FESTIVAL FEVER by wuyunqing


										   ISSUE	NUMBER	99                                                          	                  JUNE/JULY	2007

Festival Fever
After two years, it’s back! The Fen Edge Family Festival      A major recent achievement was the long-awaited
is nearly upon us and there is surely something for           upgrading of the emergency access to Tenison Manor
everyone in the vast array of activity and entertainment      beside the doctors’ surgery on the High Street. Not
on offer on June 22, 23 and 24. In this edition of the        many people appreciate the amount of work that was
Newsletter we enclose an eight-page pull-out centre           required to force the developers to meet their contractual
section which is the festival programme. It is nicely         commitments and turn the access from an eyesore into the
produced and packed with details of the events,               pleasant thoroughfare that it now is.
timings, maps and much more.
I believe there are a few slots for stalls still vacant but   I must mention that our rector Michael Hore and family are
they are going fast, so if you would like to have a stall     moving on to serve the church in the very different parish
you had better get a move on and contact Wane Borg            of Upminster. Michael has served here for five years, some
on 01954 203295.                                              of them more eventful than any of us had bargained for.
                                                              Michael’s thoughtful leadership and determination were
In past Newsletters there has been correspondence
                                                              enormously valuable through this time. We wish him and
implying that there is some rivalry between the FEFF
                                                              his family the very best in their new parish.
and the Cottenham Feast. That the FEFF is for ‘new’
Cottenham while the feast is for ‘old’ Cottenham. I really
                                                              Each edition of the Newsletter is put on our website (www.
do not see the distinction myself and both events are
                                                              cottenhamnews.org.uk). It has been brought to my attention
major celebrations which everyone can enjoy. I would
                                                              that contributors may not be aware that any contribution
urge everyone to participate to the full in both events.
                                                              containing a person’s name and contact details will end
                            ***                               up on the Internet and can be found by anyone searching
                                                              using a search engine such as Google.
This edition of the Newsletter contains reports from
the district councillors and the parish council that          I would urge contributors not to put anything in the
were presented at the (well attended) annual parish           Newsletter they would not wish to have published on the
meeting on April 26th. The reports give an indication         Internet.
of the work being done on behalf of us all by some very
                                                              Eddie Murphy
dedicated people.
   2nd            Salvation Army, Jumble Sale, Salvation Army Barn 10:00am to 11:30am
   5th            Parish Council, Council Meeting, Village College Library, 7:30pm
   7th            Salvation Army, Coffee Morning, Salvation Army Barn 10:00am to 11:30am
   7th            Toy Library, Library Session, Salvation Army Barn, 2:00pm to 4:00pm
   13th           Women’s Institute, The history of John Lewis Partnership, Village College, 7:30pm
   14th           Coffee morning and fair trade sales, Baptist Church, 10:00am – 12:00pm
   14th           Parish Council, Planning Committee, Council Office Watson’s Yard, 7:15pm
   21st           Salvation Army, Coffee Morning, Salvation Army Barn 10:00am to 11:30am
   21st           Toy Library, Library Session, Salvation Army Barn, 2:00pm to 4:00pm
   22, 23, 24th   Fen Edge Family Festival
   28th           Coffee morning and fair trade sales, Baptist Church, 10:00am – 12:00pm
   28th           Parish Council, Planning Committee, Council Office Watson’s Yard, 7:15pm
   29th           Gardeners Club, Village College, 7:45pm

  3rd             Parish Council, Council Meeting, Village College Library, 7:30pm
  5th             Salvation Army, Jumble Sale, Salvation Army Barn 10:00am to 11:30am
  5th             Toy Library, Library Session, Salvation Army Barn, 2:00pm to 4:00pm
  11th            Women’s Institute, Garden Party at 123 High Street, Village College, 7:30pm
  12th            Coffee morning and fair trade sales, Baptist Church, 10:00am – 12:00pm
  12th            Parish Council, Planning Committee, Council Office Watson’s Yard, 7:15pm
  14/15/16        Salvation Army, Flower Festival, Salvation Army Hall
  19th            Salvation Army, Coffee Morning, Salvation Army Barn 10:00am to 11:30am
  19th            Toy Library, Library Session, Salvation Army Barn, 2:00pm to 4:00pm
  21/22           Salvation Army, Reunion weekend, Salvation Army Hall 10:00am to 11:30am
  26th            Coffee morning and fair trade sales, Baptist Church, 10:00am – 12:00pm
  26th            Parish Council, Planning Committee, Council Office Watson’s Yard, 7:15pm

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                             .........                           Campbell on 01223 832928 or 07711 675613.
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carpentry services All types of carpentry undertaken.            wedding or party celebration? Cottenham
No job too big or small. Tel: 01954 200373 or 07974              Scout and Guide Canoe Club have a 20 x 40 ft (6 x 12m)
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                             .........                           also available. Contact Ian Griffiths 251798 or email
made to measure gates railings and                               ian.griffiths26@ntlworld.com Photographs available.
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continued from previous page                                        you know anyone who would be interested in swapping a
                                                                    smart, beautifully appointed 3 bedroomed flat in Dagenham
                              .........                             (new high spec kitchen etc) for a 3 bedroomed property in
Furniture polishing and repair Polishing                            Cambridge/surrounding villages – condition unimportant? If
and restoration of antique (and not so antique) furniture           so, please call Richard on 0781 0808747.
by a local restorer in Cottenham. Call Rob Ellis on                                               .........
01954 250153.                                                       vacancy: administrative support A bright, self-
                              .........                             confident person is required to join a strategic agricultural
painting and decorating contractor All internal                     consultancy in Cottenham, Cambridgeshire. Depending on
and external work carried out to a high standard. Please call for   the skills of the successful candidate, the work could include
a free, no obligation quote for any decorating requirements you     admin, client support and updating our website. Applicants
might have. Trade references can be supplied and a prompt           should be conversant with Microsoft Word and Excel. He/she
and polite service is guaranteed. Tel: 01954 230810, Mobile         should be numerate and able to demonstrate good use of
07717 493723.                                                       English and attention to detail. We are keen to build on the
                              .........                             strengths of the successful applicant and the post has the
exchange wanted Lovely 2-bedroom house with                         potential to develop to make the most of the candidate’s skills
garden in Bar Hill for 3-bedroom house in Cottenham. Call           and strengths. The post will be part-time (1–3 days per week)
Sharon on 07944 626374.                                             – possibly “school hours”. Pay rate would depend on the
                              .........                             experience and capability of the successful candidate. Start
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with basket in good condition. Serviced with 2 new                  a CV to: Christine Ward, Increment Ltd, 11 Margett Street,
batteries (at a cost of £200) in November 2006. £390.               Cottenham, Cambridge, CB24 8QY, or e-mail:
Tel: 01954 200309.                                                  chris.ward@increment.co.uk
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experienced italian native speaker offers                           caretaker required – light maintenance work and
individual and group Italian tuition. Call Patrizia on 01954        small DIY jobs. Approximately 4 hours/month, £6 /hour.
252876.                                                             Need to be flexible as time will vary. Could suit retired person.
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home         improvements.              hollands         home                                     .........
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private physiotherapy and sports injuries                           reliable cleaner required Two hours a week. Tel:
service available at the Lewis House Surgery in Cottenham           01954 251837.
with Tiffany de la Cour BSc. MCSP. Tiffany graduated as a                                         .........
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Southampton. In addition to being a member of the Chartered         motors. £350. Tel: 01954 251837.
Society of Physiotherapy, she is registered with the Health                                       .........
Professions Council and the International Institute of Sports       Flymo ‘mow’n’vac’ mower For sale (see Argos
Therapists. Tiffany has a particular interest in sports injuries    Catalogue page 80 item 4). Working order. £10.00 which will
and the treatment of back pain and musculo-skeletal problems.       go to Cottenham Newsletter Charity. Tel: 01954 250014.
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Olympic athletes and is recognised by most major medical            Why	 not	 advertise	 in	 the	 newsletter?	 Items	 for	 sale,	
insurance companies. For further information or to make an          announcement	of	family	events...	5p	per	word,	with	all	
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urgent! Can you help me? My much loved uncle, who
is like a father to me, is in failing health. I desperately need    Cheques	 should	 be	 made	 payable	 to	 ‘Cottenham	
to move to the Cambridgeshire area to be near him. Do               Newsletter’.
        summer                                                sight group
                                                              Cottenham Sight is a support/friendship group for
                                                              people with visual impairment. We are now in our 5th
                                                              year and our numbers are growing. The group offers a
                                                              variety of speakers, trips, games and events throughout
On Sunday 24 June at 8:00pm Choir 2000 and the                the year.
Cambridge Orchestra under the direction of Grayston
Burgess will perform an all-Mozart programme in West          Could you give a few hours each month and come and
Road Concert Hall, Cambridge. The Choir will be joined        talk, make tea, drive and generally help with people
by Denise Leigh (the brilliant blind soprano of Operatunity   within your own community? In return we offer volunteer
fame), Amy Moore, Karen Humphrey, Nicholas Bewes and          training and a rewarding experience. If you are visually
Robert Douglas Williams in a performance of the Vesperae      impaired and would like to join our group we would be
Solennes de Confessore and the Great Mass in C-minor.         delighted to meet you.
The Cambridge Orchestra will also perform the Overture
to Don Giovanni.                                               Please contact Julie at Cam Sight on 01223 420033.
Tickets @ £12.00 (concessions £10.00, under 16s free)
will be available from Choir members or from the Cambridge
Arts Theatre Box Office (Tel. 01223 503333).

On Saturday 23 June at 8:00pm Choir 2000 will perform
the same programme with organ (organist: Douglas Paine)
at the Baptist Church in Histon, when the Don Giovanni
Overture will be replaced by Mozart’s Ave Verum.

Admission will be by programme @ £10.00 (concessions
£8.00, under 16s free) available from choir members or
from Jane’s Frames or OCE Beauty Studio, Histon.

For further information please contact 01223 561635 or
visit our website: www.choir2000.org.
village Design                                                         BirD report
    group                                                       Bird migration is something which has fascinated people
                                                                for centuries, and for a long time it was not understood at
                                                                all. It was thought that birds spent the winter hiding in caves
The Cottenham Village Design Group (CVDG) is working            or even in the mud at the bottom of ponds. Nowadays of
with residents to update the village design statement           course, with observation stations all over the world, we
(VDS). Thanks to everyone that showed interest in our           know better, but it is still an intriguing subject.
manned stands, public meetings, Cottenham Newsletter
                                                                Why is it that some birds migrate and others do not? Why
and Fen Edge News articles last year.
                                                                do some small birds choose to fly thousands of miles with
The original VDS was a document compiled by a cross-            heavy loss of life? The answer apparently lies partly in
section of Cottenham residents. The 1994 draft was              the climate but mainly in the search for food. Birds which
provided to all households and other relevant organisations     feed mostly on flies and other insects will not find them
and the feedback was used to create the published               in winter in Britain. So they fly south where they can find
VDS document. The aim of the document was to help               them in abundance.
Cottenham to keep its unique history and character. The         Some common birds such as robins and blackbirds also
VDS was adopted as supplementary planning guidance by           migrate but only within Britain, so that the common birds,
South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC) and has            which we see in our gardens now may not be the same
subsequently been used to assess planning applications          ones that we see in winter. Whatever the reasons for the
in Cottenham. You can see the original document online          movement of birds, most birders get a real buzz when they
at http://www.cvdg.org/designstatement.pdf.                     see or hear a migrating bird return to this country.
So why do we need to update the 1994 Village Design             These are my dates for my first sighting of returning birds
Statement? New content is due to be included based on           this year:
experience using the current VDS. Users have highlighted        March 10th chiffchaff
some omissions; for instance green energy was not               March 12th blackcap
included in the original document but is of general interest    April 11th willow warbler
today. SCDC are updating their planning documentation           April 18th swallow, house martin
to comply with new government legislation. The updated          April 22nd cuckoo
VDS will be submitted for acceptance as a supplementary         April 24th turtle dove, whitethroat
planning document (SPD) within the Local Development
                                                                I am still waiting eagerly to see the first swifts in the sky,
Framework (LDF). You can review the LDF at http://
                                                                the first flycatcher in the garden and the first terns on the
                                                                Great Ouse.
So why do we need a public consultation? One of the             I have always maintained that birdwatching is the best
most important characteristics of the VDS is that it should     outdoor pursuit to be enjoyed from inside the house! This
represent the views of a wide cross-section of residents.       year I have the treat of a green woodpecker’s nest in a
What is the public consultation? The draft VDS will be          willow tree not far from the house.
available for anyone to read and submit comments during         The rain which fell here in early March has made a big
a four to six week period. This will include a public meeting   difference to the lagoon and lakes on Long Drove, so that
to raise awareness, distribution of the draft VDS and           there are now some good birds to be seen there once again,
careful review of residents’ feedback.                          including mallard, tufted duck, shelduck, coot, moorhen,
                                                                lapwing, oyster catcher, heron and a variety of gulls.
The public meeting will be held to give residents an
opportunity to find out more about the draft VDS. Look          On a recent drive to Wilburton I saw a barn owl perched
out for details of the time, date and location of the meeting   on a post at the side of the road in broad daylight and a
nearer the time. CVDG members will be available at the          great spotted woodpecker on a telegraph pole!
meeting to answer questions. SCDC will also be present          The bird world is full of surprises!
at the meeting.                                                 Jasper Kay
                                                               chance to talk to some people who lived through the war
                                                               and have a go at making some gas masks. A day with
                                                               the Egyptians to make a Scarab Beetle box and some

            summer!                                            jewellery with a mummy or two thrown in for fun. A day
                                                               in the 60s/70s when you can design your own camper
                                                               van and flower power is the name of the day; and finally
Mums, Dads, Grannies, Grandads and all carers’ do you          into the future, where we will be using our imaginations to
remember this from last year: “I’m bored” – “What can I do     design a futuristic item of your choice.
now?” – “What are we doing today?” – “That’s boring!”
Don’t despair, Kidzone is here!! If your child is of primary   BRAINIACS	 WEEK	 – a week of scientific exploration
school age then we’d love to see them.                         including a visit from Seek*, making our very own lava
                                                               lamps, carrying out our own experiments day making some
KIDS – want to have some fun? Come and join us at              exploding rockets and much more. (*Seek are “Science &
Kidzone. In addition to our mega exciting programme            Engineering Experiments for Kids).
(just take a look below) we have a construction corner
(lego, k-nex and lots more), oodles of art equipment, a        We do full days from 8:30am – 6:00pm or half days from
cupboard bursting with toys and a home corner which can        8:30am – 12:30pm or 1:00pm – 6:00pm, so why not
be anything, from a hairdressers to a restaurant; let your     come and join us? It’s gonna be fun!
imagination take you where you want to play! And, just         For further information or a booking form please ring
for you, we have organised the following activities for the    (01954) 250025.
summer holidays.
                                                               Wendy Reynolds,
ARTS	&	CRAFTS	WEEK	– a week of making an assortment
of things from bean mosaics, collage placemats and             Club Leader
pottery, to enjoying the outdoors with some water paints
(move over van Gogh and Picasso!!) and making our very
own individual enchanted gardens.                                     toy liBrary
NATURE	 WEEK	 – at one with nature we will be leaf             We have lots planned for the summer months for the
printing and bark rubbing, foraging on our scavenger hunt      children. The Toy Library is again running the pre-school
to find the treasures of nature, cooking up some creepy        fun-day at the Village Festival. Come and see us on the
crawlie delights on our bug day, making bird boxes and         village green on Friday 22nd June, 11:00am – 3:00pm
food for our feathered friends and all capped off with a       for lots of fun. A programme of activities will be available
nature walk.                                                   nearer the time.
MUSIC	WEEK	– we will be rocking and rolling in our very
own diner, making some bling bling jewellery on Diva’s         There is also our annual teddy bears’ picnic which will be
and Rappers day. For Country and Western we will be            held in July (date to be confirmed), and our ever-popular
having a go at lassoing, making some Indian headdresses        messy play sessions which are held throughout the
and maybe a gunfight at the OK Kidzone Corrall. You’ll         summer holidays.
have to put your thinking caps on for Pop Quiz day and a       Look out for posters in the village, or come along to our
visit to the Classics.                                         sessions, for more information on our summer events.
SUPER	HERO	WEEK	– design your very own Super Hero
                                                               Please come and visit us at our regular Toy Library
costume. Can you save the day on our “solve a mystery
                                                               sessions, they are held on the first and third Thursday of
day”? You will need all your super hero strength to get you
                                                               each month from 2:00 - 4:00pm behind 184 High Street,
through our assault course! To keep our Super Heroes
                                                               Cottenham in the Salvation Army Barn.
on their toes, we’ll need some super villains too. We’ll be
testing those Super Hero brainpowers too with a quiz.          Email us on: info@cottenhamtoylibrary.co.uk
THROUGH	THE	AGES	– from the Romans to the Future:
                                                               Ring Caroline Dethridge on 01954 251155 or Yvonne
We will be making togas and recreating our very own
                                                               Walsh on 01954 201748
Gladiator arena, a World War II day when we have the
parish CounCil                                                    milton
The following matters have been discussed at recent
Council Meetings :                                             Country parK –
                                                               venue For hire
•	Dog	Bins	– Much has been said about the use of dog
bins, so can we stress that it is essential to use the bins,
and not leave any plastic bags lying about or hanging on
fencing near a dog bin, just because it happens to be          Set in beautiful South Cambridgeshire countryside, just
full. This has happened near to the Moat area in Tenison       off the A10/A14 junction, the Milton Country Park Visitor
Manor; there is no guarantee that any bag not in the bin       Centre is available to hire for meetings and social events
will be collected.                                             such as birthday and anniversary parties.
                                                               The room holds up to a maximum of 50 people (seated).
•	 Change	 of	 Councillors	 – Stephen Rodway has
resigned due to personal and business reasons, and he          For information on availability and cost please visit
has been replaced by Matt Bradney. We thank Stephen            http://www.scambs.gov.uk/LeisureandCulture/
for his service, and welcome Matt to the Council. Matt will    MiltonCountryPark/Facilities/Hiringthevisitorcentre.htm or
be well known to many of you as he is a County Councillor      call 01223 420060.
as well.

•	 Old	 Village	 Green	 – In view of the fact that many of
you became concerned as to the discussions the Council
                                                                  host Families
were holding regarding a request to allow the use of mini
motor bikes, may we confirm that the only usage of the Old          wanteD
Village Green is for walking and dog walking.
                                                               Cultural Homestay in Europe organises home stay
•	 Emergency	 Access	 –	 You will be aware by now that         programmes for Japanese students. The students stay for
the necessary work has been completed. Please ensure           approx. three weeks to learn English. We are looking for
that you do not park on the roadway leading to the Tenison     families who would like to welcome a student in their home
Manor Estate so that there is clear access to the estate       to give them an experience of life with a family in Britain.
for emergency vehicles. The only matter outstanding is the     Payment is given for the placement.
question of who will maintain the site.
                                                               If you are interested or would like more information please
David Mudd,                                                    contact: Karen Aspinall. Tel: 01480 385579, Mobile:
Cottenham Parish Council                                       07851 639158.
             loCal                                                   laDyBirD
            Charities                                            extension plans
I wonder how many residents of Cottenham are aware that         get the go aheaD!
there are over 30 charities in our Parish that are registered
                                                                Just when we thought we’d have to throw in the towel,
with the Charity Commission? Many of these charities are for
                                                                scale down the extension plans or, worse still, return the
specific activities such as Church groups, Young Farmers,
                                                                donations we had already received, a phone call one
the WI, Mobile Warden, the King George recreation
                                                                afternoon changed everything.
ground, play groups, schools and further education, and
the income is used to support and further these activities.     The power of the written word, parent action (over 250
Other charities are registered to support those on low          letters and a petition), Cambridge Evening News, James
income, to give grants to assist with education and             Paice MP, County Councillors, staff and parent committees
generally to support parishioners who are having difficulty     past and present all contributed towards persuading the
experiencing a reasonable life style because they cannot        Local Authority to provide a further £70,000 to Ladybirds.
afford what many would consider basic necessities.              We made it! So well done to everyone and thank you to
                                                                the village of Cottenham for supporting us.
The John Moreton Almshouse Charity was founded by
a bequest in 1671 and the Trustees will be celebrating          We would especially like to thank the Parish Council for
on 1st June the completion of the renovation of the             their help and support, and our trustees, in particular David
seven Almshouses where individuals or couples are               Mudd, Robert Clark and Amanda Norman (Treasurer of
encouraged to live independently with the support of the        the extension committee), who have provided support and
Trustees. This is private, social housing and is not under      encouragement.
the jurisdiction of the Local Authority but financed by the     The ‘Buy a Brick’ appeal is still open. The new room will
John Moreton Trust.                                             need to be furnished and equipped and we have ambitious
Cottenham United Charity is an amalgamation of four             plans for the garden. Bricks cost from £1 and donations
charities, the prime one dating from 1703 when Catherine        can be made through Ladybirds reception. Many thanks
Pepys, widow of Thomas Hobson (of Hobson’s Choice               for the generous donations received so far.
fame), provided funds for a school in Cottenham and left        Fundraising over the summer will focus on the Fen Edge
bequests to support Parishioners on low income. The             Festival weekend, summer teas, beetle drive and bingo.
Rampton Road allotments are owned by this charity and           Please come along to any or all events and have fun while
the income from letting is used, together with the bequest,     supporting Ladybirds.
to give grants to those who cannot afford to purchase           Joann Leeding, Chairperson, Ladybirds Committee
essential equipment and it also gives grants to about 30
individuals on low income at Christmas. Other Cottenham
charities that support those on state benefit are the Dr John
Fitz William charity and the Sarah Anne Wallis Bequest.
The Cottenham British School Trust, The Rogers Exhibition,
Jane Brigham charity and Alice Rogers charity provides
funds for individuals or schools to further educational
needs and support apprentices.
Information on all these charities can be found by searching
www.charity-commission.gov.uk . The web site gives the
contact details and the library can assist those who do not
have access to a computer. For Cottenham United Charities
and to find out about vacancies in the Almshouses please
contact Malcolm Dee (01954 250387).
    summer                                                     gas memories
  aCaDemy 2007                                               My young family and I have recently moved into the old
                                                             Gas Showroom in Lambs Lane. It has a lovely history
                                                             dating back to the late 1880s when it manufactured gas
Following last year’s popular workshops’ SNAP! Creatives     for Cottenham’s street lights (history says that to save on
return to South Cambridgeshire for four weeks in August.     gas the lights weren’t lit two days before or after a full
If you are aged 8 to 16 you can join the Summer Academy      moon!) Latterly, it was a gas showroom for Cottenham
for daily classes in movement, drama, voice training         residents to buy gas appliances to use with the gas that
and ensemble rehearsal. There will be plenty of time for     was then piped into the village. It held cookery evenings
socialising and an opportunity to give a live performance    for people to learn how to cook on the gas stoves it sold.
to family and friends. You don’t need any experience – but
                                                             It has also been a toy shop and hardware store amongst
you do need to be enthusiastic, willing to work hard and
                                                             other things over the past 80 years – planning permission
to have lots of fun!
                                                             was given for it to be converted to a Funeral Directors!
                                                             One lady recounted taking piano lessons there in the
6 – 10 August  Linton Village College –
                                                             1960s. Another person talked of ‘Gassy’ Moore who ran
               The Wizard of Oz
                                                             the site. There is an interesting covenant in the deeds that
13 – 17 August Melbourn Village College –
                                                             says we can’t sell canoes from the site!
20 – 24 August Impington Village College –                   We would love to hear more about both the gas works (pre
               The Jungle Book                               1935) and the gas showroom (post 1935) – if you have
27 – 31 August Swavesey Village College –                    any memories that help us paint a picture of the history
               The Wizard of Oz                              please get in touch. Our aim is to try and bring back the
                                                             original 1930s features of the shop but have little to work
Classes are run by a team of professionals from 8:30am       from. We would love to find out about what the showroom
– 5:30pm each day. Participants must attend a full week.     looked like when it had the gas appliances in it.
The cost per week is £95 or £85 for additional children      We have already investigated the internet, and the
in the same family. For booking information contact your     ‘Cottenham in Focus’ book but are particularly keen to talk
local arts development manager Amy Wormald on 01954          to the more mature residents of Cottenham who may have
288748 or amy@start-arts.org.uk                              other stories to tell. Or if you have any photos we could
                                                             view, it would be appreciated!
                                                             Melanie Lerway,
                                                             Email: melanielerway@ntlworld.com
                                                             Tel: 01954 205956
    DistriCt CounCillors’ annual
          report summary
The municipal year started off with a real sense of change      Concessionary	Bus	Fares
at South Cambs. Despite no one political party having
                                                                The difficulties with the concessionary fares highlighted the
overall control the Liberal Democrat group withdrew
                                                                need for local authorities to work together in partnership,
from cabinet, taking the Leader, Councillor Sebastian
                                                                and this is no doubt a theme that we will be needing to
Kindersley, with them, and announced they were forming
                                                                repeat often in the future. After lengthy negotiations, the
an official “opposition”. They felt the Conservative group’s
                                                                scheme was revamped so that men and women over 60
2006 election campaign undermined the consensus they
                                                                can travel free on local buses to any destination within
had signed up to.
                                                                Cambridgeshire and Peterborough (and some beyond)
So, the 2006/7 executive comprised Conservative and             after 9:30am Monday to Friday and all day at weekends
Independent members, in a kind of forced coalition,             and public holidays.
although no formal agreement was ever signed. I was
delighted to be elected to cabinet by my fellow Independent
members, and took the Resources, Staffing, Information          The Council had a catastrophic 2005 when the government
and Customer services portfolio.                                announced capping our budget by £2.6 million. I said
                                                                then, and I believe I was correct, that we would not feel
Six months into the year David Bard was succeeded as
                                                                the full impact until 2006/7. Another £1.1 million shaved
Leader by Ray Manning, and in the accompanying “re-
                                                                off the budget in 2006/7 meant a total cut of around 25%
shuffle” I became Deputy Leader. From a personal point
                                                                in two years. To have managed this with only minor cuts
of view, I am delighted to be able to serve in this capacity,
                                                                in services is, in all honesty, quite amazing, but I am sure
and I hope that I can use the additional influence I now
                                                                as 2007 progresses we shall see the full impact of these
have for the benefit of our ward.
                                                                savings more and more.
                                                                Milton	Country	Park
The whole Traveller situation seems to be one of those
                                                                One such impact is being felt at Milton Country Park.
terribly frustrating long-winded drawn-out processes that
                                                                It is heartbreaking to even have to consider closing the
have the potential to burn people out before a resolution is
                                                                park, but if the money isn’t there to keep it open we might
found, but at last we saw a small victory in the clearance
                                                                have no alternative. Officers and members are working
of illegal pitches at “Pine View” in November 2006. It was
                                                                incredibly hard to try to put together a deal where the park
wonderful to see the operation completed without too
                                                                can be taken over by another body. I remain hopeful that
much disruption and lawlessness, but the area was left
                                                                we can find a suitable partner to take on the park and its
in a rather stark and sanitised condition out of keeping
                                                                long term future will be secured.
with the rest of the landscape. It brought home the
enormous mountain we have yet to climb not only to rectify      Sheltered	Housing	Review
the remaining breaches of planning control but equally
                                                                The sheltered housing service for older people wanting extra
importantly to restore the Fen to its former glory.
                                                                support but remaining independent is funded from three
The	Local	Development	Framework                                 sources: charges levied on tenants, the County Council’s
                                                                Supporting People Fund (falling 30% over the next 5 years)
It was a superb achievement for our Core Strategy to be
                                                                and the District Council’s housing revenue account.
first to be judged “sound” by an inspector, and then in
January 2007 the first in the country to be adopted by          A County-wide review suggested that South Cambs was
a council. It is now also the first to be challenged (by an     ‘overprovided’ with sheltered housing, and had higher
aggrieved developer) in the High Court!                         staffing levels. The 1500 people in sheltered schemes
                                                                were effectively being subsidised by other rent-payers
We were disappointed, however, by the inspector’s initial
                                                                to the tune of approximately £900,000 per year. This
indications about Northstowe: an increase to 10,000
                                                                prompted an extensive review of the South Cambs service
dwellings, removal of the minimum 200 metres green
                                                                in 2005/6.
separation and the restriction on “urban” open land uses
within it, and deletion of the country parks. The inspector     It is a tribute to the dedication of our wardens that petitions
also dismissed the Fairfield proposals for extending the        were received from residents of five of our 45 sheltered
new town this side of the Guided Busway.                        housing schemes, including Franklin Gardens, expressing
                                                                disappointment with proposals for moving sheltered
Joint	Planning	Arrangements
                                                                housing staff off-site. The strength of feeling prompted a
The government have required us to set up joint committees      meeting to hear the petitioners’ concerns.
for the Growth Areas, mainly because these vast
                                                                The situation is under review now that the new arrangements
developments involve combinations of the District, County
                                                                have been in operation for twelve months. Residents in
and City Councils, in that some cross the boundaries of
                                                                two of the three administrative areas are pleased with
South Cambs and the City, and all of them have provision
                                                                the way things are settling down, and we are addressing
of new highways and schools which are the responsibility
                                                                points still at issue in the third.
of the County Council.
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continued from previous page                                    within 20 seconds, and we aim to ensure 80% of all calls
Local	Reference	Rents                                           are dealt with by the contact centre themselves, rather
                                                                than transferring you to someone in the “back office”.
Postcode changes last year moved Cottenham from “Outer
Cambridge” to “South Cambridgeshire” in the Rent Service        Setting ourselves specific service standards like these
computer system, resulting in lower Local Reference Rents       is one thing; making sure we actually perform to these
set by this central government agency, and reduced housing      standards is another! The project marks a culture-change
benefits, but thanks to our lobbying the Rent Service agreed    from the Council’s historical almost obsessive approach to
to reinstate Cottenham as before.                               internal process and procedures to becoming an outward
                                                                facing, customer focused organisation.
Neighbourhood	Policing
We are sorry to be losing PCSO Jackie King, though
for the time being she will continue her connection with        To concentrate Councillors on strategic thinking, the
Cottenham Village College, where she played a key role          number of full Council meetings will be almost halved
in setting up the lunch pass scheme as an incentive to          next year. And to improve community engagement, some
good behaviour by students during the lunchbreak. We            Cabinet meetings and Scrutiny and Overview Committee
look forward to working with her successor PCSO Diana           meetings will be held in the evening, and some may even
Neill, and we are confident that our dedicated Community        be held at other places besides Cambourne.
Beat Manager PC Paul Rogerson will ensure continuity.           Awards
Corporate	Governance	Inspection                                 2006/7 wasn’t all bad news. Services continued to be
One of the most difficult things to get across to residents     provided to a high standard, and the Council won several
is that this inspection was about the governance                awards, including a Planning and Regulatory Services
arrangements at the Council, and was not necessarily            Online award for our internet access to application and
a measure of the services the Council provides.                 appeal documents and drawings.
Procedures were found to be failing in three of the four        Thanks
areas inspected. This in turn was preventing the Council
from improving its services.                                    Through the Local Strategic Partnership, Cambridgeshire
                                                                Horizons and other bodies we are forging ever-
However, the attitude of the new leadership and its             closer cooperation between the District Council and
commitment to putting things right meant that the Audit         Cambridgeshire County Council.
Commission did not refer the Council to the Secretary of
State in order to put us into “Special Measures”, where         Cottenham Parish Council is acknowledged for its
the government step in to take over the running.                competence by all the other bodies they work with, and I am
                                                                grateful as always for their support and understanding.
Our Improvement Board, which includes outside observers,
                                                                Simon Edwards
have endorsed our improvement plan, and Cecilia Tredget,
deputy chief executive at East Cambridgeshire District
Council, has been seconded for twelve months to be our
Improvement Manager.
2nd	Tier	Re-organisation
Following on from the Transformation Project, initiated in
2005, the District Council has restructured its 2nd tier
officers, streamlining the complement from nine Heads of
Service down to five Corporate Managers.
Service	First
If you write us a letter we will endeavour to reply within 10
working days. If you ring us and leave a voicemail message
we will endeavour to ring you back within 24 hours. If you
ring the contact centre, we aim to answer 95% of calls
                         moving on                            made friendships, established ourselves in the activities of
                                                              the village, and been drawn into the life of the community.
                                                              We will remember our time in Cottenham with great
                                                              affection. Not everything has been plain sailing – of
                                                              course; it never is. Cottenham is a living community that
                                                              shares its mixture of joys and troubles with any resident
                                                              – not least with the Rector. And how could we ever forget
                                                              the ‘Traveller Issue’ that was so dominated our village
                                                              community a few years ago? However, practically all our
                                                              experiences have been positive; our abiding memories will
                                                              be of kindness, enjoyment and fellowship.
                                                              Leaving Cottenham will mean that my name will now take
                                                              its place on the long list of past Rectors shown on the
                                                              board in All Saints’ Church. My part in the history of the
                                                              village has been a small one. Nevertheless, it has been a
At the end of May the Rector of All Saints’ Church,           privilege to serve here for the past five years.
Cottenham left the village. He has moved with his family to   Michael Hore
a new job as Rector of St Laurence’s Church, Upminster.
He writes as follows:
The clergy are not unique, but we do lead a strange life!
                                                                Cottenham v.C.
Five years ago I moved with my family into Cottenham          summer sChool 2007
Rectory. The Rector is immediately accepted as part of the
village community. He finds himself sharing people’s lives    Monday 30th July – Friday 3rd August
at a deep level. He is recognised in the Co-op, greeted
                                                              This year we are offering 27 courses lasting from 3–5
in the High Street and talked about in the pubs. Then he
                                                              days. All courses are led by excellent tutors. Come and
leaves and the whole process starts over again.
                                                              enjoy learning a new skill, with a nice lunch provided every
Although we never intended to stay in Cottenham for the       day. For more information ring the Community Office
rest of our lives, it is not easy for us to leave. We have    01954 288751.
   liBrary news                                              Cps governors
I must begin by thanking Cottenham Parish Council            I have written several articles over the months now, and
for their kind donation towards the Children’s Reading       I hope they have started to give you a feel for the work
Challenge to be held again this year at the library          that goes on behind the scenes in a busy Primary School.
during the school holiday. Organised by the Reading          Governors are there and part of that work, and proud to be
Agency, the scheme is aimed at encouraging children          so. So who are the governors?
to visit their library and in doing so keep reading during
the long summer break from school by finishing at            At Cottenham Primary School, we have a governing body
least one book a week. We will provide more details          of 18 people. These are divided up into:
nearer the time, but the Children’s librarian for our        • Staff governors & parent governors (these two groups
area will be visiting schools to explain how you can         being elected by the relevant people).
collect stickers etc along the way and eventually
                                                             • Local Authority governors (strictly speaking appointments
receive a medal/certificate at an award ceremony
                                                             made by the Local Authority, but often people nominated
usually held in September. It does not matter if you
                                                             by the Governing Body themselves).
will be away for some of the holiday, you will still be
able to participate and make up the time. Enrolment          • Community governors, selected by the governing body,
forms will be sent to schools towards the end of term        and being people who represent the local community.
or you can sign up at the library. Last year over 50
children completed the Challenge so let’s see if we          We are all just “ordinary people”. Of different ages and
can do even better in 2007.                                  different backgrounds, we hope to represent all aspects
                                                             of the school and wider community. Parents, business
On April 18th we were pleased to welcome three               people, teachers, retired people all have so much to give.
Reception Classes from Cottenham Primary School.
Mrs White, Mr Baggley and Mrs Parrott all brought            Once on the governing body, we are all equal members.
their pupils down to visit and after a brief explanation     Each year, we appoint our chair, vice chair and so on. All
on how a library works and some stories and rhymes           governors have a 4 year term of office, and what role they
each child took a book out on their ticket. We were          take on within that time is down to their expertise and
pleased to enrol over 30 new members as a result             ability to commit their time.
of the visit and hope this will encourage parents and
siblings to join too.                                        So, here comes the crunch point. Not surprisingly, with
                                                             such a big group of people, we regularly have vacancies.
In May we look forward to welcoming Lewis, a pupil           We have one at the moment, and likely to need others in the
from Cottenham Village College, who will be working          near future. Could you be a governor? Are you retired with
with us for three months as the Community Service            some spare time? Are you a business person with financial
Section of his Duke of Edinburgh Award.                      expertise who could join in with the finance committee?
                                                             Are you a local person who has always wondered how
I am sure that many of you will be busy taking part in       schools really work?
the Family Festival in June. Please find time to come
and visit our stall on the Green on the Saturday. We         If you think you might be interested in being a governor,
look forward to seeing you then.                             or would just like to know more, please contact me,
                                                             the current chair of governors, via the school (office@
Helen Richardson,                                            cottenham.cambs.sch.uk). I would be happy to talk with
Library Supervisor                                           you about it. It is such a rewarding and interesting thing
                                                             to do. Not only do you have the chance to give to a really
                                                             important part of the community, but you also get to learn
                                                             so much. Is it for you? Why not have a go!

                                                             Sue Arnold
   parish CounCil annual report
This is the Annual Report of Cottenham Parish Council for        The Council supported the action taken at Pine View
2007. You will find details of how the Council spent its money   Traveller Site, and continues to support all actions which
in 2006/07 and how the Council funds this expenditure.           may be taken by SCDC in order to comply with the
                                                                 Inspectors’ decision in regard to Victoria View.
During the year Stephen Rodway resigned from the
Parish Council and we thank him for his contributions. We        In addition to the work being undertaken by the District
welcome his replacement Matt Bradney.                            Council to identify future land for Traveller and Gypsy
                                                                 accommodation we have suggested a search to identify
Elections were held in 2006 for the Parish Council seats.
                                                                 council-owned land of less than one acre for suitability as
However vacancies do arise from time to time. If you are
                                                                 legal residential sites.
interested please contact the Clerk or speak to a Councillor
about our work and how to stand.                                 Emergency	Access/Path	&	Cycle	Way	Tenison	Manor	
Finance                                                          The work began at the beginning of March and has just been
                                                                 completed recently. Persimmon, the developers, are keen
The precept for 2006/7 was £105,000, which for a Band
                                                                 for the Parish to take over the maintenance responsibility
D property was £44.79 per household, approximately
                                                                 for this area and have offered a sum of £3000 for us to do
32p per week per resident. The Parish Council has set a
                                                                 so, at present we have not entered into any agreement, for
precept of £124,500, for 2007/8, which will be £53.01
                                                                 although Highways have inspected the area & are happy
for a band D property, a rise of £8.22, approximately 38p
                                                                 with the standard of work, they have advised us that a sum
per week per resident.
                                                                 of £20,000 would be needed to maintain this access for
As in previous years none of the Councillors received an         a period of 20 years.
allowance for their role on the Council.
                                                                 We hope the improvements will be welcomed both by
This year we received a grant of £6,500 from SCDC                residents and the Doctors Surgery, the rear of which has
towards the cost of drainage at the recreation ground.           been a hotspot for antisocial behaviour in the past.
Regular	Commitments                                              This will mean that the unofficial parking which has occurred
                                                                 in this area will now have to cease, as it will cause obstruction
Parish Council has a number of responsibilities within the
                                                                 not only to pedestrians, cyclists, and any emergency vehicles
                                                                 but also access to the doctors car park.
• Maintain the Green
• Recreation Ground, the playground, the Village Pound           Transfer on Brenda Gautrey Way has not occurred due to a
     and the Old Village Green/Recreation Ground on              dispute regarding the ownership of the adjacent watercourse
     Broad Lane                                                  and its maintenance, the same is true of the balancing pond
• The War Memorial & Village sign                                on Broad Lane and its associated drains. Both these areas
• Bus shelters                                                   are currently under the ownership of the relevant developers
• Litter bins (providing & emptying) and dog bins (providing)    who still have the responsibility of maintaining them.
• Since April 2006 we will also have responsibility for
                                                                 We have sought advice from Cambridgeshire Horizons
     approximately 30 street lights
                                                                 and Mr Stephen Catchpole CEO is arranging a meeting
• Christmas carol concert
                                                                 with us, Anglian Water & the Environment Agency in the
• Public Open Space on Tenison Manor
                                                                 hope of sorting out these issues
• Insurance for all these areas and associated buildings
                                                                 KGV	Playing	Field
Support	for	Village	&	other	Organisations
                                                                 During the year work continued converting the agricultural
The Parish Council has also been able to support other
                                                                 land to recreation ground. It has been levelled, drained,
groups & initiatives during the year. These include:
                                                                 fenced and hedging planted. Seeding will take place at
• Citizens Advice Bureau, a grant of £250
                                                                 the end of September.
• Cambridge & Ely Victim Support, a grant of £250
• Mobile Warden Scheme, a grant of £1000                         There is no public access onto this land currently and will
• Cambridgeshire Libraries Summer Reading Scheme,                not be for some considerable time. When the extension is
   a grant of £70                                                to open to the public, an announcement will be made by
• Cottenham Charities, a grant of £ 10,000                       the Council.
• Cottenham Bowls Club, a grant of £5000
                                                                 The second phase of the Recreation Ground Re-
• Royal British Legion, a donation of £50
                                                                 Development Project, is on-going, a steering group
Planning	                                                        comprising the Parish Council, CUSSC, Football, Cricket,
                                                                 and Tennis Club have identified potential funders and are
We made recommendations on 79 local planning
                                                                 finalising a business plan.
applications as well as some further afield:
• the proposal for the housing development north of              Saunders Boston of Cambridge have been appointed as
   Smithy Fen bridge at Wilburton                                architects, we hope to hold an exhibition at the college
• the Mereham Development and proposed works on                  later in the year to publicise the pavilion design to you all.
   the A10
• David Wilson Homes at Girton
• The Donarbon site on the A10.
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continued from previous page                                   Next	Year
We have also been able to purchase some second hand            During the next year we plan to Financially support:
equipment consisting of a roller, mower, spiker & scarifer,    • the Fen Edge Family Weekend
which will make it easier to maintain & improve the quality    • the Arts Development Project at
of the grass tennis courts and both cricket squares.              Cottenham Village College
Highways	Issues                                                • Cottenham Roller Hockey Club
                                                               • the Mobile Warden Scheme in Cottenham
Last January the Parish Council commissioned a traffic         And we plan to:
census. Work has been on-going and the working party           • work towards Quality Status
has contributed to the ‘Safer routes to School’ initiative     • gain planning permission and funding for the
for the proposed changes to Lambs Lane, which include a           new sports pavilion
designated 20mph limit around the school and a weight-
limit for HGVs. The working party has also made useful         A	message	from	the	Chair
contacts with the County Council in regard to the particular   I would like to extend my thanks to our Clerk, Julie, for
traffic issues we have in Cottenham.                           her conscientious hard work on our behalf during the last
Anti	Social	Behaviour                                          year. Neville Rice, our groundsman, the BC Group Trust
                                                               for their maintenance of ‘The Moat’ on Tenison Manor, and
There has been a reduction in the number of anti-social        the Village College where we hold our monthly meeting.
incidents around the village. The bus shelters have seen
less graffiti during this year.                                Thanks to all our District and County Councillors. I believe
                                                               we have an extremely effective Parish Council which has
If residents know of particular areas and times when           continued to maintained positive working relations with
problems occur, please inform our local officer PC             the District and County Councils and the police, especially
Rogerson, as he is often able to re-organise shift patterns    CBM Paul Rogerson and PCSO Jackie King.
in order to target specific problem areas.
                                                               Finally thanks to my fellow parish councillors for their
We would urge anyone with information regarding                work and support during this last year, especially those
incidents to contact the police.                               who contribute to other organisations on our behalf, to
The other problem currently is dog fouling. This is a          councillors Rick Bristow, Robert Clarke, David Mudd, Alan
problem all over the village despite a number of additional    Leeks, Rex Collinson and David Norman and especially
bins provided.                                                 David Mudd & Tony Nicholas who undertake the regular
                                                               Health & Safety check at the Recreation Ground.
The Old Village Green is being used as a dog walking
area. This will only continue if dog owners are responsible    Paula Johnson
and remove dog excrement, either taking it home with
them or putting it in an appropriate bin.
                                                                 Let it be said loud and clear: this was no amateur production!
                                                                 True, the actors did not receive any fee, but in no way could
                                                                 the production be called amateurish!

          worKshop                                               In the first play, the three actors skilfully built up the
                                                                 chaotic scene from a peaceful beginning. As the confusion
                                                                 increased the tempo was raised and panic and frustration
There are a number of elements which make for good
                                                                 ensued. Mel Sanderson, Duncan McCallum and Simon
theatre. A common one is a situation which we in the
                                                                 Gibbons took the play at a rattling pace and the result was
audience understand, but which the characters in the
                                                                 a very funny, entertaining forty minutes.
play do not. We see this in Shakespeare when characters
are in disguise and, of course in Pantomime when the             Confusion of a different kind ruled also in the second
elements of good and evil are clear to the audience but          play. It was a typical farce with people turning up at the
not to the players. Here we can help the actors by booing        wrong time and in the wrong place and the situation going
and hissing or by shouting “He’s behind you!” But in most        rapidly from bad to worse. At the centre of this chaos was
plays this is not in order.                                      the hapless figure of Brindley Miller, played with frenetic
                                                                 gusto and great energy by Ben Unwin. His two girlfriends
Another element is that of pretence. Of course all acting
                                                                 were a wonderful contrast:- Amy Cairns as the silly,
is pretence, but in some plays it is more difficult than in
                                                                 twittering daughter of the Colonel and Wendy Borrow as
others. How do you play the part of a blind man, if in reality
                                                                 the scheming, persistent ex. I hope that Wendy will soon
you can see? How do you pretend to be deaf, if in fact you
                                                                 be given a different role, as she is so good at playing the
can hear everything?
                                                                 cheap tart, that she is in danger of being typecast!
In Cottenham Theatre Workshop’s Spring production,
                                                                 Sue MacDonald gave another delightful cameo performance
“Albert” by Richard Harris and “Black Comedy” by Peter
                                                                 as Miss Furnival and Simon Gibbons, who gets better and
Shaffer, both these elements play a major role. In the first
                                                                 better, gave a very funny performance as the neighbour,
play the three actors have no common language, a situation
                                                                 a total contrast to his character in the first play. Duncan
which gives rise to a series of hilarious and sometimes
                                                                 McCallum also appeared in both plays and skilfully changed
serious misunderstandings. Fortunately the actors speak
                                                                 from an Italian into a German electrician! John Unwin once
in English, so we understand, but the characters do not.
                                                                 again gave a polished performance but I feel he was not
In the second play when the lights are on, the actors have
                                                                 quite as comfortable as usual in his role as the colonel.
to pretend they are in total darkness. When the stage is
almost totally dark, it is broad daylight for the cast!          This was once again a thoroughly entertaining evening
                                                                 and our congratulations go to the splendid cast and to the
Cottenham Theatre Workshop is to be congratulated on
                                                                 two directors, Sue MacDonald and Melissa Ross for two
choosing such good plays and in the confidence shown in a
                                                                 such professional productions.
cast which was up to it. A friend told me that he didn’t go to
see the plays, because he didn’t like amateur productions.       Jasper Kay
                                                               do appreciate the value of the park and will contribute
                                                               towards it.”

to the Editor:                                                 “Discussions are underway with a number of prospective
                                                               partners and an agreement is likely to be reached in the
                                                               near future. If there is no other solution in place by 31
dear editor,                                                   August a charitable trust may be set up to run the park
A number of Parish Magazines have recently published           – which supporters and Parish Councils will be able to
reader concerns about the future of Milton Country Park.       contribute to.”
I would like to thank everyone for the huge support shown
for the park.                                                  “The whole point of this exercise has been to find a viable
                                                               long-term or permanent solution for the park which would
At SCDC a number of officers are working very hard on          otherwise always be under threat whenever savings had
finding a long-term solution to keeping the park open and      to be made. I think it is unlikely that the park will close,
financially viable. I would like to share with you the views   and am convinced that when everything is finalised the
of Cllr Ray Manning, new SCDC leader:                          park’s future will be far more secure.”

“The future of Milton Country Park is in the news again        At the end of March SCDC Members and officers will be
because of the 31 August 2007 deadline for arranging a         meeting with all prospective partners who have shown an
plan for its long term future. I am pleased to report that,    interest in the park’s future, many of which are charities
since Council decided that the processes for securing a        with experience of running open spaces like Milton
long-term future for the park had to be sped up, progress      Country Park.
has been significant.”
                                                               We are all working very hard to find the best solution to
“Now that SCDC has made it clear that it cannot and will       securing Milton Country Park’s future and the situation is
not carry on subsidising the park, and that we are serious     moving along rapidly. I will endeavour to keep you informed
about finding another organisation to run it, discussions      once firmer progress has been made.
with prospective partners have moved on apace.”
                                                               Thank you for your support.
“Costs have been brought down considerably, making
the park a more viable proposition for someone to              Yours sincerely,
take on, and car parking charges are bringing in extra         Cllr Vicky Ford,
revenue. The level of public support and an increase in        Community Development Portfolio Holder.
visitor numbers encourages our belief that residents of
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dear editor,
With reference to the front page article on dog mess, I live
on Lambs Lane and nearly every week a large number of
horses pass my house and leave behind a trail of gifts for
their owners. Surely it is only fair that horse owners carry
large pooper scoopers to even up the balance on our
poor little dogs. My dog, for instance, is very friendly and
happy, bringing joy to (most) passers-by. We of course do
clean up after our dog as I am sure most owners do. So,
the question is “what makes one human companion more
deserving of grace than another?”.
All this leads me nicely to an incredible letter from a group
of (I am sure well meaning) Christians urging people to
consider not attending a recent Psychic fair in the village. Oh
my G*d! In my experience psychic belief and Christian belief
are no different, they are both based on faith. They cannot
be proven or disproved, which doesn’t make either right or
wrong. I think that this kind of misguided encouragement
turns intelligent people away from religion.
Let’s try and keep Cottenham open to all – surely we
are capable of that. Jesus would no doubt welcome all,
including dogs, into his home... wouldn’t he?
Adam Stewart.
dear editor,
It occurred to me that we ought to have a ‘Cottenham
clean-up day’ when everyone, including the pupils of both

schools in the village, will take part in cleaning up the
streets, pavements and Recreation Ground. Each school
would have an area to clean and both schools would share
the Recreation Ground.                                            Dea
In between cleaning sessions there could be talks about
the history of the village, its church, chapels and old
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houses; where the water from the street drains goes to
and the process by which it is cleaned; also, how the
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sources of clean water, gas and electricity are produced
and managed.
Everyone will learn a great deal about the village and the             artiCles, Dates anD
need to keep it clean and the vast effort and sums of
money that have been spent to provide a Recreation and                  aDvertisements
Sports Ground.                                                    E–mail, PC floppy disk and paper submissions are all
                                                                   welcome. Please contact the Editor if you have any
The day chosen should be in spring or summer when there           questions. Dates of events to be advertised in the next
is reasonable weather.                                             issue (No. 100) should span the months of August
Cottenham, although not considered the most interesting                              and September.
of villages, will then be noted for being the cleanest village
– a great asset.
Walter Adams.

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ContaCts:                                                    Parish Council Clerk
                                                             District Councillors
                                                                                     julie.groves@ntlworld.com, 202928
                                                             Nigel Bolitho          cllr.bolitho@scambs.gov.uk, 251521
Community Beat Office                     01223 358966
                                                             Simon Edwards                  cllr.edwards@scambs.gov.uk,
Community Beat Manager
                                                                                           01223 233682 / 07711 079089
     paul.rogerson@cambs.pnn.police.uk 07710 932168
Community Support Officer
                                                             Tim Wotherspoon              timwothers@aol.com,252108
         jackie.king@cambs.pnn.police.uk 07736 085529
Doctors                                                      County Councillor
                                                             David Jenkins david.jenkins@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
Dr. Julie Gould, 188 High Street                   250079
                                                                                         01223 236232 / 07739 758859
Dr. M. Grande, 42 Telegraph Street                 251180
                                                             Matthew Bradney matthew.bradney@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
Community Nurses
                                                                                         01954 204347 / 07739 393137
Answerphone or between 1.00 – 2.00 pm              251071
Cottenham CareCar                                            British Red Cross
                                                             Cambridge Office                             01223 354434
Co–ordinator, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm                   251837
Cottenham Charities                                250387
                                                             Citizens Advice
                                                             CAB, 72/74 Newmarket Road, Cambridge        08701 264010
Cottenham Day Centre                               251802
Cottenham Toy Library                                        Social Services Histon Team          01223 718011
Caroline Dethridge/Yvonne Walsh              251155/201748
                                                             Mobile Warden Scheme              250039 / 251182
Dentist                                                      NSPCC           Cottenham Area Team, 01733 558245
Mr. Faber, 40 Margett Street                       251696
                                                             RSPCA                   Area Number, 0870 5555999
Chemist                                                      Samaritans         Cambridge Centre, 01223 364455
222 High Street                                    250556
                                                             Railway Station Cambridge
                                                                                    Passenger Enquiries 0845 7484950
www.inspiredchiropractic.com                  01223 864444
                                                             Driving Instruction
                                                             TOPS Driving School                                252239
Foot Specialist (Chiropody)
J.R. Kain, 13 Pelham Close                         251143
                                                             1st Stop Private Hire       01954 261026 or 07919 385702
                                                             Pegasus Taxi                                         261324
Physic, reception@physic.co.uk                01223 237459
                                                             Stretham Cars Private Hire 07841 049 789 / 01353 649 656
Veterinary Surgeon
Village Vet Cottenham, Hughes–Parry Clinic         252122
                                                             Library                        Margett Street, 0845 0455225
Schools                                                      Library Doorstep ServiceHilary Firth, 01223 718358
Cottenham Village College and Community Office      288944
                                                             Parish Church            The Rectory, 6 High Street, 250454
County Primary, Lambs Lane                         250227
                                                             Baptist Church                 Church Office, 01954 252378
Under Ones Group                                             Catholic Church St Laurences Church, 01223 704640
Lesley Popple                                      203412
                                                             Methodist Church                      hilary@chengs.org.uk
                                                                                                            01223 700778
Ladybirds Pre–School, Recreation Ground            250891
                                                             Salvation Army               Ian & Barbara Fawcett, 250524
Out of School Club                                 250025
                                                             Royal British Legion
                                                                     Matthew Baldry matthew.baldry@tesco.net 202797
Brownies & Rainbows
Chris Hurworth                                01954 203764
                                                             Cottenham Brass Band     Colin Watson, 250813
Scouts                                        01954 202990
                                                             Bridge Farm Riding School       01954 252284
Council Offices                                               Allotments
                                                             Cottenham United Charities                         200080
County & District Council Enquiries           08450 450500

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