Saturday, 31 July 2010

Fulbourn Mill - official launch!

Although Fulbourn Mill has been going for about a month now, I'd like to welcome you to our official launch.

This is the blog of The Mill, a magazine published by St Vigor's Church for the service of the people of Fulbourn. It's not primarily an ecclesiastical magazine, but rather reflects the mission of St Vigor's to "work together to be a Christian community of worship, welcome and care". As well as some fun, interesting local titbits and even the odd bit of music, I hope you'll find that Fulbourn Mill reflects that mission.

But what if you're not from Fulbourn? If you're interested in the daily life of an English village, or find in our times a release from a life of 24/7 pressure - or have links to Cambridge and its environs - then you might like to spend a couple of minutes with us every so often.

See you soon!

Image attribution: NASA, Saturn V/Apollo 11 on the launchpad, very slightly Photoshopped.

Monday, 26 July 2010

Papworth Trust and OWL: coming together

click to go to OWL's websiteclick to go to Papworth Trust's website

Leading disability charities Papworth Trust and OWL (Opportunities without Limits) are planning to join forces to achieve more for disabled people.

The new organisation will work with more than 17,000 disabled people every year across the East of England, and will have over 300 staff.

Adrian Bagg:click to learn more"By working together OWL and Papworth Trust will be able to do much more for disabled people in the future," said Adrian Bagg (right), Chief Executive of Papworth Trust. "In the meantime, both organisations will continue to provide a wide range of high quality services that make a real difference to the lives of disabled people."

"OWL has made a huge difference to the lives of disabled people since it was formed in 1996," said Kevin McMullen, Chair of OWL. "This is a fantastic opportunity for two of Cambridgeshire’s best-known charities to come together and offer even more choice to disabled people."

We are planning to start to work together formally in September. The merger should be completed by the autumn.

go to Sawston Free Church websiteOWL provides a range of services for disabled people including OWL bikes, an innovative social enterprise, and the OWL cafe, opened by Dame Norma Major in 2003 after a fundraising partnership between OWLclick to sign up for the Papworth Trust e-Newsletter and Sawston Free Church (above). All services run by OWL will continue in the future with support from Papworth Trust.

For further details, please email Papworth Trust Marketing Director David Martin.
David Martin

NOTE: I'd like to thank Papworth for their help in getting back to work after a long illness that was as debilitating as it was unforseeable.

Saturday, 24 July 2010

abolition and a local boy: Clarkson remembered in feast

click to go to Ian Black's blogIn this week's Church Times, Canon Ian Black reports on a decision by the General Synod to "change the lesser festival commemorating William Wilberforce on 30 July by adding two other anti-slavery campaigners: Thomas Clarkson and Olaudah Equiano". The CofE's Revision Committee decided last year to :

retain a single Lesser Festival for Wilberforce and anti-slaclick to go to the Wilberforce Central websitevery campaigners, name Wilberforce first with the designation ‘social reformer’, add the names of Equiano and Clarkson, and apply the designation ‘anti-slavery campaigner’ to all three.

Wilberforce (1784-1812) was, of course, the Yorkshire MP who championed the abolitionist cause.

click to go to Olaudah Equiano's page on the 100 Great Black Britons siteOlaudah Equiano (1745-1797), from what is modern Benin, was stolen by African slave-traders and sold to their European equivalents. After being freed, his literate and literary autobiography, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olauday Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, The African, Written by Himself, opened people's eyes to the realities of slavery - one example is his destressing description of his feelings as a slave-ship bore him from Africa to America:
What tumultuous emotions agitated my soul when the convoy got under sail, and I a prisoner on board, now without hope! I kept my swimming eyes upon the land in a state of unutterable grief; not knowing what to do, and despairing how to help myself. While my mind was in this situation the fleet sailed on, and in one day's time I lost sight of the wished-for land. In the first expressions of my grief I reproached my fate, and wished I had never been born. I was ready to curse the tide that bore us, the gale that wafted my prison, and even the ship that conducted us; and I called on death to relieve me from the horrors I felt and dreaded...
go to the Thomas Clarkson pages at the Wisbech & Fenland Museum siteThomas Clarkson (1760-1846) is a more local character: after school in his native Wisbech, he went up to St John's College in Cambridge, where he recieved a BA. There, he entered an essay competition on the theme Is it lawful to enslave the unconsenting? His research for the essay, which won him the competition, set him on the course that the rest of his life would follow. The Wisbech & Fenland Museum has a collection devoted to him, and Cambridge has a Clarkson Road, on which his beloved University has built the Wolfson Court, an annexe of Girton College, and also the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences.

UPDATE: I read on Cambridgeshire blogger Ellee Seymour's site that Olaudah Equiano also had Cambridgeshire connections, having married a Soham woman after buying his freedom. Read more on her post Alan Brigham's Tour of Chesterton.

Does anything in the life of the Church grab you or attract your attention so much that you want to tell other people about it? Email! and use this blog to get word out!

Friday, 23 July 2010

Cambridgeshire library doorstep service

click to go to Disability Cambridgeshire

Do you like reading books? Can you imagine not being able to get to a library to get them?

Would you like to share your love of books with people who are housebound?

Have you got an hour or two to spare each month and do you get on with people?

Maybe you have a friend who would also like to help.

If so, The Doorstep Service of Cambridgeshire Libraries and Information would like to hear from you.

We do a free monthly delivery of books, tapes etc. from their local library to people who are housebound.

The Doorstep Service is a county-wide service organised throughout Cambridgeshire by three area coordinators.
Hilary Firth

If you would like to volunteer to distribute books in Fulbourn, please email, and I will forward your emails to Hilary.

Saturday, 17 July 2010

bake-sale, Texas-style!

Fulbourn's never short of people willing to roll their sleeves up and make some food for a good cause - which for me ticks two major boxes. On the Fulbourn Mill blogroll, on the sidebar to the right, is a blog by a photographer and home-schooling Mom from Texas called Don't Poke the Baby in which bloggeuse Linda describes how she and her family prepared cakes for a bake-sale. Both pics and writing are first-class - click the link below and enjoy!

Don't Poke the Baby: Bake Sale!

top ten songs about summer

I hope you enjoy these songs. The music videos below are embedded in the page, which means they are best viewed if you have broadband. If you have a dial-up modem, your broadband is slow or you have difficulties viewing the videos, click here to see this post with links to the videos instead. Please report any problems to

English summertime is typified by two things: heat, and rain! In honour of the summer, I'd like to present you with my own personal top ten songs about the season.

If you would like to send in a personal "top ten songs about...", please send the list to The songs can be secular, religious, modern, classical or a mix of any of these! A few words about why you like each track would be appreciated - I'll do the rest, including finding the videos and/or pictures if you would like me to.


10 Holiday!

This Boney M track from 1979 encapsulated what it felt to be at school as summer approached.
Click once on the video to play it - if you see a white space, click on the play icon (triangle) in the bottom left. If you want to see the video in a separate window with more options, click again on it.

9The seaside

click to go to the Official Queen International Fan ClubWith the present financial situation, holidaying in Great Britain is à la mode once more - in 1975, Freddie Mercury of Queen wrote a song called Seaside Rendezvous that, while our seaside resorts were still popular, looked back to their glory days in the 1920s.

8The summer hit (1)

Every summer has its memorable hit, and the smart money is on Baby Lee by Teenage Fanclub, for reasons that I hope will be clear.

7Last of the summer wine?

click and scroll down to read more about the showThe Last of the Summer Wine is the world's longest-running sitcom and is about men and women behaving badly, all the more hilarious because they're at a time of life when ageists assume that behaving badly has withered on the vine. Here, the late Bill Owen, who played Compo in the show, gives a poignant reading of the theme tune's words with the melody playing behind. Enjoy.

6 Classical summer

Latvian violinist and conductor Gidon Kremer leads the English Chamber Orchestra in the third movement of Vivaldi's Four Seasons suite, Summer.

5 The long road to summer

click to go to the Carpenters websiteSometimes people long for summer because they find winter somewhat oppressive. One of these people is Richard Carpenter, who composed Crescent Noon with his songwriting partner John Bettis because he found himself longing for the light and cheer of summer the whole year through. He performs it here with his sister Karen as The Carpenters.

4 All that glisters

click to go to Stuart Maconie's Freak ZoneThe egregious 1970 folly Beyond the Valley of the Dolls produced one very good song that has been described by Stuart Maconie, DJ on the groundbreaking Radio Six show The Freak Zone as "perfect summer pop". The irony is, as he pointed out, that, in the tale of exploitation, the "number one hit" was better than much of the music going about at the time.

3 The summer hit (2)

When Terry Wogan, then still at his breakfast show on BBC2, called this song "strange but beautiful", sales soared.

2 Enough already!

click to go to the IMDB entry for Yellow SubmarineGeorge Harrison wrote It's all too much about the excesses of the summer of love, and it was his intention that the short song would be included in the Sergeant Pepper album. Unfortunaltely, he wasn't there when the tracks were finally chosen; the song would have made a great bridge between Good Morning Good Morning and the reprise of the title song. Anyway, here's the song, in its incarnation as the penultimate track in Yellow Submarine:

1 Memories of summer...

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Wednesday, 14 July 2010

joyeux quatorze juillet!

cliquez pour aller à l'histoire du fête du quatorze juillet sur la Portale du Gouvernement Français

A very happy Bastille Day to all our French, Francophone and Francophile friends!

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

The Big Book Group Evening

click to go to Fulbourn Library homepage

click to go to Clare Clarke's biographyEver wanted to know what a Book Group is all about?

go to the review on the Orange Prize siteCome and hear the author Clare Clark, a former senior scholar in History at Cambridge's Trinity College, talk about her new book, Savage Lands, long-listed for the Orange Prize, and join the discussion afterwards.

You don’t have to have read the book – just come and enjoy the

Tuesday 13 July 7.30 pm at the Swifts Library (Fulbourn Library) & Meeting Room - Admission Free!

An absorbing tale of love and heartache set in the unforgiving terrain of 18th century Louisiana.

Praise for The Great Stink: Clare Clark writes with the eyes of a historian and the soul of a novelist.

click for a Google MapFulbourn Village Library
The Swifts
Haggis Gap
CB21 5HD

Click for a Google Map

Thanks to Chris Clark for the photo of Clare Clark.

Monday, 5 July 2010

spring of hope

Earlier this year, in March, it was good to be sent a photo-update of a charity that's held a couple of coffee-mornings in our local church resource centre and shop, Twelve: the Spring of Hope foundation (part of the Youth with a Mission group) which helps disabled children in Uganda - much are in their clinic in Wabwoko, which is in the Kayunga District of Uganda, shaded orange in the map to the left. I'd like to share some of these photos with you, with the original comments. If you click any of the pictures below, it'll take you to a related site.

click to go to Mulago Hospital website

Emily (volunteer) and Victor (OT student ) on a home visit!! Feb 2010, we saw our first Uganda OT students come from Mulago training hospital!!

click to read about Spring of Hope's New Steps deaf school and World Deaf Awareness Week

Our deaf children from both schools were able to visit the zoo in Entebbe thanks to Roxy fundraising!!
22nd Feb 2010

click to go to the Spring of Hope page on Facebook We bought our 2nd bike, after a previous volunteer Melanie fundraised. Moses is now out and about in the community. Children in Wabwoko are at last receiving weekly home visits!! Bought Feb. 11th!!
click to read Counting Pills for Clinic on the Spring of Hope blog

Carolyn(volunteer) and Moses counting medications at the end of a very busy clinic,. At this clinic in Wabwoko we received 96 epileptic patients!! Feb 12th!!

click to read about Adia on the Spring of Hope blog

Children and parents at the clinic in Wabwoko. Feb 12th!!

The last pic really struck a chord with me because I remember the sense of wonder and getting bigger exuded by both my children when they started school, something I think one can see on the face of little Zachariah as he starts on his own incredible journey of education, thanks to Spring of Hope.

Zachariah's first day aat school - click to read more about Spring of Hope and how you can help

Frugal Dougal

Spring of hope: click to go to homepage

Click here to go to the Spring of Hope blog

Report it to the Police...Why Bother?

click to go to Cambridgeshire Constabulary homepageI often hear people tell me about problems in their village and ask what the police are doing about it. When I ask if they have reported it to us, the reply is often along the lines of “Why bother?” Well, here’s why…..

Many people don’t report things like a rowdy group of teenagers, or somebody revving their car or moped up and down their street, because they think these are minor things that the police won’t be interested in anyway. By no means would I want people to be calling the police every time a group of young people walk past their house shouting and laughing. However, when something which is a nuisance is happening repeatedly and you feel that a police presence would help to solve the problem, I would really encourage you to call us on the non-emergency number.

When you call the police about something like this, your call is logged on our computer system, and that will include any details you give. If the local officer or PCSOs are available, they may be just around the corner and come to attend. If you don’t report it, how will they know to come round the corner and deal with it?

I have spoken to people who find that this isn’t their experience; they don’t get anyone come to see them at all and then feel let down by the police. As I’m sure you are all aware we are not able to be everywhere at once, and we have to prioritise the calls that come in to us. Our resources are limited and will always be allocated to the more serious calls first. This may mean that if an assault or a burglary has happened somewhere else an officer won’t get out to you for quite a while, and by the time they do, the problem may have gone. However, that isn’t the end of the information you give to us.

The Neighbourhood team look at the reports to see what is happening on their beat. A report like this helps them to identify where the problems are and where they need to be patrolling. When you call us, you can ask for a visit from your local PCSO when they are next available if you want to discuss a problem with them, even if we don’t have the resources to deal with it there and then. You can also sign up to E-Cops through the Cambridgeshire Constabulary website. This is a free facility which gives you information, and allows you to contact us via email with information which you don’t feel you need to tell us immediately but which you would like to make us aware of.

By you telling us what is going on, we can be far more effective at dealing with it. The more information we have about what is going on in the area, the better picture we can build up, and as a result the better service we can give to your village.
Sgt Rebecca Williams: click to go to the Fulbourn & Linton Neighbourhood Policing Panel
Non-emergency police number 0345 4564564
In an emergency, always dial 999

Sgt Rebecca Williams

Click here to sign up for E-Cops

[Note: generally items published in the Mill will not start appearing until a week after publication, but due to the important nature of this public notice it was decided to publish this item from the August Mill immediately - Ed.]

Friday, 2 July 2010

site under construction

under construction!

This site may be undergoing some changes as it's built up. Apologies for any inconvienience caused - the aim is to maximise your experience online!

Thursday, 1 July 2010

how to post comments

I believe a lot of people who are interested in this blog are unsure about how to leave a comment to a post, so I decided to dedicate a post to this. Don't be discouraged with the length of the post, which is due to trying to deal with each step that needs to be followed. (NB the colour-scheme of the blog will probably have changed by the time you read this.) I made the comments that I write about, and if you can't see them at the bottom of this post, just click the words "3 comments", or the title of this post. To go back to being able to see all posts instead of just one, go to the top of the page and click the blog title.

In order to leave a comment, click the link that says "0 comments" (or however many comments) at the bottom of the post. Your arrow-shaped cursor will turn into a hand with a pointing finger, indicating that when you click once on the left-hand button of your mouse you'll be taken somewhere else.

You'll be taken to the comment-box. Click inside the box in order to make it ready to accept your typing.

Type your comment.

If you have an account with a blogging service and are signed into it, than all you have to do now is to press the "post comment" button by moving your cursor on top of it and clicking once (left-hand button) with your mouse.

If you don't have an account, or wish to post under another identity, two courses of action are open to you.

Before you take either step, look at the writing underneath the comment-bos that says "post comment" - immediately to the right, there's a box with an arrow: click on the arrow, and a "menu" of different options will drop down.


If you don't wish to leave any name at all, click the word "anonymous" at the bottom of the menu, then simply click the "Post Comment" button and your comment will be posted.


If you wish to leave a name, click the words "Name/URL" second from the bottom in the menu. You will be presented with a "form" with two "fields to fill in.

If you're not happy leaving your full name on a comment - and many people aren't - I would strongly advise leaving a pseudonym. But there's so many Mickey Mouses and Frank Sinatras on the web, please be creative! I filled in the top field with "Good Queen Bess", and my comment was published under this name.

Alternatively, if you're a little more web-savvy, you can put in the URL - the "address" of a site in the adress bar at the top of a site; always begins with "http://" - of another site that may be your own homepage, or a site that you'd like people to go to when they click the name you've left. I found a site about a children's book with the title Good Queen Bess, and inserted it in the URL field, then pressed "Post Comment". The text "Good Queen Bess" came up in a different colour than usual, indicating that it was a "hyperlink" that would take the user to another site when clicked.

As I wrote at the top, if you can't see the comments for this post, click the words "3 comments" below, or else the title of this post.

I hope you enjoy reading and using this blog, and look forward to reading your comments!