|Articles:-||Fetch the Engine, Resident Supports Firefighters, Christmas Boxed Up!, Handel on Xmas, Help Wanted!, Parish Council Report,Fireworks Spextular!, Perfect Play, Rock Around the Time, Broadband for Better Excess, We Can Help You, Shoe Boxes and Sierra Leone, Ill Wind Deals a Heavy Blow to the Linton News, Professor Barry Leighton 1920-2002, Afghan Guests at Village College, Advertising for an Advertising Manager, Blooming Great for a Second Year, STC Card Sale Success, All Change at LA4Y, Men (and Boys) Only, Christin gle Service, Social Club gets Brainy with it, Camera Club Meetings, Exhibition at College, K-Club Winners, The Bush Telegraph, Utterly Butterfly, Linton Country Diary.|
|Letters:-||Majority Vote to Ban Through Traffic, There are Other ways to Walk, Using the High Street is like playing Russian Roulette, Resting Bus Stops will Improve Safety, Veterinary Services Deliveries.|
Fire crews from Linton, Haverhill, Sawston, Saffron
Walden and Cambridge arrive to tackle the blaze
ON reflection of the day of the incident, I was very
grateful for all the fire crew that turned out. The fire fighters did their
job very well, risking their lives in doing so. Thank God nobody was hurt,
though some people were put at risk inside the house and neighbouring homes
If the fire crew were still on strike for their beliefs and we had had to rely on the Green Goddesses the circumstances could have been a lot more devastating. The Green Goddesses would not have been able to cope with the intensity of this fire as their equipment is very basic and old fashioned and neighbouring houses would have suffered more than smoke damage. Without seeming ungrateful the best place for a Green Goddess would be a museum! I would like to say that I support the fire crew in their strike as they deserve a sufficient wage and better work conditions for the risks that they take in serving the community.
The family would like to thank the fire crew and the local community for their help and support on this sad occasion.
Organisers Kim Davidson & Rachel Fosberry with family
GET into the Christmas spirit by joining us for what promises to be an outstanding performance of Handel’s Messiah on Sunday 15th December at Holy Trinity Church, Balsham. We are delighted to be welcoming Cambridge Voices with the Orchestra of the Age of Reason under their Director, Ian de Massini. Together they can be relied upon to bring a fresh and invigorating interpretation to this cherished work. Soloists are chosen from within the choir, which is made up of 16 outstanding singers. The audience are warmly invited to join in the singing of the Hallelujah Chorus and copies will be provided!
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Following feedback from the previous meeting, a member gave the Council a report on the traffic situation in the High Street.
Council are becoming concerned at the number of trees overhanging the footpath including those that are growing naturally and those brought down during storms and not being cleared by their owners.
There is to be a meeting with the council grass maintenance contractors and new practices are to be implemented at the cemetery to overcome problems experienced within the last year.
It was reported that the Infants’ school fencing is now due to be erected during the February halfterm of 2003.
The latest recycling credit has been received but no indication was given whether the "green box" system is working against the car park recycling banks.
Council have agreed to carry out some remedial work around the village sign.
The pedestrian entrance to the rec is once again under water and the holes are to be filled. Linton postal service is suffering due to a lack of deliverers. Replacements are being sought.
Members of the public informed the council of the group formed in Linton to try to get broadband internet here and the different methods that are being investigated to speed up its availability. The council gave its support to the group. There is a meeting to be held in December by the District Council to discuss broadband services to rural communities.
The police report indicates 17 crimes were reported in Linton.
Concerns were expressed that the High Street is being used as a Park-and-Ride for cars.
The road works on the 1307 are causing problems with traffic hold ups which is affecting Linton Village. The County Council are trying to get the contractors to give priority to Haverhill traffic in the morning and Cambridge in the evening but as the County has no power over the contractors this is proving difficult.
An extensive report from the Traffic working party was discussed and its findings agreed by Council.
Stansted airport’s expansion was discussed.
Council also agreed the recommendations from a report on Race Equality, Freedom of Information Act and the New Audit Regulation Requirements. The clerk reported that, of the councils involved, Linton complied with nearly all requirements but there were some that have been missed. One omission involves ways to publicise council documents so they are available from places other than the Council Office.
It was also reported that Linton’s firefighters are joining in the industrial action so the village will be covered by Green Goddesses.
Soggy but smiling! Mike, Sue, Donna and Dave Eaton
enjoy the Linton fireworks
GRANTA Playgroup would like to thank Tony Free for the
fantastic wooden playhouse he made for us. The children really enjoy playing
in it and it provides many opportunities to develop language and social
skills. We have asked Mr Free to build a play shop which will also be a great
addition to the group’s facilities.
Our production of "Father Christmas and Uncle Holly" takes place on 12th December and the Christmas Party is on 11th December.
AZTECS JFC will be holding their very popular New Year’s Eve dance again this year. There will be an optional Mods and Rockers fancy dress theme. Tickets are available from Peter Belsom but be quick as there is a discount for all tickets bought before 24th December.
AFTER countless phone calls to btopenworld I still find it
hard to believe that broadband internet access is not available in a village
the size of Linton. Then I discover that indeed it is available, but only in
the village library due to public sector funding.
So I thought it may be worth mentioning the benefits of ADSL as a service more or less cost effective to all at the price of £30 a month with a permanent connection and no call charges.
The modem is constantly connected to the internet via a line splitter which allows you to have internet access but also frees your phone line, enabling you to use the internet and make and receive calls at the same time.
As well as download speeds of 512k a second you are able to download large amounts of data such as mp3 music, software programmes, streaming video, even films and books in a fraction of the time it takes with a normal 56k connection.
In addition, broadband allows you to access radio and TV (such as CNN) that is not normally available in the village.
After my last call I was told that for broadband to be installed in the village enough people are required to register an interest in the service. At present only around 70 people have expressed an interest. I find it hard to believe that there are not more people interested in the service so I implore all who are to go online to www.btopenworld.com/broadband and register so that this new and exciting technology is available to all.
LINTON Area Dyslexia Group are underway again at last! Our first public venue will be a sales stall at Ashdon Village Hall from noon-4pm on 14th December. If you are interested in finding our more about us and what we can do to help you, then please come and support us. We look forward to seeing you at the Craft Fair.
APPROXIMATELY 40 members, attended the November meeting of
the WI President Wendy Foster told members that spring bulbs had now been
planted near the library.
Margaret Clark gave a report on the recent Council meeting where Ruth Bond, Chairman of the Cambridge Federation of WIs had spoken about the many and varied activities undertaken by WI.s. She asked members to fill shoeboxes with small gifts for BBC Cambridgeshire’s Christmas appeal to help children throughout the world. The Association of Country-wide Women (ACWW) aims to help women in Third World countries to become self-supporting and to this end, monies collected in WIs "Pennies for friendship" boxes recently have provided women in Ghana with chickens. Ruth Bond encouraged members to be aware of the campaign to support local post offices.
Marjorie Blackman told members that three teams from Linton WI all did well in the recent Quiz Night at Cottenham. A team from Over WI won the competition. Several members attended the Group Meeting at West Wratting where Linton WI won the limerick competition. Several other members gave accounts of WI courses/visits in which they had recently taken part. The speaker for the evening was Alex Todd on "People and Places in Sierra Leone and Papua New Guinea – a personal view". Alex related how his apprenticeship at the laboratories of the Zoological Department of Glasgow University had led eventually to jobs at the University in Sierra Leone and in Papua New Guinea. He illustrated his talk with excellent slides of the landscape in both countries and of an amazing gathering of warriors in Papua New Guinea to compete for the best headdress!
The meeting on 3
Thank you for continuing your reports on the High Street chaos. It seems that most of us are adamant that the appropriate authorities must be made to see sense and we must persuade them to listen to us.
I believe that most cars, vans and lorries travelling through our village are not from Linton itself but from areas outside the village and whose drivers are seeking the fastest ñ and easiest way ñ of getting on to the main Cambridge road. The problem is made worse as the Highways Authority still designates the High Street as the main route to Newmarket and beyond. This is a street which has remained unchanged for centuries ñ there are no front gardens, it cannot be altered, yet it is designated a major traffic route.
We therefore have a speedway through the centre of this old village which is used mainly by stupid and belligerent drivers who seem intent only in getting from A to B as quickly as possible. Those who live in the village and the mothers who take their children to school have to suffer the dangerous consequences.
Can the problem be solved?
Yes. A recent meeting at the Social Centre ñ attended by our local 'representatives' ñ voted by an overwhelming majority to close the High Street to through traffic. This would, at a stroke:
After reading the November issue of the Linton News I felt compelled to write this letter re our High Street. First I must emphasise I have considerable sympathy with Tracey Russell and the frustrations she has encountered. However, I also feel I must say, 'Why use the congested part of the High Street to take children to school when there are alternatives?' Alternatives, I might add, which are not only quieter, but also very attractive. These are Green Lane and Camping Close (a diagonal footpath across the meadow would shorten the walk), Horn Lane and the Church yard, Back Road ñ Coles Lane ñ Dodgers Lane into Church Lane.
These three all avoid the majority of the congestion and can be approached from various parts of the village, plus they offer interesting things to talk about on the way. Is life really so rushed that a few extra minutes can't be found to take perhaps a slightly longer but safer path?
The traffic is frustrating, ugly and damaging our beautiful High Street and its historic buildings, which surely are one of the great attractions of Linton. (Hopefully, measures will soon be taken to get traffic under control.) However, the buildings are not mobile, but we are! As Gandhi said, 'We must become the change we want to see. So take the scenic routes at busy times and enjoy the historic High Street when the rush hour is over.
Although I don't live in Linton I have worked in the village for five years and have to use the High Street to get to work. Russian roulette, I am sure you will agree.
However, it isn't just the danger of it all which appals me, it is the sheer aggression shown by very many drivers.
We all know we must wait and allow oncoming traffic to come through if an obstruction is on our side and not theirs. Sadly there are numerous drivers who do not observe this simple courtesy, choosing instead to keep on as fast as they can, risking damage to cars and property.
Personally I would prefer to arrive at my destination with my car and my nerves intact. Is it the 'me first, me first' mentally showing here? Or are they just plain ignorant?
As you are aware, Linton residents are suffering alarming dangers due to exceptional traffic conditions, mainly in the High Street. This has been on-going for some years and is getting worse. Something obviously needs to be planned and carried out before a serious accident or fatality occurs, as is surely the only outcome if we do nothing and refer the responsibility to someone else. It will take a combination of changes to achieve a satisfactory result and it is hoped, I am sure, that many people will put suggestions forward so that the best ideas can be put into practice to arrive at an agreeable solution for the safety of all.
For my part I would like to ask if the banning of all through traffic has been considered, buses included, as it seems these portray the biggest potential hazard to life and limb. Safe provision could be made to have three bus stops sited around the by-pass, one at the end of Mill Lane, another at the Bartlow Road junction and the third on Horseheath Road. There is already a suitable and sensible stop near the top of the High Street complete with layby, though this may require some improvement I dare say. It will mean people will have to walk further but at least they could do so in comparative safety.
I am a father and grandfather and don't want to be grieving over one of my children because the job was left to somebody else. Would you?
The article 'High Street 2002: one woman's diary' in the November edition of the Linton News begins with a reference to a delivery being made to the vets at the top end of the High Street. The article says that the driver reversed on the pavement and backed a six year old child against the wall.
I would like to point out that the driver has now left the company and I have been making the deliveries to the vets for some time. I wish to make this clear because the article says that 'the driver is now back regularly making the same manoeuvre'. I feel that it is important to note that although the article hints that I am the same driver, I am not. I would like it to be known that as a father of four small children I am very aware of people passing at the back of my van whilst I am reversing.
With reference to the question of whether deliveries can be made at a later time, this is not possible due to the route taken. However we are now trying a different route into the vets (via Back Road).
With the best of intentions at all times.
AS regular readers will be aware, the November edition of
the Linton News appeared in many households a week later than its official
publication date. This has never happened before in the collective memory of
the present committee, for whom missing deadlines is not an option.
The combination of absentee personnel and lengthy power cuts on two critical days for the paper’s production meant that the printers received copy two days late. Delayed delivery to our distributors, many of whom can only do the work at weekends, meant that in some areas papers did not arrive until the weekend of 9
IT was with sadness that we learned that Professor Barry
Leighton has died after a long and depressing illness, which he bore with
Following a very successful and eminent career as a research orientated orthodontist at Kings College Hospital Dental School, Barry Leighton retired to Linton in the mid 1980s and rapidly became involved in village affairs.
He was foremost in the setting up of the local branch of EPIC (Emergency Planning in the Community) and subsequently became a member of Linton Parish Council in July 1988, a role in which he served for ten years until 1998.
During that period Barry was actively involved with the development of the Linton News and for many years he was the Parish Council reporter for the paper.
A regular supporter of the Parish Church and a founding Chairman of the Friends of S
A GROUP of Afghan journalists are visiting Britain to study English and to hone their journalistic skills. After a three week language refresher course at Bell School Saffron Walden, they move on to London as guests of the Reuters Foundation for a two week course which will cover aspects of radio, TV and press journalism. The group includes four women, none of whom was able to practise her profession under the Taliban regime. Their visit has attracted considerable media attention. Apart from a morning at Linton Village College, the journalists have toured the offices of BBC Cambridge and The Cambridge Evening News and will visit The Guardian and the BBC World Service before returning home in early December. Their programme culminates in a reception at the Foreign Office. They have been particularly fascinated by the technology available to their British colleagues. For many of them the Internet and e-mail are new discoveries which they hope to be able to make more use of on their return to Afghanistan.David Simmons
ON 12th November, 10 Afghan journalists visited Linton Village College. Their English was astoundingly good, and they were very willing to answer our questions and give their views. They had all experienced the restrictions of the Taliban regime and gave first hand information about their country. "Afghanistan you cannot compare to Great Britain," one man said. "Great Britain is great, Afghanistan is poor, broken and devastated…. Being here is a unique experience." According to him, the Western media give people a very negative view of Afghanistan. "But Afghan people have not just fought against their own enemies, they have fought against communism, drugs and terrorism for the world. They have a right to be helped."
FOR more than fifteen years, that is ever since the birth
of the Linton News, I have been responsible for selling advertising space in
both the paper and the calendar, or planner if you prefer to call it that.
Unfortunately, for health reasons, I now have to hand over to somebody else so the committee has asked me to give you some idea of what is involved. First of all I must make it clear that everyone on the team is a volunteer so if you are looking for a paid job, read no further. But you can claim expenses although these won’t amount to much – postage, telephone, triplicate books, and receipts books. The paper lives on its adverts, and there is no other source of income. We have devised a scale of charges, which reflect the size of the advert and the number of insertions required. Any prospective customer is informed of these and then invited to decide precisely what he wants by the deadline, which is always to be found on the back page of the paper.
At the end of a series of three, six or 12 advertisements it is necessary to invite the customer to renew, and this means sending a notice or calling.
I’ve enjoyed this work because it has enabled me to meet all sorts of interesting people throughout the village. So who would like to take over from me? I’ll be happy to give you a detailed briefing and to work with you for a few months. So if the idea appeals, please contact me
John, Chris and Karen Negus digging in at Chalklands
THE sale of Christmas cards and gifts in aid of Save The Children which was held at The Old Guildhall on November 2nd raised a total of £390. Thanks to all those who supported this event.
LIZ Govier, LA4Y's senior youth worker, left us in October.
Liz had been with us since the start back in 1997, we owe her a great debt of
thanks for all the hard work and commitment she has shown over the years.
Whatever success we have had, and there has been a great deal, is largely due
to Liz with the support of Jim Kimber and more recently Bev Reynolds. Liz will
be a very difficult act to follow.
However, the work must go on, so I am very pleased to report that at the beginning of November Hazel Savage took on the task of leading LA4Y as Youth Work Manager. Hazel lives in Balsham and comes to us as a seasoned youth worker. Most recently she has been helping to run a drop-in on the Arbury Estate in the City, so the challenges facing her in Linton will come as no surprise.
Whilst we have been reorganising our staffing arrangements it has not been possible to open the Drop-in for our usual four evening sessions per week. In particular we have had to drop most Saturday openings. From December we hope to be able to return to a full programme including weekend opening.
LA4Y is much more than just the Drop-in; we continue with our individual work with young people and now with families. Our family support worker Lesley Silk has been so much in demand that we are looking for an assistant to help her cope. Our thanks to the South Cambs Community Safety Partnership which has agreed to fund a part-time post for a year. They have also generously provided the opportunity for us to take on more youth work staff to work on a drugs prevention project. We continue to serve the community and look forward to expanding our activities.
YOU may be aware of a great change in the old video shop in the High Street. This is due to a new male haven taking shape in the village. BOYS 2 MEN is the name of the barber shop to be opened on 7th December and is the venture of Simon Pettit and Nina Dye, both Linton residents, who have an exciting sense of fun and style, as the décor will confirm. Simon and Nina want their clients to be able to relax (especially the Mums when bringing the little ones in), so they will operate on a 'no appointments necessary' basis, which should prove to be a challenge for them, but also ensure a fast, efficient service for the fellas! I am sure you will join me in wishing them both the very best for the future. Kim Warner % 893379
THE Christingle service will be held at 3pm on 8th December at St Mary's . All children, parents and grandparents are welcome to attend. Wrapped presents for the Women's Refuge would be welcome, and please bring your Children's Society boxes to the service for the annual counting. Counting day is Tuesday 10th December at 89 Bartlow Road. If you cannot attend the service, please bring your box to the church on a Sunday, or contact Janet Annett on % 891416.
LINTON Mobile Warden Scheme held another Social Club event on 22nd October, when over 40 people gathered for a fish and chip lunch. Everyone was in good spirits and gave a warm reception to the guest speaker, Christina Rees, who spoke as the 'Sea Urchin' giving an exciting account of her childhood at sea. The dangers of her life and difficulties in providing food and education for the family sounded daunting, but this upbringing has made her deeply observant and aware of the natural world. Christina brought along an amazing array of seashells, part of a collection gathered since childhood ñ and she let us play with them!
MEMBERS of the Camera Club had a digital session at their November meeting, with Mike Crofts outlining the main elements of digital cameras and talking about manipulating the images. The next meeting, on 8th December, will be an awayday to a car racing and wrecking event at Mildenhall for action and character photography. Everyone welcome. Phone % 894948 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
LINTON Village College is hosting part of the Kettle's Yard exhibition, 'Light Spells' from 25th November until 19th December. The exhibition is of some of the photographs taken at Kettle's Yard during the course of a year, from the shortest day to shortest day. The photographers are Kathryn Faulkner and Graham Murrell.
WINNERS of the K-Club November monthly draw:1st (£50) Mrs E Manfredi (No. 358); 2nd (£25) Mrs Karen Coote (No. 379); 3rd (£10) Mr Dean Clark (No. 060).
ONE of the tremendous benefits that follows from working closely with a school in the developing world, as LVC does with Boepathutse School in South Africa, is that your presumptions are constantly being challenged. This is the best antidote to complacency I know. As an example, we, that is LVC and Boepathutse are developing a major project in the township of Soshanguve that will result in a new arts and technology centre there to encourage better teaching, training of teachers and courses for unemployed and unskilled adults. We have the support of the Boepathutse Governors, the local community and the District (equivalent to the LEA). There is little money to support the scheme so serious fundraising has begun in both communities. At first it is hard to take in how little money there is in the developing world for a project like this. Another school in Soshanguve that the Meadow School, Balsham is working with, began life with no buildings at all, just a tree for shade. They then moved to two old buses and currently use four rusting containers. They have a computer but it has no 'insides'. The childrens' I.T. experience involves filing past and touching the keyboard. They have no water, electricity or telephone. The contrast with our own situation is stark. Even as Cambridgeshire schools head for their worst budget settlement in ten years (more of that in January!) LVC has just gained approval for a major development of our community sports facilities. Providing a component Lottery grant comes in, investment approaching a million pounds will lead to huge improvements for pupils and the community. The development will comprise a state of the art floodlit Astroturf multi-games pitch, a resurfaced all weather multi court area (on our existing floodlit surface), new changing facilities in the sports hall and gym and a much larger fitness suite with its own entrance, changing and relaxation areas. This is a very exciting and ambitious development jointly funded by South Cambridgeshire District Council, Cambridgeshire LEA, the Football Foundation and LVC itself. We are currently seeking sponsors to help us upgrade equipment, particularly in the fitness suite. We hope the new facilities will be in operation by Spring 2004 and as soon as detailed drawings have been completed we will display them in the Sports Centre foyer so everyone can see what is proposed. Meanwhile we will work hard to keep the other project on task ñ a plain block built building with a tin roof and concrete floors in Soshanguve ñ a world away.C R Bush, Principal
WHO would have thought that butterflies have such a hard struggle just to exist? So many predators are waiting to attack them at any stage of their life cycle and humans too have played their part by ploughing up fenland, decimating peat bogs or replacing deciduous trees with conifers. Last month Mr Richard Revels, a naturalist and wildlife photographer, brought this into clear focus with his excellent slides of lepidoptera and their habitats. These creatures fight back by being masters of camouflage and disguise but some rather gory shots showed their unpleasant fates making us wonder that we ever see any butterflies at all. Thankfully we do and one particularly revealing close-up showed that their wings consist of small scales which look rather like layers of sequins.
IT took a visit to what I am told is the largest church in England (for the size of the village in which it is situated) to unblock my writers' block. Inside was Jack, a well travelled man of senior years with whom I instantly had great rapport. As a psychologist he explained his main field of interest and work was child behaviour and communication. The interesting thing was he said 'very young children don't use words but body language, movements such as facial expressions'. It was then I noticed a rather tatty but beautifully painted religious scene in which the characters depicted had not a single wrinkle or frown line. Nor any extreme expression. For some reason my mind wandered to the memory of an incident I witnessed some time ago. Perhaps it was the silver snail trail cris-scrossing the painting and reflecting iridescent colours that led to my flighty pen's activity, or was it considering a world in which all the animals spoke English? We must go back two summers and twenty yards from Swan Bridge. A mallard caught my attention by its strange and unusual movements. As I drew closer it became apparent that a male strutted close by a female. Closer still I stopped and watched. The male duck, colourful and strikingly handsome straddled the female, pulling gently on her neck even though she was lying very flat to the ground. Closer still, I saw she was injured with blood staining the grass and I realised the female was already dead. Judging by the type of injury she had been run over. I watched for twenty minutes as the male tried in vain to resurrect his mate by holding her head up time after time. His admirable insistence was a pitiful sight of failure. He tried carefully to raise her head by pulling the back of her neck feathers but of course as soon as he let go, the head would flop to the ground. Then, he would go in front and try pushing the head upright only to have no effect. It was, as I said a pitiful sight and brought a tear to my eye. Along the road sauntered a friend. He too stopped to watch this unusual event and expressed how, when we see such as this, one cannot accept anything other than it being a clear display of care and mourning. The duck began to walk in circles around his dead partner. Shoving and stroking with its beak as if willing life to return with occasional sounds in a particularly low key. Finally, exhausted and broken-hearted the bird displayed a certain acceptance of the situation. I moved the dead duck closer to the wall, away from the footpath as I felt its partner deserved the right to mourn its loss in peace and tranquillity, and the male followed head down and wings outstretched. It made several more attempts to raise its partner's head then finally settled down beside it, continuing its low moaning sounds of sadness. I stroked its head and imitated the moan and he went quiet. I turned to my friend 'The river has fallen now' I said on a more positive note. I then noticed the silvery trail of a snail up the tall red brick wall. My eyes followed its path, up and up. It's a long way I thought, as the snail disappeared over the top having made it's perilous journey to a new garden. I'm sure it was worth it!