and technically brilliant. A worthy and enjoyable celebration. Sunday saw the dedication of the new standard. The service was attended by other branches with their standards and was very colourful. Our main guest was the Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Michael Williamson, with his wife, Heather. Unfortunately, the planned parade had to be cancelled at the last minute due to the weather, but we enjoyed a tea in the Church Hall.

We told you it was a tricky one!

Plans are already afoot for the 100th anniversary. By then we hope to have a lot more involvement in Longstanton, especially with it's military associations.

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PHOTOGRAPHERS’ CORNER

Longstanton Hatton Charity

The editorial team of Longstanton Life was delighted to see some stunning photographs of All Saints church and St Michaels had been emailed in. Three gentlemen; David Dale, John Kelly and Adrian Harris have all taken photos of our beautiful churches in all their atmospheric glory. Enjoy…

David Dale

Longstanton Hatton Charity was set up by the Charity Commissioners in 1898 for the benefit of deserving persons residing in the Village. The Charity owns two pieces of land, one situated in Over and the other at Gravel Bridge, which are leased to two local farmers. The rents from these parcels of land provide a modest monetary gift at Christmas for elderly residents of Longstanton who are over 70 years of age and have resided in the village for over 20 years. If you fulfil the above conditions and would like to add your name to the waiting list please contact one of the Trustees on the telephone numbers below: Sylvia Hicks 01954 780840 Carol Collis 01954 201083 Ann Meadows 01954 780373 Pat Sheridan 01954 260758 Many thanks, Ann

Church Times All Saints’ Church, Longstanton For exact dates and details of other activities being held please refer to the church notice board or go to the website: http://friends-of-all-saints-church-longstanton.org.uk/foascl/

John Kelly

Catholic Sunday Mass Cambridge:

(OLEM) Our Lady and English Martyrs, Hills Rd, Cambridge CB2 1JR Tel: 01223 350787 www.olem.org.uk

Bar Hill: (serviced from OLEM) St Ives: The Sacred Heart, Needingworth Rd, St. Ives. Tel: 01480-462192 www.sacredheart-stives.org Need home communion for the sick or house bound? Contact: Fr Edward Tredota 01480 462192

Adrian Harris

Welcome to Willingham Tabernacle Baptist Church George Street, Willingham We welcome visitors at all meetings so please feel free to come along.

Thank you, gents, for sending us your photographs. really are beautiful.

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And so to anybody else that might be a keen photographer. Whether you enjoy snapping wildlife, buildings, people or landscapes - we’d love to see your pictures. Summer is nearly here - or so we’re led to believe. (It must be said that it doesn’t feel particularly summery at the time of writing!) However, with lots of events planned in the village during the warmer months, we look forward to seeing lots of bright and beautiful photographs of people having fun.

Silver Street, Willingham Everyone is welcome to join all our meetings. Please ring Daphne Watts on 07919024857 or Sergeant Major Gordon Spackman 01954 260066 for more information.

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Longstanton Life  

Volume 2, Issue 3 - June/July 2012

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