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					   ISSUE NUMBER 94                                                                      AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2006




ROLLER HOCKEY
It is not often that we introduce a new sport to the village.    be able to provide all the equipment needed to get off the
However, 2006 has seen the arrival of Roller Hockey to           ground and run two teams (under-11 and under-13).
Cottenham. It’s a bit like ice hockey but on roller skates. It
all began at the Village College Sports Centre in May of this    If you are interested and would like to have a go, why not
year and has been                                                                                   come along and try it
gaining followers ever                                                                              out. All the children
since. Participation is                                                                             who come along enjoy
open to all between the                                                                             the game immensely.
ages of seven and                                                                                   We plan to run three
twelve.                                                                                             sessions     over    the
                                                                                                    summer on August 17,
A group of enthusiasts                                                                              24 and 31 (times to be
meets at the Village                                                                                confirmed at the time of
College Sports Centre                                                                               writing – please contact
between 5:00pm and                                                                                  us to confirm the times
6:30pm every Thursday.                                                                              if you are interested –
We are lucky to have the                                                                            numbers below).
services of Tony Noble
of Ely roller hockey                                                                                 If there are any other
club as coach.                                                                                       local       businesses
                                                                                                     wishing to support this
During the summer, we                                                                                venture, we would love
will be bidding for                                                                                  to hear from you. We
funding to start a Cottenham roller hockey club. This will       are also keen to hear from young people wanting further
be affiliated to the national body which will allow us to        information. In either case please contact Mona on 250879
play in the local league. This would mean that the club will     or Paula on 252114.
                                                                 Paula Johnson
August
 3rd     Salvation Army, Jumble Sale, Salvation Army Barn 10:00am to 11:30am
 10th    Parish Council, Planning Committee, Council Office Watson’s Yard, 7:15pm
 15th    Parish Council, Council Meeting, Village College Library, 7:30pm
 24th    Parish Council, Planning Committee, Council Office Watson’s Yard, 7:15pm

September
  7th  Parish Council, Planning Committee, Council Office Watson’s Yard, 7:15pm
 13th Women’s Institute, Growing old disgracefully by Judy Dore, Village College, 7:30pm
 16th Fen Edge Community Association, Autumn Show, Village College, 11:00am
 19th Parish Council, Council Meeting, Village College Library, 7:30pm
 21st  Parish Council, Planning Committee, Council Office Watson’s Yard, 7:15pm
 29th Gardeners Club, Village College, 7:45pm

                                                                 Economical Amcor de-humidifier. Two speed fan, two
                                                                 drying settings, quiet and compact – £40. Visitors? Robust
                                                                 wood-frame three-seat double futon with stylish green and
                                                                 yellow cover – £60. Tel: 01954 250253.
CARPENTRY SERVICES. All types of carpentry                                                 .................
undertaken. No job too big or small. Tel: 01954 200373,          STAINED GLASS – Leaded Light Panels, windows, doors,
Mobile: 0797 4062789.                                            lampshades. Repairs, rebuilds and new commissions. Call Tony.
                          .................                      Tel: 01954 252189 or 07876 077032.
EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONAL MUSIC TEACHER/                                                    .................
EXAMINER has a limited number of places available.               M&M HEATING AND PLUMBING SERVICES: Corgi &
Specialising in; Piano, Guitar, Drums and Theory of Music, but   Oftec registered. Local, reliable and friendly. All aspects of
available for most instruments. All ages, beginner to            heating and plumbing carried out. Free quotations given. Give
professional. Examinations if required. Contact John Branton,    us a call on 01223 691599 or 07832 261791/07766 281962.
Mobile: 07786 131782 Email: johnbranton@ukonline.co.uk,                                    .................
Web: Johnbranton.co.uk                                           MAKE SOME NOISE! Five-piece white maple laminate
                          .................                      Gretsch drum kit. Full set of Paiste cymbals, tama stands,
BABYSITTER: Reliable and experienced 17 year-old female          and hardcase transit boxed – £500. 100w six channel
living in Cottenham. Excellent references available. Contact     Carlsboro PA with Kustom speakers, ideal for band practice,
Danielle on: 01954 252460.                                       home disco or village hall use – £40. Pair of Indian pot
                          .................                      drums or Tabala, to add interest to an interior or, with
PRIVATE PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICE available at                       beginners’ guide, to learn a new skill – £60. Tel: 01954
Lewis House Surgery, Cottenham, with Mrs Laurie                  250253.
Woolfenden GRAD.DIP.PHYS.MCSP of Physiomobile.                                            .................
Laurie is registered with the Health Professions Council and     BRICKWORK SERVICES. All types of brickwork repaired,
is recognised by all major medical insurance companies.          new or alterations. Mobile: 07980 460813. Phone/Fax:
Laurie qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist from Guy’s       01954 251602. Email: brick-laying@hotmail.com.
Hospital in London in 1983 and has over 20 years of                                       .................
Physiotherapy experience. She has specialised in the             FOR SALE: DEEP BLUE PATTERNED 3-SEATER
treatment of musculo-skeletal conditions such as back and        SOFA. Converts to a comfortable double bed. Excellent
neck problems. She also has a particular interest in Post-       condition – £125. Tel: 01954 251788.
operative rehabilitation. Laurie has worked in and around the                             .................
Cambridge area since 1987, including nine years as Head          WILLS, PROBATE ASSISTANCE AND POWERS OF
Physiotherapist at BUPA Cambridge Lea Hospital in                ATTORNEY. Contact Michela Overton – Fellow of the
Impington. In 1999 she established Physiomobile to provide       Institute of Legal Executives, Unit 8, William James House,
Physiotherapy treatment at various sites in Cambridge city       Cowley Road, Cambridge CB4 0WX Tel: 01223 395533 or
and its surrounding villages in association with her other       email michela.overton@virgin.net. 10% off all usual fees
physiotherapy colleagues. For further information or to          with this advert.
make an appointment please call 01223 295711 For sale: TP                                 .................
climbing frame – old but usable £10 ono. TP 3 metre slide
with extension – £15 ono.                                        Why not advertise in the Newsletter! Items for sale,
                           .................                     announcement of family events... 5p per word, with all
TRUGREEN PROFESSIONAL LAWNCARE All lawn                          proceeds going to charity. Send advertisements and
maintenance undertaken, weed & moss control, scarification,      payment to the editor.
aeration and fertilisation. For a healthier, greener lawn give
Gareth a call for a free quotation on: 01954 204961.             Cheques should be made payable to ‘Cottenham
                           .................                     Newsletter’.
CONSERVATORY MAKEOVER!
Efficient 1.3Kw Holmes heater, oil-filled, thermostatically-
controlled, smart parallel vanes design – £20. Condensation?
        TIME FOR A                                                  WELCOME HOME
                                                                  Hilary Johnys is the new Welcome Home From Hospital Co-
          BREAK?                                                  ordinator. The scheme organises volunteers to help patients
                                                                  discharged from hospital who need short term (up to two
Such a lot goes on in the WI that I shall treat August as a       weeks) help to settle back home. Hilary said, “the volunteers
welcome breather in a busy year. We are trying to raise funds     from Welcome Home help people just out of hospital in a
to provide our members with a memorable celebration in            variety of ways, by shopping, doing light housework or
November when our branch will be eighty. Our ‘summer              checking to see someone is okay.”
sale’ was a great success taking place, as it did, on the same    The scheme has been run for nearly 10 years and has helped
day as the church fete and festival dance.                        thousands of people during that time. She added, “we are
That weekend too there was a treasure hunt at Girton. Five        looking for new volunteers and I would be happy to hear
of our members took part, trying to spot the answers. It was      from anyone looking to do this rewarding work.” If you are
such a hot day that we decided to look for one answer in the      interested in finding out more please contact Hilary or Miki
pub. We felt much refreshed as we continued!                      on 01223 714433 or email on: whfh@lineone.net.
                                                                  Welcome Home is part of the charity Care Network.
The same week was the president’s mystery outing. As we
set off in the coach members were trying to guess where we
were going and although (as we approached Stansted)
murmers were heard of an evening in Paris, no one was
disappointed when we arrived at Bradford vineyard, ready
                                                                  PARISH COUNCIL
for wine tasting and a ploughman’s meal. The land, once a
deer park, had been given to Anne of Cleves by Henry VIII
as part of her settlement. The barn that she had built to house
                                                                      GRANTS
food for the deer was still there.                                In anticipation of setting the 2007/8 precept in January 2007,
                                                                  Cottenham Parish Council is holding a ‘Pre-Budget
In July we are having a garden party; the dining club will        Meeting’ in November 2006. We are therefore advising any
dine; the walkers will walk; and then we shall put our feet up    Community Groups and Charities that applications for
for the month of August.                                          grants should be made in writing to the Clerk of the Council:
If you are tempted to join us, the talk at our next meeting is    Mrs Julie Groves, 44 Victory Way, Cottenham or email on
called ‘Growing old disgracefully’ as well we may, meeting        Julie.groves@ntlworld.com. The closing date for all
at 7:30 at CVC on September 13.                                   applications is Monday 7th November 2006. (Applications
                                                                  should include details for projects and costs.)
                                                                  Although not democratically elected by the local community
 ALL QUIET ON THE                                                 (which would be impracticable), the Monitoring Group has
                                                                  sought to be representative of the village.
 NORTHERN FRONT                                                   It is hoped that the Monitoring Group can play its part,
                                                                  alongside the activities of other individuals and agencies, in
For some months, Cottenham has enjoyed a strange calm.            maintaining the peace of the village, addressing the issues
It seems odd that, until fairly recently, Cottenham was a         that divide us, and increasing the understanding and co-
byword for conflict and confrontation. The village had            operation between our two communities.
gained a national, and even an international, reputation as the   To make contact with the Monitoring Group please get in
‘front line’ in the battle between travellers and local           touch with either the Rector or the Parish Council.
residents. All that seems long ago.
However, we should be under no illusions: there is still          Michael Hore
potential for conflict. Disputes over unauthorised sites are      Rector of Cottenham, tel: 250454
still before the courts. There remain profound disagreements
between travellers and sections of the village community.
There could be developments that would drag the village
back to the arguments and anger of the past.
                                                                                SUMMER
It is against this background that, early in May, a group of
travellers and local residents met together in All Saints’
                                                                                SCHOOL
Church Hall. The meeting included representatives of both         The Summer School at Cottenham Village College has been
the travelling and the village community, Councillors,            running for the last 12 years. It runs again this year from July
members of staff from Cottenham Primary School,                   31 to August 4.
representatives of a number of agencies concerned with            In addition to some of the favourite courses such as Textiles,
traveller issues, and the Rector of Cottenham who chaired         Portrait Painting, Tai Chi and Bridge, this year there are
the meeting.                                                      some exciting new courses including Lace Making, Stained
From the meeting a group has been formed to monitor the           Glass, Caricature Drawing, Moving on in Knitting,
situation and be ready to mediate in any future disputes that     Botanical Painting, Pilates and Scrap-booking. All together
might occur.                                                      there are 27 courses to choose from.
The Monitoring Group that was formed includes travellers,         Courses are either 2, 3, 4 or 5 days and lunch, tea, coffee and
Parish Councillors, residents of Smithy Fen, local school         entry to the swimming pool are included in the price.
teachers and the Rector.                                          For a full brochure or more information, call the College on
                                                                  01954 288751.
   RESEARCHEES                                                                TRACING
                                                                 Are you, or do you know of, Frances & Ron Hogan? A friend
     NEEDED                                                      of mine has lost touch with them from his time in Cambridge
                                                                 about 10 years ago. He tells me they lived near the church
The Medical Research Council’s Human Nutrition Research          and have two children. Frances is a teacher. If you can help
unit (HNR) in Cherry Hinton is constantly conducting             me put them back in touch please call me on 01954 205707
observational and intervention research studies. All
volunteer studies at HNR are approved by the Local               Glenys Knights.
Research Ethics Committee (LREC) based at Addenbrookes
Hospital. We rely on helpful members of the general public
donating their time. In return the volunteers are reimbursed
for travel expenses and the time taken to participate in the
                                                                           TWINNING
study. More importantly for many volunteers, any clinically
relevant information obtained during the study is passed onto    How many times have you driven into or out of a town and
volunteers and, with the volunteers’ permission, their doctor.   seen a sign saying: ‘This town is twinned with’ and wondered
                                                                 what on earth that actually means to the people living in that
This is the case for a number of volunteers who are taking       town? Well this could be your chance to find out.
part in a study run by Ruth Burnett. She is investigating        The Fen Edge villages of Cottenham, Landbeach,
factors, including body weight and body fat, influencing         Waterbeach, Rampton and Willingham are twinned with a
bone health and risk of osteoporosis. Ruth says “As women        French town called Avrillé. Avrillé is a small town close to
get older they become more aware of the risks of                 Angers and south of Le Mans (famous for the 24 hour car
osteoporosis and want to know if they are vulnerable. That       race), situated between the Brittany region and Loire Valley
means that many women are keen to volunteer for the study        area in France.
because it involves the volunteer undergoing bone scans.”
                                                                 The association has been running for about eight years now
Ruth is looking for more volunteers for this study and would     and we have a good number of members, however there is
be very keen to hear from women who have reached the             always room for more people to join and become involved.
menopause and are between 55 and 70 years of age, who            We have a real mixture of members so whether you are
would be interested in participating in her study. Volunteers    single, a couple, a family, young, old, new to the villages or
would need to be willing to visit HNR for 6 to 7 hours and       a born and bred local you will find this an interesting group.
to have a blood sample taken. More information about the         The twinning association arrange and take part in annual
study can be obtained by contacting Ruth Burnett or Emily        visits with members of the Avrillé group. Once every two
Smith via telephone (01223 426356), email                        years we go to visit them and then in the alternate year
(ruth.burnett@mrc-hnr.cam.ac.uk) or post (MRC Human              members from France come to visit us here.
Nutrition Research, Elsie Widdowson Laboratory, Fulbourn
Rd, Cambridge, CB1 9NL).                                         These exchanges take place over a weekend, usually one of
                                                                 the May bank holidays. Various group activities are planned
                                                                 for the visits giving you a good chance to meet others in the

        FAMILY ART                                               group, both from France and the other villages.
                                                                 Next year the French group will be coming to England and
There will be an exhibition of art by families (related,         we would be delighted to hear from anyone interested in
different generations) who create art together. It will take     hosting one or more of our French visitors.
place from October 6 to October 9 at 126 High Street. It will
                                                                 If you are interested or would like to find out more please
continue until October 15 by appointment only. Enquiries to
                                                                 contact either Anna Vining tel: 01954 252432 or email:
Sue Kafka-Ellis 01954 201901, 126 High Street, Cottenham,
                                                                 panda@vining.co.uk
email:kafkaellis@aol.com.
                                                                   but that funding is now running low. If anyone has any
          CRAZY                                                    funding, sponsorship ideas or would be willing to make a
                                                                   donation we would love to hear from you. Hopefully our

        CROTCHETS                                                  next course will be able to run in October.

                                                                   Many thanks for your support, Claire and Vanessa and the
Cottenham Crazy Crotchets began as a result of a                   Cottenham Crazy Committee. E-mail:
conversation early in 2004. With so many musical children          cottenham.crazy.crotchets@ntlworld.com
and experienced music teachers in the Fen Edge Area, we
felt a local Musical Workshop would develop these talents.
The first course and concert took place in May 2004 and it
was a great success.
                                                                            QUILTING
Cottenham Crazy Crotchets’ aim is that courses feel
welcoming, happy, and relaxed, where each person is treated                EXHIBITION
as an individual. For many it is the first experience they have    Meridian Quilters in Swavesey are holding a Quilting
of playing in an orchestral setting – we want this to be a         Exhibition in September on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th,
really positive one and encourage them to play more in the         10:00am to 5:00pm on the Saturday and 10:00am to 4:00pm
future. We feel it is important to include all musical abilities   on the Sunday. The exhibition will be held at Swavesey
and even when children first start they benefit from playing       Memorial Hall.
within a bigger group. In fact abilities range from pre-Grade
1 to National Youth Brass Band standard.                           Admission £2.00 includes refreshments. There will be a
                                                                   sales table, with many gifts and quilted bag raffle. There will
The courses have now evolved to include workshops and              also be a raffle for a beautiful flowered appliquéd double bed
several teachers providing various areas of expertise and          quilt. Proceeds to the Over/Swavesey Community First
knowledge. The music the children play is very varied.             Responders.
Pieces are taken from the classical world and also from
films, pop songs and beyond. Each young person’s music is          We are a small group of ten ladies who meet on a Wednesday
tailored to them and they feel confident that they have a part     evening for two hours, enjoy learning new sewing skills and
they are happy with. We feel delighted to be able to provide       have a good laugh. The group has only been formed for the
a friendly high quality musical experience. Our next course        past twelve months and if anyone is interested in joining they
will be in the October half-term.                                  are most welcome to do so. I can be contacted after 6:00pm
                                                                   on 01954 230596.
Funding is a real issue and the future of Crazy Crotchets
depends on it. We have applied for and received two grants         Sylvia Briggs.
                                                                   over the last decade of its use. This is a great time to become
 DESIGN GROUP                                                      involved with the group, with the ability to influence how the
                                                                   village evolves over the next decade and more.
Do you care about Cottenham? If so then the Cottenham
Village Design Group is for you. We get involved with              Visit our website at www.cvdg.org. If you are interested in
planning issues that could affect the village, helping to          joining the group, or would simply like more information,
protect Cottenham’s distinctive character. Over the last few       then please contact our membership secretary Steven Poole
years you may recall public meetings about Cambourne,              on 01954 203961 or email: steven.j.poole@ntlworld.com.
Northstowe and the risk of flooding, but the group does far        Alternatively, look for our stand at The Autumn Show on
more than just organise talks.                                     Saturday 16th September – it will be the last opportunity to
                                                                   enter our “Name the Cottenham streets” competition for the
Cottenham was the first village in the country to have a Village   chance to win a bottle of champagne.
Design Statement. This was written by residents and adopted
by the South Cambs District Council as supplementary
planning guidance. The design group was formed in 1994 to
protect and develop Cottenham’s special character in line with
                                                                            LADYBIRDS
the principles set out in the design statement.                    First of all a huge thank you to everyone who helped make
                                                                   the Father’s Day Fete a great success. Many local businesses
The main activity of the group is to consider and comment          donated gifts to our raffle and Ford at Marshall’s sponsored
on planning applications based on the design statement,            the programme and prizes as well as buying Ladybirds a new
pointing out how each proposal does or does not reflect the        bouncy castle. We raised just over £1000 which will go
statement’s principles. We are always looking for new              towards refurbishment of Room 2 over the summer. The
members to help review and comment on planning                     most popular event was ‘Beat the Goalie’ and two of the
applications, and can offer an “introduction to reading plans”     Dads, Simon and Jason, proved to be formidable keepers,
for anyone new to this role.                                       keeping the competitive spirit going all afternoon!
Interesting visits relevant to the aims of the group are also      Over the summer months we plan to have some afternoon
arranged for members. Recent trips have included seeing            teas at Ladybirds. So come along for a scone and jam and let
how the green bin waste is processed by Donarbon, and a            the children jump around on the bouncy castle or play in the
guided tour of Cambourne led by one of the planning                park. Look out for dates around the village.
officers responsible for the development.
                                                                   If you have a few hours to spare over the summer and would
This year the group is also undertaking the first revision to      like to help with our refurbishment please contact Ladybirds’
the design statement since it was originally published. The        reception or Natalie Rose who is coordinating the work. Have
update is partly needed to tie the document into the new           a great holiday and look out for the afternoon tea dates.
Local Development Framework. However, it is also an
opportunity to improve the statement based on lessons learnt       Joann Leeding, Ladybirds Committee.
                                                                   she said when she was talking to us and they also told her
Reflections...                    – by Moyra A. Borg               what we were saying. During one piece of music an English
As I write this I am just about to set off to Malta. I am flying   couple and a Russian couple danced in the middle of the
out on Saturday to see my Dad who really is not very well.         room. Music certainly is an international language. I played
He is about to have a major operation. I thought I would go        a couple of my favourite tunes on my descant recorder,
to see him and try to cheer him up. Dad and I don’t have           accompanied by Clive the accordionist. We played ‘Wi’ a
many conversations and we don’t talk a lot but we have an          Hundred Pipers and All’ and ‘The Irish Washerwoman’. She
understanding. I asked the Royal Mail management if I              must be a demented woman washing at that speed! We fair
could go to see him and they instantly said that I could, nay,     raced through it!
should, go to see him. They were kind and sympathetic to
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me, so kind in fact that I burst into tears.
                                                                   Oh yes I did win something from all my competition entries.
I went home and straight onto the internet and found and
                                                                   I cannot remember entering the competition, but I won
booked myself a very cheap flight to Malta. It was £9 + taxes
                                                                   tickets to see the Lipizzaner Horse Show at Wembley Arena
return. This price is £49 including all taxes. I must say that
                                                                   a couple of weeks ago. The horses were very well trained
the World Cup must have had an influence on the pricing for
                                                                   and so beautiful. I took my friend’s daughter and we enjoyed
these flights. Perhaps nobody wants to budge until the World
                                                                   watching the horses and their riders do dressage. Wembley
Cup is over. The flight leaves from Gatwick which is a pain
                                                                   Arena has been transformed. It is a beautiful clean building,
as it is over a hundred miles away, and the plane takes off at
                                                                   very modern, with lots of natural daylight. I remember going
5:00am. A friend has kindly offered to drive me there, which
                                                                   there years ago and feeling that it was very scruffy then. We
is very good of them as I appreciate the distance. It would
                                                                   got there and back by train and tube, which was a bit
cost me more to park my car there for seven nights than the
                                                                   complicated as it was a Sunday and the main lines and
flight to Malta and back.
                                                                   underground lines were closed in parts owing to
I have booked ‘Abanazar the bad’ into his special hotel for        maintenance being done on the lines.
cats which is down Smithy Fen. Abanazar is looked after so
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well down there that when I go to collect him he sometimes
looks at me as though to say, ‘Oh, so you’re back.’                A few weeks ago, I was feeling too tired to drive back to
                                                                   Cottenham from Ely at about 1:20am. I’d been to London to
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                                                                   the Royal Albert Hall to hear an Organ recital. A very special
I went to a folkie night at the Unicorn pub in Cherry Hinton       ‘thank you’ to the kind man who works in Ely Tesco. He
tonight to cheer myself up and keep myself going. There was        showed me where they keep their Rocket Fuel. I bought
a friendly crowd there and a good variety of music tonight.        some and this enabled me to drive home safely. It is loaded
A Russian pensioner called Nina stood and sang to us all.          with caffeine and guarana berries. I can highly recommend
She had a beautiful voice. She did not speak a word of             it. You shake the container and you have a steaming hot drink
English and sang to us all in Russian. We clapped along to         which will keep you awake.
the rhythm of the songs she sang. Her family translated what
                                PARISH COUNCIL
The May and June meetings of the Council included the             agree that it is sensible to give them time to grow properly.
following :                                                       When the area is open again please treat the area with
                                                                  respect, and enjoy it. It would be nice to hear from some of
• Elections – Paula Johnson continues as Chairman, and            you who will walk the facility as to what you have seen,
Rick Bristow replaces David Warham as Vice Chairman. We           such as plants, and birds; a letter to the Newsletter would
thank David for his service as Vice Chairman, and welcome         be interesting.
Rick to this position. David remains on the Council. Pauline
Allin, Dennis Buckley, and Anthony Harding did not seek re-       • Tennis Courts – Although the courts are not yet fully in
election, and are replaced by Bill Hollins, Chris Simms, and      use, it has been noticed that youngsters are riding their bikes
Steve Rodway by election / co-option. We thank those who          in this area on the Recreation Ground. This clearly affects
have served the Council, and those who are about to.              the surface, and could constitute criminal damage. Therefore
                                                                  those involved must desist from doing this, and show some
• Representatives – Recreation Management Committee –             respect for the facility provided.
Robert Clarke, David Norman, Alan Leeks, and David
Mudd.                                                             • The Clerk – Please note that as our Clerk only works part
Cottenham Charities – Robert Clarke, Rick Bristow, and            time she is only available Monday to Friday from 9am to
David Mudd.                                                       5pm. If you need to contact a member of the Parish Council
Church and Causeway Charity – Rick Bristow and David              at any other time then please refer to the noticeboards around
Warham.                                                           the village for details of the Councillors.
Twinning Group – Robert Clarke.
Mobile Warden Scheme – Robert Clarke and Rex Collinson            • Recreation Ground – A monthly Health & Safety check is
                                                                  made of the equipment on the Recreation Ground, and any
• Emergency Access – We had hoped that work would have            maintenance necessary is carried out. If you see anything
commenced on the access from Tenison Manor to the High            that you feel needs attention, or see an incident causing
Street, but more problems. First of all the County Council        damage to property and/or injury to a person or persons then
say that they will not adopt the road because it is not a road,   please advise the Clerk.
now they are saying that there is not enough room for a
footpath! I can assure you that we are trying everything and      • Sports and Social Club Building – Many of you will have
everybody to accomplish a satisfactory conclusion by              noticed that the external wall facing the playing area is badly
badgering the County Council, the District Council, and           damaged. The Council are investigating the best way
Persimmon Homes.                                                  forward, at all times ensuring the safety of everyone.

• Dog Waste Bins and Dog Fouling – You may say ‘not               • Old Village Green – This is situated down Broad Lane on
again’. This subject will not go away as so many people are       the right hand side beyond the Balancing Pond. The Council
very irresponsible in allowing their dogs to foul the pavement.   are considering what use it can be put to to enhance the
You would not be happy if this happened outside your front        facilities in the village. There are a number who walk their
door, so please carry a bag with you when you walk your dog,      dogs there, and that is fine. Please ensure that you use the
clean up, and use the receptacles provided. You know who you      area respectfully, and clean up after your dog if that is
are, so please be more responsible in future, and make walking    necessary. There is a dog bin near to the Balancing Pond.
the streets much safer, and more pleasant.
                                                                  • Village Maintenance Working Party – This is now up and
• Crowlands Manor Anglo-Saxon Site Tenison Manor –                running. If there is anything around the village that you feel
At the time of writing these notes the area is still closed off   needs attention please advise the Clerk.
to the public, which will enable the plants and flowers to
establish themselves. Many flower seeds were sown                 David Mudd – Cottenham Parish Council
particularly in the meadow area, and I am sure that you will
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slumber perhaps there is a way to produce smart materials
that can heal themselves and so stop the spread of a rust       The Fen Edge Community Association in conjunction with
patch in its tracks.                                            Community Education based at Cottenham Village College,
There are already several passive methods for protecting        require an Editor to design and administer the production of
metals from corrosive attack. Galvanization and polymer         the Fen Edge News. The magazine is produced three times a
coatings for instance simply add a water-proof layer to iron,   year and distributed to over 6000 properties in the Fen Edge
steel, aluminum alloys, and other metals that are susceptible   Patch. It is vital for spreading the news of classes and events
to corrosion. Chrome plating is also an effective method of     happening in the Fen Edge Patch (Cottenham, Landbeach,
protection, but comes with health risks during the              Rampton, Waterbeach & Willingham).
manufacturing process. With any of these techniques there is
a serious drawback: once the protective coating is damaged,     Please contact Geoff Redhead – Lifelong Learning Co-
air and moisture can reach the exposed metal and do their       ordinator on 01954 288751 to find out more
corrosive worst. The answer would be a coating that could
heal itself if it cracks or suffers damage.
The self-healing metal is not such a far-fetched idea. Dmitry
                                                                      WACKY RACE!
Shchukin of the Max Planck Institute in Potsdam, Germany,       On Saturday 23rd September 2006, Cottenham and Rampton
and colleagues have coated metals with a very thin gel-like     Royal British Legion are holding the first annual Poppy
layer. If this coating is damaged, the metal would normally     Appeal Wacky Race.
be exposed to the elements. However, by incorporating a
nanoscopic additive into the gel that spreads to fill any       The event is a sponsored event and teams should consist of
microscopic cracks and holes that appear, the wounded           two people of which at least one should be aged over 20
coating heals itself and continues to provide the metal with    years. Entry cost is £10 per team that can be claimed back
protection from attack.                                         from sponsorship money after the event.
The protection process could reduce the enormous economic
                                                                The registered teams should turn up at the British Legion
losses caused by rust and corrosion in dozens of industries
                                                                Hall on the High Street at 8:00am on the morning of the
the world over from automotive and aeronautics to chemical
                                                                event wearing fancy dress. On them they should have no
and construction.
                                                                more than £10 per person and a mobile phone.
Intact, the coating provides simple protection from corrosive
agents in the same way as a conventional polymer coating.       At 8:30am the race will start. Each team will try and travel
However, it is when the coating is damaged that its smart       as far as possible without using their own cars, bikes, etc.
properties come into their own. Inhibitor molecules are         However they must be back by exactly 5:00pm; not a minute
mobilized by the damage and spread through the gel layer        after, and with them they must bring back a till receipt from
quickly plugging any gaps that form before the corrosive        the furthest point of their travels. The team who travels
agents can get to work on the metal.                            furthest wins, and for every minute after 5:00pm a team
In tests on aluminum alloy, Shchukin and his colleagues         arrives back, two miles will be deducted from their mileage
demonstrated that their smart coating could protect the metal   and any team arriving back after 6:00pm will be disqualified.
from salty water even when they pricked the surface
repeatedly with a needle.                                       Teams must register before the date and can do so by
                                                                contacting Matt Baldry on 01954 202797.
More science news from Sciencebase.com
David Bradley                                                   All Monies raised will go to the Poppy Appeal.
                                                                    precision into the moves. The process doesn’t have to end,
                 TAI CHI                                            Taoist Tai Chi classes are continually available – for life.

People of all ages are benefiting from practising the relaxing,     If you want to relax, improve your health and develop a calm
gentle movements of Tai Chi, so what’s it all about?                heart and mind, then come along!

Centuries ago in China, Tai Chi was developed by Taoist             A new beginner’s class will start in September at the Church
monks to complement their sedentary lifestyle of meditation         Hall in Cottenham. For more information call Peter on
and to enable their bodies to become healthy. Although              01954 204828.
there is not a lot of meditation involved in western lifestyles     We will be at the Grafton Centre on 9th September to
today, sitting in cars, in front of computer screens or the tv      celebrate Taoist Tai Chi Awareness Day – an international
is commonplace and can lead to all sorts of stresses and            event. Members will be demonstrating the tai chi set
health problems.                                                    throughout the day – please come along and watch this
The Taoist Tai Chi ‘set’ consists of 108 controlled                 gentle art. There will be people available to answer any
movements which stretch the muscles and put the joints              questions you may have about Taoist Tai Chi and its benefits
through their full range of motion without strain. This can         to health.
help reduce the stiffness and deterioration that tends to occur     Visit www.taoist.org for more information, and the links
with age or as a result of long periods of physical inactivity.     from there to the GB site and national class list.
It can also improve circulation, posture, flexibility and
coordination, and has been known to benefit those who               The Taoist Tai Chi Society of Great Britain is a registered
suffer from arthritis, back pain, bad digestion, stroke and         charity – number: 1053425.
other health problems and stress-related conditions.
The stretching and turning motions involved in regular
practise of Taoist Tai Chi, massage the internal organs and
                                                                      FEAST PARADE
strengthen ligaments, tendons and the muscles in the                This year’s feast parade will be on Sunday 15th October and
lower back.                                                         will take a different format this year. We will parade from
                                                                    Brookfields to the Green as usual. The change will be at the
The movements have poetic names such as White Stork
                                                                    Green. We got lots of comments asking for there to be more
Cools Wings, Parting Wild Horse’s Mane and Wave Hands
                                                                    to do on the Green, so we have Perretts fair rides and
Like Clouds, which reflect the positions and help with
                                                                    sidestalls coming along. We will be holding a balloon race
remembering the sequence.
                                                                    and the winner will win a flight in a light aircraft. Also if
Tai Chi recognises the importance of mental as well as              anyone would like to have a stall of their own on the Green
physical well-being – tension can block the natural flow of         either to raise funds for their group or private enterprises
energy, ‘chi’, and by integrating relaxation into movement,         they will be welcome, all we ask is that you donate 10% of
this form of exercise can reduce stress at the same time as it      your takings to the Feast collection.
improves health.
                                                                    Again this year monies will be distributed to local groups, all
Although Tai Chi can be of enormous benefit to older people
                                                                    applications should be in by 31st October.
or those with particular health issues, it is also a challenge to
the young and the fit. Learning the sequence of movements
                                                                    All groups should already have received forms to take part in
and then increasing the precision and physical effort can be
                                                                    the parade but if you haven’t then please contact Julie
quite demanding. In short – you get out of Taoist Tai Chi,
                                                                    Percival (details below).
what you put in!
The Taoist Tai Chi Society of Great Britain is a registered         If you wish to apply for monies or book a stall please contact
charity and was established for the preservation of good            Julie Percival on 01954 200854, or by letter to 183 Coolidge
health within the community through the practise of Taoist          Gardens, Cottenham, CB4 8RH.
Tai Chi. It takes between four and six months to complete the
set for the first time but it doesn’t end there. Students can
then start again from the beginning and put more detail and
                                                                 ‘A’s but, despite flirting with the bottom group at times, they
FOOTBALL CLUB                                                    produced the results when it mattered and finished safely.
                                                                 It’s at this level where our next group of young players has
The football season that finished this May was, according to     to acclimatise to men’s football and so the team can be well
Chairman Andrew Simmons, ‘probably the club’s best ever’.        pleased with their efforts over the season.
Certainly the 1st Team had a terrific season, finishing 3rd in
the Kershaw Premier League (the top level of amateur             At the start of the season, there was some doubt expressed as
football in the county) and so equalling their highest ever      to whether we ought to continue running a ‘B’ side – a fourth
finish at this level, previously achieved in 2000/2001. But      Senior side. The decision was taken to go ahead because the
this time, the team also reached the final of the Saturday       club was keen to make sure that all those who wanted a game
Challenge Cup, just losing out narrowly 1–0 to Great             of football could have one. In the event, it turned out to be
Shelford on a great day out for the club at Histon’s Glass       the right decision as Adam Clover consistently put together
World stadium in April. The support for the team that day        a competitive side which played with great commitment and
was tremendous, a good three-quarters of the crowd being         finished 11th in BIS 5B. Some of this group progressed to
decked out in red and black – a fantastic sight. Joint           the ‘A’s and even the Reserves so, overall, Adam and his
Managers Rob Swain and Nick West can be very proud of            team can be very proud of their season’s performance.
their team’s efforts which certainly brought great credit to
both the football club and the village.                          Our Ladies team, managed by 1st team goalie Alan Sutton,
                                                                 has also had a good season. They finished 6th in Division 1
The Reserves had an excellent season as well, also finishing     West of the Eastern Region Women’s League which really
3rd, in Division 1B of the BIS League which is three             was a fine effort. Alan has done a great job in constantly
divisions below the 1st team. This was a brilliant effort        trying to recruit new players and in coaching and
because, after a difficult start, they found themselves in the   encouraging the squad to train hard and play good football
bottom three in October and worrying about a potential           and we are hoping that the team can kick on from their
struggle against relegation. As it turned out, they put such a   present position and achieve even more in the future.
good run together afterwards that they were in with a chance
of promotion right up to the last couple of weeks of the         And if all of this were not enough, our Veterans’ team of ‘over
season. Andrew Simmons and John Bowstead were in charge          35 year olds’ also played regularly throughout the season.
during this great run and they can take great credit from the
way the team responded during this period.                       In addition to the various teams’ successes, there were some
                                                                 notable individual achievements:
The ‘A’ team finished 11th in BIS 3B which was a very
creditable effort from Manager Chris Richards’ lads. With        Rick Moore, with 21 League goals, was the top scorer for not
quite a few young players in the side, and calls from the
Reserves, it was always going to be a tough season for the                                             continued on next page
continued from previous page                                      regional football scene and many congratulations are due to
                                                                  all those involved with the club – the committee, managers,
just the 1st team but the whole football club and, indeed, was    coaches and physios, sponsors and supporters but, most
joint top scorer in the Kershaw Premier League, sharing the       importantly of all, the players themselves. They have
‘Golden Boot’ award with Shelford’s Nick Finney. As well          brought huge credit to the village through their
as this, four players, Ben Lawrence, Alan Sutton, Rick            performances, which have regularly been reported in the
Moore and Josh Bridgeman were part of the highly                  Cambridge Evening News. And, as a result of our
successful Cambridgeshire County League squad that                successful season, we have been invited into the
reached the final of the F. A. National League System Cup.        Cambridgeshire Invitation Cup next season, which gives us
This is a national final and one of only two F. A. national cup   a chance to play against teams such as Cambridge City,
competitions (the other is the F. A. Cup itself!!) where the      Newmarket Town, Mildenhall and all the other semi-pro
winners progress to a European cup competition. The final         clubs that play in the county.
was played at the Abbey Stadium in Cambridge and,
although the Cambs League went down 4–0 to the Isle of            By the time you read this, pre-season training will have been
Man League, the selection of four of our lads in the squad        underway for several weeks at Lambs Lane Rec. Anyone
was a big plus for Cottenham United. Ben was given the            new to the village who enjoys their football and would like
honour of captaining this squad and he was really unlucky in      to be a part of the continuing success of the club shouldn’t
getting a bad injury which forced him to miss the final. Matt     hesitate to get in touch and come on down to the training
Jelley, Carl Thurlbourne and Mark Leaford were also chosen        sessions. New players are always welcome and the
for a Kershaw League Representative team to play the              opportunity is there to play at all levels right up to the very
Sunday League in a another showpiece match.                       highest level of amateur football in the county. Also, if any
                                                                  one would like to advertise their business in the club’s Match
Cottenham United is the biggest club of its type in               Programme or sponsor the club in anyway, for example, by
Cambridgeshire, running four Men’s teams, a Ladies team           providing shirts, equipment or just sponsoring a particular
and a Veterans team. In all, the club (excluding the Veterans     match, please pick up the phone and call either Andrew
games) played 177 games during the season, winning 67,            Simmons (01954 251076), Roy James (Secretary 01954
drawing 51 and losing 59. Overall 121 people (yes, 121)           780776), Nick West (01954 250994) or email:
played at least one game for the club. It is also worth           christopher.bridgeman@ntlworld.com.
mentioning that exciting developments are planned for new
land which has been leased to extend the recreation facilities    David Partridge
at Lambs Lane. It is hoped that these will include a new
premier pitch with floodlights, facilities which will soon be
a minimum requirement for clubs playing at Premier League
level. Whichever way you look at it, all of this shows what a
major player Cottenham United F C is on the local and
    PRIMARY                                                      LIBRARY NEWS
                                                                 Thank you for all the jigsaw puzzles donated to the Puzzle
  SCHOOL POOL                                                    Exchange. We now have enough and look forward to people
                                                                 coming in to borrow them.
Do you remember the swimming pool being moved from
Margett Street, to its present location at the Primary School?   The County Reading Game this year is the Reading Mission
                                                                 and enrolment forms will be available in the library from the
Well, the pool is on the move again, but this time the Primary   beginning of July. The game runs throughout the school
School has got to start from scratch.                            holiday. This year we have to thank Cottenham Parish
                                                                 Council for their kind donation which has enabled us to have
We have just received confirmation that we will be replacing     extra staffing in the library on Thursday afternoons to help
the mobile classroom, with two new classrooms and two            run the scheme. Children do not have to be able readers to
group rooms. Unfortunately, these will be located exactly        take part. They collect stickers as they progress aiming to
where the swimming pool is currently.                            have six books read by the end of the holiday. All those who
                                                                 successfully complete the Mission will be presented with a
The pool, which is now decades old, has been deemed as           certificate and medal.
past its best. The local authority and governors have
allocated monies from existing budgets to build a new            A reminder that you can renew books by phoning 0845 045
swimming pool with improved facilities (i.e. toilet, enclosed    5225 between 8:00am and 8:00pm Monday to Saturday. A
changing rooms, and even a hot shower!). However, there is       further reminder to always bring your library card to borrow
a shortfall of £10,000, and the Parent Teachers Association,     items, place a hold/request or just to check up on your
has pledged to meet this. Over the next 12 months we will be     account. This will become more important than ever now that
increasing our fundraising efforts to meet this target.          a new Library Data Management system has been put in place
                                                                 – we hope this will allow us to introduce additional services.
It would be a fantastic way to start our fundraising in
September, with donations from past, present and future          Finally, I would like to thank the members of Cottenham
families/pupils that have benefited or will benefit from         Gardeners Club for their continued efforts in making our library
having this precious facility at the school (cheques made        garden look so nice all year round; it is greatly appreciated.
payable to Cottenham Primary School PTA). There will also
be a number events that the PTA will organise to raise these     Helen Richardson
funds, so please come along and support these.                   Library Supervisor
 DISTRICT COUNCILLORS’ REPORT
Statement from the Chief Constable about Police                  would need widening), the river, Wilburton and Stretham. A
Community Support Officers.                                      public inquiry ought to be held within twelve months.
This written answer was given to a question I asked Julie        Gypsies and Travellers
Spence at her presentation to the district council: ‘The
                                                                 Common Ground presents findings of the Commission for
Constabulary has plans to increase the number of PCSOs
                                                                 Racial Equality’s inquiry into local authorities’ race and
from 108 to 287 by 2008. We intend to maximise the funding
                                                                 community relations work with Gypsies and Travellers,
opportunities provided to us by the Home Office, and the
                                                                 including the largest ever survey into the inequality and
Police Authority has continued to dedicate additional funds
                                                                 discrimination they face.
to ensure we retain a strong and active force of PCSOs across
the county. Cottenham remains a priority beat for the            Sarah Spencer, leading the inquiry, said ‘Councillors find
allocation of a PCSO, and in the future we would like to see     themselves in a catch-22 situation when identifying land and
an additional PCSO dedicated to the area.’                       providing sites for Gypsies and Irish Travellers. Public
                                                                 hostility about unauthorised encampments and
Panel Report of the Examination in Public of the East of
                                                                 developments presents a political barrier to dealing with the
England Plan.
                                                                 primary cause of the problem, which is the shortage of sites.’
This is the Regional Spatial Strategy from 2001 to 2021 for      The report suggests 500 acres would be sufficient. ‘Also the
the Eastern region, comprising Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire,     irresponsible behaviour of a small minority of Gypsies and
Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. The main changes      Irish Travellers entrenches public hostility towards these
the panel recommends are increases in new jobs from              groups as a whole, and causes further resistance.’
421,500 to 440,000 and in new homes from 478,000 to
                                                                 Councillor Deborah Roberts, the then South Cambridgeshire
505,500. The number allocated to South Cambridgeshire
                                                                 Portfolio Holder for Community Development, was the
remains unchanged at 23,500, but Cambridge city is
                                                                 (national) representative of Independent members on the
expected to build another 4,300 new homes, bringing its
                                                                 Gypsies and Travellers Task Group set up two years ago by
requirement up to 19,000.
                                                                 the Local Government Association. Its report calls for new
The government will now put out a revised draft for              measures to end 4,000 unauthorised Gypsy and Traveller
consultation, and issue the final version next year. District    sites in England, a quarter of all sites. The remark that
councils are required to translate the broad sweep of the Plan   county councils could play a bigger role certainly rings true
into detailed planning policies in their Development Plan        in Cottenham.
Documents.
                                                                 The LGA believes the Gypsy and Traveller community and
The independent examinations into the South Cambridgeshire       settled community have equal rights and bear the same
Local Development Framework opened on 11 July. The main          responsibilities. Only when this is seen to happen will
business is to assess challenges promoting areas for             friction be reduced. It wants councils that have accomplished
development other than those selected by the local               all the requirements of the new Circular to be rewarded (in
planning authority.                                              addition to being entitled to stronger enforcement powers)
                                                                 with extra government funding for maintenance of sites.
The whole LDF must conform to the Core Strategy, and
therefore once its ‘soundness’ has been established further      The report takes a hard line on enforcement, even calling for
consideration of non-conforming sites becomes unnecessary.       criminalisation of unauthorised development of a new
The Inspectors will finalise the Core Strategy in October,       dwelling (by anyone). The government is looking into ways
and Development Control Policies and Northstowe Area             of tackling unauthorised developments, investigating
Action Plan in March. Planning applications for Northstowe       effectiveness of current enforcement powers as well as what
will then be determined against these policies.                  else might work.
Meanwhile, Multiplex Stannifer has appealed against refusal      A Traveller Needs Assessment of accommodation, health,
of ‘Mereham new community’, approaching 5,000 houses over        social and welfare services, for all the districts in
twenty years, between Twenty Pence Road, the A10 (which
                                                                                                       continued on next page
continued from previous page                                        advocates temporary permission on a without-prejudice
                                                                    basis at unauthorised sites until local planning authorities
Cambridgeshire and three neighbouring authorities in                have considered housing needs of Gypsies and Travellers in
Norfolk and Suffolk, has been prepared by academics from            Development Plan Documents.
Anglia Ruskin University and Buckinghamshire Chilterns              However the committee held that the Circular did not in fact
University College.                                                 alter the situation or challenge any of the reasoning
Alarmist headlines about the countryside being overrun by           published by the council or the Secretary of State in refusing
an eight-fold increase in Gypsies and Travellers since 1980         the planning application and appeal. The decision to reject
did not reflect the sober and rational content of the report,       the planning application and send it back undetermined,
which is a document I believe we can do business with. It is        which was reviewed and confirmed at the 5 July D&CCC
perhaps worth quoting some of the grievances from the               meeting, may be subjected to a Judicial Review.
Travellers’ point of view: ‘Those at Cottenham felt especially      At the High Court on 7 June, in the case of South
persecuted.’ ‘Police helicopters hovered low over sites,            Cambridgeshire District Council v Flynn and others 2006,
terrifying the children (‘screaming all hours of the night’).’      Mr Justice Silber granted an injunction against forty or so
‘Attitudes towards the media were even more negative,               named defendants as well as ‘persons unknown’, meaning
especially from those at Cottenham.’ I guess all this adverse       that no one can lawfully occupy the land. The injunction
publicity is inevitable, but it is a little regrettable given the   rules against the stationing and occupation of caravans,
steps being taken locally to foster good community relations.       mobile homes or other residential accommodation on the
The TNA concludes that 110–130 extra pitches are needed             seventeen plots at ‘Pine View’, Smithy Fen. It also rules
for (not necessarily in) South Cambridgeshire over the next         against excavation for, or building of, hard surfacing or
five years. This is significantly fewer than the 170–220            drainage. Named Travellers have until 7 September to
interim figure. Consultants ‘cdn planning’ are preparing            remove their caravans and other buildings from plots 1–6.
policies for selection of authorised sites in a new Gypsy and       Hard surfacing on all plots, and some access roads, must be
Traveller Development Plan Document. The views of local             removed by 7 October.
Gypsies and Travellers are being sought, as well as those of        Should any Travellers remain in occupation beyond 7
the settled community, parish councils, other partners and          September the district council can go back to court to apply
stakeholders. It will be subject to extensive public                for their committal to prison. In both Wychavon v Rafferty
consultation, as well as scrutiny by district councillors and       2006 and South Beds v Price 2006 these committal
planning inspectors, before being adopted in 2008/2009.             proceedings reached the Court of Appeal, but the appeals
The Development and Conservation Control Committee on               were dismissed in both cases.
10 May discussed the implications of Circular 01/2006               Tim Wotherspoon
(Planning for Gypsy and Traveller Caravan Sites) for a new
planning application at Moor Drove, Histon. The guidance
     COMMUNITY                                                                 SCHOOLS
     ASSOCIATION                                                                TRUST
The Autumn show will be held this year on Saturday                 It is now ten years since the Cottenham British Schools Trust
September 16. Registration is on Friday evening between            was established following the sale of the old primary school
6:30pm and 8:30pm or Saturday morning between 8:30pm               property in Margett Street. During this time, grants totalling
and 10:00pm. Schedules went out with the last Newsletter and       £97,021 have been made to 181 individuals and 41 local
extras will be available in shops and at the village college.      organisations.

The New Year’s Eve Ceilidh is looking in real jeopardy. I am       Grants are available from the Trust for eligible educational
afraid that I have not had an offer to take this on. I’m still     projects and, in particular, to those persons, resident in
willing to provide all the information but it is getting late to   Cottenham or Rampton, going on to further education at a
book a Ceilidh band.                                               college or institution of higher education approved by the
                                                                   trustees, or entering a trade or profession on leaving school.
Following on the success of the Fen Edge Family Festival in        Particulars and application forms can be obtained from the
2005, the 2007 festival will be held on 22–24 June 2007.           Clerk, Mr P. J. Sanderson, 37 Broad Lane, Cottenham,
Please hold this date in your diary to join in the fun.            Cambridge CB4 8SW.

Mike Smith                                                         The trustees meet twice a year, in April and October, to
                                                                   consider applications for grants which must be received by
                                                                   the Clerk by March 31st or September 30th as appropriate.
               THANKS
Terry and all the staff at Les Ward would like to thank all
those kind businesses and individuals who donated prizes for
our 10th anniversary draw on Saturday 1st July. We would
also like to thank our customers for their support over the
last 10 years.
                                  BIRD REPORT
Now, at the end of June, the breeding season is still in full     Some species put all their efforts in to raising a single brood
swing for many birds in Cottenham. In the past day I have         of young, for example swift, great tit and long-tailed tit. Blue
noticed young blackbird, starling, goldfinch, greenfinch,         tits may occasionally try to raise a second brood – has
chaffinch, blue tit, long-tailed tit, dunnock, magpie, swallow,   anyone noticed this happening in Cottenham? Others such as
house sparrow and jackdaw. In Broad Lane several moorhen          blackbird, robin, greenfinch usually attempt to breed more
families have been feeding around the pool – the young            than once in the year, and collared dove may raise several
come in several distinct sizes so it looks as if at least three   broods. Other signs of continuing breeding are the singing
broods have fledged successfully so far. I am surprised how       and displaying male birds, including whitethroat, sedge
wary these birds are, scuttling in to the reeds well before I     warbler and blackcap – all seen around Broad Lane this
approach them. Swifts seem to be as conspicuous as always         morning.
in Cottenham – every summer I am delighted by their
magnificent aerial abilities.                                     Other local sightings of interest include spotted flycatcher,
                                                                  hobby and red kite. Another find was a green woodpecker in
On the other hand, it seems that                                  a closed conservatory, apparently brought in by a cat through
house martins arrived late this                                   the cat flap. I don’t know who was more surprised, the
year and there are fewer                                          woodpecker or the house owner; anyway the woodpecker
breeding pairs, but I hope some                                   was too much of a mouthful for the cat and escaped
one will tell me I am wrong                                       unharmed.
about that. We often speak of
swifts, swallows and house                                        Anyone who is interested in the birds of Cambridgeshire
martins together; the latter two species are closely              and beyond might like to join the Cambridgeshire Bird
related members of the hirundine family, or more                  Club. We organise a programme of indoor meetings with
scientifically hirundinidae, but the swift belongs to a           speakers on a wide range of bird subjects and publish a bi-
completely different group of birds, the apodidae (the            monthly bulletin and annual report, all free to members.
footless ones!).                                                  For further details look at the club’s website:
                                                                  www.cambridgeshirebirdclub.org.uk or call Vicki Harley
Swifts, swallows and house martins share the habit of             on 01954 250340.
migration and all three make use of our buildings, domestic
and otherwise, to find nesting places, as do barn owls,
jackdaws, house sparrows and starlings. Some people are
woken by the dawn chorus,
some by alarm clocks, I
am woken by the
starlings scrabbling
in the roof above
my          bed!
Actually over
the last few
weeks things
have been rather quiet in the roof, but I have no doubt that
the starlings will soon be back to try to raise a second brood.
I have also noticed dunnocks carrying nesting material in to
the mass of ivy which clings to the garden wall, where
blackbirds have already bred this year and may well do so
again – I’ll have to wait longer before pruning the ivy back.     Pictures courtesy of Graham Easy, Milton
                                                                 older people in the village that I say good afternoon to and
                                                                 get blanked. Maybe we should stop blaming the young
                                                                 people for everything. Be polite to them and they will be
                                                                 polite back.
                                                                 Alison Kitching
                                                                                                  .........
Dear Editor,                                                     Dear Editor,
We have lived in the village for sometime and wanted to say      My mum, Joan, recently died. She had lived with us in
that we have enjoyed the 28 years we have been here. We          Cottenham for almost 30 years. She loved her life here, from
have enjoyed friendships and aquaintances with people who        the Fenland skies to the Cottenham Feast days. She always
have lived here all their lives and those who are new-comers,    thought that the Salvation Army band played God Save the
and enjoyed them all in different ways, Thank you to             Queen outside our house especially for her.
everybody who has made Cottenham a great place to live.
We are sorry to leave but we are going to work and play in       In recent years she had withdrawn in to the small world that
Sidmouth in July. We hope there are people as friendly there.    is dementia. She never lost her readiness to smile or the
                                                                 twinkle in her eye.
Peter and Margaret Lambert.
                                                                 I would like to extend thanks on behalf of all of my family
                            .........                            to everyone who has showed us such kindness and
Dear Editor,                                                     remembered Mum in fond ways,

I am a Cypriot who has settled well in the village. However,     Helen Murphy
I would like to get in touch with people and / or families
who speak Greek, as I would like to practise Greek, as well
as help my children speak the language through interaction
with children of similar ages (my eldest daughter is nearly 3
                                                                           POLITICS
and the younger one is nearly 1). I would most appreciate
any suggestions of how best to do this. I might need to
expand to the Cambridge area and / or surrounding villages.                ANYONE?
Thank you kindly in advance, and I am looking forward to
your advice.                                                     Politicians are really terrible aren’t they? Given half a chance
                                                                 you could do a much better job yourself, couldn’t you?
Yours faithfully,
                                                                 All the major political parties are keen to attract new members
Mrs Noni Michaelidou-Van den Bergh                               to get involved in politics locally. Why not give it a go?
                            .........                            If you would like to know more, please contact:
Dear Editor,                                                     • for the Conservative Party: Nigel Bolitho at 185 High
I keep hearing about the youth in the village. I would like to   Street, 01954 251521, email: bolitho@enterprise.net
say that when I walk to school with our daughter, they might     • for the Liberal Democrats: Eddie Murphy at 51 Margett
be having a quick fag, but they are always polite and make       Street, 01954 251700, email: ejmurphy@ntlworld.com
way for us. We passed some recently outside Mace who
moved and said sorry for being in the way. This contrasts to     • for the Labour Party: Nick Parker on 07929 589925.


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Police...........................................Community Beat Office..........................................................................................................01223 358966
Doctors........................................Dr. Julie Gould, 188 High Street .......................................................................................................250079
.....................................................Dr. M. Grande, 42 Telegraph Street..................................................................................................251180
Community Nurses ....................Answerphone or between 1.00 – 2.00 pm.......................................................................................251071
Cottenham CareCar ...................Co–ordinator, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm ...................................................................................................251837
Cottenham Day Centre ..............Mrs. M. Gilbey, 45 Victory Way .........................................................................................................251802
Cottenham Toy Library...............Karen Wigley ......................................................................................................................................252339
Dentist..........................................Mr. Faber, Old Telephone Exchange, 40 Margett Street.................................................................251696
Chemist .......................................Co–operative Pharmacy Cottenham, 222 High Street....................................................................250556
Foot Specialist (Chiropody).......J.R. Kain, 13 Pelham Close...............................................................................................................251143
Osteopath ...................................Roger Giddings & Associates. Physic (Oakington Therapy Centre)
.....................................................Oakington Road, Girton. email: reception@physic.co.uk ..................................................01223 237459
Veterinary Surgeon.....................R. Hughes–Parry, 66 High Street......................................................................................................252122
Schools .......................................Cottenham Village College and Community Office ........................................................................288944
.....................................................County Primary, Lambs Lane............................................................................................................250227
Under Ones Group.....................Lesley Popple.....................................................................................................................................203412
Pre–School..................................Ladybirds Pre–School, Recreation Ground.....................................................................................250891
Out of School Club..................................................................................................................................................................................250025
Scouts .........................................Carol Gerrard (Scout Group Secretary) ...............................................................................01954 202990
Council Offices............................Cambridgeshire Direct – County & District Council Enquiries............................................08450 450500
Parish Council.............................Clerk – Julie Groves, 44 Victory Way. e–mail: julie.groves@ntlworld.com ...................................202928
District Councillors......................Nigel Bolitho, e–mail: cllr.bolitho@scambs.gov.uk.............................................................Home: 251521
.....................................................Simon Edwards, e–mail: cllr.edwards@scambs.gov.uk .Home: 01223 233682, Mobile: 07711 079089
.....................................................Tim Wotherspoon, e–mail: tim.wotherspoon@uk.uumail.com......................................................252108
County Councillor.......................David Jenkins, david.jenkins@cambridgeshire.gov.uk ..........................01223 236232 / 07739 758859
.....................................................Matthew Bradney, matthew.bradney@cambridgeshire.gov.uk...............01954 204347 / 07739 393137
British Red Cross........................Cambridge Office ...................................................................................................................01223 354434
Citizens Advice ...........................CAB, 72/74 Newmarket Road, Cambridge ..........................................................................08701 264010
Social Services ...........................Histon Team ............................................................................................................................01223 718011
Mobile Warden Scheme..........................................................................................................................................................250039 / 251182
NSPCC ........................................Cottenham Area Team, Peterborough..................................................................................01733 558245
RSPCA.........................................Area Number, Peterborough .................................................................................................0870 5555999
Samaritans ..................................Cambridge Centre..................................................................................................................01223 364455
Railway Station ...........................Cambridge, Passenger Enquiries .........................................................................................0845 7484950
Driving Instruction.......................TOPS Driving School.........................................................................................................................252239
Taxi...............................................1st Stop Private Hire.................................................................................01954 261026 or 07919 385702
Taxi...............................................Pegasus Taxi.......................................................................................................................................261324
Library..........................................Margett Street .........................................................................................................................0845 0455225
Library Doorstep Service ...........Hilary Firth ...............................................................................................................................01223 718358
Parish Church .............................The Rectory, 6 High Street ................................................................................................................250454
Baptist Church. ...........................Church Office..........................................................................................................................01954 252378
Catholic Church..........................Fr David Paul, St Laurences Church, 91 Milton Road, Cambridge....................................01223 704640
Methodist Church.......................The Rev’d. Cynthia Hardiman ...............................................................................................01223 700778
Salvation Army............................Majors Ian and Barbara Fawcett, 15 Pelham Close........................................................................250524
Royal British Legion ...................Matthew Baldry, 123 Coolidge Gardens. e–mail:matthew.baldry@tesco.net ..............................202797
Cottenham Brass Band..............Colin Watson, 39a Victory Way, Cottenham ....................................................................................250813
Bridge Farm Riding School.........................................................................................................................................................01954 252284

				
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