Monday, 30 August 2010

Fulbourn Life Wall

Do you want a say in the look of the Fulbourn Life Wall, to be erected in the central green area in the new Windmill Estate development? Don't forget to pay a visit to the Fulbourn Arts Website, where there's drafts of Andrew Tanser's proposals that you can click to enlarge and examine in detail!

You can email your comments, post them underneath the article, or even use snailmail (envelope and stamp) - don't miss your chance to have your say!

Sunday, 29 August 2010

a sight rarely seen

Here's a sight you rarely see! I took this photo at around 7.30am on a Sunday morning, standing on the corner of St Barnabas St and Mill Rd, looking into town. (You can see St Barnabas' Church on the left-hand side.)

Mill Road empty

Do you have any photos, particularly of Fulbourn, Cambridge or thereabouts, that you'd like to show? We'd love to help you show them, but make sure they're within paras 3 and 4 of the publication guidelines!

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Fulbourn Windmill Open Day

click to acces the Domesday Book OnlineFulbourn's always had a mill, or at least had one when the Domesday Book (right) was being recorded in the 11th century. That one was a watermill at the manor, which became obsolete when Fulbourn Fen was drained for better agricultural means.

You can read about this and much more at the Fulbourn Windmill website. The renovated smock mill that replaced the watermill is having an open-day from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday 5 September, when you can go and explore this fascinating structure.

click to access the Fulbourn Guideclick to go to Fulbourn Institute Football ClubFulbourn's Mill is a village icon. The village magazine is named after it and carries a schematic, which is why you can see its name and image on this blog, which extends the magazine. You can also see the Mill depicted on the village sign, erected on the Queen's Silver Jubilee, and on the crest for Fulbourn Institute Football Club. So why not come along and have a closer look?
click to learn more about The Mill magazine

Read More:

Fulbourn Windmill homepage

UK Mills Homepage

Windmill World

Photographers' Resource: Windmills

The International Molinological Society

Unfortunately, there's no parking at the Windmill site. Click here for a Google Map.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

blue bins coming to South Cambridgeshire

click to go to SCDC's page on Blue Bins
Households across South Cambridgeshire will be taking delivery of their new blue bin between 31 August and 6 October. The blue bin will replace the green box scheme and be an easier and cheaper way of collecting dry recyclables. Collections will take effect from Monday 11 October.

Improvements to the recycling service take on board the comments of residents who want to be able to recycle a greater range of materials in a single, larger, easier to use container. The new blue bin will enable households to recycle up to 90% of their rubbish, meaning less waste will go to costly and ever-decreasing landfill.

The new service will also prove a more cost-effective way of collecting and recycling waste with an estimated saving of £400,000 by the third full year of operation.

On delivery, residents are asked to be aware that the blue bin lids may not close properly due to the way in which they were stacked for storage. The lid should settle after a week or so.

The blue bin will be for the dry recyclables that residents currently place in their green boxes, including plastic bottles, glass bottles and jars, and food and drinks cans, as well as new materials, including plastic pots, tubs, trays, film (e.g. carrier bags and clean food wrapping) and cartons (e.g. tetra packs). Residents will also now be asked to place cardboard in the blue bin for recycling, instead of in the green bin for composting. Items must be placed loose in the blue bin (not in plastic bin bags or other containers) and should be rinsed to remove any risk of food contamination.

The blue bin will come with an inner caddy specially designed to keep paper (which includes magazines, directories, envelopes and junk mail) separate from the rest of the recycling. This is because paper is more valuable when it is kept separate. Residents are asked to keep the caddy in the blue bin as it prevents people from heavy lifting and does not need to be removed.

The blue bin will be delivered with an information pack, which will be placed in the caddy, giving residents all the information they need about the new recycling service. In the pack residents will find a battery bag for recycling domestic batteries. This will need to be put out for collection with the blue bin and will be replaced each time it is used. There will be clear instructions on the bag to demonstrate how it needs to be attached to the bin.

If residents successfully manage to fill their blue bin, excess dry recyclables will be collected when placed in a returnable container and left alongside the bin. Similarly, excess paper will be collected when kept separate and left in a returnable container alongside the blue bin.

The green bin will continue to be used for garden and food waste. Residents are asked not to put cardboard and paper in the green bin any longer and to put this in the blue bin for recycling instead. The black bin will now only be for waste that cannot be recycled or composted. Excess black and green bin material cannot be collected. Residents are asked to take it to the recycling centre at Milton or Thriplow.

Cllr Sue Ellington with Blue Bin - click to enlargePortfolio holder for environmental services Cllr Sue Ellington said, “We hope that residents will be pleased with the improvements to their recycling service and that they will embrace the opportunity to recycle as much as possible. The idea is that the blue bin will become the main household bin with little non-recyclable and non-compostable material left for the black bin and, subsequently, landfill.

“We are very proud to have one of the best recycling rates in the country and are keen to continue to listen to and work with residents to better our record further.”

The majority of residents will not experience a change to their collection day. The only residents that will see a minor change are those in Toft, who will receive the necessary information before their first collection. There may, however, be a small change to the time of some collections so residents are reminded to ensure their bins are out by 7am on their designated day of collection.

Residents are welcome to keep their green boxes if they have a use for them. For those residents not wanting to keep them, there will be drop off points at Tesco Fulbourn, Morrisons Cambourne, Tesco Bar Hill or Tesco Milton where they will be picked up and sent for recycling.

For more information residents are asked to visit SCDC's Blue Bin Site or to call 03450 450 063. Please also call this number if you haven't received your blue bin by blue bin by Wednesday 6 October.
Anna Efford
Communications Officer
South Cambridgeshire District Council

Sunday, 15 August 2010

may the peacock become a phoenix

Peacock Crafts shop signPeacock Crafts was a wonderful resource for knitters, artists and hobbyists in general that started life in Fulbourn, in the little yard behind the hairdressers' on the village's High Street. It moved to neighbouring Cherry Hinton in the City of Cambridge, and was the only outlet of its sort in this part of Cambridgeshire. I remember buying a model aircraft kit there once in the flush of second (or third) childhood.

Walking home recently, I saw a very sad sign on the door of Peacock Crafts (apologies for the glare):
in stitches?

The shop is shutting due to an unusual set of circumstances. I can only hope for the peacock to turn to a phoenix, and bring luck to Sue Rule's project of reopening the shop under the name of "In Stitches".
I'll keep you posted.

Friday, 13 August 2010

Fulbourn Library does have a future!

The Cobbler (Ben Arthur)One of our volunteers has likened running our Library to climbing a mountain – we just make it to the top to find there is yet another peak to challenge us.

As you are aware, Cambridgeshire County Council has to make savings in its Library budget.

Although the proposed cuts will affect us, we will be able to continue as a volunteer Library and we plan to work with the Library Service to minimise the impact of the cuts on our customers.

We will still be linked to the Library Service’s computer system, therefore you will continue to be able to request books at Fulbourn that are in any other County library in Cambridgeshire, and continue to return books to us that you have borrowed from another library in the county. Both of these services are free of charge.

books: click to go to Fulbourn Village LibraryThe proposed cuts will affect the number of books we receive from the County Council, but we will still receive Large Print books and be able to rotate books with other libraries.

So it is business as usual in the Library and as I write this we are looking forward to the Summer Reading Challenge with the children during the summer holidays.

We have an excellent group of volunteers who are happy to continue running the Library but we will need a lot of help and support from the community if we are going to survive in the future.

You can help us by:

  • Visiting the Library often and borrowing lots of books

  • Donating good quality, recently published books to the Library, both adult and children’s books

  • Offering your help as a volunteer

TescoAmazonSo the next time you are discarding a book you have purchased in Fulbourn Tesco (or any other store) or from Amazon, please consider donating it to the Library - there are lot of people in Fulbourn who rely on us for their books as they are unable to travel to another Library – and while you are in the Library you may see something on our shelves that you want to read.

We will continue to run the Library, but we can only do it with your help.
Kathy Attmore

click to go to Fulbourn Village Library

Click to read more on writer Alan Gibbons' blog

Monday, 9 August 2010

Cambridge charity linked to Karen Woo, surgeon killed in Afghanistan

click to go to CBM

Briton, Dr. Karen Woo, was working in the north eastern province of Badakhshan with CBM partner agency IAM (International Assistance Mission).click to go to IAM

On Friday the 6th August 2010, Dr. Karen Woo and her team from the International Assistance Mission (IAM) were killed while returning from an eye medical outreach visit in Nuristan Province, Pakistan.

Mike Davies - thanks to CBM for the picCBM, who have been working closely with IAM in Afghanistan for 30 years, expressed their deep condolences to the families and friends of Karen and her colleagues. Mike Davies OBE, CBM’s Head of Overseas Programmes (right), says "this tragic and needless loss of life will be felt not only by the families and friends of Karen and her colleagues, but by the people of Afghanistan itself, whom she died serving."

CBM, the overseas disability charity, is a major financial supporter of the NOOR Eye Care Program. NOOR provides eye care to all those who need it, regardless of their ability pay. NOOR provide affordable, high quality ophthalmic medications and eyeglasses for IAM and other eye care providers; to train ophthalmic care providers at all levels; to reach a higher level of technical and financial sustainability; and to support the goals of the Vision 20/20 initiative

The Afghanistan-based IAM has been almost continuously present in Afghanistan since 1966, providing a wide range of medical services to people with visual, physical and mental health problems. Its work is facilitated by regular grants from CBM.

CBM has been present in Afghanistan since 1978, supporting a network of eight Afghan agencies working in the prevention of blindness field, and provides annual financial support amounting to about £250,000 a year. With CBM help, the Kabul-based Noor Eye Hospital alone in 2009 was able to perform 15,000 sight-restoring operations on destitute cataract patients.

CBM works in ninety countries, amongst populations living below the poverty line, and often in remote areas. There are constant risks present in all these countries – natural disasters, disease, crime, accidents, conflict – only the nature of the risk varies from place to place. All development agencies and charities working overseas have risk monitoring systems in place, working in close liaison with local authorities, to ensure the safety and security of staff, but most risks can only be mitigated, not eliminated. Rarely, but sadly, tragedies happen. This is the nature of development work, and something that is well understood by those who choose to work in this field.

The main causes of blindness in Afghanistan are cataract and trachoma. The number of needlessly blind people in the country is at least 300,000. A cataract surgery is quick, effective and costs less than £20. Trachoma, a chronic infection of the eye that can result in blindness, responds well to antibiotic ointment and a regime of facial hygiene using clean water.

CBM has a strong commitment to working with disabled people in West Asia, a region where about 40% of the population lives below the poverty line. In Jordan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Palestine, the West Bank and Afganistan, CBM is providing technical and financial support to 41 programmes working to improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities. In Pakistan, where the flood survivors face a long struggle to rebuild their lives, CBM is working with its local partners to restore essential medical and rehabilitative services, and to ensure that the needs of people with disabilities are being met.

In addition to poverty and natural and man-made disasters, meeting those needs is made more difficult by the fact that many people who need help live in remote rural areas, far away from services. It was on one such outreach mission to reach the unreachable that Karen Woo and her colleagues lost their lives. CBM re-affirms its full commitment to continuing to help in Afghanistan and Pakistan, in an ongoing effort to reach the unreachable, and bring them into productive roles in the mainstream of society.

CBM works with over 700 partners in over 90 countries and reaches out to more than 23 million people each year. CBM is recognised by the World Health Organisation and supports over 800 projects.

CBM, the overseas disability charity, works to improve the lives of people with disabilities in the world’s poorest communities. Our goal is to empower people to change their own lives. Based on its Christian values and over 100 years of professional expertise and experience, CBM addresses poverty as a cause and consequence of disability, and works in partnership to create a society for all. CBM helps people regardless of their religious beliefs.
Viv Ayas and Mike Davies

Read more:

A Cambridge charity pays tribute to Dr Karen Woo (BBC)

How Afghanistan gets in your Blood (Telegraph)

Click here to learn more about CBM

Dr Karen Woo RIP

Friday, 6 August 2010

summer fun and games for kids!

summer fun for kids!
Jill Jackson
Senior Resident Involvement Officer
Accent Nene

Click to go to Accent Nene's homepageThis event is run by the Windmill Estate Residents’ Panel and Accent Nene (Housing Association). To find out more or book a place, email, and I will pass it on to Jill Jackson from Accent Nene or one of the Residents' Panel members.

Monday, 2 August 2010

in pictures - Cambridge Folk Festival hat competition

click to go to the Folk Festival 2010 site

The world-famous Cambridge Folk Festival has just finished, with lots of Fulbourn people visiting the site and mingling with people all over the world and, of course, listening to luminaries such as Kris Kristofferson, Seasick Steve and Fishermen's Friends; all on the red sandy soil of Cambridge's Cherry Hinton Hall.

There was an informal hat competition, so I'd like to share these pics of magnificent titfers with you.

Are you one of the people in the photos? Why not email and share your memories? Or leave some memories/impressions/reviews in the comments section!

If you are depicted here and wish your image taken down, please email

Be sure to catch the highlights of the Folk Festival on BBC Radio 2's Drivetime programme, then on The Mike Harding Show, on Wednesday 4 August!

This one's Mrs Ed - I had to post it! Can you see the SPUC precious feet? Click here for some help!

Teddy Dee commented on Photobucket: "Lol, Swampy was hanging onto my hat for dear life!" Are you the lady in the picture above? Please get in contact!

This one, I think, has to be the winner!

Do you have any pics you'd like displayed on this blog? Send them in to!