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Cambridgeshire Scrapbook

posted Sep 28, 2017, 5:18 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Sep 28, 2017, 5:23 AM ]

I’m Mike Petty, the Cambridgeshire local historian, formerly of the Cambridgeshire Collection.

 For more than 20 years I have been compiling A Cambridgeshire Scrapbook. It comprises over 3,000 pages and more than 20,000 fascinating facts, features and (occasional) fallacies reported in Cambridge newspapers between 1897 and 1990. It is arranged week by week – so you can check to see what was hitting the headlines whenever you first took an interest in the area and how it has developed since then

It is free to read, free to download, free to use. Just search ‘Cambridgeshire Scrapbook’ on your computer or tablet.

 I have also put together scores of mini-scrapbooks including areas of Cambridgeshire. 

These Scrapbooks reveal some of the events that have helped shape the community of today and put the present in its context. They are not comprehensive but are worth a look.

They are free to read, free to download, free to use. Just search '[your parish] Scrapbook'

 To see the full range of Scrapbooks and other resources to help you discover our area just click ‘bit.ly/CambsCollection

It’s my way of saying ‘thank you’ for all the help folk have given me over more than 50 years of trying to discover something of this fascinating county.

I hope also it will draw attention to the resources of the Cambridgeshire Collection, which has been an essential part of Cambridge's public library since its establishment in 1855. Long may it continue to be freely available to folk of all ages and ability in the heart of the city that established and nurtured it.

Pidley Mountain Rescue

posted Aug 10, 2017, 12:10 PM by Site Administrator   [ updated Aug 10, 2017, 12:51 PM ]

Teddy bear parachute jump - This local charity is holding its fund raising day on Saturday 9 September and it looks like a lot of fun.
Click file below to see their flyer for details.

Local Plan Consultation

posted Jul 15, 2017, 5:06 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Jul 15, 2017, 5:12 AM ]

Local Plan consultation now open until 16:30 25 August 2017  -  Huntingdonshire Local Plan to 2036: Draft Final Sustainability Appraisal 2017 
If you wish to comment follow link below.



Buses through Houghton & Wyton

posted Jul 10, 2017, 5:29 AM by Lois Dale   [ updated Jul 15, 2017, 5:19 AM by Site Administrator ]

Unfortunately we have just heard that Whippet are stopping many of their bus services from 3 September. 

This includes the 45 and 45A through the village and the 1A from St Ives to Cambridge and other buses serving St Ives and nearby villages. 

We are still in the process of arranging the Guided Bus Stop on the A1123; this is going to be expensive – if you are experienced in securing grant funding please get in touch. 

In the meantime, if you need lifts, especially for medical appointments, contact the Timebank on 01480 467209 / 07484 624180 or St Ives Volunteer Bureau on 01480 301462.  We will keep you all updated if there is any further news.

Whippet website: www.go-whippet.co.uk

The Thicket Cycle Track Order NOT confirmed

posted May 10, 2017, 4:56 AM by Lois Dale

Following the Public Inquiry in March the Secretary of State for Transport has considered the Inspectors report and decided that the disadvantages outweighed the advantages and therefore to NOT confirm the Cycle Track Order.  This Right of Way remains a footpath for now.  The Decision Letter and Inspector's Report are attached. 

Police Commissioners Newsletter

posted Mar 3, 2017, 7:01 AM by Site Administrator

The latest newsletter from the Police Commissioner is available .

To read click on file below.

Wyton Airfield

posted Mar 2, 2017, 12:16 PM by Site Administrator

Inspite of what you may have recently seen on TV news the potential development at Wyton Airfield has been dropped from the emerging Local Plan. See attached notice from HDC below.

This does not mean that it will not ever happen but it does mean that a major development will not be considered for some time. However it is possible that some smaller scale developments may take place in the interim.

Bus stops in Houghton on the A1123

posted Feb 14, 2017, 4:47 AM by Lois Dale

Bus Stops on A1123, Houghton and Wyton

As has been reported previously that the Parish of Houghton and Wyton is the only major settlement along its route which is not serviced by the Guided Bus.  This isolation became more acute in November 2016 when Whippet bus services through the village were severely reduced.  After three years the Parish Council has succeeded in overcoming many of the obstacles in the way of establishing stops for buses travelling East and West on the A1123 within easy reach of the village.  The Chair of the Parish Council, Mrs Lesley Craig, is pleased to announce that the Parish Council has commissioned Skanska, to be funded by the Parish Council, to produce a design and specification for the Bus Stops which will include Bus stop laybys, a controlled crossing point, real-time bus service information and connectivity to existing footpaths and bridleways and Houghton Cemetery.  This design work, which is due for completion in May, will ensure compliance with the standards required by Stagecoach and the Road Safety Team of Cambridgeshire County Council and will result in a definitive contract price for civil engineering works to complete the project.  What has given this project real traction is the undertaking from CCC to make a material contribution of about £50,000 towards the Capital costs, which are estimated to be about £100,000.  Mrs Craig stated that the Parish Council would be working in collaboration with CCC and others to look at ways of funding the balance necessary to enable the contract works to go ahead as soon as possible.  The Parish Council acknowledges the effort of County Councillor Ian Bates in supporting this project.  Mr Gordon Pryor, a resident of Wyton, who has campaigned for this service said that this news would be welcomed by all sections of the local community.

Phone Boxes

posted Nov 20, 2016, 5:46 AM by Site Administrator

HDC have informed the Parish Council that the phone boxes at Huntingdon Road/Manor Close and Hill Estate are to be removed.
If you have any objections contact Lois, the Parish Clerk, at the very latest by the 21 Nov 2016

Bus Services

posted Oct 21, 2016, 5:51 AM by Lois Dale

Following the news that the Whippet 1A bus service is terminating its route from Huntingdon to St Ives from 14 November many people have expressed concern to the Parish Council and many attended that Parish Council meeting on 19 Oct.  County Councillor Ian Bates was also there and suggested that individuals might want to contact the bus companies to express their own views or simply for information.  Therefore, their contact details are below to help you do that.

 

The Parish Council would welcome copies of any correspondence so that we can keep track of the situation and local feeling.  We will keep you updated with any information we have.

 

Contact details:

 

Whippet Coaches Ltd
2 Rowles Way
Buckingway Business Park
Swavesey
Cambs
CB24 4UG

Tel 01954 230011

http://www.go-whippet.co.uk/contact-us/

 

Stagecoach

100 Cowley Road

Cambridge

CB4 0DN

Telephone: 01223 433 250

Email: cambridge.enquiries@stagecoachbus.com

 

County Councillor Ian Bates

4 Church End

Hilton

Huntingdon

PE28 9NJ

Telephone: 01480 830250

Email: Ian.Bates@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

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