Housing survey results

WHITTLESFORD NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN HOUSING SURVEY RESULTS

Cambridge Acre have now reported the results of the housing survey, which showed strong support for more affordable housing for people with a strong local connection. There is demand for approximately 40 affordable houses in Whittlesford at present, although finding suitable sites will not be easy. The full report can now be found on the Neighbourhood Plan website http://whittlesfordneighbourhoodplan.co.uk

Grateful thanks to Cambridge assessment

Official Opening of the affordable homes in Newton Road

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.

New footpath on triangle makes safer crossing!

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.

The Whittlesford Society – 1975 – 2015 – 40th Anniversary Year.

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

Stick to the Trothe!

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.

Remembrance Day

Whittlesford and The Great War

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 :

THE WHITTLESFORD ONE HUNDRED AND THE IMPACT ON THIS VILLAGE OF WORLD WAR ONE.

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 … whitsocinfo@tesco.net

Dedication to the late Robert Maynard

Nobel Prize Winner for Whittlesford

Once the family home to William Westley, now lives Whittlesford’s very own Nobel Prize Winner – Sir John Gurdon …… Well Done Sir John !!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-19869673