Newsletter – October 2018

from Lisa Smith – Willingham Surgery

Flu Vaccinations
We expect to start receiving our vaccines in the second half of September, with further deliveries in October and November. There will be 3 different flu vaccinations available this year.

  •  All patients aged 65 and over will be offered a new vaccine called FLUAD. This has been recommended by the government as being the most effective vaccine for this age group.
  • Patients between 18 and 64 years AND in an “at risk” category will be offered the quadrivalent vaccine which should offer more protection than the ones given in previous years.
  • Children over the age of 2 will again be offered the nasal flu. School age children in reception and years 1-5 will be having the vaccine at school.
  • The surgery will give the nasal flu to those children born between 01/09/2014 and 31/08/2016.
Please contact the surgery of you have any queries.

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Summer food bank campaign – please donate!

from Sarah Cheung Johnson and Alex Malyon

Food donations are needed to cover School Holidays, as children are off school, some who get free school meals may struggle to get their 3 meals a day. The Trussell Trust, which is the Chairman’s Charity for South Cambs District Council, run foodbanks nationwide and are warning that, based on past years, demand is likely to outstrip supply.

We are running a local foodbank drive and have placed baskets at:

  • Longstanton Co-Op
  • Oakington Village Store & PO
  • Longstanton Village Store & PO
  • Oakington Communitea Cafe

The Cambridge City Foodbank are in urgent need of the following items

  • Tinned Meats
  • Instant Coffee – small jars
  • Tinned Tomatoes
  • Tinned Fruit
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Cooking Oil – 500ML preferred
  • Fruit Juice – Long Life, 1 litre
  • Tea Bags – Breakfast, 40’s & 80’s, not speciality
  • Puddings – Long Life
  • Tinned Rice Pudding
  • Instant Noodles
  • Pasta ‘n’ sauce mix
  • Milk – Long Life, not soya/almond etc
  • Jams & Spreads

Please drop what you can into the baskets, we will be collecting them regularly to drop at the depot.For more background on this please please see this article:
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/aug/03/food-banks-appeal-for-help-to-feed-children-during-school-holidays

District Councillors’ report – August 2018

– from Sarah Cheung Johnson and Alex Malyon

5 Year Land Supply
SCDC can now demonstrate it has enough new housing land to meet the target of new homes that need to be built in our District over the next 5 years. Northstowe will obviously be key to these plans, as well as a new town of 11,000 homes at Waterbeach.

Hopefully this will mean an end to the kind of speculative development which has led to Cottenham having 500+ new homes and Over having 300 or so.

As you may be aware, the Council’s local plan has taken longer to get approval than any other local plan in England, taking over 4 years. The local plan now has to be approved by the local planning inspectorate which we hope will happen soon… and then work starts straightaway on the next local plan!

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Introducing Longstanton’s new District Councillors

Sarah Cheung Johnson(left) and Alex Malyon

We are very happy to be able to introduce ourselves as the new District Councillors for Longstanton and Northstowe (now part of an enlarged ward with Oakington and Westwick).

We wish to begin by thanking Alex Riley for his many years of hard work for the village and thank him for his kind offer to assist us with any questions we might have, especially on the history and background of Northstowe.

To introduce ourselves, Sarah lives in Longstanton and has 2 preschool children. After a career in Investment Banking Technology, she now works part-time for the University of Cambridge as a Project and Events Manager. At SCDC Sarah is on the Scrutiny & Overview Committee and the Employment & Staffing Committee.

Alex lives in Longstanton, is mum to a 1 year old and works part-time as a nurse and researcher at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. Alex is a substitute member of the Scrutiny and Overview Committee, and for the Cambridgeshire Health and Wellbeing Board and Cambridgeshire County Council Health Committee.

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Newsletter – September 2018

from Lisa Smith – Willingham Surgery

Starting School?
Starting school can be a very anxious time for parents and children alike. NHS choices can offer help and advice on how to prepare little ones for their first day. For further advice and information visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/starting-school/ or https://www.pacey.org.uk/working-in-childcare/spotlight-on/being-school-ready/

Flu Vaccinations will be arriving towards the end of September and we will be running special flu clinics. Please ring for details from mid-September

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Remembrance Sunday 2018

Longstanton Parish Council is looking for lots of poppies to help commemorate 100 years since the end of World War 1. If you, your family or friends fancy making some between now and the end of September – please feel free. We would like as many as you can make. These will be used to decorate areas within the village.

They can be knitted, made of fabric including felt or even (as shown in the photo) made from the bottom of bottles. These photos were taken at the Town Hall in Huntingdon early this week.

If you can help, please drop them off at the Village Institute. More news about Remembrance Sunday to follow.

Longstanton Rocks

Some of the rocks already out there to find.

Rhayne, 9 years old, has set up a new Facebook Page ‘Longstanton Rocks’.

Supported by her family, she is hoping that residents will venture outside more, get creative and spread some kindness.

If you haven’t heard about it, the idea is to paint a small rock (acrylic works well) and hide it in the community. If you find one, take a photo and share on Facebook, before hiding in a different location.

Good luck Rhayne – we love the idea!

Newsletter – August 2018

from Lisa Smith – Willingham Surgery

August Bank Holiday Monday 27th August Surgeries Closed
Normal Opening Tuesday 28th August

Sun protection
Sunburn increases your risk of skin cancer. Sunburn doesn’t just happen on holiday – you can burn in the UK, even when it’s cloudy. There’s no safe or healthy way to get a tan. A tan doesn’t protect your skin from the sun’s harmful effects. Don’t rely on sunscreen alone to protect yourself from the sun. Wear suitable clothing and spend time in the shade when the sun’s at its hottest between 11am-3pm. Everyone who’s exposed to UV light is at risk of getting sunburn, but some people are more vulnerable than others. You may be more vulnerable if you:

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Kingfisher Pond – progress at last?

If you’ve been reading your Longstanton Life or attending Community Forums, you will be aware of the ongoing struggle to return the so-called ‘Kingfisher Pond’ to something like its former state, as it was before the clearance of the Northstowe site. Since that time, the water table has dropped significantly and last winter the pond was essentially empty and became choked with weeds. This year, the water level has increased but remains well below what is needed if the pond is once again to support the variety of wildlife it hosted as little as 3 or 4 years ago.

There has been a lengthy discussion involving the site developers, Longstanton Parish Council, South Cambs District Council, and the Longstanton & District Heritage Society over what should be done- and by whom – to restore the health of the pond. Gallaghers, the developers, agreed before clearing the Northstowe site that they would maintain the pond in good condition, but it has taken considerable efforts – notably by the Longstanton & District Heritage Society – to motivate them to actually take positive steps to this end.

At last there is some movement. The SCDC has agreed with the developers to take action to restore the pond. To this end, a meeting will be held next Wednesday, 13th June at 11a.m., at the pond on the Barrett Homes side. Anyone interested in helping to clear the scrub vegetation at the pond is asked to turn up at that time to register their interest, though work is not expected to start before the following week at earliest. The RSPB and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) are also being approached to see whether they can offer any assistance.

In recent weeks the pond has recovered some of its former lushness, though the water level remains worryingly low. Some (actually 2…) medium-sized fish have been spotted in the water, though it is a mystery where they came from, as the pond was virtually dry last autumn and it is hard to see how they could have survived. Perhaps some local enthusiast is restocking? The plant growth choking the bed of the pond will need to be removed and the surrounding woodland tidied up. In addition, to achieve a viable habitat, more water will need to be added over and above that available naturally. Whether or not kingfishers will ever return remains to be seen.