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!

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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

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Friday, 19 August 2011

URGENT: Cambridge Rwanda charity seeks new premises

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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

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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

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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

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