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A recently installed new footpath on the the Middlemoor triangle can only make crossing the road safer !
With more and more young families at the north end of the village, it became apparent that something had to be done to make the triangle safer.
The parish council took it upon themselves to improve safety with the installation of a footpath to allow walking, cycling and crossing the road a much safer place,
The parish council would like to thank the Highways team and local tree surgeons who removed dead trees and Ivy to improve visibility of oncoming traffic coming at you from all directions. Both parish council and local residents are delighted with the end result.
After many refused planning applications and a year to build, we were both delighted and honoured to be at the official opening of our 8 new affordable homes to rent and buy in Newton Road. The new homes, 5 of which are rented and the other 3 are available on the part buy / part rent scheme and managed by the CHS Group.
Heidi Allen our local MP for South Cambridgeshire came along to cut the ribbon, and we were joined by the parish council and some local residents of Newton Road.
More than ninety people accepted the Whit Soc invitation to a GARDEN PARTY in the grounds of Rayners farm on Sunday 13 September to mark the Society’s ruby anniversary – and perfect weather set the seal on a memorable and very happy afternoon!
The gardens were at their magnificent best with fascinating features like the lake, the gypsy caravan and quirky statues in topiary or antique bits of farm machinery and carved floor boards etc from the house renovation.In one beautifully restored barn was a sizeable exhibition reflecting Whittles-ford and the Society decade by decade since it was founded in 1975 – with
photos and cuttings depicting village life many years earlier and some of the historic and interesting buildings and the people who have lived and worked here. The splendid model map of the central village, designed and crafted by former Chairman Rob Howard ,was again admired and pored over – and this time with a start made on placing additional ‘pins’ in white and black, to indicate respectively where men who left the village to fight in WWI, and those who gave their lives, and their families, had lived. More displays illustrated our current major project about WWI – including a typical food parcel POWs and soldiers were so grateful to receive, as seen in sample ‘letters from the front’. There was a taste of the importance and interest in village archaeology – though most recent finds had still not been returned from expert documentation and a dedicated event is promised for December. Another exhibit was the full collection of all 117 editions of the journal Whither Whittlesford, also available as scans on our website www. whittlesfordsociety.info, where photos of this event will be posted – so please let us have any you have to share –email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There was tea and cakes for everyone (thanks to Lindsay Button and her team of helpers and those donating home-baking)- and a chance to relax to enjoy it all in good company! Literally the icing on a perfect anniversary cake, came after welcoming words from Chairman Peter Spufford and President Sylvia Morton, with its official cutting by Sylvia and Lindsay!
The Parish Council has four single plots currently available.
£12 per year & £3 per year for water usage and a deposit of £50 & water key fee of £5 ( both refundable if key returned and plot left in good condition ).
Please contact the Parish Clerk - Roy Warnes on 07772 792241
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About 50 years ago I copied something from a national ‘rag’ (Maybe Titbits or Reveille which were around at the time) - the reason I contact you is that a grieving mother who lived in Whittlesford wrote a very moving poem about the death of her 19 year old son in an accident (I seem to think it was motor cycle accident). I wondered if anyone knows the family and whether they were aware of this touching poem published nationally which (although I didn’t know the family still brings a lump to my throat) -
At the time I lived in the North of England and had never heard of Whittlesford - I now live in Cambridge near Huntingdon.
I came across the poem whilst going through some stuff today and wondered if you knew of a family called Herron - considering David would now have been about 70 years old had he lived he may have had siblings, cousins etc who have families of their own and with so many people doing Family History searches.
The Whittlesford Society - 1975 - 2015 - 40th Anniversary Year - All about Whittlesford - Past. Present and Future.
When the Whittlesford Society was launched in autumn, 1975, one of their priorities was to involve and integrate the recent great influx of newcomers into the village and at the time to ensure that they captured and shared the wealth of local knowledge, social history and heritage from Old Whittlesford.
A major national anniversary - the 25th anniversary of the Queen's accession - was the perfect reason for the Society to research and publish what was to be the first of several short books - Whittlesford Recalled, the still compelling account of the previous 100 years history, built round the life span of the oldest village resident Jane Elizabeth Douglas, (nee Nunn), who would be 100 years old on 19th July 1977.
The old village families and passionate born & bred locals 9(not the least, her son, the remarkable Harry Douglas), dug out photos and memories to complement professional expertise and enthusiasm of newcomers like historians and archaeologists, Chris Taylor plus (confusingly) his non related namesake and next door neighbour, and Tony Carter (almost a native having settles here some 15 years earlier and serving on the Parish Council and researchers and writers who'd chosen to come to love here.
There are so many other echoes in today's Whit Soc project to mark the centenary of the Great War - 100 being significant as the number of men defined as having left to fight and Mrs Douglas was one of the two War Widows, both with fascinating stories and families, epitomising those left behind and history of life in Whittlesford just before, during and after the war and the survivor's return to a world changed by the experience.
Again , a trio steering the project need input and ideas from the village now however long or short their time here - and again there was a variety of spin-off interests and benefits to derive, just as interest groups like Gardening Club or WADS had their origins in Whit Soc.
You can read more in the latest issue of Whither Whittlesford, an unbroken traditional of a journal started as a quarterly newsletter immediately after the inaugural Whit Soc meeting, and all 116 copies and much more is accessible today - by going to www.whittlesfordsociety.info
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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.