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Driving Taster Session !

posted 24 Jul 2014 09:39 by Whittlesford Web Master   [ updated 24 Jul 2014 09:39 ]

 Driving Taster Session, in aid of the "Arthur Rank Hospice Cambridge" Saturday 26th July9 am - 1 pm, Venue: Shelford Rugby Club, Westfield Place, 139, Cambridge Road, Great Shelford, CB22 5JJ. Min age 14 years old, no upper age limit! Come and have a go in a Vauxhall Corsa, or Vauxhall Adam. £3:50 per 10 minute slot. All participants will be signed up "Free of charge" to our Theory/Hazard Perception Test website (Value £8 per month!).

Parish Church - Concert !

posted 23 Jul 2014 13:21 by Whittlesford Web Master   [ updated 23 Jul 2014 13:23 ]

A Concert of ‘a cappella’ music ‘From Byrd to Berlin’ will be held in the Parish Church on
Saturday 20th September commencing at 7.30pm.

Proceeds from the evening will go to the Share-a-Star children’s charity and to the Whittlesford Parish Church fabric fund for the upkeep of the church buildings

The programme features ‘TaylorMade’ the harmony singing group based here in Whittlesford and also in Rochester Kent

Tickets cost only £8, which includes a glass of wine on arrival, and are available now from The Whittle Shop or by telephone at 835252, 833759 or 833063.

Whittlesford Art Events

posted 28 Jun 2014 03:15 by Whittlesford Web Master   [ updated 28 Jun 2014 03:30 ]

Whittlesford Art Events July details

The village will be buzzing with Whittlesford art events this July. For the first time, four artists will be collaborating locally to stage complementary exhibitions as part of the Cambridge Open Studios programme.

Two watercolour artists (Jan Smail and Vandy Massey) and two mixed media artists (Sue Rapley and Val Pettifer) will be showing their work on three of the four weekends in the month of July.

Visitors to the village on July 5th and 6th (weekend 1) will be able to see works in the studios of Jan and Vandy.

On July 12th and 13th (weekend 3) Jan Smail will have her studio open, and the works of Sue and Val can be seen at the Old School Studio.

If you want a real bonanza weekend, head out to see the Whittlesford Art Events on July 26th or 27th (weekend 4) when all four of the artists will be exhibiting.

Refreshments will be available at all the studios and there are gardens to be viewed at the same time as all three places have lovely garden elements.

Art lovers visiting the village can also pop in to Oxbow & Peach, purveyors or wonderful vintage pieces, and pick up information about some of the fabulous courses being run at the Old School Studio.

Over the past year, Whittlesford has become a centre for art events in the area thanks to the re-opening of the Old School Studio, Essex Framing and Oxbow & Peach. Together they create a great browsing experience for a creatively-focused day out. Cambridge Open Studios exhibition days provide the perfect opportunity to see the work of the Whittlesford Artists, Jan Smail, Val Pettifer, Sue Rapley and Vandy Massey at the same time as having a taste of the burgeoning art community south of Cambridgeshire


posted 10 Jun 2014 08:14 by Whittlesford Web Master   [ updated 10 Jun 2014 09:35 ]

Just after the Whit Soc AGM, Karen Wright suggested that we might undertake a project such as the one in the Northants village where her grandfathers had lived and gone to fight and where one is commemorated on the War Memorial.

Within the many Whittlesford Society publications over the years, there has been all sorts of material referring to various aspects of this period in the village. It was when assembling this for a follow up discussion that the staggering fact struck home - ONE HUNDRED Whittlesford men actually left the village to fight in 1914 - 1918.

We have the names and previously researched brief details about the fifteen men listed on the War Memorial who lost their lives. But what about the other EIGHTY FIVE  who returned ?  Who were they and what happened to them before and after ?  What of the tremendous impact it must have had on the compact and close knit little village community that it was then !

So the idea crystallised for a project based around them : 

It was opportune and appropriate that it was at the parish meeting and in the very hall, established in memory of those who served in 1914-18 - that we mooted this project and asked for the interest and involvement of the whole village in it.

We are appealing for photographs, letters, documents, medals or any kind of memorabilia of the period, especially from those whose families lived in the village then, many of whom still bear their families names. Can they also give any clues about where local residents at the time and their kin may have moved on to, any other contacts, who may have similar material - and family memories and legends about those who went to war and about what it was like for those who had to carry on at home.

It's not just those with long Whittlesford associations whom we need to be involved. There's masses to do in planning various elements of the project and gathering the facts about those one hundred men - from all sorts of sources like the census, parish, military and other records and directories - and the more who share in the work, the more quickly it will progress and the more other material and useful leads will be thrown up.
Researching and seeking information about people who were NOT part of Whitlesford's story will also be valuable because the entire Whittlesford output - and individual local contributions can all be linked in the massive, computer based Eight Million Lives project being co-ordinated nationally by the IWM.

Anyone interested ...... Please make contact with us, individually or on behalf of village bodies with records going back that far. We hope to arrange a meeting in July to peruse ideas further.

Email  ...

Le Tour de France - Coming to Cambridge on Monday 7th July !

posted 10 Jun 2014 05:06 by Whittlesford Web Master   [ updated 10 Jun 2014 05:44 ]

As we enter the final countdown to the arrival of Le Tour de France on Monday 7th July, you are being encouraged to get ready for the momentous day.

Hosting the world's greatest cycling event brings big challenges such as road closures, extra visitors and changes to bus services. But if you plan ahead you can ensure you have a great time.

The map on the Cambridgeshire website .... www shows the route the race will take, so you can decide where you could watch the riders. To see more information about which roads will be affected, and the stewarded pedestrian crossing points please also visit the website.

Given the large scale nature of the event and the road closures in the city centre, Drummer Street bus station will be inaccessible. To ensure bus services can continue and get a close to the centre as possible, a bus hub will be created at the railway station in the south of Cambridge . In the north, buses will be stopping at Maids Causeway, Mitcham's Corner and Queesn's Road.
The bus operators are looking to run services as close to the normal timetable as possible this includes normal start times for Park and Ride services, but they are conscious that demand for buses will be high.
Again, the full details of the changes are available at : and via bus operators.

With the race starting at 12.15 pm, the roads on and connected to the route in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire will be closed at the following times : 

Roads closed  -  From Sunday 6th July, 5.30pm
Regent Terrace, Gonville Place and Parkside. 

Roads closed  - From Monday 7th July, 4am
Regent Street, St Andrew's Street, Sidney Street, Bridge Street, Magdalene Street, Short Street, Kings Parade, Trumpington Street, Park Terrace, Parker Street, Emmanuel Road, Victoria Avenue, Drummer Street and Emmanuel Street.

Roads closed - From Monday 7th July, 7am
Trumpington Road, Jesus Lane, Lensfield Road, Hills Road ( between Regent Street and Station Road ) and the A1301 Sawston Bypass. 

These road closures will remain in place until 3pm when a phasing re opening will begin. The last roads in the heart of Cambridge are expected to be open by 6pm.
With Lensfield Road and Jesus Lane remaining open until 7am, it allows early access to the Grand Arcade and Park Street car parks. Anyone using these car parks do so in the knowledge they will only be able to leave once the respective road closures are lifted.

With a global TV audience of 3.5 billion, the Tour de France is the world's largest annual sporting event. Stages 1 & 2 of this years event will take place in Yorkshire, before stage 3 begins by Parkers Piece in Cambridge. The Peloton will then ride through the historic city centre via Regents Street and Sidney Street before turning left at the round church.
The riders will then travel past the worlds famous colleges of St John's, Trinity and Kings as they cycle along King's Parade and Trumpington Street before leaving the city via the A1134.
The Peloton will then race through to Saffron Walden via the A1301 taking in the beautiful villages in the south of the county including Great Shelford, Hinxton and Ickleton.
After the tour leaves Cambridgeshire, it travels through Essex towards London to finish on The Mall in front of Buckinghamp Palace. 

You can watch the race from anywhere along the route, but we anticipate Cambridge city centre to be very busy very early, if you intend to travel into the city on race day, we encourage you to plan ahead.

The race starts approximately 12.15pm on Gonville Place but there will be activity on Parkers Piece from 8.30am, where as part of the 'Big Weekend' there will be a Cycling Village, French Market and big screen to show the race as it unfolds on its way to London. In addition Cambridge Arts Picturehouse are also planning on screening the race along with some cycling related short films. please see the cinema's own website for more details.

Ahead of the race there will be a carnival procession which will begin at 10.15am. The procession will follow the race and takes about 45 minutes during which sponsors and supporters will be handing out a whole host of race related goodies to spectators. 

Important news from Shelford Medical Practice regarding Monday 7th July ( Tour de France )

posted 10 Jun 2014 04:03 by Whittlesford Web Master   [ updated 10 Jun 2014 04:04 ]

Le Jour du Tour chez nous 

Monday 7th July will be a challenging day, as well as a fun one, for us, We shall not be taking any bookings in advance for that day. It is going to be difficult for everyone to get around on that day, especially with the Health Centre being so close to the front line.

Our staff will be working, but will only be able to offer very urgent or emergency appointments, and those only to patients who are certain they will be able to reach the Health Centre. It will be difficult to make any house calls, so we will have to assess on the day whether an urgent house call is possible by one of our GP's or whether we shall have to advise  that a call for an ambulance will be more appropriate. 

I should like to remind people that the Health Centre car park is a Private car park for staff and patients with an appointment only . We shall not permit any other parking.

Jennet Ashton - Practice Manager
Telephone ( 01223) 843661

Important news from Sawston Medical Practice regarding Monday 7th July ( Tour de France )

posted 10 Jun 2014 03:49 by Whittlesford Web Master   [ updated 10 Jun 2014 04:05 ]

We are working with the East Anglian Ambulance Service to plan patient care on this very busy day. The main issue will be the closing of the Sawston By-pass from 7 am, effectively cutting our patient area in half.

We will be running our normal Rapid Access Clinic on that day for patients who require treatment on that day for urgent issues. The pharmacy will be open as usual but we recommend you do not plan to pick up medication on this day. There will be no pre book able appointments for Doctors, Nurses or Phlebotomists.

We will be unable to carry out routine home visits, but if it is an emergency, either a GP or the ambulance service will be able to attend. Our advice for the day is to call us in the first instance and we will be able to advise you on the best course of action. 

Sawston Medical Practice ...... Telephone. ( 01223) 727555

The Whittlesford Society

posted 10 Jun 2014 03:35 by Whittlesford Web Master   [ updated 10 Jun 2014 03:36 ]

The 2014 AGM, with excellent presentation by guest speaker Dr Vince Lea, of The Countryside Restoration Trust, was also the time when Whit Soc reminded everyone that in Autumn 2015 it reaches it's 40th Anniversary !

This is a good moment to take stock of what the Society does an dean to the village, to think about how it operates for the future, as well as considering how and whether to celebrate that pivotal birthday !

To start the thinking, an informal single sheet at the meeting asked for ideas and opinions and any outstanding returns will be welcome now through the letterbox at 3 High Street. Further copies are available for those who would like to contribute  just email .......

Meantime, amidst increasing media attention, one appealing project has already been suggested, which would enable, encourage - and need - wide village involvement and support.

The Whittlesford Society needs you and knowledge about your photographs, documents, letters, medals, memorabilia and  family stories associated with WW1 - plus your help in lots of little specific ways with an exciting local project.
The Whittlesford One Hundred and the impact of World War One on this village.
If you are interested ...... Please see our website ..... or leave your contact details at email .... or telephone ..... 833063 or 833386

Whittlesford Society also needs some specific additional, but not too onerous, up to date help too ...... From someone with computer and internet access, who is happy with emailing ( our key alternative to frequent committee meetings ! ) to take over as committee contact / liaison point. It's not really the secretary of officer role, though there,d be scope to develop it if desired. Many such tasks are done now by others, the information officer / archivist handles queries, and the current job holder will be around and explain everything. All that is needed is basic admin skills and above all, interest in the village and whit sic aims and activities.
If interested .... Please contact Meg Holland via the website or email address as above. 

Acorn House Concert

posted 10 Jun 2014 02:51 by Whittlesford Web Master   [ updated 10 Jun 2014 02:52 ]

We have decided to postpone the concert until the Autumn. Quite a few people were happy to make donations to Acorn House but there was not sufficient enthusiasm to come to the concert in June. The deciding factors were the extra commitments and arrangements for the selection of a new minister.
Donations a already received will be sent of to Acorn House. 
Tickets already sold will be refunded or treated as donations at the wish if the purchaser.
Our grateful thanks to all who have supported the project and, not least Norman and Patrick who already have a busy programme of concerts.

Did you leave your bag on the train ?

posted 31 May 2014 06:20 by Whittlesford Web Master

I am hoping to reunite a lady with her shopping, if you can help; perhaps you have a village Google group or message board that she may subscribe to.


A lady got off the 16.51 train from Cambridge to Liverpool Street at Whittlesford Parkway last night, Thursday 29th May, and left a Boots carrier bag behind. 

If she would like to be re-united with her shopping please can she ring my home number 01799 530536 and let me know where she lives.  I’m only at Great Chesterford, so we ought to be able to meet up fairly easily.


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