Friday, 28 January 2011

St Valentine's Day - an early goal for the boys...

We're approaching the time when thoughts turn to love, passion and lifelong relationships. So, while Mrs Ed was preparing Twelve's window-display for St Valentine's Day, I realised there was only one book that could set the display off! And they think it's all over...

Check out More of Gary Lineker's Football Stories on Amazon!

Sawston Fun Run 2011: the beneficiaries

go to Rotary Club of Sawston Districtclick to go to Cambridge Building Societyclick to go to the Sawston Fun Run homepage

Fourteen local charities have welcomed the news that they will be the beneficiaries of this year’s Sawston Fun Run on 15th May. In addition to the Rosie Maternity Hospital, the local Marie Curie Cancer Care and MS Society branches there are seven Sawston based organisations that will benefit as well as youth groups in Shelford/Stapleford and Whittlesford/Duxford.

The organisers, the Rotary Club of Sawston District, aim to raise at least £17,000 to help the local charities and organisations. So, everyone is asked to put the date in their diaries, be ready to enter the run or walk and to get as many sponsors as possible as soon as they enter.

The event has raised over £336,000 since it started in 1986 and has become the largest community event in the area with local organisations having stalls at the event and support given by local retailers and businesses. The Sawston Youth Group, Army Cadets and Air Cadets, the Scouts and the Boy’s Brigade as well as over thirty marshals all provide help on the day.

Vic Starkey, President of the Rotary Club, said ‘We’re hoping that more people than ever will enter so we beat last year’s record turnout of just over 1,200. If we are to help all the charities as we wish, then of course it’s dependent on the number of entrants we have and how much sponsorship they raise. We are just pleased we can play our part in the community by organising the event as it generates much needed funds for local causes and creates a fun occasion that is clearly enjoyed by all’.

More local sponsors too:

Cambridge Building Society is again the event sponsor, and Russells Estate Agents and Jazzercise, Sawston have joined the other sponsors Adams Harrison Solicitors; Excell Voice & Data Specialists; Morgan Ashurst; Spicers Ltd; Vindis Sawston and the Sawston Parish Council. Media partners include Cambridge News, Star Radio and the Stagecoach Buses who all will actively be promoting the event.

The major benefactors are:

click to go to Rosie Maternity Hospital websiteRosie Maternity Hospital - contribution to the 'New Rosie Appeal' fund
go to Marie Curie Cancer Care websiteMarie Curie Cancer Care - contribution to cancer care costs
go to MS Society's webpageMS Society, Cambridge branch - to help pay for exercise classes
South Cambs Riding for Disabled, Sawston - for the hire of ponies for those who are ill

Other groups to benefit are:

Sawston Community Centre; Friday Night Club, Sawston; Sawston Toy Library; Sawston Scouts; Sawston Guides; Sawston Cinema Club; Shelford & Stapleford Youth Group; Cambridge Joint Playschemes; Fledglings, of Wendens Ambo and Whittlesford & Duxford Scouts.

Entries will be accepted from February via and from branches of Cambridge Building Society and the reception at Sawston Village College.

Advertising and promotional opportunities exist for those who are keen to be involved; details can be obtained from Tony Collett, of the Organising Committee, by emailing
Tony Collett
The Rotary Club of Sawston District

click to go to Rotary Club of Sawston District

Saturday, 22 January 2011

FLACK: a run for your money

click to go to Diane's JustGiving page

My name is Diane Morrison. I have been volunteering with FLACK for several months and have become part of the furniture there. It's been an amazing experience and long may it continue.

I run quite a respectable 45-50 miles per week and decided that I should put my running obsession to good use. I'm running the Bedford Clanger Marathon on the 6th of February to raise money for FLACK. I'm hoping to beat my rookie London Marathon time (2008) ofind Bedford Clanger event details at Runner's Worldf 3 hrs 45 minutes. I have run 2 half marathons since then, running the last one in 1 hour 41 minutes.

Why am I fundraising for FLACK?

FLACK is 'more than a magazine' because it's a new outlook, a new way of producing a magazine. People who have experienced homelessness contribute in all sorts of ways, writing articles, producing art work, proofing, brain storming, and giving very valuable feedback. FLACK's uniqueness lies in its grass roots nature; there is no hierarchy or sense of 'them and us'. Everyone who's involved is equal. FLACK is a chance for people to use their creativity and be involved in an extremely positive project which helps people individually and raises the public profile of homelessness. It also challenges stereotypes about homeless people, showing the high quality and creative brilliance that our contributors are capable of.

Please help me to support the work of FLACK by visiting my fundraising page at

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. So it’s the most efficient way to donate - I raise more, whilst saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

So please dig deep and donate now.

Thank You.

Diane Morrison

click to go to FLACK's homepage
NB FLACK was set up last year as a replacement for the Willow Walker, a Cambridge magazine for homeless and vulnerably-housed people - Ed.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

saving Fulbourn's swifts and more

saving the swiftsA final reminder for the talk by Ron Mungovan, the SCDC Ecology Officer, Saving the Fulbourn Swifts and more...., which is on Tuesday 25 January starting at 7.45pm in The Swifts Meeting Room, Haggis Gap.

Refreshments will be available after the talk with plenty of time for questions. We all appreciate the magic of the swifts circling above our village in the summer months, so this ongoing project certainly merits our support. It is hoped that the Windmill Estate will continue to have the largest colony of swifts in East Anglia. Free entry, but a small voluntary donation towards the cost of the room hire will be much appreciated.

David Cottee
Fulbourn Forum for Community Action

Read more

Swift Action taken by house builder to save endangered birds (Oct 2009)

Saving the Fulbourn Swifts (RSPB .pdf document - Jun 2010)

Help us help swifts - Fulbourn Swifts (RSPB - Oct 2010)

Swift Conservation Website

Fulbourn and Teversham Royal British Legion news

click to go to the Royal British Legion HomepageThis year is the 90th anniversary of the Royal British Legion, which was founded in 1921. We are delighted to announce that it is also the 90th year of our branch, which was formed between July and December 1921.

In Fulbourn the ex-servicemen's association was initially the Comrades of the Great War, and in August of 1Comrades of the Great War badge918 it was reported that a successful dance was held by the Fulbourn Post of Comrades. Between 1918 and 1921 (when the Fulbourn branch of the British Legion was established), all kinds of functions were arranged including childrens' parties, dances and concerts. To mark this special occasion, the branch will be organising a number of events through the year which will be advertised locally and in The Mill.

find out more about Isla St Clair's 'Eyes Front' showOur first community event is on Saturday 12 March at the Fulbourn Centre. We are putting on a show called Eyes Front! with Isla St Clair, comprising a range of songs and verse way back from Napoleonic times through both World Wars, which is filling theatres throughout the UK. Tickets are on sale now and cost £10.00; they are available from Twelve on Fulbourn High Street, or email

Isla is, of course, famous for starring in BBC1's The Generation Game, and has forged a successful career in her own right as a Scottish Folk Singer.

Also, following the success of our tour of the Western Front in April 2010, how about joining the Branch on a four-day guided tour of the Normandy D-Day Landings and inland area? Cost will be £269 per person, to last from 7-10 April. Again, email for full details.

Gerry Norden
Branch Secretary/Treasurer

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Video: kids talk about God

I'm busy editing the Mill right now, so I hope you enjoy this video from Godtube, of children from across the pond talking about God. Have fun!

Tuesday, 11 January 2011


ED has man-flu - normal service will be resumed as soon as I'm out of this deep dark hole! (It makes it worse when Mrs Ed refers to it as a bad case of the sniffles.) See you soon...

click to read more about man-flu

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Eyes Front! with Isla St Clair

Fulbourn and Teversham
click to go to Eyes Front! posterAt the Fulbourn Centre (Townley Hall), Saturday 12 March 7.30pm

A delightful combination of music, film and nostalgia...

click to go to Isla St Clair's websiteCombining live performance and film footage, singer and television personality Isla St Clair presents this delightfully nostalgic, poignant and humorous selection of songs which range from Napoleonic times, through to the popular hits that were born out of two World Wars and the 1960's.

click to find out more!
Joining Isla is film-maker Patrick King, who gives a fascinating and humourous "behind-the-scenes" look at the making of their award-winning documentary films. Using clips, they illustrate how songs and music played an important part in people's daily lives: for propaganda, or for just reminding people of better times during some of the darkest days of our history.

This rich mix of song, film and funny out-takes, including hilarious moments filming Prince Charles and inside 10 Downing Street, makes for a light-hearted family show that is both informative and wonderfully entertaining.

click to go to Isla St Clair's website"Isla's voice is beautifully pure and brings centuries of music to life..." (Sunday Times Magazine)

"Eyes Front! is a deeply affecting show that evokes many feelings..."

Tickets cost £10.00, and are available from Twelve on Fulbourn High Street, or email

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

more about Magpas

click to go to Magpas' homepageRecently, I was pleased to be able to tell you about a Race Night on Saturday 12 February that's being put on by Fulbourn Institute Football Club, who will be sharing the proceeds with Magpas, the Emergency Medical Charity.

Why not take a minute (literally) to look at this video and get a better idea of the amazing job that Magpas do?

Here's a message from MAGPAS' Antonia Brickell:

Magpas Helimedix Saves Lives

Imagine the scene of an emergency incident anywhere in the East of England. A loved one is seriously ill, injured or trapped and the Ambulance Crew is asking for medical support. That’s where Magpas Helimedix comes in, giving critical on the spot emergency care. We have over fifty highly qualified medical professionals, who volunteer their time to work with Magpas. We get there by car or by helicopter, we'll get there anyway we can! We're also THE ONLY dedicated night time air ambulance with doctors in the country (flying with the police helicopter).

helimedix: click to find out moreBut we need help. As a charity, Magpas is solely reliant on donations. Without your support there will be no Magpas! We are busier than ever, going further afield than ever before and our fundraising hasn't increased at a fast enough rate to cover the expansion of our service.

If things don't change Magpas will have to close in February. If this happens Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and the whole country will lose the only dedicated night time air ambulance with doctors, together with the UK's best critical care. Our operational costs break down to £50,000.00 per month.

Our website is:

You can help us save the next life.

Thank you.

Antonia Brickell
Communications Coordinator

click to go to Magpas homepage

Special Constables: Could You?

find out more at Cambridgeshire Constabulary's websiteRaymond Brown of the Cambridge News reports that members of the Special Constabulary will be at Tesco in Fulbourn on Saturday 8 January from 10am until 7pm in an effort to recruit volunteers. Fulbourn Neighbourhood Policing Team has extended an invitation (through e-Cops) for anybody interested to pop along and have a chat - you might find something to interest you!

Click here for Fulbourn Tesco Store Locator

Read more:

Special Constabulary - Cambridgeshire Constabulary website

Police Service Recruitment: Special Constables

Click here to find out more about ecops

Monday, 3 January 2011

Fulbourn Institute Football Club

click to go to Fulbourn Institute Football Club homepage
As the year begins, the 1st Team are handily placed second behind the leaders Lakenheath in the Kershaw Premier League.

There has been a change in management with Ibby Abutarboush and Neil Elsom taking over as joint player managers from Chris Tovey, who still remains with the Club.

The Reserves are also well placed in their first season in Kershaw Premier B, having won their first five matches only to have a small blip, but they are a young side with great potential and are currently in fifth position.

The A team have suffered from injuries and lack of a settled team, which is why they are struggling in B1S Division 3A.

For those of you who are new to the village or would like to play locally and would like to join the Club, training takes place on Wednesday evenings from 7.30pm-9.00pm on Fulbourn click to go to MAGPAS' homepageRecreation Ground Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA).

On Saturday 12 February at 7.00pm the Football Club are holding a Race Night. Proceeds will be shared between MAGPAS and Fulbourn Institute Football Club. Anthony Peachey will be organising the event, which will be held in memory of his brother Bernie, who would have been 50 on 8 February 2011. Bernie, a former Fulbourn player and later to become a respected referee, was tragically killed in a car accident on 15 January 2000.

click to go to Fulbourn Institute Football Club HomepageDon't forget to put the date in your diary - come along and have a great evening.
Dick Drage,
Fulbourn Institute Football Club

Click to read match reports on Fulbourn Institute Football Club Blog

If you wish to make any enquiries about this post, please email and I will forward the emails - Ed.