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					   ISSUE NUMBER 117                                                                                JUNE/JULY 2010



 Notable retiremeNts
As the Parish Council was dissolved in advance of              At the end of May, Rosemary Miller, Principal at the
elections a number of Parish Councillors have stood            Ladybird Pre-school, is taking her well-earned retirement.
down. The efforts of all Parish Councillors are appreciated    Rosemary has worked in the early years sector for 34 years
but there are two I feel I must mention. The first is Robert   and, after being involved in the project to set up Ladybirds,
Clarke who has served for 28 years on the council, 16 of       has led the pre-school in Cottenham for the past 13 years.
those as Chairman. Robert’s contribution to the village is     During that time she has seen many committees come
enormous and there is a special tribute to him included        and go and many staff join the team and stay. Under her
in this Newsletter from Rick Bristow, the current Parish       leadership the Ladybird Pre-school has won awards and
Council Chairman.                                              accolades from those who work in early years as well as
                                                               earning a reputation for leading the field in pre-school
The other ‘retiree’ I must mention is Paula Johnson,           childcare and offering excellent learning and development
who served as Chairman of the Parish Council through           opportunities to all children who attend.
a most taxing time when the planning enquiries relating
to the traveller sites on Smithy Fen were happening.           Rosemary is a school governor at Cottenham Primary
Paula devoted an enormous amount of her time to those          School and will remain on the Cambridge & Peterborough
enquiries and other related matters and managed to             Pre-School Learning Alliance Executive Sub–Committee
remain cheerful and constructive through it all. Many          as well as on the Children’s Trust Board and member of
thanks Paula for all that hard work.                           the Early Years and Childcare Local Partnership, so her
                             ***                               contribution to early years education will continue, but for
                                                               Ladybirds it is an end of an era.
Now that the elections are behind us, we have discovered
that Cottenham has had its own Parliament. It was              Everyone at Ladybirds and many more throughout the
reconvened recently for a photo-opportunity. Thanks to         community wish Rosemary every happiness for the future
the Village Society for digging out this story – have a look   and hope that she can enjoy more relaxing times with her
inside to see what I am talking about!                         ever-growing family, both near and far.

Eddie Murphy                                                   Rebecca Cole
                                       Dates:
  June
  1st             Parish Council, Council Meeting, Ebenezer House, 7:30pm
  5th             Salvation Army, Jumble Sale, Salvation Army Barn 10:00am to 11:30am
  9th             Women’s Institute, Setting up schooling for children with special educational needs in
                  Uganda,Village College, 7:45pm
  10th            Salvation Army, Coffee Morning, Salvation Army Barn 10:00am to 11:30am
  10th            Parish Council, Planning Committee, Council Office Ebenezer House, 7:15pm
  24th            Salvation Army, Coffee Morning, Salvation Army Barn 10:00am to 11:30am
  24th            Parish Council, Planning Committee, Council Office Ebenezer House, 7:15pm
  25th            Gardeners Club Meeting, Village College, 7:45pm
  28th            Cottenham Primary School, Open Evening, Primary School, 4:30pm to 6:00pm

  July
  3rd             Salvation Army, Jumble Sale, Salvation Army Barn 10:00am to 11:30am
  6th             Parish Council, Council Meeting, Ebenezer House, 7:30pm
  8th             Salvation Army, Coffee Morning, Salvation Army Barn 10:00am to 11:30am
  8th             Parish Council, Planning Committee, Council Office Ebenezer House, 7:15pm
  22nd            Salvation Army, Coffee Morning, Salvation Army Barn 10:00am to 11:30am
  22nd            Parish Council, Planning Committee, Council Office Ebenezer House, 7:15pm




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Also I am available for babysitting weekends and after
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street Football                                                  sustaiNabilitY
Did you know that there are weekly street football sessions     A nationwide programme to engage parishes with
at Cottenham Sports Centre every Friday from now to the         sustainability has led to the formation of our own group of
9th of July (excluding 4th June)? Players must be 10 years      volunteers in Cottenham. We have a variety of goals, all of
or older and it costs £1 per session to play. You can come      which are aimed to help you.
by yourself or in a group.
                                                                Do you have questions about the cost of energy to heat or
You can also come and play football on our floodlit astro       run your home, or how to get a grant to insulate better for
turf. There is a qualified coach at every session to organise   next winter? Bus-rider or biker, do you want a bigger say in
games, coach or referee games. No need to book just turn        our public transport facilities? Do you want to engage our
up and play.                                                    councillors in matters of the environment?
                                                                The Sustainable Cottenham Group have a website (http://
For more information call 01954 713349 or 713362                www.sustainablecottenham.co.uk), and an online forum where
                                                                you can find out about training, and contact with people who
Supported by South Cambridgeshire District Council,             want to help us save energy and improve our environment.
Cambridgeshire FA, Cambridge United and South
Cambridgeshire Crime & Disorder Reduction Partnership           The Sustainable Cottenham Group meets roughly once a
                                                                month, and is the place to find out more about local energy
                                                                or environment-related events, please check our website.
iNvitatioN to all
On Monday, June 28th, from 4:30pm until 6:00pm, we are
holding an open evening at Cottenham Primary School.
Everyone in the community is cordially invited to come
along and see what is going on at your local school.
There will be an opportunity to view all the displays in the
classrooms and hall, walk through the gardens, listen to
music performed by groups of children and meet the staff
and governors. Refreshments will be served by the PTA.

We are looking forward to meeting you all!

Jan Wright, Headteacher
  telegraph street practice News
Repeat prescriptions available on line. You can now              the month. Did you know that even unopened medicines
order prescriptions online in your own time for delivery to      have to be destroyed? If you have any, please take them
Histon, Impington or Cottenham Co-op. Ask at reception for       to your local pharmacy.
an access form which will give you a unique secure password.
                                                                 Holiday vaccinations. Please remember that if you
Then go to our website and order your repeat medication
                                                                 are planning to go abroad this summer you need to ask
following the instructions. Your medication will be ready to
                                                                 reception for a form to complete prior to your appointment
collect from your chosen Co-op pharmacy in 48 hours.
                                                                 with the travel nurse and you must see the nurse at least
Website. You can visit the surgery website at www.               six weeks before travel.
firshouse.com. It contains information on the staff structure,
                                                                 Patient Participation Group. We are lucky enough to
surgery times, facilities, how to access our new online
                                                                 have an active patient group that support the surgery in
prescription service for repeat medications as well as links
                                                                 many ways: they produce our very popular newsletter, run
to health information and advice.
                                                                 health promotion events and act as a critical friend. We
What to do if you have a minor injury. Remember                  meet bi-monthly on a Tuesday evening. If you would be
that for minor injuries it may be more appropriate and           interested in joining the group then please contact the
quicker for you to phone for an appointment to be seen at        Practice Manager.
the surgery or by the Urgent Care Cambridge (who have
                                                                 Sam Nightingale
replaced CAMDOC) during out of hours periods rather
                                                                 Practice Manager
than go to Accident and Emergency. If in doubt ring the
surgery for advice.
If you can’t keep your appointment. Please let us know           ccc maNager Needed
so we can offer the appointment to someone else who
needs to see a GP or nurse. Every month vital clinical time      Do you want to play a key part in the creation, development
is wasted by patients who do not attend appointments             and management of a new Community Centre and coffee
and did not let us know.                                         shop at the heart of Cottenham?

Clinical Administrator. Our Clinical Administrator,              Are you self-driven, well-organised, reliable, a good
Emma Procter, leads our reception team and manages the           communicator, able to manage and motivate and manage staff
administration processes that our hard working reception         and preferably with experience of the catering industry?
team are responsible for. She is also available to talk to       The Cottenham Community Centre Coffee Shop will open
patients if you have any questions or comments.                  in November 2010. The Centre needs a committed Centre
New Registrar. A registrar is a qualified doctor who is          Manager who will be able to project manage the set-up,
training to specialise in General Practice. Our current          launch and grow the Centre.
registrar is Dr Daniel Edgcumbe, who will be with us until       Starting in the Autumn, the successful applicant will run
February 2011.                                                   the café, which will serve light snacks, and be responsible
Summary Care Record. You will recently have received             for training and managing its staff as health and safety and
a letter in the post organised by NHS Cambridgeshire             security for the Centre. They will also help develop the
and the Department of Health. If you have any queries            community facilities, regularly liasing with and reporting to
please ring 0845 603 8510. If you wish to opt out please         the Trustees.
complete the form and bring it into the surgery. We have         Hours: Part time, 20 hours a week for the first year, and
spare forms if you need them.                                    expected to cover core opening hours of 10-2pm, Monday
Medicines Waste Campaign. The cost of wasted                     to Friday. The plan is for the post to become full time or a
medicines in Cambridgeshire is estimated to be over £5           job-share from September 2011.
million per annum. Please therefore only order those items       If you are interested please contact Eddie Murphy (01954
on your repeat medication list that you actually need for        251700, ejmurphy@ntlworld.com).
barN reNewed!
                                                               the village that evening you may have heard the Salvation
                                                               Army’s Anglia Youth Band. A group of over 30 young
                                                               people, the band gave a concert, which included music,
As many in the Cottenham community are aware, the barn         dance and drama to celebrate the renovations. The event
behind the Salvation Army Worship Hall is used extensively     also raised £100 for The Salvation Army’s disaster relief
throughout the week for a range of activities. These include   work in Chile.
a toddler group Barn Owls, friendship group CAMEO, The
Barmy Barn kids club, coffee mornings and jumble sales.        The Barn is also available for private party hire through
The Toy Library, Breakdance group and a Brownie group          Corps officers (Ministers) Russell and Alison Day on
also meet there. Over the years the barn has become in         01954 252419
need of refurbishment and this has now been achieved
thanks to the hard work and contributions of many local
organisations. These included Cottenham Parish Council,
Ebenezer Baptist Trusts, The Donarbon Community
                                                               ctic ladies luNch
Fund, Leeway Building Services Ltd, South Cambs Local          Christians Together in Cottenham Ladies Lunch in The
Strategic Partnership, as well as several individuals.         Salvation Army Barn on Saturday 26th June, 12 noon
                                                               to 2:00pm. The speaker will be Captain Emma Knights.
The Salvation Army’s Anglia Divisional Commander               Coffee will be served from 11:30am. There is no charge,
Major David Jackson re-opened ‘The Barn’ in a morning          but if possible, please could those with surnames beginning
celebration on April 17th. If you were out and about in        with A–M bring a plate of savoury food and those whose
                                                               surnames begin with the letters N–Z bring a plate of sweet
                                                               food. For further information please contact Alison Day on
                                                               01954 252419 or email alison.day@salvationarmy.org.uk.



                                                                Fathers’ daY Fête
                                                               It was with much relief that we discovered, quite by
                                                               chance, that Ladybird’s Fathers’ Day fête does not clash
                                                               with an England World Cup football game. So, with no
                                                               excuse to miss it, we hope to see you all at the Recreation
                                                               ground on Sunday 20th June for three hours of enjoyment
                                                               and activity.

                                                               Between 12 noon and 3:00pm, bring your dad along
                                                               and reward him with a wet sponge in his face and then
                                                               a burger and beer – he’ll know how much you care about
                                                               him. For the competitive amongst you, there will be “Beat
                                                               the goalie”, welly throwing, races, quizzes and many more
                                                               competitions... exactly how many balloons do you think will
                                                               fit in a Smart Car?

                                                               Other attractions include refreshments and licensed bar,
                                                               BBQ, ice-creams, face painting, trailer rides, entertainment,
                                                               raffle, tombolas, games and stalls.

                                                               Come along and enjoy a good old-fashioned village fête!

                                                               Rebecca Cole
                                                               Committee Chairperson
          ladYbirds
                                                                 children starting in Reception, regardless of whether they
                                                                 currently attend Ladybirds or not.

As you may already know or have read in this Newsletter,         Rebecca Cole
our Principal, Rosemary Miller, retired from Ladybirds at the    Committee Chairperson
end of May. We thank her for her tireless work over so many
years to ensure that Ladybirds is an excellent pre-school
open to the whole community and known throughout the
                                                                 buildiNg Futures
county as an outstanding place to send children.                 Cottenham Village College was recently granted planning
                                                                 permission for two major new buildings to support
Sara Starr, our Senior Deputy Principal, will take on the        the addition of a sixth form. These are intended to be
role of Acting Principal for the remainder of the summer         complete ready for intake of students in September 2011
term and we are hopeful that by the time you are reading         from an expanded catchment area that stretches as far as
this, we will have made a permanent appointment for a            Wisbech, Huntingdon and Newmarket.
new Principal to start in September.
                                                                 Architectural and educational visions for these additions were
Rosemary is a member of our Committee of Trustees at             explained in a talk organised by the Cottenham Village Design
Ladybirds so, although she may take a step back from             Group on 2nd March 2010. Stephen Wyard, from architects
things for a while, she will remain involved and continue        Mouchel, explained how the design was constrained by the
to be an ardent supporter of our childcare provision within      college’s site and presented details of the many “green”
the village.                                                     features that have been incorporated to help make the
You may have seen our brand new sign outside the                 buildings sustainable. Deputy head Peter Marshall explained
building, featuring our new ladybird, Lily. We owe Jay           that they are not intending to compete with existing sixth form
Lewis at Screens and Graphics in Cottenham a huge                facilities at Hills Road, Long Road and CRC, but rather to
thank you for producing and providing this sign (and             provide vocational studies at the lower end of the education
our new banners) completely free of charge. We really            sector. The sixth form is intended to grow to around 250
appreciate local businesses giving their time and money          pupils studying subjects such as construction, hospitality
to help support Ladybirds and I hope you will agree that         and catering, media, and health and beauty.
the new sign looks fantastic.                                    The session ended with questions from the audience,
Now that we are moving into the summer, Easter seems a           ranging from the obvious issue of car and moped
distant memory, but we had a very successful Easter Egg          parking, through the long term future of the site including
Hunt yet again and raised £500. Since then we have had a         the swimming pool, and concluded with whether the
good morning of fundraising at the village fun run and now       construction workers would be “pig ugly”! Answers to
we’re looking forward to our Fathers’ Day Fête on Sunday         these questions and more can be found at www.cvdg.org
20th June. From 12 noon to 3:00pm on the day, please join
us for refreshments, BBQ, a licensed bar, trailer rides, welly
throwing, splat your dad, face painting, stalls and much,
much more. Look out for posters around the village for more
information and we’ll look forward to seeing you there!

Lastly, if you have a child starting at Cottenham Primary
School this September and are wondering how you will
arrange childcare while they spend the first part of the
Autumn term settling in on half days, Ladybirds may have
the solution for you. We shall be offering the same service
that we did last year of collecting your child from the
school and looking after them at Ladybirds until the end of
the school day. If you are interested in this, please contact
the office for more information – this offer applies to all
       bird report
                                                                Green and at Broad Lane are there for all to see, and the
                                                                same can be said about herons, coots and swans.

“Oh, to be in England now that April’s there.” Yes, Robert      I have noticed that most modern bird books say very little
Browning got it just about right. This morning I went for       about nests and eggs. I assume that this is to discourage
an early walk, as it promised to be yet another glorious        people from stealing birds’ eggs and making a collection.
Spring day. The High Street was silent (it was Saturday),       When I was a boy the taking of a single egg from, say, a
but Church Lane was full of bird song – larks, tits, finches,   blackbird or a robin was acceptable, but not now.
warblers, woodpeckers, robins, dunnocks, wrens – and
many more. I also went into the churchyard, which is            Recently, a friend brought me an old nest found in the
always a good place for birds. It was quiet, there are plenty   garden. It was a beautiful construction of moss and lichen,
of trees and shrubs for cover, and fences and gravestones       with a domed roof and a small hole in the side. The inside
to perch on.                                                    was lined with tiny feathers. It belonged to long-tailed tits.

The arrival of summer birds has been erratic this year. I       I am always pleased to hear from other people’s
have kept a diary of first arrivals in this area:               observations. I am grateful to Ray for his frequent bird
                                                                reports and for his photos, to Dick Smith for his expert
March 18          chiffchaff                                    photos of a heron and a green woodpecker, and to
      24          blackcap                                      Dorothy and Simon for wonderful film and photos of a
April 1           Cetti’s warbler                               female sparrowhawk demolishing a collared dove on
      8           willow warbler, swallow                       their patio!
      9           sedge warbler
      12          wheatear                                      So what have you seen or heard lately? Among other birds I
      22          cuckoo                                        have seen greenfinches, goldfinches, a green woodpecker,
      23          garden warbler                                mistle thrushes and long-tailed tits in the garden. Nothing
      24          whitethroat                                   very unusual, but they give a lot of pleasure.

So I have yet to see house martins, swifts, spotted             Jasper Kay April 2010
flycatchers, reed warblers, terns or yellow wagtails – all
birds which we might expect to see in this area. By the time
you read this no doubt the scene will be quite different. I
would be glad to compare notes with you.

So far, I have seen very few swallows and I hope this is
not a bad sign. Some people may raise eyebrows at the
mention of Cetti’s warbler, but they are becoming more
common. I hear their amazing song regularly in Milton
Country Park and I am told that they are well known in the
Swavesey lake area.

Of course this is a busy time for birds. They seem to be
insatiably hungry, judging by the way they attack the bird
feeders. No doubt they are feeding young birds, but this
is not always easy to see. Most small birds regard mating,
nesting, producing young as a private affair and go to great
lengths to hide away from predators and human beings.
This is why I feel a little uneasy at the many television
programmes showing the rutting of stags, the mating of
animals and the birth of lambs. Some big birds are much
more public in their activities. The rooks’ nests on the
     brassed oFF!
                                                                    Gloria and Andy; and the moving playing of Dannyboy
                                                                    when Danny fell ill.
Wow! What a wonderful production! I went on the first
                                                                    It was all so professional. I was intrigued by the principals’
night and was amazed to find the hall almost full. Clearly
                                                                    playing of their instruments and for a time could not decide
the message had got through that this was going to be
                                                                    if they were really playing or not! The mouth movements,
something special. And how right it was!
                                                                    the use of the keys, the watching the conductor and the
                                                                    evident involvement in the music was totally convincing.
The opening scene was terrific. The band were playing on            It would have been easy to make this a comedy act, but
the stage, the protest march appeared from the back of the          thankfully this temptation was quite rightly avoided.
audience and the miners, in full miners’ kit, with safety helmets
and headlights and faces covered with coal dust and grime,
                                                                    I hesitate to mention actors by name in a production in
climbed wearily out of the pit beneath the stage.
                                                                    which the standard was so uniformly high, but certain
                                                                    characters impressed me greatly: Mike Milne for his highly
And this was just the beginning. From then on we were               professional performance as Danny; Amy Unwin as the wife
shown the tragedy of the closing of the coal mines, the             and mother so badly hit by the situation; and Harry Pearce
frustration and anger of the miners and their families at the       for a wonderful piece of acting as young Shane. But the
loss of jobs, income and dignity, the arrogant incompetence         ultimate praise goes to Cottenham Brass for playing so
of the authorities and the devastating effect these events          beautifully, for entering so courageously into the spirit of
had on family life and personal relations.                          the play and holding the action together so well.

It was tragic, rough, entertaining, funny and, at times,            We owe a huge thank you to Gloria Milne for having
intensely moving. It is a wonderful tribute to a group of           the vision and the courage to put on this show and for
amateur actors in East Anglia that they are able to put over        encouraging Cottenham Theatre Workshop to reach new
with such skill and conviction a story which took place             heights with a truly outstanding production.
nearly twenty years ago in Yorkshire. The language, the
humour, the accents, the way people behaved towards
                                                                    And will we ever forget the moving final words of “Catch
each other all had a ring of authenticity about them which
                                                                    me Grandad.”?
allowed us to believe in what was going on.

                                                                    Jasper Kay
Certain scenes stand out particularly: Shane falling
backwards into his Grandad’s arms; the hilarious attempts
by the adults to try the same trick; the breakup of the young
family under the strain; the developing romance between
parish couNcil
                                                                Group with other villages. Reports were received from the
                                                                District Council, the County Council and from the Youth
                                                                Workers, headed up by Julie Bristow, within the village,
The following are matters discussed at recent Council           largely based at the village college. The Police were
Meetings:                                                       scheduled to attend to give an update of activities within
                                                                the village, but unfortunately at the last minute they were
Parish Council Elections – At the time of writing these         not able to be there.
notes it is known that there will not be an election as there
are less than 15 nominations, which is disappointing.           Health & Safety Surveys on the Recreation ground
We are pleased however that 4 new persons offered               – Previous Newsletters have referred to this subject as
themselves as Parish Councillors, but unfortunately 5           it is a monthly check. Those who are on the Recreation
Councillors stood down. We will endeavour to co-opt 2           Ground on a regular basis will know that there are a few
additional members to make up the 15 allowed. Full details      outstanding issues. Rest assured that action is being taken
will be given in the next Newsletter.                           to rectify any damage or replace equipment.

Meeting with the County Council – Matters discussed             Christmas Tree – We are considering whether to plant
included Oakington Road speeding issues, Rooks Street           a Christmas tree on the Village Green to save the yearly
parking problems, the B1049 north approach speed                cost of installing a tree, and to do our bit to save waste,
humps, dropped kerbs for mobility scooter users, Lambs          and help the environment.
Lane parking issues, the Zebra crossing by the village
college, white lines maintenance throughout the village,        War Memorial – It is planned to install a railing around
the use of the B1049 by heavy commercial vehicles,              the memorial to make it look tidier, and to return it to how
improvement of signs in some parts of the village, and          it used to be.
the adoption by the County Council of the Tenison Manor
Estate.                                                         Vandalism & Overnight Camping at the Recreation
                                                                Ground – Damage has occurred to the wall of the Village
Histon Neighbourhood Panel Meeting with the                     Hall. If anyone knows who the culprit is please advise our
Police – Matters discussed relevant to Cottenham                Clerk. Also our Groundsman has found that teenagers
included graffiti problems (the individual arrested has in      have been camping overnight leaving behind rubbish. This
conjunction with the Probation Service removed the word         activity is strictly forbidden, and action will be taken if there
“shaz” from various parts of the village), an attempt to        is a reoccurrence.
reduce incidents of illegal, inconsiderate and bad parking,
continue to impact on speeding throughout the village,          Bus Shelters Histon Road – The two shelters towards
and to clamp down on anti-social behaviour with particular      the end of the village will be replaced rather than being
reference to the end of school term activities.                 refurbished.

Annual Parish Meeting – This was held in the Village            Horses on the Cut Banks – We continue to receive
Hall for the first time, and 30 people attended including       complaints of horse riding on the Cut banks. We would
Parish Councillors, District Councillors and County             respectfully ask again that equestrians desist from this
Councillors. The Parish Council Chairman, Rick Bristow,         practice as it is intimidating to other, lawful, users, and
gave a report which included comments on statutory              undermines the integrity of our levees.
meetings, the precept for 2010/11, features of the last 12
months, namely new leases signed with the Cottenham             David Mudd
United Sports & Social Club and Ladybirds Pre-School,           Cottenham Parish Council
Lambs Lane resurfacing, responses made to the County’s
Minerals & Waste Plan with particular attention paid to
potential increases in traffic on the B1049, Northstowe,
traffic related matters, the Old Recreation Ground re
fencing, the new sports pavilion project, and a Joint Action
      cotteNham
                                                               All Cottenham boys at the time the original photograph was
                                                               taken, they are, the man with the bicycle is Alan Beaumont
                                                               (aged 71), the others from the left are Nigel Burgess (aged

     parliameNt!                                               85), David Copping (aged 71), Ronald (Ron) Gifford (aged
                                                               85), John (Jack) Hopkins (aged 78), Ronald (Ron) Peck
                                                               (aged 84), Michael Taylor (aged 78) and Robert (Bob)
Drought and severe late frosts in the spring of 1938           Ward (aged 83). They have a combined age of 635 years.
devastated the Cambridgeshire fruit crops. One grower
was left with a solitary plum, the only fruit to set from 24
acres of orchard.

Cottenham was no exception, with a population of around
2500 many of which were fruit growers or small holders,
things couldn’t be worse, many faced bankruptcy. One
Cottenham grower who would usually get a return of
£3000 for his fruit said he would be lucky to get £25.

On Wednesday 22nd June 1938 the ‘News Chronicle’
featured a two page spread highlighting this local disaster
which included the photograph below of a group of
Cottenham growers who had gathered on the seat outside
the Conservative Club to discuss the situation, they called
this photograph ‘The Village Parliament of Cottenham’.

                                                               Our thanks go to all the gentlemen in the photograph,
                                                               Bob Ward for organizing the reconstruction and Anthony
                                                               Cowley for taking the photograph.

                                                               Ralph Carpenter
                                                               Cottenham Village Society




The man with the bicycle is Frank Cross, the others from
the left are Wilson Easy, Mr Cook, Malachi Blunt, Arthur
Flavel, Charlie Gifford, William Carrier and James Piper.

On St George’s Day, 23rd April 2010, through
the inspiration of Robert (Bob) Ward ‘The Village
Parliament’ was in session again, this time under happier
circumstances, on the seat outside the Stute. (Local name
for the Constitutional Club as it was called in the 1920s)

Eight of Cottenham’s senior gentlemen ventured out on a
beautiful sunny morning to recreate the original photograph.
     ever Needed                                                  But it’s not only Marly who benefits from the
                                                                  Befriending Scheme. Her befriender, Jane says that

      a FrieNd?                                                   she looks forward to Tuesdays just as much: “We
                                                                  chat about things and have a laugh. But it’s also
                                                                  such a rewarding thing for me too. I’ve become a
Did you know that one in four of us will, at some point,          more confident person, and have learned more than I
experience mental health problems? It’s a surprising              could ever have imagined. It’s helped me turn my life
statistic, and one which highlights how little we know about      around.”
mental illness. It is an issue that is largely pushed aside,
but the reality is anyone can have a mental health problem,       Jane says that keeping a stable routine is vital: “We’ve
be it depression, an anxiety disorder or a psychotic illness      been meeting up for over a year, and we’ve only
– mental health is everybody’s issue.                             ever missed one week. We usually go to Marks and
                                                                  Spencer’s, or have a coffee. It’s important for us both
Cam-mind is a charity that offers support to people               to have a reliable commitment.”
experiencing mental illness. Through local projects and
services, they help mental health service users in their
recovery, and encourage them to return to an active life        Hannah Turner is Cam-mind’s co-ordinator. She says the
within the community.                                           Befriending Scheme is a chance for people to really make
                                                                a difference – to the befriendee’s life, and their own. “Our
But you don’t need to be a health professional to make a        volunteers help to reduce the feeling of isolation people
difference.                                                     endure when experiencing mental health problems. They
                                                                also support service users in exploring new opportunities,
Cam-mind’s one-to-one Befriending Scheme is an                  which can help increase their confidence. The Befriending
opportunity for you to offer support and friendship to people   Scheme allows you to make a difference to someone’s
who are among the most isolated in our community.               life. And it really does make a difference. Someone who
                                                                was shy and timid can really come out of themselves as
The volunteer scheme allows you to spend a couple of            a result.”
hours a week with your befriendee. You might meet up
for a cup of tea, do a bit of shopping, or even attend an       Hannah is keen to stress that while there is a queue of
exercise class – things that some people may find difficult     people waiting for a befriender, there are not enough
to do on their own.                                             volunteers. “We need people who genuinely want to help
                                                                someone improve their life. In return we offer training and
                                                                support to make the partnership a successful one.”

   marlY’s storY                                                To be a befriender, you don’t need previous experience.
                                                                You should be a good listener, and be able to provide
  Fifteen years ago, Marly was a busy working mum.              support and friendship on a regular basis. You will benefit
  However, following a period of severe mental illness,         from the experience of helping people with a mental illness,
  she was forced to leave her job and her marriage              and have the opportunity to stimulate a positive change in
  collapsed. After several long periods in hospital, Marly      their lives.
  became increasingly isolated. She found it difficult to
  leave her home or talk to her family. She was then put        If you’re interested in becoming a Cam-mind volunteer,
  in touch with Cam-mind’s Befriending Scheme.                  call Hannah Turner on 01223 311320, or email:
                                                                co-ordinator@cam-mind.org.uk. For more information, visit
  “When I was referred to Cam-mind, I was at a very low         Cam-mind’s website: www.cam-mind.org.uk
  point” says Marly, “I was feeling very isolated, hardly
  getting out at all, and I was really going downhill.”

  Marly was matched up with a volunteer befriender.
  They now meet every Tuesday. “We couldn’t have
  been matched any better,” says Marly. “Since we
  started meeting up, Tuesday has become my get-up-
  and-go day. My befriender comes in like a breath of
  fresh air, and we go out and do all sorts of things
  together.”

  Marly’s new-found confidence has made a positive
  impact on other areas of her life. “When I see my
  neighbour or talk to one of my relatives, I feel I’ve got
  a bit of a conversation now. I say, ‘I’ve been out with
  my befriender today’ and they’ll say, ‘Oh yes and what
  did you do?’ And I’ll say, ‘Well what didn’t we do,’
  whereas before, Tuesdays were just another day.”
 No wags here!
                                                                 These men, along with the many helpers who provide
                                                                 support running the line, putting up goals, helping in the
                                                                 tuck shop and raffle etc, have helped the boys achieve
Only MAGs (Mothers and Girlfriends) and we are very              this goal.
proud to announce that our boys are TOP of the League
in the Cottenham Cambridge Colts Under 15’s League               Well done all of them!
A League. The boys have gone from strength to strength
over the years with some of them starting in the Colts as
young as six. Quality has improved and the boys have
quickly moved up the leagues until they reached the ‘A’
League. The last few seasons in the ‘A’ League they have
improved year on year and this has culminated in this
season where they have consistently won matches with
many goals scored and ultimately ended up at the top of
the league.

Most of the boys come from Cottenham but there are
others from surrounding villages attracted by the quality of
football. The boys come under the guidance of Manager,
Ian Stuchbury and Assistant Manager/Coach, Lance Keys.


 robert clarke
                                                                 Being a councillor means giving 4 – 10 hours of time per
                                                                 month; being chairman adds, conservatively, a further 5
                                                                 – 10 hours a week; exactly how much time ‘Clarkey’ has
It’s not generally in my nature to eulogize but every so often   given is impossible to determine for additionally: he has
something, or in this case someone, is so remarkable that        sat as a trustee, recently chaired, and acts as ‘odd-job’
special mention has to be made.                                  man for the Cottenham Charities; he has been a trustee
                                                                 of Ladybirds pre-school; he has painted and repaired bus
Robert Clarke decided not to stand for re-election to            shelters; he has been vital in the running of the recreation
the Parish Council, perhaps not so surprising given that         ground as the link for all security and providing tools,
it is voluntary and being a target of public scrutiny can        machinery and time (for welding and such) as needed; he
be irksome. However, Rob has given 28 years service to           has collected (by tractor and trailer) the Christmas tree
this village, with 16 as chairman, which is commendable          from Thetford forest for years, and been largely responsible
by any standards but it is the energy and general social         for the annual success of the carol service at the village
commitment that makes the man so exceptional.                    green. That in the name of the council, but he and wife,
                                                                 Frances, are also principal volunteers in the running of the
                                                                 Day Centre; he keeps a watchful eye on the running of the
                                                                 warden-controlled housing in the village; his tractor and
                                                                 trailer are at the disposal of the Fen Edge Group for the
                                                                 biannual fete; he is a marshal for the Yesteryear Road Run
                                                                 and is chairman of the Cottenham & District Ploughing
                                                                 Society – the oldest in the country.

                                                                 Twenty-eight years the volunteer aiding, supporting,
                                                                 representing the village.

                                                                 For that, Robert, we are deeply grateful!

                                                                 Rick Bristow
                                                                 Chairman, Cottenham Parish Council
      speedwatch                                               desigN group seeks
Currently we have one trained Speedwatch volunteer               New members
in Cottenham – me. But, we need a minimum of two
volunteers to hold Speedwatch events, for practical and        The Design Group exists to help promote good design for
logistical reasons. So, if anyone is interested in using the   the village and comments on all planning applications that
equipment and support offered by the Speedwatch police         relate to it. Comments always refer to the Village Design
initiative, we need more Cottenham volunteers.                 Statement, adopted by South Cambridgeshire District
                                                               Council as a Supplementary Planning Document, which
Are you interested in monitoring vehicle speeds in             includes guidelines on Community, Economy, Landscape
Cottenham?                                                     and Wildlife, Open Spaces, Buildings, Highways and
                                                               Street Furniture.
Can you spare a few hours one-off to be trained by             Now we need to look to the future, we want to encourage
Cambridgeshire Police?                                         new members to join. Would you like to help influence
                                                               design where you live, you can, simply by joining the
And a couple of hours, several times a year, for Cottenham     Design Group? Members can volunteer to be on the
Speedwatch events?                                             rota for considering planning applications and will learn
                                                               a great deal about the planning process and about
If yes to all the above, then contact Kate Heydon on 01954     proposed changes within the village. The committee
252664, or by email at kate@heydon.org.                        analyses the Design Group’s comments and their impact
                                                               on the planning process and this indicates that the District
If we have several volunteers we can arrange group             Council’s planning decisions have increasingly reflected
training. We can then hold events a couple of times a          the Design Statement.
year at volunteers discretion; for instance in response
to specific local issues that Speedwatch volunteers are        The Design Group is controlled by its members, who elect
concerned about – possibly traffic accident sites, cycling     a committee at the AGM, the Design Group arranges trips
safety, using speed data to determine suitable crossing        and talks for the benefit of members and there are also
locations for elderly people or children, such as on routes    occasional social events for members.
to school, the doctors etc. Speedwatch is a local police
initiative for the community – Speedwatch volunteers do        If you have an interest in influencing design or preserving
not issue traffic penalties or tickets.                        and enhancing the beauty of our village join the Design
                                                               Group, contact our membership secretary Henry Le Brecht
Kate Heydon.                                                   at membership@cvdg.org. Further information about the
                                                               group is also available on our website at www.cvdg.org.
                    district couNcillors’
                       aNNual report
Council Tax and Efficiency                                     Council-owned         Housing/South          Cambridgeshire
                                                               Village Homes
South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC) levies
one of the lowest council tax charges: £115.46 for a           In the face of a ‘debt-sharing’ exercise proposed by John
Band D property. As your local District Councillors, we        Healey, the government Housing Minister, for council-
– Nigel Bolitho, Simon Edwards and Tim Wotherspoon –           owned housing funding, SCDC’s best option to avoid
have been working hard to run an efficient council, with an    having to take on other councils’ debt was to transfer the
emphasis on protecting services wherever possible in the       housing stock to a Housing Association to be managed
face of increased demand and the economic downturn.            externally.
We are drawing down our reserves gradually over the
medium term in order to avoid a hard landing when they         The ‘large scale voluntary transfer’ option, whilst the
bottom out as projected in a few years’ time.                  preferred future for the council and residents from a
                                                               financial, budgetary and long-term service-provision
Cllr Simon Edwards, Portfolio Holder for Staffing and          stance, was not what our tenants in some 5,800 council-
Finance said, “In setting the budget for this year, and        owned accommodation chose; and the choice is
looking at our council tax levels, we’ve again had to          understandable. Tenants who have in the past been happy
perform a difficult balancing act. We want to maintain         with the excellent services provided by SCDC don’t want
and improve services, but in light of falling income, and      to change manager. Unfortunately, the consequences of
increased demand for some of our services such as              the resulting debt burden could be dire for a ring-fenced
housing advice, this becomes extremely difficult. We’re        budget, and more so in a District Council with a particularly
also very aware of the wider economic situation for all of     low Council Tax as SCDC.
our residents and want to keep the weight of council tax
as light as possible.                                          The indications are that SCDC might have a debt of
                                                               around £200 million assigned to it by central Government.
“We’ve already made a permanent reduction of £2.2              (Currently SCDC is debt-free.) At an interest rate of 7%
million in next year’s budget and to meet the proposed         this would cost us £14 million per year, or £16.25 million
level of council tax we’ll still be taking £500,000 out of     per year if we wanted to pay it off over 30 years on an
reserves. This has not been without pain and we’ve had         interest-and-principal basis like a mortgage. Servicing the
to look extremely carefully at all areas of spending. We’ve    imposed debt would only be partially offset by the fact that
tried to protect front line services and used restructuring    SCDC would cease having to pay to the government a large
and more efficient working practices, as well as reductions    share of our tenants’ rent, estimated equal to £12.3 million,
in support services, to keep service cuts to a minimum.”       leading to approximately a £2 million deficit each year.

Cllr Nigel Bolitho, Corporate Governance Committee Vice-       The regulations prevent us from paying this debt off using
Chairman said, “SCDC has one of the lowest Council Tax         Council Tax, so the burden of repayment will unfortunately
charges in the UK. But, it’s a big strain on the finances      fall exclusively on tenants. It is no longer possible for us to
when we are also one of the fastest growing areas, and         offer them an alternative.
when services have to be put in before residents start
to pay. SCDC has been looking at ways that we can              Bins and Recycling
share our excellent administrative services, for example
in discussions with neighbouring authorities to combine        SCDC has one of the highest recycling rates in the country.
back-office services including tax collection. Council-        From October residents will have a third bin; a blue bin
sharing (of services) is definitely the way forward to drive   to recycle additional types of plastic. SCDC is a thrifty
down costs both to the council and to taxpayers.”              council, so the green boxes currently provided will either
                                                               be sold to another authority or retained by the household.
                                                               This initiative will cost the council around £1 million up
                                                               front, with £500,000 being provided by way of external
                                                               grant, and it will result in saving £1.9 million in the first five
                                                               years, and £420,000 a year thereafter.

                                                               Tree Warden

                                                               For my sins or otherwise, ‘Twiggy’ Bolitho has become
                                                               Cottenham’s Tree Warden. The initial start was not
                                                               promising as local developers behind Orchard Close gave
                                                               two stumps of a fine Norwegian Maple as they obtained
                                                               planning permission for social housing at Worland Way.
                                                               However a few positives of late: a well-known Cottenham
                                                                                                     continued on next page
continued from previous page                                    My two beefs with Corporate Governance are Assets and
                                                                Chairman’s Delegation of Grants:
resident may be prepared to provide a Christmas Tree to
the Parish Council. And currently consideration is being        If asset rules assess the value of all assets, including the
given to planting a live, permanent, large fir tree on The      letting of council-owned garages, then why not ‘green’
Green. It would be the only coniferous tree there, but as I     assets such as green areas? Or trees? After all, SCDC’s
have pointed out to the Parish Council, The Green would         Arboriculture Officer is, apparently, valuing SCDC’s trees
be enhanced by winter foliage. And the money saved to           – one in Impington is said to be worth £100,000. And
the Parish could be invested to re-stock the village with       for any lender wishing to finance debt on 5,800 council-
modern versions of ancient fruit trees historically grown       owned homes, we might as well make the balance sheet
locally to provide fruit to Victorian London. This fits in      look as good as possible.
nicely with one of the District Council’s new initiatives for
2010/11 which is to assist villages in creating “Community      Chairman’s Delegation of Grants, essentially this means
Orchards”.                                                      that the Chairman agrees grants to various, mainly
                                                                charity bodies in Cambridgeshire, totalling approximately
Drains                                                          £100,000 per year. I believe that Corporate Governance
                                                                Committee has to lay down some strict guidelines. I
Whilst I have been on a crusade about blocked drains and        applaud our financial assistance for Citizens’ Advice
faulty street-lighting, Cottenham residents have risen to       Bureaux overwhelmed by housing and unemployment
the challenge in reporting such problems on the County          problems. But every figure should be scrutinised, however
Council web site. This improved communication has been          worthy. I believe allocation of grant money should be a
particularly helpful during this winter’s record pothole        committee task led by our Chair Person.
season. Overflowing drains remain a local problem. I,
personally, have emptied one drain, and particularly            Roundels
appreciate the beautiful, hinged, Victorian drain covers
seen in Cottenham.                                              I have actively sought our inclusion in the early ‘test’ phase
                                                                of this initiative. As a result, Cottenham has been selected
Electoral Arrangements and Corporate Governance                 to display roundels on bins. The roundels are ‘stick on’
                                                                30mph speed limit signs, which will, I believe, encourage
I am deputy Chairman of both the Electoral Arrangements         drivers to slow down through our village.
Committee and the Corporate Governance Committee.
A big change for 2009–2010 is the introduction of               Nigel Bolitho
International Accounting Standards.
                echoes
                                                                 climb Green Hill above the Three Men of Gragareth. This
                                                                 proved to be a wonderful ridge walk in a little known area.
                                                                 With a friend I went to the West Country and we tackled
Most walkers know about the Munros – the 284 Scottish            the four highest points of Dorset, Somerset, Devon and
mountains over 3,000 feet, which provide a challenge to          Cornwall. We were also able to fit in the Eden Project, the
enthusiastic peak-baggers. I know a few people who have          Lost Gardens of Heligan and Glastonbury Tor.
done them all, and I believe there is a dog who has bagged
the lot. I did one some years ago and that is my lot, unless     We went to stay with friends in Eastbourne and on the way
you count Ben Lomond in New Zealand.                             climbed Black Down (West Sussex) and Ditchling Beacon
                                                                 (East Sussex). One required a lot of searching to find the
But four or five years ago I came across a challenge much        Trig point, and the other provided a visit to the Jack and Jill
more suited to Sassenach oldies. I was introduced to a           windmills and a tantalising taste of the South Downs.
book by John Eckersley called Echoes, standing for English
Counties Highest Original or Engineered Summits. This            The trick is to have friends and relations in key places
book describes walks to the highest point in every English       and so in September we went to stay with Auntie Elsie in
County. Do you know the highest point in your county?            Wales. On the way we stayed in Pandy and as our final
Most people don’t.                                               effort knocked off the highest point in Herefordshire on
                                                                 the border between England and Wales. Appropriately
At first glance at the list I realised that I had already        this was quite a challenging walk, involving a steep climb
done a few: Scafell Pike (Cumbria), Whernside (North             up Black Hill (of Bruce Chatwin fame) and a long walk in
Yorkshire), Kinder Scout (Derbyshire), and Whitehorse Hill       low cloud, drizzle and a strong wind.
(Oxfordshire). But most of the rest were unknown names
in areas new to me.                                              So that was the final piece of the jigsaw. It has been a
                                                                 lot of fun, I have discovered new walking areas such as
In the following years I kept an eye on the list and gradually   the Brecon Beacons and Exmoor and the project has
found an opportunity to knock off a few more. A few days         given me a certain satisfaction. Some of the walks are
in the Peak District gave me the chance to visit Silver Hill     easy, some are more challenging, depending often on
(Nottinghamshire), Cheeks Hill (Staffordshire), Shining          the weather conditions. I climbed Mickle Fell (Durham)
Tor (Cheshire), and High Stones (South Yorkshire).               on my own. This is rough walking on no discernible path
Driving from Oxford to Cambridge I did Wendover Woods            and involves crossing several streams with no bridge or
(Buckinghamshire) and Pavis Wood (Hertfordshire) and             stepping stones. It is a remote area and I was well aware
so on.                                                           of the dangers of walking alone. I had the same feeling
                                                                 on the Cheviot (Northumberland), which I had foolishly
Some peaks can be done on the same walk: Berkshire               omitted to climb when doing the Pennine Way. This time
and Hampshire, Cambridgeshire and Essex, London                  I tackled it from Wootfer and soon encountered thick mist
and Kent. Some “highest points” are nothing more than            and heavy rain. No-one was about and I was relieved to
a clump of nettles (Northamptonshire) or a telegraph             get over the top and drop down to Kirk Yetholm.
pole (Suffolk). Others such as Devon, Cornwall, Durham,
Northumberland., Herefordshire, Derbyshire and Cumbria           However most walks provided the simple pleasure of being
require most of a day’s walking.                                 in a high place and looking around at this lovely country.

Some summits are on Ministry of Defence land (Durham,            If anyone wants a copy of this excellent book, send a
Devon) and others are on private land, so permission has         cheque for £7.00 (which includes postage and packaging)
to be obtained. In my experience this has never been a           to John Eckersley, The Vicarage, School Lane, Heslington,
problem.                                                         YORK YO10 SEE. It’s a good buy! Alternatively it is
                                                                 available from Amazon.com.
Last year, 2009, I found I had eight remaining peaks
to do, but, not surprisingly, they were all far away from        Jasper Kay
home and far apart from each other. I extended a holiday
in Wharfedale to go over the border into Lancashire to
   save the                                                             choir 2000
swimmiNg pool!                                                 You will be able to hear one of the greatest masterpieces
                                                               of choral music, J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor, performed by
                                                               Choir 2000 on Saturday 19 June at 7:30pm at the Baptist
The following appeal is from one of the regular swimmers
                                                               Church in Histon, and on Sunday 20 June at 7:30pm at
at Cottenham Village College outdoor heated swimming
                                                               West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge.
pool.
                                                               The concert will be conducted by Peter Britton. Space
The closure of the outdoor heated pool at Cottenham
                                                               dictates that the Histon performance will feature a reduced
Village College was the main item on the agenda at the
                                                               size orchestra, whereas the West Road performance
AGM of the Swimming Pool Association.
                                                               will be accompanied by the full Choir 2000 Chamber
                                                               orchestra. The soloists are: soprano Helen-Jane Howells,
The pool is, sadly, in need of total refurbishment as
                                                               mezzo soprano Joanna Sleight (Saturday) and Louise
discussed in the April/May issue of the Newsletter. The
                                                               le Boutillier (Sunday), tenor Nicholas Bewes, and bass
refurbishment is needed partly because of wear and tear
                                                               Simon Adams.
(the pool is over 40 years old) and partly because of health
and safety requirements: new shower and footbath facilities
                                                               Tickets for the Histon performance (£10.00, conc. £8.00
are needed, and the changing rooms need improvements
                                                               including light refreshments) are available from Jane’s
to meet new Child Protection guidelines.
                                                               Frames and the Beauty Studio, Histon. Tickets for the
                                                               West Road performance (£12.00, conc. £10.00) are sold
So if there is a rich benefactor, prosperous business
                                                               by the Corn Exchange Box Office in Cambridge (01223
owner or philanthropist out there who would like to make
                                                               357851). At both venues students only pay £5.00 and
a large donation to stop the outdoor pool from closing, the
                                                               under 16s, accompanied by an adult, are admitted free of
Cottenham Village College Swimming Pool Association
                                                               charge.
(cottenhamlifeguards@hotmail.com) would be delighted
to hear from you by the 14 July 2010.
                                                               Tickets can also be obtained from members of Choir 2000.
                                                               For further information visit www.choir2000.org.
Laura Doherty, CVC Swimming Pool Association Chairman
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coNtacts:                                                     Parish Council Clerk
                                                                                      julie.groves@ntlworld.com, 202928
Police                General Switchboard 0345 456 4564       District Councillors
Community Beat Office                     01223 358966        Lynda Harford         cllr.harford@scambs.gov.uk, 251775
Neighbourhood Police Constable                                Simon Edwards                cllr.edwards@scambs.gov.uk,
        steve.gilbey@cambs.pnn.police.uk 07710 932168
                                                                                          01223 233682 / 07711 079089
Community Support Officer
          Stuart.ison@cambs.pnn.police.uk 07718 634938        Tim Wotherspoon              timwothers@aol.com,252108
Doctors                                                       County Councillors
Dr. Julie Gould, 188 High Street                    250079    David Jenkins        david.jenkins@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
Dr. M. Grande, 42 Telegraph Street                  251180
                                                                                          01223 236232 / 07739 758859
District Nurse Team                                 251071
Cottenham CareCar                                             Sue Gymer                        suegymer@ntlworld.com
Co–ordinator, 10:00am – 4:00pm, Gerry Brett         251929                                01954 252902 / 07919 036246
Cottenham Community Centre 01954 252350                       British Red Cross Cambridge Office          01223 354434
Cottenham Charities                             250387
                                                              Citizens Advice
Cottenham Club                           07554 063230
Cottenham Day Centre                            250636        CAB, 72/74 Newmarket Road, Cambridge        08701 264010
Cottenham Toy Library Caroline Dethridge 251155               Social Services Histon Team               01223 718011
Cottenham WI Mrs Rita Williams                  251454        Mobile Warden Scheme                     250039/251190
Dentist Wiese and Associates, 40 Margett Street 251696        NSPCC            Cottenham Area Team, 01733 558245
Chemist 222 High Street                         250556
Chiropractor                                                  RSPCA      24 hour cruelty & advice line, 0300 1234 999
www.inspiredchiropractic.com                  01223 864444    Samaritans           Cambridge Centre, 01223 364455
Counsellor & Therapist Ruth Barnett,                          Railway Station Cambridge
ruth@counselling-cambs.co.uk         202556, 07961 644006                            Passenger Enquiries 0845 7484950
Osteopath                                                     Driving Instruction TOPS Driving School              252239
Physic, reception@physic.co.uk       01223 237459
Physiotherapist Tiffany de la Cour,  07879 642697             Taxi 1st Stop Private Hire        261026 or 07919 385702
Veterinary Surgeon Village Vet Cottenham, 252122              Insurance Saffron Insurance                   01954 203204
Schools                                                       Library                       Margett Street, 0345 0455225
Cottenham Village College and Community Office      288944
                                                              Library Doorstep ServiceHilary Firth, 01223 718358
County Primary, Lambs Lane                          250227
Under Ones Group Baptist Church                     252378    Parish Church            The Rectory, 6 High Street, 250454
Pre–School                                                    Baptist Church                       Church Office, 252378
Ladybirds Pre–School, Recreation Ground             250891    Catholic Church St Laurences Church, 01223 704640
Out of School Club                            01223 568397    Methodist Church                     hilary@chengs.org.uk
Brownies & Rainbows
                                                                                                          01223 700778
Chris Hurworth                           203764
Scouts                  2ndcottenham@gmail.com                Salvation Army Envoys Russell & Alison Day 252419
Newsagents Shaun’s News                  250398               Royal British Legion             Ann Scott, 251468
The Corner Shop                    01954 252350               ann.scott23@ntlworld.com
Council Offices                                               Cottenham Brass Band Colin Watson,                 250813
County Council Switchboard                    0345 045 5222
SCDC Switchboard                              0345 045 0500   Bridge Farm Riding School                          252284
                                                              Allotments Cottenham United Charities              200080

				
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