Issue 87 - Jun/Jul - Cottenham Newsletter
ISSUE NUMBER 87
After much planning and preparation, the Fen Edge Family
Festival is nearly upon us. This will be one of the biggest
events ever held in Cottenham, and promises to offer something of interest for all but the most curmudgeonly. The festival is likely to be such a good weekend that it is worth considering inviting friends from near and far to come and share
the enjoyment. The big attraction will be the Italian market,
but there will be much more to see and do. For your own
information, this Newsletter includes a centrefold pullout
guide to the events which contains descriptions of much of
what will be happening along with a detailed timetable of
events.The organizing committee is still looking for volunteers to help out for short periods over the course of the
weekend. This is a golden opportunity to get involved in
something which promises to be enjoyable and successful. If
you would like to help, please contact Wane Borg 01954
203295 or Emma Green 01954 252954.
the Parish Council and one meeting per month of the planning subcommittee to look at local planning applications.
Beyond that, Councillors can take on as much or as little as
they want to, or circumstances permit. If you are interested
in applying or would like more information, please contact
Julie Groves, our Parish Clerk, whose contact details are on
the back page of the Newsletter.
Finally, as many of you are likely to dismember this edition
of the Newsletter to get the guide to the Family Festival, we
thought it would be a good time to reissue the map of
Cottenham. This edition of the map has had a grid added and
a key which helps the reader to find individual streets. We
have also corrected errors in previous editions. As ever, if
you spot any errors in the map or in the key to streets, please
let me know. My contact details are on the back page.
Speaking of volunteering, our Parish Council has a vacancy
following the departure of a Councillor for personal reasons.
The Parish Council is the most local layer of government and
being a member offers an opportunity to get involved in local
issues and initiatives which really matter to people in the village. Councillors are expected to attend monthly meetings of
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2nd Baptist Church, Fair Trade Sale and coffee morning, Baptist Church, 10:00am – 12:00 noon
2nd Parish Council, Planning Committee, Council Office Watson’s Yard, 7:15pm
4th Salvation Army, Jumble Sale, Salvation Army Barn 10:00am – 11:30am
4th Methodist Church, Coffee Morning, Methodist Church Hall, 9:30am – 11:30am
6th Fen Edge Cinema Club, The Birdcage (Mike Nicholls, 1996, US, 15), Village College, 7:30pm
9th Salvation Army, Coffee Morning, Salvation Army Barn 10:00am – 11:30am
9th Women's Institute, Glassblowing Demonstration, Village College, 7:30pm
10th Seniors’ Club, Garden party kindly given by Mr & Mrs Pike, 2:30pm
14th Parish Council, Council Meeting, Village College Library, 7:30pm
16th Baptist Church, Fair Trade Sale and coffee morning, Baptist Church, 10:00am – 12:00 noon
16th Parish Council, Planning Committee, Council Office Watson’s Yard, 7:15pm
18th Baptist Church, Fair Trade Sale and coffee morning, Baptist Church, 10:00am – 12:00 noon
23rd Salvation Army, Coffee Morning, Salvation Army Barn 10:00am – 11:30am
24,25 & 26 Cottenham Family Festival, Village Green, Lots of events
24th Gardeners Club, the gardens of Cornwall, Village College, 7:45pm
30th Baptist Church, Fair Trade Sale and coffee morning, Baptist Church, 10:00am – 12:00 noon
30th Parish Council, Planning Committee, Council Office Watson’s Yard, 7:15pm
Methodist Church, Coffee Morning, Methodist Church Hall, 9:30am – 11:30am
Salvation Army, Jumble Sale, Salvation Army Barn 10:00am – 11:30am
Fen Edge Cinema Club, Five Easy Pieces (Bob Rafelson, 1970, US, 15), Village College, 7:30pm
Salvation Army, Coffee Morning, Salvation Army Barn 10:00am – 11:30am
Parish Council, Council Meeting, Village College Library, 7:30pm
Women’s Institute, Garden Party, 7:30pm
Baptist Church, Fair Trade Sale and coffee morning, Baptist Church, 10:00am – 12:00 noon
Parish Council, Planning Committee, Council Office Watson’s Yard, 7:15pm
Salvation Army, Coffee Morning, Salvation Army Barn 10:00am – 11:30am
Seniors’ Club, Garden Party kindly given by Margaret Brierley, 2:30pm
Baptist Church, Fair Trade Sale and coffee morning, Baptist Church, 10:00am – 12:00 noon
Baptist Church, Fair Trade Sale and coffee morning, Baptist Church, 10:00am – 12:00 noon
Parish Council, Planning Committee, Council Office Watson’s Yard, 7:15pm
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Forthcoming autumn tour provisionally scheduled midSeptember for qualifying rounds of European Cup Winners
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Papworth is unusual in as much as it does not serve a defined
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makes it difficult to obtain feedback especially since, after
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Papworth is now facing the greatest choice in its history. A
decision must be taken soon as to whether it remains at its
present location (Papworth Everard) and is redeveloped, or
moves to a new site, which would be adjacent to
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Do you know of any artists, craftspeople, anyone who does
craft work of any description who would like to sell their
work e.g. Pottery, pictures, greetings cards, quilts, etc.
Cottenham Methodist Church is planning a ‘table top’ sale.
The Church would charge £5 to £10 (negotiable) per table
and the seller can keep the money they earn. The only rules
are that it must not be a business only a hobby that earns pin
money. All items must be suitable for sale on Church
premises and under no circumstance contain alcohol.
Cottenham Methodists are also looking for musicians and
singers willing to take part in a concert sometime in
September this year.
If you can help with either of the above please contact Jenny
Bramford on 01954 200670.
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play sessions during July and August and a toy sale in
November. Watch the press for more details!
Cottenham Toy Library is a community group whose aim is
to lend toys to families in the surrounding area. We also provide a meeting point for parents and carers. Sessions are not
just for borrowing toys, but also offer a safe environment for
children to play with the toys and for parents/carers to chat
over a free cup of tea.
This year we are organising the pre-school day at the village
festival on the green on 24th June. There will be Messy play,
Soft play, Tumble Tots, Ride on toys, Music, Drama,
Storytelling and much more! Do come and see us!
We meet on the first and third Thursday of each month from
2:00pm to 4:00pm behind 184 High Street, Cottenham, in
the Salvation Army barn.
We have an extensive range of toys covering activity and outdoor, baby, construction, games and Puzzles, imaginative,
learning music, transport and much more. There is a full listing of our toys in our NEW TO 2005 CATALOGUE. Copies
of this are available at sessions, and also on our website
As of 2005 we have implemented a new layout – toys are
displayed according to their category to help you choose the
best toys for your child.
There is an annual membership fee of £3 and a hire charge
of 50p for most toys with some large toys costing £1.
Come and try some of our toys – they can supplement the
toys you have at home, providing variety for the children and
a chance to ‘try before you buy’.
We hold a variety of events throughout the year, including
the clothing sale in March, teddy bears picnic in July, messy
WE NEED YOU! – Cottenham Toy Library is run completely by volunteers. If you have any spare time and would like
to help in any way, please contact us.
Email us on: [email protected] Ring Louise
Carter on 01954 203283 or Miki Allouis on 01954 250023.
Bookings are now flooding in for this year’s Summer School
at the Village College which will take place between August
1st to 5th.
Courses include Pilates, T’ai Chi, Yoga, Enjoying
Watercolours, Carefree Computing, Digital Photography,
Concrete Garden Sculpture, Bricklaying, Oil Painting, Batik,
Textile Screen Printing, Rag Rugs, African Djembe
Drumming, House Detectives, Pickwick’s Cambridge
Scrapbook, Floral Design and Egg Tempera Painting. Course
length varies from 2 days to 5 days.
The Summer School has been running for several years and
is immensely popular so early booking is advisable. A full
brochure of all the courses can be obtained from the College
or by calling 01954 288751.
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In addition to the successful Mini-Market and Fun Run
held on 7 May and the Fen Edge Family Festival planned
for the 3 days of 24–26 June on the Green (see the programme and adverts in this issue of the Newsletter), there
will be an Autumn Show on 10 September at Cottenham
The schedule will be available very soon from Cottenham
Village College (CVC) and some of the shops. Each
household will receive a copy of the schedule with the next
issue of the Newsletter – so it’s time to get thinking about
your entries for 2005. There will be a reduction in the fee
for individuals entering over 15 items. There will be a
splendid craft fair and don’t forget the auction of entries
not reclaimed – this is always fun. We hope you will support this event both with entries and coming on the day.
Your help is needed by your Community Association (a registered charity).
The committee is putting in an amazing amount of work to
organise these events, especially Wane Borg and Emma
Green for the Fen Edge Family Festival. We need your help
for each of the events, partly to help plan and organise them
and partly at the events themselves. Please give me a ring on
01954 251915 or leave your name and phone number at
CVC (Community Education).
We particularly (desperately!) need help with:
• Stewarding the Fen Edge Family Festival and running
stalls etc for 24-26 June
• To organise a raffle for Autumn Show on 10 September
• To help with the Laurie Holloway concert on 7 October
• To help organise the very popular New Year’s Eve
Celebration Ceilidh – especially to sell tickets after the
end of the school term and to prepare table plans – a great
way to get to know lots of people. Without this we will
not be able to hold this New Year’s Eve event.
Please contact me (01954 251915) to offer your help.
Missed that fantastic exhibition again or no-one to go with
who’s really interested? Why not join the ‘Culture Vultures’!
Stuck for someone to go out with to the cinema, that art exhibition,
concert, comedy, gig, the ballet, the theatre or even London’s West
End, in fact anything vaguely cultural with a twist?
Interested? Well the ‘Culture Vultures’ are a group of people
who want to participate in culture but never seem to get
round to it. We intend to go out in the local area, Cambridge
and London to enjoy the cornucopia of arts entertainment
available in these great cities.
If you are interested please contact us, Sarah and Yaa at
Get together is on Sunday 19th June at The Cambridge Arts
Picturehouse Bar, Regent Street Cambridge at 8:00pm. Hope
to see you there!
There will be another Crazy Crotchets workshop held at
Cottenham Village College on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd June
2005, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm each day. As usual the emphasis
will be on young people making music together, including a
The event will round off with a small concert on the Friday
Participation in the event costs £25 (10% reduction for subsequent siblings). The event is open to children in years 5 to
11. So that the group can play together, everyone should be
Grade 1 standard or above.
e-mail: [email protected]
Tel : 01954 252211
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When the last bird report was written I was in New Zealand
among the kiwis, the keas, the tuis and the bell-birds. So it
was particularly interesting for me to read Vicki’s report of
birds in the Cottenham area.
As she predicted, a few winter birds and summer birds have
overlapped this year. I am writing this on April 22nd and it
is clear that spring has come late this year, although today it
is warm and sunny. There are still a few waxwings about in
East Anglia, and a few summer visitors have arrived – but
fewer than usual for late April.
One or two swallows have been seen in Cottenham, I have
heard willow warblers on Long Drove and I heard a cuckoo
in Gloucestershire on April 17th, and I am now eagerly awaiting a flood of swallows, house martins and warblers to arrive.
However our resident birds have wasted no time. By the end
of March, I was told of young collared doves which had
already left the nest, and there is plenty of evidence of other
birds in the process of rearing young – egg shells, adult birds
collecting food, squeaking voices and a few young birds
It is fairly safe to assume that where we can see a pair of
birds at this time of year, then they will be nesting. So without having seen many of their nests, I am sure that the following birds are nesting in or near my garden:– sparrow,
dunnock, blackbird, song thrush, mistle thrush, blue tit, great
tit, robin, wren, chiffchaff, chaffinch, greenfinch and great
spotted woodpecker. Have you got others nesting near you?
Estate agents’ valuations are a lottery. Their valuations can
vary wildly, sometimes by up to £125,000, according to
Which? researchers, posing as sellers, invited estate agents
to value 14 homes throughout England. In six of the homes
the top valuation was 25 per cent or more above the lowest.
Halifax valued one home in Tyne and Wear at £200,000,
while Moody and Co suggested £325,000 – a staggering 63
per cent more. Bradford & Bingley thought a house in
Liverpool was worth £125,000, while Halifax came in at
£180,000 – 44 per cent higher.
‘Touting’ for business – deliberately overvaluing – is a common problem, according to a property expert questioned by
Which? magazine. Some agents give high valuations to get a
customer’s business, then suggest a more realistic price
when they’ve locked sellers into a contract.
Undervaluing is also a problem. A contributor to Which?’s
Move It website recently sold his house in Exmouth and was
glad he’d had three valuations – or he would have lost
£70,000. Two estate agents valued his home at under
£250,000, but a third, Bradleys, recommended a price of
£325,000. Bradleys eventually sold the home for £320,000.
Last year, Which? launched its Move It campaign calling for
estate agents to be regulated and a proper redress system set
up. This latest research is more damning evidence of the way
estate agents conduct their business.
Have a good summer!
The Ombudsman for Estate Agents (OEA) should be monitoring the industry more effectively and punishing those who
tout for business or deliberately undervalue. Which? believes
the ombudsman must take a far more robust view of breaches of its code. For example, the ombudsman thinks that
estate agents should still get their commission even if they’ve
broken the law.
Which? Press Release
This is my favourite time of year and I am looking forward
to seeing terns and yellow wagtails by the river, hearing the
cuckoo at the bottom of my garden (is it always the same
bird returning?) and perhaps seeing a hobby.
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Instead of the usual doom and gloom stories from
Cottenham I can report a success story which took place over
the weekend of 16/17th April.
A few months ago the committee members of Cottenham
Women's Institute were discussing ideas for a community
project, and a litter-pick was suggested. This was then discussed with members of the Parish Council who were also
unhappy with the litter situation in the village, particularly
on the day following the green bin collection. A poster competition had been initiated at the Primary School and the first
two years of the Village College, and once this was judged
the WI committee were given copies of the winning posters
to use in their campaign.
with one or two residents who were keen to see the streets
cleaned up, turning up on both mornings. South Cambs.
District Council had kindly supplied us with ‘pickers’,
gloves and black sacks and we filled quite a large number of
these during the weekend.
I know that in general the efforts of all involved were met
with pleasure by shop keepers, residents and the general
public (including the Parliamentary candidates who were
canvassing at that time). One WI member particularly wanted to clean up the area round the Co-op – what a great job
she did, and was rewarded with a box of chocolates from one
of the Managers – I can’t help thinking that was a very reasonable price to pay for such effort! The camaraderie was
excellent, and I would like to thank publicly all those
involved for their efforts.
Have you noticed the streets looking cleaner?
It was gratifying to have several WI members, plus members
of the village Gardening Club and Village Society, together
Narrow lane and the side of the Co-op as you have never seen them before – entirely litter free
This year’s spring production was Alan Ayckbourn’s ‘Time
of my Life’. Cottenham Theatre Workshop has done several
of his plays in the past, and he is always good value.
On the surface this play is an entertaining, amusing representation of family life. But below the surface there is a disturbing element of sadness and tragedy, and many people in
the audience will identify with much of this portrayal of the
problems of domestic life. This makes for an enjoyable but
slightly uncomfortable evening. Ayckbourn plays one of his
tricks of time. In one scene we see a party taking place in real
time. But one couple moves further into the future, while the
other moves back into the past – an intriguing device.
The acting of this group goes from strength to strength. The
advent of one or two talented actors has raised the already
high standard to a really professional level. The three couples proved to be excellent foils to each other. Glyn, the older
son, who has inherited much of his father’s self-importance
was very well played by Jon White, who skillfully managed
to demonstrate the various demands on his life – work, wife,
children, girlfriend, parents – and who invariably, selfishly
made the wrong decision. His wife, Stephanie, was acted
faultlessly by Nadia Young. It was easy to see why her
father-in-law found her attractive, why her mother-in-law
found her disappointing and why her husband found her cold
– a masterly performance in every way.
The other younger couple, Adam and his girlfriend Maureen,
were played by Simon Gibbons and Wendy Borrow. These
two provided us with plenty of laughs. Their relationship is
one of confusion and misunderstanding from their first meeting to the birthday celebration. Wendy Borrow’s portrayal of
the attractive, nutty hairdresser was hilarious. Her determi-
nation to do the right thing and the inevitable social disasters
which followed, were the highlights of the evening. The company has discovered a wonderful, unexpected talent here!
I particularly liked the restrained performance of Simon
Gibbons as her affectionate, patient boyfriend. Adam has a bad
time, scorned by his parents, unable to hold down a job and in
love with an impossible girl. Nevertheless we feel more sympathy for him than for his pompous, spoilt older brother, and
Simon must take great credit for this intelligent performance.
Duncan McCallum has had a number of good roles in the
past, but this, I feel was his best. On the surface Gerry is a
successful business man and a loving husband. Underneath
he is incompetent, insecure and selfish. These two sides of
his character were very well brought out, so that we feel a
mixture of sympathy and scorn towards him.
But with all these excellent performances, for me the star of
the show was Mary Garside as the ageing birthday girl. Mary
has had a number of parts in the past, but this might have
been written for her. Laura wears her heart on her sleeve, is
openly critical of Adam and Stephanie, bickers constantly
with her husband, and after his death cheerfully starts a new
life for herself. And yet Mary shows us a much more subtle
character. She smiles smugly at her husband’s discomfort,
but shortly afterwards looks into his eyes with genuine
warmth and affection. Mary’s diction, timing and movement
are masterly. This was a performance to savour.
Add to these actors an assortment of zany waiters, a lovely
set and we enjoyed a splendid evening’s entertainment.
Warm congratulations to the director – Sue McDonald – and
to the whole cast for another excellent production.
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In the Spring, I had a new computer installed in my house. It
is a brand new, amazingly fast one. My old computer was
sulking. When the arrival of the new one was imminent, it
went into a mood of ‘huh I see, it’s like that is it?’ and
refused to let me even check my Email messages. The new
computer is supplied under a scheme from the Royal Mail
and the rental of it is paid for weekly by a small sum out of
my wages. I still haven’t explored all its capabilities. It is
able to do so much and to do it all so fast that it is quite awe
inspiring to an oldie like me. I also have been given a scanner which seems magical. I usually read The Times of Malta
daily and I enter lots of competitions on the Internet which I
I look up local, five day weather forecasts which are quite
important to me as I am a part-time ‘postie’ and spend about
an hour a day in the great outdoors. I tend to do my own bit
of weather forecasting, by looking up at the sky to watch the
clouds and find out the direction from whence they blow. I
then gaze at that horizon to see the colour of the sky. Next I
look up to watch the birds, to see how they are flying. I’ve
found that they fly differently when the weather is going to
be fine. They seem to be riding the thermals and do not look
so harassed when rain is not imminent. You old peasant
Moyra! Ah well, my great aunt Stella in Malta probably did
the same. She used to walk down to her tiny field in the valley with a mattock over her shoulder. Stella wore baggy
trousers and would not wear shoes. When she saw me she
would carry on walking past, but her eyes would swivel
round to watch me as we passed.
Time is a very precious thing. Life seems to be lived in such
a rush that to be honest I find that I cannot keep up with the
‘normal’ pace of things. At work, when I am outdoors, I
amble. Yes, I do admit it. I talk to people I meet, the birds,
the cats, the dogs, the plants, the trees, to myself. I sing silly
songs and on occasions when a gardener’s head pops up in a
garden I feel embarrassed. I love being outdoors and have
again been so lucky that I have hardly ever been rained on.
The rain always seems to start just as I am heading back to
the Post Office.
I love my work, because there are not many jobs which
involve an hour of walking and cycling. This helps in my ‘fitness programme’. Unfortunately though, there the good bit
ends. Doing my ‘postie’ job has made me ravenously hungry
nearly all the time. For breakfast I shall sometimes ‘ping’
(microwave) a macaroni cheese at 8am. I can also have a
banana in hot custard at an even more unearthly hour!
Straight after work I head for the relaxing sanctuary of
Barkers the Bakers where I have a delicious roll freshly
made for me. I have recently converted to cottage cheese.
There I read The Times and Cambridge Evening News and
that is my ‘fix’. I seem to need my fix as much as other people feel they need a cigarette. ‘Ah it’s all in the mind!’ so I’m
told, but then the mind is a powerful thing. Mind over matter say I!
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A Canadian study shows that children treated with complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) have lower vaccination
rates than the general population, exposing them to increased
risk from preventable illnesses such as mumps and measles.
A review of 482 paediatric charts at a teaching clinic in a
naturopathic college showed that 35% of the children presenting to the clinic for ailments such as skin disorders,
stomach problems or psychiatric concerns, were already
using alternative therapies (including vitamins, herbal remedies, probiotics and homeopathic remedies). Moreover, 8.9%
of the children were not vaccinated against measles, mumps
and rubella. This was associated with younger age, greater
use of alternative medicine products and with parents unsure
about the safety of vaccines.
“Parents must be encouraged to tell their physician about any
alternative treatment, and healthcare providers need to ask
about CAM use in taking the medical history of a child,” said
Dr. Sunita Vohra, professor of paediatrics at the University of
Alberta, and one of the study’s co-authors.
Physicians may not realize what a growing phenomenon
CAM has become over the past few years. Nor do parents
necessarily understand the importance of sharing information about their child's alternative therapy, said Dr. Vohra.
“There is an assumption that ‘natural equals safe’, and if it’s
safe, why should I tell the doctor about it,” Dr. Vohra said.
“But anything that can have an effect, can have a side effect.
Parents need to treat CAM products and therapies with
It is especially important, Dr. Vohra said, that physicians ask
parents about concerns they may have with vaccinations for
children, in order to deal with misconceptions. The study
showed that 27% of parents whose children had been vaccinated blamed that for adverse events with their children. In
one case, a parent blamed the measles vaccination for autism
that was subsequently diagnosed in her child. There is no
evidence of a link between vaccine use and autism.
The following matters were discussed at the March and April
Council Meetings :
Graffiti – In the last issue reference was made to the bus
shelter in Lambs Lane being targeted again with graffiti. You
will be pleased to know that a youth has been charged with
Fly Posting – We often see posters adorning telegraph poles,
particularly in the High Street. Earlier in the year there were
as many as 6 posters on one pole – what an eyesore! British
Telecom ( BT ) have advised the Council that this is not helpful for their engineers when they have to carry out repairs.
BT will contact those responsible, and will request that their
poster be removed forthwith. If this is not done then BT will
render a charge, which we are told will be a significant
amount. You have been warned!
Skateboard Park – Vandalism has occurred to one piece of
equipment in that an attempt was made to remove a side panel.
The police are involved, and have removed evidence from the
site for forensic purposes. If anyone knows anything about this
incident please contact the police on 0845 4564564, quoting
incident number CF0194330405 of 8th April.
Another serious issue involving the skateboard park is that
over the past few weeks the area has been used as a toilet,
which obviously is disgusting, and affects the pleasure of the
real skateboarders. Again, if anyone is aware of anything
please contact the police on the above number, quoting any
of the following incident numbers:
CC24032005 – 531 ( 21st March )
CC01042005 – 221 ( 1st April )
CC05042005 – 364 ( 5th April )
Additional security measures are being considered, and the
police are making regular visits to the recreation ground.
Please note that additional information on the Parish Council
including meeting minutes can be found on the Cottenham
Parish Council website: http://www.cottenhampc.org.uk/
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June 24, 25 and 26 2005
Information and Guide to Events
Cottenham Theatre Workshop sings: "Beyond
the Yellow Brick Road": a Celebration of the
Songs of Elton John
The stalls include:
Breadstall (bread, pastries, focaccias etc)
Cheese, cured meats and pasta
Marinated olives and pickles
Dry fruits, spices and nuts
Biscuits and pasticceria
Nougats and torrone
The Chocolate Stall
Olive oil and balsamic vinegar
Fish, Vegetables, preserves
Sicilian deli and fresh pasta
Hot sausage and porchetta sandwiches
Buffalo meat and cheese
Fri 11:00am – 6:00pm Sat 10:00am – 5:30pm
Sun 10:00am – 5:00pm
Our production will be a tribute to this enduring
artist: we will be adding our own unique flavour to
many of Elton John's songs, from some of the most
popular to some less well-known.
It's been very hard to pick out twenty or so songs;
we could have filled the programme several times
over, and still had some to spare. But we think we
have chosen a set of whimsical, majestic, humorous
and sad songs which will strike a chord with
everyone. We hope you agree!
Tickets from Clive Borrow on 01954 252693
All tickets £3.00
The Gala will be run by
Cottenham Swimming Club
Animal Sunday will be a chance for
you to meet a variety of animals,
anything from a lamb to a llama,
horses, pigs, cow and calf and to
watch a presentation by the Raptor
The swimming gala will consist
of swimming races and other
fun activities at the pool at
Cottenham Village College.
Come and have a splash and
join in the fun!
Look out for “Best in Show”, an
alternative dog show where all the
entrants have been sculptured by
their owners; and give thanks for
pets at a special animal blessing.
The gala will be on Saturday
Morning 10:30am until 1:00pm.
Animals will be on the green
from 10:00am to 1:00pm.
Mid Summer Dance and Hog Roast
A selection of gardens will be open to the public.
Admission to the participating gardens is free but
some gardeners will be inviting voluntary donations
to charity. Teas will be sold at some garden
Live music from the Scott Brothers (popular music
from 60's onwards), dancing, a licensed bar
The Main Marquee - Cottenham Village Green
Friday 24th June 2005
Maps will be available throughout the village
showing the position of the open gardens, and free
transport will be provided from one end of the
village to the other.
The gardens will be open on Sunday Afternoon from
12:00 noon until 5:00pm.
Tickets cost £12.50 per person, available in
advance from Cottenham Primary School or
Ladybirds Pre School.
Over 18's only. Vegetarian alternative.
If you would like to open your garden please contact
Trevor Lawrence on 01954 250011 or Ken Marr
on 01954 251577
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Best in Show
Presented by the Women's Institute
Create a prize winning dog and enter it at the, soon to
be famous, best in show sculpture competition on
Sunday June 26th on the Village Green.
Dance to the music of "Ben & Bob"
Indulge in an afternoon tea of Scones, Jam and
Cream, Cake, Tea and Coffee.
The Main Marquee - Cottenham Village Green
Friday 24th June 2005
Make it large, fierce, friendly, wacky, abstract, funny,
imaginative, realistic; out of wood, plastic, metal, wire,
fabric, greenery, recycled materials, plaster paper found
objects or whatever else grabs your fancy
There will be four categories: 16-and-under, over-16,
classroom and business.
Tickets cost £4 per person, available at the
For more information contact Amanda MacPhail on
01954 250496 or email to [email protected]
Local Band Competition
x Stewards for the three days
Be entertained by the areas up
and coming bands. A selection
of local bands will be performing
their set from the big marquee,
Saturday 25th 3:00pm to
x First Aiders
x Litter pickers for mornings
x Van driver on Friday
x Van driver on Friday and
Simply chill out on the green no tickets required.
x People to help set up and
clear up on Friday and Monday
If your band wishes to enter
then please contact Roger Daw
on 01954 250673
x A tent to be used as a First
x Parking attendants for the
daytime on Saturday and
Pre School Fun Day (Friday 24th)
will be open to all pre school children including
babies and will include a range of activities, most
of which will be going on at the same time for
children to join in with their parent/carer.
Childrens Activity Tent (Saturday 25th and
Soft play, ride on toys and simple craft activities
for the under fives. Come in and play at leisure
throughout the day (parents/carers will be
responsible for supervising their own children).
Circus Workshop (Sunday 26th pm) - (for 5
– 14 year olds)
Come and try your hand at Diablo, spinning
plates, walking on stilts (11+ only), and juggling
with balls, hoops and clubs in a 90 minute
workshop with tuition. Have a go and see what
you can do. (Numbers limited to 40.)
(limited spaces available)
Big Top Family Disco
Bring the kids along to experience the “Big Top Family
Disco”. A chance for the whole family to get together
with friends and wile away a few hours listening or
dancing to the latest hits.
The Methodist youth group will be hosting a family disco
on Friday June 24 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in the large
Tickets £3 for family of four, 50p each extra child
No unaccompanied children will be admitted
For tickets phone Julie on 01954 200854
Tel: (01954) 261454 Fax: (01954) 261454
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Tel: (01954) 261999 Fax: (01954) 261454
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Raptor Foundation -
Tent inc. Circus Workshop
12:00 - 12:45
11:00 - 11:45
10:00 - 13:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
20:00 - 23:30
17:00 - 19:00
15:00 - 17:00
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 15:00
Young Childrens Activity
Around the Green
SUNDAY - 26th
Dance (Primary School PTA)
Family Disco (Methodist
Tea Dance (WI)
Pre school Fun (Toy Library)
Around the Green
SUNDAY - 26th
Hymns/Songs of Praise
Concert - Cottenham Brass
22:15 - 22:30
19:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 18:30
15:30 - 17:00
12:00 - 17:00
14:00 - 14:45
13:00 - 13:45
Local Band Competition
Fete and Stalls
Tent (Toy Library)
Young Childrens Activity
Games on the Green
Sculptured Dog Show
Around the Green
Around the Green
SATURDAY - 25th
FRIDAY - 24th
19:30 - 23:30
15:00 - 17:30
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:30
13:00 – 15.00
10:00 - 17:30
10:30 – 13.00
The Family Festival will be a celebration of entertainment; fun games, fabulous food and country living all centered around two marquees with something for
all ages. This will be a fun weekend for the whole community to gather, take part or simply enjoy and soak up the atmosphere.
Dates to put into Your Diary
Friday 24th, Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th June
DISTRICT COUNCILLORS’ REPORT
This is a summary of the report to Cottenham Annual Parish
Meeting Thursday 28 April 2005 by Jacky Dixon, Simon
Edwards and Tim Wotherspoon
value for money than contracting out the responsive repairs
service to a higher tender.
4) Housing Stock Options Appraisal
1) An award-winning council
The district council comes in for an awful lot of criticism, so
let’s start with something positive. We were top of the league
for recycling last year! Not only does this reduce the impact
on the environment but also many community projects benefit from landfill tax credits.
The council is threatened with capping, on the grounds that
its portion of the council tax has doubled from £70 for a band
D dwelling to £140. This, however, is closer to the ‘underlying’ rate of £143 based on last year’s accounts. The district
council element of council tax for 2004/2005 was kept at £70
by continuing to call on reserves, which it had been obliged
to run down by past district auditors.
The government is requiring all local authorities to review
future ownership and management of their housing stock.
Effectively, the council has to choose whether to retain its social
housing which, not unexpectedly, the majority of tenants seem
to prefer, or to transfer it to a housing association, favoured by
the financial modelling undertaken by external consultants.
Things cannot simply be left as they are, because annual savings of half a million pounds would need to be made by the
housing department to stay afloat after 2007/2008. Transfer
to a housing association – subject to safeguarding the rights
of current occupants – would liberate capital (though not so
much as you might think, given that the estate is worth its
tenanted not its open market value). The final decision is
expected by the end of June.
5) Planning Policy
The council’s own budget is £13,942,650. The government
has proposed a capping limit of £10,350,000. The difference
is so great that it is doubtful whether even the bare minimum
of statutory obligations could be met at this price. Cuts and
efficiencies amounting to £458,200 have already been made.
The council hopes to avoid being capped, but will not be sure
until the capping order is issued, possibly as late as the end
of July. This uncertainty has inevitable implications for the
timing of any ‘high-ticket’ items of expenditure.
3) Direct Labour Organisation
An urgent inquiry was prompted by discovery that the operating deficit of the in-house works department was heading
beyond half a million pounds. Independent assessment found
no evidence of any fraudulent activity, but disciplinary procedures are being followed pending the outcome of the full
investigation. The recovery plan immediately put into effect
reined in the operating deficit at the end of the 2004/2005
financial year to £435,000, compared with £326,278 in
2003/2004. Remedial action is expected to result in an operating deficit in 2005/2006 of £185,000, which has to be met
from the Housing Revenue Account. This is independent of
council tax. A small operating deficit may still be better
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Preparation of the Local Development Framework, which
will set out policies and proposals for the development and
use of land in the district to 2016, has been thrown into confusion by legal advice that one of the five processes of consultation will have to be done again. Furthermore, the East of
England Regional Assembly has withdrawn endorsement of
its own Regional Plan, covering Bedfordshire,
Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk,
for the period 2001–2021, in protest against the government’s
failure to provide one and a half billion pounds to make up for
the so-called ‘infrastructure deficit’, especially the lack of
investment in transport improvements. Upgrading the A14 is
seriously behind schedule, and district councillors are pressing for the new town of Northstowe not to be built until the
road from hell has been brought up to scratch.
Ed McNeill our Community Beat Manager and Steve Gilbey
our Police Community Support Officer have worked well
together in combating crime and fear of crime in Cottenham,
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been reluctant to get involved in tackling the problems we
despite the regrettable amount of anti-social behaviour we
have been experiencing. Steve Gilbey in particular has been
a thoroughly reassuring presence in our community, and our
congratulations on his being accepted for training to join the
police service have to be tempered with regret that this
means we will be losing him as our PCSO.
PCSOs are allocated according to the number of incidents
logged against each ‘patch’, so please never think it would
not be worth the effort of reporting instances of anti-social
behaviour. The non-emergency number for Cambridgeshire
Constabulary is 0845 456 456 4. We would also recommend
surfing the force’s website www.cambs.police.uk, where
(amongst other things) minor crimes and other anti-social
behaviour can be reported online.
Suffice to say that we feel we have done little else but read,
write, hear, speak, think and even dream about travellers over
the past eleven months. We have taken part in dozens of
meetings on the issue, as well as attending (and in Jacky’s
case appearing for the purpose of giving evidence) at the
‘Pine View’ appeals public inquiry in July and November.
That was a tremendous team effort, involving the district
council, parish council, residents association, village design
group, and our MP Jim Paice, and the result just goes to
show what can be achieved when we all work together.
We regret that the county council and some other agencies
have not played a more active part in resolving issues involving travellers. Officials above the coal face, as it were, have
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Alterations • Drainage • Fencing • Patios • Fascias • Soffits •
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Tiling (floor & wall) • Outside Rendering
All the travellers who live at Smithy Fen are residents of the
Cottenham ward and we are their representatives too. The
district council has opened up a dialogue, with the participation of parish councils as well, under the Travellers
Simon has collated the latest caravan count figures, confirming that Cambridgeshire has more travellers than any other
county, with neighbouring Essex the next most populous.
Breaking the figures down to districts, Fenland has the most
on authorized sites, with South Cambridgeshire second. The
top three districts for unauthorized sites are South
Cambridgeshire, Basildon and Fenland, in that order.
Government guidance known as Circular 1/94 prefers travellers to own their own sites. South Cambridgeshire has the
highest proportion in the country of caravans on privately
owned traveller sites.
The council adopted a policy on traveller issues in July last
year. We are disappointed and frustrated, and that is an
understatement, that a strategy for implementing it is still
pending despite our constant demands. A strategy should
have been worked out as soon as the Easter 2003 influx to
Smithy Fen happened, if not long before.
The three of us serve in different ways and each contributes
different strengths, and we also rely on the expertise and
commitment of our colleagues on the other two councils.
Cottenham Parish Council is held in particularly high
regard for the cool and rational approach it has taken, especially on the travellers question. We should like to express
our thanks to Paula Johnson, Pauline Allin and all the
parish councillors, as well as to Julie Groves, the parish
clerk, who has handled the heavy workload imposed on
Cottenham Parish Council with grim determination and
good humour. Peter Stroude has been our county councillor
for the past eight years and we wish him well on his retirement from public life.
All work guaranteed – Reliable & Conscientious Service Provided
Phone Paul Now on 01954 251164 (answerphone)
OR 07766 553484 (mobile)
For Independent Financial Advice Contact Nigel Bolitho at:
Mitchell House, 185 High Street
Cottenham, Cambridge CB4 8RX
Telephone: (01954) 251521
Fax: (01954) 252420
Email: [email protected]
Investment &Tax Advisers
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the Financial Services Authority
YESTERYEAR ROAD RUN
This event started many years ago but first raised funds for
MAGPAS in 1996. Since then the Run has contributed the
outstanding and very significant sum of £64,000 towards
keeping the charity operational (not including the amount
collected this year).
We will be offering courses of swimming lessons at the
Village College pool this summer, both in term time and during the school holidays. We will be catering for all abilities:
beginners, novices, and swimmers wishing to improve their
technique, also personal survival and lifesaving.
MAGPAS funds and operates two county-wide volunteer
services to meet those emergency medical care needs of
patients that cannot be met by the paramedic based ambulance service.
Courses will consist of five 30-minute lessons and cost
£12.50. The term time courses will be after school and run
over 5 weeks. In the holidays the 5 lessons will be grouped
into a week.
The Emergency Medical Team is a volunteer doctor/paramedic team highly trained and equipped to bring hospital
A&E skills to the accident scene. Based with the Police Air
Support Unit helicopter crew at RAF Wyton from 7:00hrs to
19:00hrs, they respond by land or air to serious accidents
across the county and will start treatment of the patient at the
scene and arrange appropriate transport to hospital.
Exact times and dates for lessons have not yet been set, To
enable me to provide lessons at the appropriate levels and
times I would like people to register an interest in swimming
lessons. To do this please contact me with the following
information: Name, Age, Swimming ability (NSA Level),
preferred days and times and your contact details.
The Community First Responder Scheme provides volunteers trained and equipped to respond rapidly to heart related medical emergencies in their community when called out
by the ambulance service. Being local they respond in 3–5
minutes and treat the patient until the paramedic can arrive.
Cottenham already has such a scheme.
None of this would be possible without the support such as
the Yesteryear Road Run, since MAGPAS gets no statutory
funding. It is a huge amount of work professionally organised, extremely successful and so very gratefully acknowledged by everyone at MAGPAS.
Paul Stower, MAGPAS
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Phone: Home: 01954 250894
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Helen McLeman, 17 Crowlands, Cottenham. Tel: 01954
203647 or [email protected]
The Parish Council is looking for an active Cottenham resident to aid its work. Recent and current Parish Council projects include:
• Skatepark Project
• Playpark improvements
• Statutory consultee for village planning matters
• Development of Recreation Ground
• Maintenance of open spaces
• Traveller Issues
Councillors are expected to:
• Attend full council meetings once every 4 weeks
• Attend planning meetings once every 4 weeks
• Attend other ad hoc meetings
• Be involved in other projects
The Parish Council is made up of 15 volunteers. Applicants
must be on the electoral role, over 21 years of age and live in
the Parish of Cottenham. For more information please contact Mrs Julie Groves, Clerk to the Parish Council, 44
Victory Way, Cottenham, tel: 01954 202928 or visit our website at www.cottenhampc.org.uk
Applicants need to apply in writing by 30th June 2005.
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Free courtesy cars available upon request
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FUN RUN 2005
This year’s fun run has been a great success. There were 180
runners, an increase on last year and all except one managed
to complete the course – poor Steve Westwood had to abandon
the race after spraining his ankle. It was also excellent to have
so many runners raising money to ‘make poverty history’.
Particular congratulations to Tom Loveluck who actually
came second overall with a time of 27:03 – well done! Also
to Henry Blackman who ran a fantastic race – coming in
19th at a time of 30:50. Apologies to Finn Johnson for mistaking him for a man – I hope he will forgive me for this and
secondly, Robert Stopher who actually came fourth.
About 40 runners, mainly children from Cottenham Primary
School and the Supernovas Sunday School at Cottenham
Baptist Church, donned white sashes last Saturday (7th May)
to run 4.5 miles in the Cottenham Fun Run and to raise
awareness for the Make Poverty History campaign.
All credit to the determination and perseverance of the children involved: some of them were as young as 6! One child
said “I’m not a runner, so people will probably laugh at me,
but that makes it all the more valuable because I’m doing the
race for a good cause.” To date we have raised about £150 in
sponsorship and there is more money coming in; all funds
will be given to Tearfund (www.tearfund.org), one of the
major charities involved in the campaign.
In a tightly fought contest, the winning family was the
Johnson Family who just pipped the last year’s winners, the
Dixons for the title.
The full results were as follows:
Shaeed Chowdhury Dave Mail
YOGA for SPRING
COTTENHAM & GIRTON
BEGINNERS AND IMPROVERS.
J. L. WIGHT
Evenings – Tuesday (Cott) 7 – 8.30
Wednesday ('Physic') 7 – 8.30 (3 PLACES LEFT)
& Thursday (Cott) 7.30 - 9
Daytime – Tuesday am (Cott) 10 – 11.30
'YOGA FOR MEN' DAY 16TH APRIL
TO INTRODUCE YOGA TO MEN. WORKSHOP WITH
DENISE SIBLEY-MOORE & LEZ GRAY TO LOOK AT MENS HEALTH &
FITNESS THROUGH YOGA. YOGA FOR SPORT STRETCHING & SENSIBLE
BODY MAINTENANCE. £35 INCLUDING LUNCH.
(At Cottenham Primary school, Lambs Lane)
TO BOOK : Denise 01954 205374
or Lez 01767 677524
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Advice given / problems solved
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MICROBES BLAMED FOR
GLOBAL WARMING BOOST
Global warming plus natural bacteria could release vast carbon deposits currently stored in Arctic soil.
Increasing concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are likely to lead to a global temperature rise. By
studying soil cores from the Arctic, scientists have discovered that this rise in temperature stimulates the growth of
microorganisms that can break down long-term stores of carbon, releasing them into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide.
This could lead to further increases in global temperatures.
Carbon is held in soil either in material that is easily degraded by chemical and bacterial action (labile soil carbon), or in
material that is less easily degraded by microorganisms
(resistant soil carbon). About one third of the world’s soil
carbon is located in high latitudes such as the Arctic, and
much of this effectively locked away in recalcitrant stores.
If this carbon were ever released into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide, the concentration of this green-house gas would
increase considerably, leading to a substantial increase in
The question that researchers in Austria, Russia and Finland
asked was whether increasing global temperatures that are
already predicted could enable microorganisms to use this
carbon. Their results are published in the scientific journal
Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry.
131 High St. Cottenham
The researchers incubated soil cores at 2, 12, and 24 Celsius.
They found that resistant soil carbon was preferentially
respired by arctic microbes at higher temperatures, presumably due to a shift in microbial populations.
They also found that the change in the relative proportion of
different microorganisms in the soil was not driven by a
depletion of more readily available carbon, but simply by the
change in temperature.
“This temperature driven change in availability of resistant
carbon is of crucial importance in the context of climate
change,” says team member Andreas Richter who works at
the Institute of Ecology and Conservation Biology at the
University of Vienna, Austria. “It may be that the whole idea
of resistant carbon compounds in arctic soils may only be
relevant within a cool world and have no place in a future
For more science news visit – http://www.sciencebase.com
To the lady who left artichokes on the doorstep in Stevens
Close for us to try – a very big thank you.
Carol and Tony Sharland
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Tel: 250287 Fax: 206287
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Did you know that there is a thriving After School Club in
Cottenham catering for up to 30 children of primary school
age? Kidzone is held in the Sports and Social Club Hall from
3:00pm until 6:00pm and our friendly, experienced and welcoming staff collect the children from school or from their
after-school clubs. The children are given nutritious snacks
and drinks before they get stuck into all the exciting activities on offer.
Kidzone is also open during the school holidays from
8:30am – 6:00pm (half days from 8:30am – 1:00pm and
1:30pm – 6:00pm) and is available to any primary school age
child regardless of where they live or where they go to
school. We have holiday play schemes planned for the summer half-term 30 May to 3 June and for the summer break
from 25 July to 2 September.
The summer activities will be based on a theme of ‘Around
the World’ and many exciting events have already been
planned and more information will be available soon but, as
an example, last summer both the children and the Ofsted
Inspector all enjoyed the entertainment provided by a visiting drummer. We did get a ‘good’ Ofsted Report in spite of
the noise and mayhem.
the Criminal Records Bureau (as are the Management
Committee) and undergo relevant training.
So what are you waiting for? We are currently taking bookings for half-term at £16 per day (£8.50 half day). We will
shortly be announcing the summer play scheme and taking
bookings for the summer. All we ask is that you decide
which days you will need. We need to ask you to pay in
advance to secure your place but as we’ll only have 30 places
– don’t delay!
Please ring 01954 250025 or 251261 if you want to find out
more or if you would like to help on the Management
Committee. More volunteers are always welcome. Our AGM
will take place on Wednesday 15 June at Cottenham Village
College and anyone who has children of primary school age
or who will be starting school soon should come along and
hear about what we do.
Chair Kidzone Management Committee
Kidzone is a Registered Charity and is run by a voluntary
Management Committee, currently made up of parents. We
don’t make a profit and the fees are only intended to cover
staff costs and other overheads. Our staff are all checked by
COUNTY FRAMES of Cottenham
Competitive prices, personal
(we are not the shop on the High Street!)
service and professional results
for all types of framing work
If you: Know what you want – we can make it reality
Need inspiration and ideas – we can help
Want something different – no problem
Need it in a hurry – we can oblige
Large range of modern and traditional
Our customers come back to us time after time. Just ring for an appointment to visit our workshop in
Harlestones Road, Cottenham, (just off Lamb’s Lane). We are open when the rest are closed –
appointments available evenings and weekends!
Tel: 01954 251666 or Mobile: 07767 324959
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Brenda Gautrey Way C4, C5
Cross Keys Court
B5, C4, C3, C2
A4, B4, B3
A4, A5, B5
A3, B3, B4
Solid Wood Furniture
solid oak, ash, beech, cherry, pine and more
choice of finish and colour-matching service
extensive own modern and traditional
displayed in room settings in large showrooms
custom made service available
gifts and home accessories
Open Monday - Saturday 9am-5pm
105 High St, Cottenham, Cambridge
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USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS
Police ………………………………Community Beat Office……………………………………………………………01223 358966
Doctors ……………………………Dr. Julie Gould, 188 High Street …………………………………………………………250079
Dr. M. Grande, 42 Telegraph Street ……………………………………………………251180
Community Nurses ………………Answerphone or between 1.00 – 2.00 pm ……………………………………………251071
Cottenham CareCar ………………Co-ordinator, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm ………………………………………………………251837
Cottenham Day Centre ……………Mrs. M. Gilbey, 45 Victory Way …………………………………………………………251802
Cottenham Toy Library ……………Karen Wigley ………………………………………………………………………………252339
Dentist ………………………………Mr. Faber, Old Telephone Exchange, 40 Margett Street………………………………251696
Chemist ……………………………Co-operative Pharmacy Cottenham, 222 High Street …………………………………250556
Chiropodist …………………………J.R. Kain, 13 Pelham Close ………………………………………………………………251143
Osteopath …………………………Roger Giddings & Associates. Physic (Oakington Therapy Centre)
Oakington Road, Girton. email: [email protected] ……………………01223 237459
Veterinary Surgeon ………………R. Hughes-Parry, 66 High Street ………………………………………………………252122
Schools ……………………………Cottenham Village College and Community Office ……………………………………288944
County Primary, Lambs Lane ……………………………………………………………250227
Under Ones Group ……………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………250609
Pre-School …………………………Ladybirds Pre-School, Recreation Ground ……………………………………………250891
Out of School Club …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………250025
Scouts ………………………………Carol Gerrard (Scout Group Secretary) ………………………………………01954 202990
Council Offices ……………………Cambridgeshire Direct – County & District Council Enquiries ………………08450 450500
Clerk – Julie Groves, 44 Victory Way. e-mail: [email protected] …………202928
District Councillors …………………Jacky Dixon, e-mail: [email protected] …Home: 252083, Mobile: 07919 575190
Simon Edwards ………………………………Home: 01223 233682, Mobile: 07711 079089
Tim Wotherspoon, e-mail: [email protected] ………………………252108
County Councillor …………………Peter Stroude, e-mail: [email protected] . ……………………01223 237984
British Red Cross …………………Cambridge Office …………………………………………………………………01223 354434
Citizens Advice ……………………CAB, 72/74 Newmarket Road, Cambridge ……………………………………08701 264010
Social Services ……………………Histon Team ………………………………………………………………………01223 718011
Mobile Warden Service ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………251182
NSPCC ……………………………Cottenham Area Team, Peterborough …………………………………………01733 558245
RSPCA ……………………………Area Number, Peterborough ……………………………………………………0870 5555999
Samaritans …………………………Cambridge Centre …………………………………………………………………01223 364455
Railway Station ……………………Cambridge, Passenger Enquiries ………………………………………………0845 7484950
Driving Instruction …………………TOPS Driving School ……………………………………………………………………252239
Taxi …………………………………1st Stop Private Hire …………………………………………01954 261026 or 07919 385702
Taxi …………………………………Pegasus Taxi ………………………………………………………………………………261324
Library ………………………………Margett Street………………………………………………………………………………273322
Library Doorstep Service …………Hilary Firth …………………………………………………………………………01223 718358
Parish Church………………………The Rectory, 6 High Street ………………………………………………………………250454
Baptist Church. ……………………Jeff Boyden, 72 Lyles Road ………………………………………………………………250985
Catholic Church ……………………Fr David Paul, St Laurences Church, 91 Milton Road, Cambridge …………01223 704640
Methodist Church …………………The Rev’d. Cynthia Hardiman ……………………………………………………01223 700778
Salvation Army ……………………Majors Ian and Barbara Fawcett, 15 Pelham Close …………………………………250524
Royal British Legion ………………Matthew Baldry, 123 Coolidge Gardens. e-mail:[email protected] ………202797
Cottenham Brass Band……………Colin Watson, 39a Victory Way, Cottenham ……………………………………………250813
EDITOR & ENQUIRIES:
Eddie Murphy, 51 Margett Street, Cottenham, Tel: 01954 251700
e-mail: [email protected] web: www.cottenhamnews.org.uk
Peter Robertson, 30 Lyles Road, Cottenham, Tel: 200080
Paul Redman, Tel: 01954 203598
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