Thursday, 14 November 2013

Children in Need at Amanda's Café in Fulbourn

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Trying to lose weight? Donate 20p - instant effect!

Sandwich without salad? Fine 20p!

It's that time again - Amanda's café in Fulbourn High Street is raising money for Children in Need 2013, and needs your help! So pop along to guess the number of sweets in the jar, buy a raffle ticket for the chance to win 2 dozen delicious home-made mince pies, or put 20p in one of the fun cans!

Oh - and have a nice cup of tea!

Click for a Google-map to Amanda's in Fulbourn

Go to the webpage for Amanda's Sandwich Bar and Cafe in Fulbourn

click to go to Amanda's cafe website

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


Tuesday, 15 October 2013

author talk: Nick Coleman returns to Fulbourn!

click for reviews on 'A Train in the Night'

Nick Coleman grew up in Fulbourn and as a young boy was a member of St Vigor’s choir.

His career in journalism took him from New Musical Express via Time Out to the Independent newspaper.

He will be at St Vigor’s church on Saturday 19th October at 7.30, reading passages from his book “The Train in the Night” a memoir of his lifelong passion for music in the face of serious hearing loss. Fulbourn and St Vigor’s feature prominently in the narrative.

The reading will include music and a Q and A at the end. Refreshments will be available.

For anyone with an interest in music – and Fulbourn in the 1960’s and 70’s – it should prove to be an involving and possibly enlightening evening.

Tickets are £5, available from Twelve in advance or on the door on the night.

Mick Carr
Friends of St Vigor's

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

building blocks in place as work on new nursery begins

Staff, children and parents at kidsunlimited Fulbourn are all extremely excited that work has begun on a brand new nursery at Capital Park in Fulbourn.

The new nursery, which will replace kidsunlimited’s existing nursery at the nearby Ida Darwin Hospital should be complete in time for children to transfer by March 2014. While the work is taking place building the nursery, children from the current site are taking regular trips to watch the diggers and builders’ progress and are enjoying seeing how the building is developing and speculating about what it will look like.

Once built, the nursery will boast six large home-bases, each tailored to the children’s specific age groups. There will also be three large external gardens for children to discover and explore. In addition to this, the nursery will be set amongst beautiful grounds in which the children can take regular walks and adventures and enjoy activites such as forest school and mud kitchens.

Michelle Knowles, Nursery Manager at kidsunlimited Fulbourn, said "I’m so excited that work has started on our new nursery, the plans look fantastic and I’m sure the children will absolutely love it."

Jeremy Clark, Development Director at kidsunlimited, said "It's wonderful to be opening a brand new nursery in Fulbourn. We have been working hard behind the scenes to design a nursery which will offer a variety of features to develop and stimulate the children. As always at kidsunlimited our fundamental aim is to offer the best possible environment in which children can flourish and naturally love learning forever."

Hattie Gryspeerdt
South Marketing Co-ordinator
kidsunlimited Nurseries

Monday, 9 September 2013

Ray Gelato to play Fulbourn!

Saturday 5th October 8pm at The Six Bells, Fulbourn

Ray Gelato (vocals & sax)

with Dave Olney (double bass)
Chris Ingham (piano)
George Double (drums)

click for Ray Gelato's homepage
Ray Gelato is Britain’s main man when it comes to the sound of all things swing. He’s the guy Paul McCartney wanted to play at his wedding, who Bryan Adams booked for his party and who played for Her Majesty (twice). He is a maestro of swing and jazz, an entertainer of the first degree and an international star.

He has appeared in films (Enigma with Jude Law) and in commercials (Levi’s Dockers distributed worldwide), both playing sax of course, at jazz festivals internationally, at The Carnegie Hall, at The Albert Hall, opening for Robbie Williams, and he has toured extensively throughout the UK and Europe

In this very special concert in Fulbourn, he is joined by our very own Dave Olney on double bass, Chris Ingham on piano and George Double on drums, extremely experienced and talented writers and performers, with whom he plays from time to time.

This special concert is sure to sell out quickly so PLEASE buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment, as they are strictly limited.

Tickets £9 Call 01223 880778 or from The Six Bells 01223 880244

More information at &

Lynne Olney

Friday, 7 June 2013

nearly new sale, Fulbourn

It's that time again! The next nearly new sale of baby and children's clothes, toys, equipment and much more is on Saturday 29 June, 2.30-4.00pm at the Fulbourn Village Centre, Manor Walk, CB21 5BN.

There is 50p entrance per adult to raisie funds for the Little Warblers Pre-school, Great Wilbraham.

Tables are still available. Please contact me at

Debbie Cheverton

Click for a Google Map for the Fulbourn Centre

Sunday, 21 April 2013

new door-to-door scam in South Cambs

The company involved in this door-to-door scam relating to buying/selling jewellery and other bits and pieces have been in Sawston/Pampisford and the Shelfords recently. A bulletin sent to ecops subscribers in the area follows:

The suspect is a white male aged about late 40's, 5ft 10 with short mousey hair; clean shaven; wearing a dark button up jacket and dark trousers. He speaks with an English accent. He carries a bag containing scales to weigh gold/silver. A victim said whilst talking to him he complained he had bad knees. Prior to him attending someone delivers glossy A4 size brochures which are coloured and professional looking. Details of the brochure are:

Lochaber Highland Estates

I am in your area for the following week and wish to purchase the following items: Unwanted or damaged jewellery. Silver or silver plate. All types of watches in any condition. Medals and coins.

Also required in any condition: Old books. Scientific instruments. Leather suitcases. Old clocks in any condition. Old toys. Small antique objects. Postcards. Paintings (oil paintings, watercolours).

TOP CASH PRICES PAID FREE VALUATIONS & APPRAISALS. If you have any items not listed here that you think we would be interested in please contact Paul on 07733 335801.

The victim gave him some gold jewellery which he gave money for. After he left she noticed 3 rings that she wanted to keep were missing, and the man hadn't paid for the rings and didn't have permission to take them. He even went upstairs with the lady to look at her jewellery.

The internet has been checked regarding the Lochaber Highland Estates and it refers to buying Laird/Lord/Lady titles and land titles. There is no mention relating to buy and selling of any of the items above. The company is related to scams.

Please be careful when dealing with such people who offer good money for your unwanted/old jewellery. If you do recieve anything that your not sure of go with your gut instinct and ignore it. If they turn up on your doorstep you don't have to answer the door. If you do, tell them your not interested and ask them to leave.

PCSO Julie Hajredini
PCSO John Coppard
Fulbourn Safer Neighbourhood Team

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Click to go to Cambridge Constabulary homepage

Click to go to Crimestoppers homepage

Thursday, 14 March 2013

what can you do when retailers face financial difficulty?

click to go to Cambs County Council
With recent news of well-known high street retailers facing financial difficulty, you may be wondering what to do if goods you have paid for are not delivered or they are faulty and the company goes into administration.

Trading Standards have put together the following advice to help you to protect your money:

  • Credit card purchases

    When buying goods or services with a cash price of more than £100 but less than £30,000, it is advisable to pay for at least part of them with a credit card. That way, if the retailer is unable to deliver the goods or there is a fault with them, the card provider will be liable for the goods too.

  • Debit card purchases

    If you pay by debit card, the provider (bank) or Visa/Mastercard terms may help with any claims you may have. However, unlike a credit card, this differs between providers so you should be clear about what assistance you will get for non-delivery or faulty goods. The card agreement will state any terms you need to meet for claims - such as timescales for reporting a breach of contract by the retailer and any evidence you must provide. If you meet the terms for making a claim but are unhappy with the card provider’s response you should follow their own complaints procedure.

    For both credit and debit card purchases, if you remain dissatisfied with the card provider’s response you can raise the matter with the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) who will decide if the complaint was valid and award damages if applicable.

  • Buying by PayPal

    The same procedure for claims for debit card payments also applies to PayPal payments as, although PayPal aren’t a bank, they are signed up to the FOS. Other money transfer services have similar terms to PayPal but may not be signed up to the FOS for dispute resolution. You are therefore advised to check their terms.

  • Cash or cheque

    If buying goods by cash or cheque then unfortunately this is a case of ‘buyer beware’.

Another common concern for consumers is the validity of gift cards or vouchers for a company that has entered administration. Unfortunately these are accepted only at the discretion of the administrators. There is no express right to use them - even though they are effectively cash.

If you require any further advice or information about any of the matters in this article please contact our partner, Citizens Advice Consumer Service, on 08454 040506. For business advice and support contact 0345 0455206.

Charlotte Wilson
Supporting Businesses and Communitites
Cambridgeshire County Council

click to go to Cambridgeshire County Council Trading Standards

Friday, 1 March 2013

The Chelsea Flower Show comes to Great Shelford

Sawston Rotary Club’s popular annual charity gardeners’ event will again be held at Scotsdales Garden Centre on Wednesday 20th March in aid of the Scotsdales Charity Foundation and Rotary charities.

The main attraction this year will be Andy McIndoe, Managing Director of Hilliers Nurseries who has won sixty-seven gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show. After a supper and wine Andy will be presenting ‘Behind the scenes at the Chelsea Flower Show’ - it promises to be a most enjoyable evening giving everyone an insight into this famous national event..

Scotsdales will be open from 6 p.m. and ticket holders will be able to shop at leisure and receive a 10% discount off their purchases. A buffet supper and glass of wine will be served in the restaurant from 6.30 to 7.30 p.m. and Andy’s talk will start at 8 p.m. Scotsdales horticultural experts will be available to answer your gardening questions throughout the evening.

Tickets for the event cost just £13 and are available at Scotsdales or by calling Rotarian Phil Cooper on 01223 565260. Tickets are limited so booking is recommended. Any remaining tickets will be on sale at the door.

Simon Lake, President of the Rotary club says ‘this annual charity event always attracts a good turnout and provides a friendly shopping environment, a good meal, glass of wine and an excellent speaker. Thanks to the support of Scotsdales we are able to raise substantial funds for very worthwhile charities’.

Tony Collett
Public Relations Officer
Rotary Club of Sawston District

Monday, 11 February 2013

Mardi Gras: Shrove Tuesday in the Big Easy

Drape your fences with gold, green and purple beads and turn the music up loud: Mardi Gras is coming.

Mardi Gras is coming!

I’m attached to the churches of Fulbourn and the Wilbrahams as part of my training at Ridley Hall for ministry in the Church of England, and as part of that training, I spent 5 weeks of the summer with a parish in New Orleans.

The reputation of the city – "the Big Easy" – includes the riotous parades of Mardi Gras – what we’d call Shrove Tuesday. Costumes, masks, beads flying through the air, rich food and plenty to drink. The city is marked all year round – beads hang from gates, telephone cables and trees along the streets, and next door to one house I stayed in, neighbours housed a giant carnival horse.

beads on telegraph lines

So, New Orleans has a reputation as a partying town – great food, GREAT music, festivals, and beauty. It celebrates this reputation and it needs it – its economy is built on tourism.

But this doesn’t actually make it a happy city, as such. This is a city with high levels of poverty and the highest murder rate in the country. Seven years after Hurricane Katrina, the city is still marked by the disaster, psychologically and physically.

monument to the recently killed

The music which New Orleans is famous for is a response to challenge, struggle and oppression. Jazz was birthed as slaves met on a Sunday in Congo Square, and their drums came into contact with brass instruments and marching bands. Mardi Gras Indian ‘tribes’ and groups that lead ‘second line’ parades often grew out of social support clubs, coming together out of poverty, need, and mutual support. Jazz funerals – dancing in the face of death and sadness – perhaps epitomise this.

a jazz funeral

This grittiness, in many ways, is what makes New Orleans a compelling and wonderful place to be. I wrote this in my blog:

being aware of injustices and brokennesses – in a way, I think this is part of the fullness - the abundance – of life which is promised us in Christ. Jesus says in John 10.10: "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full". Life without at least an awareness of the rough stuff – how can that be full? I don’t say that, however, without the sure and certain hope – in fact, having seen it – that that same Christ works as a healer for that broken-ness and gives us His spirit to address that injustice.

On reflection, my 40 days in New Orleans was a sort of Lent in itself. I gave up familiarity – and in return, I gained the joy of noticing. In an unfamiliar place, I looked for God and found him. Even – perhaps particularly – in the sadness and difficulty of the city.

If being a stranger in a strange land gave me eyes to look out for God and a hunger to meet him, that’s something I’ll be looking to recreate here in Cambridgeshire this Lent. And if that means I have to wear gold, green and purple beads as I eat my Mardi Gras – Shrove Tuesday pancakes – well, so be it.

This was the Editorial for the February edition of The Mill.

Jenny Dawkins
Former Ordinand, St Vigor's

Read more about Jenny's placement in New Orleans on the Wolfson College Cambridge website