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May 2017

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Meldreth Matters, May 2017 Contents include … May Events in Meldreth Listed Structures in Meldreth A10 Cycle Path Awareness Ride Rat Show Vacancy for Parish Councillor Bowls Club Croquet Club Meldreth Fete Events for Families Messy Church Preschool Primary School 1st Melbourn Guides Murder at the Manor Parish Council Notice District Councillor’s Report County Councillor’s Report Meldreth Futures Group Maycroft Care Home Volunteering Opportunities Parish Council Friends of Holy Trinity Women’s Group WI and Good Companions Hedgehogs Pet Anaesthetics Gardening Local Events News from Heidi Allen Planning Matters Village Directory Index to Advertisers

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Welcome to the May issue of Meldreth Matters. There is a varied selection of events being held in the village this month, including live music and drama, a Rat Show, Bowls Club open days, the Annual Parish Meeting, mill open days, children’s crafts and a pamper evening. For an overview please see pages 2-3. We also have our usual round-ups of events occurring outside the village: those particularly suitable for children and families are shown on page 14, whilst the other events are shown on pages 50-51. If you attend one of the village events, why not submit a review for publication in a future issue of Meldreth Matters? Have a good month, Kathryn

Cover: Meldreth Meridian Marker, Fenny Lane The opinions expressed in the letters and articles in this magazine are those of the writers, who are responsible for the accuracy of the information contained within them.

The last date for copy is the 12th of each month. Copy should be submitted by email where possible, to meldrethmatters@hotmail.com or delivered to the Editor, Kathryn Betts at 36 North End, Meldreth, SG8 6NT Tel. (01763) 268428 The Editor reserves the right to withhold from publication or to shorten if necessary, any article or letter sent to her.


May Events in Meldreth Friday 5th May 8.30 - 11.00pm Live rock music with 'Stormchaser' Eternit Sports and Social Club, Whaddon Road, Meldreth All welcome free entry, licensed bar with real ale, etc.

Saturday 6th May, 10.30am until 12 noon Coffee Break Sheltered Housing Community Room, Elin Way Coffee, tea or squash are served, together with biscuits, at very reasonable prices and there will be a ‘Bring and Buy’ cake stall. Friday 12th May Friends of Holy Trinity Church AGM Holy Trinity Church See page 41 for further details Saturday 13th May, 11.00am - 4.00pm Rat Show Meldreth Village Hall Free entry See page 8 for more information Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May, from 2.00pm Open Days at Meldreth Bowls Club, North End Try your hand at lawn bowls See page 10 for more details 2

Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th May, 2.00-5.00pm National Mills Weekend: Topcliffe Mill, North End Open History display, an activity sheet for children and the opportunity to grind corn to make flour using a quern (hand mill). ÂŁ3.50 per adult; accompanied children free. No unaccompanied children. All proceeds to Meldreth Local History Group. See back page for further details Sunday 14th May, 3.30-5.30pm Messy Church Meeting Room, Holy Trinity Church Including activities, stories and songs. Children please bring a grown up with you! For more details, see page 15 Thursday 18th May, 7.30pm Meldreth Parish Council Annual Meeting Meldreth Village Hall Friday 19th May, 7.30pm Melbourn Amateur Dramatics Society presents Murder at the Manor Meldreth Village Hall plus Saturday 20th May at United Reformed Church Hall,7.30pm See page 21 for full details Saturday 20th May, 7.30pm Pamper and Shopping Evening Meldreth Village Hall Tickets available from Meldreth Preschool on 07518 173653 See page 17 for further details 3

Listed Structures in Meldreth For a relatively small village Meldreth has a wealth of listed structures: Grade I Holy Trinity Church Grade II Structures Stocks and whipping post Base of stone cross (near the Stocks) Pump, near Mill Cottage, North End Bridge across the Mel, Station Road Topcliffe Mill, North End Granary, Chiswick Farm, Chiswick End Threshing Barn, Sheene Manor Farm, Station Road Grade II Dwellings 33 houses: 16 thatched, 30 timber-framed, 2 clunch, 2 clay bat Information on Meldreth’s Listed Structures The Meldreth Local History Group website has details and pictures of all the listed buildings. There is also a page on the village’s thatched buildings and several pages on the local building materials used. See the “Buildings” category on the website to view all of these pages: http:// www.meldrethhistory.org.uk/category/buildings. The statutory body responsible for listing in England is Historic England. Further details on all of the listed structures can be found at www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/england/cambridgeshire/meldreth and images can be found at www.imagesofengland.org.uk. The listing information is valuable for historical research as it gives details of the original date of the building (if known), the roof style, the framework, the floor layout and the window style. The Background to Listing The idea of listing developed after WW2 following the destruction of a significant number of important buildings during the war and was incorporated into law under the provisions of the 1947 Town and Country Planning Act. In Meldreth, although the Church and the Stocks were listed in 1967, most of the listings were not made until 4

1985. There are approximately 375,000 listed entries in England, which could amount to 500,000 structures as some listings include more than one structure. Listed structures are ones which have been designated by the relevant Secretary of State as being Meldreth Court, High Street of “special architectural or historic interest”. They are listed for a variety of reasons including architectural or historic interest, historical associations or for group value, where buildings together make up an important historical or architectural unit. Responsibilities of Owning a Listed Structure The owner of a listed building has to get permission to make any alterations to the building either internal or external. This process may even protect modern changes, for instance a 1950’s fireplace covering up an ancient inglenook fireplace. How Do Buildings Become Listed? Members of the public can suggest a building for listing. It is then investigated by Historic England. The threat that a building may be demolished or changed is not a reason for listing, although it may speed up the process. The History Group discovered this when they contacted various bodies about the possibility of preserving the Atlas man and other Art Deco features at Eternit. Do You Live in one of Meldreth’s Listed Buildings? We would be delighted to receive any information you may have about the features of your listed building, especially if they have not been picked up by the listing authority. Also, any information about your personal experience of the listing process. If you have floor plans of the original layout and are prepared to share this information, these would be a valuable addition to our website. Please email info@meldrethhistory.org.uk if you have information you can share with us. Bruce Huett Meldreth Local History Group 5

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A10 Cycle Path: Annual Awareness Ride, 7th May This will be a family friendly ride, promoting use of the amazing new paths that are now starting to connect up the A10 villages. We will cycle over the farm bridge at Trumpington Meadows, then through Harston where work on a transformational new walk/cycle path is due to start later this year. At Shepreth we’ll head off down Dunsbridge Turnpike and onto the new path towards Melbourn Science Park. After refreshments, anyone who’d like to go along is invited to head down to the Royston Road, Melbourn for a close-up view of where we hope a new path, linking to a foot/cycle bridge over the A505, will be provided soon, finally linking Cambridge with Royston plus villages. The ride will have marshals at junctions and will keep to the path throughout. Any questions, or if you might be able to help out by pouring tea and baking or serving cake, please get in touch. Susan van de Ven contacta10cycle@gmail.com a10corridorcycle.com

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Rat Show, 13th May Come to a rat related day out with a difference! The National Pet Initiative is a small charity which aims to encourage good quality levels of care for small companion pets and will be holding an event dedicated to pet rats in the Village Hall on Saturday 13th May. Doors are open to the public from 11.00am to 4.00pm, and entry is free. There will be plenty to see and do, including information on rat care, a video display, demonstrations on training, cage layouts and much more, a Q&A session at 2.00pm, Wood Green, Rat Rations trade stand, NERS pet show, refreshments and activities for all ages. Whether you own rats already, just thinking about getting some, or are simply curious about them, please join us. Find out more at www.NationalPI.org, facebook/NationalPI and @NationalPI on twitter. Mary Giles

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Meldreth Bowls Club We will be holding Open Days on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May. We will be starting at 2.00pm and would like to invite anyone who fancies trying lawn bowls. All are welcome and we have bowls to suit everyone. There will also be a “table top sale” and refreshments. We would also be pleased to see you any Tuesday morning between 10.00am and midday when we have a friendly practice – or most evenings around 6.00pm. On Monday afternoons you will find Members playing in a friendly league so come and see us then. We are a friendly Club but also competitive. Both the experienced and novice bowler will find a very warm welcome and we look forward to seeing you. Our Green is almost opposite Meldreth Church and parking is available in the lay-by opposite the church. For new members the first year’s subscription is half price. If you would like any more information about our Club then please contact either our Chairman, Christine Piper on (01223) 263266 or our Secretary, Shirley Lambert on (01223) 207888 or email lambert.sd@btinternet.com. Shirley Lambert Secretary

Royston May Fayre Home-Start will be having a stall at the Royston May Fayre on Monday 1st May to be held in Priory Gardens, Royston. We will be holding a bottle and box tombola, so please come along and visit our stall. Tracy Aggett Home-Start Royston and South Cambridgeshire 10

Meldreth Croquet Club Interested in Playing Croquet? Croquet is a fascinating game which is suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. Now the days are getting warmer why not try your hand at this skilful and rewarding game? All you need is a sense of fun and a pair of flat soled shoes: all equipment is provided. Meldreth Croquet Club has a small but very active membership who play regularly throughout the year, weather permitting. We offer a warm welcome and instruction for anyone who is interested in playing croquet. You’ll find us behind the British Queen in Meldreth High Street most Sunday mornings and one evening during the week. We play both of the main forms of croquet. Golf croquet is ideal as a starter and is very sociable. Association croquet is more tactical and uses a wider range of skills; it’s a very rewarding game when you get into it. As well as informal games we also play friendly matches against local clubs. We have been in the Beds & Herts Association croquet league for many years and this year we will be playing in the equivalent golf croquet league. For more information please contact me. Janet Pope jacksonpope@tiscali.co.uk (01763) 248342

Save the Date! Race Night Fundraiser Saturday 10th June, 7.00pm for 7.15pm Meldreth Village Hall Come along for a fun evening - tickets cost £12 to include a ploughman's supper Telephone the Home-Start office to book your tickets on (01763) 262262, email admin@hsrsc.org.uk or buy on-line from www.ticketsource.co.uk/hsrsc 11

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Meldreth Fete in the Churchyard Please save the date! Saturday June 24th 2017 is the date for a fantastic family fun day. Come and start your day from 12.30pm with our lunchtime barbeque and stay for afternoon tea with homemade cakes through until 4.00pm. Come and bid for a bargain in the Grand Auction with lots donated by local businesses: bid to have a personal training session, for a meal at the British Queen or for a driving lesson! Top prize in the raffle is £100 with many more exciting prizes donated by local businesses! We aim to make this year’s event even more enjoyable than last year by providing more traditional stalls and more exciting games and activities for children. Whilst you enjoy your afternoon you will be entertained by The Memphis Jazz band. The annual fete is an important fund raising event for the oldest building in the village, our Church, part of which was built in 1190, and still stands to this day. Last year the fete raised in excess of £4000 towards a new stainless steel church roof as the old lead roof was stolen last year! The fete in 2016 was a real success as it was supported by local businesses and most importantly by village families. We hope to see you there! Jane Remnant 13

What’s On for Children and Families in May Monday 1st May, 12.00 – 4.30pm Royston May Fayre, Priory Memorial Gardens SG8 9DX Performances by local groups, stalls, rides, bouncy castles. New this year is an Eco/Environmental section with beekeeping exhibits and country crafts. For information: enquiries@roystontowncouncil.gov.uk Saturday 6th May, 11.00am – 3.00pm Leaf Crowns, Cambridge Botanic Gardens CB2 1JE Identify leaves and make a crown as you become Kings and Queens of the Gardens. Family event - children free, adults £5.50. For information, ring (01223) 331875. Sunday 14th May, 3.45pm Story of Babar, West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge CB3 9DP Music (by Poulenc) and narration tell the story of Babar, the elephant, for children. Tickets £5 from www.westroad.org. Saturday 20th May, 11.00am – 3.00pm T-Rex and Dino Dig, Ely Cathedral, CB7 4DL Meet T-Rex, the friendly dinosaur launching the Science Festival (20th May – 18th June). Children free, £15/£12 for adults depending on areas visited. Join the Dino Dig to uncover your own fossil (£5 per person). Look at the pop-up planetarium and the From Dinosaurs to DNA exhibition of key moments in science and original copies of Darwin’s The Origin of Species and Newton’s Principia Mathematica. For information, ring (01353) 660349 or see www.elycathedral.org. Saturday 27th May – 4th June, 10.00am – 4.00pm Pirate Week, South Angle Farm, Soham CB7 5HX For details see southanglefarmpark.co.uk £6.50 per child aged 2 – 14, £3 per adult. Wednesday 31st May and Thursday 1st June, 12.00 – 4.00pm Family Creative Afternoon, Denny Abbey, Ely Road, Waterbeach CB25 9PQ Drop in to try the activities – no need to book. Under 5s free, children over 5 £3, adults £5, family ticket £13. For information ring (01223) 860988. Play area, displays of farming equipment and farm cottages. Compiled by Hilary Crawforth 14

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Meldreth Preschool www.meldrethpreschool.com Preschool has been extra busy this month with a calendar of exciting events to enjoy. Perhaps most important were our Mother’s Day celebrations which saw most of the preschool mums come in for a lunch with their children and a chance to enjoy seeing them in their element. The children made sweet treats and really enjoyed showing their mums around and ‘hosting’ them for lunch. Then we had a visit from Mandy from Royston Tesco as part of their ‘Farm to Fork’ programme. The children learned lots about where the food they eat comes from, how it is made and, most importantly, what it tastes like. Mandy brought a wide selection of foods for them to try and they all got stuck in with some of our group completely revamping their whole diet and others picking up some new ideas for lunch boxes and evening meals. The preschool is very grateful to Mandy and Tesco for coming to see us and teaching us so much about what’s on our plates. As if that weren’t enough, we also took a group to visit Topcliffe Mill to learn what the mill was used for and how important it would have been to the local community when it was in its heyday. Kathryn welcomed the children to the mill, showed them the old workings, explained the process of milling flour and even let the children have a go at grinding up some wheat themselves. The children had plenty of questions and gained a real understanding of what life was like before machinery took over all the hard jobs – we are sure that plenty of them will be taking their families back for the Open Mill Weekend on the 13th and 14th of May. Thanks to Kathryn for making it such an interesting and entertaining morning out. Later this month, on Saturday 20th May, we are holding a Pamper and Shopping Evening to raise funds for the Preschool (see next page). The children of the preschool are always eager to learn about what grown ups get up to during the day, so if you have a job or hobby that you think they would like to hear about, please get in touch. We would love to have you come and talk to us about what you do, so please contact our team on manager@meldrethpreschool.com to arrange a time to share your stories with us. There are still spaces available at the preschool for children aged 2 and above who want the chance to socialise, play and learn. You can make 16

an appointment to visit the preschool to meet the staff, see what happens in a typical day and talk about your requirements. Simply call our manager Cassie on 07518 173653 or email manager@meldrethpreschool.com. Meldreth Preschool

ctÅÑxÜ tÇw f{ÉÑÑ|Çz XäxÇ|Çz Saturday 20th May 2017 Meldreth Village Hall Doors open at 7.30pm £10 per ticket which includes a glass of bubbly on arrival Relax with friends, shopping, raffle, refreshments, massage, manicures, facials, pedicures, cakes, ear piercing, waxing, threading, jewellery, make up, cakes plus much, much more!!!!

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Meldreth Primary School With Spring in the offing as school approached the Easter closure, the children in Chaffinch Class found inspiration in the school grounds for some seasonal poetry. Here are a few of their musings… Winter is melting away in sadness, Nettles knitting nets of death; Green death traps – Deadly, murderously stinging the sun, Waiting for their next victim. Grass swaying to and fro With its identical brothers and sisters. Delicate, fragile blossom, Falling swiftly, Down, down, down. The kindness of the daisies – Mini stars on the ground, Sitting down and soaking in all the sun. Honey bees buzzing busily, Collecting sweet, sugary nectar To make honey for their young larvae. The sun – a giant, million degree fireball Heats our planet up. Without it, we will die. Cuan H Death is attacking winter, The good has come. Mighty Mother Nature has reclaimed the weather throne While the ice queen and her army suffered defeat. Magic zooms through the land; The power of flower is surrounding the deadly snow. Blossom, daffodils, daisies and snowdrops – They all claim their beautiful land again. Alexander H 18

First there was a snowdrop that fell quietly to the green grass. Two squishy seasons battling for the glorious land, Spring has returned to the land in triumph: Winter is dead! Ty W-B Old winter has been sacked! The fragile apple blossom joyfully springs out of the twigs Like chicks hatching. Sad wood-pigeon gracefully chirping A melancholy sound – like an opera singer. The river is trickling aimlessly On its slow way to the sea. Mother Nature stretches tirelessly From her deep dark sleep. The tight-scheduled bees, Hovering around, like school inspectors. Eternal sun rages on…. As Springtime takes over the land. Charlie W What could be better than the coming of the sun, Rising up in the blue sky? Finally, you can see what is happening. Slowly, hibernating hedgehogs uncurl. Pink and white blossom peeps through, Birdsong fills the fresh air. In the background, the sound of a stream appears, I know who is behind it…. Spring is behind this; Spring has kicked out winter! Ruby H Andrew Jones Deputy Headteacher 19

1st Melbourn Guides The highlight of this term’s programme was a trip to London to see the musical Wicked; a fantastic show about the witches from the Wizard of Oz. We travelled by train with Guides from other local villages and experienced ticket barriers, escalator protocol and squeezing onto already crowded carriages. In our weekly meetings we have worked on the healthy lifestyle themed ‘Aim Hi’ badge. In exploring mental health we discussed how to be a good friend and ways to deal with text bullying. For the healthy body we did a board game about dental hygiene, learnt about organs of the body and sampled unusual fruit and vegetables. The girls thought that celeriac soup would taste terrible, but they loved it! We also enjoyed some physical activity, including long rope skipping and beach-ball volleyball. For Mothers Day the girls made simple cross stitch cards of a tulip or a heart, choosing their own colour scheme and decorating their card as they wished. We finished the Spring term with an Easter Egg hunt, except that the eggs had to be earned by finding and deciphering Morse code ‘keys’ hidden around the churchyard. The clues were cryptic, photographs and map grid references and the code had to be translated into the phonetic alphabet. The Tiger patrol earned most mini eggs, scoring 100% and with no arguments! If you would like to join our waiting list, learn more about becoming a leader, or have any skills or hobbies which you would like to share with us, please contact me on (01763) 261443 or email melbournguides@gmail.com Hilary Marsh 20

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Volunteer Pavilion Overseer Required Can you help? Do you have some spare time? Do you want to give a little back? Meldreth Parish Council (MPC) are in the process of refurbishing the pavilion and as part of their new management plan MPC are looking for someone to oversee the use and general management of the pavilion. The main users will have block bookings of the pavilion in advance and there may be occasional use for children's parties. There is to be a paid cleaner and all clubs and users of the pavilion will have a contract regarding the use and standards expected for the pavilion, which will include penalty clauses. This "overseer’s" role is voluntary but expenses will be paid. The role includes being one of a number of key holders, ensuring that clubs and users leave the pavilion in a respectable state, being responsible for the bookings and managing the cleaner. The overseer will liaise with the Parish Council through either the Parish Clerk or an appointed Councillor. It is thought that this role should take no more than two hours a week on average but the overseer can make the role their own.

Self-Employed Cleaner Required The Parish Council are seeking a self-employed cleaner to work 3 hours per week. The duties will be to clean the refurbished Pavilion situated on the recreation ground.

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District Councillor’s Report Whiteacre, 70 Whitecroft Road: planning ref S/1073/16/OL I am told by the owner of the property that it has now been broken into for the eighth time, despite the erection of security fencing and windows being boarded up and notwithstanding there being nothing remaining inside the buildings. I think we can all agree it is an eyesore, and as such an encouragement to anti-social behaviour both on and off site. The planning application for nine houses on the site is held up in the Council's legal department and, whatever the outcome, it is in the interests of Meldreth that a decision is reached. I have contacted the relevant officers to ask that this matter be concluded as a matter of urgency and have asked that the Parish Council considers doing the same. Marley Eternit The Planning Department case officer is pushing for final comments from the various statutory bodies and hopes to be in a position to make a recommendation one way or another in time for a May Planning Committee. If this is the trajectory then the application will be considered on Wednesday 3rd May at the council offices in Cambourne. Please look on the Meldreth Futures Website for confirmation. Members of the public are permitted to attend. If you wish to speak, then please notify Democratic Services: each spokesperson is given a three minute window and may have to answer questions from committee members on their presentation. Please contact me if you have any questions. Planning Matters I attended a council briefing on the housing trajectory before also sitting on the planning committee this month. As I have said before the housing requirement for South Cambs for the period 2011-2031 is 19,500 dwellings which is a build out rate of 975 a year. The Council has not been able to demonstrate a five year housing land supply since June 2014 such that the current land supply is rated at 4.1 years. This is an improvement over the last time I reported to you when it stood at 3.7 years. One of the factors affecting this figure is the council approving five year land supply applications - or speculative applications as they are also known. The Marley Eternit application falls into this category of application. Other ways in which the housing 24

trajectory is being sought to be bolstered is the use of planning conditions to require build out to take place more quickly. A recent planning appeal case at Over suggests that there may be a wholescale revision of the rural settlement hierarchy, changing the factors which feed into the assessment methodology depending upon how access to services are rated. Meldreth is currently a Group village, but that may no longer be held to be the case. For more information please see https://www.scambs.gov.uk/sites/default/files/documents/ Village%20Classification%20Report South Cambridgeshire District Council: New Chief Executive Council members are meeting in the second week of April to be asked to approve the appointment of a new chief executive, Beverly Agass. South Cambridgeshire District Council Magazine Distribution coverage is patchy and I asked residents in the last issue to contact me if they have not received their South Cambs magazine for a period of time. Thus far, I have had not heard from any residents other than those living in North End or its spur roads so to date I have advised SCDC about this area of the village only. Please let me know if you live in any other part of the village but do not receive your copy of the magazine. Greenways Cycling Routes The councillor representing South Cambs on the City Deal, Francis Birkett, has written to all councillors explaining the vision for cycle Greenways linking which is proposed to create network of twelve routes for “non-motorised users� linking neighbouring villages to Cambridge City. The councillor stresses that this proposal is at a very early concept stage but that a team has been put in place to explore the proposition further. If you would like to find out more please go to: http://www4.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/info/20020/cycling/666/greenways Councillor Philippa Hart Meldreth and Shepreth Ward (01763) 261255 or 07811 323571


County Councillor’s Report Meldreth Platform Extension At the March Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton Rail User Group meeting, Network Rail representatives announced that they will not be extending the platform at Meldreth. There will be no change at Foxton and Shepreth, where the Cambridge-bound platform extensions are happening. The reason given for excluding Meldreth was ‘to save taxpayers money’. This is concerning because contracts and all necessary planning – including bus replacement services – are in place. Footfall is growing at 10% per year and platforms will get more crowded. Meldreth would be the only station between London King’s Cross and Cambridge without an elongated platform on the Cambridge-bound side of the tracks, and it is highly unlikely that adaptions would be carried out in the future as the cost would of doing just one station would be so much higher. I have written to the Network Rail Managing Director to ask if this decision can be reconsidered. Unfortunately, it seems the decision has now been taken. Proposed Closure of Level Crossing C04 No 20 Network Rail have announced that they still propose to close the rural level crossing south of the Station Road vehicle bridge. I met County officers, the National Farmers Union representative and a local farmer on site this week and we will be making individual representations. County and the NFU will object strongly on various grounds; the key argument against is that risk for pedestrians will increase by virtue of being rerouted over Station Road bridge, which has known and documented risks. The pavement doesn’t meet current standards and the mouth of the industrial site receives a regular flow of industrial size vehicles, with no pedestrian provision. Therefore, the risk is transferred from the railway to the highway, with increased risk to the pedestrian. Bus Information Evening As you know there is a gradual shift happening on bus services, with ridership not strong and consolidation of routes on both commercial and council subsidised services. The Parish Council should have received a letter from the County Council about tweaking the 128 service for which the subsidy has been protected for one more year. In two years’ time, government revenue support grant will have reduced to zero and there is no obvious source of funding to keep subsidised buses 26

running. On the commercial side, if Stagecoach decides to cut the 27 bus, one idea for supporting people who are caught out in nearby villages would be a shuttle link to join up with the 26 bus in Melbourn and/or Meldreth Station. A bus and community transport information evening was organised for 19th April, sorry this was organised at short notice without the chance to advertise in Meldreth Matters. The idea is to capture thoughts and feed into the County’s informal consultation on tweaking the 128 timetable and to help out for those who rely on the Stagecoach 27. Fairer Funding for Schools The Government’s fairer funding programme for Cambridgeshire schools is panning out better for some schools than others. Schools in our area have clubbed together to provide guidance and suggested responses to the government consultation. Meldreth Primary School and Melbourn Village College have posted the relevant information on their websites. Out-of-Hours GP Services The consultation has closed, but it looks likely that this service will move from Chesterton Hospital to Addenbrooke’s. It’s clear that this would be best from a clinical point of view; the main concerns are around transport and access. The County Council Health Committee will be delegating a councillor to join the NHS-based team to ensure a user’s point of view and input. Riparian Responsibilities The County Council is no longer applying discretion to deal with some riparian ownership issues – this is very frustrating for landowners who seem to bear all the burden of tree clearance and other maintenance issues. Flood Avoidance Subcommittee The Highways Department has suggested that another drainage walk should be planned soon. I will help to organise this. Twigs and Broken Branches, North End Residents at 22 North End have collected a large amount of twigs and branches off the verge, arising from Storm Doris and would appreciate it if they could be removed.


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Meldreth Futures Group Meldreth Futures Group (MFG) is working alongside Meldreth Parish Council to screen proposals and make recommendations on how to distribute Parish Council money to the community and social groups connected to Meldreth. The source of this money is currently from solar funding but other nongovernmental income may become available for the MFG to consider in the future. The Group, consisting of Meldreth residents and three Parish Councillors, aims to look at the future of the village and to encourage residents to recommend projects for local funding in our environment. Meldreth has benefited already from recommendations from our group (formerly the Solar Funding Group). Since September 2015 Solar Funding money has gone to: Meldreth Village Hall, for solar panels Meldreth WI Meldreth Preschool Melwood Nature Reserve, for equipment 1st Melbourn Guides, for tents Meldreth Good Companions Meldreth Christmas Tree Festival Melbourn Village College, Student After School Enrichment Programme We are aiming to make ourselves more visible and will be launching a website in the near future. In the meantime we welcome feedback from fellow residents and encourage you to voice your visions for Meldreth’s future. We would also like to know if there are any community projects you feel could benefit from financial support. Until the website is up and running you can contact us via the Parish Clerk on (01763) 269928 or by email, parishclerk@meldreth-pc.org.uk. You would need to fill in a simple application form, obtainable from the Clerk. This would then be passed to Meldreth Futures Group who would help research the idea, consider costings and feasibility before 28

offering it back to the Parish Council for consideration of funding. Please keep in touch with us as the best ideas come from the residents themselves. We will be reporting back to you regularly in Meldreth Matters. This village is already regarded as a great place to live so why not make it even better? Joan Gane on behalf of Meldreth Futures Group


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Maycroft Care Home Maycroft's latest expedition took place on Friday 24th March. Staff including Lynn (Manager), Julie (activities organiser) Daniela (senior carer) and Ray, friend of Maycroft accompanied seven residents, Anne, Carol, Don, Michael, Nellie, Vera and Vi on a tour around some of the villages in our locality. First we went to Barrington, Nellie's village, where some of us were pleased to see the cricket pitch on the green in fine fettle. From there we went on to Fowlmere and Thriplow where there were still many daffodils making a fine display. We went up in the hills to Chrishall, then to Shelford. At Therfield we stopped for a while so that Michael could reminisce, as he was born and spent his childhood there. We returned to Maycroft via Melbourn, where Anne, Carol and Don recently lived and returned just in time for lunch. The weather was lovely and it was good seeing all the springtime blossom and all the wonders of nature. We all really enjoyed ourselves. Carol and Ray On 1st March, Maycroft had an unexpected visit from the Health, Safety and Environmental Agency to inspect the kitchen, food storage and the preparation and presentation of meals. They received a 5-star award - the highest any establishment can achieve and one of which any local eatery would be proud. 6th April saw the return of Frank Taylor with his trumpet; he played many of the residents’ old favourites. This, along with his excellent ad libbing between tunes, provided us with a very enjoyable morning. We would like to bring to your attention another special event as on Sunday 20th August we will be holding a sponsored walk around the village, starting at 10.30am. This is to raise money for Dementia Research, a cause very close to Maycroft’s heart. We welcome anyone who would like to join us, or of course sponsor us. More details next month. Many bushes have been removed and trees cut down in the gardens alongside and at the back of the old Maycroft house. Bricks and some other materials have been delivered and everyone is waiting for the date when the roots are to be removed and the foundations of the new building started. 30

In the meantime we must be patient and go on preparing for the annual fete, our main fundraising event of the year and one in which the residents take great pride, both in preparing stalls for the day and helping to run them. We hope many people from this and nearby villages, will join us from 11.00am-1.00pm on Saturday 17th June. We hope you all had a very enjoyable Easter Break and look forward to being able to keep you informed of what is going on at Maycroft. Rosemary and Ray Friends of Maycroft

County Councillor’s Surgery Due to the Bank Holiday, my surgery will be held on Tuesday 2nd May from 2.30 to 3.30pm at the Melbourn Hub. Susan van de Ven County Councillor

Volunteering Opportunities Meldreth: Volunteer Pavilion Overseer Required Meldreth Parish Council is looking for a volunteer to oversee the use and general management of the pavilion. Please see page 23 for details. Volunteer Van Crew needed at Cambridge Re-Use Physically fit and energetic people needed to fill voluntary van crew positions within our dedicated team. As a valued member you will be assisting the van driver and other crew member. Delivering/collecting furniture to and from customers’ homes. Heavy lifting is involved. It is important to us that both our customers and donors are happy with the service we provide, so good customer service skills are a must. In return we offer travel and lunch expenses, 25% discount and free delivery on any purchases made from the charity. A warm friendly atmosphere with tea, coffee and biscuits, and sometimes donuts and sometimes fruit (though fruit isn’t that popular). For further information on how to apply please contact Cara (Manager) on (01223) 414554 or email cara@cambridgereuse.org.uk. 31

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Meldreth Parish Council www.meldreth-pc.org.uk Extracts from the unapproved minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on Thursday 6th April 2017 in Meldreth Village Hall. Present: Councillor C A Land - Chairman, Councillor N P Pellatt - Vice Chairman, Councillor C J Fallon, Councillor R Goddin, Councillor A Keenan, Councillor D Lee, Councillor R A Searles In attendance: Mrs J Damant (Clerk), Councillor P Hart (SCDC) and Councillor S van de Ven (CCC) Apologies for absence: Councillor A Young Public Participation There were six members of the public in attendance. Concern was raised about some weed killing which appears to have taken place from the corner of Elin Way leading towards Howard Road along Whitecroft Road. The Clerk will make enquiries as to whether the Parish Council’s grass cutter has carried this out or whether it has been done by the District Council. If so, Councillor Hart will make enquiries. Concern was expressed about the proposal of installing 20's Plenty Signs (see page 38). Meldreth Futures reported that they have had a meeting where they gave their recommendations. They also enquired if they could set up a separate website; they would also like to put a regular article into Meldreth Matters explaining who the Meldreth Futures Group are and what they do. Report from District Councillor (see pages 24-25) Councillor Searles enquired if Councillor Hart was aware that the proposed planning application for 79 High Street had included the pre application advice from SCDC which outlined what SCDC would recommend. Councillor Hart was not aware of this; however she did report that this is also a speculative development. Report from County Councillor (see page 26-27) Councillor van de Ven explained that the Greenway concept is to also link villages to each other not just for them to be linked to Cambridge City. 35

Melbourn has had another large speculative development application of 160 dwellings which will be near the Science Park, and another for 30 dwellings near The Moor. The platform extension for Meldreth cancellation by Network Rail is due to funding and that Network Rail do not want to waste tax payers’ money. However, the platform extensions to Shepreth and Foxton are still to go ahead. Network Rail clarified that the platform extension in Meldreth was to only be by one carriage length. Councillor van de Ven stated that it would be very unlikely that the platform would ever be extended at a later date. It was felt that Meldreth has not been given clear guidance on the platform extension project. This also links into the proposed closure of the railway crossing on footpath 10 (CO4No.20). Parish Councillor Vacancy Following the resignation of Councillor D Stewart the Clerk has notified SCDC and has placed a notice (seeking an election) on the notice boards. Once fourteen days has passed, if no one has requested that an election be held, SCDC will notify the Clerk that the Parish Council may proceed with a co-option. [see page 8] Proposed Closure of the Railway Crossing on Footpath 10 Councillor Searles has looked over the file sent by Network Rail and noted that there was nothing new in the report. The one benefit is that there would be a new grass footpath from the railway bridge path to Fieldgate. Councillor Searles enquired with Councillor van de Ven if the decision can be reversed as the deadline for the consultation was soon. Councillor van de Ven suggested the Parish Council restates all their original arguments stating that the re-routing of pedestrians along Station Bridge is dangerous and that the footway does not meet current standards. Councillor Searles also reported that the industrial site is very busy and pedestrians would be at risk. Councillor Searles will put together a response. SCDC Local Plan for Local Green Spaces In 2013 the Parish Council put forward the following areas to be considered as green spaces: recreation ground, land behind Melrose, Melwood, Melmeadow and Flambards Green. Only the recreation ground and Flambards have been agreed and will probably survive any further scrutiny from SCDC as these areas are accessible and used by the public. The other areas have been rejected. Melwood is a protected Local Nature Reserve so has protection already. 36

Meldreth Futures Working Group Following the update from Mrs Silver, Chairman of the Meldreth Futures Working Group, it was agreed that funding should be given the Melbourn Village College's enrichment programme for ÂŁ1043.00. Clerk will check from the application that the transport service is available for all students. Church Wall A meeting has been held with Celia Wignall (SCDC), David Llewellyn (Architect) and John Price (Churchwarden) and the Clerk to look at the church wall, which the Parish Council is responsible for maintaining. The Parish Council agreed to accept the quote, by the well respected architect who works closely with the Diocese, for putting together the specification. Marley Eternit: Proposed Development of 150 Dwellings Councillor Hart reported that a meeting has taken place, attended by herself, Councillor van de Ven and SCDC planning and the developers, to discuss the s106 education requirement. The application may go to SCDC Planning Committee on Wednesday 3rd May. It was also suggested that the Clerk contact Mr Kratz (land lawyer) to see if he would be available to attend. This would be discussed further at the Meldreth Parish Council planning meeting on 20th April. Playground All the equipment appears to be in good working order. Specifications have been sent out to three companies for the works required at the recreation ground on hedges and trees to be carried out after the nesting season. Pavilion Construction Councillor Pellatt reported that stages one and two have now been completed satisfactorily. Councillor Young had submitted his proposal for installing CCTV in the pavilion. It was also suggested, that if possible the cameras be focused on the entrance to the tennis courts. It was agreed to accept the quote from Hikvision for a total cost of ÂŁ917.32. Pavilion Management Programme The advertisements for a cleaner and a pavilion overseer were agreed and will be put in Meldreth Matters [see page 23] and on village notice boards. 37

Village Map Mrs Gilmore, as part of the Meldreth Futures Group, has been looking at some of the village maps and has also purchased a map to see if it would be possible to adapt it to show other village assets, such as dog bins, litter bins, drains, footpaths, etc. so that there would be one major map that would show all the village amenities and assets. Village Hall Break-In The Village Hall Chairman reported that the Village Hall had been broken into. 20's Plenty The Policy and Regulation Manager at CCC Highways has ruled that they will not give consent to placing these signs. If the Parish Council wish to reduce the legal speed limit to 20 mph then that is a different scenario, but to place a speed limit sign which is not enforceable and is not therefore a legal requirement, they believe, causes confusion and those villages who have them will be asked to remove them. Trees along North End near Stone Lane Councillor Searles reported that a site meeting had taken place with CCC Highways, Councillors van de Ven and Searles and the land owner to discuss who was responsible for the trees along this verge in North End following the fallen tree during Storm Doris. The Enclosures map of 1820 shows an old ditch (now filled in) and therefore the riparian responsibility is with the landowner, who has already started work on reducing one tree and has consulted a tree surgeon on making sure the other trees are safe. Tree on Flambards A tree has fallen from the ditch along Flambards, near the High Street. In accordance with the Residents Association Agreement the Parish Council, who are the land owners, handed over all responsibilities to the Flambards Residents Association and this would include all riparian responsibilities for this ditch. Tree Survey The Clerk is to put together an asset register of all trees that are owned by the Parish Council and a policy is to be drawn up regarding the carrying out of surveys. It has been suggested that for good practice annual inspections should be carried out for trees on roadsides and every two years for all other trees. There is no legal requirement to do this, according to the Tree Officer at SCDC, but at a legal training day it was advised that Parish Councils check trees more regularly. 38

Parish Clerk's Office Hours It is proposed to have regular hours at the Parish office with, where possible, the Clerk working 9.00am-12 noon for Orwell Parish Council and 12 noon to 3.30pm for Meldreth Parish Council. Mettle Hill Councillor Goddin gave an update on the Mettle Hill 'Policy Memorandum'. At the moment the front runners are: Park Homes, Affordable Housing, leave as it is. Following on from the meeting that Councillor Goddin attended at SCDC it was agreed that a policy document outlining what has been happening with Mettle Hill be produced and this has now been completed and agreed to be made public. Annual Meeting of the Parish Council This will be held at the next Parish Council meeting on 4th May. Annual Parish Meeting (village meeting) This will be held on the Thursday 18th May at 7.30pm in the main room of the Village Hall. The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Thursday 4th May at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. Meldreth Parish Council The official Minutes of Meldreth Parish Council are those signed in Public Meetings by the Chairman. They are available for public inspection from the Clerk and can also be accessed on the Parish Council website at www.meldreth-pc.org.uk or on the Parish Council notice board opposite the One Stop shop.

Meldreth Parish Council - Contact Details http://www.meldreth-pc.org.uk Parish Office, Meldreth Sheltered Scheme, Elin Way, Royston SG8 6LT Office hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12.30-2.30pm By appointment at other times Parish Clerk: Mrs J Damant (01763) 269928 parishclerk@meldreth-pc.org.uk Parish Councillors: Mrs C J Fallon

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Friends of Holy Trinity www.foht.org.uk This Month’s Event: AGM, Friday 12th May, 8.00pm To review the year’s events and future plans, elect committee members and officers, approve the accounts and review recent and future funding in support of the fabric of the church, including any relevant resolutions. There will be a social after the meeting.

Forthcoming Events: Open Gardens, Sunday 4th June, 1.30-5.30pm We are pleased to be able to hold this event at this time of the year following a number of years of running the event in the Spring. Gardens will range from small to very large including our vegetable enthusiast and a plant stall. Teas will be served at the church. Entrance £4.00 children 50p Sunday 3rd September 13th Annual Churchyard Car show John Price

Joint Parish Prayer Group The Joint Parish Prayer Group will be meeting on Tuesday 16th May at 85 North End, Meldreth from 8.00pm until 9.00pm. Please join us if you feel the need for quiet meditation and prayer. Prayer requests are welcomed and treated in the strictest of confidence. Marion Long (01763) 261365

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Melbourn & Meldreth Women’s Group At our March meeting I led the Group on a reflection for Lent. We looked at the temptations Jesus faced in the desert as part of his wider life journey and how after them he began his public ministry. We shared some bible readings and looked at journeys in our own lives and how they had affected our relationships with others. We were encouraged to know that God called us to be His children and that like Jesus we too could trust Him to be with us in both the good and bad times. Our May meeting will be the Summer Supper which will be provided by the members of the committee. Tickets will be available for members and their guests but must be purchased in advance to enable us to cater for the appropriate numbers. If you would like to know more about the group or require a lift to a meeting please contact one of the committee members: Pat Smith on (01763) 262575, Sue Toule on (01763) 260955, Anne Harrison on (01763) 261775 or Angela Leach on (01763) 262793). Pat Smith Dust Free Wood Floor Sanding & Restoration We can make life a little easier

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Meldreth WI Due to other commitments some of our members were unable to attend our April meeting. However, it was a small but happy group. Our President, Mrs Bates spoke of past events and mentioned ones to come. This year our Annual Council Meeting will be held in The Belfry Hotel Cambourne, proving once again that the organisers of these big events have them in different areas of the county to give everyone the chance of not having to travel too far. We then settled down to some exercises. Val Ford took us through our gentle paces, gentle though they may be some of us could still feel muscles we didn't know we had but is was gentle and relaxing. Next month perhaps it may be a good idea for people living in the Elizabeth Way area of Cambridge to stay indoors as the WI are having an evening Air Rifle shooting at the ranges there. This is always a popular event and a very enjoyable but careful evening. Next month Carol Pook will be coming to speak to us. It will be Carol's 3rd visit and she is so entertaining: usually you can hear a pin drop which is no mean fete in a room full of ladies!! This time her subject will be 'The Mystery of Agatha Christie'. So ... do come along to the Village Hall at 7.30pm on 11th May - we will look forward to welcoming you. Kathleen Thompson

Good Companions Our last meeting was on 6th April. We held our AGM and asked for ideas for outings where we might go later in the year. Mary Price judged our decorated egg boxes, first prize being a box containing a mug and Easter Egg. Our next meeting is on Thursday 4th May at 2.00pm in the Sheltered Housing Community Room in Elin Way: all welcome. Laraine Pocknell, Secretary (01763) 261432 43

Hedgehogs A number of hedgehogs have recently been released in Meldreth and they may choose to visit your garden, so this article from Shepreth Wildlife Conservation Charity's Hedgehog Hospital could be of interest ... SWCC Hedgehog Hospital At SWCC Hedgehog Hospital, we care for sick, injured and orphaned hedgehogs that are brought to us by members of the public. We are open 365 days a year and between April 2015 and March 2016, we admitted over 650 hedgehogs, so it can get quite busy in the hospital! The hedgehogs in our care come from all over the region, including Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. The latest estimate for the UK hedgehog population pinned numbers at fewer than a million hedgehogs. This is a huge drop from 36.5 million in the 1950s. Their biggest threat is habitat loss, as people fence their gardens off and prevent hedgehogs from using them. Hedgehogs can travel a couple of miles a night to find food and fewer gardens have been available to them in recent years. We see a lot of malnourished, dehydrated and hungry hogs, who would benefit from a dish of cat food or a bowl of fresh water left out for them! Other reasons that we admit hedgehogs vary from road traffic accidents, dog attacks and orphaned hoglets (also known as ‘urchins’). The hedgehogs that are brought in to us are checked for parasites, such as ticks and fleas, and any injuries or wounds. The most important thing we do when a new hog comes in is pop them on a heat pad – hedgehogs can become very cold, so warming them up is crucial! Regular faecal checks are carried out too; we can identify internal parasites and treat them if necessary. We have to clean out up to 100 hedgehog boxes every day - our boxes are lined with newspapers so we are always grateful for old newspapers (without staples!). Hedgehogs are rather fussy creatures; some love tinned puppy food, while others prefer cat biscuits and dried mealworms. We have to have a good variety of food on site to cater for our discerning patients! When we are happy that a hedgehog is healthy, we release it back into the wild. They are released across the region in a number of gardens and a few other sites, including colleges and even holiday parks! The hedgehogs are kept in an outdoor pen for two weeks before release to allow them to adjust to being outdoors again after their rehabilitation. 44

Our work would not be possible without the amazing volunteers who give up their time to help us. We also work with some fantastic vets and nurses at Melbourn Veterinary Surgery – without them, we would not be able to provide the quality of care that we currently do. We attend regular fundraising events to cover the costs of food, veterinary care and medicines and general running of the hospital. On 28th August, Shepreth Wildlife Park will be hosting its annual ‘Hedgehog Day’, where all money raised will go to helping the hogs we admit. If you find a hedgehog that needs urgent help, or if you are interested in volunteering with us, please call us on 07505 651968. How You Can Help Hedgehogs at Home Due to their dwindling population, hedgehogs need our help more than ever. Putting a bowl of meat-based cat food, or some cat biscuits down in your garden can provide a much-needed meal for a hungry hedgehog. Clean, fresh water is especially important on a hot summer’s day! Opening up your garden to hedgehogs would provide more habitats for them. Something as simple as a 13cm x 13cm entrance at the bottom of a garden fence can allow a hedgehog to explore your garden and forage for insects. Ponds and pools of water should have sloping sides: hedgehogs are excellent swimmers but will need something to climb out on. Hedgehog houses can be a great addition to your garden. They are available from many garden centres, online, or you can build your own. Instructions can be found on the British Hedgehog Preservation Society website, www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk. During the summer months, when people start to tend to their gardens, we see a lot of injuries caused by lawnmowers and strimmers. Bonfire night presents a new set of problems for hedgehogs, as bonfires and piles of logs and leaves are the perfect habitat for this species. We encourage people to build their bonfires on the night, or to check for any sleepy hedgehogs before lighting them! Hedgehogs really are lovely little creatures, and it would be such a shame to lose one of our most charismatic native species. If you would like any advice or more information, please contact Shepreth Wildlife Conservation Charity's Hedgehog Hospital on 07505 651968. Mary Giles


Pet Anaesthetics So, your pet needs an anaesthetic ... but there is no need to panic! In the veterinary world we are fixing all kinds of problems in all kinds of pets, from very minor problems right up to the most demanding of procedures. Some require surgical intervention and when the vet mentions that the animal needs an anaesthetic, it often sends waves of terror through the owner. I decided to write this article in order to put a few minds at rest, to explain anaesthesia in small animals and to reassure you that, more often than not, the risk really is minimal. So many animals are denied treatment because they are old and the owner is worried that they won’t survive the procedure. This does break my heart somewhat. Just because an animal is older, it doesn't mean they feel any less pain, and so untreated teeth, lumps, eyes or ears seem very unnecessary to me when we could do so much for them. So what happens when a pet has an anaesthetic and how do we make it safer? The risk is assessed and minimised. This happens for every single patient. They are always given a full health check by the veterinary surgeon and in some cases, usually for pets over the age of about five years, we can run blood screens to make sure that unseen problems are detected and can be factored into the care plan. A premedicant is decided and administered. Not only does this calm the pet down and provide pain relief, but it reduces the amount of anaesthetic the animal requires to be induced significantly and so makes the process much safer. This can also be reversed in a lot of cases. If we are having a problem, we can reverse the drug! The drugs used to induce anaesthetic in small animals are the same as those used in human hospitals. The injection itself works instantly and also is metabolised very quickly and so is out of the system very quickly too. After five minutes, if we did not place the pet onto some anaesthetic gas it would wake up! A tube is placed, this secures the airway and allows us to breathe for the pet should he or she decide to stop! It also allows us to administer anaesthesia is a safe way, using tiny increments of 0.25% to get the depth of anaesthesia perfect. Any changes to the level of gas take immediate effect. If you turn them off they usually wake up immediately! Registered Qualified Veterinary nurses are responsible for monitoring anaesthetic. They are fully trained and a huge part of the qualification 46

is anaesthetic based. The heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, temperature and anaesthetic depth assessment are taken at least every five minutes. This is a job in itself; keeping the patient safe and asleep throughout. There is usually a warning of any impending problems. A good nurse will notice the signs and let the vet know immediately, before it is an emergency. A drop in blood pressure, for example, can be easily sorted out but if left would be an issue. In cases where the nurse really isn't happy then the pet is woken up! The veterinary team would much rather that they didn't quite get the job done and had a pet walking out of the door happy in the evening than spend another half an hour removing a wart, for example. Decisions like these are made every day and always with the patients’ best interests at heart. Special consideration is given to old or young pets, and to those which have trouble breathing at the best of times and I'm very pleased to say that it’s incredibly rare that there is a problem. Recovery too is very carefully monitored and pets are not allowed home until everyone is certain that they are safe and usually after they have eaten something and are truly up and about. What I'm trying to say is that when the vet recommends a procedure they are doing so having really considered the risk involved and have decided that its minimal. Of course you should always ask questions if your pet needs anaesthesia and you are worried about it, but rest assured that it is something that vets do every day, sometimes for really critically ill animals, and they are usually much better for it after their procedure has been completed! Hopefully this will put your mind at rest and reassure you that anaesthesia is a good and very clever thing, a facility which allows us to sort out pets’ problems and in many cases allows us to extend or improve their lives. Jo Brown Veterinary Nurse


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Notes from a Small Garden By the time you read this, that wonderful weekend in April when the temperature soared and we had two days of uninterrupted sun will be long gone. My late daffodils, mostly white, including Actea and Thalia looked stunning in the orchard and the blossom on the crab apple Everest surpassed itself! I noticed in other people’s gardens various cherry trees looking wonderful and one I planted in our garden many years ago, which I thought was called English Double White Cherry (but I can’t find after a swift Google search) must have changed its name. This year it has more flowers than I ever remember and has had a stay of execution; my husband had decided that it was not worth keeping but has now changed his mind! But beware the Lily beetle. During the hot weekend I handpicked fifteen from one pot of lilies. This is the best method of getting rid of this disgusting non-native insect as well as the grubs. Apparently there are lily nurseries where they handpick the beetles off rather than using insecticides, e.g. Bug Clear Ultra. Don’t forget the lily beetle can decimate fritillaries too. Early potatoes, (Lady Christl and Belle de Fontenay), broad beans and Jim’s sweet peas are all safely planted. I find that I lose too many broad beans if I plant them in November. The week after Easter I shall put in Juliette which, when we harvested them last year, had the “proper” potato taste I remember from my childhood. Most of the tubs have been replenished with fresh compost and had a liquid feed. Each year I try to reduce the number of tubs and pots without success but this year many of the pots have splintered and cracked, even the ones I inherited from my mother’s garden, which must be more than 60 years old. Very sad. Any other successes as I look round the garden? Well one of them is the elimination of bindweed. I have been systematically (well – fairly systematically) “stroking” the emerging offending leaves with diluted “Roundup” but now luckily there is a much easier preparation to use in the form of a gel. 48

May is one of the most beautiful months in the garden. Tips or jobs which can really make a difference I think are: Watch out for late frosts and protect the plants, e.g. tree peonies Earth up potatoes Regularly hoe weeds off, or hand weed Start off your baskets if you haven’t already. I hang mine up in the polytunnel until they have bulked up and are safe to put out. Lift and divide overcrowded clumps of daffodils Water regularly, early and late to get the best out of your water; recycle if possible Sow wallflower seeds for next year; also all kinds of primula seeds. Primula seeds should be sown on the surface of the compost. Do not exclude from daylight. The ‘old boys’ would say a hoeing is as good as a rain. The best of summer gardening to you all. Julie and Jim juliedraper@dumbflea.co.uk Melbourn Mobile Warden Scheme

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Local Events in May Here is a selection of events happening nearby in May. To have your event listed, please email meldrethmatters@hotmail.com. Until 1st January 2019, 9.30am to 5.00pm Off Duty at Bletchley Park: High Spirits in Low Times Sherwood Drive, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK3 6EB Learn what the World War Two codebreakers did to keep up their fitness and morale when they weren’t on duty. Free with normal admission. Further details and booking: www.bletchleypark.org.uk. Monday 1st May, 10.30am to 4.30pm Book Fayre, St John’s Parish Church, Royston SG8 7BP Wide variety of titles. Free admission. Refreshments available all day, cream teas in the afternoon. Further details: telephone (01763) 246371. Wednesday 3rd May, 10.00am to 12.00pm Visit to Hayley Wood, Great Gransden, Cambridgeshire A guided walk around this ancient woodland with its beautiful Spring flowers. Mainly grassy paths. Free but voluntary donations to Beds, Northants and Cambs Wildlife Trust. Grid Ref: TL 292 530. Park opposite water tower and walk 300m up Hayley Lane to reserve. More information from: www.wildlifebcn.org or telephone (01462) 851954. Saturday 6th May, 4.45am to 7.30am Dawn Chorus Walk, Wicken Fen Nature Reserve CB7 5XP Get up early for a guided walk with an expert ranger to hear birds of the Fen singing at the best time of day, best time of the year. Tickets £12.75 to include hot drink and bacon roll. No dogs please. Booking essential on 0844249 1895 or online: www.nationaltrust.org.uk. Saturday 6th May, 10.00am to 12.00pm Orwell Pannier Market Orwell Village Hall, High Street, Orwell, SG8 5QN Large village market on first Saturday of the month. Around 30 stalls with mix of food, crafts and horticulture. Tea room serving refreshments and homemade cakes. Contact: (01223) 207585. Saturday 6th May, 10.00am to 4.00pm Barkway Village Market, Barkway, Hertfordshire Traditional and very popular market set in the grounds of one of Barkway’s attractive old houses. Free parking; small admission charge. 50

Saturday 13th May, 8.00pm West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge CB3 9DP Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra perform Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony and other works. Tickets from £10, concessions from £8; www.westroad.org or telephone (01223) 300085. Sunday 14th May, 9.00am to 3.00pm Wimpole Hall, Arrington Cambridgeshire SG8 0BW Great British Dog Walk for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People Nationwide sponsored dog walk. Choose either 3km or 8km route, or just relax and see hearing puppies in training and dog demonstrations. £10 to take part, under 16s free. Register with Hearing Dogs for Deaf People online or call (01844) 348100. Meet opposite Stable Block. Saturday 20th May, 8.30am Men’s Breakfast Meeting, Village Hall, Foxton CB22 6RN Dr Rick Thompson will talk about the work of Findacure, the Cambridge based charity which researches and helps people suffering from some of the world’s rarest genetic disorders. Contact Tony Garrick on (01223) 510201 garrick.tony@gmail.com or Mark Howard on (01223) 503377 or mark-howard@uwclub.net to reserve your place. Saturday 20th May, 10.00am to 6.00pm University Botanic Garden, 1 Brookside, Cambridge CB2 1JE Annual Festival of Plants Visit the spectacular garden and learn about the fascinating world of plants. Range of events and activities throughout day. Adults £5.50, concessions (over 65) £4.95, children 0-16 free (accompanied by adult). www.botanic.cam.ac.uk or telephone (01223) 336265. Monday 22nd May, 7.00pm A Night at the Cathedral Ely Cathedral, Ely Cambridgeshire CB7 4DL Explore the Cathedral by night with a rocket show by Cambridge Science Centre, a pop-up planetarium, interactive displays and music. Free entry to Cathedral; tickets for the exhibition and music £5 from tickets.elycathedral.org or box office on (01353) 660349. Compiled by John Crawforth 51

Forthcoming Events 24-hour Music Marathon 2.00pm Friday 23rd to 2.00pm Saturday 24th June Orwell and Barrington Music to include choirs, jazz ensemble, solo saxophone, brass band, chamber music, schools, church bells and much more. Performers to include Orwell Singers, Ad Hoc Singers, Magog Singers Hot Numbers Jazz Ensemble, Eversden Brass Band Graham Walker, cello Big Sing at noon on Saturday, Barrington Church Grand Finale at the Royal Oak, Barrington 1.00pm to 2.00pm Coffee and croissants for breakfast; afternoon tea; raffle In Aid of Cambridge Cancer Help Centre For more details see https://www.facebook.com/24-Hour-MusicMarathon-138747049948124/

Hatley & District Tug of War Challenge Sunday 9th July, 4.00pm Hatley Playing Field, SG19 3HW Teams of up to eight people: men and/or women; boys and/or girls No studs or spikes Are your men or women up to it or will they wimp out? Let’s see what your villagers are made of! There may be a bottle of beer in it for the winners, as well as free entry to our fete which starts at 2.00pm. Contact 0772908510 or email pinneyalan@hotmail.co.uk if you would like to take part. 52



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News from Heidi Allen I’d like to start by thanking the hundreds of you who took the time to contribute your views to the Fairer Funding Schools Consultation and submit your thoughts to me. I will be handing the letters and petitions over to Justine Greening next month as I continue to push for fairer funding for our South Cambridgeshire schools. In my opinion, our schools are the best in the country and I was delighted to visit Coton Primary School to observe the Primary Life Education Unit teach pupils about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. This two-classroom mobile unit was part-funded by the Rotary Club and provides early education about healthy living and drug awareness to school children. The unit needs to access additional funding to survive, so if you’re a local business and would like to help, please contact my office who can put you in touch with the relevant people. The importance of this early intervention was even more obvious after I took part in Alcohol Health Alliance’s ‘Day of Action’ by visiting the liver ward at Addenbrooke’s. AHA demonstrated the devastating effects of cheap alcohol on individuals and communities and reinforced the need for a community wide approach to tackling this problem. Whilst I was there I signed up with https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/register-to-donate/register-yourdetails. Please take a look at their website and have a think about whether you’d like to register to donate your organs too. I’m a big advocate for community action, so am pleased to support Tesco’s Community Food Connection programme. Tesco have launched a new scheme to offer surplus food to local charities through a dedicated app. If you’re a local charity that could make use of some free produce please take a look at https://www.tesco.com/communityfood-connection. I think it’s a brilliant scheme. I was asked to talk to both Hills Road Sixth Form College students and separately, Duxford Explorer Scouts in mid-March about the job of being an MP. I am always encouraged when young people are interested in democracy and politics. Our democracy feels particularly alive at the moment so there has never been a better time to get 54

involved. If you have ever considered a career in local or national politics, do get in touch and I’d be happy to share my experiences. I was honoured to be the designated official ribbon cutter at two local events last month by formally opening CHS’s affordable and social housing development at Caxton as well as Great Shelford’s Post Office. It’s really important that we ‘use and don’t lose’ community assets like the Post Office so please support Prakash and Jayshri by visiting them and using their service. They work so very hard to serve their local community. I spent a productive morning with local councillors and Highways Officers assessing the issues that many of you have raised about the Flint Cross junction on the A505. This road is firmly on the County Council’s radar and I’m working with them and local Parish Councils to make this road safer. We’re in the early stages of discussions but the consensus is there – improvements need to be made. Work on the City Deal continues and I attended the Local Liaison Forum to support the launch of Option 6 – the Cambourne to Cambridge Better Busway. This proposal intends to utilise existing road structures to develop a fast yet cost-effective bus route into Cambridge, thus minimising the need for a costly busway development. I’m pleased that the City Deal have agreed to go back to the drawing board and assess all possible routes and Park & Ride locations. Many of you took the time to write to me after the devastating attack on Parliament last month. As I wrote at the time, we are all indebted to PC Palmer for making the ultimate sacrifice in defending our democracy. I thank all of you who took the time to share these sentiments. As always, if you have anything you’d like to share with me, you can find details of my upcoming surgeries on my website: www.heidisouthcambs.co.uk/residents-drop-surgeries. I’ll be in Bassingbourn (venue to be advised) on Saturday 20th May from 10.30am – 12.30pm. On Saturday 17th June I’ll be in Cottenham and on 1st July I’ll be at Melbourn Village College. You can also phone my Westminster office on 020 7219 5091 about national issues or you can call my constituency office on (01954) 212707 to raise local concerns. You can also email me at heidi.allen.mp@parliament.uk. Heidi Allen MP 55

Meldreth Neighbourhood Watch This month, I'm repeating details of a scam that was published in the May 2016 issue of Meldreth Matters because the scam is still active; a Meldreth resident was telephoned in March. Fraudsters telephone and ask whether you receive unwanted telephone calls. If you say that you do (and who doesn't?) they offer to register you as not wanting to receive marketing calls in return for a payment. The scammers are very convincing; they may already have your name (from the phone book), and if you don't have a credit card they will ask for other details such as your bank account number and sort code, and your birthday. If you receive a call that claims to represent such a scheme, it is a scam. End the telephone call. Do not give out any personal or financial data. To register (for free!) to opt out of receiving unsolicited sales and marketing calls, go to the Telephone Preference Service at www.tpsonline.org.uk. However, note that this will not stop scam calls since fraudsters do not abide by any codes of conduct. Always Take Five to protect yourself from fraud: 1. Never disclose security details, such as your PIN or full banking password. 2. Don’t assume an email, text or phone call is authentic. 3. Don’t be rushed – a genuine organisation won’t mind waiting. 4. Listen to your instincts; you know if something doesn’t feel right. 5. Stay in control; don’t panic and make a decision you’ll regret. Don't forget the trusted contacts in Meldreth who you can talk to about a possible scam, which may include being asked to buy by a cold caller: Graham (01763) 260358; Peter (01763) 260323; Linda (01763) 261405; Tim (01763) 262801 Anyone can report a scam to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk. The Cambridge Police website for reporting a variety of issues is www.contactcambspolice.uk. If you are the sort of person who likes to watch out for neighbours and notices things out of the ordinary, joining Neighbourhood Watch in Meldreth will allow you to contribute to keeping crime low across South Cambridgeshire. Please contact Graham Borgonon on (01763) 260358. 56

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Planning Matters Parish Council Reference and Address 114 High Street, Court Stables S/0700/17/FL


Parish Council Recommend

Construction of a single storey dwelling and carport within existing private garden with new driveway access off highway.

The site is a Protected Village Amenity Area where applications that will have an adverse impact on the character, amenity, tranquillity or function of the village will not be permitted. Since part of the proposed bungalow and the car port will be visible through the proposed driveway from High Street it was felt by the committee that character and amenity will be affected in this important centre of the village, which is the setting for the Grade II listed Court.

Access and materials being stored on site need to take into account the welfare of the trees. The tree warden has also sent in a detailed tree report where there is concern that the tree roots may suffer damage if a Protected Root Zone (PRZ) is not adhered to and there appears to be limited space around the site which is not within tree root zones. Access is of concern coming out onto the busy High Street as is the potential for increased car parking on High Street as only one off-street parking space is proposed. The pre-application advice from SCDC does suggest a rear access route be considered, this would make screening the new development from view easier because as proposed the bungalow and carport will both be visible through the proposed access route. The PC advised that if SCDC are minded to approve this application that conditions should be imposed based on the recommendations from OMC Associates regarding the method of construction of the foundations and other tree protection measures. The Parish Council planning committee felt that they had no alternative than to recommend REFUSAL as the site was within an important PVAA with the considerations given above. Temple House, Discharge of Noted with no comments. 27 High Street conditions 3,4 S/0729/17/DC and 5 of planning permission S/1621/16/LB, INFORMATION ONLY. 58

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Parish Council Recommend

T1 Ash – crown lift to 3m over public footpath. Cut back 1 lateral limb, approx height of 6m, which is growing over road and power line back to upright mature regrowth. Heavy limb over power line, risk to power line. 61a High Street Application for approval of S/0830/17/DC details reserved by condition 4 (Arboricultural Implication Assessment and Tree Protection Methods) of planning permission S/1759/16/FL. INFORMATION ONLY.

Tree Warden is happy with this proposed work. Parish Council noted the application but have no comment.

Noted with no comments.

The full minutes of Meldreth Parish Council planning meetings are available on the Parish Council’s website, www.meldreth-pc.org.uk.

Planning Matters SCDC Decisions Reference and Address


4 Whitecroft Road S/0219/17/FL

Permission has been refused for first floor and loft extension.

Other items An emergency tree application has been received from 67 High Street, S/0849/17/TC which is to fell a pine tree blown down by the recent storms. Parish Council have no comments to make on this.

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New NHS Health App Need to find local health services quickly? A new app to help Cambridgeshire and Peterborough residents find local NHS services available to them has been launched. Quick and easy to use, the ‘MyHealth Cambridgeshire & Peterborough’ app will direct you to your nearest appropriate NHS service. This includes local GPs, pharmacies, minor injury units, and dentists, based on your location or postcode. Free to download and available in six languages, MyHealth provides up-to-date information on current services including directions, opening hours and contact details. The app is available to download for iOS via Apple Store, Android via Google Play, and Windows phones via Microsoft Store by searching for ‘MyHealth C&P CCG’. Jo Hobson Communications & Engagement Manager NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG 61

Cycling Group Good Companions Local History Group Lunch Club Melwood Cons. Group

John Rogger (01763) 260809 L. Pocknell—(01763) 261432 (01763) 260129; www.meldrethhistory.org.uk Nikki & Julie 07599 292327 (01763) 232855; www.melwood.btck.co.uk www.melbourn-photographic-club.co.uk

Revelation U3A WI

Miriam Skuce—(01763) 262440 Chris Davison—(01763) 264189 Maureen Moody—(01763) 260938

Bowls Club Croquet Club Meldreth United FC Table Tennis Tennis Club

Shirley Lambert (01223) 207888 Janet Pope (01763) 248342 07930 650036 Christine Knight—(01763) 261676 (01763) 243376; http://cspark.at/Meldr2

Rev. Lizzie Shipp Rev. Mary Price Bells John Price (Friends)

(01763) 220626; www.meldrethchurch.org.uk (01763) 261569 Peter Hinton—(01763) 262045 (01763) 260048; www.foht.org.uk

Baby & Toddler Group Pre-School Primary School

Rosalind Wing - 07432 150721 07518 173653; www.meldrethPreschool.com (01763) 260432; www.meldreth.cambs.sch.uk

Parish Council District Councillor District Council Offices

Please see details at end of Parish Council report Philippa Hart—(01763) 261255 03450 450500; www.scambs.gov.uk/ Susan van de Ven—07905325574 susanvandeven.mycouncillor.org.uk/ 0345 045 5200; www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/ Heidi Allen—(01954) 212707; www.heidisouthcambs.co.uk/

Councils & Govt.

Photographic Group


(01763) 262199 Mick Taylor—(01763) 261118 Graham Borgonon—(01763) 260358 (01763) 262158, open 7am-10pm, 7 days Sherida Richards—(01763) 262512 Paul Ray—(01763) 260304


Community Access Point Litter Picker Neighbourhood Watch One Stop Village Hall Bookings Village Hall Chairman


Clubs & Societies


Village Directory

County Councillor County Council Offices MP


Transport Health Support Services Emergencies NonEmerg. Misc.

Station Ticket Office

Opening hours: Mon - Fri 7-11.15am, Sat 8.45am - 1.25pm

Rail User Group

(01763) 261833; www.melbourn.org.uk/railusergroup

Govia/Great Northern


The Trainline Stagecoach Potholes, Highways problems, etc. Streetlights (faulty)

www.thetrainline.com www.stagecoachbus.com/Cambridge 0345 045 5212; http://www2.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/ HighwaysReports/Highways/ReportProblem1.aspx 08007838 247 - give location, fault & SC or CCC no.

Melbourn Surgery Addenbrooke’s NHS

(01763) 260220; Dispensary—(01763) 261246 (01223) 245151 111 (24 hour non-emergency number)


Community Transport Home-Start Mind (mental health) Samaritans

0800 1111 (24 hours) Cambridge: 0344 848 7979 Royston: 03444 111 444 www.citizensadvice.org.uk (01763) 245228; www.roytrans.co.uk (01763) 262262; www.hsrsc.org.uk 0300 123 3393 (9am-6pm M-F); www.mind.org.uk 116 123 (24 hours); www.samaritans.org

General Emergency Gas Electricity Anglian Water Cambridge Water

999 or 112 0800 111 999 0800 783 8838 03457 145145; www.anglianwater.co.uk (01223) 706050; www.cambridge-water.co.uk


S Cambs Fire & Rescue

0800 555 111; crimestoppers-uk.org 101; www.cambs.police.uk Report issues: www.contactcambspolice.uk (01480) 444500; www.cambsfire.gov.uk

Melbourn Hub

(01763) 263303; www.melbournhub.com

Royston Museum

(01763) 242587; www.roystonmuseum.org.uk

Citizens Advice Bureau


Details of village groups and facilities can be found in the Meldreth Today section at www.meldrethhistory.org.uk. Meldreth Matters Team: Chairman: Lesley Farbridge 261578; Editor & Layout: Kathryn Betts 268428; Distribution & Proof-reading: Ken McLean 261243; Treasurer, Secretary & Trade Advertising: Beverley Cottrell 262176; Cover & Advertising Layout: Richard Burns 263121; Founder Member: Ann Barnes Meldreth Matters is available online at free.yudu.com (search for Meldreth)


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Occasional full page advertising features are also available on request. For all advertising enquiries, please email meldrethmatters@hotmail.com or telephone Beverley Cottrell on (01763) 262176.

Index to Advertisers Meldreth Matters depends entirely on advertising revenue to cover its production costs. Please mention Meldreth Matters when contacting our advertisers. Melbourn Flooring ....................Cover Melbourn Village College ................34 Meldreth Landscapes ........................53 Meldreth Plant Hire ........................25 Meridian Lawncare ..........................29 Michael Easton Personal Trainer .....42 Moncraft Computers ........................6 Nancy Foster Footcare ......................9 Newlings of Royston Funeral Service29 Nigel Wigg Home Improvement ......22 Penn Farm Physiotherapy ..................6 Quicksilver Yoga ............................40 Reed Autos ................................Cover Reflections Hair Studio .....................12 Richard Burns Electrician ..................6 Rod’s PC Support ............................12 Royston Fencing .............................34 Shelford Energy ................................40 Slimming World ................................6 Spice Hut Indian Takeaway .............15 Summit Landscapes .........................12 Village Garden Services ...................40 Walkers Partnership Solicitors ....Cover

A10 Timber .....................................22 Affordable Plumbing ........................9 Art of Clean ......................................34 Art of Clean Wood ..........................42 B2B Automotive .............................60 Cambourne Self Storage ..................34 Cambridge Roofers .........................15 Cambridge Sunblinds ......................22 CHS Day Centre ........................Cover CHS Group .....................................42 Coton Electrical ..............................60 The Country Store ...........................40 CP Podiatry ......................................57 Eternit Sports and Social Club .........57 Four Counties Tree Services ............60 Gilhooly ..........................................57 Handyman .......................................9 Home Foot Care ..............................53 iPlaster ............................................34 Keyholes Driving School ..................53 Lawn Partners .................................9 The Letting Centre ...........................40 Little Hands Nursery School ...........34 Mandy Thornton Counselling ........29 64

We can make life a little easier Local Community Services delivered from Moorlands Court Homecare: our fully trained carers visit you in your home. Sitting service: a visit from our experienced staff gives family carers time for themselves. Day Centre: based at Moorlands Court with a friendly and sociable atmosphere and includes a tasty 2 course lunch. Meals service: nutritious, hot lunchtime meal delivered to you. Housekeeping: we do those jobs which you can no longer manage, from cleaning and ironing, to bed changing and shopping. To find out more, call us at Moorlands Court on 01763 260564 or email: denise.taylor@chsgroup.org.uk

MELBOURN FLOORING AND INTERIORS LIMITED Cherry Park, Cambridge Road, Melbourn, SG8 6EY Tel: 01763 262413 Fax: 01763 262450 Vast Range of Carpets, Vinyls, Real Wood, Laminates, Karndean, Amtico and Project Floors Free Estimates - Fitting by experienced staff Dulux Paint stocked in a wide range of colours Over 6000 Wallpaper samples Colour co-ordination service by experienced staff Designer Fabrics, most with next day delivery - Curtain making service Match flooring to walls and fabric for a designer finish New Tile showroom at 26 Royston Road, Foxton, CB22 6SE, 01223 870011. Covering all your tiling needs. www.melbournflooring.co.uk j.shepherd@melbournflooring.co.uk VISIT OUR LARGE SHOWROOM 9 TO 5 MONDAY TO FRIDAY 9 TO 4 SATURDAY OR CALL ON 01763 262413 AND SPEAK TO ONE OF OUR FRIENDLY STAFF. AMPLE FREE PARKING.

National Mills Weekend 13th and 14th May 2017

Topcliffe Mill, Meldreth Open Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th May 2.00pm to 5.00pm ÂŁ3.50 per adult, accompanied children free No unaccompanied children will be admitted Proceeds in aid of Meldreth Local History Group, www.meldrethhistory.org.uk Location 36 North End, Meldreth SG8 6NT Limited parking available opposite Holy Trinity Church


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Meldreth Matters, May 2017  

Meldreth Matters is the monthly magazine for the village of Meldreth in South Cambridgeshire. It is produced by volunteers and is delivered...

Meldreth Matters, May 2017  

Meldreth Matters is the monthly magazine for the village of Meldreth in South Cambridgeshire. It is produced by volunteers and is delivered...