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Refuse Collection Days over Christmas & New year.

posted 16 Dec 2014, 04:49 by Whittlesford Web Master   [ updated 17 Dec 2014, 06:25 ]

Friday 5th December - Blue Bin Only
Friday 12th December - Black Bin
Friday 19th December - Blue & Green Bin
Friday 26th December - (Boxing Day) - No collection on this day
But please note that Black Bin will be collected on Christmas Eve - Wednesday 24th December
Friday 2nd January - No collection !
Friday 9th January - Blue & Green Bin
Friday 16th January - Black Bin
Friday 23rd January - Blue Bin Only

Please remember to have your bins out ready for collection by 6am on collection days !

Thriplow Recycling Centre - Winter opening hours from 1st October 2014 - 31st March 2015.
Weekdays, Weekends and Bank Holidays - open 8am - 4pm !
Please be aware that entrance gates close 10 minutes prior to closing time.
Please Note - Christmas Eve - Closed from 1pm
Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Years Day - Closed All Day !

Parish Council appoints a New Clerk !

posted 16 Dec 2014, 04:26 by Whittlesford Web Master   [ updated 17 Dec 2014, 06:28 ]

Whittlesford Parish Council has been very fortunate to appoint a new clerk,so soon upon Ian's retirement.

Our newly appointed clerk - Roy Warnes will join us in January for his first meeting.
Our January meeting will take place on Tuesday 13th January at 7.30pm at the Memorial Hall.

Everyone is welcome to attend !

Ian has pretty much rounded things up for us and briefing Roy for the hand over in January.

The contact details for our new clerk are as follows :

Roy Warnes
6 Maynards

Telephone - 07722 79 22 41

Should you wish to contact the parish council before our next meeting, please continue to do so via Ian up to 13th January at :

other contacts are :

Arthur Greaves - Chairman -
Marie Swann - Vice Chairman -
Peter Topping - County and District Councillor -

Farewell to our Parish Clerk !

posted 16 Dec 2014, 03:57 by Whittlesford Web Master   [ updated 16 Dec 2014, 03:59 ]

Whittlesford Parish Council met for the last time this year on Tuesday 9th December, with a sad farewell on the agenda.

Parish Clerk of 14 years - Ian Skellern - Retired.
Not only retired but moving out of the village too !

The parish council ended its meeting, and went along to the Bees in the Wall for a farewell drink and some festive nibbles.

The parish council presented Ian with a painting of the village Lawn cricket pitch, painted to order by village artist Jan Smail, as a small appreciation of everything he has given to the village in his job as parish clerk.

We wish Ian and his wife Pam every best wish in their retirement and their new home.
It will be a tough job to fill, for Ian's village knowledge is second to none.

The Whittlesford Society

posted 16 Dec 2014, 03:23 by Whittlesford Web Master   [ updated 16 Dec 2014, 03:23 ]

This is the time of year for remembrance and nostalgia ~ looking back to the past and families and friends remembered if only with a card once a year !

The current focus nationally and locally is of course the centenary of 'The Great War' from the Poppies at the Tower of London to our own village research project. Huge thanks to LOOK for letting us report each month on plans and progress - and to those who've already responded by sharing family information or offering help to recall lives and life in WW1 Whittlesford.

However, in coming weeks as 2015 breaks, our nostalgia will also turn to a more recent watershed in village history - the FORTIETH anniversary of two institutions still going strong as much as they started out - Whittlewomen and us ! With probably, the majority of the current population not having been living here back then, it's probably worth repeating - and reflecting on - how Whit Soc describes itself in every issue of 'Whither Whittlesford' and on it's website

Founded in 1975, the Whittlesford Society aims, written into it's Constitution, are :

* Stimulating public interest
* Promoting high standards of planning and architecture
* Securing the preservation. protection, development and
   improvement of features of public or historic interest in
   Whittlesford and in the immediately adjacent area.

It's important to stress that we are not some elite group preoccupied with researching social history or experts in local archaeology, flora and fauna (though we are glad to include such expertise and enthusiasm !) The essence from the start and still today is ALL and everyone who lives or works here or simply has a strong interest in the village.
As the anniversary progresses we'll both look back over those years and look ahead at the relevance of those aims today and the various ways we can be involved in achieving them in future.

Meantime - PLEASE do use this time of family gatherings and renewed contacts to think about your personal family history research - and especially if you have a family tree data with any bearing on Whittlesford then. Better still, just asking questions amongst family members is most likely to trigger memories about all the other details which bring names to life .... photographs, letters, official documents, medals, badges and items of uniforms  and of course family stories and childhood memories.
Please keep us posted :  (01223) 833386
every little clue helps !

An Evening of Beer & Carols - Tuesday 23rd December 2014.

posted 13 Dec 2014, 06:35 by Whittlesford Web Master   [ updated 13 Dec 2014, 06:36 ]

Gone are the days when we dropped our children off at the URC, and it was all aboard the tractor and trailer with Ashley Arbon. Around the village they would go ... north end of the village one evening and the south end the following evening.
You would almost wait in anticipation until you heard the tractor outside, then came a gentle tap on the door, as you opened the door and dropped some money into the bucket, there you saw the tractor & trailer decked out with straw bales and full of village children and mum's & dad's each carrying a torch and singing festive carols. There was always a tale or two to be told by the children upon their return , usually of how the tractor got stuck or struggled to turn around ..... Those were the days ! ........ and then ...... Along came Health & Safety !

Soon after, it became the norm to gather outside the village shop and sing carols, cold, wet and windy December evenings, and not seen or heard by many villagers, the new vicar at the time Rev Ruth Whitehead, had a idea to keep warm ...... she went to the pub !

With this in mind, she chatted to the Landlord, Lawrie Childs at The Bees in the Wall, and Beer & Carols was born !

It was an opportunity to continue the tradition, but as a modern alternative, and what better than to sit around a log fire with a pint of beer !
Over the years it has grown into quite a popular event, of poems, carols and even Christmas jokes.
We were all sad to hear that Ruth would be leaving the village for pastures new .... but we have been very fortunate to continue the beer & carols event which is held every year at The Bees in the Wall, where there is Mulled Wine and a warm Mince Pie.

Each year there is a collection for the churches for a charity of their choice, one year we had a man who was raising money for the homeless and he slept out in the beer garden in his tent,with snow on the ground and raised money for Jimmy's Night Shelter in Cambridge.

So please do come along and support this event and your village pub !

An Evening of Beer & Carols will be held this year on Tuesday 23rd December 2014
At The Bees in the Wall - public house -  7pm !
36 North Road, Whittlesford.

It is often worth while to arrive in good time as this is a popular event and can get full.


posted 8 Dec 2014, 04:31 by Whittlesford Web Master   [ updated 13 Dec 2014, 04:54 ]

Have you ever wondered why our village sign says the words .... STICK TO THE TROTHE ?

A recently asked question by a parishioner, prompted me to learn the history behind the village sign.
It was a question that I could not answer, so I decided to do some research on it, and thanks to Ann Strange, and her late husband, Keith Strange's numerous village artifacts, this is what we found ......

Whittlesford Village Sign - Stick to the Trothe

Photograph by Marie Swann

Situated on the east side of North Road, opposite the Manor House, facing traffic approaching from Cambridge.

The Centre Panel - The important river crossing, one of several in the immediate area used by travellers from the very early times to the present.
Archaeological finds confirm that the Icknield Way was used by Stone Age man and the particular crossing near the Moat House has yielded Roman artifacts.

The Medieval Bridge - Is Intended to emphasise Whittlesford's position on the River cam during later centuries.

The left-hand figure - Shows Nicholas Swallow, farmer and benefactor of the village, whose name is commemorated in the village charity along with others, including Lettice Martin, the benefactress from Chishill, who gave money for the aged and poor of surrounding parishes. She is now remembered in the housing estate on the Lawn ..... The Lettice Martin Croft.

The right-hand figure - Shows a Charity Schoolgirl and is intended to remind villagers of the gift of William Westley, the Cambridge grocer whose lands provided funds for the schooling of Whittlesford Children.

Below the sign - The village's association with Roger Ascham, (tutor to the first Queen Elizabeth), who married Margaret Howe of the parish.
It is recalled by a quotation from his writings - Stick to the Trothe.

The Shield - Carries a Maunch - The heraldic emblem of a sleeve worn by ladies in the reign of Henry 1, having a long lappet hanging from the cuff, often awarded as a knightly ''favour''. This forms part of the armorial bearing of the present Lord of the Manor.

This sign was designed by Tony Carter, Resident of Whittlesford, carved by his father, Harry Carter - famous Norfolk sign carver, and then unveiled by the third generation, David Carter. David still maintains the sign to this day and has carved a few signs of his own in the other near by villages of Pampisford and Thriplow.

I hope the next time you pass the village sign, you will look up, and remember the history behind it.

In Search of Ancestors of The Nunn Family in Whittlesford

posted 8 Dec 2014, 03:03 by Whittlesford Web Master   [ updated 8 Dec 2014, 03:03 ]

I received this email (please see below) from Doug Hille in Australia, asking for help with his family history research of The Nunn Family.
I managed to find quite a bit of info in Tony Carter's ... The Anatomy of a Victorian Village - Whittlesford 1800 - 1900, which I have forwarded to Doug Hille, to which he was most grateful for this, if however anyone feels they can give him any other info of The Nunn family, perhaps any of whom may still be in Whittlesford, he would be grateful to hear from you.
You can email him direct - or you can forward it onto me -

Many Thanks !

My name is Doug Hille and I live in Geelong, Australia.

The reason I am writing is to see if you’d be interested in putting a note in your village newsletter or website asking for help with my family history research.

My ggg grandfather, Simeon Nunn, came from Whittlesford as an unwilling migrant in 1833 i.e. he and his brother John were convicted of highway robbery and transported.

Their father was Charles (Grumbler) Nunn and mother Mary Ann Bright.

It’s a long shot, but there might be somebody still in the village who’s a relative or knows something about the family.

Best wishes from Australia,

Doug Hille

Wandlebury to Babraham and Whittlesford to Granta Park.

posted 5 Dec 2014, 02:59 by Whittlesford Web Master   [ updated 5 Dec 2014, 02:59 ]

We would like to invite you to the official opening of two new cycleways in South Cambridgeshire: Wandlebury to Babraham Research Campus and Whittlesford to Granta Park. This event will be taking place on the afternoon of 9 January 2015.

The opening will involve an optional leisurely cycle ride starting at Wandlebury Country Park car park at 12.45pm, following the new cycleways to Whittlesford. Officers involved in creating the new cycleways will be leading the group and available to discuss the projects. The cycle ride is passing through the privately owned Babraham Research Campus, by kind permission of Babraham Bioscience Technologies Ltd.

Those not cycling are invited to join the celebration at the Millennium Room, Whittlesford Memorial Hall, Mill Lane, Whittlesford, CB22 4NE from 2pm.

We would be grateful if you could indicate whether you will be attending the ride and/or the gathering at the hall through the contact information above by 2 January, 2015.

Yours faithfully,

Cycling Projects Team

Welch's Transport Apprenticeship Open Day

posted 4 Dec 2014, 16:30 by Whittlesford Web Master   [ updated 4 Dec 2014, 16:35 ]

HGV Driver Apprenticeship – Open day, Duxford 24th January 2015

Over 90% of the UK’s goods are delivered by road. Owning a Class 1 HGV licence can be a life-long skill which is not only transferrable across the EU but is in almost constant demand and so provides a stable career and a potential gateway into other areas within a thriving and increasingly technology-based industry.

Welch’s Transport Ltd is a financially strong, local, family business with 80 vehicles on its fleet and an annual turnover in excess of £10m. On December 29th 2014, it opens its doors to a new, multi-million pound, flagship facility at Duxford.

In 2015, we celebrate our 81st year as a quality service-provider, delivering goods across the UK for a broad range of customers such as Hamleys, Autoglym, Ardex UK Ltd and Paperchase.

In order to plan for future growth and to attract enthusiastic and loyal drivers, we are running an open day on January 24th 2015 where we hope to recruit both sexes onto a structured apprenticeship.

The apprenticeship will include both on the job and off-site training, mentored throughout its three-year duration and will lead to a nationally recognised qualification. It will include a period in the warehouse, leading to a fork-lift licence, exposure to the traffic office, commercial awareness and customer care training; all with a focus on health and safety. From here, it will progress to the achievement of a Class 2 HGV licence with the ultimate objective of gaining a Class 1 licence (articulated 44 tonne vehicle) and joining the Welch’s team, full-time.

If you are physically fit, motivated to learn and take on responsibility, customer-focussed and hard-working, please register your attendance at the open day by e-mailing Places are restricted so please register as early as possible.

Remembrance Sunday - 2014

posted 13 Nov 2014, 08:31 by Whittlesford Web Master   [ updated 13 Dec 2014, 05:28 ]

British Legion Poppy Appeal - 2014 - This year the village raised £2,204.67 - Many thanks to all collectors and to those who gave so generously.

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