ISSUE NUMBER 99 JUNE/JULY 2007
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
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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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
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
• Old Village Green – In view of the fact that many of
you became concerned as to the discussions the Council
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.
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 email@example.com other stories to tell. Or if you have any photos we could
view, it would be appreciated!
Tel: 01954 205956
DistriCt CounCillors’ annual
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
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.
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,
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
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.
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!
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!
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.
• David Wilson Homes at Girton
• The Donarbon site on the A10.
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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
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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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?
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
For next issue
houses; where the water from the street drains goes to
and the process by which it is cleaned; also, how the
sources of clean water, gas and electricity are produced
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.
Letters for publication may be sent to the Editor, and
should include the name and address of the sender,
although this may be omitted from publication if requested.
Please keep correspondence short and topical. Please
note that the Editor may use his discretion regarding
publication, and his decision is final. The views expressed
by correspondents and other contributors are their own
and are not necessarily shared by the Editor.
ContaCts: Parish Council Clerk
Nigel Bolitho firstname.lastname@example.org, 251521
Community Beat Ofﬁce 01223 358966
Simon Edwards email@example.com,
Community Beat Manager
01223 233682 / 07711 079089
firstname.lastname@example.org 07710 932168
Community Support Ofﬁcer
Tim Wotherspoon email@example.com,252108
firstname.lastname@example.org 07736 085529
Doctors County Councillor
David Jenkins email@example.com
Dr. Julie Gould, 188 High Street 250079
01223 236232 / 07739 758859
Dr. M. Grande, 42 Telegraph Street 251180
Matthew Bradney firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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, email@example.com 01223 237459
Stretham Cars Private Hire 07841 049 789 / 01353 649 656
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ladybirds Pre–School, Recreation Ground 250891
Salvation Army Ian & Barbara Fawcett, 250524
Out of School Club 250025
Royal British Legion
Matthew Baldry email@example.com 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