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.

Newsletter – July 2018

from Lisa Smith

ChatHealth: a confidential text service for young people
Do you need confidential advice and support from a School Nurse? Then contact this text messaging service for 13-19 year olds on 07480 635060.
ChatHealth is an easy way for young people to confidentially seek help about a range of issues, make an appointment with a school nurse, or find out how to access other local services including emotional support or sexual health services.

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Funding support for community groups

from Christine Trevorrow

CCVS is a Cambridge based charity offering support for community groups across the county.

They are running an event on 2nd July in Cottenham sports pavilion in collaboration with Cottenham parish council. The event is aimed at community groups in the area who would like to know more about making successful funding bids, plus the chance to hear about funds that groups can apply for. The event is free to any community group.

For more information, please see the CCVS website.

Airfield Road Update

Alex Rileyfrom Alex Riley

Many of you will have seen the signs proclaiming that the Airfield Road will shut next Monday, 21 May. This post aims to fill you in on some of the background.

As you may remember, Simon Edwards and I met up with Philip Harker (Homes England) and Becky Allen (Sisk’s) on 23 April. Arising from that a second meeting was arranged, to involve our new District Councillors (Sarah Cheung Johnson was able to attend). I sent the participants of that meeting a briefing note which contained the following points:

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Newsletter – June 2018

from Lisa Smith –  Willingham Surgery

Missed Appointments
If you are unable to attend your GP appointment, please call the surgery with as much notice as possible so your appointment can be offered to someone else. This will help us reduce our waiting times for appointments. In March, there were 51 missed GP appointments in Willingham and 20 missed appointments in our Longstanton Branch Surgery. The resulting cost of this is approximately £1775 being wasted (an average GP appointment costs £25).

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