Café is the cream for local youngsters (PDF) by jizhen1947


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    11th October                        free in Linton,                                                                                                 2008                         41 High Street
      10.30am                            Hildersham,                                                                                               Vol. 22 No 7                          Linton
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        Café is the cream for                                                                            The Linton link with Africa
          local youngsters

                                                                                                                        Some of the students taking part in this year’s Link Walk
                                                                                                                                                                                        Picture by Roger Lapwood
                                                                                                     LINTON village, 18 th Sep-             access to the internet which         in 2007 and it was this particu-
                                                                                                     tember; 250 fancy-dressed              until now, was something com-        larly important exchange that
                                                                                                     pupils, many ‘highly-visible’          pletely unheard of for pupils        has strengthened the partner-
                                                                                                     members of staff, temperatures         and staff alike.”                    ship immeasurably.
                                                                                                     approaching the high teens                Building on previous Link            With further fund-raising
                                                                                                     and a gentle, southerly breeze,        projects, which include the          projects already in motion for
                                                                                                     all the conditions necessary           construction of sports facili-       early 2009, the money raised
                                                                                                     for the annual Linton village          ties, toilet blocks and provision    by this year’s walk will go in
                                                                                                     college Link Walk. This year           towards a feeding scheme for         part towards new classroom
                                                                                                     it was a shortened, three-mile         the school’s many orphans, this      furniture, as well as securing
                                                                                                     charity trek in aid of their part-     year’s project was perhaps the       the current feeding scheme for
          Break time: workers take a well-earned rest after all their strenuous efforts              ner school, Boepathutse, near          most audacious to date.              another year to come.
                                                                                                     Pretoria, South Africa.                   “The problems which this             At the initial count, the
                                                                    Picture by Malcolm Coxall           Last year, the walk raised          school faces are such that it’s      2008 Link Walk, despite be-
A GROUP of young people with school work and for them, but those long, hot summers                   funds in excess of £3,000              hard to imagine every child          ing shorter than previous
who use the drop-in centre on this was the first acknowledge- seem to be a thing of the past.        which, combined with the               having a textbook, a full stom-      walks, has raised even more
Linton recreation ground suc- ment of their achievement, so The many wet days of August              previous year’s pot, bought 33         ach, a future …” said Stéphanie.     money than the last. Thanks
cessfully raised funds to repair special praise is due,” said Dr have reduced the anticipated        computers and two printers for         “We want to give each learner        for this achievement are due to
their pool table by running a Judy Rossiter, LA4Y trustee.        sales of tea, coffee and cakes     the severely under-resourced           the chance to fulfil their poten-    the extraordinary enthusiasm
café called Snack & Go during       The course had a real im- but the café will continue to          African state school. These            tial, to further their studies and   with which Linton’s students,
the summer holidays.             pact on the young people, as open in the afternoons during          were delivered this summer to          to hope for a better future. We      their families, neighbours and
   The first step was for Lin- revealed by conversations the autumn.                                 the Soshanguve township by a           are hoping to make a difference,     friends approached the cause.
ton Action for Youth (LA4Y) overheard on the return journey.         Everyone visiting the drop-     delegation of Linton staff and         learn from our African friends          With almost every walker
workers, Sue and Malcolm When asked what she was go- in centre can rest assured that                 pupils.                                and teach them some of the           donning fancy dress and some
Coxall, to take the group to ing to do when she got back to everything is hygienically pre-             “The trip was a huge suc-           skills we have acquired.”            groups tying themselves to-
the district council offices in Linton, one of the girls replied: pared and presented, including     cess,” said Stéphanie O’Reilly,           The Link has been running         gether at the ankles with others
Cambourne for a course in food “Go straight home to clear out the toilets which are in constant      Linton’s international links           now for 10 years, during which       opting to walk the route back-
hygiene, where they achieved the fridge.”                         use by the public when the         co-ordinator.                          time LVC has visited its South       wards, it’s the pile of sponsor-
their Level 2 food handling in      It was hoped that café sales centre is open as there are no         “We delivered on our prom-          African counterpart twice, the       ship forms that once again
catering services certificates.  would also cover the cost of a other facilities available in the    ise and resolution to equip the        previous visit taking place in       paints a picture of a community
   “Some of the youngsters youth worker to extend the ser- village.                                  school with a much needed IT           2004. Staff and pupils from          with abundant compassion and
have encountered problems vice for more days of the week                           Kate France       department. They now have a            Boepathutse visited Linton vil-      generosity.
                                                                                                     network of 33 computers and            lage college for the second time               Mr O’Reilly for LVC

       Are times really this bad?                                                                                                                                                 Editor still
                                                    E    STATE agents’ signs seem to get every-
                                                         where, these days. This one was spotted
                                                    by cameraman Ron Pitkin in Linton, close
                                                                                                                                                                                  IF no one comes forward
                                                    to St Mary’s.                                                                                                                 this month, willing to take
                                                       The agents’ advertising copy on this                                                                                       on the role of editor for
                                                    ‘sale’ would make interesting reading ...                                                                                     this paper, I am sorry to
                                                    ‘Sold in Linton: des res – large single-story                                                                                 say the December will be
                                                    medieval building with no damp course,                                                                                        the last one
                                                    liable to flooding.                                                                                                              There are so many sto-
                                                       ‘Gas fired central heating (up to a point);                                                                                ries and beautiful pictures
                                                    fire insurance cover: £5,300,000; annual                                                                                      to go into this month’s
                                                    repairs in the order of £25,000.                                                                                              News that I have had to put
                                                                                                                                                                                  a selection of the pictures
                                                       ‘Resident bats and quiet neighbours                                                                                        on P11 in order to fit all the
                                                    in churchyard. Special features include                                                                                       stories in.
                                                    coloured windows, renovated pipe organ                   Telling tails: some of the youngsters in action                         This page will not be
                                                    and six extra loud doorbells.’                                                                                                printed but will be avail-
                                                                                                                                          Picture submitted by Lesley Morgan
                                                       It is to be hoped the current                                                                                              able online at www. Linton.

         Do our eyes deceive us?
                                                    turmoil on the world’s financial markets
                                                    has not reduced the Church
                                                    Commissioners to such desperate measures!
                                                                                                       Jungle Book a hit ...                                                      info. If you would like to
                                                                                                                                                                                  see these and cannot ac-
                                                                                                                                                                                  cess the internet, please
                                                                                            Anon                                                                                  contact me.
                            Picture by Ron Pitkin                                                    THE Summer Academy, now in its third                                                              Editor
                                                                                                     year, enjoyed another very successful week
                                                                                                                                                                                 ... and an invitation
 Crowning achievement
                                                                                                     at Linton village college at the start of
                                                                                                     August. Following on from the May mini
                                                                                                                                                                                 YOU are invited to an infor-
                                                                                                     academy which took place at Sawston village college during
  for a local landmark                                                                               half-term, the week-long Summer Academy musical theatre
                                                                                                     workshop focused on the Jungle Book, and the cast of 35
                                                                                                                                                                                 mal gathering to meet others
                                                                                                                                                                                 involved in the arts in the
                                                                                                                                                                                 Linton area and to find out
IN 1988 Ann, Jim and Joel Palmer moved to Linton to start                                            worked hard throughout the week towards their performance
                                                                                                                                                                                 what they get up to.
a new venture in the pub/restaurant business. Twenty years                                           for family and friends on the Friday afternoon.
                                                                                                                                                                                 The venue is Linton village
later the Palmer dynasty has gone from strength to strength                                             The artistic team was led by Gillian Hunter, who is arts de-
                                                                                                                                                                                 college at 8pm on 21st Octo-
and Joel is a firm fixture in the Linton business community.                                         velopment manager at Swavesey village college, and Richard
                                                                                                                                                                                 ber (refreshments provided).
   To celebrate their success, Joel organised a champagne                                            Uttley, a recent graduate of Cambridge University about to take
                                                                                                                                                                                 RSVP to Josephine Paterson
reception on 24th August followed by an afternoon of enter-                                          up a postgraduate scholarship place at the Guildhall School of
tainment for customers and staff as a way of saying thank                                            Music, accompanied the performance on piano.
                                                                                                                                                                                    More information from the
you to all of his customers.                                                                            There wasa lot of positive feedback at the end of the week
                                                                                                                                                                                 arts development manager.
   Joel said: “We have really come to love Linton and all that                                       from both parents and participants alike. To find out more
                                                                                                                                                                                 Lesley Morgan: lmorgan@
goes with it. Let’s hope we can do it all again in another 20                                        about future academy activities, please contact local arts devel-
                                                                                                                                                                        and check out
years.”                                                                                              opment manager:
                                                                                                      Lesley Morgan 712825, e-mail               
                                          Jim and Joel Palmer       Sign of success: The Crown                                                                                                 Lesley Morgan
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        Lian arranges                                                                PLODDING ALONG ...                                                    Another car wash success
     flowers for the ACEs
WE do try to have something
different at our ACEs meet-
                                      using bare twigs to complement
                                      lush dahlias was an inspiration.               Watch out, this winter
ings, and this time Lian Watkin       Most were auctioned to help our             NORMALLY when the clocks          left on show. A computer or
provided the interest. We all         funds, and one made a superb                change, there is a rise in home   Playstation box left by the bin
know Lian as a skilled flower         raffle prize.                               burglaries. Thieves tend to       is advertising what you have
arranger and backbone of the             As the weather was warmer                use the darker nights to com-     got. Visit www.immobilise.
team, caring for and decorating       than expected and our vol-                  mit offences as they know         com to register and protect
St Mary’s church, but she also        unteers fewer than usual, we                this will provide them with       your property for free.
has a keen sense of humour and        changed the menu to a plough-               increased opportunities.             The police non-emergency
                                                                                     Residents should consider      number is 0845 456 456 4.
a fund of knowledge so we had         man’s lunch. This proved                    outside lighting that is trig-
a jolly time.                         popular, so the next event is also                                            If the problem is an emer-
                                                                                  gered by movement and             gency and there is a direct
   Lian had brought dahlias,          ploughman’s lunch (unless we                always place a security chain     threat to life or property, you
roses, freesia and pinks plus a       change our minds), meeting at               on when answering the door.       should always call 999.                    Some of the crew who were busy at the car wash
mass of greenery. This caused         12noon on Thursday 30th Octo-               Burglars do tend to knock on              Det Insp Alan Page                                                            Picture by Ron Pitkin
some teasing, as gardens had          ber in the Chalkland’s room.                doors to see if they get any
                                                                                  answer before breaking in,                                             AT the Linton firefighters’ car wash in September, we raised
been raided and hedgerows                Su Shaw will talk on A
rummaged to gather the materi-        Girl’s Guide to the Gulf War,               so keep downstairs doors and
                                                                                  windows locked.
                                                                                                                     Keep an eye on                      £231.50 Many thanks go to all the fire fighters who helped out,
                                                                                                                                                         with special thanks to Barney Palmer for working all day. The
als. Table decorations small and
large were made, followed by
                                      with stories of her time before
                                      and during the recent war in                   Remember to keep sheds           your sat nav                       support we received from the community was great again and
                                                                                  and garages locked as bur-                                             our thanks go to the Co-op who, as usual, helped with refresh-
a dramatic corner arrangement         Saudi.                                      glars will use any tools they     WITH satellite navigation            ments. Linton fire station is recruiting firefighters from the
with more than a touch of Lian’s         As I was out there working               find to force doors and win-      equipment becoming more
                                                                                                                    popular with motorists, it’s also    village especially if they can provide day cover. Please come
oriental background.                  with her, I know that she has               dows. If you are going to
                                                                                                                    becoming more popular with           and talk to us at the fire station on any Wednesday evening
   Then came bouquets, which          amusing and scary tales of life             be out, consider leaving a
                                                                                  light on or having lights on      criminals.                           from 7-9pm.
we are to encourage our gentle-       in the Middle East. Su was not
men to make for us after their
next pruning session. All were
                                      the typical Army nurse, so let’s
                                      see just how much she will tell
                                                                                  a timer.
                                                                                     Winter also sees a rise in
                                                                                                                       You can help prevent this
                                                                                                                    crime by following these five               Any old or foreign coins ...
                                                                                  distraction burglaries. Last      tips:                                LINTON fire station is collecting coins, so if you have any old
quite splendid and spectacular.       us. As ever, all are welcome,                                                    1. Do not leave your sat nav
Lian showed that beauty could         and transport is available                  year saw a change in the                                               or foreign coins, why not donate them to Linton fire station. We
                                                                                  methods these burglars use.       in the vehicle on display;
be created from simple items –                    Enid Bald 891069                Increasingly, they are claim-     2. Do not leave the sat nav inside
                                                                                                                                                         have teamed up with a company who will change all coins and
                                                                                                                    the vehicle, ie in the glovebox      notes into pounds sterling in a bid to raise funds for The Fire
                                                                                  ing to be police officers.                                             Service Benevolent Fund.
                                                                                                                    or under a seat; 3. If possible,
  Gardeners’ Question Time                                                           Their plan is always to
                                                                                  disconcert home-owners by
                                                                                  claiming there is an emer-
                                                                                                                    take the sat nav cradle out of
                                                                                                                    the vehicle and if the cradle
                                                                                                                                                            Donations can be taken into the post office or Sweet Talk
                                                                                                                                                         News. You can also post them through the fire station door if
          THE Gardening club’s new season kicks off on Tues-                      gency. Always remember to         is connected by suction to the       they are in sealed bags or envelopes, or simply hand donations
          day 14th October with the AGM, followed by four of                      ask for identification before     window, clean the area after         to one of your local firefighters.
          our members sharing their fabulous slides of gardens                    letting anyone into your home     use; 4 Register the sat nav                                                             Mark Collins
          they have visited, and wonderful specimens they have                    – no ID, no entry. Remember       equipment on www.immobilise.
          discovered along the way. The AGM is a great chance
for all members to see the workings of the club and to get in-
volved, as well as catching up with friends after a long summer
                                                                                  to close the door on strange
                                                                                  callers; if they come in twos,
                                                                                  do not allow one in while the
                                                                                                                    com, ie serial name, make,
                                                                                                                    model etc; 5. Generally, do not
                                                                                                                    leave items of value, handbags,
                                                                                                                    rucksacks, briefcases etc in
                                                                                                                                                            Grassroots grants
                                                                                                                                                         CAMBRIDGESHIRE Community Foundation (CCF), registered
fighting the weeds! New members are always welcome. We will                       other keeps you talking.
                                                                                     In the run-up to Christ-       your vehicle, not even in the        charity 1103314, has a major new grant programme now open
meet at 7.30pm at the village hall.                                               mas, be careful about leaving     boot as thieves know items are       for applications.
   The following month sees Gardeners’ Question Time lined                        presents etc. on show. After      often stored there.                     Grassroots Grants (funded by the Office of the Third Sector)
up for 11th November. A panel of local experts will be on hand                    Christmas, if throwing pack-            Bridget Fairley, Support       offers not-for-profit voluntary or community organisations in
to answer all our questions on gardening subjects, from shrubs                    aging away, make sure it is not           Officer 01954 713367
                                                                                                                                                         Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, which have been active in
to annuals, vegetables to trees and propagation to pests.                                                                                                their community for more than 12 months, have a governing
   The panel includes Alan Bidwell and Kevin Marsh from
Beeches Nursery in Ashdon, Judy Nightingale and Val Spencer,
with Dr Charles Attwood in the chair. If you can submit any
                                                                                  Why we need air ambulances                                             document and evidenced income of less than £20,000 per annum,
                                                                                                                                                         averaged over the past three years, grants of between £250 and
                                                                                            WHAT price do we put on life and what can we do to           £5,000 for projects that address local needs.
of your questions beforehand to me, you will be assured of the                                                                                              Examples of what can be funded are:
most comprehensive answers!.                                                                ensure everyone is safe and well looked after? The East
                                                                                                                                                            Purchase of capital items such as computer equipment, oven
        Kirsten Newble 892425                                      Anglian Air Ambulance service (EAAA) was the subject         or furniture; costs of putting on a local event or workshop;
                                                                                           of Linton WI’s talk by Alison Horsley, area fundraiser.       staff costs; contribution to rent costs, related to activities/service
         Too good for jumble...                                                       Alison began by telling us how she started her fund-raising ac-
                                                                                  tivities and how the service has expanded since it began in Corn-
                                                                                                                                                         delivery; cost of attending a conference or event; training for
THINKING ahead to Christmas? This month there is a                                                                                                       volunteers; additional activities to expand an existing funded
                                                                                  wall in 1987. EAAA started in 2000 and now has three helicopters       project.
Casiotone CT 450 stereo keyboard with instructions (battery or
                                                                                  and costs £3,000 a day to run, flying seven days a week.                  Full details on Grassroots Grants guidelines can be found on
mains operated), a Philips hostess trolley with serving dishes
and warming cupboard and a 15in Dell computer monitor, the                            The service covers six counties and permission has now been        the CCF website at along with the applica-
Sony colour TV with 21in screen, remote control and instruction                   given by Cambridge airport to use one of their hangars, so one of      tion form; one for grant requests up to £500 and another for sums
book, and the Samsung fax machine/photocopier.                                    the helicopters can be kept locally, saving £100,000 a year.           between £500 and £5,000.
Lower offers are invited for a black Morphy Richards radio                            The minutes of the last meeting were read and coffee morn-            We are also still inviting applications from groups wishing to
alarm clock LCD display and two large boxes of bubble wrap                        ings announced. The barbecue was a great success; thanks to the        build or improve public parks and public amenities (village halls,
sheets, approximately 1ft square and 1ft by 2ft.                                  organisers and June and Frank for the use of their garden.             sports grounds, cycle paths, skate parks etc). We have grants of
   The black office swivel chair raised £15 for the Trefoil Guild                     Harvest supper will be on 7th October; bring and share plus        up to £20,000 for such capital projects.
and the wooden school desk raised £10 for the Stroke Asso-                        unusual entertainment. Teams are needed for the quiz on 7th No-           Finally, we have new funds for small scale environmental
ciation. To buy any of the above or to offer an item to profit a                  vember. Participants are also needed for the Christmas entertain-      projects offering grants of up to £1,000.
charity, please contact me                                                                                                                                  To discuss your project please call CCF on 421588 or look on
                                                                                  ment at Balsham on 12th December, plus names of those wanting
                                         Kate France 891602                                                                                              our website
                                                                                  tickets.                                                                                                                 Jane Darlington
            or email katefrance@linton48.                                                                                Tricia Lewis

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           Stop this A1307 Russian roulette
                                                                                                                                                   , or use the form on
                                                                                                                                                       Junior badminton, 10am-12noon Sundays                                SC
Dear Editor                           on the A1 at Sawtry, which              Cambridgeshire. I recently             accidents? Let’s consider just    Adult tennis coaching, Sundays (call 07791 150141)                   SC
I was quite unsurprised to            had the worst record for fatal          saw the call-out figures over          a few of the examples of the      Pilates, 10 and 11.15am Mondays                                      VH
see our highways experts              accidents on the whole of the           the past five years for our            problems that drivers face        Yoga, 7-8.30pm Mondays term time                          Hadstock VH
claim that accidents on the           route, mainly due to what               local fire engine and more             – each being the equivalent       Whist drive, 7.30pm Mondays                                          VH
A1307 were mainly the result          our planners write off as               than 50% of serious and                of a spinning gun chamber         Men’s all-age keep fit club, 8pm Mondays                             SC
of what they euphemistically          ‘driver error’.                         fatal accidents they attended          with one bullet in. The lump      Ladies’ netball, 7.15-8.30pm Mondays                                 SC
describe as ‘driver error’.           But what is the real cause              were on the A1307, yet it              of concrete dropped into the      Cempa wu-shu karate, 7-8pm Mondays (age 5 upwards)                  LVC
Having worked in road plan-           of accidents on a particular            probably accounts for less             middle of the road at Abing-      Scrabble club, 10am-12noon alternate Tuesdays from 9/9, Dog & Duck
ning in the past, I know that         stretch of road? Do we all              than 5% of the traffic mile-           ton has claimed a fatality        Linton Granta toddlers, 10am Tuesdays and Thursdays term time LVC
Cambridgeshire has long en-           suddenly become worse driv-             age for the area they cover.           through ‘driver error’.           Hadstock toddler group, 2-3.30pm Tuesdays term time Hadstock VH
joyed a reputation for having         ers on the A1307? It would              If our “experts” just accept           If it had not been there, that    Ladies’ football, 7-8pm Tuesdays                                   LVC
the worst highway planners            appear so if you look at the            we do not all become brain             particular driver would still     Linton chess club, 7.30pm Tuesdays                                   CC
and engineers in the country.         statistics for fatalities and           dead when we hit the A1307,            be alive.                         Tae Kwon Do, 6-8pm Tuesdays and Thursdays                            SC
At one time, the focus was            serious accidents in South              just why are there so many             Try turning right from Hav-       Ladies’ badminton, 8-10pm Tuesdays                                   SC
                                                                                                                     erhill on to the Horseheath       IT club, 7pm Tuesdays                                                CC

 ‘Authority responsible should be ashamed’                                                                           Road. The sightline is about      WEA, 10am Tuesdays                                                   VH
                                                                                                                     180 yards which is between        Yoga, 7.30pm Tuesdays term time                         Hildersham VH
                                                                                                                     four or five seconds to start     Yoga, 1-2.45pm Wednesdays term time                                  VH
Dear Editor                                                                   tional expense. What would
                                      due to the use of a mobile                                                     and execute a turn before         Bowling roll-ups, 2pm Wednesdays                                Pavilion
Thanks to Esther Cornell                                                      be necessary are functioning
                                      phone), and very occasion-                                                     an out-of-sight vehicle can       Linton radio race car club, 6-10pm Wednesdays                        VH
for her update re the A1307.                                                  ‘speed’ cameras. The Gatso                                               Men’s keep fit club, 8pm Wednesdays                                  SC
                                      ally mechanical failure may                                                    reach you. Stall the engine or
It seems that at long last                                                    type are of limited efficiency;        miss a gear and you become        Linton theatre workshop, Wednesdays                       (call 892076)
                                      have been responsible, but
something may be done to try                                                  far more effective are the             a ‘driver error’.                 Tots-in-tow, 10-11.30am Wednesdays term time                         VH
                                      without doubt excessive speed
and reduce the carnage on                                                     recently introduced average
                                                                                                                     Try turning right out of          Music Matters, 9.45am & 11am Thursdays                               VH
                                      and dangerous driving must                                                                                       LVC badminton club, 8-10pm Thursdays                                 SC
this road; it is sad that it has                                              speed cameras; no doubt they
                                                                                                                     Linton onto the Cambridge
                                      have been the major factor. It                                                 Road in the morning and           Carpet bowls, 7.30pm Thursdays                                       VH
taken yet another accident                                                    are much more expensive, but
                                      is therefore disappointing to                                                  traffic gaps are unlikely to      Rhyme’n’rhythm tots music group, Fridays 10.30 & 1.30 term time URC
involving three deaths and                                                    at the most only three sets
                                      learn that all that is proposed                                                be much more than five to         Junior basketball, 6-7pm Fridays                                     SC
several serious injuries for                                                  would be needed. Is it too                                               Bridge club, 7pm Fridays                                             CC
                                      at present is a reduction of the                                               10 seconds. Misjudge speed
this to happen. The author-                                                   much to hope for?                      or distance and you become        Adult tap dancing, 7.15-8pm Fridays term time                        VH
                                      limit to 50mph over a short
ity responsible should be                                                     BC Conochie                            a ‘driver error’. Drive from      Granta badminton club, 8-10pm Fridays                                SC
                                      stretch of the road.
ashamed of itself!                                                            Bartlow Road                           Linton to Haverhill in a car      For Sports Centre courses, please call Mark Wilson 890248
                                      The A1307 is now marked by
The police must presumably                                                                                           or, worse still, on a
                                      numerous roadside memorials                                                    motorbike and hit one of the
have formed some idea as to                                                    Dear Editor
                                      all the way from Linton to the                                                 sunken manholes, drain cov-       OCTOBER
the causes of the many seri-                                                   I am hoping you may be
                                      Haverhill boundary. There                                                      ers or pot holes wrongly and      4 Farmers’ market, 9.30am                             LVC
ous accidents on this road                                                     able to help as I am hav-
                                                                                                                                                       5 Music and song, 3pm                            St Mary’s
                                      are many similar stretches               ing great difficulty tracing          you have a chance to become
in recent years, but if so, it                                                                                       a ‘driver error’.                 6 Camera club, 7.15pm                                   CC
                                      of single carriageway roads              my husband’s family. His
is never made public. One                                                                                            The likelihood of any indi-       7 Linton Granta toddler group term starts, 10am        LVC
                                      throughout the country which             father, Bertrum Daniel
is therefore left to theorise.                                                 was born on Yole Farm,                vidual having an accident is,     7 WI, 7.30pm                                            VH
                                      have been restricted to 50mph
Sometimes inattention or                                                       Balsham on                            of course, small but people       7 Linton Granta playgroup & toddlers AGM, 8pm          LVC
                                      without the special need for                                                   do make errors of judgement       7 Sports centre user group, 6.30pm                       SC
distraction may have been                                                      28th December,1906 to
                                      any engineering work; one                                                      and because the A1307 is          11 Camera club exhibition, 10.30am                      VH
the cause (one a few years                                                     James Dawson (a farmer)
                                      suspects that this is just an                                                  a fast and poorly designed        14 VIP group, 2pm                                Chalklands
ago was said to have been                                                      and Annie Susan Dawson
                                                                                                                                                       14 Gardening club AGM, 7.30pm                           VH
                                      excuse for avoiding addi-                (formerly Smith).                     road those errors lead to a
                                                                               Bertrum emigrated to Aus-             higher than usual degree of       15 CAMTAD hearing help, 9am-12noon                      HC
                                                                               tralia on SS Sophocles from           serious and fatal accidents.      16 Parish council, 8pm                                  CC
                                                                               Tilbury in 1924. We have              Tinkering is no solution. The     16 Welsh Highland railways meeting, 8pm Hildersham VH
                                                                               no other knowledge of his             pathetic ‘slow down’ signs        18 Quiz & Ploughman’s, 7.30pm       Balsham church institute
                                                                               family but believe he may             are more about showing            18 Friends of St Mary’s coffee morning, 11am-1.30pm VH
                                                                               have travelled with a sister.         green credentials (working        18 Wednesday Brownies’ jumble sale, 2pm Infant school
                                                                               We hope you may be able               on solar and wind power)          21 Area arts meeting, 8pm                             LVC
                                                                               to help us in our search as           than saving lives.                21 Historical society, 7.30pm                           VH
                                                                               we have been unsuccessful             The real challenge to our         24-26 Slum survivor weekend                           URC
                                                                               elsewhere.                            politicians and our planners      25 Field of Hope bulb planting, 2pm                Library
                                                                               Thanking you in anticipa-             is to provide us with a road      27 Linton Trefoil Guild, 7.45pm               1 The Furrells
                                                                               tion.                                 that is not a game of Russian     30 ACEs ploughman’s lunch, 12 noon              Chalklands
                                                                               Liz and Ian Dawson                    roulette. Nothing less will do.
                                                                               11 Wills Court,                       If they are not up to the job,    NOVEMBER
                                                                               Sandhurst Club,                       then they should make way         1 Farmers’ market, 9.30am                        LVC
                                                                               Sandhurst Vic. 3977                   for those who are.                2 All Souls service, Fauré Requiem           St Mary’s
                                                                               Australia                             Dick Sisman                       3 Camera club, 7.15pm                              CC
                                                                                                                     10 Lonsdale                       4 WI, 6pm                                          VH
                                                                                                                                                       5  Reading group, 8pm               Dog and Duck pub
                                                                                                                                                       6 Luncheon club, 12.15pm                    Crown pub
                                                                                                                                                       6 Parish council, 8pm                              CC
                                                                                 A.J. COPELAND & CO.                                                   8 Fireworks display, gates open 6pm Infant school field
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     Mystery of air ambulance is solved                                                                                                                                               Chef’s corner
READERS with good memo-                        ambulance, which was in the
                                               area, landed on the green by
                                                                                                                                                                                          with Joel
ries may recall that back in
June we published a picture                    the library.                                                                                                           WELL, what a fantastic summer that was! I think my barbecue
of the air ambulance on the                        “By this time, the ambu-                           Brian is                                                        has more rust on it than my granddad’s old Mark1 Escort. So,
green near the library. We                     lance had arrived by road and                     happy to be                                                          as I put away all of my alfresco plans for the year, with any
knew someone had been hurt                     it was decided to take me to Ad-                 back at work                                                          glimmer of an Indian summer all but a distant hope, we look
but at the time we could not get               denbrooke’s in the ambulance                       again after                                                         forward to the new season and all that it brings.
the facts behind the story and                 rather than be stretchered all                    seven weeks                                                             Something warm and wholesome, something quick and easy.
promised to report back.                       the way from Back Road to the                      in hospital.                                                        something you can cook at any time would be the right dish for
   The injured man was Brian                   helicopter. At the time, I had                        His only                                                         a rainy day.
Czilinsky, a window cleaner                    other things to worry about                       regret is not                                                           This reminds me of my granddad in years gone by, waking
from Haverhill, who fell from                  but I would have enjoyed that                        getting to                                                        up at 4am to go to Spitalfields market in an old flatbed lorry to
his ladder while he was clean-                 ride in the helicopter.”                            ride in the                                                        buy fruit and veg. On our return, grandma would do this dish
ing windows in Back Road.                          After seven weeks recover-                      helicopter                                                         for us. Splendid.
   “My ladder slipped and I                    ing in Addenbrooke’s, Brian is
landed on my back, ” he said.                  working once more and back                                                                                                    Poached natural haddock with
“I did not know at the time                    up his ladder again. He has                                                                                                  grain mustard and a chucky egg
that I had fractured my second                 a message for his customers
vertebral. I phoned my wife                    in Linton. “I would just like                                                                                            For two
and she called out the ambu-                   to thank them all for staying                                                                                            1 fillet of natural smoked haddock
lance. While we were waiting,                  with me all the time I was ill,”                 Picture by Roger
                                                                                                                                                                         (finnan is the best if you can get it)
                                               he said.                                                 Lapwood
the paramedics arrived and                                                                                                                                              2 free range hen’s eggs
were treating me when the air                                              LNT                                                                                          2 bay leaves
                                                                                                                                                                        4 black peppercorns

 Team reading success                                                                             Sammy writes about                                                    Half a chopped onion
                                                                                                                                                                        500 ml (18 fl oz) milk

                                                                                                 teacher Tom Minnock
                                                                                                                                                                        50g (1.75 oz) butter
                                                                                                                                                                        1 tbsp plain flour
                                                                                                                                                                        2 tbsp grain Dijon mustard
                                                                    A few of the             THE Linton News is delighted to introduce Samantha Miners                  2 tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley
                                                                    110 children             to you; in fact, we will let her introduce herself:                        Seasoning to taste
                                                                    who enjoyed                 ‘My name is Samantha Miners and I am just starting year
                                                                    the summer               10 at Linton village college.                                               First cut the haddock in half and place into a sauté pan with
                                                                    reading                     ‘I have been looking into journalism as a future career and           the milk, bay leaves and peppercorns. Scatter the onions in, cover
                                                                    challenge                would like to get some experience under my belt. I have a good           with a lid and bring to a gradual simmer for about 4-5 minutes
                                                                    show off their           sense of humour and am interested in local events. For several              Carefully remove the fish and keep warm on a plate
                                                                    certificates             years, I have been writing fan and original fiction for a few               On the back of the stove have a small pan of water with a
                                                                    to one of the            websites and most reviews that I receive are complimentary on            splash of vinegar in it slowly simmering
                                                                    photographers            my style of writing along with other aspects of my work.                    Remove the bay leaves and the peppercorns from the milk.
                                                                                                ‘I am keen to promote and report on activities within the                In a separate thick-bottomed saucepan slowly melt the butter.
                                                                                             village college and give a student's view of life in Linton.’            Add the flour and make a basic roux
                                                                    Picture by                                                                                           On a slow heat stirring continuously, gradually add the warm
                                                                    Roger Lapwood            MR Minnock retired from teaching at Linton village college last
                                                                                             July, to the regret of students and fellow teachers alike; after a       poaching milk until a smooth silky sauce is achieved
                                                                                             standing ovation, initiated by the pupils at the end of last term,          Add the mustard, parsley and season to taste (be careful not to
                                                                                             it is clear he was greatly appreciated at LVC.                           add too much salt as the fish will be naturally salty)
LINTON library had more children than ever taking part in                                                                                                                Pour the sauce over the fish
their annual Summer Reading Challenge in 2008, called Team                                       He originally worked in industry as a manager, fully qualified
                                                                                             as an engineering designer. Afterwards he started his 18-year               Whisk the pan of water to create a vortex and crack into it
Read. Presentations took place on Saturday 13th September and                                teaching career, including at Linton village college. When asked         the egg. It will sink to the bottom and then wrap itself in its own
chocolate cake was served, along with certificates and medals,                               what he felt he had given to the school, Mr Minnock said: “I am          white. This will cook for about 3-4 minutes
to more than 110 children who managed to read six books in six                               proud of the fact that we got specialist status in enterprise and that      Place the egg on top of the fish and serve immediately
weeks to complete the challenge.                                                             we were able to distribute the resources that it produced across            Add a touch of cracked pepper and a show of chopped parsley.
    On this occasion, as well as presentations to the children,                              the school to the benefit of pupils. I think I was able to offer ad-     What more can be done to this perfect meal on a cold wet morn-
there was also another more unusual presentation. Josephine                                  ditional opportunities to many pupils.”
                                                                                                 Engineering has become a popular option choice in the school,        ing, afternoon or evening?
Paterson told the assembled children that the library had been                                                                                                           The best accompanying drink to go with this dish in my opinion
fundamental in supporting the Children’s Book Festival in May                                something that many students wouldn’t have been able to take
                                                                                             elsewhere. As for opportunities, Mr Minnock is still involved in         is a steaming hot mug of tea.
with promotional displays and story times.                                                                                                                               Marvellous.
                                                                                             his latest project, the Young Apprenticeship Scheme.
    It was a focal point for several of the activities taking place in                           His significant contributions to the school were rewarded when          Don’t forget you can access all Joel’s recipes at www.chefs-
the lead-up to the festival weekend, as well as a venue for authors                          former principal Clive Bush nominated him for the National     
and storytellers at the weekend.                                                             Teaching Awards. “It’s very exciting and a great honour,” Mr
    Award-winning Axel Scheffler was part of the book festival                               Minnock said. “The awards are recognition for what has been
this year and those lucky enough to see his presentation were
fascinated as he talked to the children while drawing the witch
                                                                                             achieved, and I am very aware that I couldn’t have achieved
                                                                                             this much without the support of colleagues, parents, business
                                                                                                                                                                       Fancy a game of Scrabble?
from his best-selling book Room on the Broom.                                                people and pupils.”                                                      MEMBERS of Linton Scrabble club would love to have a
    The Book Festival team had the picture framed and presented                                  A BBC television crew will be filming Mr Minnock working             few more players. The group was formed seven years ago
it to Linda Pearson at Linton library to thank her and her team                              at LVC early in October as a prelude to the final award ceremony,        and until recently met at the village college. The current
for their unstinting commitment to our children in encouraging                               later that month. The ceremony will be broadcast on BBC2 on              building work there has led to accommodation difficulties
                                                                                             19th October.                                                            and the group is very grateful to the Dog and Duck staff for
them to read and enjoy books.                                                                     I’m sure that everyone at LVC will have their fingers crossed       allowing them to use the small room at the end of the bar. We
    It is hoped many people will enjoy the sketch in Linton library,                         for his success; when asked about his time teaching at the vil-          meet fortnightly on Tuesday mornings 10am till noon. Dates
that it will be an inspiration to readers and artists and a reminder                         lage college, he said: “I have enjoyed teaching enormously. It           for October are the 7th and 21st If you are interested, please
of the excitement of the second Linton Children’s Book festival.                             has been an honour and a privilege to be involved with so many           phone me for more details.
                                                        Jo Paterson                          great young people and colleagues.”                                                                                Sue Mudge 892737

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         Dragon boats raise £14,000                                                                                                                                   POT POURRI (45)
AFTER a week of rain,
Saturday 6th September dawned
                                                                                                                                                      The cost of three items?
dry with bright sunshine for                                                                                                                       THREE items were bought whose sum was £21.06, with the
the fourth annual Dragon boat                                                                                                                      product of the first two items being £25. The ratio of the items
festival on the Cam at Fen                                                                                                                         was also the same.
Ditton.                                                                                                                                               i.e. Let the items be x,y & z; then:-
   Competing in the races to                                                                                                                          i) x + y + z = £21.06; ii) xy = £25; iii) x/y = y/z
raise money for children at                                                                                                                           What are the items’ values to the nearest penny?
the Granta school in Linton
were some 20 staff teachers,                                                                                                                       Solution to No 44 – Circle diameter?
assistants and therapists from                                                                                                                         The margarine container made a circle of 56cm. The side
the school.                                                                                                                                        had a slope of 4cm. The solution is derived by using similar
   Teacher and director of                                                                                                                         triangles.
the Granta boat, Sam Lee-                                                                                                                                                                              Urania
McCloud, said the Dragon boat
was a rather large vessel with
room for 10 rowers, a helms-
                                                                                                                                                                 NEWS IN BRIEF
man and a drummer to beat the
rhythm for the rowers to keep
up a good speed.
                                               Great expectations: the Granta team smiling in the sunshine wait for the ‘off’
                                                                                                                    Picture by Roger Lapwood
                                                                                                                                                      Come and join us with Elijah
   The crew decided to call            able, and to EACH, the East         including a ‘lion dance’, and a                                         PERHAPS TV’s Last Choir Standing doesn’t quite fit
                                                                                                             splendid sum of £700.                 Haverhill Choral Society but this local group of singers is
themselves the Granta Specials,        Anglia’s Children’s Hospices,       Tai Chi demonstration.               All the teams were spon-
and agreed that the money they         which has a centre in Milton.          Forty-eight teams took part                                          nevertheless very enthusiastic. We very much enjoy singing
                                                                                                             sored by local companies and          together and if you would like to join us, a warm welcome
raised would be shared.                   Among the various attrac-        in the event and between them     organisations. The Granta entry
   The cash would go towards           tions at the festival staged by     they raised a grand total of                                            awaits you.
                                                                                                             was sponsored by Scampers pet            With our musical director Jane Wright, we will be re-
equipment for the Granta chil-         the Cambridge Chinese com-          nearly £14,000. The Granta        stores of Soham.
dren, such as trikes for the less                                                                                                                  hearsing Mendelssohn’s Elijah for performance on Sunday
                                       munity centre were dancing,         team’s contribution was the                                 LNT         14th December, at the Old Independent Church, Hamlet
                                                                                                                                                   Road, Haverhill. The choir will be singing this four-part
                                                                                                              Supplying                            choral work along with soloists who include the highly ac-

                        More readers write ...                                                               the Farmers’
                                                                                                                                                   claimed baritone Mark Oldfield.
                                                                                                                                                      Rehearsals take place at 7.25pm onwards on Monday
                                                                                                                                                   evenings in the Methodist Church Hall, Camps Road, Hav-

Dear Editor                                                                lawns have been covered
                                                                                                               Markets                             erhill. It is an exciting project, so do come and join us at
                                                                                                                                                   rehearsal and don’t worry, we do stand still when we sing!
                                       submission and consider                                               ON 15th September, Jim Paice,
I would like to refer to Sep-                                              with pigeon entrails and          MP for South East Cam-                For further details please contact Roma Holmes on
tember Granta Ranta from a             where they stand on looking
                                                                           baby birds and feathers.          bridgeshire and Shadow Min-           01440 705692.
reader who tells us that dogs          after and being responsible                                                                                                                                 Brian Gillman
                                       for their pet and not what          This upset me deeply and I        ister for Rural Affairs, officially
are affectionate and obedi-                                                do not know what to do. I
ent, re a previous reader’s            qualities they bring to their
                                       life.                               live in Balsham Road, near
                                                                                                             opened the Radwinter Wild
                                                                                                             Game Company at Radwinter               Afternoon of music and song
anger about dog mess. The                                                  Wheatsheaf Way and would          End.                                  VAL Tarrant, mezzo-soprano and member of St Mary’s
response was ill-considered            I would also like to use this
                                       opportunity to mention the          urge anyone who recog-               Gilly Kiddy and her husband        Linton church choir, and Anna Le Hair, pianist, will be per-
as the Ranta only writes from                                              nises this cat to put a bell      Richard have worked hard over         forming a selection of songs and piano works in the church
the point of view of a dog             very distressing actions of
                                       a tabby cat with white front        around its neck.                  the past two and a half years to      at 3pm on Sunday 5th October to raise funds for the Friends
and their qualities.                                                       It has been suggested to me       convert an unused grain store         of St Mary’s.
This reader clearly fails to           and paws. This cat does
                                       not appear to have a collar         that it may be abandoned          at their farm, Radwinter Park,             The programme will consist of an eclectic mix of song,
answer the problem of dog                                                  as it is obviously hungry all     into a state-of-the-art process-      oratorio and opera from the renaissance through to the
fouling. The other day I had           so I can’t find out who the
                                       owner is. I have had three          the time. If I do not find out    ing plant.                            20th century. The £5 admission will include tea and cake
to clear a very large quantity                                             who owns it, I am going to           The Country Land and Busi-         after the performance. Tickets are available at the door and
of dog mess off my drive and           birds’ nests in my garden and
                                       listened to the babies becom-       contact the RSPCA to see if       ness Association together with        everyone will be welcome. For more information, please
not for the first time. It is not                                          they can remove it, as I love     the East of England Develop-          contact me.
the dog but the owner who is           ing fledglings with much
                                       pleasure.                           the birds in my garden and        ment Agency have been very                                                     Val Tarrant 892734
wholly responsible for this.                                               have just seen my favourite,
While I am an animal lover             This cat has eaten all the
                                       birds and continues to rav-         the robin, and would be
                                                                                                             much involved with the local
                                                                                                             project and the Kiddys will be           Look in for a bacon buttie ...
and have previously owned                                                  devastated if that too went       supplying game to many outlets        WHY not pass a couple of hours with a book, a coffee and
a dog, I feel that the Granta          age the bird population in my
                                       garden. My front and back           the same way.                     within a 50-mile radius.              a sausage/bacon buttie from 11am-1pm on Saturday 18th
Ranta needs to go over their                                               Name and address supplied            The company will carry a           October at the village hall. No admission charge. Raffle
                                                                                                             huge range of venison, pheas-         tickets and second-hand books will be on sale.
Dear Editor                                                                                                  ant, partridge, pigeon, hare and         All proceeds to The Friends of St Mary’s who will be
We live next to the recreation         terrifying her. Some £200 of        If you are the owner of the       rabbit and will be attending the      launching their 2009 Calendar, two new postcards and a
ground, and dogs being                 vet bills later, we now have        two whippets who attacked         local farmers’ market at Linton       Christmas greeting card at this event. See you there!
exercised there often come             a traumatised, permanently          our cat, please be aware that     village college and other farm-                                          Margaret Clark 892093
into our garden. About 10              disabled cat who is frightened      they are capable of doing         ers’ markets in the area.
days ago a pair of whippets,
or whippet-like dogs, were
                                       to go outside.
                                       During the incident, the own-
                                                                           considerable harm, if not to
                                                                           humans then to other pets,
                                                                                                                Gilly will be preparing
                                                                                                             samples for customers to try
                                                                                                                                                    Brownies’ autumn jumble sale
off their leads on the rec and         er was nowhere to be seen.          so, please keep them under        and supplying recipes for what-       THE Wednesday Brownies are having a jumble sale at 2pm
entered our garden.                    Dog owners, if you cannot see       control.                          ever game is in season.               on 18th October in Linton infant school. Jumble can be left
They chased our elderly cat in         your dogs, you do not have          Claire Preston                                        Jan Lupton        after 10am. Anything welcome, but please no electrical
and out of the house, eventu-          control of them. Letting dogs       and Kevin Jackson                                                       goods.
ally cornering, injuring and           roam is against the law.            Meadow Lane                        Picture on website, Page 11                     Carole Thexton and Daphne Brazier, 892276

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   Cameras and a field of                                                                  Field of hope ....                                         ... and slum survivor
    mud at Burghley ...                                                COMMUNITY-spirited youth
                                                                       from the Linton area will
                                                                       become a ground force to be
                                                                                                            Hope and support Marie Curie
                                                                                                            Cancer Care’s campaign to
                                                                                                            plant a record breaking one
                                                                                                                                                 SOME of Linton’s youth are slumming it again for charity.
                                                                                                                                                 As you may remember last year, some people from Linton
THE weather forecast was not good for the weekend and it                                                                                         Churches Together built and lived in a slum outside the United
                                                                       reckoned with when they turn         million bulbs this autumn. The       Reformed Church. This was to raise money and awareness
spelled problems for the photographers at the Burghley horse                                                teenagers want to demonstrate
trials. Even so, the crowds turned out in their thousands.             out to plant daffodil bulbs for                                           about how 1 billion people in the world live.
                                                                       Marie Curie Cancer Care on           their pride in our community
   Eventually we arrived at the Cross Country Course; seven            the grass bank outside Linton        while improving an area for             I took part in this event and learnt a lot about myself, the
miles of undulating countryside punctuated by jumps, gulleys           library at 2pm on Saturday 25th      all to enjoy.                        conditions in slums across the world and God’s heart for the
and water, all having names such as The Rolex Double, The              October.                                 Visitors will be invited to      poor. It was such a success that we are repeating the event this
Trout Hatchery and The Land Rover Leaf-Pit.                               Please come along and             donate money to sponsor a            October. We will be building our slum in the grounds of the
   We had planned for bad weather and so put on our wellies            support us; you can join in          daffodil in memory of a loved        URC on Friday 24th October and we will be there until lunch-
and waterproofs and set off to take pictures. As soon as we                                                 one. All money raised will go        time on Sunday 26th. We would love it if many people could
made for the course, the ground conditions deteriorated. Not           with the planting or join us for
                                                                                                            towards funding Marie Curie          come and support us or just come and see what we are doing.
just squelchy areas but a sea of sloppy rutted mud that had            some refreshments. We’d love         Nurses who provide high qual-
                                                                       to see you.                                                                  Look out for publicity around the village, and please sup-
been, until the day before, a field of grass.                                                               ity care, totally free, to give
                                                                          As part of their ‘work’ dur-      terminally ill people the choice     port this initiative by sponsoring our young people and visiting
   Spirits remained high as we slithered here and there, trying
to get into the best positions for our shots around the course.        ing Slum Survivor, the young         of dying at home.                    the slum to gain a better understanding about the grim reality
                                                                       people are flexing their gar-            For further information          of life for many of the poorest people on the planet.
The best positions were quite obvious because the BBC cam-
eramen had established themselves much earlier on. The jumps
                                                                       dening and fundraising skills        contact me.                                    Jon Hunt (892490)
appeared quite daunting as the horses approached but gener-
                                                                       to create their own Field of            Sue Filby 07880 735 623                                        Louise Rose
ally they were cleared without mishap. When a fall did occur,
one could feel for both the horse and rider.
   In addition to the cross-country, there were stalls in their
                                                                             Tree decorating can be fun                                            More convenience at the Co-op
hundreds selling bridles, saddles, clothes, and so on, and of          WOULD you like to deco-              tree, when the festival is           THE Co-op has been an integral      delivery trolleys will be re-
course food ... lots of it including lots of tasters.                  rate a Christmas tree for            over. This festival will be          part of Linton for generations.     stricted to the area adjacent to
   All this activity was being performed in mud eight inches           us as part of a tree festival        new to Linton and there will         The investment in the shop          the single storey section of the
                                                                                                            be food and refreshments             last year demonstrated its          building, as far as the side door
deep. It was really tough on anydachshunds!                            to be held in St Mary’s                                                   importance as a vital amenity;      on to Green Lane but no further.
   The camera club’s next meeting is at 7.15pm on Monday 6th           church, Linton over the              for sale, plus stalls offering       the only general store in the       The newspaper cabinet will be
October at the Cathodeon Centre and we are always pleased              weekend of 13th-14th De-             a variety of goods.                  village, useful for everyone        placed just the other side of the
to see new faces. Also we have our annual exhibition on 11th           cember? We need the help                Please spread the news            and a lifeline for the elderly.     door. Some of the changes have
October at the village hall; entrance is free and a good deal of       of individuals and organi-           around and come and                  With the growing awareness of       already been implemented.
interest is guaranteed. For further information, contact Roger         sations willing to decorate          enjoy the ingenuity of the           the impact of travel on the en-        The parish council has de-
Lapwood 891104 or Tracey Wilson 891988, or visit our web-              a tree to the theme of a             tree-dressers. Inquiries             vironment (not to mention the       cided to back this scheme which
site                                       Christmas carol.                     and offers of help to us.            cost), people are increasingly      we are satisfied will improve
                                                                                                                       Alan and Monica           appreciative of the opportunity     the amenity of nearby residents
                                                      Ron Pitkin          A 5ft tree will be provid-                                             to shop locally.                    without damaging the viability
                                                                       ed. Bring your own stand,                       Clarkson 892988              At the same time, modern         of the Co-op.
                                                                       decorations and lights, and                                               methods of distribution have           To make the new arrange-
      Talking about the news                                           take them home, with the
                                                                                                               Picture to go with this article
                                                                                                            is on P11 on the website             created storage problems for
                                                                                                                                                 local convenience stores, and
                                                                                                                                                                                     ment enforceable and prevent
                                                                                                                                                                                     the delivery trolleys being
AUGUST was a busy month for Granta Grapevine, the talking                                                                                        that has certainly affected the     parked beyond the agreed
                                                                                                                                                 Co-op in Linton. The parish
newspaper for Linton and the surrounding villages. Not only
was tape number 222 recorded as usual on to tape for those             What a glorious day for a ride!                                           council was pleased to reach
                                                                                                                                                 agreement with the Co-op over
                                                                                                                                                                                     limits, the area designated for
                                                                                                                                                                                     the trolleys will be stopped-
who are visually impaired or have difficulty reading the printed       ON a gloriously warm late            whether you were in the middle                                           up, with bollards at each end.
version, but we had two social events too.                                                                                                       the storage of waste cardboard      Formal notices advertising the
                                                                       summer Sunday in September,          of a stubble field, stopping the     last year, and since then we have   proposed stopping-up order
   John and Clare Neville, who helped to run the GG, had               some 230 horses and riders           traffic on one of the road cross-
invited a group of friends to visit them in Holton in Suffolk.                                                                                   been talking with the Co-op and     will be published soon.
So on Friday 15th, we took them up on their invitation. We all         travelled through Linton and         ings, making cakes, preparing        the highways department of the         In the long run the par-
enjoyed a delicious fish and chip lunch by Southwold harbour,          the surrounding villages on part     lunches or farming the land          county council about storage        ish council would like to see
                                                                       of their 15-mile journey.            over which we rode, a very big       generally.                          changes to the building itself
a visit to the famous pier and tea with John and Clare.                                                                                             The aim is to get the delivery   so that the Co-op can offer a
   The magazine side of the September tape had sound record-              The horses arrived at Lin-        thank you from us all.               trolleys removed from the top       better service to local residents
ings of the day’s events. The following day there was a tea            ton across open fields from             An initial estimate suggests      of Green Lane near the junction     while keeping its delivery trol-
party for the whole team and, unbelievably for August, the rain        Balsham, went up the Roman           we have raised around £5,200,        with the High Street without        leys inside the store. However,
kept away on both days.                                                Road, right through Borley           which will be split between the      losing any parking spaces.          achieving that is a complex
   On Wednesday 15th October, the AGM is being held. We                Wood, up and over Rivey              two churches, the East Anglian       The Co-op and highways put          problem, so we are pleased to
would like to invite all those with an interest in the group, be       Hill, then onward down to            Air Ambulance and the Na-            forward a proposal by which         have been actively involved in
they listeners, volunteers or anyone who would like to know            cross the Granta at the Little       tional Association for Colitis       there will be no storage in Green   achieving immediate benefits
more, to join us at 2.30pm at Chalklands community centre                                                                                        Lane alongside the original         for local residents.
where refreshments and a warm welcome will be provided.                Linton old watermill ford, past      and Crohn’s Disease.                 two-storey building.                                 Andrew Gore
   Darryl Nantais has agreed to talk about his activities, in-         various paddocks and finally re-         Andrew Westwood-Bate                In future, the storage of                  Parish council chair

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would urge as many Grapevine listeners as possible to come             field ford, before arriving at the
and let us know what you would like to hear on the tapes and           Blenches at Hildersham.
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Thanks to all the volunteers A great year                                                                                           LINTON COUNTRY DIARY                                       by Darryl Nantais
IT was one of the few good               whichever prevailed.
                                                                            IT”S been a great year for cricket
                                                                                                                                                   Illustrated by Maureen Williams
days of this miserable summer                It was a splendid evening.
                                                                            in Linton. Our first team has
… sandwiched between seem-
ingly endless days of grey skies,
showers and rain.
                                         Once more, Graham Potter was
                                         behind the barbecue in charge
                                         of the cooking and there were
                                                                            been promoted for the second
                                                                            time in two seasons, and will            The Jackdaw and the bush cricket ...
                                                                            now play in the Cambridgeshire          “HELLO! Is there anyone out          remained the shrouding sound           we are now so deep into denial
   But Saturday 23rd August              several puddings to follow.        Cricket Association Senior              there?” echoed the optimistic        of the grain driers. The signal        over the pollution of our very
was the day the Linton News                  Needless to say, there was     League Division 2; our second           voice on my Citizens’ Band           created by stridulation ( that’s       own country that some long for
team had chosen for its barbe-           not much left afterwards for       team narrowly missed out on
                                                                            promotion and has good reason           car radio. The irony of the call     basically rubbing together body        the day when we can start again
cue – a two-yearly event held            the doggie bags.
                                                                            to be optimistic that next year         caused a snigger, because at         parts) by the bizarre looking          on one of those nice fresh green
to thank the writers, photog-                Still more had helped with
                                                                            could be the last in Division 5,        that very moment I was parked        bush cricket (Leptophyes punc-         clean planets that some fund-
raphers, deliverers, and others          all the behind-the-scenes work
                                                                            and our junior teams continue to        on Bartlow Road watching the         tatissima) on my window must           raising scientists sadly believe
who give their time so willingly         so necessary for a successful      go from strength to strength.           moon as it flickered on and          have paled into an insignificant       are within our grasp!
every month to help produce the          event.                                All this has seen us decide to       off between Earth’s deep blue        frequency.                                Meanwhile, the bush cricket
newspaper.                                   Editor Wendy Foster pre-       take a bold leap, and commit to         velvety evening curtains. I felt        How another would find a            headed off in the direction of my
   Drs Brian and Margaret                sented a bouquet of flowers        running a Third XI in the CCA           a nearness, a sense of – ‘I’m        mate or predator using sonar           car aerial, bearing in mind that
Cox, as they have done in past           to the hosts and thanked them      Leagues from next year. This            watching you, are you looking        to locate him would seem im-           the female normally responds to
years, generously allowed us             for the use of their garden, and   will enable us to provide more          at me?’The shimmering harvest        possible, drowned beneath the          a carrier frequency of only 30
to use the splendid grounds of           also thanked everyone who had      opportunities for our oldest
                                                                            juniors to make the transition          moon, so big, beamed, smiling                                               or 45 kHz. Our wildlife depend
their house in the High Street,          helped make the evening – and
                                                                            into adult cricket (at present          and close, just beyond the fleet-                                           on sound for locating food,
even going to the lengths of             the Linton News – such a suc-
                                                                            there is no Under 16 structure          ing clouds. I thought perhaps I                                             navigation and communication
erecting a marquee to protect            cess story.
                                                                            for these young men) and this is        could make out a man fishing                                                to mate. The recent local decline
people from the sun or the rain,                                    LNT     something to which the club is          from the banks of a lunar sea.                                              of some species of birds and in-
                                                                            thoroughly committed to. To do              “ Come in, Breaker,” I re-                                              sects, and the increased number
                                                                            this, we also need adults. Three
   Local florist featured in new book                                       teams will also enable us to offer
                                                                                                                    plied. “This is the Jackdaw.”
                                                                                                                    There was a lot of background        cacophony of man-made au-
                                                                                                                                                                                                of wildlife road deaths may be
                                                                                                                                                                                                due in part to the increase in
LEENTJE Van den Eede, known                                                 cricket at a range of standards to      noise, hissing and crackling un-
                                                                            suit everyone.                                                               dible pollution. And then, there       background noise. I suspect
to her friends as Leen, owns                                                                                        til I turned the squelch down to     are the sounds we cannot hear,         they are finding it increasingly
the Flower Boutique in Linton                                                  So if you have played the
                                                                            game in the past but lapsed, or         silent mode. Suddenly, I heard       especially as adults. We become        difficult to hear each other!
High Street, and her shop is fea-                               Flower                                              a small thud on the windscreen,      accustomed to the aggravating             Anyway, this ’ere cricket
                                                                            have ever thought you would
tured for the month of January                                  power:      like to try, there will never be        and as I looked up calmly I was      din and placate ourselves, call-       sings at a pitch barely audible
in Flower Shops & Friends – a                                   Leen        a better time to get involved.          faced by a strange green crea-       ing it background noise.               to most of us, lays its eggs
year’s journey around English                                   at the      Who knows, you might just find          ture. I stared at him as he edged        We are such fools! Only            in bark and rotting wood and
flower shops – published by                                     door        yourself helping to develop a           and clawed his way towards           when we have a snowfall and            the young hatch the following
Fanahan Books.                                                  of her      star of the future. You’ll almost       me, neither of us showing any        a power cut at the same time           spring. Look closely at one next
   Belgian born Leen learned                                                certainly have some fun into            fear. Questions ran through my
                                                                shop        the bargain.                                                                 do we experience the absolute          time to see the speckles of red
her floristry in New York,                                                                                          mind. Was he trying to make          bliss of silence and hear the          on its body and note the lack
working in places such as                                                      Get in touch by e-mail-
                                                                            ing              contact? Had he confused my 27       healing music of the natural           of full wings, but it can really
the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in                                                                                        MHz radio signal for one of his      world. “Yea. Come in, Jackdaw,         jump and is well camouflaged
Manhattan.                                                         or by calling
                                                                 Picture    07887650870.                            own? How would this meeting          this is Juliet Oscar, New York.        upon cabbage and grass. No
   As well as Leen’s beautiful                                   by Sally                     Hans Pinkard          terminate?
                                                                                                                                                         Whereabouts are you – 10-4?”           summer’s evening picnic in the
flower shop, the book also                                                                                              The fact is, we share our        I couldn’t tell him: “Gazing at        pocket park would be complete
features other attractions in            because the flowers are not only                                           earth blindly unaware of each
Cambridgeshire to give the               beautiful to look at but flower       May I repair                         other’s existence! I hit the ‘open
                                                                                                                                                         the moon, eye-balling a tiny
                                                                                                                                                         green creature, with a handle
                                                                                                                                                                                                without their amazing sounds,
                                                                                                                                                                                                but I imagine our wildlife run-
reader a feel for the area.
   Author Sally Page says: “It
                                         shops give you a unique insight
                                         into the life of a community.”
                                                                               your chair?                          window’ button. It bleeped and
                                                                                                                    buzzed and the rumble of late
                                                                                                                                                         name Jackdaw, could I?”                ning around with their hands
                                                                                                                                                             The conversation would             over their ears, suffering hyper-
seems that people like the books                              Sally Page                                            night A1307 traffic flooded into     have ended abruptly, although          tension and tinnitus. Ten-ten ’til
                                                                                                                    my car. When it passed, there        it was the truth. And the truth is     we meet again!
  It’s not just on the A1307 ...
                                                     Our picture
                                                                                                                                    Infant school starts the year on TV
                                                     was taken at                                                   IT was the beginning of a new        loved. Despite the unusual first       Small Gifts) and Year 2 children
                                                     1pm on 15th                                                    academic year bringing lots of       day all have settled in well. We       are learning about heroes.
                                                     September                                                      exciting changes for us at the       also welcomed Mrs Samalio-                If you feel you have some-
                                                     shortly after                                                  Infant school. New staff, new        nis as a part-time teacher and         thing you could offer as part of
                                                     this accident                                                  children and a new curriculum.       Maureen Potter who is doing a          these themes, please contact us.
                                                     happened.              I RE-CANE small chairs, such            We welcomed 60 children into         tremendous job of keeping our          For example, you may make
                                                                            as the one above, for charity.          our foundation stage classes         school clean.                          hats or bags as a hobby and
                                                                               I love doing up chairs, es-          along with a new teacher Miss            If you recall, last year we had    could share your expertise; you
                                                                            pecially once the evenings are          Frecknall.                           many exciting dress-up days            may have a collection of clocks
THIS accident happened on the High Street at the entrance to                dark when the clocks go back.              Unusually this year, we had       when we were exploring new             you could talk about or you may
Copperfields. A GP was on the scene within minutes of the crash             So if you would like your old           media interest on the first day;     themes. Now our curriculum             even have super powers! Keep
and the ambulance arrived moments later.                                    chair recaned, I would love to          some of you may have seen the        is theme based; each half-term         updated with what’s going on
   A man driving from the Horseheath Road direction in the upside           do it for you.                          piece on BBC Look East. The          the children embark on a new           by logging on to our website on
down car had his 18-month-old daughter in the back. Incredibly,                I am prepared to do this at          interest arose because 10% of        theme, raising questions and re-
they both escaped unhurt although very shocked.                             cost and would request a dona-          our intake this year consisted       searching the answers. This half                         Louise Clark,
   Two middle-aged men were in the other car. Both were injured             tion for Balsham church or an           of two sets of triplets, which       term foundation stage is learn-                    Acting headteacher
although the passenger more seriously so and he was taken to                African charity.                        is extremely rare. The Wilson        ing through shoes, hats and
hospital in an ambulance.                                                      For more information please          triplets arrived with cameras in     bags (my particular favourite),        The LN welcomes Louise who
   It is not known what caused the collision.                               contact me.                             tow. The initial part of the day     Year 1’s theme is clocks (a few        hopes to write a regular column
                                                            LNT                Joanna Sanders 893063                was filmed, which the children       of them have already visited           from the infant school.

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            The Derbyshire
                 Post                                                                                         The Way We Were
                                                                                                                                by Garth Collard
THERE are times when working in a school brings us unexpected
rewards. This summer the happy coincidence that the Beijing
Games coincided with the summer holiday left my working
day unusually flexible, and enabled me to become an Olympic
                                                                              How the postal service first came to Linton
addict.                                                                  POST Office mail coaches first                                                                                Linton. Mrs Adcock testified
                                                                         operated in 1784 and by the                                                             Mill Lane
    I had never previously imagined that I would find myself                                                                                                                           that Chapman, the driver of
                                                                         early 19th century there was a                                                          home of
watching BMX biking or long distance swimming at 4am with                                                                                                                              the West Wratting mail cart
                                                                         fleet of coaches in the black                                                           John and
such fascination or even at all. For a glorious fortnight, my                                                                                                                          had failed to hand over the two
                                                                         and scarlet PO livery. Other                                                            Susannah
days and nights were punctuated with puzzling over the rules of                                                                                                                        letters listed in the indictment.
                                                                         civilian coaches delivered                                                              Adcock
cycling, caring deeply about whether the wind suited our sailors                                                                                                                       One letter was to Australia and
and whooping with previously unheard of patriotism every time we         letters all over the country                                                                                  Chapman had been given 6d in
achieved a greater gold medal tally than our Australian cousins.         and the first postmasters were                                                          photo from the
                                                                                                                                                                                       coinage to pay for the postage,
    It was the events in the ‘water cube’ that really captured the       often the landlords of large                                                            Cambridge             and the other letter contained a
imagination of the Derbyshire family, however. We all fell under         coaching inns. With more than                                                           Collection            cheque for £5.
the spell of Michael Phelps. He was truly amphibian, and with            600 coaches leaving London                                                                                        The 6d letter was found
each of his gold medal triumphs he inspired greater awe.                 daily, national coverage was        Lane and he remained there as         post of 1840 increased the          in Chapman’s house but the
    Then came the debates. Was he the greatest Olympian ever?            achieved. Linton’s mail first       a tenant until his death in 1837.     volume of letters handled at        £5 cheque was never found.
“How can we compare his achievements with the great swimmers             came via the King’s Arms Inn        This inn was a posting house          the post office. Mill Lane for a    Chapman was said to be of
of the past? Remember the great Mark Spitz in the glorious 1970s?”       at Bourne bridge near Abington,     and received the Cambridge and        short period of time was known      good character. so he received
I heard someone ask. “Some of the new rules of swimming have             which was on the main route         London mails. Land Nichols            locally as Post Office Lane.        a lenient sentence of 18 months
made it easier for today’s athletes,” argued another. “What about        from London to Newmarket            was the Linton sub-postmaster             Susannah Adcock, John’s         in jail with hard labour.
the Lycra suits? Surely they give you an advantage?” said a third.       and Norwich.                        until 1835 when he gave up            widow took over as sub-post-            Post boxes became a feature
I even heard a comment about how new lane technology now                    In Linton the first sub-         through ill health.                   mistress; an early example of       in most towns and villages after
prevents your opponent’s splash from interfering with your own           postmaster was William Hand,            Coaching inns were now in         new job opportunities open to       1853 and Linton probably had
swimming. In the past there was no such technology. Swimming             the landlord of the Crown Inn,      decline and the site of Linton’s      females. In the 1850s Linton        a wall box in Mill Lane around
was tougher in those days, the arguments ran.                            then located at 35 High Street,     postal service moved to Mill          had two mail deliveries daily       1857. From 1865, the royal mail
    I was reminded of these absurd arguments on examination              the home of the Lines family        Lane at the Millicent House           and received newspapers on the      was delivered to Linton by rail
results day. Our 2008 leavers did fantastically well. 84% of them        today. He was owner/occupier        now occupied in 2008 by the           day of publication. Linton itself   after the completion of the Stour
achieved five or more A* to C grades. 76% achieved that threshold        from 1794 until 1812 when he        Andersons. The Adcock fam-            sent about 80 letters weekly to     Valley Line from Colchester to
including Cs or above in English and mathematics and 29% of all          sold the inn and posting house to   ily acquired this site by 1793        Cambridge for national dis-         Cambridge. When Mrs Adcock
grades were A or A*. LVC has never before had such a tally of            Land Nichols. In 1813 the first     and built a prosperous business       tribution but the surrounding       retired in 1869 aged 72, the Mill
GCSE achievement. They managed this not because the exams are            direct post was established be-     carrying parcels by waggon to         villages boosted this number to     Lane sub-post office moved
easier nowadays but because they worked hard and were prepared           tween Cambridge and Linton,         London. Taking over the rapidly       more than 800.                      to 33 High Street, the grocery
well by their teachers. Each year, when results are published, the       using the Red Cross turnpike        expanding mail service was an             Corruption within the postal    and drapery shop of Richard
red top newspapers suggest that exams are getting easier. When           road and other turnpikes which      obvious way to expand.                service is nothing new. At the      Holttum senior (the later Inter-
young people have worked so hard and achieved so much it is              ran from the Gogs to Haverhill          John Adcock, already a road       Cambridge Assizes in July           national/Gateway site).
galling for them to read that their efforts are not valued by some       and on to Colchester.               surveyor and registrar, became        1857, a 37-year-old postman             I will complete the story next
in our society. Why can we not rejoice in the achievements of the           In 1826 Land Nichols be-         Linton’s sub-postmaster from          called William Chapman was          month when I will look at the
young? Michael Phelps, you are the best. I salute you.                   came the landlord of the Red        1835 until his death at the age       accused of stealing two letters     20th and 21st century post offices
                                             Caroline Derbyshire         Lion Inn on the corner of Horn      of 64 years in 1848. The penny        sent from Weston Colville to        at four new sites in the village.

                                                                            A history plea from Garth                                                  Rivalry at the bowls club
S/1407/08/F Mr D Johansen, 36 Lonsdale, Linton. Extension and            THE Linton and District Historical Society held a very                    LINTON Granta Bowls Club summer finals were played on
         alterations to outbuilding to form home office.                 successful AGM on 16th September in the village hall. A                   Sunday 14th September at the recreation ground bowling green.
S/1432/08/F Property Services Manager, land at Back Road                 large audience enjoyed a series of local films shown on                   The singles final was between Garth Collard and Sam Agnew
         end of Chalklands, Linton. Parking area for disabled            a DVD compiled by Garth Collard and Roger Lapwood.                        with Sam being victorious 21-18. The doubles final was be-
         person.                                                            Local carnival scenes, sporting events, farming scenes,                tween John Harpur and Vic Terry who beat Jean Runham and
S/1457/08/F Mr D Nantais, 10 Chalklands, Linton. Extension.              school events and social occasions from the 1950s must have               Jack Jacobs 15-14 after 21 ends. The game was closely fought
S/1466/08/F Mr G Ecclestone, 1 Emsons Close, Linton. Exten-              been recorded. There must be many videos, 8mm cine films                  with John and Vic coming back from 10-3 down at one stage,
         sions.                                                          and some 16mm films lying untouched in attics and cupboards.              in mostly single shot ends, to snatch a last gasp win.
                                                                            The Linton archive planned for 2010 at the village college is             The trophies were presented by the president, Sam Agnew,
  White Chimneys                     B Haylock                           the place where these original films or copies should be depos-
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                                                                                                                                                                              Parish Council Matters is

                                   Parish Council Matters
                                                                                                                                                                                  written, edited and
                                                                                                                                                                               published by the Parish
                                                                                                                                                                               Council with the support
                                                                                                                                                                              of the Linton News Team.

              Linton Needs You! To be a parish councillor
    L    INTON parish council still has two vacancies for
         councillors. The parish council, like all local coun-
    cils, rely on people who are prepared to put themselves
                                                                        ference. If you are interested in being a co-opted (no election
                                                                        necessary) on to the parish council and fulfil the following
                                                                        criteria, please contact the clerk on 01223 891001 – lintonpc@
                                                                                                                                                 Additionally you must either be:
                                                                                                                                                 * A registered elector within the parish.
                                                                                                                                                 * Have occupied as owner or tenant any land or premises
    forward to make sure local people are listened to and      or talk to any parish councillor.                       during the previous twelve months in the parish.
    be part of deciding how the community is run and de-                   To become a parish councillor you must fulfil the follow-             * Have had your principal or only place of work in the
    veloped.                                                            ing criteria:                                                         parish for the previous twelve months.
       As a councillor you can be a voice for Linton and help              * Be over 18 years of age.                                            * Have lived in or within 4.8 kilometres of the parish
    achieve real change. In other words you can make a dif-                * Be a British, Irish, Commonwealth or EU Citizen.                 for the previous twelve months.

         Good news on plastic bottles!
FROM October 2008 South           of the green box recycling            An additional green box will       It is anticipated that the
Cambridgeshire District           scheme. Plastic bottles will          be delivered to every household    current plastic recycling
Council will be collect-          be collected along with your          during September. If you have      cages in the Coles Lane
ing plastic bottles of all        newspapers, magazines,                not received a green box please    public car park will be re-
shapes and sizes as part          cans, glass bottles and jars.         telephone 08450 450 063.           moved by mid November.

              Which plastic bottles                                           What should you do with your
               can you recycle?                                                     plastic bottles?                                                       THE parish
  You can put all your plastic bottles in the green box for re-                                                                                           council will be
  Remember! If it’s bottle-shaped and made from plastic you
                                                                                                              Remove tops                               formally adopting
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can put it in your green box for recycling.
                                                                                                                                                          new cemetery
                                                                                                                                                          regulations in
                                                                                                                                                         November 2008.
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A      BBREVIATED draft minutes of the meeting of the par-
       ish council held at the Cathodeon Centre on Thursday 7th
August 2008 commencing at 8pm.
                                                                     in 2008. This was agreed.
                                                                        And asking if the parish council will support a request to
                                                                     consider reinstating a riverside path from the end of the glebe
                                                                                                                                         family’s approach to the council regarding possible allotment
                                                                                                                                         land. He would do so.
                                                                                                                                             Quality parish status – Cllr Rossiter had issued a report
    Present: A Gore (chair), Ms E Cornell (vice chair), Mrs          land to the footpath from the churchyard onto footpath 15.          reminding councillors of the need to finalise risk assessment
E Bald, Dr B Cox, S Daly, M Gee, B Hammett, R Hickford,              This was agreed.                                                    procedures following the comments by the auditor. A further
Krarup, J Linsdell, G Potter, Dr J Rossiter, Dr V Urwin, Mrs S          Venture playground – a complaint had been received               three criteria had been added to those already required to gain
Parry (clerk to the council), Mrs K France (press).                  regarding a stain to a t-shirt from the zip wire. Cllr Hammett      quality parish status.
    Public forum – No member of the public sought to address         could find no reason why this should have happened as no                Consideration of policing, safety and security issues –
the council.                                                         grease had been used on the equipment. It was agreed that Cllrs     Update on meetings with young people – a report from Cllr
    The chair opened the meeting of the parish council at            Potter and Hammett would carry out further investigations and       Hickford and observations by the chair on Cllr Hickford’s report
8pm.                                                                 report back.                                                        had been circulated. Cllr Hickford said the next meeting with
    Apologies for absence. There were none.                             Glebe land – Cllr Rossiter had issued a report suggesting        young people was arranged for 11th September at the village
    Declaration of interests from members. Cllr Rossiter ex-         extending the area currently leased by the parish council. The      college. It was agreed that the council would be represented by
pressed a prejudicial interest under item glebe land and a           area is completely overgrown and must provide an excellent          the youth working group. Cllr Hickford requested that an appli-
personal interest under Linton Action for Youth.                     wildlife resource in its present state and is worthy of protec-     cation be made to the district council for grant aid towards the
    Approval of the minutes of the meeting held on 17th July         tion. Any future incumbent, or indeed a new owner, could            provision of a youth shelter. Cllr Gore said that no application
2008. Cllr Hammett proposed that the minutes be adopted as a         legitimately destroy this habitat which would be a great loss       could be made pending the council’s decision on the principle
true record of the meeting subject to the addition of the words      to the ecology of the river.                                        of erecting the shelter. It was agreed to submit a letter asking
“and that Cllr Bald could seek other opportunities for grant aid”       There is, at present, no adequate fencing between the land       if a provisional allocation of grant could be made pending a
after the words “ecology officers” under item 74. The proposal       leased by the council and the boundary of the vicarage and if       decision in principle. Cllr Bald requested that Linton Action for
was seconded by Cllr Daly and agreed by the meeting.                 an extension of the glebe land was permitted the parish council     Youth provide the council with its last two years accounts. It
    Matters arising from the minutes of the meeting held on          could undertake to erect appropriate fencing and to accept an       was agreed that the clerk should contact Mr Hunt, the treasurer
17th July 2008.                                                      increase in the annual rent.                                        of LA4Y, to request their current and earlier accounts.
    The clerk reported that the county council had agreed to            Cllr Rossiter left the meeting.                                      Rukshana Begum, open out co-ordinator, hate crime unit
contact residents adjoining Bakers Lane and the Rhugarve                It was agreed to seek the advice of the PCSOs as to whether      had called into the office to introduce herself and to provide
Gardens footpaths regarding overgrown vegetation and that                                                                                contact details and information.
the hedge from the mill to the A1307 had been cut.                                                                                           Reports from councillors – Ownership of land adjacent to
    It was noted that the traffic working group and car park work-                                                                       the river between Stantons Lane and Kingfisher Walk – a report
ing group were still to meet. Members were asked to advise                 LINTON PARISH COUNCIL                                         from Cllr Gore had been circulated. It was agreed that the parish
the clerk of their availability during August so that meetings              Linton Village Hall, Coles Lane, Linton,                     council should take further steps towards arranging for the path
could be arranged.                                                             Cambridge CB21 4JS Tel: 891001                            along the land to be tarmaced and the county council asked to
    Cambs community foundation, community life awards –                                                                                  accept responsibility for its maintenance once the work had
No groups or residents had contacted the council following                   Clerk to the council – Mrs Sue Parry                        been carried out.
the article in the Linton News. Cllr Cox was not aware of the                  Email:                                 Consideration and agreement of the preferred specification
Friends of St Mary’s submitting a request.                               Office hours : Monday 9am–12noon, and                           for each of the following four areas:
    No reply had been received from the tree or ecology officers                                                                             Churchyard path, path to clapper stile, Kingfisher Walk ex-
regarding the cemetery scheme. Some members expressed the                4–5.30pm, Tuesday–Friday 9am– 12noon                            tension and the cemetery pathways. It was agreed that county
view that this project should be the preferred option.                                Or by appointment                                  council specification H2 (flexible construction pedestrian only
    Reports from co-ordinators:                                                Dates for full council meetings:                          footway footpath/separate cycleway) be used for the churchyard
    Recreation ground – a report from Cllr Krarup had been             October 2nd and 16th, November 6th and 20th 2008                  paths, and Kingfisher Walk extension, and specification H3
circulated. There had been reports of small motorbikes being              All meetings held at the Cathodeon centre                      (flexible construction heavy vehicle footway/cycleway) be used
ridden on the recreation ground. It was agreed to look at the          following the public forum commencing at 8pm                      for the cemetery pathways. No decision was made about the
CCTV footage. Cllr Potter stated that the main problem with                                                                              footpath to the clapper stile as it was considered that a non-slip
the grass cutting was the contractors’ failure to comply with                                                                            surface was required.
the terms of the contract. It was agreed that Cllrs Potter and                                                                               Co-op shop, external storage – a report from Cllr Gore had
Krarup meet to discuss this issue and report back.                   this area then may attract anti-social behaviour. Cllr Rossiter     been circulated. He was due to attend a meeting with the co-op
    It was reported that the horse chestnut tree had a virus. It     rejoined the meeting.                                               and the county council on 12th August.
was agreed that the clerk would contact the tree officer and the        Churchyard – the working group was due to meet soon.                 Correspondence received and for discussion
tree warden for advice.                                                 Communications – Cllr Gee had circulated a list of items             Society of local council clerks regional conference – It was
    It was reported that following the charity cricket match on      which could be included on the website and asked councillors        agreed that the clerk attend.
Sunday 3rd August, bags of rubbish had been left on the ground.      to send their comments to him.                                          Cambridgeshire county council requesting the council’s con-
It was agreed that the clerk would contact the club, request it         A1307 – Cllr Cornell reported that she would be attending        sent to the stopping up of part of the highway at Flaxfields- It
to remove the rubbish immediately, and advise it that failure        a meeting called by Jim Paice MP for 13th August following          was agreed to give consent subject to the alternative footpath
to do so could jeopardise further use of the facilities.             the recent spate of accidents, as a member of Access 1307 and       being properly lit and to the existing footpath running between
    It was reported that the picnic bench had been vandalised. It    vice chair of the council.                                          nos. 28 and 30 Symonds Lane being widened and resurfaced
was agreed to arrange for this to be repaired and the redundant         Cambridgeshire county council re casualty route signing –        prior to the existing footpath being stopped up.
metal sign by the bridge to be removed.                              After a discussion the council was unable to support the type           Uttlesford district council re statement of matters for a called
    It was reported that the sign regarding driving on the rec-      of additional signage proposed by the county council because        in application for 2nd runway at Stansted airport – to take part
reation ground had been attached to the existing post and the        of its concerns of possible driver distraction. Cllr Gee proposed   in the oral inquiry the registration form must be returned by
other sign would be attached to the Meadow Lane gate in due          that the council request the county council to investigate the      15th August. The letter was noted.
course.                                                              possible introduction of a red route system which had proved            Cllr Gore reported that he had attended the full CPALC
    Cemetery – Cllr Cornell had circulated the first draft of the    effective on high casualty routes in Lincolnshire and Somerset.     councillors training sessions and encouraged other councillors
proposed cemetery regulations. Councillors were asked to sub-        The proposal was seconded by Cllr Krarup. There were 10 votes       to attend them as he had found them worthwhile.
mit their responses to Cllr Cornell and the clerk by 28th August     in favour of the proposal, one against and one abstention.              Cllr Cornell reported that confirmation had been received
and it was agreed to consider the proposals at the meeting on           Proposal carried.                                                from English Heritage that the Rivey Hill water tower had been
4th September with a view to formal adoption in November.               Cambridgeshire county council re speed limit review – Cllr       listed as a grade II listed building. Cllr Cornell thanked Garth
    It was agreed that a set of advice sheets be obtained from       Gee proposed that the council express its support for the pro-      Collard and the Linton camera club for their contribution to the
Association of Burial Authorities at a cost of £25.                  posed reduction in the by-pass speed limit to 50mph. Cllr Daly      success of the application and councillors thanked Cllr Cornell
    Rights of way – Cllr Rossiter had issued a report suggest-       seconded the proposal. There were 10 votes in favour of the         for her hard work in achieving the goal of listed status.
ing:                                                                 proposal, one against and one abstention. Proposal carried              The meeting closed at 9.58pm
    We write to Countryside Services team reminding them that           Allotments – Cllr Gore said he had not yet contacted the             Note: Copies of reports and documents referred to above
they had promised to address some of our problem footpaths           district council planning department regarding the Balaam           can be inspected at the council’s office.

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                                                                                                             Up and over for this competitor                          Picture by Ron Pitkin

         MP Jim Paice with the Kiddys                                                                         Christmas tree decorating fun
                            Picture submitted by Jan Lupton                                                              Page 6

                Talking about the news page 6

  From left, Margaret Anderson, Janet Conochie, Clare Neville and Joan Palmer                                              Your tree could look like this
                       being interviewed by Mike Crofts                                                                        Picture submitted by Alan Clarkson
                                                                    Picture by John Neville
                                                                                                  Linton News thank you barbecue
Hildersham and Balsham churches ride                                                                          Page 7
               Page 6

                 Picture by Andrew Westwood-Bate
                                                                                                            Some of the many, usually behind the scene, people who
                                                                                                               work hard to make the Linton News a success.
                Bowls club presentations Page 8                                                                                                              Picture by Roger Lapwood

    Club captain Bryan Beavis presents cups to
          Sam Agnew and Garth Collard                         Sam Agnew, president, presenting club pairs’ trophy to
                                    Pictures by Mrs Agnew            winners Vic Terry and John Harpur

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