Services near Willingham

Cottenham

Cottenham Church

http://www.cottenhamnews.org.uk/

Cottenham is a Fen Edge village approximately 6 miles north of Cambridge. It is a large village of around 2500 households and a population of 6200.

Swavesey

Swavesy

http://www.swavesey.co.uk/ Swavesey is a village lying on the Greenwich Meridian in Cambridgeshire, England, with an approximate population of 2,480.

Longstanton

Longstanton Church

http://www.longstantonvillage.org/

Longstanton is a peaceful countryside village on the northern edge of Cambridge. Stretching just over 2 miles between Oakington and Willingham, the village boasts a rich and long historical heritage from Roman times, a wealth of ponds, paddocks, ancient fields, rural walking paths, woodland, two remarkable medieval churches and handsome period houses. The village has been expanding rapidly for the past 10 years into a vibrant and younger community. Longstanton welcomes new residents progressively settling in at the Home Farm housing development site north-west of the village.

Over

Over Church

http://www.overvillage.co.uk/

Over Village is situated 11 miles North West of Cambridge and the parish covers an area of approximately 2,535 acres. Some archaeologists have it that the ridge of slightly higher land upon which the village stands saw the furthest intrusion inland of the sea - unlike the village in the fens, which were often surrounded by watery land after the sea receded. Over was an edge-of-fen settlement.

Bluntisham

Bluntisham stands north-east of St. Ives, close to the River Great Ouse. It is bordered on the one side by the fens and on the other, by what was mainly orchards, but has now been turned under the plough. It is an attractive, growing village with a medieval church built of local brown cobbles and a 'Gothicised' Baptist Chapel. It has thriving football and cricket teams. It has access to the Ouse Valley Way and is on the “Pathfinder” route. Two pubs each of different character, offer refreshment, both indoors and outdoors. A short distance away lies Bury Fen, when, weather allowing, ice skating is the local sport and where ice hockey is reputed to have originated under the name of “Bandy”.

Earith

Earith is situated on the northerly banks of the Great Ouse River at the junction of the Old West River and the Old and New Bedford Rivers, two of the major drainage channels of the Fens, which were dug out in 1631 and 1651.

The New Bedford river, often referred to as the 100ft river, was the work of the Dutch engineer Cornelius Vermuyden. Between the two rivers lie the washes which are flooded in winter and are home to a variety of water fowl.

Also in this stretch of ground are the remains of ancient earthworks known as The Bullwarks which were used in the Civil War. Earith at that time was the 'Gateway' to the Isle of Ely.

Another site of scientific interest on the western approach to Earith is Bury Fen. In 1826 a small bronze statue (8 1/2 inches high) was found which was thought to be of Roman origin and is now in the British Museum.

The Fen is a large expanse of meadowland which floods and freezes in winter. If the ice is good quality the English National Skating Championships are held here.

 

FECA – Fen Edge Community Association

The Association covers the villages of Waterbeach, Rampton, Willingham, Landbeach and Cottenham and seeks to benefit the communities by improving the social, leisure and recreational facilities for all.

The Association produces the Fen Edge News, which gives details of events and Adult and Family Learning Classes, and is delivered to each household. Also visit the FECA website www.fenedge.co.uk