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Longstanton Life - LongstantonVillage.org
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Volume 14, Issue No. 5 October-November 2014
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A taste of Autumn. Photo taken in Fen Drayton Lakes by Anna Rudd
Also in this issue: Wild Life, Hatton Park Primary, Co-Op Nearly There, Playground Opening Date.
Plus our other regular features including … Wild Life, Sports News, Community Concerns,
LDHS Update, Surgery News, etc...
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 for this edition: Anna Rudd, Tony Cowley, Natasha Chambers and John Pratt.
The Longstanton Life newsletter is Copyright © 2000 -2014 The Editorial Team. All Rights Reserved. Editorial graphics © LLife
VILLAGE DIARY
0930-1030
Sunday School
The Rectory, High St.
Susan Meah
1100
Tennis Club
The Pavilion
Sarah Ballard
1600-1800
Messy Church
Village Institute*
Susan Meah
781258
1800-2000
Bowls Club
The Pavilion
Marion Edwards
780118
1930-2030
Jazzercise
Hatton Park School
Tina Chasse
2nd of month
1930
Parish Council
Village Institute*
(Open meeting)
3rd of month
1945
W.I.
Village Institute*
Patriza Peters
01954 751283
07779 244250
781258
201169
07985 938959
.......................
07523 854251
07535 646234
Sunday
3rd of month
Monday
Term time
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
781258
07985 938959
01487 841811
1400-1500
Zumba Gold
Village Institute*
Davina Mee
1030-1115
Mini JAFFAs (pre-schoolers)
All Saints’ Church
Susan Meah
1800-2100
1800
Judo for all ages (call for details)
Tennis Club night
Adult Cricket training
Hatton Park School
The Pavilion
Recreation Ground
Ian Slack
Sarah Ballard
Please just turn up .....
1900-2100
Cambridge Freestyle Martial Arts
Village Institute*
Rory / Martin
1900-2130
ATC (Air Training Corps)
Cadet Centre
10.15-11.15
Music Madness (0-3yrs)
Village Institute*
Kari Law
1910-2130
1900-2100
Army Cadet Force (12-18yrs)
Bell ringers practice
Cadet Centre
All Saints’ Church
Lt . Bill Badcock
Mike Cartwright
01223 503950
781275
1930-2030
Jazzercise
Hatton Park School
Tina Chasse
01487 841811
1000-1100
1900
1900-2000
2000-Onward
Rainbow Club (bump-1yr)
Football training
Ballroom Dancers, beginners
Ballroom Dancer, advance
Village Institute*
Recreation Ground
Hatton Park School
Hatton Park School
Susan Meah
Luke McAvoy
Mike Cartwright
Mike Cartwright
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)
Junior Cricket training
Village Institute*
Call for details
Alice Burrell
Janet Hill
07779 363990
261009
1800
Tennis Club Night
The Pavilion
Sarah Ballard
07985 938959
1000-1100
Longstanton Colts Football Club
(6 - 12yrs)
Tennis Club
Recreation Ground
Louise Gamon
7895 938959
The Pavilion
Sarah Ballard
07985 938959
1400
781180
789008
781180
781625
* 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 bookings on 07552 688243 or by email: [email protected] The Pavilion also offers private party function
facilities, discuss your requirements for any family & friends gatherings - e.g. weddings, birthdays, funerals. Michael Binks should be contacted
on 01954 782233 or email [email protected]
Memory Lane, Where, When and Why?
Longstanton’s ‘Homemade Wine Society’ after a field trip?
When: June 2002.
Why: To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Queen Elizabeth's accession
to the throne in 1952 after her father, George VI, died in February.
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Photo LDHS via Tom Eaton
Photo LDHS via John & Sandy Hobson
Answers to Aug/ Sept W, W&W?
LLife: Very poor response from those
of you who should have known better
- considering a great number of you
were probably involved!
Where??? However, we do know that
Mike Cartwright & Arthur Savage
were responsible for the much of the
organization. Mike who was printing
the LLife for free at the time slipped a
folded double-sided colour A3 sheet
into each copy as a souvenir. It contained a write-up & 30 or so colour
photos of the many activities. Have you retained your copy?
Contents
LONGSTANTON LIFE EDITORIAL
Dear Readers,
With this edition we must start off by saying that one of the things that
would help us compile the LLife would be if contributors delivered their
copy on or about the deadlines stated below. We all live busy lives but we
are continuing having to chase for copy after these deadlines are passed. It
not only subsequently wastes our time but makes it almost impossible to
apportion effort when we have our editorial meetings. Many of our regular
contributors deliver on time, to these we say thank you, but others don’t!
It is perhaps worth reminding our new readers that your editorial team, who
put the LLife together and the band of distributors, who deliver the final
newsletter to each of your 1500 doors, are all volunteers and don’t get a
penny for this work they do. So please help us to help you.
Turning to happier news, with this issue we welcome Anna Rudd to our
editorial team. We must thank Anna for bringing to the LLife her
considerable skills not only in compiling this edition but for supplying and
taking several very striking photographs.
Anna’s picture on the front cover, summing up the feeling of the natural
world’s autumnal harvest, complements another of Jeff Harrison’s splendid
‘Wild Life’ reports on page 4. For those of you who were asking for more
information ref’ the new Co Op development on the High Street, Anna’s
report is to found on the back page along with news about the delayed
opening of the new playground.
We hope you enjoy this issue,
Your LLife Editorial Team
Please note that the copy deadline for the
October/ November 2014 edition of LLife is
Sports News
Bowls/Tennis
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Community Concerns
Alex Riley, District Councillor
Gill Ashby, Parish Council
Hatton Primary School
Electrical Waste Collection - results
Changes to Bin Collection Times
Children’s Rec’ Playground - opening
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16
24
Features
Wild Life
Just to Say Hello
Co-Op Development
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12
24
Regular Items
Village Diary
Memory Lane
Letter
Pavilion News
Church Times
Longstanton/ Over Surgery
LDHS Update
Bell Ringing
Ballroom Dancing
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4
6
6
11
13
16
16
Advertising
Spot Ads
Line & Standard Rate Ads
8, 14
17-23
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Longstanton Wild life
by
Jeff Harrison
www.jeffharrisonphotography.co.uk
Well it certainly seems to have been a successful breeding
season for Longstanton’s garden birds, judging by the visitors
to our own garden feeding stations.
In recent weeks we’ve had daily visits from a good-sized
mixed flock of finches – comprising Goldfinches,
Greenfinches and Chaffinches and sometimes numbering up to
30 birds.
In the wider area, our local Buzzards seem to have done well
and I’m sure many of you will have seen these magnificent
birds of prey soaring
high above the village
or perhaps flying low
over/beside the bypass
and/or Hattons Road.
When we first moved
to Longstanton some
37 years ago Buzzards
were a rare sight in
this area but they are
now the commonest
and most widespread
UK bird of prey.
Similarly, our local
Kestrels had another
good season with one
pair raising 5 young.
And judging by the
amount of night time
calling it would seem that our local Tawny Owls have
increased their numbers.
But sadly I have seen no evidence of our local Kingfishers or
Barn Owls breeding this year, though there have certainly
been single birds about. Let’s hope that both species do better
in the future.
Finally and as ever, as ever, if you have any stories or reports
of unusual wildlife activity in the area please do get in touch
with me by e-mail at [email protected] or via my
website – www.jeffharrisonphotography.co.uk
Similarly, in early August we had 3 families of Great Tits and
two families of Blue Tits visiting our feeders on a regular basis
– some of these having been raised in our own garden
nestboxes.
Other birds visiting with their fledglings have included Robins,
Dunnocks, Blackbirds, Song Thrushes, Starlings, Long-tailed
Tits, Wood Pigeons, Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Wrens,
Jackdaws and in late summer the local House Martins were
filling the sky above our garden in their search for insects.
Your Letter
A local farmer informed that the sluice gates in Over were
closed, this could well be right as the water went down very
quickly indicating that these gates were opened after the water
had backed up.
These concerns should be addressed by the County Cllr, District
Cllr and the Parish Council, the Trustee`s of the village.
This event happened in Longstanton; perhaps more focus should
be on the issues of All Saints and St Michaels.
I keep hearing about section 106 money cannot be spent on
protecting Longstanton.
With the thousands of house earmarked for the locality flooding
cannot be ruled in the future.
Many local people asked me who the man was who had taken
charge of arranging the brook clearance and ensuring families
were safe. I told them it was Brian Robins.
Thanks Brian, credit where credit is due.
I now see that the we are getting loose straw in the village, that
should block the drains!
Mick Yarrow, 11 Hattons Road.
Dear Longstanton Life,
On Friday the 8th August with several other home owners my
house was internally flooded.
It is not my intention to get involved in the blame game,
although that seems to be the flavour of the time.
Apart from the heavy rainfall on Friday the 8th the straw and
debris from the fields played a major part in stemming the flow
of water in this watercourse.
After the flooding of 2001 an additional watercourse was created
running into a new balancing pond near the gravel bridge, this
was funded by Mr Peter Stroude, the idea was to stop flooding in
the future.
Below the gravel bridge there is a floating platform for workers
to use while they are repairing the bridge. That could have
caused a blockage.
The ditches alongside the fields in, Over Road, Hattons Road,
School Lane and Mills lane are never maintained, I understand
that some Councillors were aware of the ditches condition.
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VILLAGE SPORTIN G ACTIVITIES
LONGSTANTON TENNIS CLUB
The junior coaching
school run by David
Nation on Sunday
mornings in July and
August was as successful as ever. It was
great to see so many
youngsters using the
courts and learning
new skills. Thank you
to all those who participated, and I hope
you’ll be able to keep up the practice in the coming months.
The long Summer
nights might have rapidly drawn to a close,
but not before we were
able to round off our
season with a lovely
warm sunny day for
our ‘Picnic in the Park’
at the tennis courts.
There was time to enjoy a few sets of doubles tennis before tucking into the picnic and a tipple or two. Several people also tried their
hand at boules, with varying degrees of success! It was great to welcome back our previous chairman David Clode and his wife Joyce,
who were visiting Longstanton for the weekend.
Our men’s and mixed teams have both been busy playing against
other local clubs in the Business Houses leagues over the Summer
months. Thank you to the captains of both teams for arranging all of
the fixtures and getting teams out. The mixed team is currently second in the league; the current leaders have the same number of
points but a game in hand, so it all depends on the outcome of the
final match. The men’s team has had two convincing wins out of the
three matches they have played. Cancellations have unfortunately
hampered their efforts though, as they still have another five matches
to complete.
Our next social event is
a cheese and wine evening in October.
Don't forget we are also
still on the courts
throughout the Autumn
and Winter months, with
some hardy souls playing in almost any
weather, so it’s not too
late to join us this year if
you’re tempted.
If you’d like to find out more, please contact Sarah Ballard on
07985 938959, or pop down to one of the Club sessions and meet
some of the other members.
Congratulations to two of our members,
Jeff Hunt and Lesley Birch, who reached
the semi finals in the mixed senior veterans category of this year’s Hunstanton
Lawn Tennis Tournament. This weeklong tournament has been running since
1920 and attracts over 1500 entrants
(twice as many as at Wimbledon) in a
range of categories.
Club nights are Tuesdays and Fridays from 6pm, Saturday afternoons from 2pm and Sunday mornings from 11am. Alternatively,
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.
Sarah Ballard
LONGSTANTON BOWLS CLUB
On a positive note, we can be really proud of our green this season.
A number of visiting clubs have commented on its good condition
and how well it is bowling. Perhaps that was our downfall – the
green was less “challenging” to visiting teams than in previous
years! Thanks for doing such a splendid job go to our hardworking
greenkeeping team of Les Cooke, John Fletcher, Paul Harrowing,
Rick Higgins, Maurice Hill, John Hodson, Pete Jarvis and Paul
Walsham.
Alas, I have to report that the Longstanton
team was unsuccessful in its bid to remain
in Division 3 of the Cambridge and District league after our promotion at the end
of last season. It is back to Division 4 for
next year. We had a decent run of wins in
the middle of the season, but started and
finished poorly. We won 7 out of our 20
matches and finished in second to last
place with 48.5 points. Our Division 5 team also finished in second
to last slot with a total of 33 points from 4 wins out of 16 matches.
We will soon be winding down for end of season and preparing the green for wintering over.
The season starts again in April 2015 and joining information packs are sent out in March. If
you would like to be added to the mailing list
to be sent information on how you can join
Longstanton Bowls Club, contact Marion Edwards on 01954 780118 or email to:
[email protected]
We fared somewhat better in the Business Houses pairs league. We
had two teams in the Mixed Division 2 league, and finished 3 rd and
7th out of 10 teams. The Men’s team finished 14 th out of 17 teams.
There have also been a number of club competitions, but finals day
is after copy deadline so I will have to report on the results in the
next newsletter.
Corinne Walsham
Visit our web site www.longstanton-bowls-club.co.uk
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OPENING
HOURS
The
Pavilion
Tel: 01954 782233
Over Road, Longstanton
[email protected]
Find us on Facebook
Mon - Fri
5pm to 11pm
Saturday
10am - 11.30pm (unless there is a function)
Sunday
12pm - 9pm
Food served
Fri 5pm - 8pm. Sat 12pm - 8pm. Sun 12pm - 6pm.
Food is locally sourced ranging from Willingham burgers, chicken,
mixed platters, Pizzas, Scampi and fish and chips & Stone-based pizzas
What a brilliant day we had on 31st August for the Charity Fun
Day. A big thanks to all the members of staff and volunteers who
helped to make this such a success.
We are coming into a very busy time with the Colts football season starting, we would like to wish all the teams good luck for the
new season.
mas Party on 21st December with Santa in attendance. We also
have a medium visiting (but you knew that) tickets sold out faster
than Glastonbury! We will also have tickets for the Comedy
Night on 22nd November (for adults only) on sale shortly.
We would like to thank the cricket teams and the bowls teams for
all their support through the summer, it is a pleasure to work with
them.
We have two pool teams again this season and wish them the best
of luck.
We have been seeing new faces in the bar, we are pleased to welcome them and hope they enjoy the Pavilion ‘experience’.
Michael, Suzanne and team Pavilion
Photos: Anna Rudd
Coming up we have the Halloween Party on 31st October, looking forward to seeing all the spooky costumes, children’s Christ-
Church Times
Catholic Sunday Mass
All Saints’ Church
Longstanton
Cambridge: (OLEM) Our Lady and English Martyrs,
Hills Rd, Cambridge CB2 1JR
Tel: 01223 350787/ web:
www.olem.org.uk
For exact dates and details of activities being
held please refer to the church notice board
or go to the website:
Bar Hill: (serviced from OLEM)
St Ives: The Sacred Heart,
http://friends-of-all-saints-church-longstanton.org.uk/foascl/
Needingworth Rd, St. Ives.
Tel: 01480 462192/ web: www.sacredheart-stives.org
Welcome to Willingham
Tabernacle Baptist Church
Need home communion for the sick or house bound?
Contact: Fr Edward Tredota 01480 462192
George Street
Willingham
The Salvation Army
Service times 10:30am and 6:00pm every Sunday.
We welcome visitors at all meetings so please
feel free to come along.
Silver Street, Willingham
Everyone is welcome to join
all our meetings.
If you have any initial enquiries please contact
Trevor Rowe (Pastor) 01954 261193 or Alan
Wright (Church Secretary) 01954 261770 or look
at our web site:
Please ring Daphne Watts on 07919024857 or Sergeant Major
Gordon Spackman 01954 260066
for more information.
www.willinghambaptist.org
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COMMUNITY CONCERNS
Brief County Report
District Councillor Notes
from County Councillor for
Willingham & Longstanton’s County
Councillor gives his second report on
County Council business during August. (A
short extract of which is printed here. For
the full report visit Cambridge County
Council website ww.cambridgeshire.gov.uk
On Wednesday 27 August I attended an
informal briefing meeting of the Northstowe
committee.
Chief item of interest was an update on Phase
2. Greatly to my surprise, no-one from the
Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) had
turned up. Absolutely no information on
Phase 2 was forthcoming, apart from the news
that letters were to be sent out to all local
residents (which you should by now have
received), informing them that there will be a consultation
period on Phase 2 which will continue until 31 October. The
plan is to submit an Outline application for Phase 2 to the
Northstowe committee in midsummer 2015, together with a
separate application to build the Southern Access Road from
Hattons Road near the A14 across the Airfield Road and up to
the top of the Northstowe site.
The low-key announcement about Phase 2 was rather
dominated by the flooding risk, as exemplified by the serious
flooding caused in both Longstanton and Oakington after the
downpour of the 8th of August. I was kindly sent a sequence
of photographs by local resident John Frost who went up to
the Phase 1 Northstowe site (i.e. our former golf course) and
took pictures on the next morning which showed virtually the
whole site still under water.
I am very disappointed that there should still be absolutely
nothing to report on the Phase 2 proposal and it is not possible
for residents to make any useful comments on the proposals at
this stage. The next meeting of the Northstowe committee is
not due until 24 September, by which time half the
consultation period will have passed. The earliest opportunity
for local residents to find out about Phase 2 will be to attend
an exhibition at our Village Institute on Saturday 27
September, between 10.30 and 12.30.
The committee then managed to spend over an hour
discussing, but making no decision on, current proposals for
the Phase 1 Primary School. I think the key topic was the
colours
that
should
be
adopted
for
the
brickwork. Incidentally, the current plan is to start building
work on the school early 2015 with a view to it being
completed early 2016, opening at Easter.
The other item on the agenda, though, was of real
importance. It was described as “Phase 1 earthworks”. To
recap, Phase 1 will have three different sets of balancing
ponds. One of these will be at the A14 end of Hattons
Road. This is not required by the Phase 1 development, but
will provide very considerable protection to any storm surge
coming from Bar Hill. Gallagher’s maintain (and I believe
them) that if these balancing ponds had been in place then
Longstanton Brook would not have caused the flooding that
we received on 8th/9th August. At present it is reckoned that
Longstanton Brook can only just deal with a “1 in 25 year”
storm (and it flooded both in 2001 and earlier this month).
The second set of balancing ponds will be up near the Park
and Ride site. These, Gallagher reckons, will be able to deal
with a “1 in 100 year” storm. Additionally, there will be a
water park just south of the guided busway which will have
the capacity to handle “1 in 200 year” events.
Council says report proves Cambridge is open for business
A report that puts Cambridge at the top of the league for small
businesses has been welcomed by Cambridgeshire County
Council. The Centre for Cities’ annual Small Business Outlook
ranks Cambridge number one when it comes to competing on
quality rather than price, being innovative, investing in training
and generally doing a good job.
Local County Councillor Peter Hudson, said: “We welcome the
report which confirms what we have been saying about how
successful an area this is and how vital our local economy is to
the national one. It also confirms that the business friendly
approach we and our partners have been taking is benefiting
business and so helping to create jobs and economic prosperity.
We, along with partners, have now signed the Greater
Cambridge City Deal which will further help business and the
communities we serve as well as promote growth in the local
and national interest.”
“Cities with the largest share of SMEs using high-growth
strategies have wages that are, on average, 18 per cent higher
than the bottom five cities. Firms that adopted higher growth
strategies are less likely to have taken cost-cutting approaches –
such as implementing redundancies – during the recession, and
are now more likely to be actively recruiting and expanding
their businesses in the recovery.
“It is only through ensuring cities are attractive and effective
places to live, work and do business that we will encourage
more small firms across the country to pursue the high-growth
strategies that have delivered such positive results.”
Primary Prevention of Ill Health in Older People
Cambridgeshire has an ageing population, and there are
opportunities to maximise the potential for residents to enjoy
good health and well-being throughout their lives, and ensure
that local communities benefit from the vast assets of the older
population. This JSNA focuses on modifiable lifestyle
behaviours, for which there are clear associations with poor
health outcomes and opportunities to take a preventative
approach: active ageing and physical activity, maintaining a
healthy diet (including preventing malnutrition), and stopping
smoking.
Nomination for a Young Carers award
Jamie Webb, a Consultant Social Workers in Children’s Social
Care has been nominated for Young Carers Award by a young
person who stated: ‘She helped me understand things and she
took the time to get to know me and what I am about. She also
listened to me when no-one else would.
To give your points of view on any of these issues, contact me
by email at: [email protected]
As Your County Councillor I welcome hearing from you on
these and/or any other issues that affect our community.”
County Councillor Peter Hudson
Continued next page ...
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COMMUNITY CONCERNS
If there are any parishioners who wish to assist with this
project, any help would be greatly received. In particular we
are looking for anyone who may have expertise in grant
applications.
Recreation Ground Playground Refurbishment
Work at the beginning of August with the refurbishment of the
playground. By time of publication we hope that it will be up
and running and a huge asset to the village.
Councillor Vacancy
We are, once again, at a point where we are looking for a new
Councillor following the resignation of Mrs Granger. I would
like to express the Council’s thanks for all Mrs Granger’s help
and assistance during her time with us.
Though this vacancy may be filled by the time of publication,
we are always looking for people who are interested in
becoming a Councillor and can keep your details on file until a
space comes up. Should you be interested, please apply by
using the application form available on the website:
http://parishcouncil.longstantonvillage.org/wp-content/
uploads/documents/application_for_cooption.pdf
Northstowe
The Council has received the plans for Phase 2 of Northstowe.
If you are unable to view them over the Internet, please do not
hesitate to arrange to come in and view them at the Parish
Office. Just contact the Parish Clerk to arrange a mutually
convenient time. However, there are some Drop-In sessions
arranged for residents to view the plans which have been
arranged as follows:
Saturday 27th September (10am ‘til 2pm); and
Tuesday 21st October (3pm to 4.30pm)
Both Drop-in sessions are to be held at the Village Institute.
Any comments are to be with South Cambridgeshire District
Council by 31st October 2014. The Council will be having a
meeting on the plans and making their comments prior to this
time.
Council News
Finally, the Council is looking at ways that we can keep you
informed about news and events that concern your village. If
you would like to be included on an email list, please email
Libby White on [email protected]
Please contact me with questions or ideas on:
[email protected] or ring me on 01954 260595 and I
will do my best to help.
Gill Ashby
Chairman – Longstanton Parish Council
These three sets of “ponds” will generate about 450,000 cubic
metres of spoil (the mind boggles). This will be distributed
over the Phase 1 site. Alongside the B1050 the site is about 8m
AOD (i.e. above sea level) and at the Eastern end it is about
5.5m AOD – extraordinarily low-lying. They will concentrate
on building up the Eastern side of the site.
I asked how all this will fit in with Phase 2 which will adjoin
the Phase 1 site. The answer is that Phase 2 will also have
significant balancing ponds, the spoil from which will be used
to raise the level of parts of the Phase 2 site.
Gallagher’s are completely convinced that all Phase 1 surface
water will be taken away to the North and East by a system of
swales they will be constructing. So even Longstanton
residents living immediately to the south of the site will be at
lower risk of flooding than at present.
A resident walking his dog on the golf course a couple of
weeks ago asked someone working on the archaeological dig if
they had made any finds. The answer he got was that they had
found a Roman street with homes on either side! There is to be
an open say on Saturday 20 September when we can go and see
what has been found. They also said that they will be
investigating “higher risk” sites next year. When I asked what
this meant they explained that they meant there was a higher
risk of major finds (which might impact development of the
phase 1 site).
Please contact me on [email protected] or ring me on
01954 208000 and I will do my best to help.
Alex Riley, District Councillor
Longstanton Parish Council Notes
September 2014
Though it has been a quiet time with
summer holidays, etc. there has been a lot
happening in the village with flooding,
work commencing on the Recreation
Ground playground, WEEE recycling,
building work continuing on the Coop, a
Roman find on Northstowe, etc.
Flooding
As this article is being written prior to our Council meeting on
8th September 2014, I would like to take this opportunity to
thank all of those people who helped during the flooding of
8th/9th August. In particular, Daniel Wright (Brookfield
Groundcare), Mr Brian Robins and all those parishioners who
helped their neighbours where they were able. It has been an
awful experience and the Parish Council is looking at taking
parishioners’ comments and suggestions on board by way of
an Open Meeting.
Car Boot Fundraiser
I would like to express the Council’s thanks to Katie
Stewardson and her team for the excellent Car Boot fundraiser
held on the Recreation Ground on Sunday 31st August.
Future Development Committee
Our Future Development Committee is now up and running.
This Committee is tasked with looking into the feasibility of a
new community building at the Recreation Ground. As ever,
we ask for your input. Without this we do not know what your
requirements would be. Please contact Libby White by email
[email protected] with your ideas,
suggestions and wishes.
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H AT T O N P A R K P R I M A R Y S C H O O L N E W S
Another Year and More Exciting Developments at Hatton
Park
Staff
Another year is upon us before we know it, yet this year feels
different for a variety of reasons. Firstly, we return to school so
soon after such a positive Ofsted experience which confirmed the
thoughts of many involved with the school over recent times, that
we are a ‘Good’ school. Secondly, we have a new facility of
which we should be proud with a double-mobile classroom
installed over the Summer that really does dispel many of the
myths around mobile buildings and adds something special to the
school grounds. Thirdly, we have two new classes of 4 and 5 year
old Reception pupils joining us for the first time this year who
have settled in beautifully. Finally, a growing school needs a
growing pool of staff and we are pleased to have six new
members of staff joining us this year; 3 teachers and 3 teaching
assistants.
We are pleased to introduce 6 new members of staff to the Hatton
Park family this year. There are 3 new teachers; Miss Grange in
Year 2, Miss Shields in Year 4 and Miss Tait in Year 6. Joining
them are three new teaching assistants; Mrs Cundy in Reception,
Mrs Shefford in Year 1 and Ms Stewart in Year 2. We wish them
all well for their time at Hatton Park.
Long Service
As well as wishing several new faces to Hatton Park, we marked a
special anniversary in September with Mrs Morley, Midday
Supervisor, reaching her 35th year working at the school. Having
been a pupil at both the old building that stood on the current site
and the school that had previously stood near the Church, Mrs
Morley has been involved with Hatton Park for around threequarters of her life. Everyone at Hatton Park would like to thank
Mrs Morley for her continued commitment to the school and look
forward to having her experience on hand for many more years to
come.
New Build
Over the space of 6
weeks, the Hatton Park
grounds
were
transformed by the
appearance of a new
double-mobile
classroom. Despite the
fact that the mobile
classroom had to open a
day later than originally
planned, we are still
amazed at the speed with
which the contractors put the mobile build together. I have
included several photos which show the mobile build at various
stages of development. One of these photos in particular
highlights the enormity of the task at hand with a crane so large
that it couldn’t even fit in
the frame of the photo
used to position the
mobiles into place. We
would like to thank the
residents of Hatton’s Park
who for enduring the
many vans, lorries and
cranes that would have
been used over the
holiday period to
transport the materials to
the school. We hope it didn’t cause too much of a nuisance!
Now in place, the mobile classrooms are being enjoyed by our
newest and youngest pupils in the two Reception classes;
Butterflies and Caterpillars. We have received many positive
comments from the parents of those children regarding the quality
of the facility that has been
put in place.
The mobile classrooms
weren’t the only new
addition to the site over the
holidays. In order to make
the start of each day far
smoother for those Key
Stage 2 pupils who cycle
to school, we added a new
bicycle shed to the KS2
side of the building which
has been well used to date.
Red Tennis
Towards the end of the
last school year, Year 3
and 4 pupils at Hatton
Park were involved in a
R e d
T e n n i s
Co mp etitio n.
T he
event, which took place
at Comberton Village
College, involved the
children taking part in this more user-friendly version of one of
the nation’s favourite sports. Red Tennis involved the children in
time-limited games where the score after 5 minutes was recorded
and matches didn’t continue as they do in real tennis for a
specified number of games or sets.
Hatton Park entered two teams and whilst neither won the event,
they did have some individual successes in some matches and,
most importantly, all of
the children returned to
school the next day with
grins on their faces and
full of positive stories to
tell their classmates about
their experience.
It is unusual for me to
write an Autumn Term
piece without mentioning
the ‘C’ word at a very
early stage, but there has been so much going on over the
Summer that has been worthy of mentioning. However, although
‘Christmas’ seems a fair distance away at the time of writing this
article, I am aware that by the time the next edition of the
Longstanton Life is printed and you are reading this, that it will
be just around the corner with the school gearing up for all sorts
of enjoyable activities. I look forward to reporting on some of
those next time.
Best wishes,
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Matthew Try, Head of School
S WAV E S E Y V I L L A G E C O L L E G E N E W B U I L D U P D A T E
Following the appointment of contractors
the new build programme at Swavesey
Village College, which will include the
redevelopment of Drama, Design and Enterprise, Dining and a new Sports Hall is
due to start with demolition of the existing
Gym and drama studio in August. Clearly
this will have an impact on community
groups that use the facilities at the College during 2014-2015 but
in the long term we should be able to offer far better facilities for
all school and community users as a result.
This development represents a significant investment in the infrastructure of the college. As well as providing the capacity to accommodate the growth in the number of children living in the college catchment area, this development will also enable us to better
accommodate the existing student population at the college.
Whilst this is a fantastic opportunity in the long term it does present some interesting short term challenges. We appreciate your
support in managing this period of development and change as
effectively as possible in the following ways:
1.
2.
Ensuring that the Fen Drayton road entrance is used to pick
up and drop off students at 8:30 and 3:10. This will now be
lit and have a footpath installed as part of the works.
Parking considerately and using the Fen Drayton Road Car
Park and Bus Park after 4:30 if visiting for parents’ evenings or using the sports centre.
3. Using the front car park for access only to the Scout Hut
and Squash club.
4. We still strongly urge drivers not to park on Gibraltar Lane
or drive into the crowded front car park at end of
school. This presents a real danger to children on foot and
bicycles, as well as disturbing local residents. Please support the college and local police by helping to keep our
children safe.
The plans for the development are below. This is currently the
first phase, with a second phase involving the rehousing of the
English department planned for later in the year.
This is an exciting time for all members of the college community and for students especially as they begin to shape the social
and dining spaces for coming years which will predominantly
form part of the new build. Unfortunately, the Government and
County Council Grants do not include any funding for fixtures
and fittings in the new build so the focus of the sponsored walk
in September, other fund raising and money raised from the 5
years’ time concert will go towards the equipping of social and
dining provision for students, that they will lead on the development of.
We have spoken to Mr Bacon’s Family and they are very happy
for this new build to be developed in his memory and we will be
working with all members of the college community to look at
the most fitting way to do this.
Andy Daly, Principal
WHAT’S ON AT THE
BLACK BULL
Entertainment from now until the New Year,
join us, have some fun!
10th ANNIVERSARY PARTY
Saturday 8th Nov @ 8.00pm
To celebrate 10 years at the Black Bull, Chou and Andy
would like to invite you to a FREE BAND NIGHT.
Thank you for your continued support,
Chou, Andy and all the staff.
Band ‘INDIETONES’ – FREE ENTRY
NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY
Wednesday 31st Dec 2014 @ 8.30pm
Band ‘OR WOT’ - £6.00 a ticket
Please join us on facebook or subscribe to our
mailing list for up to date information on events.
We are a community pub and would like to hear
your ideas and suggestions.
Congratulations to Black Bull A team winning division 7 pool
league, rolling to division 6, now we have 2 teams, come to
Black Bull every Thursday to watch the games.
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WILLINGHAM & LONGSTANTON SURGERIES
Reception Tel: Willingham 01954 260230 Longstanton 207600 Dispensary 260073
District Nurse Team: 01223 726469 Option 2
Health Visitors: 01954 207612
Out of hours cover: Ring 111 Website: www.willinghammedicalpractice.nhs.uk
Flu vaccination is recommended and is free under the NHS to
all people of 65 years and over, pregnant women, and to those
of any age with a long term medical condition, for example diabetes, heart disease, kidney or liver disease, asthma or any breathing disorder. Please enquire if you are unsure whether you qualify. Carers (in receipt of Carers Allowance) are also eligible.
Flu clinics Please ring to make an appointment in one of our special flu clinics on Thursday 2nd October and Thursday 9th October from 1.30-3.00p at Willingham surgery and Tuesday 7 th
October 1.30-3.00pm at Longstanton surgery.
Going to University this September? Remember to check that
you are up-to-date with all your immunisations. Why not ring and
book a telephone consultation with one of our practice nurses who
will be able to advise you by checking your records.
Private flu vaccinations are available at a cost of £10 for those
who are not eligible for free NHS flu vaccination. Please ask in
pharmacy.
Patient Surveys Both the practice and the pharmacy are required
to conduct a patient survey on an annual basis. You may be asked
to complete a questionnaire when you attend the surgery and we
would like to thank you in advance for your co-operation. We are
always happy to receive your feedback either on the website, or in
our patient comments boxes, or by email to [email protected] This helps us to review and improve our service.
CARERS Our practice is dedicated to helping those who help
and provide care for others. Over the last few months we have
held three Carers Support Meetings where we have had informal
chats with refreshments. Tracey from the Village Benefits Advice
Service has attended to help with financial problems, and Leslie
from the Carers Trust Cambridgeshire has been very helpful advising carers on the help and support available to them. Our next
meetings at Willingham Surgery are on Wednesday 8th October,
Wednesday 5th November and Wednesday 10th December. All
meetings are from 2.00-4.30pm at Willingham surgery. If you
are a Carer do come along and join us. For more information
phone Karen at the surgery.
Carer’s Surgery of the Month July 2014 We were very pleased
to receive this award from the Carers Trust for Cambridgeshire
and the local CCG.
Counselling For many years our practice has funded a free counselling service to supplement the NHS service which has a long
wait for appointments. Sadly we are no longer able to fund this
from the practice income due to recent and further impending
budgets cuts. Julia Hall will continue to provide counselling services from a room at the surgery but these will now be on a private
basis. The fees will be negotiated directly between Julia and her
clients.
Former receptionist Marjorie Burdett Many of you who have
been long term patients of this practice will remember Marjorie
who worked on our reception desk for many years at our previous
surgery in Schole Road and helped us with filing duties when we
moved to our current address. Sadly Marjorie passed away on 31 st
July having reached the grand age of 91. Our thanks to her friends
and family for donations made to our Surgery Equipment Fund.
Missed appointments in August = 101
Please remember to let us know if you no longer need an appointment so that others may benefit. Don’t forget that you can book
and cancel appointments on line so just ask reception how you
can register for this service.
Acknowledgements We would like to thank the family and
friends of Peter Donnelly for their kind donations to the Willingham Surgery Equipment Fund in his memory.
Cynthia Bidwell – Practice Manager –October 2014
Postage Stamps & Mobile Top-Up service
We now have 1st and 2nd class postage stamps for sale in the Pharmacy, and we can also charge mobile phone top-ups to your credit or
debit card. Call in and see our friendly Pharmacy team and remember if you can’t see something you need – ask and we will order it
for you.
Flu Campaign
Do you have one of these chronic conditions?
Over Surgery Website www.oversurgery.nhs.uk

respiratory disease (including Asthma that requires continu- …please use our website to

order repeat medication
ous or repeated use of inhaler)

book & cancel your appointments

heart disease

register as a new patient

renal disease

Give us feedback about the surgery/pharmacy

liver disease

neurological disease
Please note that some of the GP appointments that we offer online

diabetes
are for telephone consultations (this is where the doctor rings you at

immunosuppression
If you fall into one of these groups and caught flu, the consequences a time of your choosing). These are called “Doctor Call Back” on
would be much more severe for you, so please call the surgery for an the website. Please make sure that you are booking the correct apappointment for your jab. We have early morning appointments so pointment type, as we do occasionally get people turning up at the
surgery when they have booked a telephone consultation who then
you can do this on the way to work…
have to rebook.
Repeat Prescriptions
Please give us at least 2 working days notice between ordering your Donations to the Surgery Equipment Fund
repeat medication and coming into the Pharmacy to collect it. After Once again we are very grateful for the generosity of our patients; a
you have requested the medicine a GP has to approve the prescrip- recent generous donation has been received in memory of a relative
tion, we then may need to order the drugs from our suppliers, and who was cared for here at the Surgery.
Andrew Kennedy—Practice Manager
then your prescription needs to be dispensed and checked by the
pharmacist. If you don’t give us this much notice then your mediSurgery & Manager - 01954 231550 Dispensary - 01954 231586
cine may not be ready when you need it.
Over Surgery News
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Just to Say Hello
As the new vicar in
Longstanton and Over I
thought it would be nice
if I just said hello! My
name is Julie Anderson
and I have moved to
Cambridgeshire from
Liverpool where I spent
3 years as curate in
Norris Green. Prior to
that
I
lived
in
Huntingdon for 10 years
and
worked
at
Addenbrookes hospital
and so know the area a little bit. I am looking forward to
serving the people in Longstanton and Over and finding out
about the villages and those who live here. I have 2 children
and 4 grandchildren and as they live in Norwich they too are
excited by my move. I am sure I will get to know some of you
over the next few months and I am very happy to come along
to any events so please feel free to invite me and if I have
space in my diary I will do my best to be there. I can be
contacted on 01954 231496 or at the vicarage in Over.
Julie Anderson
Hello,
Please find attached a letter
from our sergeant:
“Please allow me to introduce
myself. I am Police Sergeant
Mark Rabel based at Histon
Station and have responsibility for the Histon Panel area –
which embraces your village. I’ve been in post now for
about 3 months. For your information I live in this area and
have three kids – the two youngest attend local schools.
What happens in this area – also affects me – I have a vested
interest in your village!
South Cambridgeshire continues to enjoy a status of being a
safe place to live and work. Our biggest crime problem
continues to be burglaries with an average of one a day
being committed throughout the area. Sounds a lot? Our
geographic patch is approximately 350 square miles – it’s a
massive area to patrol. A typical MO is that a window is
smashed with an untidy search of the house before people
make off with small valuables. Its an awful experience for
the victim of such a crime with a feeling of violation and the
cost of replacing stolen items, repairing windows and
changing locks. Awful. In the last several weeks we have
apprehended and charged 8 individuals with burglary –
interestingly all bar one of these thieves lived outside South
Cambridgeshire – suggesting that our area is targeted by
criminals. Preventing burglary and catching offenders
remains our top local priority.
You can help by keeping vigilant for suspicious activity in
your area and calling 999 if you feel something is amiss.
Statistically there are very few successful burglaries where
there is a working alarm system fitted. If you want advice in
relation to the security of your property call your local
Officer who will be only too happy to help and provide a
free security survey.
The summers months are almost gone and we have had
relatively little disorder in comparison to the same time last
year. We were actively engaged in conducting summertime
patrols in the green spaces in your area. Pretty well all
events / carnivals have been without major incident.
Our next Panel meeting (where your local priorities are set)
takes place on the 15th October at the Orchard Park Primary
School and starts at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start. The meeting
usually finishes by 9.00pm and is your chance to meet your
local Officers, get a more specific update in relation to
Police activities in your area and ask questions or just
observe. You are invited and very welcome to attend. For
those that already know me I am also happy to talk about
cricket!”
Kindest regards,
PCSO 7376 Kerrie Harding
Histon Safer Neighbourhood Team
Histon Police StationTel: 101 ext: 3732 / 7111276
Email: [email protected]
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LDHS UPDATE
OCTOBER - NOVEMBER, 2014
Changes at the AGM
At this year’s 7th AGM on 4th September it
was announced that the Chairman, Tony
Cowley who was heavily involved in founding
the LDHS, regrettably has been forced to
resign for health reasons. Tony was not
present at the meeting. It was proposed his
place as chairman has been taken by Roy Stoner, formerly
treasurer. As an interim arrangement, it was also proposed that
Tony should act as treasurer
Chairman’s address and annual report were read out by Hilary
Stroude who also proceeded to present her last year’s AGM
minutes for approval by members present; these were approved
unanimously.
Trustees Roy & Jane Stoner together with William Sellwood
were put up for members election and duly returned.
Subsequently the following officer’s were proposed and duly
returned by trustee vote: Chairman, Roy Stoner. Secretary,
Hilary Stroude. Treasurer, Tony Cowley.
Finally, Hilary gave a short but detailed presentation, ‘LDHS
Progress Report, 2005-2014’.
Following the AGM, Tony Gibsons’s presentation, entitled “A
700th Century Box” centred on the rather intriguing find of a
small metal box, thought to be Anglo Saxon in burial site close
to Burwell. This particular one had been that of a highly
regarded woman; it had been fitted with hinged lid, was
delicately engraved but was empty. Some forty other such
burial boxes had been located nationally, all within Anglo
Saxon burial sites. Tony’s talk was well received by the well
attended meeting.
LDHS has been asked to meet with SCDC officers and
planners as part of the Northstowe Phase 2 Consultation.
This meeting, scheduled for October 2014, may be the last
chance the society has to ensure a museum is provided in the
foreseeable future. Our priority now must be to make a
museum a reality.
Rampton Drift
Officers’ Mess
 Plans include the town centre, secondary school, two primary
schools and approximately 3,500 new homes as well as new
roads, employment and recreational areas.
Archaeological Open Day
We are pleased to report that there was
an Archaeological Open Day on Saturday 20th September. The site was open
between 11am and 3pm, access via the
old Golf Club entrance on Station Road,
Longstanton. Many LDHS members
took the opportunity to view the exposed
remains of a Anglo Saxon settlement see photo.
The Anglo-Saxon site was
the focus this time but, more
open days are being planned
and we do hope that you can
attend and help show the
developers and archaeologists that local residents care
Several members of LDHS about what is after all OUR
gathered round three exposed history.
Northstowe Phase 2 Planning Application
Plans for the 2nd Phase of Northstowe were announced by Paul
Kitson of HCA on 21 March. These clearly show a high density
of buildings putting Northstowe’s main town centre very close
to the Heritage site. It is also proposed that for the use of cars,
Rampton Drift will only be accessed via Northstowe, thus
severing its link with Rampton Road. However, the avenue of
trees, Officers’ Mess (a school or other use will be found behind
its facade), Guard House and Water Tower are planned to be
preserved (all dating from the start of WWII in 1939). Future of
the Admin Building is less certain.
The need to make our case for the Guard House museum in
which to house the LDHS archive couldn’t be more pressing.
We will do our very best to achieve this on behalf of all our
members.
suspected Anglo Saxon post
holes
LDHS’s FUTURE TALKS for 2014/ 2015
Friday 3rd October - 'Women's Roles and Achievements in Aviation' to be given by David Taylor
Friday 2nd November - ‘The Great Escape’, the film to be presented by Ellen Nowak
Spring 2015:
Friday 6th March- ‘The History of Addenbrookes’, to be presented by Hilary Richie
AGM & all talks to be held at 7.30pm in the Village Institute, High Street, Longstanton.Everyone welcome - members are
free - non-members £2.00. Tea and biscuits served after. Everyone welcome.
Roy Stoner, 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 [email protected]
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ADULT SUPPORT DROP-IN EVENTS AUTUMN/WINTER 2014
A series of popular drop-in events
for anyone who is living with a
long-term illness or disability, providing unpaid support to adult family members or friends who could
not manage without this help, or struggling with an age-related condition, are continuing this Autumn/Winter. They include drop-ins
being held at:
1. Sawston Free Church on 18th November and 16th December
(10.30am to 1pm)
2. Tesco Bar Hill Community Room on 17th November and 15th
December (10.30am to 1.30pm)
Drop-in to any of the events for a cup of tea and a
chat about the information, advice and support
that may be available, to share your stories and
experiences, talk in confidence to a member of
the Carers Support Team or Physical Disability Services Team, or
to book a carers assessment.
For more information:
Tel: Gemma Whitehouse on 01480 377616 / Leigh Hornsby on
01480 373220
Email: [email protected] or Visit:
www.cambridgeshire.net and search “Adult Support Drop-in”.
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WEEE RECYCLING RESULTS
Having held our first WEEE (Waste Electrical and
Electronic Equipment) Recycling event on 3rd
September 2014, we can confirm that with the support of
Longstanton residents we managed to collect 8,401 kg
of waste. Many other villages use this scheme and
Longstanton had the second largest amount collected on
their first collection.
To illustrate what this means, 3,222 kg of equipment
collected was ‘Small Domestic Appliances’ (SDA).
Cambridgeshire County Council have advised that only
40% (of SDA) is recovered from the Household Waste
Recycling Centres, meaning 60% still go to landfill.
With your support we have raised £283.72 towards
community projects (so far unknown).
Thank you,
Longstanton Parish Council
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Many we wish Pete & Sam Nightingale all the very best
for the trip to Uganda and thank them for being such
loyal supporters of the LLife for the past 10 years.
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CAMBRIDGE PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE – EVENTS DIARY
accompanied by an adult throughout the event. Bring a
drink and a snack. Dress for being outside! Booking is essential. Children £6.50 (members £5), no charge for accompanying adults.
Halloween Fun at Wandlebury
- Wednesday October 31: 5pm
to 7pm
Arrive at CambridgePPF’s
Wandlebury Country Park in
Halloween fancy dress to join in
the spooky fun and carve scary
pumpkin sculptures. Then follow CambridgePPF Rangers on
a candlelit twilight walk around
the park before returning to the
Education Centre for bloodwarming hot soup. Bring a
torch, if you wish. This a very
popular event so please book
early to avoid disappointment. There is a charge of £8 per
pumpkin.
October’s free healthy walking opportunity at Coton
Countryside Reserve - Saturday 25 October, 10.00am Late
Autumn walk and views
Join CambridgePPF for a long walk (2 to 2.5 hours) that
takes you through the Cambridgeshire countryside at the
Reserve. Meet at Martin Car Park, off Grantchester Road,
Coton. This is a free event but booking is required so the
charity can gauge attendee numbers and donations towards
the upkeep of the reserve are always welcome.
Healthy Walking at Wandlebury Country Park
Every Thursday, join the weekly walk at Wandlebury – an
ideal way to get fit as Autumn and Winter approach. Meet
at the Stable Rooms at 10.00am for long walk or 10.30am for
a shorter stroll. Information is available on the charity’s
website or by emailing [email protected] Please
note there is no need to pre-book this event. Just arrive ten
minutes early to register for the first time. This is a free of
charge event but donations towards the upkeep of the park
are always very welcome.
Hinxton Watermill - Sunday 5 October: 2.30pm to 5.30pm
Discover CambridgePPF’s working watermill, which dates
back to the Doomsday Book. Set in the picturesque village
of Hinxton, the mill is owned and managed by the charity.
CambridgePPF members can visit for free. For nonmembers entry costs £3 for adults; £1 for children.
For more information and directions: email [email protected] or call 01223 243830 ext. 201 or visit
www.cambridgeppf.org/events
Orienteering Taster at Coton
Countryside Reserve - Saturday
11 October, 11am
Learn basic orienteering skills
courtesy of the CambridgePPF
team and explore Coton Countryside Reserve’s permanent orienteering course. This taster activity is suitable for families,
groups or the individual. The
recommended age for children is
8+ years and all children must be
accompanied by an adult
throughout the event. Adults
£6.50 adults, children £3.00
(members £5 or £2). Donations towards the upkeep of the
reserve are greatly appreciated.
Conservation Volunteer Day at Coton Country Reserve Saturday October 18: 11am to 3pm
Get stuck in and help CambridgePPF Rangers carry out
practical work in the Reserve. Coffee and tea will be provided but please bring a packed lunch. Meet at Martin Car
Park, off Grantchester Road, Coton – where parking is free.
This is a free event but booking is essential so the charity
can gauge numbers and donations towards the upkeep of
the reserve are always appreciated.
Discover Autumn at Wandlebury - Tuesday October 28:
10am to 12.30pm
Join CambridgePPF to find out
about how wildlife prepares
for winter. After exploring
Wandlebury Country Park, be
artistic with rich autumn colours in a special art session!
This activity is recommended
for children aged 5+ years and
all children must be accompanied by an adult throughout
the event. Bring a drink and a
snack. Dress for being outside!
Booking is essential so please book early to avoid disappointment. Children £6.50 (members £5), no charge for accompanying adults.
Spiders! - Wednesday October 29: 10am to 12.30pm
Use your lightning skills to hunt out spiders, ably assisted
by the CambridgePPF team. Then its back to the Stable
Rooms Education Centre to get creative and be inspired by
all things eight-legged in a special arts and crafts session.
Children must be aged 5+ years and all children need to be
Residents are reminded to check ID
We’d like to remind our residents to be vigilant and always check
the identification of anyone who calls at their door including those
who say they are from Cambridgeshire County Council or Trading
Standards. Council officers will usually ring and make an appointment first if they intend to call on someone. Council Officers always
carry identification and will not be offended if you close the door on
them whilst you verify who they are. You can call the County Council on 0345 045 5200 to check that they are a County Council Offi-
cer. Always leave the chain on the door when you are answering to
someone you do not know, take any identification card and examine
it thoroughly.
Never employ tradesmen who call at your house uninvited.
If you need a tradesman for any jobs big or small check out the 'Buy
with Confidence' a Trading Standards sponsored group of traders.
All of whom have been thoroughly checked before being allowed
into the scheme. 'Buy with Confidence' can be found on the internet
http://www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk, your local library or by calling Citizens Advice.
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Bell Ringing
VOLUNTEER DRIVERS
URGENTLY NEEDED
The ringing is going very well
at the moment, we all seem to have slightly less
commitments which helps to swell our numbers both on
Wednesday evenings and at Sunday morning worship.
OWLS Community Car Scheme provides a
valuable service to those people who need to
attend medical appointments or make some social
journeys, but are unable to access other means of
transport.
We are also fortunate to have the services of Roderick
Johnston the president of our local association.
If you would like to have a trial ring come along on
Wednesdays at 7.30. you will made most welcome.
Practice night is Wednesday 7:30pm to 9pm at the
church.
You can always contact me
via email [email protected]
or on mob’ 07768 735910.
Our clients live in the villages served by the
scheme (Over, Willingham, Longstanton and
Swavesey). However, although we have volunteer
drivers from the other three villages we currently
have no drivers living in Longstanton. With a
steady demand for journeys we really need to
recruit some. Could you help?
Mike Cartwright
Drivers use their own cars and receive 45p a mile
(30p from client +15p from C.C.C). Additional
insurance cover is provided by Cambridgeshire
County Council. Volunteers also have to undergo a
DBS (formerly CRB) check.
Drivers offer particular times/days when they are
available – in practice about 4 journeys a month is
very helpful. So can you help maintain this very
important Community service?
PLEASE ring the scheme’s mobile number: 07505
254363 for an informal chat, without commitment
Ball Room Dancing
I am pleased to say we have got off to a flying / or
should I say a stumbling start to the
Autumn term. We are delighted to
welcome some new faces to our
happy band of pilgrims.
We will be concentrating on the main
stream ball room dancers such as the
Waltz, Quick Step,
Fox Trot and Latin, Cha Cha Cha,
Rumba, Samba, And Ball Room Tango.
Please come along and join us if you
would like to dance.
You can always contact me via email
[email protected]
or on mob’ 07768 735910. Mike Cartwright
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Staying Peaceful in a Busy World
Serenity isn’t freedom
from the storm, it is
peace within the
storm.
Are you spinning around an
ocean of busyness? Is it time
to reset your compass?
A few years ago I dropped anchor with Padma for a
few hours at a yoga class in Portugal. Through
understanding that yoga is not only about the
physical side (the ‘asanas’) and continuing to
practice a bit of yoga now and again, both here in my
garden in Longstanton, and in local classes, yoga
helped me recover from a serious illness and get
back on track.
Padma is leading a yoga day at Madingley Village
Hall on Saturday 18 October. Through gentle hatha
yoga, breathing, and meditation, she will help you
open to the possibility of being peaceful and
functioning well in the world. Rev. Padma Priya is
an Integral Yoga Minister, Integral Yoga Teacher
Trainer and International Yoga Teacher and has
combined careers both in the business and spiritual
worlds. She shares the joy of yoga by bringing
people together on retreats, workshops, and yoga
teacher training courses all over the world, helping
them to experience the joy of living in spiritual
harmony and bringing peace into everyone's daily
life.
Integral Yoga was founded by Sri Swami
Satchidananda and brought to the west in the
1960's. It combines the 4 traditional schools of yoga
- Raja Yoga, Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Jnana
Yoga - which gives a complete and holistic yoga
experience which transforms lives. Integral Yoga
shares the understanding that there is one Truth and
one unifying Light behind all the faiths. It is a
spiritual path that embraces all and is open to all –
with Padma’s brand of playfulness and fun to lighten
the spirit.
If you’d like to try it out: Sat 18th October, 10am
– 4pm, Madingley Village Hall (parking in Three
Horseshoes car park, opposite village hall).
Admission: £45
Contact: Sally Radnor (07855 122845)
[email protected] for information. Booking
recommended. Please bring a vegetarian dish to
share for lunch and a yoga mat, etc.
www.integralyogauk.org. Events with Rev. Padma
on Facebook: Events with Rev. Padma Priya 2014.
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CO-OP DEVELOPMENT
U P D AT E
NEARLY THERE!
The building of the Co-Op site, which started in November 2013 on
the corner of the High Street and Nelson Crescent, is nearly finished. The development, comprising of the Co-Op store, four commercial units, six flats and four houses, is due to open on 6 November 2014. The residential part of the development is now available
on the open market, with one detached house already sold. Apparently there is a lot of interest from businesses wanting to purchase
the retail units.
A nursery, a
takeaway,
a
hairdresser and
possibly a café
might end up
there although
this is not exactly confirmed
yet and still
might change.
Close to 100,000 bricks
were used to complete
the whole building
works!
Anna Rudd
RECREATIONAL GROUND PLAYGROUND OPENING
Due to delays incurred by the contractors installing the play- Therefore, for health & safety reasons and in order that the
ground, the proposed opening of the playground has been de- ground is as settled as possible, the opening of the playground
layed.
has been moved to Saturday 25th October 2014 at 12 noon.
Longstanton Parish Council
Photos: Anna Rudd
The final work to the playground should be completed by the end
of September but the ground will need time for the new turf to
knit and settle before the site can be
used for play. If we
do not allow the
time for the grass to
bed in, it will mean
that the ground is
uneven and can
cause trip hazards
for the children who will be using the equipment in the future.
LONGSTANTON LIFE NEEDS YOUR HELP!
Unfortunately, over the last few months the number of people on
the editorial team has become depleted and now the remaining
members cannot cope on their own. Tony also suffers with MS and
is finding it very difficult to continue with the large work load. We
would like to encourage people to come forward to help with the
right skills, otherwise this edition of Longstanton Life might be one
of the last! Meetings would be about 6 times a year so if you could
help or you know of anyone that might then please contact Tony at
[email protected]
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