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nobody does it better         Top 

Tim and Amanda have their cake - but have yet to eat it. (photo: Julian’s photography)

LET them eat cake! And so they did, in style too. In June, The Linton News ran an appeal - to find a local "maker of wedding cakes".
Tim and I had decided to marry. We love Linton so much that we wanted to hold the whole wedding in the village and use as many local businesses as possible.
Following the service in St Mary’s Church, we held a fabulous reception in the Crown, thanks to Joel and his team. We then moved down the High Street to entertain over 100 guests at the Dog & Duck with Bob and Tracy. Our guests danced at a ceilidh in a beautiful marquee supplied by Trevor Page Marquees of Linton.
Flowers, supplied by Sarah Chamberlain, adorned every venue.
The whole day was beautifully photographed by none other than our own Julian of Julian’s Photography, who excelled himself by climbing - welly clad - into the river to photograph us as we came through the ford in a horse and carriage.
For a time the one missing ingredient was the cake. Well, the Linton News saved the day as no fewer than six local ladies contacted me to volunteer their services and all were experienced wedding cake makers.
Elva Morgan was the first to call and after an initial meeting, Elva designed and made the beautiful cake you see in the picture. The challenge was for the cake to match my bouquet and I was wowed by the result; Elva did a fantastic job, very professional. We are planning to post out pieces of the cake in specially made boxes as we ran out of time on the day. Many guests have said they can’t wait. One friend has asked Elva to make the cake for her wedding in December. So, the moral of the story is - if you’re planning a wedding, then look no further than Linton Village, it can all happen here!
Amanda Warren  (nee Wain)

heaven on wheels        Top 

Picky Left to right: Officials, Bob & Dawn Scott; Cyclists, Sally Plummer, Gloria Fidler, Oriel Laws, David Parry-Smith, Sarah King.

Does anyone really know what they’re letting themselves in for when they agree to a sponsored cycle ride? Sarah King recounts her experiences of the Historic Churches ride.
SATURDAY 13th September was the day of the Cambridgeshire Historic Churches cycle ride so out came my hardly used bicycle and off I went, late as usual, for a group photo at St Mary’s Linton.
The next church was the URC so past the Guildhall we went, over the bridge avoiding a suicidal duck and up to the church and a friendly welcome. If you’ve not been in there before, like me, stick your head round the door as it’s a lovely church. Our forms duly signed and our signatures on a bit of paper to say we’d been there and off we cycled, two off to Saffron Walden, and three of us (Sally, Gloria and myself) on to Abington.
This bit of the day educated me - not only is there a pathway running along the A road to Abington but there is the odd slope or two as well - neither of which I knew despite going along that bit of road at least twice a week (in a car I hasten to add). I also learnt that there appears to be dog agility classes at the kennels en route and three churches in Abington. The first one, the URC, was not open so we went to St Mary’s, Great Abington, and St Mary’s, Little Abington which, if my memory serves me right, has colonies of bats with the only breeding Natterer bats in Cambridgeshire.
Soon we headed on to Hildersham. Down a hill we whizzed and up to Holy Trinity, which was a surprise. It looked quite ordinary from the outside but the artwork was incredible. Standing looking over a field with two beautiful horses in it I thought - what a doddle! An hour and a quarter and I’d done six churches! Boy was I in for a shock! Balsham was next (another Holy Trinity). Sally, very sensibly, stopped for some blackberries so Gloria and I joined her. They weren’t terribly tasty compared to those at Whittlesford but I enjoyed them anyway.
We continued on to Balsham and the hill seemed to carry on and on. The Balsham stop was quite convenient - a loo at last! It would be a while before any others were spotted We had a very friendly welcome and saw a few more cyclists including a lady wearing a hat underneath her cycling helmet! Soon Sally carried on to Newmarket and Gloria and I headed for St Andrew’s at West Wratting. I thought I was seeing things as we pulled up to the door - flasks and cake! Not far behind us was the lady with the hat and helmet - we got chatting and it turned out she was called Helen and was supporting Hildersham church. She was protecting herself from the sun and from accidents with a belt and braces approach.
The two became three again and off we went down the hill. Gloria pointed out the bus shelter - on the way up she had spotted what looked like school chairs inside and there turned out to be a blackboard as well. I suppose people do get bored waiting for buses!
St Mary’s (yes, another one) at Weston Colville was closer than I thought and I was disappointed to find it closed. Then on to Brinkley, where my husband arrived with supplies. At this point the lack of originality in church names was becoming slightly ridiculous. Yes you’ve guessed it, another St Mary’s! It was nice to see a church where the bells were rung from the ground floor. The gentleman who welcomed us rang one of them and I had a quick go at one of the others but I have to admit I’m not sure whether I was doing it correctly, and it seemed a lifetime since I’d tried to learn at Linton. After lunch Gloria and I set off en-route back to Linton (Helen having gone on before we got to Brinkley). Gloria, very sensibly, headed straight back to Linton but at Weston Colville I went off to find the Methodist Chapel. The next few hours seemed to be very long. I got to the chapel then pushed on to Carlton church. This is a lovely, unspoilt little church, which looked like it should have been the setting for the wedding in Lorna Doone.
Eventually, past the turning for Weston Colvillle, I came across the memorial at the site of Wratting Common RAF.
I wonder what memorials will be erected to those who have gone to Iraq and not come back and whether they will be remembered in a couple of generations? The memorial made me appreciate what my Dad had gone through during the war . The next day when I rang home it turned out that he had been based there! Anyway, back to the cycling and the churches.
Off to West Wickham I rode, to be welcomed by a closed church. It was a nice spot and an attractive looking church so I must go back. It was the last St Mary’s out of the 14 churches I visited.
The next stop was All Saints at Horseheath where they looked very surprised to see me. They had not realised there was a sponsored cycle ride. Still, it was nice to find people impressed by what I had done - perhaps it was worth it after all. Surprise, surprise they have a loo in the church. Hurrah!
At this point I was in a quandary - I could go home but I had another hour or so to go so I could get in some other churches. So my husband and I agreed to meet at Shudy Camps church. As it turned out this was a major mistake (next year I will take a map so I can see where the churches are!). My husband received a sad little message saying I ached all over and had to go back up a hill to find the church, and him. Eventually I found my husband but no church. I still don’t know where that church is. If anyone mentions the words Shudy Camps and I look a little odd it is only because I associate it with being in pain!
Even so I really would recommend doing the cycle ride. It was tremendous fun and I hope to get 15 churches on my form next year.
So any time you see someone cycling for any of the Historic Churches Trusts, be nice to them and present them with a bottle of Radox!

Are you the new face of the news?        Top 

DO you have an eye for a story? Do you ever make up alternative headlines for news articles or always notice tiny typos in books and newspapers? The Linton News is looking for a new Editor-designate to learn within the team and then take over as Editor. Could you be that person? Anyone can apply. Even if you have just moved to the village or if you have never edited before, give us a call.
The Editor needs writing and organisation skills and experience with Apple Mac’s would be an advantage, but it is not essential. Everyone who joins the Linton News is trained and supported by the other members of the team. It is an excellent opportunity to learn and practise new skills and at the same time really get to know Linton.
The Linton News is an independent organisation but it is owned by the Parish Council, as are the computers and software that are used to produce the paper. Every member of the team is a volunteer. Production of the Linton News is a highly organised enterprise and missing deadlines is not an option. The Editor is involved in deciding what will be covered in the next issue, receiving submissions to the paper, asking people to write articles and even doing some writing and taking the odd photograph or two. It is an extremely varied role.
After articles have been received the pages are put together using desktop publishing software, proofs are read and finalised and the pages are sent to the printer. Of course the Editor does not have the only important role. The other members of the team are also vital to the paper. The Editor is aided by the Assistant Editor’s (currently Sally Simmons and Wendy Foster). Judith Rouse gets in the advertising that provides the revenue to produce the paper, Norman Dann produces the ads and keeps the accounts, Mandy Honeyman designs and manages the website, Graham Potter is the production manager and Gloria Fidler and Tracey Wilson read proofs and write articles. Finally, Kate France organises distribution. If you would like to discuss this opportunity further please telephone Hazel Olway or email LNeditor@linton.info.

The PARISH COUNCIL Reported by Graham Potter        Top 

September meeting:
IT was reported that, after much deliberation, The Linton News team has agreed to an extra page in the paper devoted to the Parish Council (see pages 7 & 8).
Progress is still being made on the churchyard lighting but there is a delay regarding the type of lamps that can be used in a conservation area.
Reports are still being received about cars parked on grass verges on the days they are being cut. There are three contractors working within the village and co-ordination and advertising of the days on which grass cutting is to take place is problematic.
It has been agreed that a hedge will be planted on the rear boundary of the cemetery. Loose head stones etc. are being investigated. A damaged plank in the bridge over the river next to the church had been reported and quickly repaired.
The repairs needed on the adventure playground have been completed, all except for one minor repair that will not affect use.
1289 replies to the village survey have been received and are being processed by a Market Research company. The council also are being asked to discuss the future of the Paynes Meadow area for either recreation or development. No decision was agreed but all parties are invited to an open meeting for ideas on its future.
A letter outlining costs to alter Back Road at the Balsham Road end was received. The cost was considered out of council budget and was passed to the Traffic working party for discussion.
A resident has complained to council about the parking in Meadow Lane. After discussion this was passed to the County Council Highway for comment.
A concern that has been with us since issue one of The Linton News - dog fouling - was raised again. The District Council has a new Dog Warden so fouling can now be reported and hopefully action will be taken.
The lighting on the new dwelling in Balsham Road was raised again. It would seem all streetlights are subject to light pollution laws and the light on the side of the development is still causing problems.
Council discussed the colour of a building on Cambridge Road but as it is not in the Conservation Area and is not a Listed Building, there is nothing that can be done.
Thirteen crimes have been reported to the police during August. There is a Police Consultation meeting to be held on 9th October at Bassingbourn. The District councillors reported that SCDC were to discuss a request from the local Police Authority to assist in funding of the newly created Police Community Support Officers. This is to be discussed at the next Parish Council meeting.
Linton is to benefit from a feasibility study by the Environmental Agency with funding being provided by SCDC.
It is hoped that a swimming pool linked with the new special needs school could be designed to incorporate a pool for public use.
It was reported that constituencies’ boundaries were now being reviewed and that there was a proposal to remove the Abingtons, Linton and Balsham from the South East constituency of Mr Paice and put them into the South constituency of Andrew Lansley.
Councillors are still worried that not enough attention has been given to the wheelie bins’ situation in parts of the High Street, though the bins are shortly due in Linton. It was reported that all properties in High Street had been surveyed and those affected will be allowed to keep their plastic bags. There is a SCDC Hotline for information.
It was reported that there might be a possibility to improve the Pavilion facilities. Councillors had no objection but expressed a wish that it should include a storage area for the container contents.
The district councillor reported that phase 1 of Flaxfields development has received permission and is fully funded. Phase 2 is still in the pipeline. It was agreed that a place for a bench in the Rivey Close/Balsham Road/Tower Green area would be investigated.
The 30 mph yellow backed signs on Horseheath Road and Balsham Road are missing. At the start of the new school term, traffic problems were being experienced in the High Street, particularly around the Co-op. Lorries parking and extending their delivery time into the time when the schools start their day was the cause.

Pictures mean prizes        Top 

Picky Heather Greenhalgh presents Sarah Bowie with her prize.

FOR many residents in Linton, this summer consisted of strained necks, peering through railings and furtive scribbling down of house numbers. The reason? Why the Linton Picture Quiz of course - and a grand prize of £75.
The quiz was devised and sold by the Linton Infants School PSA. To give everyone a fair chance, the quiz was launched at the Summer Fair in June and finished in mid September. A little over £260 pounds was raised in the process.
The objective was to find the location of 75 pictures taken around the village of distinctive parts of buildings. A simpler quiz consisting of 25 pictures was produced so that the infant children could take part too.
Of the 120 or so souls who rose to the challenge, a total of fifteen returned correct forms. The lucky winner, Sarah Bowie was drawn out of a hat by Heather Greenhalgh (headmistress) at the school’s AGM on 22nd September. The fastest correct entrant was John Supcik who received a bottle of bubbly and some chocolates. He completed the challenge in an extraordinary two days. I only hope that no-one needed a plumber over that period!
Interestingly, one of the hardest pictures to identify was the Infants School itself, although the lights in Gary Hall’s window caused some sleepless nights.
A big thanks must go to Sweet Talk News and Hale and Jacobs newsagents for acting as selling points for the quiz, which enabled everyone in the village to get involved. The correct answers and the names of the fifteen correct entrants will be shown in the window of Sweet Talk News.
What will next years challenge be? You will just have to wait and see.
Ewen Kellar

help to drive away poverty        Top 

SAVE The Children (Linton and District) are holding Christmas coffee mornings where a wide range of Christmas cards and gifts will be on sale. The coffee mornings will be held at Mabbutts, High Street, Hildersham on Saturday 11th October and at The Old Guildhall, 4 Church Lane, Linton from 10.30am - 12 noon on Saturday 1st November .
Do come and help the children of the world who are living in poverty. Every three seconds a child dies of hunger or illness rooted in poverty.
Judith White

WI - DINKY DOLLS with handsome houses        Top 

I AM sure that many of us have enjoyed playing with dolls’ houses in our youth. The Hildersham WI were therefore delighted to welcome Mrs A Pelley who spoke to us about ‘The World of Miniature Dolls’ Houses’.
Mrs Pelley explained that dolls houses were originally used as teaching aids for children and that the wonderful miniature pieces of furniture were carpenter’s apprentice pieces. The earliest dolls’ house dates back to 1675 and in 1988 was valued at £25,000. The famous Queen Mary’s dolls house has never been valued. Apparently American dolls’ houses always open from the back whereas English ones open from the front.
Mrs Pelley’s display incorporated exhibits of different shops, gardens and scenes illustrating famous pictures. She explained that it is essential to use only authentic materials in keeping with the times. All monies from Mrs Pelley’s talks and exhibitions are donated to the Milton Children’s Hospice.
Gillian Anderson

WI- it’s all going on        Top 

ON a warm September evening it was business before pleasure at the WI bring and share Harvest Supper.
Boards were circulated for suggestions for an outing next summer.
Members were reminded of the Jumble Sale at the Social Centre on 11th October in aid of WI funds; help in the morning and afternoon will be needed.
Reports were given of outings arranged by the County Federation to Bolsover Castle in Derbyshire and to the Theatre in Southwold to see a performance of ‘Dry Rot’; both outings were enjoyed by all.
Eight members volunteered as a WI group to enter the Quiz evening and supper, a fund raising event organised by Sue Ellis for the work on the Bells of St Mary’s on 4th October at Linton Infants’ School.
Dawn Scott thanked those who had given blankets for the appeal for the Malindi Orphan Care Group and 80 were ready to be collected and delivered.
Eventually we were able to satisfy our appetites with a splendid assortment of savouries and delicious desserts followed by coffee or tea.
The next meeting is at 7.30pm on Tuesday 7th October at the Social Centre when the Rev. David Reindorp will speak on ‘Millionaire or Bust’. There will be a trading stall for cakes and produce.
Cynthia Norris

time to can the clutter        Top 

LINTON WI will be having a jumble sale at 2pm on Saturday 11th October, at the Social Centre. There will also be a nearly new rail. A small amount will be charged for admission and for tea and biscuits.
Contributions are very welcome. If you have anything you would like to donate please bring it to the hall at 12 noon No large items or furniture please.
Joan Pearman

A sad but familiar story        Top 

Dear Editor
I moved to Linton just under three years ago - to a lovely house in what I thought was a lovely, safe village. My house fronts directly onto the road and I do my best to keep it in good repair and plant regularly to keep it looking attractive for anyone walking through our village. But there has proved to be one big drawback.
In the three years I have been here I have been a victim of verbal abuse and my home has been subject to regular attacks of criminal damage.
This last occasion was at pub closing, when a crowd of drunk youngsters roamed the High Street - stopping at my house to demolish plants and plant boxes. I gave chase - only to be revisited the following night with threats to kick my door in
The police suggested that I log this as a case of criminal damage - which I have done. Their view was that this sort of occurrence is becoming more regular - so heaven help us all!
Advice? YES! Log all similar incidents with our local police - they can act only when they are made aware of petty crimes such as this - but to do this they must have the information.
So, to all of us who want to feel safe and secure in our homes and who want to be proud of the village we have chosen to live in - please act before Linton becomes a sorry place to live.

dangerous drivers        Top 

Dear Editor
This summer, residents living on or near Wheatsheaf Way have had to endure ‘Boy Racers’. Speeding, revving engines, screeching tyres, blaring music, handbrake turns, up to seven cars circuit racing at one time – all this between 7pm and 5am. It’s not just a noise nuisance, it’s extremely dangerous driving.
The noise has disturbed our sleep many times. Summer evenings were ruined when we would have liked to have been sitting outside enjoying our garden. I am confident we are not the only household that has been distressed and upset by this anti-social behaviour.
The police have been helpful and are aware of the problem. Residents can help by phoning the police on ( 358966 to report dangerous driving or provide information that could help them to identify the drivers and their vehicles.

is there a conspiracy surrounding proposals for the high street?        Top 

Dear Editor

A short while ago there was a public meeting at the Social Centre to agree proposals to improve safety, noise and environmental pollution; it was chaired by the local authorities. At that meeting, the majority of the electorate voted to close the High Street to through traffic coupled with a new roundabout at the Horseheath Road junction.
Since then, I have gained the impression that the Parish Council had set their own agenda for a one-way system and were not prepared to consider alternatives. This has been demonstrated by the recent questionnaire that, in true Blairite fashion, only seeks our comments on the favoured one-way system. As we have had no opportunity to comment on the alternatives, the Council will be able to report our views only in respect of the one-way system as if this is our majority proposal.
Very clever but hardly fair or democratic. I trust we can make our wishes on the (preferred) alternative proposals known to the County and District Councils.
M R K Holden

interested in ancestry        Top 

Dear Editor
I wonder if your readers will be able to help me? I have discovered that from the early 1700’s to mid 1800’s my husband’s ancestors were living and multiplying in Linton.
The names on the family tree are Strange, Cartwright, Seaman, Brown (and maybe Wallen). Does anyone know how I can find out any further information about people living in Linton at that time?
Sheila Strange Hertfordshire

The murmurs of starlings        Top 

Picky A murmuration of starlings convene on a Linton rooftop

HOW about this ‘parliament’ of starlings, evidently not so scarce as supposed. What could they have been debating?
It’s been observed that as soon as one flies away the others all move up to fill the space. Is that what’s known as a cabinet reshuffle?
Gloria Fidler

get ready for winter        Top 

NOW the Indian summer is over and it is finally autumn it is time to book your ’flu jabs at the Health Clinic.
Everyone over the age of 65 and those in ‘at risk’ groups are eligible for a ’flu jab.
We have three Saturday clinics in October and other sessions at various times throughout the week.
We hope to hear from you soon.
Sheila Griffiths


BELGRAVE House veterinary surgery recently received three worried calls from people who had tried to catch what appeared to be an abandoned lurcher dog along the Roman Road between Hildersham and Linton. One of the callers said the dog ran into the road in front of her car but she was unable to catch it.
The animal was finally captured after a couple of days when it was scavenging for food. It was taken to Sawston police who suggested it was abandoned by hare coursers the previous weekend.
The Linton vet is pleased the dog is happily re-homed and the new owners are delighted with their gentle and well-behaved pet.
They are concerned that such animals are victims of circumstance. They point out that the dogs are in no way to blame for the illegal sport they are trained for and are badly let down when they fail to run fast enough.
Kate France

GOAL!        Top 

MRS Ann Simpkin won the pair of tickets to see Cambridge United play at any home match this season. The tickets were very generously given to Linton Guides to help raise money for two Linton girls selected to go to an international Scout and Guide camp in Austria. Kate France

K-Club  winners        Top 

THE winners of September’s K-Club monthly draw:
1st (£50) Dr Y Hsiao (No. 190);
2nd (£25) Mr B Richardson (No. 176);
3rd (£10) Mrs W Foster (No. 197).

results due soon        Top 

NEARLY 1300 completed surveys have been sent away for data processing. This is an excellent response and the steering group would like to thank everyone who took the trouble to fill one in. Many of you complained about the length of it so it may help to remind you that:
The original survey was much shorter but many additional questions arose following the consultation with the village back in March!
Residents of villages all over the country have been filling in questionnaires of similar length, so you are not alone!
Many of you were very willing to remind us of Linton’s problems but finding a solution acceptable to the majority may not be so easy; it therefore needed to be detailed if it was going to be of any use.
Especial thanks are owed to the deliverers and collectors, of whom there were over 60 volunteers. We hope to write to all of you soon but will postpone doing so until we have the data returned and can arrange dates for future meetings. These will be advertised as before in the Linton News and around the village. Thank you again to all who helped.
Judith Rossiter

camera club gets organised        Top 

THE Camera Club used its September meeting at the Social centre to get organised, with members taking on specific responsibilities for running parts of the club.
That took a couple of minutes and the rest of the time was devoted to what members like to do - getting into the photography.
Ten members competed for space with scores of prints brought in for inspection and friendly assessment by members and then we enjoyed members’ digital photographs being shown on the club’s computer. Photographs ranged from the summer’s awayday subjects to insects and a hot-air balloon rally.
The club organisers are: Events and awaydays: Roger Lapwood and Ron Pitkin, Website editor: Jim Cracknell, Treasurer: Mike Clay, Refreshments: Alex Todd, New members & PR: John Keeble
If you are interested in joining the club,  email jkeeble@clara.net; or visit www.camclub.info  where you can see examples of members’ photography.
Everyone is welcome, so why not come and join us next month?
John Keeble

JUNIOR’S CAST-offs welcomed        Top 

THE Young Parent Project is run by Romsey Mill in Cambridge to give advice and support to teenage parents in the area (they accept referrals from Linton). On 8th October the Family Resource Centre is open for collections of unwanted baby equipment, baby clothes (up to one year), maternity clothes, and baby toys.
If you have anything that you would like to donate please bring it along between 10am and 3pm to the Social Centre. Much of this unique project relies on fundraising and any goods that are not needed by these teenagers are sold in their charity shop to help support them. Please ensure all items are in good condition and have instructions where possible.
Romsey Mill are also desperate for volunteers to help transport these donations to Mill Road in Cambridge (the charity shop is situated behind Cycle King with free car parking) If you can help please call me. Please also call if you will be bringing large amounts so that transport can be planned. Tracey Clayton

isn’t it grand        Top 

A VERY special series of eight concerts over the next eight months includes the inauguration of Linton Music Society’s new grand piano by the internationally known pianist John Lill. The piano will be housed in LVC, and the first taste of programming using the piano comes in the opening concert given by the Bingham String Quartet with pianist Nigel Clayton. This exciting programme includes the Brahms Piano Quintet, Haydn String Quartet Op.33 No.2 ‘Joke’ and Shostakovich’s String Quartet No.8 and will be performed at 7.30pm on 4th October at LVC.
Tickets from the Box Office ((503333) or on the door.
Sally Plummer

out and about with ace        Top 

ACTIVITIES and Care for the Elderly - ACE – has been having a holiday, but will be back in action in October.
Our coach trip to Angelsey Abbey on Thursday 21st August, was well attended. This beautiful local National Trust house and Mill has famous gardens. At this visit, the dahlias were the highlight - the range of types and colours was quite amazing. We hope to re-visit when the spring flowers are the feature.
Our next ACE social event is the Christmas Gala Matinee at Thursford– a really spectacular show, I am told. We will find out on 23rd November, thanks to Linda obtaining tickets; not an easy task. We will make a day outing of this, but as it is a matinee we will not be home too late. We will subsidise the coach, but there will be a charge. Please contact Linda or Gill/Dawn ((891001). This is open to all older villagers, but hurry as tickets are going fast.
Again, thanks to the ladies of the committee who organise these events; your work is much appreciated.
If you feel that you could help us, please contact Enid. We would be happy to hear from you, as a little extra help is always welcome.
Enid Bald

Tiger cubs and other animals        Top 

Picky Visit Sumatran Tigers at Linton Zoo

IT’S Tiger Week at Linton Zoo! Throughout the half-term holiday a full programme of keeper talks and interactive events will take place but additionally we will be especially focusing on tigers.
Linton Zoo hopes to raise £2,000 towards a European Zoo Association campaign, which is supporting several projects aimed at helping to save tigers in the wild.
There will be talks at the tiger enclosure daily and various items, such as photos of Anastasia, Linton’s tiger cub, and tiger key rings will be on sale, the proceeds of which will support the tiger campaign.
At the beginning of the 1900’s there were eight subspecies of tigers, numbering around 100,000 animals; now we have only five subspecies and around 5,000 tigers left in the wild.
Captive breeding programmes such as the one at Linton are successful and this will help safeguard against total extinction but much more work and support is needed to protect natural habitats and the last few tigers that we have left in the places they so rightly belong.
Kim Simmons

thatcher in a top job        Top 

LINTON Historical Society AGM took place on 16th September. Our speaker was Tim Ellis, a local thatcher, originally living in Linton. He was apprenticed to a Norfolk master thatcher for eight years before starting up on his own. It is a very hard, lonely but rewarding life. Mr Ellis brought along samples of the materials and tools of the trade – Norfolk Thatch and Long Straw. Unfortunately these days Britain does not produce enough; 60- 70% of alternative materials have to be imported, and the cost of roofing with thatch is particularly expensive.
There are about 700 thatchers in the country and Mr Ellis will soon be looking for an apprentice to train. Norfolk Thatched roofs last for about 50 years, Long Straw for 25 – 30. Thatching has been used on houses for about 900 years – but the patterned ridging is relatively recent, as is the covering of the roof with chicken wire to keep out predators, such as birds, rats, mice and more recently squirrels. The method of thatching was demonstrated and the use of different tools explained. Many questions were answered and members will now be looking at thatched roofs with quite an experienced eye. A wonderful example of Mr Ellis’s work can be seen in Green Lane where he is presently re-roofing in Norfolk Thatch.
The next meeting is on Tuesday 21st October, when Stan Sutherland will explain the use of local and national records for family history research.
Joan Pearman

help and advice for parents        Top 

BEING a parent is one of the few things in life that you don’t need a qualification for, yet it’s an incredible challenge which sometimes requires every ounce of your energy.
Parentalk is designed to give small groups of parents a chance to share experiences, learn from each other and discover how to enjoy parenthood.
The Family Resource Centre will be running Parentalk sessions in Linton from 8pm starting on Tuesday 4th November.
The course lasts eight weeks, is video based, very easy to understand and benefits every parent. Why not pop down to the Resource Centre on a Wednesday to test out the video and magazine content for yourself?
Please telephone Sarah or Tracey  if you would like to register for this course.
Or if you have an interest in one on an alternative day or time, why not get a group of half a dozen friends together and run the course yourself?
Parentalk also produce a series of books that are available to borrow or buy from the Resource Centre. Parentalk guides are packed full of practical, down to earth information and advice on how to make the most of all the important stages of your child’s growing up.
Some of the titles include The First Six Weeks, The Teenage Years, Being a Grandparent, Your Child and the Internet and Being a Working Parent.
Tracey Clayton

tee and a toast        Top 

ON 5th September 60 golfers from Hadstock and Linton took part, in teams of four, in the Annual Hadstock Golf Day at The Lakeside Golf Club.
The standard this year, our fourteenth, was the best ever, with thirteen of the fifteen teams being under par. The trophy was shared between Andrew Arnold, Brian Bacon, Jeremy Taylor and Paul Penney, the hot favourites, and outsiders Tim Plumridge, Roger Smith, Adam Boyden and David Durrant, with a score of five under par.
Afterwards everyone enjoyed a very pleasant evening at the King’s Head in Hadstock with music and a superb buffet. Our thanks to the King’s Head for an excellent evening.
The long driving contest was won by David Farrant and the special prize concerning sartorial elegance was won by Murray McKenzie. The Cropper Spoon was won by Glyn Cropper. Why? Well, ask him.
Tim Plumridge

need a gift?        Top 

ON Wednesday 8th October The Family Resource Centre will be holding a Visitor Display Day.
Many of our regular users and visitors will come together to display and/or sell their products including Creative Memories, Beverley’s Jewellery, Busy Fingers, Usbourne Books & Traidcraft. There is no obligation to buy and we would welcome you to join us for a cuppa between 2 & 4pm at the Social Centre. For further details contact Tracey or traceyrussell@talk21.com.
Tracey Clayton

fair enough        Top 

FUNDS raised at this year’s Thurlow Fayre surpassed all previous 21 years. The monies will be distributed over the coming month to the churches of Little Bradley, Little Thurlow and Great Thurlow, plus the village hall, the sports pavilion, the WI, Thurlow School, Preschool and Toddler Group, and village sports teams. The Royal National Institute for the Blind will also be receiving £100, donated by the ‘Odds and Sods’ Tug-of-war team drawn from members of the crowd.
Susanne White

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"ALL souls day" is the time of year when we traditionally remember the souls of those who have died. This year at 6pm on Sunday 2nd November there will be a service at St. Mary’s Church when those who have been bereaved this year, or at any time, can come together to pray, to sing hymns, to remember and give thanks for the lives of their friends and loved ones. Everyone is warmly invited. The names of those who have died will be read out and candles of remembrance will be lit during the service. There will be a time to talk after the service when refreshments will be served.
Please give the names of those to be remembered to Lesley Gore
Lesley Gore

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GRANTA Grapevine, the monthly talking newspaper for visually impaired people in the Linton area, will be holding its twelfth Annual General Meeting in the Community Room at Chalklands at 2.30pm on Wednesday 15th October. Members, friends and anyone interested in the work of the Grapevine are invited to attend.
New listeners to enjoy the tapes and new volunteers to help in their production are always welcome.
Janet Crofts

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SINCE our last update, things have developed significantly. BT has announced a lowering of the trigger levels necessary for ADSL Broadband to be brought to Linton. The good news is that we have now reached this trigger level and the service will be available from 5th November. To check whether you are able to get ADSL, visit the following website and if successful you will need to choose a service provider and place an order. Further details on ADSL and service providers can be found at http://www.adslguide.org.uk.
The results of the EEDA "Connecting Competition" were announced at the end of July. Our community bid along with several others in the Cambridge area was aggregated with the South Cambs District Council bid to achieve better economies of scale and value for money. However, since BT has recently seen the awakening of broadband interest in rural communities, it has used its monopolistic position to set or alter trigger levels for communities such as ours, affecting community level schemes. The SCDC bid is not allowed to cover Linton since most users will be able to get ADSL and the community service providers, Invisible networks do not see any financial viability in covering Linton now.
The remaining 12 villages covered in our original bid will be treated as a priority by SCDC but the provision of broadband is yet to be determined as SCDC must follow a yet to be finalized procedure in allocating funds or through a tendering process. Even though bids were aggregated, there is no additional funding for these communities and even the money SCDC bid for has been cut by 10% to give a total of £300,000 for all the 101 communities covered in the bid.
A consequence of this reduction in funding is that any community elements, which may have benefited the community are lost, and now that ADSL is available for Linton there is no central focal point. It was hoped that a community dividend would be payable by the supplier for each subscription but due to the low level of funding and the availability of broadband to Linton already this will now be unavailable.
We are now waiting to see what proposals SCDC will make for the remaining 12 villages and how their broadband requirements will be met and at what price. As more updates become available we will make them available via the Linton News.
Adrian Winckles

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THE NSPCC (Linton Branch) will be holding a Wine Tasting and Tapas Evening at 8pm on Saturday 22nd November at Linton House (courtesy of Dr and Mrs Bertram). Phillip Harris of Laymot and Shaw Wine Merchants will talk about fine wines from Spain, Portugal and South America.
The wines sampled will be for sale and available in good time for Christmas. Guests will also enjoy a delicious assortment of tapas, traditional Spanish appetisers.
All proceeds will go to support the work of the NSPCC. Please put the date in your diary now!
For further information and ticket reservations, please contact me.
Martha Crouch.

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Picky John Batchelor (Chairman LA4Y), Anne Parry-Smith (K-club member), Peter Dixon (K-club promoter)

THE final prize draw of the 2002/03 ‘K-Club’ year was made on Friday 26th September at the combined churches’ Harvest Supper Barn Dance. The first prize-winning number was No.085 held by Bob and Frances Simmonds, who will receive a cheque for £750. Bob said they were, "delighted to win and very pleased to support Linton Action for Youth in the brilliant work it does".
Kate Homan (No.342) won the second prize of £300 with Judy Rossiter picking up the third prize of £100 with No.234.
All the winners are from Linton and are picking up a prize for the first time in 5 years membership - over this period the ‘K-Club’ has raised more than £9,000 for Linton Action for Youth, to help fund youth-related activities in and around the Linton area.
Peter Dixon

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FLAXFIELDS have organised an autumn outing to cheer us up before the onset of winter.
There will be a day trip to Sandringham on Thursday 16th October. The coach will be leaving at 10am and returning at 4pm.
The coach will be accessible by disabled customers. If you would like further details, including details of the cost of the trip, please contact Jacque.
Jacque Wilson

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THE Gardening Club’s new season begins with the AGM on 14th October, after which there will be a display of members’ slides and photos. There will also be some bulbs for sale and, if they have survived the summer’s hot weather, a selection of plants. The Club is still in need of committee members so we would be pleased to hear from any volunteers.
A varied programme will follow when we meet at 7.30pm on the second Tuesday of every month at the Social Centre. The talks will include the Gardens of the West Highlands, Gertrude Jekyll and the Edwardian garden and the care of houseplants. The December meeting is a social evening when we relax and anticipate Christmas.
We look forward to meeting up with existing members and would welcome any newcomers.
Gloria Fidler

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ON 11th October Aztecs Junior Football club will be holding a Dance at Linton Village College from 7.30pm . The popular local band QED will be rocking the night away with a great selection of covers from the 70’s 80’s and 90’s .
Tickets for this dance will sell fast as it has always been a great night out. There will be a bar and raffle.
Max Penfold

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FIRST day of September, two thousand and three. We may tell our children, and they may tell theirs how we saw the closest passing of Mars for sixty thousand years. I too was out there Mars-ing with polished lenses and shaky hands as the first wave of chilly autumnal mists rolled in from the night.
Whatever this big red and brightly shining planet may signify, my interest was caught between spectacles. Zooming in on the big harvest moon in search of Chang Er, I panned back to earth with a clump of vivid scarlet and red geraniums illuminated by the garden lamp in my sights.
I took a few private moments to value the fruition of summer and celebrate the marvel of seasons as our planet spins with little falter around the sun. On Mars I hardly think you will find bouquets of bright yellow crazy daisies or elderberry hung heavy with fruit and here the man in the moon often smiles down on us all.
Much more locally, a little dog appeared to squeak on the recreational ground, leaping back in surprise at the bright green and purple wiggly thing on the grass. Actually it wasn’t the dog that squeaked at all, but a death’s head hawk moth caterpillar Acherontia atropos. If it were to survive and turn into a moth one would clearly see markings over its head resembling the skull and crossbones giving rise to folklore surrounding this beast as a harbinger of war. Well, don’t be alarmed, for this gigantic and magnificent creature that grows to about three inches long and sticks out like a sore thumb will almost certainly be put to death by our cold winter or by bird, cat, dog or man.
As a caterpillar its diet consists largely of deadly nightshade and potato plants, yet the moth has a penchant for honey, using a very powerful proboscis to prize its way into beehives, hence it is also known as the bee robber.
Another caterpillar of similar colour and size is that of the privet moth Sphinx ligustri reputed to be the largest British resident moth. Despite its menacing black horn it feeds primarily on privet and lilac and whilst doing so this larvae, and other hawk moth larvae, have a habit of raising their front ends in a sphinx-like pose as its Latin name suggests, and indeed in America they are known as sphinx moths.
Reg stood in his impeccable garden and said "See that yonder field? When I was a boy, depending on the weather, it would be harvested one week before September ends, or one week after" He continued with a sigh, "The ol’ boys used to miss a week off school to help their families with baling". He looked down at the soil with furrowed brow, praising the sanctuary of his allotment.
I remembered when he was a young farmer and how I skived a day off school to look after my pet privet moth caterpillar. Fascinated by its colour I spent the day in bed painting pictures of it over and over again whilst pondering; if moths are attracted to light then why did they not all fly towards the moon? Oh well! Chang Er took a pill, turned into a fairy and flew there.
Now the harvest and Mars have passed and Reg no longer farms, but I do hope you all had a moment on the sixteenth of September to see the clouds bathed in red evening sunlight hanging like Portuguese men-of-war in the skies above the water tower. Like something from Mars. An artist from Hadstock commented, ‘Truth, stranger than fiction".

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THE Bowls Club competition finals were held on Sunday 21st September with Eric Garden beating Roy Traver in the singles and M. Botcher/B. Beavis beating A Hodson/D. Dimmock in the pairs.
We are now starting our winter pair competition, the draw having been made after the finals.
Do come along to our AGM in the Pavilion at 7.30pm on Tuesday 28th October. All prospective new members are very welcome and there will be tea and biscuits after.
Derek Dimmock

Note Parish Council Matters is written, edited and published by the Parish Council with the support of the Linton News Team.

         Parish Council Matters

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Mrs Gill Barker, Clerk to the Parish Council

WELCOME to the first edition of a regular update on the work of the Parish Council. These pages will keep you up-to-date with matters dealt with at Parish Council meetings; introduce you to your Parish Councillors; and publish important Council documents, such as the Chairman’s Annual Report and relevant parts of the Council’s annual accounts. You will find details of how to contact us by phone, personal visit, letter and email. Councillors will use these pages to highlight the main areas of their work.
In the past details of Parish Council business have only been posted on the Parish Notice Board. While we will continue to do this, these pages will enable us to expand the information we provide each month. They also give us the opportunity to seek your views on issues before Council decisions are taken. Your feedback will be essential. Future editions will run a Residents’ Responses column and we would love to hear your comments. You know what they say: if you like what you read, tell others--if you don’t, tell us!
Some of what we will publish in the paper reflects our ambition to achieve Quality Parish Council status. It’s not obligatory to do this but Linton Councillors have decided that they want to do more than just the minimum required, and have given their wholehearted support to making these pages a success.
A huge thank you is due to the Linton News Team, who have agreed to publish these pages in the Linton News each month and have been extremely helpful in guiding us in how to make it more interesting for you to read. Assuming you have got this far – they must have had some effect! There’s no denying that a proportion of the Parish Council’s work is routine, and pretty mundane – but we will try to keep it to a minimum in the paper. Again, any suggestions would be very welcome.
Gill Barker

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Tony Smith

ONE of the most constant areas of concern of the Parish Council is traffic and safety on Linton’s roads, in particular the High Street and the A1307.
The problems of the High Street are well known, particularly to mothers with small children. However, we are now considering these problems specifically from the point of view of less agile and able members of the community.
We have the opportunity for grant funding from the Jointly-Funded Minor Improvement Schemes, which are considered annually by the County Council, and this year we are hoping to put forward two schemes: a bid for a ‘mini-roundabout’ at the junction of Balsham Road and the High Street; and the Linton Disability Access Project.
Who better to assist the Parish Council in identifying these problems than residents Tony Smith and Margaret Anderson. With their input we have identified specific areas where road crossing is a problem (if not impossible!), as well as areas where small changes could considerably improve visibility, and hazards that others might not notice.
This scheme incorporates dropped kerbs, additional and painted safety barriers, and removal of hazards, all of which would improve access to most of the village amenities. Plans can be consulted in the Parish Council Office and anyone is welcome to add their suggestions for the scheme.
During walks around the village it was noticed that some of the hazards could be tackled by individual householders, for example overgrown foliage and hedges, and steps which narrow the width of pavements. It is particularly noticeable in Symonds Lane at the moment, where the hedgerow has been cut right back, that the pavement is now of sufficient width to allow residents in wheelchairs to utilise this area more safely. Steps which protrude onto paths could be painted white to make them visible.
Complaints are frequently received of bikes being ridden on pavements, or left lying on pavements. If cyclists knew how dangerous and distressing this can be to the disabled or visually impaired, they would act differently.
All road users and pedestrians have to live together in the village. Lets be more considerate of each other! With the Disability Discrimination Act coming into force in 2004, help us to ensure that Linton is in the forefront of caring for less able residents.

Negotiating the junction at Horn Lane

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August 2003
The Chairman welcomed two new recently elected Councillors, Esther Cornell and Bob Hammett.
Residents Andy Booth and Tony Smith were thanked by the Chairman for their assistance in advertising the change of rubbish collection day.
Mr Clay reported on Open Spaces. There had been problems cutting grass verges, due to parked cars.
Mr Gore reported on the recreation ground, in Mrs Kenyon’s absence. The block paving in the front of the pavilion required weedkilling and the hedge surrounding the Anglian Water pumping station required trimming.
Mr Gee reported that the cemetery was in reasonable condition and that there had been no further correspondence concerning the child injured playing there. Mrs Albrow reported that the Venture Playground had recently been the subject of an arson attack with a waste bin set alight. Part of the slide unit had also been broken. Repairs were costly but in hand.
The Chairman drew attention to the Traffic Working Party Minutes. The Council noted that the newly formed Steering Group, including members of Access 1307, Pavements are for People, the Parish Council and a County Highways Officer, had also recently met and an Action Plan had now been agreed. This listed all the works required and gave time spans for their implementation. Further regular meetings have now been set up to 2005. Some individual items on the Action Plan were queried, in particular the proposed new parking restrictions for the High Street. Esther Cornell reported that this was now out for consultation with the residents concerned and some replies had already been received.
An update on Quality Parish Council status had been circulated. Council agreed that if the Linton News could be persuaded, an extra page circulated with their paper was the best way forward.
The payments due were considered and agreed. The Clerk was asked to organise the removal of the graffiti on the bus shelter at the Fire Station. All the correspondence for July was noted. Agreement was given for Linton Guides to site bird boxes in the Pocket Park; thanks were extended to Tony Smith for his assistance with the Disability project. Further issues discussed: the churchyard lighting project; a visit by members to Bircham House in Sawston with regard to the Hereward Housing proposals for Flaxfields; Paynes Meadow Open Space (it was agreed this would be discussed at the next meeting); an incident report from the police regarding recent arson attacks on waste bins; a policy review.
Finally, the Chairman reported that the Clerk would be on holiday for one week during August but the office would remain open.
Dr Cox was concerned about the Planning Application for the Dog & Duck public house. The Listed Buildings Officer at SCDC required the roofline to ‘have a kink in it’. Dr Cox said, ‘The continuous roof line proposed by the applicants is much preferable.’
September 2003
Dr Urwin thanked Dr Attwood, for emptying the newly installed waste bin on Camping Close. Arrangements had been made for it to be emptied by the proper authority.
Councillor Hammett asked for an update on the Churchyard lighting. The Clerk reported that it had now been agreed that three streetlights would be organised. This required Listed Buildings approval, which was being sought.
Mrs Kenyon had issued a written report on the recreation ground. The issues regarding trees were to be forwarded to Mrs Anderson, the Tree Warden, for her comments.
Mr Gee reported on a request from Mrs Anderson to plant hedgerow on a section of the rear boundary of the cemetery. This was agreed. Mr Gee further reported on a loose monument, which had been laid down and reported to the Clerk.
Dr Rossiter reported that a plank in the footbridge south of the church had been broken. This had been reported to the Clerk and repaired quickly.
In Mr Ballentine’s absence, Mr Potter reported that the repairs to the venture playground had been carried out.
Dr Urwin reported, in Dr Cox’s absence, that the path widths in Leadwell Meadows required checking. The Clerk would organise this.
Parish Plan: Dr Rossiter reported that 1289 questionnaires had been returned and these were now being sent to the external data processors. The results were expected within 2-3 weeks. The Market Research company had stated the 35% response was extremely good at and the collation expense would now be within budget.
A letter from SCDC had been received outlining a number of options for the open space at Paynes Meadow. Councillors voiced their concerns that this area had remained untouched since the development was completed. Problems with negotiating a lease were revisited. As a result Councillors agreed the best way forward was a public meeting, inviting residents of Chalklands and Paynes Meadow, to hear what SCDC and the developers had in mind. The Clerk was to reply seeking a public meeting, giving dates when it could be held.
The payments due were examined and agreed with Councillors Potter and Urwin signing the cheques.
The correspondence list was then reviewed. It was noted that the Chairman would attend the AGM of Hundred Houses; there had been several replies from residents regarding the County Council proposals for parking restrictions in the High Street. All of these would be forwarded to the Steering Group. The report from the Highways put the cost for the alterations required to Back Road/Balsham Road to enable buses to use this route at almost £55,000. This put the proposal out of reach for the Parish through the Jointly Funded Minor Improvements bids and as such would now have to be put to the Traffic Working Party and the Steering Group to try to find an alternative source of funds. A letter regarding parking in Meadow Lane had been received. Councillors noted that there was a severe problem in this area. It was agreed to forward this to County Highways to see if they could find a solution. There had also been a letter regarding speeding in Wheatsheaf Way and this was to be reported to the police for action.
Councillor Clay noted an increase in dog foul on pavements. It was agreed to notify the Dog Warden at SCDC of areas of concern. It was reported that a house on the Cambridge Road was being painted a bright shocking pink. As the house is not either in the Conservation Area or, indeed, a Listed Building, there is nothing that can be done.
Gill Barker

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Chair of the Council

Mrs Enid Bald

Although from Durham, coming to Linton was as if I was coming home. I would like to help preserve the distinctive character of the village, whilst aware that it must be flexible to meet the changing lifestyle of the inhabitants. Being involved with tree and hedge planting is one way to enhance the natural character of the area.
Helping start the Mobile Warden Scheme has been one way to aid the older and less able villagers; I would like to do more for this group. Having been on NHS salaries for most of my life, I am very aware of the need for affordable and suitable housing for single people of all ages. I am currently exploring the possibility of a Farmers’ Market in the village and ways to promote local trade and industry. I am keen to improve leisure facilities for all age groups, including paths safe for all ages and abilities to use.
email chair@lintonpc.org.uk

Vice-Chair of the Council

Mr Graham Potter
I have lived in the area all my life, coming originally from Shudy Camps, and attended the Village College. I moved to Linton in 1980 and have been here ever since. I joined the Parish Council in 1986 after becoming involved with the Linton News and then its website and have been involved with all of them ever since.
I believe any village community should be able to make full use of all the amenities it owns--I see no point in providing something and then not being able to use it because of its state of repair. My first duties included looking after the adventure playground, the recreation ground then the pavilion. I have been Chair of the Council and am currently Chair of the Finance Committee and Vice-Chair of the Council.
I plan to continue to serve the village until I have had enough rather than it having enough of me. (891001
email vchair@lintonpc.org.uk
Please note any member of the Parish Council can be emailed by putting their name in front of @lintonpc.org.uk

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Picky The Jubilee stone and trees on the recreation ground      Picky The refurbishments at Horn Lane Bridge

Dr Valerie Urwin, Chair of the Council, presented her Annual Report at the Annual Parish Meeting of Linton Parish Council on 29th April, 2003.
LAST year was notable for the nation as it was the Golden Jubilee Year. The Parish Council undertook a Golden Jubilee Project. The completion of the main project took place on Monday 3rd June in the recreation ground. Prior to that day we had planted a group of 20 trees, which had been carefully selected to provide a golden look throughout most of the year and had also arranged a large beautiful piece of Clipstream stone to be erected in the middle of this group appropriately engraved. On Monday 3rd June, we held a ceremony to officially open the tree area and unveil the stone - unveiling the stone proved to be challenging but with the help of lots of willing children we succeeded. It was lovely to see the children being involved. Once the formalities of the ceremony were over we had organised different sporting events including football and netball shootouts, bowling and for the younger children various races such as egg and spoon and sack race. We supplied special trophies for all the winners, including one for the best-dressed hobbyhorse for the little ones. Throughout the day villagers sat and ate picnics while the two bouncy castles we provided never seemed to stand still for more than a second. We were delighted that our efforts to provide a village event for all ages was so well supported and if the many comments we received after the event were anything to go by, was enjoyed by many. It should also be noted that Linton Parish Council’s efforts for the Jubilee were also recognised by SCDC. We won the award for the Most Long-lasting memorial to the Golden Jubilee in South Cambridgeshire presented by South Cambridge District Council. In addition to our main event we also arranged for all children under 18 to receive a specially minted Jubilee Coin.
The recreation ground has seen further improvements this year. Firstly the area in front of the pavilion has been landscaped and has had block paving installed at a cost of £7149. Together with the new windows and doors in stalled in the pavilion last spring, this area of the recreation ground is now an attractive area and an asset to the village. Further to the west of the recreation ground we have installed the much requested skateboard equipment. Thanks to much effort from an energetic resident, Mr Creedy, in applying successfully for grants, the Council had to put up only £1000 for this project although the total cost for this installation was £14,650. We have been delighted to see how well used this area is. And this project demonstrates well how the Parish Council can respond to requests if it is within our power to do so.
The refurbishment of the Horn Lane Bridge area was completed during the year with the laying of new tarmac. Not only on the bridge itself, which utilised a special tarmac, but the roadway and footpath either side leading up to the bridge were also resurfaced.
Other notable areas of expenditure throughout the year include repairs to the venture playground, the area around the village sign and the cemetery. In addition we gave grants to numerous local groups including £2500 to Linton Mobile Warden Scheme and £2500 to Linton Action for Youth. We have of course this year paid the final instalment of £33,000 for the major works on the recreation area installed last year.
Councillors’ time is taken up with more than simply monetary issues.
Traffic problems both within the main village and on the A1307 continue to be a major issue. We have continued to support the Action Group, Access 1307, which was formed as a direct result of the Public Meeting organised in June 2001. I am pleased to report that as a direct result of the Access 1307 group activities James Paice, our local MP, has taken up our fight for improvements to the road. We have attended two meetings recently, organised by James Paice, to bring all the traffic issues for Linton to County Council attention. Further meetings are planned in the near future to ensure continued pressure on County Council to address our problems which also include the High Street. Funding or rather lack of it would appear to be the main stumbling block for some road improvements to be actioned, for example a roundabout at the junction of Bartlow Road and the A1307. We have been told that this roundabout will be installed but the funding will not be available for at least eight years. One area we are actively involved with at the moment, which would open up an avenue of funding not currently available to Linton, is assisting the three schools in Linton to apply to join the Safer Route to Schools Scheme.
Another area of funding we hope to utilise in the near future is the Parish Transport Grant.
We were however successful in our bid for funding from the Cambridge County Council Jointly Funded Minor Improvement Scheme. Our proposal for flashing speed warning lights on the A1307 was successful and we look forward to them being installed during this year.
The Linton flood remains a major issue. I am pleased to report that the three-year independent research project being carried out by the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge is now under-way. Details of the proposed project were given to us [in March 2003]. I can also report that during the last year the Environment Agency carried out a pre-feasibility study on a Linton Flood Alleviation Scheme. The conclusion they made was that they should now carry out a full Project Appraisal Report for a flood alleviation scheme. However, it is not know when or if funding may become available for this work to be carried out. Nevertheless we are hopeful that between the EA and the University of Cambridge, Linton may get the answers we need regarding accurate assessment of flood risk in the future and the installation of an appropriate flood alleviation scheme.
In previous Meetings we have mentioned that we are trying to attain Quality Parish Council Status. There were one or two major hurdles to overcome, one of which was that Councillors had to be elected. Thanks to last years’ elections we fulfil that condition. The other major issue was that Linton had to have a Parish Plan. I am pleased to report that after an enormous effort by a lot of people this condition will also be met during this year. It is interesting to note, however, that the government that instigated this scheme still has some work to do itself, since they have still to put a panel together to assess the applications. The first applications can be sent after 1st July and although we will not be the first we will hopefully be in a position to apply later this year.
Sadly, I have to report that during this year three ex-Councillors have passed away--Professor Leighton, Ron Hatfield and Ron Amsden. All three gave much of their time to bring improvements to Linton.
To end my report on behalf of all Councillors, I would like to express our sincere thanks to our clerk, Gill Barker. She works like a Trojan for the village and manages to keep us all well informed with Council issues.
Dr Valerie Urwin

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