ISSUE NUMBER 117 JUNE/JULY 2010
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
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
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
replaced CAMDOC) during out of hours periods rather
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, email@example.com).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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!
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
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
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
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
allowed us to believe in what was going on.
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
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
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.
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:
email@example.com. 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
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
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.
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!
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com. Further information about the
group is also available on our website at www.cvdg.org.
Council Tax and Efficiency Council-owned Housing/South Cambridgeshire
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.
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.
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,
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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.
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
(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
(firstname.lastname@example.org) 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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Police General Switchboard 0345 456 4564 District Councillors
Community Beat Office 01223 358966 Lynda Harford email@example.com, 251775
Neighbourhood Police Constable Simon Edwards firstname.lastname@example.org,
email@example.com 07710 932168
01223 233682 / 07711 079089
Community Support Officer
Stuart.firstname.lastname@example.org 07718 634938 Tim Wotherspoon email@example.com,252108
Doctors County Councillors
Dr. Julie Gould, 188 High Street 250079 David Jenkins firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. M. Grande, 42 Telegraph Street 251180
01223 236232 / 07739 758859
District Nurse Team 251071
Cottenham CareCar Sue Gymer email@example.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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 202556, 07961 644006 Passenger Enquiries 0845 7484950
Osteopath Driving Instruction TOPS Driving School 252239
Physic, email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Brownies & Rainbows
Chris Hurworth 203764
Scouts email@example.com Salvation Army Envoys Russell & Alison Day 252419
Newsagents Shaun’s News 250398 Royal British Legion Ann Scott, 251468
The Corner Shop 01954 252350 firstname.lastname@example.org
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