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Whittlesford News follows up some of the 'stories' in LOOK and publicises coming events every week in the (free) Cambridge News website edition, www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Your-Community and every week there is a hopefully relevant and appealing photograph to represent Whittlesford.
The news stays 'live' on the website for a couple of weeks and so can be a good way for family or friends who no longer live in the village to keep in touch at a click of the mouse without having to buy the whole paper or get cuttings sent to them.
Anyone who would like coming events and fundraisers publicised and reported - or to offer their photos of the village for possible publication can contact Meg Holland at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring (01223) 833386
Whittlesford Parish Council would like to gauge the opinion of the parishioners regarding the development and adoption of a Neighbourhood Plan, which would give all residents and particularly the Parish Council a greater say in how the village develops in the future.
Back in 2005 .... The Whittlesford Parish Plan was published. The findings in the plan were obtained from the analysis of a very detailed questionnaire which every household in the village had the opportunity to complete. The 2005 plan had no legal status and has had no influence on subsequent applications over the intervening years.
The present questionnaire is much more limited in its scope, covering only housing and transport issues. If the results show these issues are of sufficient concern, the Parish Council will then start the process of drawing up a Neighbourhood Plan, which is likely to take several years.
If a Neighbourhood Plan is produced and is approved by a properly conducted village referendum, it will automatically be adopted and lodged at SCDC. Such a plan would allow the community to extend the development possibilities in the village but in a way which is preferred by the majority of parishioners. It should also make it more difficult for new developments to be imposed against the wishes of both residents and the Parish Council.
Whittlesford is classified as a Group Village by the SCDC and as such has a very limited development potential. Between now and 2031 there are only two 'open market' plots available for development within the existing built-up village framework. All the land surrounding the village framework is within Cambridge Green Belt and as such cannot be built on. Without some limited growth the village will doubtless slowly lose even its present meagre amenities and become poorer by result.
The nature and extent for future growth is acceptable to the community can be defined in a Neighbourhood Plan developed by the Parish Council in full consultation with Whittlesford residents. If approved in a Referendum, it will have significant legal status and will provide very clear guidelines to the SCDC planners on what the village and in turn the Parish Council is willing to accept with regard to further development.
Speculative planning applications for non-designated land will almost certainly be rejected out of hand.
The Questionnaire which will be circulated to every house in the village in the near future seeks to obtain the views of parishioners on housing requirements, development and transport issues with a view to the drawing up of a Neighbourhood Plan.
Whitsers Pre-School Playgroup is holding its third Nearly New Sale at William Westley School on Saturday 1st February 2014, between 10am - 12 noon.
Good condition baby, children's and maternity clothes as well as equipment, books and toys will be on sale, with 70% of proceeds going to the seller and 30% retained by Whitsers. If you would like to sell any items at this popular event. please contact Jacqui on 07549 624 381 or email email@example.com for more information.
Back by popular demand ..... and in the absence of a vicar !
We bring you yet another December delight of beer & carols.
This Wednesday 18th December - 7.30 pm !
The Bees in the Wall
36 North Road
Mulled Wine, Mince Pies, log fire, beer and your favourite Christmas carol !
Please do come along and support this event.
In the absence of a parish vicar, here are some important contact details for the two churches.
Annie Appleyard - (01223) 830200 - for pastoral or church building matters.
Jill Taylor - (01223) 830461 - Churchwarden, baptisms and funerals.
Ian Hinton - (01223) 832838 - lifts to and from the church, weddings and church room bookings !
URC Secretary - Miss Joan Woodley - (01223) - 833152.
Peasgood & Skeates - Independent Family Funeral Directors and Monumental Masons.
45 Moorfield Road
24 hour Family Careline
Private Chapel of Rest
Home arrangements available
A Conifer ..... previously planted in the cemetery that has been draining all the rose bushes of much needed water, has been dug up and donated by the parish council to the parish church to use as a Christmas tree.
E - Coppers has almost become a familiar friend, its a source of information of what crime is happening in our area, what to look out for and what to do. Sadly this time of year brings increased crime and below you will see what has been happening locally over the last week or so ....
If you would like to receive regular reports from e coppers, then you can sign up using the following link. All you need is an email address and a crime report will be emailed to you to keep you vigilant and aware of what is going on around us.
Hello ecoppers.Here is your update of what’s been happening in the neighbourhood over the past week or soA burglary was reported, New Road, Sawston. This occurred between Saturday 30th December 10.00am and Sunday 1st December 12.30pm. Offender(s) have gained access to the property by jemmying a rear ground floor window into the living room. An untidy search of the premises was carried out. An attempted burglary was reported, London Road, Sawston. This occurred on Wednesday 4th December between 9.00am and 11.35am. Offender(s) have entered the rear garden of the property and smashed the rear double glazed windows, in an attempt to gain entry. A burglary was reported, Granta Road, Sawston. This occurred on Thursday 5th December between 2.30pm and 4.50pm. Offender(s) have entered the rear garden of the property through an insecure passageway to a neighbouring property. They smashed the rear glass windows to the patio doors. Offender(s) were disturbed by a witness and left the scene. A theft was reported from a retail outlet, High Street, Sawston. This occurred on Thursday 5th December at around 7.40pm. Offender entered store and selected some alcohol, chocolates and kitchen ware and concealed them in a bag. They then left the store without paying. A burglary was reported, St Johns Street, Duxford. Offender(s) have made several attempts to enter the property by using an unknown tool to try forcing wooden French doors leading into the kitchen. They were unsuccessful due to deadlocks at the top and bottom. They eventually gained entry via another set of doors, but nothing appears to have been taken. A theft was reported, Station Road, Whittlesford. This occurred on Sunday 1st December between 12.00 noon and 2.45pm. A Christmas wreath has been stolen from the business front door. The wreath was attached with two nails and wire. A burglary was reported, Woollards Lane, Great Shelford. This occurred between Thursday 28th November 5.00pm and Friday 29th November 7.00am. The offender(s) have entered the compound to the construction site, and have then gained entry to the part constructed building through an open ground floor window. Once inside they have then selected an assortment of tools and power tools belonging to a building contractor. Two burglaries were reported at neighbouring properties, Church Street, Little Shelford. This occurred on Friday 6th December between 10.00am and 1.00pm. Offender(s) have gained access to the property by walking through an open garden at the location and going to the rear wooden framed patio doors. Force was used to pull open the doors to gain entry. Offender(s) also forced open an internal adjoining door to the neighbouring property. An untidy search was carried out in both properties. A burglary was reported, Mortlock Gardens, Abington. This occurred between Sunday 1st December 3.00pm and Monday 2nd December 10.30am. Offender(s) have smashed a rear double-glazed door to gain entry. An untidy search of the property was carried out. As always please remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to the Police on 101, or 999 in an emergency. Our next surgery will be at the parish council offices in Link Road Sawston at 9.30am until 10.30am. Well, it’s that time of year again and there are lots of things to look forward to obviously. However, forget that for just a couple of minutes because I am going to remind you of the not so “Ho, Ho, Ho” and more of the No,No,No!Christmas is a busy time for everyone, including “Billy Burglar”. However, a high percentage of crime is opportunist in nature. This year we a seeking your assistance in preventing this type of crime. Don’t let “Billy” enjoy Christmas at your expense this year.
|Chris Wiseman (Police , PCSO, Sawston)|
It always makes us feel a little sad that we have to remind you of this stuff, but the reality is that there are those who are quite happy to accept you involuntarily paying for their Christmas. Take care and stay safe
- When you go shopping keep presents out of sight in your car. If they can be seen they can be stolen.
- Park in a well-lit area or an attended car park.
- At home try to keep presents out of sight too.
- Consider disposing of gift packaging carefully as this will advertise you have new goods inside.
- Be careful if you share the fact that you have been Christmas shopping on social network sites.
- As always, if you are going out to the Christmas party in the evening, leave a light on and/or other means of making it look as if someone is at home.
Its that time of year again - where has 2013 gone ?? Christmas is almost upon us and at this time of year especially, we all want to be well.
Do you qualify for an NHS flu vaccination and have you had this yet ??
Perhaps you do not qualify, but you can still have the vaccination privately, for a small fee. Most pharmacies, including the one at the practice, can do this for you.
During the winter months its is more likely that you may pick up a cough or cold.
Unless you have a long term medical condition this would not require you coming in to the surgery as there is very little effective treatment we can prescribe, and you may risk infecting others.
Our advice would be :
Make sure you drink plenty of fluids (not alcohol) and keep well hydrated !
Get plenty of rest !
Use of over the counter paracetamol and ibuprofen may reduce your symptoms.
Before Christmas please remember to get your prescription requests in on time and allow perhaps a little extra time for us to process these.
Over the Christmas period the surgery will close at 6pm on Tuesday 24th December and re-open at 8am on Friday 27th December.
The following week we will be closed from 6pm on Tuesday 31st December and be open again at 8am on Thursday 2nd January.
If you need medical assistance while the surgery is closed you may contact the Out of Hours Service on (01223) 464242.
Alternatively, the NHS choices website, www.nhs.uk provides sound advice on a multitude of symptoms and problems.
Unfortunately Christmas is not all fairy lights and turkey, friends and relatives, carols and cards and new year resolutions. This time of the year usually brings bad weather with it. Fog, snow, ice, gales and disruption. Luckily most of us can take this in our stride and just get on with it. However we do need to remember those around us who are not so fortunate, the old and the sick, for whom getting around in bad conditions can be dangerous. We all know someone living near to us who might need extra help... a prescription collecting, a lift to the surgery, some shopping or even a path clearing of snow.
Amidst our goodwill and resolutions it would be great if we could all add in five minutes to identify and contact a friend or neighbour just to see if there is anything they need or that we could do for them.
From all of us here at Sawston Medical Practice, a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year to you all.
Founded in 1912 by Frank Brown and operating out of an old Blacksmiths, the 1st Whittlesford & Duxford Scout Group has a long, long history !
Over the years many thousands of children and young adults, as well as leaders, have benefitted from the activities, challenges and adventures as well as the friendships and fellowship offered to them through Scouting.
Our current Scouting HQ, already a secondhand timber-framed and clad building, was moved to its current location from Station Road, Whittlesford in 1989.
Since that time the group has grown and with over 29 leaders and 130 young people in the Scout Group, an Explorer Unit of over 20 and a waiting list in excess of 20, we urgently need more space and better facilities.
Our new Scouting HQ will be one that everyone associated with the Scout Group can be proud of and one that takes us forward and well into the 21st century. It will be a timber framed and clad, environmentally friendly building, constructed to the highest standards, giving us more room, more facilities and more opportunities to have even more fun and adventure !
So far we have raised a whopping £164,000 but need more to give the building the finishing touches as requested by the children and young adults of the group. There will be many many metres of timber cladding covering the building's walls and were giving you the opportunity to ADOPT A PLANK !! from just £10 a family. Each plank you sponsor will have a nameplate which will carry your name forward for posterity.
Details of the campaign can be found on the GROUP NEWS and FUNDRAISING pages.
Thank You !