Sunday, 27 February 2011

Fulbourn and Teversham Royal British Legion: 90th Anniversary!

the great poppy party: click to find out more‘During 1924 the list of all ex-servicemen who served in The Great War was finally completed and placed on sheep skin. It was ready to be installed in its final resting place - the Parish Church, where it still hangs. The work was carried out by Mr Cox and was on view prior to being hung in the church at the recent concert held by the British Legion (said the press report on November 28 1924)’.

Another entry in the newspaper, November 20 1925, stated ‘A highly successful and well patronised social, organised by the Fulbourn branch of the British Legion, assisted by members of the Women’s Institute, was held in the village hall, on Armistice Night. Mrs Peake arranged a competition and Mrs Hodgeman sold poppies. The hall was decorated with patriotic flags and emblems under the direction of Captain C.E. Townley.’
click to go to the Royal British Legion homepage
(The forementioned historical information is taken from a compilation of the branch’s history which Don Crane (deceased), put together in 1981 and for which we are exceedingly grateful.)

Like us, the Fulbourn Women’s Institute is also 90 years old this year so we are once again (as above), combining forces to have “Cream Teas and Strawberries”, on The Manor Lawns, forming part of The National Poppy Party weekend. The Peterborough Highland Pipe Band will also be in attendance, so be suclick to find out more about Isla St Clair's Eyes Front!re to put this date in your diary.

Dont forget the production of ‘Eyes Front’ with Isla St Clair Sat 12th March in The Townley Hall – tickets £10 from Twelve AND GOING FAST!
Gerald Norden
Secretary
Fulbourn & Teversham Branch
Royal British Legion


Interested? Email fulbourn_mill@yahoo.com and I'll pass the enquiry on! - Ed.

Saturday, 26 February 2011

consultation: changes to bus routes in Cambridgeshire

Click here for update

This was sent to me about proposed changes to bus routes in Cambridgehsire - anybody wanting to make a comment had better get their skates on! - Ed.

PROPOSED CHANGES FOR APRIL 2011

Cambridgeshire County Council wants to hear your views on changes and reductions being made to some bus services which are supported by financial contributions from Council funds.

Why we are contacting you

The majority of bus services in Cambridgeshire (about 80%) are provided by commercial operators without subsidy. However, the County Council subsidises some bus services where bus operators are currently unable to operate commercially. There is no statutory duty for the Council to provide this, nor do we receive specific funding from Government to do so.

In the future this subsidy will not be possible due to reduced overall grants to councils from Government coupled with increased costs of, and for, services. The County Council needs to make savings of around £160 million over the next five years and some of these savings have to come from the transport budget.
On Tuesday 15th February 2011 Full Council voted to phase out funding for subsidised bus services over the next four years and agreed to a reduction of £654,000 in subsidised services in 2011/12. This letter is the start of a consultation process seeking comments for the first set of reductions.

We are working with operators, community transport providers, local councils and businesses to see if we can find viable ways of meeting the transport needs of communities as much as possible and are looking for other alternative solutions to help reduce the impact of these changes.

Your views are an important part of this process to help us decide on how we implement the financial savings and where possible find local solutions.

The current situation

A commercial bus operator, Stagecoach, has identified a number of services that they are no longer able to operate, because they are no longer viable to run with current levels of County Council financial support regardless of the pressures described above. The operator has notified the Traffic Commissioner that as of Sunday 17th April 2011 they will no longer be operating the services listed in table 1 (attached).

The County Council is also considering withdrawing the subsidy for some evening and Sunday services, so that we can focus on subsidised services that provide for mainly journeys for work, school and personal business such as shopping. We have discussed these proposed withdrawals of subsidy with operators and consequently the evening and Sunday journeys shown in table 2 have also been deregistered from Sunday 17th April 2011.

In addition we are looking to withdraw the subsidy for the Cambridge City Centre Shuttle, which currently is provided free for users at a cost of £80,000 to taxpayers across the county. Shopmobility is available for eligible users.
What happens next?

We are seeking your views on these proposed changes shown in the tables and we are keen to hear proposals from local communities, voluntary groups and bus operators. In the meantime, we will continue to look for replacement bus operators or alternative solutions and approaches.

We will consider all responses we receive before making a final decision after the end of the consultation period. Even after changes have been made, we will continue to liaise closely with communities affected to monitor the impacts of the changes.

We welcome your comments

The County Council welcomes any comments you may have about the above proposals. To enable us to have enough time to fully consider responses before Sunday 17th April 2011 we would be grateful if you could respond by 16:00 on Friday 11th March 2011 using one of the following means

By email bus.tenders@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

By telephone 0345 045 0675

By post:
Cambridgeshire County Council,
CC1301,
Castle Court,
Shire Hall,
Cambridge CB3 0AP

We appreciate that this does not give as much time as we would like. But we are bound by the requirements of the Council’s legally binding contract with bus operators which stipulates the maximum notice required.

Yours sincerely


Head of Passenger Transport Services
Cambridgeshire County Council


Table 1
The contractor has notified the Traffic Commissioner that as of Sunday 17th April 2011 they will no longer be operating the following services



ContractorServiceJourney
Stagecoach32Chatteris - Ramsey/Whittlesey
Stagecoach67St Neots - Southoe - St Neots
Stagecoach139Foxton - Great Shelford - Sawston - Royston
Stagecoach400*Keyston - Huntingdon
Stagecoach401*Grafham - Spaldwick - Huntingdon
Stagecoach402*St Ives - Huntingdon - Spaldwick - Ellington
Stagecoach430Huntingdon - Ellington - Raunds - Thrapston
Stagecoach404Huntingdon - Bedford
Stagecoach405Huntingdon - Peterborough
Stagecoach406Huntingdon - Kettering
Stagecoach407Huntingdon - Peterborough
Stagecoach408Huntingdon - St Neots
Stagecoach409Huntingdon - Great Gidding Circular
Stagecoach414Graveley - St Neots
Stagecoach431Great Raveley - St Neots
Stagecoach100Cambridge City Centre Shuttle





Table 2
In addition to the above, the evening (after 20:00) and Sunday journeys on he following services have also been deregistered from Sunday 17th April 2011


ContractorServiceJourney
Whippet1AHuntingdon - Peterborough
Stagecoach9Littleport - Ely - Waterbeach to Cambridge
Stagecoach15Cambridge - Longstanton - Willingham - Swavesey - Fenstanton
Stagecoach18Cambridge - Cambourne - Longstowe
Stagecoach30Huntingdon - Warboys - Ramsey
Stagecoach33March - Whittlesey - Peterborough
Stagecoach45Huntingdon - Wyton - St Ives at 20:05 and 21:05
StagecoachCiti 7Sawston to Duxford/Whittlesford




Notes


1. (Services marked with an asterisk) Due to the lack of alternative services Cambridgeshire County Council intends to retender some journeys for services 400 and 401 although this is likely to be on a reduced service level.

2. Our initial proposals are not to replace the services in Tables 1 and 2 as alternative journeys are available to other destinations or priority has been given to protecting work, school and essential shopping journeys.

Read more: Axe falls on 22 bus routes as cuts bite - Cambridge Evening news

Thursday, 24 February 2011

did you see a stolen moped?

Did anybody see somebody wheeling a moped along Hinton Road, on the Thomas Road Estate side, between 4-5am on the morning of 24 February? If so, please phone Cambridgeshire Constabulary on 0345 456 456 4. Alternatively, to make an anonymous statement, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. The moped, which belonged to a young friend of mine, was stolen, wheeled down the road, thrown in a ditch and set alight.

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

funny church signs

go to Godtube.comI subscribe to Godtube's regular email alert, and get likns to all sorts of videos in my inbox - inspirational, heartwarming, heartbreaking and, in this case, a laugh-out-loud funny one about various US church signs. The song, Signs by Steven Curtis Chapman, is pretty good too - enjoy!

Thursday, 17 February 2011

do YOU want to help keep Fulbourn's buses?

Dear Fulbournites

If any of you are concerned about the impending loss of our No 16 and 17 buses (the rouclick to go to Richard Howitt's webpagete to Newmarket and Balsham/Haverhill, and fast into Cambridge), our MEP, Richard Howitt (right), is coming to sign a petition and begin a campaign at the Bus Stop in Fulbourn High Street TODAY (18th Feb) at 2pm. He would like a photo of a bus queue, so the more the merrier! Please get your friends and other bus users to come along if they can. I can't guarantee you'll see a bus but you will get to meet our Representative in the European Parliament!

Fulbourn Forum



Click for a Google-Map for Fulbourn High Street

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Good luck to Gerri et al

As this blog is intended to extend a Christian village magazine, I don't want to get involved in the political row brewing over the proposed resiting of the ground-floor toilets at Cambridge's Lion's Yard; I merely want to wish disability campaigner Gerri Bird and her team the best of luck tonight (17 February), when they will present their 8000-signature petition to Cambridge City Council, when it's in full session.

Best of luck, Gerry.

Click to go to Save the Lion's Yard Toilets!

Ed

fun and wisdom from animals

There's been a brilliant email doing the rounds here in the fens and beyond, with uplifting captions accompanying funny and thought-provoking pictures of animals. These are usually of cats, but not exclusively. I thought I'd choose some of the best and post them for you. And so, without further ado, let's go!

Believe in yourself!
believe in yourself!




Study lots

study lots




Express yourself

express yourself




Always try to help a friend in need

help a friend in need




Give lots of kisses

give lots of kisses




Don't be concerned with your weight - it's just a number

don't worry about your weight




Meet new people, even if they look different to you

meet new people




Cherish every Sunday

keep Sunday special




At the end of the day, PRAY, because...

pray




Someone loves you more than you know.

someone loves you more than you know

Monday, 14 February 2011

news from Fulbourn Health Centre

Patient confidentiality is at the heart of the work we do at the Practice and we do everything possible to ensure that we protect this at all times.

It was recently brought to our attention that a foreign-sounding lady had been calling people and giving the impression that she was calling from, or on behalf of, Fulbourn Health Centre. The caller was trying to sell tablets and offered a cure for arthritis and pomegranate tablets. The caller sounded plausible, gave her name, a contact phone number and a product licence number for the tablets. She offered a discount and asked for bank account details to facilitate payment. We informed the Police as soon as this was brought to our attention and will let them know if we become aware of any similar calls.

Please be assured that


  • We never authorise commercial companies to call patients on our behalf.

  • We do not give out any patient information unless it is appropriate to do so, and we always verify who is asking for the information first, such as a hospital clinic.

  • When we speak to a patient by phone, all staff identify themselves. Please call us back if you want to check that a caller is genuine and use the published numbers in the Practice leaflet or the phone directory. We never use other numbers for patients to contact us.

  • We are governed by strict rules relating to the handling of all patient data, whether on paper, computer or by fax and phone. All staff receive training in this area and sign a confidentiality agreement on joining the Practice.

We are always willing to discuss such matters if you would like further clarification.


    Gill Cummins
    Office Manager
    Fulbourn Health Centre


    Click to go to Cornford House and Fulbourn Health Centre website

    Friday, 11 February 2011

    A (very) Special Weekend

    click to go to the Cambridgeshire Constabulary Specials pageOur colleagues from the Special Constabulary, who volunteer their time, will be focusing on anti-social behaviour as part of a weekend of activity to showcase their work.

    The region-wide Specials Weekend (Feb 11-12) will also see Specials involved in enforcement work around shoplifting and speeding.

    Officers will concentrate on anti-social behaviour hotspots, building up intelligence and developing initiatives and links with partner organisations such as local businesses and community groups.

    They are an integral part of the modern policing service, volunteering their time to help protect the community from crime and disorder by supporting the team.

    Cambridgeshire currently has 203 Special officers who work about 45,000 hours every year.

    Specials from Ely and Cambridge city will be carrying out anti-social behaviour patrols based on neighbourhood priorities on Friday. On Saturday, Specials from Histon will be carrying out anti-social behaviour patrols based on rural neighbourhood priorities and speed checks.

    They will also issue tickets for anti-social driving, other motoring offences and under-age drinking.

    For more information about the Special Constabulary and how to get involved visit The Special Constabulary page on our website.

    Your Neighbourhood Policing Team


    click to find out more about Special Constables

    Wednesday, 9 February 2011

    Save the Lion Yard toilets! latest update

    What's it all about? Go to "Save the Lion Yard toilets!"
    save the Lion Yard toilets

    Last week we reached 3034 signatures in the petition for our campaign to save the ground-floor toilets in Lion Yard; this week, we've reached 4459!

    Here are times and dates when we will be collecting signatures from outside the Lion Yard toilets, before we hand in the petition to Cambridge Council in full session:

    Thursday 10th Feb 12 - 2
    Friday 11th Feb 1 - 3

    Gerri Bird
    Save the Lion Yard toilets
    read more about the campaign

    heating and diesel oil theft

    click to read this article on the Cambridgeshire Constabulary websiteTheft of heating and diesel oil has been a problem for many years and the police have noticed an increase in this type of crime whenever the price of crude oil rises. A rise in the price of fuel at the petrol pump inevitably leads to a rise in the costs of heating oil. This makes oil a more attractive proposition for thieves who are targeting fuel tanks at farms, transport depots and domestic properties. The thieves may be using the oil for their own central heating or selling it on at a handsome profit.

    Tanks can contain many thousands of pounds worth of oil and it therefore makes good sense to take a few precautions to protect them. The purpose of this information is to give you a few ideas about what can be done to make life more difficult for thieves.

    click to go to OFTEC's homepageOFTEC or the ‘Oil Firing Technical Association for the petroleum industry’ offers advice and guidance for those who use and store oil at their premises. There are certain rules and regulations that may apply to you and OFTEC will help clarify these for you.

    They can be reached at http://www.oftec.org/ or by calling 0845 6585 080. They also produce an 'easy guide to domestic oil storage'.

    SITTING YOUR OIL TANK

    The position of the tank can have a significant effect on how hard a target it is in the eyes of the thief. If the tank is close to the house, with one or more windows capable of giving a view of it, then the thief may consider the chances of being seen too high. If the tank is close to a road, path, drive or alleyway then it will be a far easier target. Hiding the tank behind the garage, shed or some other type of outbuilding is fairly commonplace, but it does give the thief the advantage.

    While it may not be desirable, or legal, to have the tank close to the house some sort of compromise location would be sensible. Of course this will not only be a major consideration when a new tank is to be installed but may be necessary if the tank has been targeted before. They do need to be within a reasonable distance of the road otherwise the oil supply company may not be able to refill it for you.

    CONTROL SWITCHES

    Control switches that control the flow of oil should be turned off and the electricity supply isolated when the tank is not in use.

    PADLOCKS

    click to see an example of a close-shackle padlockA thief will usually come equipped with a limited range of tools to attack your tank so it’s worth spending a little more on good quality locks. Close shackle padlocks are the best as they offer most resistance to the most popular of burglar tools; the bolt cropper! Due to their design, close shackle padlocks have very little of the metal hoop (shackle) exposed and bolt croppers cannot get a good grip. Remember that buying a padlock is like buying a car. The more you pay the better the quality and the longer it will last.

    OIL LEVEL GAUGES

    click to see examples of oil level gaugesRemote electronic oil level gauges are now available which will set off an audible alarm if the oil level in the tank suddenly drops or falls below a quarter full. These gauges can be located in the kitchen or perhaps a utility room to warn of any potential problem. There are two or three different versions on the market at the moment and cost between £70 and £100. Get into the habit of regularly checking oil levels so that you will know if you have lost any.

    SECURITY LIGHTS

    Security lights can have a very positive effect and make any property a much harder target to the thief. It’s not always necessary to floodlight the area with high power beams, as a more subtle level of lighting may be all that is needed. Low energy ‘dusk till dawn’ lights positioned close to the tank should, in most cases, provide sufficient light to illuminate any suspicious activity. This type of light can be both effective and inexpensive. High powered lights can be used but care should be taken not to cause any nuisance to neighbours or road users.

    DEFENSIVE PLANTING

    Defensive planting is nature’s way of helping to reduce crime. Thieves will not wish to force their way through or over a prickly hedge. The smallest trace of blood or shred of ripped clothing could help the police identify the offender. These shrubs can, if planted around your tank, provide an effective and decorative thief proof barrier. If you would like more information about defensive plants to protect your property contact your local community safety team on 0345 456 456 4.

    SECURING YOUR OIL TANK

    click to learn more about Securit Tank GuardFollowing on from the defensive plant tactic, fences and walls can also make life difficult for the thief. A wooden or metal fence, trellis or wall can give significant protection to the tank, but it must be remembered that the oil tanker driver will need access to fill the tank! A metal or grill cage with a lockable access point across the top of this wall or fence can further improve security. The wall or fence should be as close to the tank and as high as possible. Of course a trellis could also be decorated with defensive planting. A product called 'Tank Guard' surrounds the existing storage tank with a metal enclosure. This sheet metal enclosure has lockable access doors to allow filling and maintenance and has internal anchorage points to fix it to the concrete base. A tank guard costs less than one tank full of oil and will last many years.


    CLOSED CIRCUIT TELEVISION (CCTV)

    The use of CCTV as crime prevention and a crime detection tool has grown massively in recent years. It could play a part in the protection of oil tanks, but before you spend lots of money on equipment make an assessment of your needs.

    The object of this information has been to illustrate ways in which we can make it more difficult for a thief to steal heating oil. Nothing mentioned here will make it impossible for them to achieve their goal, but if some of the suggestions made are followed it just may make a difference.

    GETTING IN TOUCH

    click to go to Cambridgeshire Constabulary homepageIt is important to report any loss of fuel to the police or any attempt to steal.
    Telephone:- 0345 456 456 4.

    If it is an emergency dial 999. If you require any further information regarding any of the above, please contact your local community safety team on telephone number 0345 456 456 4.

    CRIMESTOPPERS

    To give information anonymously about any crime in your area telephone:- 0800 555 111.

    click to go to Crimestoppers homepage
    ONLINE

    Visit the Cambridgeshire Constabulary Website: http://www.cambs.police.uk/

    Rebecca Parkin
    Naighbourhood Officer
    Linton Beat
    Cambridgeshire Constabulary

    Sunday, 6 February 2011

    Gary Moore R.I.P.

    click to read a review of Wild Frontier
    After having been aware of Gary Moore for some time - specifically an amazing performance of Empty Rooms on Top of the Pops in 1985, I bought my first record of his, Wild Frontier, in 1986. As a Scot, his folk-drenched metal songs satisfied two of my passions, and I was hooked.

    I travelled back and forth to the record shop, exploring his vast musical hinterland. Thin Lizzy's Black Rose was a knockout, and his seminal 1973 Grinding Stone fused the tail-end of psychedelia to hard-rock in a way that was emulated by Iron Maiden later in the decade. His work for Colosseum II was pure jazz, and I loved his guitarwork on Lizzy's 1974 Sitamoia, here with Phil Lynott on bass/vocals and Brian Downey on drums:



    Moore and Lynott had a stormy relationship, due in no small part to Lynott's refusal to heed Moore's advice about the drink and drug-use that would lead to his death in 1986; thankfully, they are reported to have made up by then.

    It wasn't all about the guitar music, though, as good as that was. Moore looked around him and wrote about the irony and contradiction in what he saw. The title-track of Wild Frontier, for example, was about the paranoia and devastation he saw on a return visit to his native Belfast, while that of After the War was about the status of members of US forces who'd served in Vietnam, and became an anthem for veterans of unpopular wars worldwide, and Fire in the Sky from Victims of the Future robustly condemned the Soviet Union's shooting down of Korean Airlines Flight 007, which had been on the last leg of a flight to New York to Seoul in 1983.

    I think the last new release of Moore's I bought was 1997's Dark Days in Paradise, as I learn the lesson that comes the way of many music-lovers: you can get married and have a family, and you can collect music, but trying to do both doesn't work for at least the first 13 years.

    My jaw hit the floor when I heard of Gary's death at 58 yesterday afternoon, and went through iTunes listening to the songs I'd lovingly digitised from LPs and tapes, remembering times associated with the songs and with when I bought the albums. You're not forgotten Gary - thank you for the metal, the jazz, the blues: the soundtrack to some amazing years.


    Tony Urquhart

    Friday, 4 February 2011

    Lion Yard toilets update

    Go to "Save the Lion Yard toilets!"
    Click for a later update

    save the Lion Yard toilets

    Yesterday we reached 3034 signatures in the petition for our campaign to save the ground-floor toilets in Lion Yard! Thich is great news, and we are going to carry on next week.

    Here are times and dates when we will be collecting signatures from outside the Lion Yard toilets:

    Saturday 5th Feb 12 - 2
    Monday 7th Feb 1 - 3
    Tuesday 8th Feb 12 - 2
    Wednesday 9th 1 - 3
    Thursday 10th Feb 12 - 2
    Friday 11th Feb 1 - 3

    Gerri Bird
    Save the Lion Yard toilets
    read more about the campaign

    Let's talk!

    read the Pope's Letter on World Communication DayRecently, the Vatican released details of Pope Benedict XVI’s letter for World Communications Day, in which he warned of the dangers of over-reliance on new media phenomena such as Facebook and MySpace: ‘We must be aware that the truth which we long to share does not derive its worth from the amount of attention it receives.’
    read Lesley Fellowes' blogread Malcolm Guite's blog
    read Maggi Dawn's blog
    There’s a lot to be said about networking – Facebook has numerous Christian sites, and there are also virtual churches, such as the one maintained by New Zealand’s Revd Bosco Peters on his Liturgy website; many locally-based priests, such as Revds Maggi Dawn, Malcolm Guite and Lesley Fellowes (all left) use Twitter and blogs to get their messages across. There’s also a Christian organisation called xxxchurch.com, so-named in order to try to divert people surfing for less salubrious delights and inform them about treatment options for addiction to online pornography.

    On the other hand, a young couple sitting next to each other and communicating through text-messages can be a sad sight. Add to this the new phenomenon of people going to a party in order to message each other through Facebook, and one starts to see the Pope’s point when he writes that ‘It is important to always remember that virtual contact cannot and should not be a substitute for direct human contact with people at all levels of our society.’

    read more about Kelly BochenkoNew media have other drawbacks too: I stopped going onto Facebook when Jewish friends alerted me to the hate-sites it tolerates in the teeth of hosts of complaints, and many parents live in fear of the ‘Facebook Party’, whereby a teenager gives out too much information of the time and place of their birthday bash and finds half the town attending. A recent Miss France (Kelly Bochenko, above) found out to the cost of her crown that ill-advised pictures taken on a phone and put on the web stick around.

    New media have changed the communications game, and are here to stay. They can be a force for good when used with discretion, as Benedict indicates: ‘Entering cyberspace can be a sign of an authentic search for personal encounters with others, provided that attention is paid to avoiding dangers such as enclosing oneself in a sort of parallel existence, or excessive exposure to the virtual world. In the search for sharing, for “friends”, there is the challenge to be authentic and faithful, and not give in to the illusion of constructing an artificial public profile for oneself.’

    So, if we meet on the street, stop awhile and let’s talk face-to-face!

    Unless I’m on my mobile…

    GD


    The above article was the editorial for February's Mill - Ed.

    Thursday, 3 February 2011

    save the Lion Yard toilets!

    Click here for an update

    I took the bus from Fulbourn to the city centre today, getting off just before Lion's Yard. Not having the strongest bladder in the world, I headed for the loos inside the Grand Arcade first of all; on the way, I saw an advert in HMV for a rock CD I'd heard about, and, returning, popped in to buy it.

    In between, I met Geri Bird, of the Cambridge Forum for Disabled People, outside the toilets, next to a chap with a sandwich-board sign pleading "Save our Toilets!" I remembered an article by the Cambridge News' Chris Havergal about the plan to move toilets from the ground floor to the first, and immediately started to think about the other places I could have taken my bladder and my business upon alighting from the bus.

    Gerri Bird

    Gerri and her associates had raised over 2,500 signatures in 6 days in favour of keeping the Lion Yard/Grand Arcade toilets on the ground floor. Actually, though, they'd been campaigning for 2 hours for each of these days, so they'd collected the signatures in 12 hours. "Twelve chilly hours!" laughs Gerri.

    I'd like to reproduce for you the leaflet that Geri gave me - please take a minute or two to read it, because we need to keep Cambridge as a city accessible to all, not just those who can navigate a byzantine system of lifts/elevators to go to the toilet.

    We need your support to fight this closure - it will hurt our disabled members and the general public, and we think the Council is breaching the Disability Discrimination Act.

    Their cheaper, half-sized alternative is a first-floor toilet above Millie's in Lion Yard

    but this is inadequate...

    • no space for wheelchairs
    • WCs upstairs are totally unsuitable for people with disabilities
    • fewer cubicles of all types
    • removal of dedicated baby-changing facilities
    • access by stairs useless for many, and lifts are unreliable and too far away
    • service will be worse as both attendant posts to go
    • the Council admits that there has been absolutely NO CONSULTATION
    • what about non-shoppers needing a city-centre loo - where will they go?


    Liberal Democrat Executive Councillor Neil McGovern said "he regretted" making this decision. So why do it?


    Change your plan now!




    Do Lion Yard and Grand Arcade care about disabled shoppers?
    They have already removed the seating!



    How you can help...


    1. Sign our petition and take a petition form to get your friends, family and co-workers to sign too.
    2. Write a letter to the Cambridge News or ring your local radio station. Andie Harper on Radio Cambs was outraged when he heard about the plan to close these loos.
    3. Write to, ring or email the City Council Leader Sian Reid, and Councillor Neil McGovern. Demand that the ruling Liberal Democrat Councillors reverse this crazy plan.
    4. Email Gerri Bird of the Cambridge Forum of Disabled People at gerribird@sky.com to express your support or obtain petition forms.


    Stop the closure of Lion Yard Ground Floor Toilets!

    Demand that the Council treats everyone fairly
    - including the disabled!


    (The leaflet was Printed and Published by the Cambridge Forum of Disabled People; the campaign is supported by trades unions Unison and GMB.)


    save the Lion Yard toilets

    *Survey results showed 117,387 visits in a six-week period.

    Gerri plans to hand in the petition to Cambridge City Council during the next full meeting on Thursday 17 February. Watch this space.

    Tuesday, 1 February 2011

    a (back) biting comment

    Seen written on the dust on the back doors of a white Transit van: "backbone of the benefit system!"

    I wasn't sure quite what to say...any suggestions?