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 month we have two items,
- The full version of the District Councillors Report which had to be abbreviated in the magazine due to space restraints.
- The Willingham Social Club diary in it’s entirety.
District Councillors’ Report
Last month, it will have been a year since we were elected as members to South Cambridgeshire District Council and the Liberal Democrat Group took control and it has been a steep learning curve for both of us. Dawn has been concentrating on casework and a great deal of her time has been devoted to trying to resolve the problems in Willingham caused by the unauthorised encampment on Black Pit Drove and heavy commercial vehicles connected to the Northstowe development using the B1050 through Willingham in breach of planning conditions.
During this time in Willingham, crime and anti-social behaviour has been a big issue as has the unauthorised traveller encampment on Black Pit Drove. The Black Pit Drove issue has now been resolved with direct action by South Cambs Planning Enforcement Officers assisted by bailiffs and the police. We were in frequent contact with enforcement officers, but the process was frustratingly long and drawn-out, mainly because of the complicated ownership of the land and the need to involve several different agencies in the enforcement process.
Dawn and Bill have been monitoring Northstowe heavy goods vehicles using the B1050. For Enforcement officers to successfully deal with breaches there is a need for clear evidence and both Dawn and Bill have recorded, on dashcam, HCVs driving through the village to, or from, Northstowe. This evidence has been passed to South Cambs officers who have used it to increase the pressure on developers and contractors to abide by the planning conditions. This matter will be escalated as far as it is necessary, and this could include the prosecution of company directors for persistent breaches. Please report breaches using this online form: https://scambs-framwork.egovhub.net/REPORTABREACHOFPLANNINGCONTROL/launch
One of the promises that we made to the residents of both Willingham and Over was to improve communications and accessibility. We report to, and attend, our parish councils each month and communicate in the Willingham News and Over News as well as social media. We are also holding surgeries in both villages and the ones in Willingham have been so well attended that we have extended the surgery hours.
Cllr Dawn Percival & Cllr Bill Handley
Willingham Social Club
What’s On In June
Harri Beasley, Live musician
Friday 7 June from 8 pm. This is a Free members night in the members bar with guests welcome for just £2 payable on entry. Harri was our headliner at The Beer Festival, he is a young, versatile, lively singer/guitarist using a loop pedal to create a full sound and with a huge repertoire. You may have seen him busking in Cambridge. This evening will be a lot of fun!
70’s 80’s and 90’s Disco
Saturday 15 June 8 pm. Everyone over 18 welcome.
U.A Roadshow return with their funky disco sounds, requests played too! £5 on the door or in advance from the club.
Bingo takes place in the function room every Wednesday, eyes down 7 30 pm. fantastic raffle prizes and multiple cash bingo prizes for each game. Just £6 for £6 books for 6 games. The more players the larger the prizes, every week the room is full and winners have been thrilled to receive generous winnings. Everyone over 18 welcome.
It is always tricky to find suitable places to display our posters, if anyone would like to help us with promotion by displaying one at work or home please send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org Many Thanks.
This month’s, selection of items that could not be included in the Willingham News magazine.
The full District Councillors’ Report for which there was only space for a few selected items in the magazine. View this item
Forthcoming events by the RSPB at Fenstanton Lakes. View this item
The East Anglian Air Ambulance 24 mile Trek Challenge, taking place in September. View this item
Fen Edge Festival in June. View this item
A search for volunteers to listen to children read in local primary schools. View this item
The Business Energy Efficiency grant scheme with grants up to £20,000 available. View this item
Recruits sought for Longstanton Grasshoppers Cricket Club. View this item
District Councillors’ Report
Welcome to our update on South Cambs District Council matters. This is the full report, only part of which appeared in Willingham News.
Black Pit Drove
On 19 March 2019 SCDC Enforcement Officers, in partnership with police officers and bailiffs, took direct action to remove the traveller encampment on the Black Pit Drove site. Faced with the imminent threat of eviction, the occupants of the eight caravans, who did not have planning permission to reside there and were in breach of a High Court injunction order, moved peaceably, returning a few days later only to collect their horses.
Willingham Neighbourhood Watch
On 13 March 2019 a Willingham Neighbourhood Watch meeting was held by the police. The meeting resulted in the recruitment of another five street co-ordinators and marketing materials will soon be available with the aim of attracting more. The Village Co-ordinator is now in the process of updating the list of active members in the village. Those interested in becoming a street co-ordinator should contact Tom Baugh (PCSO, email@example.com) or John Fuller (District Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org). For more general information on NHW please browse here: https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/.
Unauthorised Construction Vehicles
There has been some reduction in the number of unauthorised construction vehicles travelling through the village recently. We continue to carry out our own surveillance and are working closely with enforcement and legal officers at SCDC to monitor the situation.
House prices in South Cambridgeshire (averaging £439,000!) make it very difficult for many businesses, including the Councils to recruit staff. South Cambridgeshire District Council is hoping to fill quite a number of job vacancies in the coming months and is looking at ways to increase the attractiveness of the posts especially to young people, for example, by offering apprenticeships. Anyone interested is advised to keep an eye on the Council’s website.
SCDC and Cambridge City will soon be creating a new joint local plan, and during March residents were asked where potential development sites should be.
It is a central government requirement that councils carry out this ‘Call for Sites’ as part of their ‘Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment’. The exercise asks local landowners who might have land of 0.25 hectares or greater to put forward to do so, and we then assess the suitability of the land based on the spatial strategy that we wish to adopt. There are a number of criteria that will be used to test each site submission in order to whittle them down to what might be useful/suitable. The land needs to be suitable for housing (of all types) and businesses, general industrial and distribution.
Landowners were asked to submit only sites and broad locations that can deliver five or more dwellings or economic development on sites of 0.25 hectares (or 500 square metres of floor space) and above.
The information allows council planners to assess the suitability of potential sites for housing and business, based on a number of pre-defined criteria.
At the time of writing the deadline for submissions was closing. Further information can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/y2yrbcbh
Resettling Refugee Families Fleeing Syria
SCDC will resettle between three to five refugee families within the district. In the recent consultation on its 2019-24 Business Plan the Council stated its intention to work with national, regional and local partners to support the needs of refugees and asylum seekers – and no negative responses were received. SCDC wants to play its part by providing suitable accommodation to families requiring urgent medical treatment, who are survivors of violence and torture and include women and children at risk and fleeing war torn countries including Syria. SCDC will work with an existing resettlement team at Cambridge City Council to ensure families have practical support in place to help them to integrate and thrive in their new homes and communities.
The dates of future 2019 surgeries are all 11 am – 1 pm in the Ploughman Hall:
4 May, 6 July, 7 September, 2 November
RSPB Fenstanton Lakes forthcoming events
Our events in 2019:
Go on a guided walk around the reserve to learn all about dragonflies and damselflies.
Sunday 21st July, 2-4pm. Booking required
Willow Weaving Workshops
Join us to learn how to use willow harvested at the reserve for weaving.
Sunday 8th Sept, 10am-4pm: garden obelisk
Sunday 8th Dec, 10am-4pm: Christmas decoration
Join experts from the Cambridge Astronomical Association on a stargazing evening at the lakes.
Saturday 12th Oct, 8:30-9:30pm. Booking required
Ever thought you’d like to know more about the reserve and its wildlife? Informal volunteer-led guided walks take place on the second Wednesday of each month. There’s no need to book and it only costs £3 for members and £4 for others. Walkers meet at the main car park, leaving at 10:15am.
We always need help to keep on top of our lengthy jobs list, keep our trails safe, and our bird feeders topped up. If you’d like to find out about our volunteering opportunities, please get in touch.
Phone: 01954 233260
East Anglian Air Ambulance launches 24 mile trek challenge as part of campaign to become 24/7
East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) has launched a brand new 24 mile or 24K trek challenge as part of its campaign to become a 24/7 service and is encouraging people who are ready to take on a challenge to sign up.
The event, which is called Trek 24, is to be held in North Norfolk and will take place on Sunday 8 September during National Air Ambulance Week. Groups and individual participants will have two exciting challenges to choose from:
- A 24 mile route starting south of West Runton and ending at Holkham Hall
- A 24K route starting in Cley and ending at Holkham Hall
For participants taking part in the 24km route, early bird tickets cost £20 with a minimum sponsorship requirement of £200. For participants taking part in the 24 mile route, early bird tickets cost £25 with a minimum sponsorship requirement of £250.
Trekkers will receive a packed lunch, refreshments en route, a glass of bubbly (or soft drink alternative) and a hot meal at the finish line, as well as a medal to celebrate the completion of the challenge.
There will be seven ‘uplift stations’ along the way with refreshment stops and cheering squads to keep trekkers refueled and motivated. Early bird tickets will be available until midnight Sunday 2 June and are sold on a first come first served basis.
Catrina Miller, Events Manager at East Anglian Air Ambulance, said: “We are delighted to officially launch our brand new event Trek 24 in support of our campaign to become a 24/7 service.
Currently our operation runs from 7 am until midnight, meaning there is a 7 hour gap in air ambulance coverage in the East of England. By extending our flying hours round the clock, we estimate that we could be there for up to 600 more patients every year.”
To become a 24/7 service we do however need to raise an additional £1m a year and we have launched Trek 24 to help us work towards achieving this annual target. Whether you want to support our 24/7 mission or just take part in a challenging and fun event, we can guarantee it will be one not to miss!”
To book your early bird tickets or for more information visit www.trek-24.co.uk.
It’s a Fen Edge Festival year!
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
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Volunteers needed to listen to children read in local primary schools
Can you spare an hour or two a week to listen to children read in a local primary school? Schoolreaders is looking for more volunteers in Cambridgeshire to carry out this important role.
Reading time for many children at home and at school is often insufficient and one in four children are now leaving primary school unable to read to the required standard. This can have a lifelong consequence. No qualifications are necessary, just a good command of spoken and written English.
Schoolreaders is flexible and will match your availability to an appropriate, local school. Our volunteers find the scheme incredibly rewarding, knowing that a few hours helping a child learn to read each week can have such a great impact on their life chances.
Please visit the website www.schoolreaders.org to join or call 01234 924111 for further information.
Charity Number: 1159157
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Grant Funding for Small and Medium Businesses
Small and medium businesses in Cambridgeshire can access Grant Funding and Free Energy Efficiency reviews, thanks to ERDF funding.
The Business Energy Efficiency programme can potentially provide grant funding up to a maximum of £20,000, or 25% of project costs, to eligible businesses for energy efficiency improvement measures such as LED lighting, heating, insulation and solar PV.
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