Calling all Willingham gardeners, crafters and flower arrangers:

Bearing in mind that the village Horticulture and Craft Show has had to be cancelled this year, how about sharing all your gardening triumphs and failures with us with a view to a harvest flourish finale in September and October?  We would love to hear from you all, especially our young budding gardeners.

You can email articles, anecdotes and photos to willinghamnews@gmail.com with a submission deadline of the 8th September and your photos will be published in colour! It would be great to hear from some of the children in the village too with stories and pictures. We look forward to seeing photos of your best flowers, vegetables and craft projects. What’s happening in your garden or allotment, and anything the children are doing, be it just growing something on a window sill in a plastic supermarket container.

For Squash Players, past, present and future

To those who have played squash in the past, those who are playing now and those who would like to try it out. The squash club at Swavesey (by the Village College) has been refurbished to a high standard with thanks to Ali Loke, World Squash ranking 74.

The club runs leagues, men’s and women’s teams, competitions, social events and group or private training sessions offered by Ali. New members are always welcome at this friendly, lively club and they offer free taster sessions.

For more details visit the website https://www.swaveseysquash.com/ or contact Ali Loke ali@alilokesquash.com

Good News!

After a suggestion by one of our WAG members, Willingham Action Group (WAG), Willingham School Association (WSA), The Fen Edge Community Association (FECA) and Willingham Primary School (WPS) worked together recently to obtain PC’s, laptops and tablets from people who no longer needed so that they could be refurbished and donated to schoolchildren who needed them for home study. Nearly thirty were sourced which has solved the problem for WPS for  the time being as other kind donations were received. Some machines are still needed for Cottenham Primary and the Village College. Our thanks go to all who helped.

Good programmes on Sustainability

Just click on any of the links below…

Sir David Attenborough makes stark warning about species extinction

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-54118769

NASA: Antarctica Melts Under Its Hottest Days on Record
https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/146322/antarctica-melts-under-its-hottest-days-on-record

Boris Johnson to unveil plan to power all UK homes with wind by 2030

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/oct/05/boris-johnson-to-unveil-plan-to-power-all-uk-homes-with-wind-by-2030

Post – Bee Swarms

If you have, or know of, a swarm of bees that may cause problems the Willingham Bee Group will be happy to collect and remove swarms.
Please phone Steve on  07795 215071 for help.  This applies to Willingham and other nearby villages. There is no charge but if you wish to make a donation it will be gratefully accepted. For villages further afield please contact the CBKA website for help.

Beware of Scams

Please be aware that during this difficult time scammers can be even more active. The scams involve offers of money from the Government to help you, asking for donations to help fight the virus, offers to buy protective equipment, and much more. Please be very wary about communications you receive that are related to the current epidemic as thieves are using it as an excuse. Always check the authenticity of everything before you give your money.

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/alert/coronavirus-related-fraud-reports

WAG Needs Volunteers

Willingham Action Group has instigated many improvements to our village life. Working with the Parish Council we helped with purchase and design of the play equipment by the Ploughman Hall. WAG volunteers planted 1300 trees around the village and in the Community Orchard. In the past we have organised litter picking, started several social groups and each year we coordinate the Feast events. These things are just a small sample of all we do but we want to do more and for that we need more volunteers. As a volunteer you might give a few hours once a year running the bar at the Fen Gallop, alternatively you could join our Environment Group and spend many hours helping maintain the orchard – the fruit is free! It’s your choice as to how much you do, and when. 
Our volunteers become great friends and we have our own WAG social lives. If you want to join us or want more information please contact us here