Friday, 9 December 2011

The Mill: Thank You!

thank you!
The December/Christmas edition of the Mill having been delivered free to every household in Fulbourn, I'd like to take this opportunity to say a BIG thank-you to everybody who helped assemble the individual parts of the issue and to everybody who took part in delivering it. Thank you!

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Christmas Craft Morning for Children!

Christmas Craft Morning for children!

Dec 17th at 10am-12pm at Great Wilbraham church (St Nicholas, across Church Street from Great Wilbraham Primary School).

We now need to find people to volunteer as helpers for this event. Each activity will need a leader and also we may need a tea/coffee/juice/snack person too.

Craft 1: Christmas Cards
Craft 2: Christmas decorations
Craft 3: Advent wreaths/ Christmas tree decorating
Craft 4: Nativity puppets

Click for a Google Map of Great Wilbraham

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

for the forces: Royal Wooton Bassett rocks!

This is a cover of the Green Day song Wake me up when September ends by the community of Royal Wooton Bassett, made with the band's blessing, in aid of various charities for former forces personnel and their families. If you like it - or even if it's not quite your thing but you appreciate the reason it was made - there's details at the end about how you can make a donation to these charities. I realise it's a big ask after Children in Need, but we as a nation have made a big ask of the forces.


Sunday, 13 November 2011

in pictures: 2 minutes' silence in Fulbourn

band approaching

in memoriam

we will remember them

service of remembrance over

November 11: a meditation

we will remember themIn the last century there were two world wars, allegedly, "wars to end all wars". Yet still wars rage across the globe and our Armed Forces are involved, with the inevitable loss of life and horrific injuries. Here is something I would like to pass on as we prepare once more to remember those who gave there all.

During the Second World War a young Scots Commando, stationed in the South of England, was among a group of men who were handed orders for a special operation.

There was to be a daring raid on occupied France …so daring that the young Scot realised that his chances of returning from it were slim.

As it turned out, his fears were not unfounded, for though the mission itself was successful. Not one of the party survived the raid.

Late, the operational order paper he had been given was found among his belongings. And across the top of it he had written, in a firm hand, these words: -

"I go forward not knowing the things which shall befall me, but I know in whom I believe."

The unit commander was so impressed that on every operation his men carried out after that, he saw to it that these words were printed across their orders. They became a comfort and guiding light to the brave men who paved the way to victory.

May it never be said that we have forgotten such courage.

Brian Scullion

Monday, 7 November 2011

Fulbourn Primary School update - November 2011

click to go to Fulbourn Primary School websiteThis new school year has got off to a busy start; we can’t believe, as we write this, that it is just day until the half term break . We were delighted to welcome many new children into the reception year and they have made a very happy start. They have been helped to settle in by their year 6 'buddies', who play with them at break times, assist them with managing their trays in the lunch hall and visit them in their classrooms to learn alongside them. As well as this being of enormous support to the youngsters, it helps the oldest children in the school to develop a sense of responsibility and maturity.

We are also pleased to have awarded 'Citizens' status to the year 6 children who applied for this important and responsible post in the school. They do an invaluable job running the office over lunchtime, helping to organise school dinners, leading playtimes for the younger children and so on. As well as enabling them to develop important life-skills, such as the ability to answer the phone politely and take messages, it helps to crate a sense of contributing to their community.

The other children have also settled back in quickly and are thoroughly enjoying their new topics. Classes in key stage 1 (infants) are studying Space, Ourselves and The Great Fire of London whilst those in key stage 2 (juniors) are learning about Eco-warriors, Romans and Modern Britain, including World War II. Lots of exciting learning is planned, including a trip for Pine class to the Folk Museum. If you think you might be able to help us with any of these subjects, for example with artefacts or by coming to talk to the children and sharing your knowledge or experiences, please do contact the school. We are always delighted to make the most off opportunities to link the school with the local community.

We were pleased to welcome Revd Alice Goodman to the school. She has been in to lead several assemblies and we all enjoyed visiting St Vigor’s Church for a Harvest Festival service, jointly hosted by Alice and Nigel Uden in late September.

We have two events coming up that villagers may be interested in.

  • On Tuesday 15th November from 9.15-10.30am we are holding an Open Morning for parents of children starting school in September 2012 (children born between 1st September 2007 and 31st August 2008). This will be an opportunity for prospective to find out about the school, how to apply for a place, meet the head teacher, tour the school 'at work' and ask any preliminary questions you may have.
  • On Friday 2nd December at 7pm for a 7.30pm start the PTA is holding its annual quiz night at the school.

Fiona Thorpe
Claire Pickard
Head Teachers

Find out more

Click to go to Fulbourn Primary School website
Find out more about Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 at DirectGov

Sunday, 6 November 2011

repeat prescriptions for November: urgent deadline

The first section of Gill Cummins' latest news from Fulbourn Health Centre concerns a very important deadline for repeat prescriptions this month, so I reckon it deserves its own post - Ed.

We are on schedule for our computer switchover towards the end of November.
We will be running a limited service for a few days and ask our patients to bear with us during this time. Please be assured that any urgent matters and emergencies will be dealt with promptly as always.

It will be difficult to deal with large volumes of prescription requests during this period, so we ask that if you normally order your prescription between Wednesday 16th November and Friday 25th November that we have your request by

Friday 11th November

Fulbourn Health Centre news - November '11

We are on schedule for our computer switchover towards the end of November.
We will be running a limited service for a few days and ask our patients to bear with us during this time. Please be assured that any urgent matters and emergencies will be dealt with promptly as always.
It will be difficult to deal with large volumes of prescription requests during this period, so we ask that if you normally order your prescription between Wednesday 16th November and Friday 25th November that we have your request by
Friday 11th November.

In addition, we will be closed at lunchtimes from 12:30pm-2:30pm from
Thursday 10th November – Wednesday 23rd November to enable all staff at the Practice to be fully trained on the new system. Urgent Care Cambridgeshire will provide emergency cover during this time on 0330 123 9131.

We will all need time to familiarise ourselves with a new way of working and once the system is fully established we will be able to introduce an enhanced range of services for our patients in the New Year.
Watch this space!

Our Patient Participation Group will be hosting an Open Evening at the Health Centre on the evening of Thursday 8th December at 6:30pm. Please put the date in you diary and join us for a cup of (non alcoholic) fruit punch. The PPG would like to reach a much wider audience and is keen to ensure that all our patients are represented. This is an opportunity for you to make your views known.

Gill Cummins
Office Manager
Fulbourn Health Centre

Thursday, 27 October 2011

give a disabled child a gift for Xmas

click to go to Spring of Hope site

Stuck for a present idea?


An alternative to giving a traditional present to someone you know. The recipient will know that their gift has helped a disabled child in Uganda.

All gift cards have a photograph of the item you have purchased as a gift on the front.

Gift cards can be either sent to you for giving personally or sent to the person for whom the gift is being given on your behalf.

Set of Crutches £5
1 Mosquito net £5
A chicken £5
A Duck £7
Month’s food (Nutrition programme) £10
Childs wooden support chair £15
Standing Frame £20
A goat £25
Term’s school fees £50

Example of text in the card:

click to go to the Spring of Hope site

For further information, please contact

When ordering, remember to send details of who it needs to be sent to, either to you or direct to the recipient.

Jean Clark

From the Spring of Hope Casebook

click to go to Spring of Hope websiteBrenda is one of our 100 children who need to be on a nutrition program. She is a 10-year-old girl who weighs 10kg where a child of 10 should weigh approx 30kg. Brenda has severe cerebral palsy, which is leading her to have severe feeding difficulties as well. She is regularly sick due to her fragile start; this sickness has often led her close to death.

go to Project Brenda on givengain.comHer mother is separated from her husband and is now alone without any support. Her only income is from her garden and what she grows. Often she is unable to go into the garden due to Brenda being so sick, which leads Brenda becoming weaker as she has nothing to eat. More of Brenda under Nutrition project on and We are currently supporting 31 children out of 100 who need nutritional support, through porridge flour, eggs, milk and in some cases potatoes. These children need more support than just this. In the last three years, we have seen 50 of our children die due to eating difficulties.

Please pray for Brenda and support her.

go to the Spring of Hope websiteMpanga Waswa is five years old and has hydrocephalus. His mother had a normal pregnancy and gave birth to twins who were born without complications. Within hours Mpanga’s birth he became sick; on medical examination, the doctor told Mama Mpanga that her child was in danger.

His head was swelling and he was developing hydrocephalus. Mpanga needed surgery; Mama Mpanga refused due to the cost, and the mother just did not have money to support him. Mpanga was sent home, as the hospital could not do anything more for him. When Mpanga was 15 months old, Mama Mpanga heard about Spring of Hope and came for help as she had lost all hope. Mpanga was able to have the surgery he needed.

Since this surgery, Mpanga has learnt to sit without support, learnt to talk and tell hilarious and interesting jokes. He is a very confident little boy who loves people and loves having fun. Mpanga would love to go to school.

If you feel touched by this testimony, you can sponsor him now by inquiry through our email contact at


Pray for increased funding. SoHUG is short of funds we would request you to pray for funding.

Pray for a good season of service. This is our first season as a registered organization in our own right. Pray for our united team and our children for healing of the families.

Christmas Ideas – Gift certificate

Are you currently looking for a Christmas present, which is unforgettable, what about giving a family a duck or a child a standing frame? you can give a gift from as little as £5/$5. The recipient of the gift will receive a card and photo - go to the top of the post for further details.

You can also Donate through anywhere in the world.

If you are a taxpayer in the UK, please donate using stewardship quoting Spring of Hope, service user number 20041306.

Teresha Karahukayo Clark
Spring of Hope Executive Director
Spring of Hope Uganda blog

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Narnia Xpression! All-age activities and Worship

click to go to Narnia at Activity Village!

Venue: Great Wilbraham School, 4:30-6:00pm, Sunday, 23rd October.

Theme: Narnia.

Activities:Something for everyone! ....

Chilling out with a cuppa.

Making Crowns and Horns

Constructing the stone table

Designing Narnia lanterns

Having Supper in Mr and Mrs Beaver's Lodge (for 7's and unders; pizza slices/rolls/fruit/juice)

Do come and join us! Narnia costumes encouraged, but not obligatory!

Parish Assistant
Fulbourn & The Wilbrahams

Click here for directions to Great Wilbraham School

Friday, 14 October 2011

coffee morning: Zimbabwe Christmas appeal

Please do come this morning to our coffee morning with cake and other stalls in the Function Room of the Six Bells, Fulbourn from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

This is in aid of the Christmas Appeal for the Mabvuku families in Zimbabwe. The church has for a number of years supported around 50 families in the high density township of Mabvuku near Hararesusan. The families are mainly headed by a grandmother looking after orphans as the parents have died. It is hoped to raise between £300 to £400 to enable the families to have a Christmas meal of a chicken and vegetables and other things which they normally never get.

Your support for the coffee morning will be warmly welcomed.

Thank you
Zena and Michael

Click here for directions to the Six Bells

Read more:
click to read the editorial that started it all

A trip to Zimbabwe

STOP PRESS: click to read about a coffee morning in aid of the Mabvuku Christmas appeal

My wife and I have recently returned from a three week visit to our daughter Jayne, Jonathan and family in Zimbabwe, our first visit in five years and we found much has changed.

Zimbabwe (formerly Southern Rhodesia), is a country of contrasts. Much to our surprise when compared with five years ago when there was very little in the shops and inflation was rampant, shopping malls in Harare are flourishing. Supermarkets are overflowing with goods and there are a great variety of specialist shops and pleasant cafes as well as evidence of more development from new shopping parades to new housing in pleasant suburbs where ranch style bungalows stand in one acre plots. The economy clearly appeared on the upgrade with the American dollar now the official currency and investment increasing. People were out in the pleasant winter sunshine shopping or enjoying sitting with friends over a coffee.

But the other side of Zimbabwe was also all too evident. Car parks were characterised by poor Zimbabweans trying to get a living by hawking newspapers and basic goods such as mops, kitchen ware items whilst at most road junctions were others sat on the roadside by a small pile of vegetables, or firewood or again newspaper selling. Many were simply sitting in groups idling the day away as in reality Zimbabwe has 85% unemployment. Away from the prosperous shopping centres and pleasant suburbs are the much wider spreads of poor housing and further out still the high density townships lacking in basic amenities such as good sanitation and clean water and families existing in one or two rooms.

On the first Saturday we were there we went with Jayne our daughter, Jonathan who is a doctor and a team from Avondale church on the monthly visit out to Mabvuku high density township about six miles out of Harare to meet forty three of the poorest families. The group from Avondale (now barred like other groups from their churches, but worshipping regularly in school chapels or halls), have over the last twenty years run a programme to aid the poorest families, supported from the UK by other church groups including St. Vigors.

When we arrived we were greeted by smiling faces from about eighty youngsters and thirty adults, mainly grannies looking after the children because parents had died from Aids or ill health. For instance Grandmother Sadik has eight orphaned children living in two rooms and Grandmother Valley all of whose own seven children had died, looks after ten grandchildren.

The families were gathered at the local school where the team have been given two rooms for the morning along with Gibson who lives in Mabvuku and takes care of any problems the families have between visits. After impromptu worship and songs families sat round a team member to whom they had been allocated to chat over family news and needs. These not only focussed on basic food needs but family problems over school fees , health or other matters, not always anxieties but good news too. For instance after eighteen months battling with authorities Venetia who leads the team had finally got a birth certificate for an orphaned child of 10 ; without it the children cannot attend school. Whilst this went on in the school room the month’s supply of food was laid out for each family – a bag of maize meal, protein soya mince, dried fish and beans, cooking oil, together with two bars of soap and a packet of candles; the food bill each month is £600 for the Mabvuku families as prices in Zimbabwe are higher than in the UK. Donated clothes and shoes are also given out as needed.

Jonathan and another doctor held a clinic in the same school room as otherwise the families would have no access to a clinic. If a hospital visit is needed the team arrange for this and meet the cost, for instance an elderly man had successfully had treatment for prostrate cancer and a granny a hip operation.

Each month Meredith in the team sends out monthly news of each family to the three churches in the U.K and other individuals giving prayer and tangible support for the Mabvuku families. This monthly newsletter is regularly displayed at the back of St Vigors church and gives a much fuller picture possible in this article.


Wednesday, 5 October 2011

news from Fulbourn Health Centre

I write this following a very successful Open meeting of the Patient Participation Group at the Health Centre on Wednesday 7th September. It was a pleasure to see new faces and I trust everyone found the meeting interesting. The group’s Chair, Alison Farmer, outlined the achievements of the PPG to date and suggested some possible activities for the future along the lines of the successful Basic Life Support training evening.

Suggestions from the meeting included exploring possible links with other groups in the village such as the WI for future events. Alison reminded everyone that the Group is looking to extend its membership and also take the details of patients who would like to go on their mailing list. You are welcome to leave your details at Reception and we will pass them on.

Russell Sims, the Practice Manager, updated the meeting on the plans for GP consortia and Dr Cathy Bennett provided a valuable insight into how your GPs are working to improve the care of patients both directly and indirectly. This includes the options for referrals to hospital other than Addenbrookes for operations and ensuring patients needs are taken into consideration when services are being reviewed.

Russell also explained the aims of setting up a patient forum online and the recent activation of the Summary Care Records. Russell concluded by outlining the plans for a new computer system for the Practice as a whole which will be installed in November (see below). This raised the issue of communication between the Practice and our patients. The Mill is not delivered to everyone in the village and we have been asked to explore other avenues to ensure that we include all the households in the area.

Help at Home is a scheme available to people who have been discharged from hospital or have been ill at home. Trained and CRB checked volunteers can offer practical help with collecting prescriptions and shopping , for example. The service is free for 3 weeks. Anyone can ask for the service and will need to contact the South Cambs office on 01354 694413.

We are updating our computer system towards the end of November and it will be difficult to deal with large volumes of prescription requests during this time.
To make sure you get your medication on time, could we please ask that if you normally order your prescription between Wednesday 16th November and Friday 25th November to ensure that your request has been handed to us by

Gill Cummins
Office Manager
Fulbourn Health Centre

Friday, 30 September 2011

Police apologise for Bible ban...sort of

In the case of Jamie Murray, who was investigated by police for showing a DVD of Bible texts from the New Testament in his Christian café in Blackpool, police have apologised for their involvement. However, as the Christian Institute reports, "they refused to apologise for launching the investigation and they also denied banning the display of the Bible texts in the café".

Keep your eyes on this case - it could have ramifications for living as Christians in the public sphere UK-wide.


Read more: Blackpool's got more to worry about than Bible verses

Monday, 26 September 2011

bomb alert in Cambridge

There appears to have been a bomb alert in Cambridge today, according to Cambridge Frist, which says a suspect package was found in a microwave. A Facebook friend tells me there was a controlled explosion - I guess it'll be all over the local news tomorrow.

Is it too much to hope that it's been a mix-up? Stay safe.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Fubourn Village Historical Society - new website!

Fulbourn Village Historical Society now has its own webpage - why not give it a visit and find fascinating info about Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire and England in general in the newsletters? And, if you can make it, there are details about their winter talks season! Jut click the picture below to go to the FVHS website!


click to go to Fulbourn Village Historical Scoiety's webpage!

Sunday, 11 September 2011

9/11: requiescant in pace

The righteous perishes,
And no man takes it to heart;
Merciful men are taken away,
While no one considers
That the righteous is taken away from evil.
He shall enter into peace;
They shall rest in their beds,
Each one walking in his uprightness.

Isaiah 57:1,2

click to go to the 9/11 memorial page

Friday, 9 September 2011

Come to Fulbourn Community Market!

Fulbourn Forum: click to find out moreIf you're looking for something to do on Saturday 10 September, why not come to Fulbourn Community Market, for a range of local food, produce and plants? The market takes place from 2.30-4.30pm at the Fulbourn Centre.

Why not come and give it a try?

Click for more information about the Fulbourn Centre

Click for a Google-map for Fulbourn

Thursday, 8 September 2011

author visit: Robert MacFarlane at Fulbourn Village Library

with Fulbourn Forum for Community Action

Date to be confirmed

Robert MacFarlaneRobert MacFarlane will talk about his book The Wild Places, published by Granta in 2007.

click to read a review of The Wild Places on AmazonThe book begins in Fulbourn's own Beechwoods, and Robert has agreed to join us after his talk in discussing how we can retain and extend a sense of wilderness in our local environment.

Gill Aslett
Fulbourn Village Library

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

news from Fulbourn Health Centre

click for more information about the flu jabBookings for our Flu Clinics will be well under way by the time you read this. I would like to encourage all our patients who usually receive a flu vaccination to book into one of our clinics as soon as possible. There are dates available at both Fulbourn Health Centre and Cornford House Surgery, so hopefully there will be an appointment to suit everyone.

The Patient Participation Group is going from strength to strength and they are keen to involve a wider cross section of our patients. The PPG is planning to set up a mailing list, so that they can include more patients in their activities. Please come along and put your name on the list in reception if you are interested. The Group is also involved in plans for establishing a Patient Reference Group which the Practice is setting up across both sites. This group will be email based and we hope that the members will reflect the diversity of our Practice population and that this format will encourage younger people and families to become involved. If you are interested in joining the group, please call in and pick up a form or give us a ring and we will post one to you. We can then contact you for your views on what the Practice has to offer.

Gill Cummins
Practice Manager
Fulbourn Health Centre

See the September Mill for more information about Fulbourn Health Centre PPG, or watch this space! - Ed.

Monday, 5 September 2011

new window display at Twelve

transport window display at our shop in Fulbourn

Mrs Ed has put some books and some of yours truly's old toys in the window at Twelve in Fulbourn High Street for her latest window display, which is themed on transport. So, for a moving experience, why not pop along?

transport window display at our shop in Fulbourn

transport window display at our shop in Fulbourn

transport display at our shop in Fulbourn

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Britain's a riot

That was the title of the email with which my American friend alerted me to this video by Pat Condell. I found myself nodding throughout. See what you think.


Wednesday, 24 August 2011

fun dog show at Milton Country Park!

go to Hearing Dogs for Deaf People homepage

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People
Cambridge and District Branch

Does your dog have the wettest nose? Maybe your dog has the most appealing eyes, is your child’s best buddy or is the fastest dog in the neighbourhood?

Why not come along to Milton Country Park on Sunday 11 September and find out by entering the fun dog show in support of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People? In addition to the many fun classes, there will be merchandise for sale and a tombola stall. There will be chances to meet puppies in training and working partnerships. We will be demonstrating a puppy class in action and giving a short talk about the charity. Why not come along and find out more about our work?

All entrants to the dog show will receive a goody bag to take home (the first 25 entrants to the dog show will also receive a special dog toy in the goody bag) and there are prizes on offer for class winners. Cost for the dog show is £1.00 per dog per class. The fun scurry will take place for 30 minute sessions at 11.00, 12.00 and 3.00 while the dog show classes will take place from 1.00 to 3.00 pm

This event is part of the Food, Farming and Countryside Day at Milton Country Park where there will be local food stalls together with information and activities from wildlife and countryside organisations. This promises to be a great family day out so why not come along and support us. Car parking charges at the park will apply. The whole event is from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm.

For more information about the dog show please contact Jenny Parker at

Jenny Parker
Branch Co-ordinator

Click for a googlemap of Milton Country Park

Click to go to the Milton Country Park blog

Friday, 19 August 2011

URGENT: Cambridge Rwanda charity seeks new premises

click to go to Cards for Africa homepage
Cards from Africa is in urgent need of an office space if we are to continue to help orphaned youth in Rwanda. We have been given our notice to vacate our current building by 30 September [to make room for a new hotel - Ed], and are desperately seeking alternative accommodation for a low cost.

We need a space around 32 metres squared or more in Cambridge. The corner of an office, an unused storage room, or even a large double garage would suffice.

We can’t stop helping orphaned youth now, not after a year of slow but steady growth.

With warm regards,

Chris Page
Cards from Africa
Beautiful Cards. Better Lives.

Social Enterprise Centre
182-190 Newmarket Road

0345 257 1953

click to go to Cards for Africa homepage

Thursday, 18 August 2011

coming soon: Fulbourn Community Market

click to go to the Fulbourn Centre webpageThe Fulbourn Centre and Fulbourn Forum have joined together to organize a Community Market for the sale of local food, produce and plants. Its first aim is to provide an outlet for home-made food and home-grown produce and plants (inc. shrubs and flowers), and to promote their sale and production. So, do come on 10 September and see what Fulbourn and our local area has to offer.

Fulbourn Forum: click to find out moreWill you have something to contribute from your own garden or kitchen? We would like to see as much variety as possible, so a shared table with friends or neighbours (or street|) would result in a great display. Alternatively, contact us as we may be able to put people together to make up a table. Fulbourn Forum will be having its own table - any donations of goods will be gratefully received - with all money taken helping to boost our funds.

Small tables are just £5, while the large tables are £10. There will be space for some commercial business bookings and outdoor pitches and vehicle sites - costs are as above plus 50%.

For further details and to book, please email Janice Brown at

Do you have any other good ideas for stalls? Please pass this information on if you know of people in the Cambridge area who might be interested.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Freeview retune

click to go to teh Digital Switch Over websiteViewers will need to retune their Freeview set top boxes and TVs (and Top Up TV and BT Vision boxes) on 31 August, 14 September and 23 November to keep watching the full range of digital channels you currently receive, unless the set top box has auto-retune. You will see captions on-screen reminding you of the need to retune on the run up to these dates. Guidance on re-tuning is available from If you are watching satellite or cable services, this does not affect you.

click to go to the Switch Over Help Scheme websiteThe set top boxes that the Help Scheme provided to eligible residents are auto retune so people shouldn't have any problems with them but, if they do require help and went through the Helpscheme they can call the Helpline on 0800 4085900 and someone will talk them through what they need to do over the phone or they will send someone out as part of the
aftercare they get. (There is no charge.)

For those people that were not eligible or are already watching digital television and need help retuning the best advice is to call Digital UK on 08456 505050 who can talk people through how to retune their TV over the phone and their number is charged at local rate.

Catherine Pawson
Lead Officer Planning and Projects
Trading Standards Department
Cambridgeshire County Council
PO Box 450, Cambridge City, CB23 6ZR

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Falun Gong: International Art Exhibition in Cambridge

click to go to The Art of Zhen Shan Ren homepage

The Art of Zhen Shan Ren (Truth Compassion Tolerance) International Exhibition has toured more than 4 0countries and 200 cities worldwide since July 2004. Artists featured in the exhibition all practice Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa), a spiritual self-cultivation practice of mind and body.

Four of the artists featured in this exhibition suffered a brutal campaign of intimidation, propaganda, and violence in China, like millions of Falun Gong practitioners who are persecuted by the Chinese Communist regime. In an effort to put an end to this inhumane expression of a peaceful practice, Professor Zhang Kunlun and other artists decided to express their personal understanding of the universe and life through the medium of art.

The art in this show helps illustrate the noble path of the artists as they strive to revive the foundation of human morality, return to orthodox art form, and spread the principles of the univers - Truth, Compassion, Tolerance - throughout the world.

An inspiring exhibition not to be missed.

The Guildhall, Market Street, Cambridge, CB2 3NH
Tuesday 16th August to Sunday 24th August
Opening times 10am - 5:30pm

For more information please email:

About the Exhibition:
The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren Exhibition is an extraordinarily moving, intimate and inspiring collection of paintings detailing both an inner spiritual life and an outer human rights tragedy.

What People Have Said:
“A truly beautiful exhibition.”
“Very thought provoking. Thank you.”
“The truth behind the artwork is almost too shocking to believe, it is crucial that we speak out about such injustice.”
“Inspiringly spiritual”

Monday, 8 August 2011

Fulbourn Neighbourhood Policing news: the Get Closer Campaign

click here to go to the Cambridgeshire Constabulary homepageDear e-coppers,

I hope you are all well. Great news, no crimes to report this week.

The next Police Surgery will be held at 8 Farmers Row, Housing office for Accent Nene and SCDC. This is a joint surgery between the Police and Housing. The time will be 1pm - 3pm. Feel free to pop along and discuss any issues or concerns you may have.

We will also be holding additional mobile surgeries in Fulbourn and surrounding villages, this is known as Get Closer Campaign. This will be held in the Mobile Police Station at the Swifts Centre, Haggis Gap on Thursday 15th September, 14.30 - 15.30. Further dates to follow in the future.

What is a Get Closer Campaign?

Get Closer Campaign

The ‘Get Closer’ campaign aims to increase the visibility of policing activity and raise the public’s level of understanding of the breadth and depth of policing across Cambridgeshire in 2011/12 and beyond

Cambridgeshire Constabulary is visible and active in your local area:

  • A reduced budget will not negatively impact on police performance in Cambridgeshire

  • We will minimise the impact on performance of budget reductions by working in collaboration with Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire constabularies and with other local partners

  • Cambridgeshire Constabulary is proactively, relentlessly and successfully targeting those who commit crime in Cambridgeshire

  • There is more to police than patrolling. Visible and invisible force resources work together to keep Cambridgeshire safe

  • Cambridgeshire Constabulary will continue to do all it can to transfer the fear of crime from the public to offenders

  • The support and involvement of local communities is essential to fighting crime in Cambridgeshire and is recognised and appreciated by the force

  • There are simple steps the public can take to protect themselves and their property from crime

Cambridgeshire Constabulary is changing the way it delivers communications campaigns to make them more efficient and effective.

The force’s crime figures for 2010/11, which show that crime is down by more than five per cent and detections have increased.

The Get Closer campaign will run for at least the next two years.

Julie & John
PCSOs for Fulbourn Neighbourhood Policing Team

click to go to the e-cops homepageGet involved - click here to find out more about e-cops!

Sunday, 31 July 2011

the journey

This is a post from Jewish online religious magazine that is causing something of a sensation among Jews and non-Jews alike. It's a meditation by Nechoma Greisman on the Journeys from Egypt to Israel that finish the book of Numbers.

Click here to view the article, and be part of the sensation!


Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Cambridgeshire County Council: Older People's Newsletter

Cambridgeshire County Council is pleased to announce that our Older People's Newsletter has now been given a new home on the County Council web-pages - please do have a look!

Cambridgeshire County Council Services for Older People (contains a link to the Newsletter)

Cambridgeshire Older People's Newsletter July 2011

Cambridgeshire County Council Older People's Handbook 2011

Amanda Warburton
Office Manager
Adult Client Side Service
Cambridgeshire County Council

Legion celebrates 90th anniversary with WI

Dulcie Cornwell opening celebrations
Over 200 people gathered to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Fulbourn & Teversham Branch of the Royal British Legion and Fulbourn Womens Institute on June 11. The celebrations were opened by Mrs Dulcie Cornwell (above) who is the branch's oldest member and will be 100 yrs old on Tuesday.

Luan Hockley: click to learn moreThe Peterborough Highland Pipe Band played the Branch standard from the Six Bells public house to Fulbourn Manor where they performed traditional highland pipe music and dance by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Richard Townley. Local singer Luan Hockley (right) provided a range of songs including wartime favourites and members of the Fulbourn WI sang the hymn Jerusalem.

The Fulbourn Branch of the Royal British Legion was formed in 1921 from its predesessor the Comrades of the Great War. One of the first branches to be formed in the district, Fulbourn was instrumental in the 'Big Push' which resulted in new branches being formed at Cherry Hinton, Balsham, Bottisham, Great Wilbraham and Six Mile Bottom.

The Royal British Legion is the nation's leading Armed Forces charity providing care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces past and present and their families. Membership is open to anyone whether they have served in the armed forces or not. Further information on Fulbourn and Teversham RBL can be obtained from the Branch Secretary Mr Gerald Norden at
Pete Collis
Welfare Officer
Fulbourn and Teversham Branch
Royal British Legion

click to go o the WI homepage
click for more RBL 90th anniversary events

Sunday, 17 July 2011

STOP PRESS: I Flautisti performing at St Vigor's!

click to go to I Flautisti website
click to go to I Flautisti website

I Flautisti, the London Recorder Quartet, have been described as "the girls aloud of Baroque music" by no less than Radio 3's The Early Music Show. In a coup for the Friends of St Vigor's, Danielle Jałowiecka, Kerstin Kubitschek, Jitka Smutná and Ilona Veselovská will be performing a Cambridge Summer Music Concert in the Fulbourn church in order to help raise funds for vital repairs. The concert will take place in St Vigor's in the centre of Fulbourn at 3.30pm on Saturday August 6.

Be careful not to miss what looks like a great concert!

Click here for a Google-map of Fulbourn

Click to go to Fulbourn and the Wilbrahams Parish Website

Click to go to I Flautisti webpage

Recorders with Attitude! - Brighton Early Music Festival

click to go to Fulbourn and the Wilbrahams Parish Website

Friday, 15 July 2011

another Cambridge open studio

If you have the time this weekend, I thoroughly recommend that you visit this artist's studios, who will be auctioning off one of her pieces for Cambridge homeless charity FLACK!

click to go to elspeth's homepage

Click to go to Elspeth's homepage at

Click to go to FLACK's homepage

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

fulbourn gardening show 2011

not to be missed! Fulbourn Gardening Society Annual Show

Saturday 16 July 2.00 to 4.30
The Fulbourn Centre

In addition to flowers and vegetables, exhibits also include floral art, arts and crafts, photographs and a junior section.

Admission for adult non-members is £2, but free for children. Society members normally take the opportunity to renew their membership for the coming season, and visitors are welcome to join. The subscription of £5 covers the six winter evening meetings and admission to next year's Annual Show.

Not to be missed!

Click for information about the Fulbourn Centre (incl. directions)

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Art at the Six Bells

read more on the Fulbourn Arts website

Ann Noden, Betty Benford, George Hamilton and Dave Benford invite you to a preview of Paintings, Ceramics and Drawings.

Friday 15 July 2011
at the Six Bells
Fulbuorn High Street

(Plus invited guest artists)

Find out more:

Look up this exhibition at the Fulbourn Arts website

Go to the Six Bells website

Access a Google-map for Fulbourn

Monday, 11 July 2011

watch out - FLACK's coming your way!

click to go to Flack's homepage
When I became homeless, I lost my confidence and felt very isolated, drifting aimlessly from day to day. I’m now getting my writing published which I could never have thought possible. FLACK has given me a way back into a structured lifestyle.

I feel useful again.

FLACK is a social enterprise that provides valuable services for homeless people in Cambridge and is gearing up for the official launch of its what's-on magazine in October. Watch this space!

Click here to go to FLACK's homepage

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Fulbourn Health Centre: emergency procedures training

Fulbourn health Centre's Patient Participation Group have arranged an evening of training, for our patients only, in emergency procedures such as dealing with people who are choking, unconscious or have stopped breathing. You will be shown how to help adults, children and babies and there will be an opportunity to try resuscitation on a dummy if you would like to have a go – it is not compulsory!

There will be handouts available and First Aid manuals for both adults and children will be on sale for £3 each. Anne, the trainer, makes the session both informative and entertaining and you never know when you might need to deal with an emergency. This event is taking place on:

Wednesday 27th July at 7pm at the Health Centre

Admission is by ticket only as numbers are limited. Please call in to the Health Centre after 10am to collect a ticket – there is no charge for this event.

Gill Cummins
Office Manager
Fulbourn Health Centre

Friday, 8 July 2011

Open Studio at Cambridge

From 11am-6pm this weekend and next weekend (Sat-Sun 9-10 and 16-17 July 2011), at 100 High Street, Balsham (3 miles from Linton).

Rowena Altham, painter of the natural world, invites you to her working studio with a wide range of subjects. Parking available.

clear waters by Rowena Altham: click to see more

Click here for a map of Balsham

Find out more!

View Rowena's page on the Cambridge Opens Studios 2011 site

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

News from Fulbourn Health Centre

Confidentiality is at the heart of everything we do. Part of this issue is checking that we are dealing with the correct person. Identity theft and fraud are sadly becoming more common and throughout the NHS we are taking steps to help minimise the risk.

All new patients are now asked to provide proof of identity as well as their NHS number on registration. Patients who wish to register a change of name are asked to provide supporting documentation and we always ask for a change of address or telephone number in writing to minimise the possibility of mistakes being made when taking a verbal message. Our patients may be asked to provide proof of identity when they register temporarily with another surgery whilst on holiday in the UK and it may be helpful to pack a slip of paper with your NHS number on it along with your sun block and beach towel. Please don’t be offended if you are asked for this information as we are doing our best to look after you.

Gill Cummins
Office Manager
Fulbourn Health Centre

Monday, 4 July 2011

Happy 4th of July!

A very happy 4th of July to all of our American friends, wherever they may be!


Saturday, 2 July 2011

Richard Hardwick and the British Heart Foundation reach 50!

click to go to the British Heart Foundation homepageLike the BHF, I will be celebrating half a century in July this year. To mark this event I will be undertaking a homemade and somewhat disjointed triathlon. Starting wiclick to go to the British Gas Great North Swimth The Great North Swim (1 mile open water in Windermere) in June followed by the Oxford to Cambridge Bike Ride (89 mclick to go to the Bupa Great North Runiles)in July and finally the Great North Run (half marathon) in September.

By way of motivation and in memory of my Dad (Den, who would have been 80 this year) I will be raising funds for the British Heart Foundation.

If you would like to support the BHF please visit my Just Giving Page at

Thank you
Richard Hardwick


click to read about Richard's "unusual birthday celebration" at the Cambridge News website

click to go to Richard's justgiving page