Tuesday, 30 November 2010

are you ready for Not Ashamed Day?

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Are you ready for Not Ashamed Day?

In case you haven't heard of this campaign, it's a call for Christians all over Great Britain to wear a cross on Wednesday 1 December, when the Not Ashamed campaign presents a petition to 10 Downing Street and lobbies about Christianity and our Judaeo-Christian heritage in public life.

You can find out about it all on the Not Ashamed website where, among a host of resources, you can see, hear and read testimonies by Lord Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury and Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali.

Not Ashamed have been selling cross-themed goods on their Online Shop for some time now. if you live in or near Cambridge, you can get a cross (hopefully) at either of two locations: CLC bookshop in Regent Street, or Angeli in Magdalene Street.

click to go to the Not Ashamed websiteWho knows - you might like wearing a cross, and find that people are generally not as hostile to Christians as you might think from reading about the behaviour of certain organisations.

But the important thing is: if you're a Christian, wear your cross tomorrow!

Sunday, 28 November 2010

vehicle crime reduction events

click to go to South Cambridgeshire District CouncilThe South Cambridgeshire Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership would like to invite all South Cambridgeshire residents to their vehicle crime reduction events.

Organised by Cambridgeshire Constabulary and South Cambridgeshire District Council, the unique events are running throughout December.

Visitors will have the chance to get hands on advice and information directly from the police on how to keep valuables safe in their cars during the Christmas season.

Chief Inspector Dave Sargent said: "This is a unique opportunity for the public to come and meet the local policing teams, crime reduction officers and partners and seek advice and guidance on keeping their vehicles safe and secure. Seasonally this time of year always sees an increase in people’s cars being broken into by opportunistic thieves searching for presents. We will do anything we can do to raise awareness."

The mobile police unit will also be on hand to give residents the opportunity to directly discuss any concerns they may have in their local area with the police.

The events will take place between 4pm and 8pm on:

Thursday 2 December at Morrisons car park, Cambourne
Thursday 9 December at Tesco car park, Milton
Thursday 16 December at Tesco car park, Bar Hill
Tara Crabtree
Communications Officer
South Cambridgeshire District Council

in pictures: St Vigor's Advent Fair

On Saturday 28 November, Friends of St Vigor's held its annual Advent fair, which was organised by the indefatigable Mick Carr, president of the Friends (below), at the Fulbourn Centre's Townley Hall.

Mick Carr, president - Friends of St Vigor's

The Advent Fair always presents local businesses with an important opportunity to showcase their products - one example being Debbie Sadler, who makes and sells Magnetic Hematite Jewellery.

Debbie Sadler - click to learn more

Good causes were of course represented, with Gill and Peter Godber dessing appropriately for a charity they work for extensively - CBM, the international Christian development organisation which helps poor people with disabilities and is known as the overseas disability charity. Gill is CBM UK's Publicist and Cambridgeshire Representative. They were also selling Christmas cards made by local artists and donated to VAO (Vision Aid Overseas).

click to learn more about CBM

Marie Dorrian staffed a stall for Spring of Hope, a micro-charity that helps children with disabilities in Uganda. All the goods were handmade there, and many had colour-schemes based round the colours of the Ugandan flag.

click to learn more about Spring of Hope

A festive touch to the proceedings, as well as a reminder of what the season is all about, was added by the choir of Fulbourn Primary School, before they left to perform another engagement in Cambridge, under the watchful eye of Headteacher and conductor Fiona Thorpe.

It was a good day which raised over £1100. Well done everybody!

Friends of St Vigor's

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

good cause, good food: Children in Need at Amanda's

click to find more about Amanda'sOnce again, the staff at Amanda's Sandwich Bar & Café, in the village centre, are doing their famous all-out effort on Friday 19 November for BBC Children in need.

On the day there will be a chance to guess the amount of sweets, a raffle for a Pudsey cake, a chance to guess where Pudsey's balloon will land AND the famous fancy-dress-day!

So come to Fulbourn High Street and visit this charming village café, then explore our traditional High Street butcher, greengrocer, pub, antiques shop and more - not forgetting St Vigor's Church Resource Centre - not to mention a church that dates from Saxon times!

Or why not go there now?

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click to find out more about Children in NeedAll the money raised by Children in Need goes to disadvantaged children and young people around the UK: this is your chance to find out about and support traditional British village life, and give to a great cause at the same time.

Monday, 15 November 2010

remembrance sunday: the War Memorial in pictures

click to view Fulbourn's Roll of Honour
The Joint Service of Remembrance took place in St Vigor's on Sunday 14 November, starting at 10am, with music being provided by the Marching Band of Squadron 104 Air Training Corps, City of Cambridge. After the Service the congregation processed to Fulbourn War Memorial (right), where the names of all Servicemen from Fulbourn, Great Wilbraham, Little Wilbraham and Six Mile Bottom who had died in conflicts from the First World War to the Gulf War, while two soldiers from 854 Signals Troop, 36 Signal Squadron formed an honour-guard.

Below are pictures of the wreaths that were laid, which are linked to the organisations' homepage, and the messages on the In Remembrance cards.

Royal British Legion

From Fulbourn and Teversham Branch Royal British Legion

click to go to the Royal British Legion Four Counties Site

854 Signals Troop

From the Officers & Soldiers of 854 Signals Troop, 36 Signals Squadron. We will remember them.

click to go to 854 Signal Troop's homepage

Royal Marines

In respect of all our fallen Royal Marines in past & present conflicts. You will not be forgotten.

click to go to Royal Marines Online

Far East Prisoners of War Association

In Memory of all those who died in the Far East.

click to go to the FEPOW Association homepage

Fulbourn Parish Council

To all the victims of war.

click to go to Fulbourn Parish Council homepage


In Memory of all those who gave the Supreme Sacrifice - We Will Remember Them.

click to go to the RAF homepage

Squadron 104 Air Training Corps, City of Cambridge

In memory of the Fallen, gone but not Forgotten

click to go to City of Cambridge ATC homepage

57th Cambridge Scouts (Fulbourn)

click to go to the Scouts homepage

Fulbourn United Reformed Church

Thank You - We Will Remember Them

click to find out more about Fulbourn United Reformed Church

British Red Cross

In memory of all those who sacrificed their lives for us - we will remember them

click o find out more about the British Red Cross

Friday, 12 November 2010

eleventh hour, eleventh day, eleventh month

lain by the children of Fulbourn for the FallenOn Remembrance Day, yesterday, Fulbourn and Teversham Branch Royal British Legion paraded from Fulbourn Primary School to the War Memorial in Manor Walk with the school's Year 6 - who not only laid poppy sprays but performed the Last Post. Also in attendance were Domino Nursery School - all under the watchful eye of the primary school's Head Teacher Fiona Thorpe, who agreed it was marvellous for the children to take such an active part!

Also present were some parishioners, ahead of the Joint Service of Remembrance at St Vigor's, Fulbourn, starting 10am.

And, on such a windy, wintry day, the rain kept away!

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday 2010

click to go to the Royal British Legion homepageOn Thursday 11 November, a huge part of the population will fall silent for two minutes at 11am to commemorate the formal end of hostilities in World War One - at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

Many people will halt their activities at 11am wherever they are - if you'll be in London, the Royal British Legion is hosting a Silence in the Square event in Trafalgar Square to which members of the public are invited.

On Saturday 13th, the annual Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall will be televised on BBC1 starting at 9.10pm. Before this, BBC Radio 2 will broadcast highlights from the Festival from 8-9pm, immediately followed by Pete Waterman's Armistice Day Special.

click to go to the Poppy Appeal homepagePlease do remember to wear your poppy this week. There are various collecting boxes and poppies around the village centre, Fulbourn Tesco and around Cambridge. Please see the Royal British Legion website for further information.

Remembrance Sunday is traditionally the Sunday after Remembrance Day, which this year is 14 November. There will be a joint Service of Remembrance at St Vigor's Church in Fulbourn at 10am, for anybody from Fulbourn, the Wilbrahams and Six Mile Bottom and beyond who wishes to remember our war dead as well as those who live with trauma through serving their country.

This will be followed by a procession round the corner to the War Memorial, where the solemn 2 minutes' silence will be observed, and Fulbourn and Teversham Branch Royal British Legion will lead members of the Armed Forces, uniformed associations and Fulbourn Parish Council in laying wreaths.

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Monday, 1 November 2010

news from Fulbourn Health Centre

go to Fulbourn Health Centre on NHS ChoicesThe doctors and staff are committed to providing the best possible service to our patients and we recently tried a new appointments system based on telephone triage.
The feedback from patients at both sites was very useful and it was apparent that a significant number of patients were not comfortable with the triage system and the wait involved for their phone calls to be returned. However, we had positive comments from patients about the opportunity to have a telephone consultation with the doctor or nurse, rather than having to come to the surgery.

Thank you for bearing with us during the trial and giving us your feedback. We have now returned to the appointments booking system that we had before but have amended it to include the positive aspects of the trial.

Doctors' appointments

We will continue to offer a mix of appointments which can be booked in advance or on the day. We have increased the number of pre-bookable appointments available.
We are also providing the opportunity for a telephone consultation with a doctor or specialist nurse and a limited number of these consultations will be available each day if you would prefer not to come in.

We have Specialist Nurses who are able to see patients with asthma and hayfever, coughs and colds, earache and eye infections, insect bites, rashes and tummy upsets as well as a range of other problems. The receptionists will be able to advise you if an appointment with the Specialist Nurse is appropriate.

Nurse appointments

Routine nurse appointments can and should be booked in advance, please.

In particular, we need as much notice as possible to book appointments for contraceptive depot injections and travel immunisation advice and injections.

Please remember that you can book doctor and nurse appointments up to four weeks ahead. We hope that the changes will offer the majority of our patients a system that provides access to a doctor or nurse within a reasonable timescale.
Gill Cummins
Office Manager
Fulbourn Health Centre