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News from the Whittlesford Society

posted 8 Jan 2016, 17:39 by Whittlesford Web Master   [ updated 8 Jan 2016, 17:39 ]

Welney Wetlands Centre


The Whittlesford Society is booked to go to the Welney Wetland Centre on Sunday 14th February 2016 to watch the Wild Winter Floodlit Swan Feed at 6.30pm.  We are expected to arrive by 6pm and leave at 8pm.  For those who have already seen this, it is quite an extraordinary sight and well worth seeing. Children are very welcome and this visit falls in half term.  Children will particularly appreciate this spectacular sight.  Swans in enormous numbers winter in the wetland between the old Bedford river and the Hundred Foot drain.  We will not hire a coach but will travel in individual cars, so a share of petrol is extra to the charges that they make, which are for adults £6.17, for children up to 15 £3.02 and for concessions (65+ and students) £4.72. 


To reach Welney, travel as if to Ely and then take the bypass as far as Littleport, do not go in to Littleport but take the A1101.  It will probably take around an hour. 


Please tell Debbie: Tel. 01223 832453 if you would like to go.  They need the names in advance.  Can you also tell her if you will be driving yourself, whether you can offer a lift, or whether you require a life.   Payment will be required a week in advance to Debbie at 96 Duxford Road.  If payment is made a week in advance and names given to them, then the named people can arrive at any time earlier in the day. There are of course a number of other species to observe at the centre.

More from the Parish Council.

posted 16 Dec 2015, 23:26 by Whittlesford Web Master   [ updated 16 Dec 2015, 23:28 ]

The Parish Councils next meeting will be on Tuesday 12th January 2016, at The Memorial Hall at 7.30pm.
This is a public meeting and everyone is welcome to attend.
Should you need to get in touch sooner, you can email Roy Warnes our Parish Clerk at where he will be happy to help.
You can also stay in touch by finding us on Facebook - Whittlesford Parish Council.
Or you can follow us on Twitter - @WhittlesfordPC
You may also like to keep up to date with whats happening in the county & district with Peter's Blog, by visiting

Merry Christmas from the Parish Council

posted 16 Dec 2015, 22:44 by Whittlesford Web Master   [ updated 16 Dec 2015, 22:54 ]

Many thanks to David Abson, who kindly sent this picture taken in the churchyard back in the spring, it gives us hope that spring is coming soon.
In the meantime, the Parish Council would like to wish all of its parishioners a 
  Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year !

Beer & Carols at The Bees in the Wall

posted 16 Dec 2015, 22:29 by Whittlesford Web Master   [ updated 16 Dec 2015, 22:29 ]

Don't forget Beer & Carols at The Bees in the Wall
Wednesday 23rd December around 7pm
Mulled Wine, Mince Pie, Log Fire and some of your favourite Christmas Carols and Beer of course.
Please do come along - Everyone Welcome !

Planning Application - Spinney Hill Farm Newton Road.

posted 11 Nov 2015, 16:02 by Whittlesford Web Master   [ updated 11 Nov 2015, 16:11 ]


Dear Sir/Madam




Site Address:

Spinney Hill Farm, Newton Road, Whittlesford, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB22 4PF

Description of development:


Application reference:


Appellant’s name:

Mr Adam Knight

Appeal reference:


Appeal start date:

04 November 2015


I refer to the above details.  An appeal has been made to the Secretary of State against the decision of South Cambridgeshire District Council for non-determination of this planning application.


The appeal will be determined on the basis of an Written Evidence.  The procedure to be followed is set out in the Town and Country Planning Appeals (Determination by Inspectors) (Inquiries Procedure) (England) Rules 2000.  


We have forwarded all the representations made to us on the application to the Planning Inspectorate and the appellant. These will be considered by the Inspector when determining the appeal.


If you wish to make comments, or modify/withdraw your previous representation, you can do so on the Planning Portal at or by emailing the PINS case officer at If you do not have access to the internet, you can send three copies to: 



The Planning Inspectorate 

Room 3/09

Temple Quay House 

2 The Square


BS1 6PN.



All representations must be received by 09-Dec-2015 Any representations submitted after the deadline will not usually be considered and will be returned. The Planning Inspectorate does not acknowledge representations. All representations must quote the appeal reference.


Please note that any representations you submit to the Planning Inspectorate will be copied to the appellant and this local planning authority and will be considered by the Inspector when determining the appeal.  


The appeal documents are available for inspection at South Cambridgeshire Hall between 08.30am  - 5.00pm Monday to Friday.


You can get a copy of one of the Planning Inspectorate’s “Guide to taking part in planning appeals” booklets free of charge from the Planning Portal at or from us. 


When made, the decision will be published on the Planning Portal.


Yours faithfully

Jane Green

Head of New Communities  

1st Whittlesford & Duxford Scout Group

posted 6 Oct 2015, 14:20 by Whittlesford Web Master   [ updated 6 Oct 2015, 14:20 ]

FIREWORKS and BONFIRE NIGHT – 1st Whittlesford and Duxford Scout Group
Saturday 7th November
At grounds on Hinxton Road, Duxford behind Hexcel/Hunstman near the level crossing - just follow signs.
Spectacular, professional display by Essex Pyrotechnics
Huge bonfire, BBQ, cakes, hot drinks, mulled wine & glow necklaces.
Gates open & food served from 5 pm
Bonfire lit at 5.30 Fireworks start at 6.30
Gates close to incoming traffic from 6.15
Tickets from Ickleton & Whittlesford and Duxford shops from 19th October:
Adults £3.50, Children (under 18) £2, Family £10 [£4, £2.50 and £12 at the gate].  Pre-school children Free! 
Plenty of free parking.
Proceeds in aid of the Scout group - every penny raised will go towards equipping our newly built hut.
For more information about the 1st Whittlesford and Duxford Scout Group go to

Welcome to Whittlesford - Newcomers Tea Party

posted 22 Sep 2015, 14:52 by Whittlesford Web Master   [ updated 27 Oct 2015, 08:53 ]

Newcomers Welcome to Whittlesford Tea Party.

Sunday 7th February 2016 - 4pm at Whittlesford Memorial Hall, Mill Lane, Whittlesford.

This event is for all  new residents  who have moved into the village during the past 12 months. Come along to meet village organisations and societies and find out what happens n Whittlesford.

Whittlesford Parish Council needs your views !

posted 15 Sep 2015, 07:54 by Whittlesford Web Master   [ updated 15 Sep 2015, 07:55 ]


Cambridgeshire County Council annually ask for applications for

their Minor Highways Improvement Scheme. It provides up to

£10000 for local highway initiatives with the successful Parish

Council having to pay 10% of this, or £500, whichever is greater.

We have been successful applicants in the last two years and

hope to be again this year. Deadline for applications is Nov 2nd.

We are considering three proposals, but only one can be submitted:

Install speed humps on the approaches to the

Guildhall corner

Reduce the 40mph speed limit to 30mph along

Duxford Road

Extra traffic signs and 30mph roundels to calm traffic

in the vicinity of the Mill Lane/Duxford Road junction

Two of our Councillors are attending a Local Highways Depot

Open Day on Thursday 17th September and will be discussing the

merits of each of these options with the Local Project Team. But

whatever the outcome we do need to know residents’ views, as

they will form an essential part of any proposal that we

eventually submit and then have to present to the adjudicating


For the Guildhall corner, not only is local opinion important, we

will have to provide traffic data showing volumes and speed. For

a new 30mph restriction along Duxford Road, our new speed

monitor will be vital in obtaining speed data, both in and out of

term time. Calming traffic near The Lawn will also require speed

analysis and especially views from parents with children at

William Westley or using the play area.

We do need your help, views and preferences, so please e-mail

them to or text to 07772792241 -- as

soon as possible please.

You can also find us on facebook  - Whittlesford Parish Council
or follow us on twitter @WhittlesfordPC

Garden Party to Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of The Whittlesford Society !

posted 15 Sep 2015, 05:13 by Whittlesford Web Master   [ updated 15 Sep 2015, 05:18 ]

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., where photos of this event will be posted – so please let us have any you have to share –email

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!

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posted 28 Jun 2015, 19:33 by Whittlesford Web Master   [ updated 28 Jun 2015, 19:35 ]

Reception children in rural Cambridgeshire may be forced take taxis to schools up to 10 miles away due to "insufficient" space in village classrooms, it is feared.

Parents in Whittlesford are having to fight for their child to attend the local village school – where their older child already attends – after being allocated a place six miles away at Fowlmere Primary.

The anxious parents have told county councillor Peter Topping that such a decision would mean their 4-year-old would have to travel to school by taxi.

Meanwhile, according to Cllr Topping, another family from Ickleton has narrowly avoided having to send their child 10 miles by taxi to Linton Infant School.

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