In this section we will be including colour or higher resolution versions of some of the photos included in the current issue of Willingham News magazine. From time to time we may also include items which had to be left out of the magazine due to lack of space. This page will also have any corrections to errors in the magazine not spotted before printing.
This Christmas edition of Willingham News has been flooded with entries forcing the editors to be selective regarding the content of the magazine itself. We do, however, now have this web page to display the missing items and display a selection of photos that may be of interest.
We have full versions of The British Legion’s Christmas newsletter and the update from Lucy Fraser MP both of which had to be abridged in the magazine. A press release by the Connections Bus project had to be left out entirely, and is included here. We have also included some posters for events at the Social Club and a Gallery with Armistice centenary photos and the runner-up entries for the Christmas front cover competition.
Royal British Legion Over & District Branch
Social Club Christmas events posters
End of Year Update from Lucy Frazer MP
Connections Bus Project
Royal British Legion Over & District Branch
It was a full house for our Afternoon Tea this year. Heartfelt thanks to all that attended, sold and purchased draw tickets and donated raffle prizes. Special thanks go to my parents, Daphne & Alf and my daughter Lexi for all of the cakes you made, and donated, to Linda Hall, Tom and Christine Harland for the biscuits, scones and cakes. Thanks also to my sister Julie, who worked tirelessly from start to finish. To the committee, and friends for your support in setting up the event, waiting on tables and clearing up. I would like to make a special mention to Jane, Emma and Ollie. Not only did they help set up and give raffle prizes out on the day but took the cakes that were left on the day to church the next day and raised an extra £98 for the fund.
I would also like to thank Willingham Primary School and Pathfinders for their incredible art displays saying THANK YOU to all who sacrificed their lives for us.
This is a real community event, and has been an absolute pleasure to organise for the last few years. It is lovely to see people of all ages sitting together, having a chat and some laughs whilst eating fabulous cakes & sandwiches and drinking numerous cups of tea and coffee! The craft stalls were also a lovely mixture of handmade goodies, some real treasures for sale and a pleasure to look round.
The event raised £935.00 which is wonderful!!! Again, thank you to all that contributed to this, Andrea x
If there is an event we are holding and you would like to attend but have no transport, please do contact one of the branch members and we would be more than happy to assist.
PLEASE NOTE whilst we do our best to keep up to date with the welfare of members we do not always get to hear about the times we can help with support or company. PLEASE contact us if you or another member would like us to visit you or support you in any way we can.
You do not need to be a member to attend the events we organise and we would love to see you – we cover Over, Longstanton and Willingham and would love to see more local people attend…of course, you are VERY welcome if you would like to become a member, or join our committee…YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH THE ARMED FORCES AT ALL to join us!!
WISHING YOU A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS
Secretary: Jane Matthews
Social Club Christmas events posters
End of Year Update from Lucy Frazer MP
As Christmas approaches and we near the end of another year, I wanted to reflect on the last 12 months which seem to have flown by once again.
Working with partners across the constituency, from local campaign groups to councillors and the Mayor and Government, I am delighted that projects which I have championed are now reaching fruition.The Ely Bypass, which I helped obtain Government funding for, has now been finalised. After regular meetings with BT and Connecting Cambridgeshire, open meetings with residents and regular phone exchanges, 95% of premises in our constituency now have access to superfast broadband (although I continue to press for full rollout in some of the outstanding ‘not-spots’). Also, a free to use, Government backed teacher recruitment website, which I’ve actively pursued for 3 years, is now being rolled out nationally, having been piloted in Cambridgeshire.
Levels of crime and anti-social behaviour in Willingham have been a cause for concern in recent months and, at the time of writing, I am due to attend the next Open Meeting with police and residents to review the situation. Willingham villagers are to be commended on how they are working together as a community to support one another and address these concerns with the help of the police.
I am proud to have supported a number of successful local campaigns; ensuring the continuation of the pilot at the Local Urgent Care Centre at Ely’s Princess of Wales, following regular meetings with local health authorities and the great local campaign by Emma Watson, Helen Wright and others and reinstating a pre 9am off-peak train service to Cambridge after numerous meetings with Chief Operating Officer of Govia Thameslink Rail, Nick Brown, and a well led local campaign by Lauren Thomas.
Longer term projects such as upgrading the A10, building a station in Soham, improving junction 37 on the A142/A14 are ongoing.
Also ongoing is my commitment to local schools. £6m extra funding over 3 years, owing to the ‘Opportunity Areas’ status I helped secure for schools in East Cambridgeshire, is now being made available in the form of grants. My parliamentary inter-School debating competition, which encourages students to develop their debating skills, is now in its fifth year. In the last 3 months I have met with all the pupils taking part and this year’s final is being judged by Sir Brian Leveson.
I have brought a number of Cabinet Ministers to our constituency this year to press our local causes including Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, Secretary for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove and Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling.
I always enjoy meeting constituents, whether welcoming you to Westminster or seeing you at an event, group gathering or surgery. If you would like to arrange a tour of the House of Commons for yourself or a group you belong to, please do send me an email. I am always happy to arrange this and wherever possible I will try to be around to say hello and answer any questions you have.
I am extremely grateful for your ongoing support and will continue to work hard on your behalf in the coming year.
If you have anything you wish to raise with me personally or would like to be added to my email newsletter distribution list please email me at email@example.com.
Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.
Lucy Frazer MP
In our Extras picture gallery this month we have the winner and runners-up of the Christmas cover competition. We also have a selection of Armistice centenary photos by Colin Brown and Derek Law.
Connections Bus Project
PRESS RELEASE 1ST November 2018
The Connections Bus Project is reaching up to 250 young people a week across 14 communities!
More and more young people are relying on the youth services of The Connections Bus Project. Attending weekly youth clubs aboard our double decker buses, building based projects and our courses. At a time when government resources are low – young people are enabling us to expand! Here’s how:
Securing funding from local Parish Councils and funding applications we are able to offer:
- Visits to Eversden, Oakington, Sutton, Haslingfield, Cottenham and Warboys on our double decker youth bus.
- Open-access Youth Clubs in Histon, Milton, Sawtry, Willingham and Caldecote
- A 10-week babysitting course
- A 10-week Generation Game Project – which is taking place in 9 East Cambs and Fenland villages and currently includes Bottisham, Burwell and Soham.
Our recent survey of young people attending our projects drew up the following results:
- 98% of young people enjoy our youth activities
- 95% of young people said our youth workers are easy to talk to
- 97% of young people said they feel safe in our venues
- 62% of young people said our clubs were the only youth activity they attend
Due to the success of our projects, we need to expand our Staff Team. We have a number of vacancies available including:
- Youth Workers
- Course Leaders
- Volunteer Drivers
Person specification to be a part of The Connections Bus Project team
- A passion for supporting young people to achieve their potential
- A desire to help young people to get the most out of life
- The willingness to listen and not judge
Senior Youth Worker (Life Skills Programme) 15 hours a week
A short-term project from March 2019 to October 2019 delivering life skills programmes in rural villages in the East Cambridgeshire and Fenland Area using one of our youth buses. This will involve four 1.5 hour sessions a week over 2 evenings providing a variety of positive activities, including the opportunity for young people to create their own social action project.
Application deadline: 07 December 2018
Sessional Youth Workers
We require a number of committed individuals who have the skills to engage positively with young people during youth work sessions on our youth bus or youth club settings. Sessions can start at 4pm or 7pm across Cambridgeshire.
Application deadline: open ended
Due to the success of our Babysitting and Generation Game Programmes (see website for further details) we require Course Leaders to deliver our bespoke 10-week courses. Sessions can start at 3.30pm or 6pm across Cambridgeshire. These courses help young people build their confidence, knowledge and abilities to be a good babysitter or visitor to the elderly.
Application deadline: 30 November 2018
Fancy joining the team to drive one of our buses?
We have a range of opportunities for those who hold a full-driving licence (category B – car) for at least 2 years and be aged over 21. Having a valid HGV or PCV license would be a bonus. We will provide appropriate driver training for the vehicle.
Trustee vacancies on our Management Committee
We are looking for two new Trustees to join the Management Committee, which meets formally about four times a year. Matters arising between these formal meetings are dealt with by the committee using mainly email. Trustees also have the opportunity to get involved with specific issues as they arise.
Trustees need to be over the age of 18, have enthusiasm, sound and independent judgement and strategic vision, can work effectively as part of a team, and can devote the necessary time to the charity’s work. They must not be disqualified by law from acting as a charity trustee or nominee.
To find out more or apply for any of these vacancies please visit our website: www.connectionsbusproject.org.uk and submit an application or contact Alan Webb firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Connections Bus Project
What we do
The Connections Bus Project is a charity providing youth work services across Cambridgeshire:
- two bespoke double-decker youth buses
- building based youth clubs
- open-access, universal services
- training courses for young people: babysitting, youth leader and Generation Game
- support for smaller community youth projects
- youth consultations for Parish Councils, community groups and others
Our vision is to support young people to fulfil their potential through the provision of free recreational, educational and personal development opportunities.
Our buses and youth clubs have a wide selection of resources including internet linked PCs, games consoles, video/DVD, karaoke, sports equipment, craft activities, quizzes, discussion topics and a tuck shop. Young people can also take away leaflets on many issues that affect them such as bullying, drug and alcohol awareness, smoking, eating disorders, homelessness and health.
Some of the young people are invited to take on volunteer roles helping with tasks and where appropriate providing a link between the young people and the Parish Council.
Our services are staffed by appropriately trained youth workers who take time to get to know the young people and actively engage them in activities and discussions. We are keen to involve the local community and if volunteers are available, we will help to provide suitable training.
For many, our services are the only youth facility that they attend or is available to them in their village.
The Aims of the Project (taken from our Constitution)
- To advance the education and training of persons in Cambridgeshire and the surrounding areas who are in need and unlikely to gain employment, in particular through the supervised provision of services and facilities not otherwise provide by the employment services.
- To provide recreational facilities to persons in Cambridgeshire and surrounding areas who are in need of such facilities by reason of their youth in the interests of social welfare with the object of improving their quality of life.
The Connections Bus Project was initiated following the tragic deaths of three young people who lived in the villages of Histon, Impington and Girton. One of the parents involved decided she wanted to do something for the young people who spend time ‘hanging around’ on street corners and village greens in local communities.
The result of various discussions with interested parties was the idea of a mobile youth resource, with a longer term view to extending this to include the advancing the education and training of young people who perhaps don’t have the same opportunities as others. Those involved included youth workers, churches, parents, Community Education and Parish Councils as well as the young people.
Eventually a bus was purchased (1993) through a gift by the parents of one of those killed, and renovated by young people and professionals who freely gave their time and resources. The whole process was overseen by Steve Whyatt and two community volunteers based at Histon Baptist Church.
In 1994 a Committee was elected and a Constitution was formed. The project gained charitable status in 1995, with three trustees. During this time the bus extended its services to surrounding villages, helped by increasing support from South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council.
The project made a successful National Lottery bid in 1996 and with the funds was able to employ two full time youth workers (Judy Sweetman and Martin Croxon) and six part time youth workers. The project also expanded over the next few years to include schools work, XL groups, residentials, job skills weeks and detached youth work. Judy Sweetman left in 1999, and Martin Croxon took over as Project Manager. Sue Lester replaced Martin in 2002 and subsequently left a year later.
Buses do eventually wear out and in 1999 the project’s first bus (KON 316P) was beginning to look the worst for wear. Fortunately the project was able to secure funding for a new vehicle (MEV 84V) which was again converted by local professionals, staff, young people and volunteers, and on the road in 2000, allowing the project to continue its much needed and highly appreciated work.
2003 saw changes in the membership of the management committee and in the project’s full time staff. Adverts for a new Project Manager were initially unsuccessful but the trustees and one of the senior youth workers, Laura Fouracre (acting as temporary Project Manager) kept the project running and even managed to increase the village visits with the help and support of part time youth workers. Then in April 2004 Alan Webb was employed as Project Manager and the work started to pick up again. Over the next two years village visits increased to five a week and a pool of ten part time youth workers were employed plus three volunteer drivers.
After two resprays , many internal changes and much loving care from Chris Nunn of WFL (the company responsible for the repair and maintenance of the bus) – MEV 84V was heading the same way as the first bus and funding was sought to replace it. The National Lottery was able to help through the Big Lottery Fund and provided funding for the purchase and conversion of a new vehicle. This was done by professional coachbuilders, South East Coachworks of Faversham in Kent, and the bus was equipped to a very high standard. The new bus went into service in February 2006.
In August 2008 Sam Crump joined the staff (funded by the Rank Foundation) as Youth Development Worker and alongside studying for a degree in Informal Education, is improving the opportunities available to the young people. The project has also attracted funding from three local authorities, firstly with the award by Cambridgeshire Council County of the contract for Rural Youth Work Support in South Cambridgeshire and secondly joint funding from South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridge City Council to provide a second bus operating in South Cambs and Cambridge City.
The second bus arrived in November 2009 after an excellent conversion by Qualiti Coachbuilding in Southampton and is now up and running in additional villages. Also during 2009 the project supported a local community (Orwell) in starting its own building based youth club, a model that is hoped will be taken up in other communities.
Summer 2010 was a disappointing time for staff and trustees when central government money allocated to cover running costs for the new bus, were cut. The charity reacted quickly and was able to keep the second bus in use but the planned increase in the number of venues was no longer possible.
With the success of winning two contracts with Cambridgeshire County Council the charity has continued to run two buses and saw in excess of 200 young people a week across 16 venues, in South Cambridgeshire, East Cambridgeshire and Fenland.
After a difficult year with a large portion of external funding being cut, in April 2013 it was necessary to reduce the charities services to just running one youth bus and charging a higher fee to the Parish Councils where the charity is operating. This was leading up to the end of Sam Crump’s (Youth Development Worker) contract coming to an end in the summer of 2013.
The AGM in 2013 so the retirement of Paul Manser as chair of the trustees. His service over ten years helped the charity become more focussed and professional than ever before. The new Chair, Andrew Smith came with a back ground in careers advice and army cadets.
After a few years of consolidating and cuts across youth work services, the charity saw an increased interest in its services particularly in support for building based youth clubs. In 2017 we took on a contract to provide youth services in Histon & Impington which included the recruitment of staff from the Parish Council. One of which was Andrea Cowley, who joined the project as Assistant Manager (Youth Clubs) and brought with her a number of courses for young people that we plan to offer across the county.
Alan Webb (07887 947748) and Andrea Cowley (0789 990 4959)
The Connections Bus Project, P O Box 344, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9WZ
Photograph opportunities: – please contact Alan and Andrea to arrange.