‘Tales from a Neurologist’

‘Tales from a Neurologist’ or ”The woman who died and then woke up, and other medical marvels” is the title of a fascinating and entertaining talk to be given by Reverend Professor Alasdair Coles at the Parish Church  Whittlesford  on Saturday 28th March at 7.30pm. The event is presented by The Friends of St Mary and St Andrew’s Parish Church who are raising funds to replace the roof of Whittlesford’s beautiful 11th century parish church. Alasdair is a consultant at Addenbrookes hospital and has a great sense of humour. He is the husband of Olivia Coles, Whittlesford’s fabulous vicar. Tickets are £14 each, which includes a glass of very nice wine, and they are available from Whittlesford Post Office in the High Syreet or you can order by telephone at (01223) 835252 or 833063.

Welcome to Whittlesford Tea Party Sunday 2nd February

If you are new to the village you are invited to our annual Newcomers Tea Party on Sunday 2nd February at the Whittlesford Memorial Hall at 4pm where you will have the opportunity to meet with the various clubs and societies in the village and learn more about our lovely community.

If you would like to come along then please do get in touch and to confirm numbers for catering by contacting Annie Appleyard at annieappleyard11@gmail.com

We look forward to welcoming you to our community.


Proposed Traffic Calming Measures on Hill Farm Road


Proposed Traffic Calming Measures on Hill Farm Road


Dear Resident,


Each year the Parish Council is able to bid for funding for a new local highways initiative in the Parish. This year the Parish Council has requested new traffic calming measures on Hill Farm Road because of concerns that have been raised by residents about speeding cars


Cambridgeshire County Council is responsible for roads in the village but the Parish Council is able ask the County for new traffic schemes on a cost share basis.


The Council Highways Department has carried out a survey of Hill Farm Road and has recommended new traffic calming measures for the road outside of the houses as you enter the village (the current 40mph zone). The Highways Department has recommended:


  1. Reducing the speed limit on Hill Farm Road to 30mph in the current 40mph zone.
  2. A new 40mph ‘buffer zone’ further up Hill Farm Road.
  3. Installing two sets of speed cushions along Hill Farm Road in the new 30mph zone.
  4. A new streetlight on Hill Farm Road (necessary for the installation of speed cushions).
  5. Installing ‘dragons teeth’ road markings in the run up to the 30/40 mph zone
  6. Install a gateway feature on the western (field) side of the road as you enter the village.


The Parish Council intends make a bid to the County Council for new traffic calming measures on Hill Farm Road and would like to hear the views of residents on the measures proposed (see above). Some residents have suggested that they would prefer ‘speed bumps’ to ‘speed cushions’. The County Council has a good website explaining the advantages and disadvantages of speed bumps/cushions:




The County Council has the final say over the traffic calming measures that can be installed on roads, but the Parish Council will do its best to reflect the views of local residents.


If you would like to comment on the proposed scheme, you can do so by contacting the Parish Clerk on or before 2nd February 2020 by email at parishclerk@whittlesford.org  or by post to Parish Clerk, 7 Newton Road, Whittlesford.


Whittlesford Parish Council.

Notice of Vacancy

Notice of Vacancy





NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 that




formerly a Member of the above Parish Council has ceased to be a Member and that a casual vacancy exists in the office of Councillor for the said Parish.

On receipt of a request in writing from any ten local government electors for the said Parish/Parish Ward, an election to fill the vacancy will be held.  If no such request is made the vacancy will be filled by co-option by the Parish Council.


Requests for such an election should be addressed to The Returning Officer,

(at the office of the local district as below) to arrive not later than WEDNESDAY 5TH FEBRUARY 2020

South Cambridgeshire Hall

Cambourne Business Park



CB23 6EA


DATE :  16th January 2020

SIGNED :  M T Swann

DESIGNATION :  Parish Clerk  (Clerk to the Council, the Proper Officer for this purpose)

Whittlesford Master Planning Exercise

Whittlesford Master Planning Exercise
The Whittlesford Master planning Exercise will produce two outputs in the form of a Stage 1 Baseline Report and a Stage 2 Options and Recommendations Report.
The Stage 1 report highlighted the current situation in the area surrounding Whittlesford Parkway Station and identified a long list of potential options. The Stage 2 report has taken the options identified in the Stage 1 report and put them in a short list of potential options to alleviate some of the issues highlighted. The options identified in the Stage 2 report’s short list have been listed in order of priority. The schemes placed in this list as high priority are those felt to be required urgently to enable the current capacity and connectivity issues at the station to be addressed and to maximise the ability of the station to facilitate local economic growth. Medium term priorities are those envisaged to improve transport choice, increase capacity and connectivity and improve the area around that station. The longer term aspirations of the short list are those that are associated with longer term development proposals and will have a more marginal impact on the way in which the interchange functions.

The high priority interventions are listed below:
• Station Road East junction signalisation and widening
• Redevelopment of the main station car park
• Bus turning circle
• Lift and new footbridge
• Cycle parking

More information can be found at : http://www.greatercambridge.org.uk

Please use the following link to access the full report :



Remembrance Sunday

Centenary of Armistice ending World War I
‘Read–Details-Yourself’ Summary Guide
to Circular Walk past TEN Marked Locations
significant in Whittlesford in 1914-18
STARTING AFTER 11am Act of Remembrance

(Turn around…and face our most iconic village building as we start our walk at the ‘front door’ in North Rd, overlooking the High Street, of the…
1. GUILDHALL Then three cottages homes of an ARNOLD family where three sons & a son-in-law left to fight plus another Drury brother from the family next door. The eldest, James Arnold MM gave his life –but is named only on Duxford War Memorial where he, his widow & small children lived.
ARNOLD was a significant surname here: four brothers from Duxford Rd were among the ‘Whittlesford 100’*who left to fight, and whose life stories triggered Whit Soc’s major research project since 2014 on the impact on this village of WW1. Their relative Catherine, Mrs Philip Arnold was Quarter-master of the three Voluntary Auxiliary/ Red Cross Hospitals here 1915-18.
(carefully!) cross North Road to pass…
2. ORIENT HOUSE – Built in 1865 as family home of Nathan Maynard, founder /owner of the Village Stores opposite & 2 also renowned sons until 1912.
It was requisitioned as one of the Red Cross hospitals after Revd George Britten completed his year’s secondment as Minister at the Chapel (URC) staying here with his family. Extracts from his diary, describing how he found life here in 1913-14 are in Whither Whittlesford issues numbers 34-37.
(Forward on High St past listed cottages/Social Club & cross to the grounds of…
3 SHEADS Former farmstead, homes of family of prominent villager Reuben Chapman; 3 sons among ‘The100’ & son in-law Percy Overhill, postman & parish church lead tenor, who was in killed in action in 1917 leaving widow ALICE with 2 young children. She, along with other war widow, Jane Eliza-beth Douglas nee Nunn, (100-yearold ‘star’ of the 1977 village history Whittlesford Recalled) unveiled this War Memorial Cross. ‘Ms Overhill’ is remembered as a teacher at the village school. After their only son Geoffrey Overhill was killed in WW2, she alone unveiled the current, extended War Memorial. Of the 8 names listing the fallen in WW2, two were grandsons of Reuben Chapman. As well as her son Geoffrey, an RAF pilot killed Feb 1943, Alice’s nephew Royal Marine Robert Henry Chapman, died June 1944 aged 19. He was the son of Arthur Reuben, another of ‘The 100’
* In fact, some 130 “Men of Whittlesford” are listed in Karen Wright’s service biographies. There is more about the people at Sheads in Whither Whittlesford nos.33 & 37)
(Cross to north side High St; continue along pavement to gather on the grass verge at bottom of Scotts Gardens where the high wall continues ahead-)
4 DOOR IN THE WALL – High St/Scotts Gardens, the only remaining sign of the substantial Working Men’s Institute or Hall built by Robert Maynard I in 1865 as village social/educational centre, requisitioned 1914 as main VAD Hospital. His son Robert Maynard II, also a brilliant engineer/entrepreneur, inventor of the famous Chaff Cutter, had taken over from him as boss of Maynards Works in its heyday. From their family home, Scotts, this leading village benefactor with wife Frances, in WW1 personally organised letters and parcels for the men overseas and watched over welfare & activity back at home, including the impact of a staggering total of over 1,700 wounded servicemen cared for, largely, by local volunteers, in the three hospitals here between 1915-1918.
All the hall’s furniture & equipment had been stored for the duration in the old chapel/Sunday School in Orchard Terrace, destroyed by fire in June 1918, so the Institute could barely function postwar & was being superseded by a new Memorial Hall, which incorporates its stage. In 1921 teetotal Robert Maynard II had it demolished after incidents of drunken gambling – and in 1922 the British Legion Club (now Social Club) opened in High St with bar, snooker table & darts board – the only place where men could talk about war experiences that only those who’d been there could hope to understand.
(Continue on pavement –round into West End to grassy triangle at Vicarage Lane & look back across West End to Reeds Cottage on the Farm Rise corner)
5. REEDS COTTAGE, West End: home of largest single family directly affected in WW1 – FIVE brothers, sons of Walter & Jemima RUNHAM were among those who went to fight; the youngest two gave their lives: Pte Reginald James on 7/5/16 & Pte Henry Richard age 19, on 21/8/18. The other side of what was then two adjoined cottages, was the official address of Cpl Alfred Mark Runham, as lodger with his sister Sarah & her husband Herbert Diss. Despite the same surname, it doesn’t seem they were closely related but in the 1911 census he was a regular soldier aged about 21 serving in India – probably an exciting role model to the younger Runham lads! He survived the war & was on the electoral register here till at least Spring 1920 and in November he married a girl in South Lancashire, where his regiment was based.
(Turn to look /continue past Swallowcroft to the cottage on the left at the end.…
6. ACRE GREEN, Vicarage Lane, then two tiny cottages each home to a son killed in action: Pte Edward Nunn died September 1915 and Cpl Reginald James Haylock in April 1918. Edward’s father, Stephen Nunn, was from an especially significant branch of the prolific NUNN FAMILY from the far end of West End, whose brother Isaac took over what is still known as Nunn’s Cottage. Stephen’s sister Jane Elizabeth, war widow of Sgt Albert Douglas has been mentioned already and she +3 Nunn siblings were parents of a total of 5 sons in the Whit100, also including Stkr Frederick Nunn RN, lost 16/5/16 in the Battle of Jutland. Albert & JE Douglas’ own son, Pte Harry Douglas, enlisted while a Maynards apprentice & completed army training, but the war ended before he was posted overseas. Like his father & grandfather, he was an engineer at Maynards, there till it closed in the 1960s. He was the Chaff Cutter expert and regularly spent a fortnight at a time in the ’20s-‘30s at the Buckingham Palace Royal Mews servicing their machines. He was a life-long stalwart of the URC, a member & Chairman of the Parish Council, a noted local historian & a founder member of Whit Soc, who gave his papers and memorabilia to the County Archives, designated the Harry Douglas Collection. (See articles by or about him in WhWh issues 2, 22, 24 & 42.) No 24 also has the obituary/life story of Jane Elizabeth, then the second oldest person in Cambridgeshire, whose funeral on 3 Sept 1981 was the day after her christening in that church 104 years before. Her youngest daughter, Harry’s third sister, Joyce, married Kenneth Maynard and we are especially grateful for the help, of their sons, Nick and Rob Maynard for material and memorabilia about their grandfather Albert, and especially memories of Jane Elizabeth Douglas herself.
(Ahead on Croat footpath; notice sign to Middlemoor/Whippletree/Newton Rd hamlet, but branch right, past Millennium wood to North Rd & cross to…
7. BEES IN THE WALL- originally The Exhibition PH, home and business of the CREEK family, where 3 sons of the publican & watch-maker, William, served overseas:- Dvr Charles, Pte David, and their younger brother Pte James Creek, who lost his life on 11 May 1916. James had joined the Cambridgeshire regiment in August 1914 and after training was posted, under-age, on 15 Feb 1815 to Le Havre and saw action five times before transfer later that year through several different brigades & locations until in Feb 1916 he was at the Somme. He died in Bethune on 11 May 1916, unclear if killed in action or from his wounds. He was so young one wonders if he had lied or acquiesced about his date of birth (3 Feb 1897) to be recruited aged just 17½ & posted to France barely a week after his 18th birthday – if he felt influenced by older brothers, fellow workers at the paper mill or customers at the pub?
Today, mine host at the Bees, Lawrie Childs in memory of his predecessor in WWI days, will provide free tea & coffee to those on the Pilgrimage.
(Resume Pilgrimage trail on pavement at that side of North Rd looking across at
8 MANOR HOUSE: formerly called ‘The Lodge’, from March 1915 to December 1918, the village’s third VAD Hospital. Residence of successive Squires Tickell (though they lived most of the time in London). Joseph Harkness Tickell had died age 66 in March 1915, succeeded by his son, Joseph Avery Tickell, who served as a Captain in WWI and was prominent in enabling the War Memorial and the Dinner honouring ‘The100’. The whole village got involved helping in dozens of different ways to make life better for so many wounded strangers for whom Whittlesford was temporarily home – young servicemen just like our 100 local lads so far away.

9 VILLAGE SIGN –and the nearby group of COMMEMORATIVE OAK TREES which Whit Soc has planted to mark royal jubilees and key anniversaries over the years. This will be an appropriate opportunity for the Vice Presidents to ‘unveil’ the new wooden board, beautifully carved by Neil Barber.
The official VILLAGE SIGN, itself commemorating the Silver Jubilee, reflects, as the WW1 project shows, that the whole village was affected by the fate of every man/boy who went to war and those who didn’t return.
The large Park meadow behind it stresses the agricultural essence of Whittlesford and alongside it is the start of ‘Spicers’ Footpath no.1, trudged daily by scores of village workers in Sawston’s industries, especially the paper mill, that also provided vital all-year-round paid work not just for men, but also for women having to provide for their families, They and others of all ages including children, also had to cover the work of the men who had gone to fight. Reminder, too of the many men who didn’t go to fight but were EXEMPT as their employers (eg. Towgoods, Maynards & especially, farmers) insisted they were essential on the home front – but who would also put in voluntary hours after that supporting the community & hospitals (eg as Night Orderlies).
(Continue up North Rd & take left turn along footpath to the Parish Church)
10. THE CHURCHYARD The circular Poppy Pilgrimage ends at the Parish Church, from which tower the bells will have been ringing here & nationwide, at least 100 times at 12.30 ‘To Remember’ and again at 7.30pm this evening ‘For Peace’.
THE GRAVE of Pte Reginald Rupert Andrews is near the seat past the Porch on main churchyard path. His was the first Whittlesford life sacrificed in The Great War – the only one of the 15 Whittlesford men on the War Memorial who is buried in this country. The only son of William & Emily Andrews of Wells Farm, he died on 19 April 1915. One hundred years later, this grave was the focus of a remarkable tribute when over 100 people including many impressive civic & military dignitaries saw a dozen motorcyclists of the ‘Cambs 876 Remembered’ Project re-enacting the original procession bearing his 21-year old body here from the railway station for a funeral with full military honours. Now Guards-of-Honour from British Legion sections, the Cambridgeshire Regiment, local Cadet force and Scout Group lined the path with colourful standards as a lone bell tolled, before an unforgettable service in church and graveside ceremony with a bugler’s ‘Last Post’ before 2 minutes silence, ‘Reveille’ and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant leading the placing of poppy crosses. (Full story & photos in WhWh 117) Appropriately it was announced that the Central Council of Bell Ringers have added Reginald’s name to their Great War Roll of Honour- he’d had been a keen bell-ringer here and Boy Scout for several years.
THANKS to Lawrie for his hospitality at The Bees & to all property owners involved in this Pilgrimage. PLEASE LET US KNOW your thoughts on a wider village/Poppy Trail with guide notes on Listed/interesting buildings, land-marks & public footpaths. 832453/833386/email infowhitsoc@gmail.com



There has been an increased level of fly tipping in our village recently, and with the help of the residents reporting incidents to us, we do try to get these issues resolved as soon as possible.

If you notice any fly tipping please do email the parish clerk at parishclerk@whittlesford.org or you can report it directly to South Cambs using the following link.

Much appreciated !



Planting of a commemorative Oak tree on the Lawn at 3.30pm on Tuesday 6th February

Everyone Welcome !

Our Village Sign !

Agri Tech Park Proposed for Hinxton

All villages and parish councils have been granted an extension to this application until 26th January, and Whittlesford Parish Council will be holding a public meeting regarding this application on Thursday 4th January at 7.30pm at the Memorial Hall.
Please do come along !

Massive Agri-tech Planning Application. As is highlighted under latest planning news on the Scambs.gov.ukweb site, “ Local people are being encouraged to have their say on plans for a new ‘AgriTech’ park near Hinxton” which will also have enormous impact on Duxford, Whittlesford and surrounding villages and especially all users of or accessing the A505. According to the recently-submitted planning application, the primary aim of the new facility would be to develop technologies which help farmers and the food chain improve their performance. Their proposal seekspermission for a new bespoke technology park containing up to 112,000 square metres of employment space, and the planning application states it will create up to 4,000 new jobs. The planned development is just over three times the size of nearby Babraham Research Park, which will be 33,000 square metres of employment space once a recently approved extension has been built.The Hinxton Agritech development is proposed on land to the east of the A1301, south of the A505 near Hinxton and west of the A1301, north of the A505 near Whittlesford and Duxford. To give some idea of its location and extent, this includes a large field at the Whittlesford/Pampisford corner of the A505 ‘Sawston roundabout’ and from the view of the motorist travelling from the roundabout’s diagonally opposite corner, (the Pampisford / Hinxton boundary) towards Saffron Walden and A14, A11 and M11 links, the site extends across all the land on the left hand side of that road, all the way to the vicinity of Hinxton village and to the extensive Genome Campus on the right hand side. South Cambridgeshire District Council has now launched a six week public consultation into SmithsonHill Limited’s plans –- deadline 4 January 2018 – this has now been extended to the 26th January.