Important – Please Act!

The Parish Council is considering installing an all-weather Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) on the Recreation Ground, to provide a wider variety of sports facilities. It would be available all year round and be floodlit. So that we best meet the needs/desires of the village, we would be grateful if you would complete the questionnaire on page 7 of the June Willingham News (one for each member of the family if appropriate – more copies available from the Parish Office, Library, Post Office, Boswells and the Community Cafe). Please cut out the completed survey and deliver to the Parish Office, Ploughman Hall, West Fen Road, by 30 June. Or complete it online on the Parish Council website at http://willinghamparishcouncil.gov.uk/wp-index.php/muga-survey/ or email clerk@willinghamparishcouncil.gov.uk

Fen Edge Festival

The countdown has begun to this summer’s Fen Edge Festival which will take place in Cottenham between 21st and 23rd June.

Already booked are the acts that will bring us three evenings of music and dancing. The Hares and the Sandy Ukelele Group will provide the free entertainment on Saturday and Sunday. And the Festival’s musical entertainment will get off to a great start on Friday when Cottenham Primary School’s PTCA Summer Dance will feature popular band Swagger (tickets available soon). Each band promises a great way to enjoy the long and warm summer evenings!

There’s more musical entertainment on offer at The Venue, the setting for live music and performances throughout the weekend – all free to enjoy. With its eclectic mix of music and entertainment The Venue allows local musicians and performers, of all genres and ages from the Fen Edge villages, to showcase their talent. This year The Venue is sponsored by the Aviva Community Fund and our thanks to everyone who voted for the Fen Edge Festival at the end of last year so that we could receive this valuable funding.

The Festival will be centred around Cottenham Village Green which will be the setting for many of the activities, attractions and events we have planned. The Green will also be the venue for the ever- popular Festival market with over 50 stalls selling everything from food and drink to gifts and craft goods and much more.

There are also events planned at Cottenham Community Centre and Cottenham Village College.  

The Festival is organised by the Fen Edge Community Association (FECA). FECA underwrites the cost of putting on the event and is supported by the generous sponsorship we have already received from Cottenham Parish Council, Malary, Voland Roofing, Cambridge Glass and Harradine Haulage.

Any profits made by the Festival are available to fund grants to organisations that are members of FECA and to stage future social or recreational events. If you’d like to know more about FECA and the work it does within the community, please visit: www.fenedge.co.uk

It’s going to be a packed weekend; make sure you have the dates in your diary so you can be part of it. The best way to keep up to date with what’s happening is to check the festival Facebook page www.facebook.com/fenedgefestival

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

Would you like to dance?

Teresa Weston is hoping to gauge interest in starting a Willingham Dance Club so if you are one of those who love ‘Strictly’ and would like to join a group to dance and with the possibility of having lessons then please contact her. There is much more detail in the January 2019 Willingham News, page 7.

Inaugural Feast Dog Show 2018

The photo gallery can be seen here with thanks to Derek Law, our official photographer and occasional scurry timer. (This link takes you away from WillinghamLife)

The Dog Show was a great success with a good number of competitors for each of the nine rounds – Waggiest Tale, Most Appealing Eyes, Best Trick, Most Sociable, Best Veteran over 7, Best Rescue Dog, Best Brace (2 alike), Best Irish Brace (2 different), Best Six Legs (Dog and Handler), and then all the winners vying for Dog The Judges Would Most Like to Take Home. There was also a scurry (timed run using hay bales as hurdles) and a Hoopy obstacle course kindly run by behavioural specialists Cambridge Dogs (cambridgedogs.wixsite.com) who also donated their takings to our chosen charity, Wood Green Animal Shelter (represented on the day with a stand run by Karon and Cheyenne). Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to everyone and their dog for turning up and making the day so enjoyable.

As always the event could not have happened without huge help from volunteers and the kind loan of local resources. The arenas were erected with fencing from the Fen Edge Community Association, the bales of hay were provided by Kerry and Owen Garner, and the venue – so ideal – was the beer garden of the Duke of Wellington, thanks to the willingness of Barry and Fran Todd to take a chance on the organising committee. This was an ad hoc WAG group comprising Frances and James Watts, Sara Croft, Kath Doggett, Graham Mumby and Paul Knighton, with further invaluable assistance from Liz Cosford and Mike Tidball. 

The judges – Amanda Radford, Graham Mumby, Kim Harding our brave postlady (familiar with dogs, recently sacrificed hair for McMillan Cancer Support) and her friend David (a genuine expert)  – did a fantastic job in scrutinising the competitors and presenting the prizes, with certificates, rosettes and goody bags going to places 1 to 3. The goody bags were donated by FishDelish, the rosettes by Frances and James.

Willingham Youth Trust ran the BBQ, having leaped to WAG’s  assistance at the last minute. They raised about £250 for the youth club – hats off to them for all their hard work this year – and the Dog Show itself made £200 for Wood Green.