Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Save our Day Centre!

What follows is the text of a leaflet produced by the Friends of Fulbourn Day Centre in anticipation of the closure of Home Close Day Centre in Fulbourn - Ed.
save our day centre
your village needs you
please support the friends of Fulbourn Day Centre

Our Problem

Healthcare Homes Ltd will be closing the Home Close Day Centre for the elderly on 31 October 2010.

The Day Centre in Fulbourn has been successful in providing a vital lifeline for our community-based elderly to meet with friends and take part in group activities while offering important respite for Carers and loved ones. If we let it go now, it will be gone forever.

The closure is due to the last government introducing individual budgets for care (Self-directed Support). Cambridgeshire County Council can no longer enter into BLOCK contracts for day care facilities with private healthcare providers. Instead, SPOT bookings must be made using individual care budgets. Healthcare Homes Ltd are not willing to accept the new system of Spot Bookings, and no doubt there will be other private healthcare providers who decide to close day centres attached to residential homes.

What we are Doing

Meetings have taken place with James Paice MP and with Rod Craig, Executive Director of Community and Adult Services. James Paice has written to the Secretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley MP, to set out the problem caused by the change from Block Contracts to Spot Bookings.

Rod Craig attended the Fulbourn Parish Council meeting in June and the Parish Council have formed a Steering Group to look into the feasibility of continuing to provide Day Care within the village, and alternative venues have been identified for consideration

In the meantime the County Council are assessing the needs of the current users of Home Close Day Centre and finding spaces for them in alternative Day Centres in Cambridge, Linton, Sawston and Bottisham. This is not at all satisfactory for our elderly and vulnerable folk who:

  • Will not be able to attend the same Day Centre each day - they may have Mondays and Fridays at one and Wednesdays at another.
  • Will not be able to maintain friendships that they have developed at the Home Close Day Centre.
  • Will have longer travelling time - for many this means spending over an hour on the bus each day.

Other Considerations

We are all living longer, but this can come at a heavy price with debilitating conditions. However, they can be managed successfully, but require huge amounts of love and devotion from others. Day Centres provide a vital lifeline for our elderly to meet and take part in group activities, while giving essential respite for carers (6 million unpaid carers in the UK are saving the country £87 billion per annum).

There are currently 34 of our elderly who attend Home Close Day Centre regularly, that's 45% of Fulbourn's population over 84 (based on the 2001 Parish Census). There are probably many more who would like to atend a Day Centre in the village but either don't know or how to apply - if you know anyone who may benefit from Day Care in Fulbourn, please let us know so that we can help you. [Email fulbourn_mill@yahoo.com and I'll pass the message on - Ed.]

Home Close Day Centre is supported by a team of dedicated, well-trained staff, some of them have been at the centre since it first opened. The care and consideration given by the staff has transformed the lives of those attending the Day Centre - here are just a few comments from some of the users:

"Whoever suggested the closure of the Day Centre cannot imagine the pleasure and contentment that the visits promote. All I can say is that one day they will be old and disabled - what will they do?"

"Attending the Day Centre has done my grandmother the world of good, sho loves socialising and having space to do her own thing. Also it provides a break for us the family as we have busy lives and unfortunately cannot spend seven days a week with her."

"I attend the Day Centre three days a week and it has helped me enormously, meeting new people and finding new interests."

"My aunt is deaf and registered blind. Going to the Day Centre has been a lifeline to her as I am sure it has been to many elderly people in Fulbourn. She tells me that the staff are so very kind and helpful, and that she feels she would find it very difficult to go elsewhere because of her disability."

Pope John Paul II said, "Society will be judged on the basis of how it treats the weak, vulnerable and dying." The potential loss of a Day Centre in Fulbourn is judgement day for the residents of our village.

Additional info:

The campaign group met with Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley and presented him with a petition signed by 658 villagers (that’s around 35% of all households in Fulbourn). The petition supports the Friends of Fulbourn Day Centre campaign to maintain a Day Care facility for the elderly in Fulbourn.

The problem, as always, is funding. Healthcare Homes no longer wish to offer Day Care because CCC has withdrawn their block contract. Now CCC have introduced “means testing” for Day Care which means that many of our elderly will now need to cover the full cost of care. CCC have calculated this cost to be between £25 - £30 per day – a big step up from the £6.40 they pay at present.

The Coalition Government pledge in their manifesto to “help elderly people live at home for longer” through “community support programmes” but even with the best will in the world you can’t start a community project that has outgoings in excess of £50k per year without an initial injection of cash. That was my argument to the Health Secretary!

If you'd like to know more about the campaign to save Home Close Day Centre, please feel free to leave a comment below, or else email fulbourn_mill@yahoo.com and I'll pass on the message - Ed.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

a heartfelt goodbye

click to read more on St Vigor's Parish websiteAs you might know, I will be leaving my job as Parish Assistant here at the end of September, after my wedding. I just wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you so much for all your kindness and generosity over the last two years. I have been made to feel so welcome and have made many, many friends in the village who I will dearly miss.

I’ve had so much fun working for the church here in Fulbourn and have learnt so much from you all. I have felt truly at home here since the day I arrived and have loved living and worshipping among such special people.

I will continue to hold you all in my thoughts and prayers and I look forward to coming back and visiting you in the future!

Much love
Sarah Turner

Read more

Click to read about Sarah's departure on the parish website - and see more pics!

Saturday, 18 September 2010

in pictures: Fulbourn Gardening Society Annual Show


For some reason gardening shows tend to be referred to as "flower shows" - and with good reason, as the pic above shows. However, Fulbourn Gerdening Society Annual Show is one of the major events of the village's year, and I hope the following photos will give you some idea why.

There were a whopping 410 entries for this year's show, and below you can see just some of the amazing garden produce that was on show.

garden produce

The Gardening Society has worked closely with Fulbourn Primary School, and here Mrs Lorna Carr literally shows the fruits of their collaboration as she takes home a prize-winning marrow grown by the school's GArdening Club in order to give it back to them on Monday.

Lorna Carr with Fulbourn Primary School's prize-winning marrow

One of the members of the Gardening Society who have input into the school's gardening club is George Jackson; below is one of the entries which earned him tseveral prizes, among them the RHS Banksian Medal, awarded to him by Vice-President Stan Hardwick.

prize-winning veg

Going beyond what we usually think of as garden produce, Mr Mervyn Leak won forst prize for this Orocereus Trolli, more commonly known as Old Man of the Mountains:

old man of the mountains

And, going beyond plants, jams were of course present. Just add Jerusalem!


Showing how widely the Gardening Society's Annual Show ranges, Anna Hands won third prize for this painting:

Anna Hands with prize-winning painting

Now a family trio - Julia Dorrian holds her prize-winning cob loaf, while eggs from her sister's hens also scooped an award...

prize-winning sisters' cob loaf and eggs

...while their mother Marie Dorrian shows her drawing, which took second prize.

Marie Dorrian and drawing

All in all, the Fulbourn Gardening Society is due a vote of thanks for all their hard work, resulting in a great day for all concerned. As the look on these chaps' faces seems to show!

veggie men

Friday, 17 September 2010

O come all ye bibliophiles

Twelve - church resource centre and bookshop

A kind donor has donated a collection of Alistair MacLean's first 20 novels to Twelve, St Vigor's church resource centre and bookshop on Fulbourn High Street.

collection of 20 hardback Alistair MacLean novels

The handsomely-bound collection, pictured above (bookended by Fair Trade birdhouses), starts with 1955's HMS Ulysses, based on the author's experiences in the Royal Navy, and finishes with 1976's The Golden Gate, marking his most prolific period. Included are all his most famous novels, including three which were made into war films - The Guns of Navarone (starring Gregory Peck, David Niven and Anthony Quinn), Where Eagles Dare (with Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood) and Force Ten from Navarone (featuring Harrison Ford). You'll also find the eerily prescient biological warfare thriller The Satan Bug, which, when filmed, joined the previous three in having MacLean on the screenwriting team.

It's not all about filoms, though; visit (or revisit) MacLean's other works, such as Caravan to Vaccarès, about which the reviewer linked to comments: "why can't they make action-packed books like this one anymore?"

Hardbacks are usually £1.50 each, but as a special offer we're willing to let the full set of 20 go for £20 or nearest offer. Come into Twelve and check them out; or if you live further afield, email fulbourn_mill@yahoo.com for further enquiries.

Puddle Lane books

Also in - do you remember learning to read - or helping children learn to read - with Ladybird books? We've got 22 Puddle Lane books from the 1980s, written by Shiela McCullagh to tie in with the TV series of the same name. Our small children's books are 50p each.

Twelve is situated at 15 High Street in Fulbourn (CB21 5DH), just round the corner from Pierce Lane - just to the left of the "A" in this Google Map. Hope to see you soon!

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Joanna Eden live in Fulbourn

With Dave Olney on bass and Charlie Price on drums

click to go to Joanna Eden's website

Singer/pianist Joanna Eden has been called the UK's answer to Norah Jones, and her songs likened to those of Joni Mitchell and Rickie Lee Jones. She has been championed by Michael Parkinson on and Courtney Pine on BBC Radio 2 and has supported world-class acts like Jamie Cullum and The Buena Vista Social Club at Audley End, and Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath.

She has recently played to a sell-out audience at the Marlborough International Jazz Festival.

click to read a review of Joanna Eden's music at AmazonHer 4th album "Falling Out of Grace" is due out in the autumn - and she's already recording the 5th!

For this concert Joanna will be singing songs from her new album, exploring her musical heritage via the music of James Taylor, Carol King, Joni Mitchell and many more as well as some of her own beautiful songs.

These concerts sell out quickly so make sure you book your tickets well in advance!

Tickets £8 (limited) from The Six Bells, Fulbourn, or contact fulbourn_mill@yahoo.com and we'll pass your enquiry on!

click to read Joanna's entry on the Fulbourn Arts website
click for events at the Six Bells in Fulbourn
A Martini-cool voice - Mojo

Definitely worth seeking this one out - Michael Parkinson

Brilliant! - Jamie Cullum

September Wild Play Group for under 5s and their Dads!

All the pictures below are clickable - enjoy!

click to go to Cambridgeshire County Council Websiteclick to go to Cherry Hinton Children's Centreclick to go to the Department of Education
click to email Rachel Stewardclick to read more about the red squirrelclick to learn more about the robin!click to go to the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Peterboroughclick to go to the Department of Education

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

community safety survey

click to go to the Ministry of Justice
Cambridgeshire County Council Crime Research Team is carrying out an online survey, which will help identify the most important community safety issues in Cambidgeshire, and ensure funding and resources are directed appropriately to tackle the identified priorities.

The Cambridgeshire County Council Research Group is working with the five local Community Safety Partnerships - Cambridge, East Cambridgeshire, Fenland, Huntingdonshire and South Cambridgeshire - to evaluate patterns of crime and identify patterns to focus upon in the year to come.

If you live within any of the five areas mentioned above, this is YOUR chance to have your say - don't waste it! Click on the link to go to the survey and you'll be started; it only takes five minutes, and it's completely confidential!

A link to this survey was was sent directly to e-Cops subscribers by email. Click here to sign up to Cambridgeshire Constabulary's e-Cops bulletin to stay in touch with your local officers!

go to Community Safety at Fenland District Council
go to Community Safety at South Cambs District Council
go to Community Safety at East Cambs District Council
go to Community Safety at Huntingdonshire District Council
go to Community Safety at Cambridge County Council

Saturday, 11 September 2010


Ezekiel's vision - click to read
click to go to the Internet Movie Database page for KnowingGoing into Cambridge Central Library last week, I borrowed a DVD of Knowing starring Nicholas Cage and Rose Byrne.

The chilling film's premise is that a document placed into a 1959 time-capsule by a disturbed child surfaces 50 years later and contains information about events transpiring in the decades it has spent underground - and three yet to come.

Knowing is that rarest of creatures: a theologically-literate thriller for the mass-market, drawing on strands of Judaeo-Christian Lara Robinson and Alex Proyasmysticism with an emphasis on Ezekiel's vision. It revolves around Nicholas Cage's compassionately nuanced performance as a grieving widower searching for meaning for himself and his young son, and Cage is surrounded by a strong cast at the top of their game. I wonder if Lara Robinson (picured here with director Alex Proyas) has marked a first by playing her main character, Abby Wayland, Abby's grandmother as a child, and appearing in a photo as Abby's mother?

with Rose Byrne; click for a biography of Nicholas CageOne of the key themes is working out what matters as opposed to what is impermanent - I think my daughter latched on to this when she commented, during a key scene, that we worry about what we have and what we don't have when it could all be taken away tomorrow.

It would have been all too easy for the film to succumb to a certain preachiness that has infested modern films since An Inconvenient Truth, passing through the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still and even, for Pete's sake, St Trinian's 2: the Legend of Fritton's Gold. But Proyas ensures that acting and plot come first, and everything else falls into place, taking current concerns about the environment to a totally unexpected place.

I can safely say that it's one of the best films I've seen in years, and all for the price of a DVD loan from the library.

Click to view the theatrical trailer for Knowing

Read more:

Cambridge Central Library

Cambridgeshire County Council Libraries and Information

"Plan for community trust to save libraries under threat", Chris Havergal, Cambridge News

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

the time of our lives: a celebration in flowers

click to go to St Mary's webpageAs a climax for the celebrations for its 750th anniversary, St Mary's Church in Cheveley is holding a Flower Festival on the theme The Time of our Life - a Celebration in Flowers.

The festival been arranged by Hazel McKay, who holds national qualifications in flower arranging. It lasts from 17-21 September, and will be open from 10.30am-4.30pm daily. Refreshments will be available throughout.
click to read Cheveley's history
The arrangements will be in three main groups "A Lifetime in Flowers", representing our life’s journey; "Time to Celebrate", covering the major festivals of the year and "Time to Relax", representing our leisure time.

As part of the festival weekend, on Saturday 18th at 7.30 there will be a Concert celebrating 750 years of sacred and secular music, sung by The Ely Angels. The next day, Sunday 19th, Bishop David Thomson will lead a Service of Thanksgiving at 6pm, followed by tea in the church.

Do make a date in your diary to visit this beautiful church in a picturesque Cambridgeshire village!

click to read more about Cheveley Flower Festival
Click here for map and directions

Sunday, 5 September 2010

can we tempt you to a stroll in the park?

click to go to the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People websiteThe Cambridge Branch of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is organising a sponsored stroll in Milton Country Park on Sunday 10 October from 10.00 am until approximately 3.00 pm.

We'd like to encourage people from Cambridge and the surrounding villages to come along with their dogs and families and enjoy a walk, whilst raising much-needed funds for this very worthwhile cause. We will present medals to those who complete the course and there will be a treat for dogs at the finish point.

click to go to the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People shop!On the day there will be a giant tombola, Hearing Dogs merchandise, puppies in training, working partnerships and much more. There is an excellent café where, after your walk, you can sit back and enjoy some refreshments or alternatively stock up at the café before you start so that you can enjoy a picnic en route. There are plenty of seats along the way so that you can stop and enjoy the scenery and all that the park has to offer.

click to go to Milton Country Park's webpageThe routes will meander along paths beside the lakes where, at the time of writing, there are swans, cygnets, ducks and ducklings to be seen. Despite the proximity to the A14 there is a very tranquil atmosphere and the site is very child- and dog-friendly. The two routes - of 2 miles and approximately 5 miles - will be well marked, and maps will be available. The majority of the route is very amenable to wheelchairs and pushchairs, and is generally flat. Dogs and accompanied children will be very welcome.

Cost per participant is just £2.00 but we hope that many walkers will obtain sponsorship to increase the amount raised for the charity. We'd love this to be an annual event, so please do come and support us!

For further details, or to obtain entry and sponsorship forms please email Jenny Parker at jennifer.parker5@btopenworld.com.

click to find out more at the Friends of Milton Country Park website

Interested? Click here to print out a flyer for the event - if you're prompted, just click "open"!

Read more:

Reviews of Milton Country Park at TripAdvisor.co.uk

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People on the Dof Rescue Pages

Friday, 3 September 2010

Art in the Village with Deanna Tyson

Although my Drawing and Painting classes are full on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, I do have 2 places left on Thursday mornings on The Mixed Media course. This course will include painting, drawing and textile skills within an easy frame work of art appreciation and history. Absolute beginners with a desire to create and learn are very welcome (first come first served).

Life Drawing classes are on Wednesdays 2p.m - 4p.m, and are open to all levels, please enquire if interested.

For further information please visit my website at www.deanna-tyson.com.

Read more:

Art in the Frame - Deanna Tyson

Cambridge Arts Movement: Recent work by Deanna Tyson

two farewells and a welcome

click to read more on the Diocese of Ely site

A very warm welcome to the Right Revd Stephen Conway, who is coming from Ramsbury in the Diocese of Salsbury to be our new Bishop in Ely! Many thanks are also due to Dr David Thomson, Bishop of Huntingdon, for keeping us in order during the Interregnum after Bishop Anthony Russell retired last year. (Bishop David kindly mentioned your favourite blogging gargoyle in one of his posts recently.)

click to read more on the Fulbourn and the Wilbrahams websiteOn the subject of Interregna, we'll be having one ourselves in St Vigor's when our long-serving and much-loved Rector, Rhiannon Jones, leaves to work with the Suffragan Bishop of Aston in the Transforming Church project in the Diocese of Birmingham. Rhiannon hit the news earlier this year with the amazing coincidence of having an Ordinand with the same forename, middle name and surname. (What's the plural of Rhiannon...Rhiannoi? Rhianna?) Rhiannon's last service will be the 11am at St Vigor's in Fulbourn on Sunday 31 October.

click to read more on the Fulbourn and the Wilbrahams websiteAlso leaving is Parish Assistant Sarah Turner, who's marrying Revd Edward Green, a Team Vicar in the Diocese of Oxford - after some negotiation, the ceremony will be in St Vigor's! Her last service as Parish Assistant will be September 19th, again in Fulbourn.

I'm sure we all wish Rhiannon and Sarah, in their different ways of serving the Lord, every best wish for the future.

Read More:

New Bishop of Ely is announced - Diocese of Ely

Welsh Rhiannons have congregation seeing double - Cambridge News

Transforming Church - Diocese of Birmingham